Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool seeks to create a stimulating and enriching educational environment for each and every child.
We are devoted to helping children learn socialization skills, building their self-confidence and teaching them the preliminary skills to explore and experience the world independently from their parents.
In addition, we seek to ignite a spark in each child to lay claim to her or his Jewish heritage and commit him or her to a lifetime passion for learning.

Monday, March 11, 2013

HaShavuah - Nevonim


March 8, 2013
Adar 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,

First, we send a big r'fuah shleimah to Shirlee who was sick all week. We practiced "Bikur Cholim" (Visiting the Sick) this week, when we brought cards, flowers and food that we made to Shirlee's porch. This also allowed us to go on a walk in the neighborhood where we noticed a lot of rainbow colors as spring approaches. We kept going with rainbows and began Pesach. Next week rainbows are expanding to tornadoes, so we are looking for empty plastic 2 liter soda or seltzer bottles to make tornadoe tubes. We need 4 if you have any in your recycling!
We added a lot of materials to our rainbow mural including rainbow string - it is now on display in the kitah, along with an entire onslought of new art! We did a science experiment putting food coloring separately into three bowls of salt (red, yellow and blue) then mixing them together (the colors stayed separate), then we added water which caused the colors to mix together into a greenish color, while the salt returned to its original whiteness. From this experiment, we made a lovely celery colored playdough. We also practiced another science experiment as we put food coloring into water in jars and added white flowers. We learned how quickly this process called "osmosis" in English and "piapua" in Hebrew works. We tried it the next day with celery.

On Thursday, we made humus. On Wednesday, Evan and his emah showed us his violin and how it works, and Evan played four songs for us which we sang along to - Twinkle, Twinkle; Frere Jacques, Old McDonald and Lightly Row. It was a treat for us and has inspired us to learn the words to Frere Jacques in Hebrew, French and English. We also sang with Melita on Tuesday. In the afternoon, many children enjoyed singing the song "Da" which is on Menachem's new CD. The words mean "Know before whom you stand" and "Place HaShem at my side."
Just a heads up for parents that like to come on fieldtrips - we will be going to Tilden Nature area on Friday, April 5th for a ranger program. We will leave here at 9 and be back in time (we hope) for Pretend Shabbat.

Our condolences to the Fern family on the death of Judy's father. While it hasn't come up in the classroom, we know that Ellie and Danielle have lots of books at home to help with the subject.

Shabbat Shalom,
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee, and Colin this week!

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