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.

Friday, April 19, 2013


April 19, 2013
9 Iyar 5773

Shalom Nachshonim families,

Another week filled with learning and play has passed. Here are the highlights of our week.

Yom Ha'atzmaut
/ Israel Independence day
- We talked further about how it is Israel's birthday. We sang happy birthday at circle time on Monday.
- We talked about all the people we know who are from Israel and speak Hebrew.
- We have been singing songs in Hebrew and talking about how people in Israel speak Hebrew.
- We are painting with shades of blues just like the Israeli flags we have hung in the kitah.
-Tuesday was Yom Ha'atzmaut and we made hummus for snack in our food processor. We also read "It's Israel's Birthday" several times. We sang happy birthday a a few times throughout the day.
-Inspired by that book we pretended to be airplane and fly to Israel at circle time on Tuesday. We pretended to knock on the doors of Tobie's and Ofra's families to say hello. We pretended to swim in the Mediterranean Sea, we built a sand castle and we drove on the bus from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Then we flew home.

-On Monday we were invited to come into the Nevonim kitah. They had prepared a lesson especially for us about volcanoes. We listened to what they had to teach us and we watched the science experiment of the volcano eruption.

- On Wednesday we were gifted some fava beans from Hadas' garden. We had a fun time shelling the beans. We gave some of the leaves from the fava plant to the guinea pigs but they did not love them.

- The children have been constructing train tracks that are much bigger and more elaborate then the tracks they were making months ago. It's exciting to see these changes as we proceed with the school year.

-We saw Cheryl again this week on Wednesday for a drama class. One of our activities was to act out a book. Anna read that Israeli classic called "Teeras Cham", which means "hot corn". The story is about a boy who likes to march and sing about Teeras Cham. Other children hear his song and join in the march. After Anna read the story, Cheryl guided us as we acted out the story.
-On Thursday at circle time we read the story again and used our felt board shapes as we read the story.
-This week we went out to courtyard a few times after our lunch. On Friday we played "Red Light, Green Light" and "Machbo'im" (Hide and Seek) out there. We also brought some balls out and played catch with each other.

We are looking forward to having a chance to sit and meet with all of you this Monday for conferences.
We are also looking forward to more great activities in the kitah.
Shabbat Shalom,
Ofra and Anna

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fwd: Everyone is invited to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Preschool!

5th Anniversary Celebration of our Preschool!
Sunday, May 5th beginning at 10:00 am
at Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702
There is
not one good reason
for you and your family to miss this party.

Please join us for fun beyond a reasonable doubt 
as we come together to celebrate our 5th anniversary.

10-11 am    brunch & silent auction
11:00 am    Octopretzel concert
11:45 am    honorary ceremony
12:00-1 pm    family art making & games
This event will raise money for the preschool's scholarship fund. 

Would you like to honor someone you know, perhaps someone particularly special from our preschool community?  There are so many good choices... 

Whether or not you can attend, 
please consider making a gift to the Preschool Scholarship Fund.


We look forward to celebrating with you!
 For more information or questions, please contact: 
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Congregation Netivot Shalom | 1316 University Avenue | Berkeley | CA | 94702

Lauren Kindorf
Preschool Director
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

Friday, April 12, 2013

HaShavuah - Nevonim

April 12, 2013
2 Iyar 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,

We had a great week with lots of meetings to find out what the children wanted to learn about. The consensus was Dinosaurs, Camoflouge and Volcanoes. We read many books about dinosaurs, learning what scientists used to think about dinosaurs and what they now think! We made our own fossils of dinosaur prints in salt dough. We built a volcano out of clay, added dinosaurs and made it erupt with baking soda and vinegar. We discussed showing this to Nachshonim and how we could teach them about it without it being too scary. There were great, gentle suggestions and we will follow through with their plan next week.
We started a fun new game with "inchimals" to measure, count and even do addition and subtraction.
We tested a hypothesis about whether our wooden boats would float - one did and one didn't!

We had singing with Melita, Torah with Menachem, Drama with Cheryl and LIbrary with Nora. What a great crew of educators! Drama/Movement with Cheryl will be every Wednesday for the next 8 weeks. We did games, acted a story and learned about bubble space.
We also began talking about Israel and Yom Ha'atzmaut. Thank you for the photos that have already starting coming in. We sang "Kachol v'Lavan", we painted, colored, collaged with blue and white. We suggested to the children that next Tuesday everyone comes to school in kachol v'lavan (blue and white) as we celebrate on the actual Day of Independence. We also read "Shira Imagines", a lovely out of print book about Israel.
Shabbat Shalom,
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

April 12,2013
2 Iyar, 5773

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
We have had a very pleasant week at school. Here are the highlights we have to share with you.
-On Monday we made a brand-new batch of purple play dough.
- The children have been playing with our toy dinosaurs in the play dough.
- On Tuesday we made small paintings with paint and Q-tips.
- On Wednesday we had picture day, we went out to the play yard and took turns getting our photos taken.
- We had a new experience on Wednesday. Cheryl came to lead us in a drama class. We sang and did some gross motor activities. We also got to act out a great story book.
- The children helped Ofra make a new documentation board with our Purim pictures. We plan to hang it next week.
- We also have a new documentation board that Anna has made for us about our past explorations of wheels and transportation.
- We have been enjoying our "what's wrong" cards with silly images.
- We had a delightful visit from Nora the librarian this Thursday.
- We played in the courtyard a couple of times this week.
- On Friday we looked at some photographs that belong to Ofra with images from Israel. We have begun talking about Yom Ha'atzmaut.

Sfarim chadashim (new books!)
- We have been enjoying a new book called "Driving My Tractor" and we have been listening to the music that came with the book.
- we have been enjoying a new pirate book called "Tough Boris" about a tough pirate who has a sensitive side when his parrot passes on.
- We have also been reading a lovely book called "One Special Day" about a boy with lots of characteristics but when he meets his new baby brother for the first time he is very gentle.

Shabbat Shalom!
Ofra and Anna

Lauren Kindorf
Preschool Director
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

Monday, April 8, 2013

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah she'avar/ last week
April 8, 2013
28 Nissan, 5773

Shalom Nachshonim families,
Last week was short but we had plenty of time for lots of activities. Here are the highlights of last weeks events in the kitah.

-On Wednesday we played with sticky foam and scissors at the table.
-We noticed that the carrot tops we had placed in water that had regrown green leaves was not watered over the break the carrot tops shriveled up and the leaves wilted. When we talked about what we saw and what happened, one child said "that's sad".
-We noticed that the gzarim(carrots) that are growing in the yard have vanished. Something hungry has been eating them.
-We watered our succulents that got very thirsty over the break
-We swapped out some toys in the kitah. We now have wooden cars and wooden street signs. We also pulled out colorful wooden blocks.
-On a rainy Thursday we played in the social hall and out in the courtyard to run on the wet cement. We also got to share the Nevonim Kitah with our friends in there.
-We got to see our guinea pigs again! We cleaned their cage on Friday.
-On Friday we found some older children from the Shu Ren School that use classrooms upstairs out in the play yard doing an experiment with the boats they had made and tubs of water. We then got to play with the water tubs when they were all done and gone.
-On Friday before pretend Shabbat Anna played musical chairs with a group of children in the social hall.

We are excited to start a new week and we are looking forward to sharing with you what we are up to.
Shavuah tov,
Ofra and Anna