September 28, 2012
12 Tishrei 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had a good week, beginning with Yom Kippur and ending with Sukkot. For Yom Kippur we blew the shofar a lot! We told and retold the story of Jonah and the whale, including creating a performance piece in class, and concluding with a whale challah for Pretend Shabbat. We gave each other bandaid stampers as a way to say sorry for having hurt each other this year. We had a closing circle before Erev Yom Kippur with achim and achayot helping lead it (older brothers and sisters who came to join us).
For Sukkkot, we started designing and discussing how we will build our sukkah, which emerged into looking at blueprints as a way to plan a building (we looked at blueprints for Ruth's house). We watched the team who is building the shul sukkah as they started constructing it. We made many sukkot decorations including paper chains and paper mache fruit (as last year we had a squirrel that ate our real fruit). In a small group, we read "the House on the Roof: A Sukkah Story", then we did a play of it for the whole class.
We also played with bubbles and played Aleph Bet Bingo (working on math and literacy skills). We put our sea creatures in the water table and kept talking about sharks and whales and other creatures all week including a shark song in Hebrew (karish). We also discussed Ruth's new baby chicks who will will probably make a visit to the kitah after the chagim (holidays) Chickens know better than to come anywhere near a shul during the holidays....
Have a great weekend and beginning of Sukkot. We will see you on Wednesday and we will go on our Sukkah walk on Thursday so be sure to send your children to school in good walking shoes!
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee