February 1, 2013
Shevat 21, 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We went from looking at all of outer space to focusing on our own planet earth. We continued themes of Tu Bshvat, Tsaar Baalei Chayim (taking care of living things) and Baal Taschit (Do not destroy). We made earth pictures. Some of us took a nature walk. We planted seeds in our garden. Some of us made paper models of Boris, our kitah rat. We made many paper collages, using recyled paper of course.
We sang with Melita. Rabbi Menachem came to teach us about this week's Torah portion - we practiced listening without seeing and we learned how Moses received the Torah. We started a new school to home connection by sending home a toy Corduroy bear (based on the books by Don Freeman) with a notebook to record his adventures.
Thursday, we had a fabulous trip to the Tilden Botanical Garden with a custom tour from Naomi's Savta Irene. We saw many lovely native California plants including poisonous snowberries (white berries left on bare branches), edible cactus fruit called tuna, many kinds of trees such as redwoods and pines, and succulent plants that made their own powdery sunblock! Thank you so much to all the parent an caretaker drivers! A big special today to Irene who graciously taught us, brought us tasty tree fruits and gave us seeds (California poppy and parsley) to bring back to school.
Today, we said l'hitraot to Asher as he starts a bridge kindergarden program on Monday! We wish him well and look forward to seeing his smiling face when he drops off or picks up Dinah!
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee