March 15, 2013
4 Nissan 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
Well, we finally have all our teachers back and healthy and we have begun preparing for Pesach. We read lots of books including the lovely Passover Lamb (a True Story) from PJ Library and Moses and Miriam. We have discussed, guessed and drawn Passover symbols, favorite foods and more. We learned to sing the blues with Colin and have been trying to write our own blues version of the Passover story, since our job is to tell the story as if we were slaves in Egypt, not just our ancestors. We did matzah art, playdough matzah and playdough Seder plates.
We celebrated Rosh Chodesh of Nissan on Tuesday and talked about looking for a full moon on Pesach. Menachem taught us about this week's Torah portion, V'Yikra by building a mishkan and then building a pyramid with his same hands - one he chose to build of his own free will, and the other he had to make.
We also sang Passover songs all week, some with Melita on Tuesday, and some on our own. Nora came to share books with us on Thursday.
On Monday, we celebrated three birthdays (Matan, Rikki and Caitlin) and we sang Happy Birthday in four languages! English, Hebrew, Chinese and Polish!
We also continued talking and learning emergently about tornadoes (we made a tornado tube), about volcanoes (we did a science experiment) and lots of sea creatures including sharks, rays, whales and narwhals!
Next week you can expect in your book a present from a woman named Varda Rabin who is giving every family a CD that her late husband, Irving Rabin, put together for Pesach. We hope you enjoy it and if you do and have any thoughts, we will be sending her a thank you note. She is a member of Beth Israel and a former teacher there, but is giving the CDs to all the Jewish preschools.
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee