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, May 31, 2013

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah
May 31, 2013
5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,

As the end of the year approaches, we have been managing to really appreciate the structure and flow of our days.  We didn't have Melita Tueday because she has chicken pox!  On Wednesday, we learned Torah from Menachem, about the parashah of the scouts who went ahead to Canaan and came back with news about giant grapes.  We did Drama with Cheryl as we explored what it is like to share with others.  On Thursday we went to the park to meet with the Shu Ren preschool again.

In the kitah, some of us made collages, some made fabric wings, some made mosaics.  We played lots of card games and guessing games - the new favorites are opposites and rhyming games which are both great for literacy.  We have started talking about B'Derech and how many of our kitah will be moving on to kinergarden.  Next week, we will be exploring this fully, as some children have expressed the changes that are coming and seem to want to talk more about it.  We have also been opening our door a lot when Nachshonim is playing outside, so that new bonds are being formed with the children who will be in Nevonim next year, older and the new younger ones.  It is very nice to see new friendships develop.

Today was very exciting for us as Boris needed to take an emergency trip to the rat veterinarian.   The children were fascinated and wanted all the details about the upper respiratory infection that Boris has - we learned that he got a shot of antibiotics, and that he will need to rest in a quieter place for the next 10 days as he takes more medicine so he will be having a playdate at Ofra's house until he is ready to come back to the kitah.  It was great to see so much compassion in the children.  We are glad that we voted to bring Boris back!

We also have been excited by the news of the birth of William's daughter, Caya (pronounced Chaya) Sophia Levwood , who was born on Saturday May 25th at 5:35 am, weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces!  We talked about what her name means as we sang "Am Yisrael Chai" at circle. We have continued reading books about adoption and babies as the topic emerges.

We hope you have a great weekend!  Shabbat Shalom!

Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

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

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