April 17, 2015
I hope everyone had an enjoyable and meaningful Pesach. The Parparim returned from break energized and ready to work.
In Ivrit, the Parparim continued to work on their reading and writing skills. Hebrew story books will be sent home starting next week. Please make sure to read with your child and have your child return the books the following day. The weather and calendar reports have increased in detail for some Parparim and has remained the same for others.
This week, Yom Ha’shoah was commemorated on Thursday. We read a poem called, ”I Never Saw Another Butterfly”, and imagined being separated from their families, toys, and all that was familiar to them. Pictures were drawn with charcoal on scrap pieces of paper of their wishes and dreams during that time.
Our studies of Jewish holidays continues with Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. The Parparim are learning songs, reading stories, and playing games related to this special day. Our block area has turned into an Israeli Shuk (marketplace), filled with Israeli products for the Parparim to ‘purchase’. We have provided shekalim for the Parparim to use in order to make purchases.
We have begun to count the Omer, the period of time beginning on the second night of Pesach up until Shavuot. This stretch of time lends itself to exposing the Parparim to many counting activities, math games, and other opportunities to count; we are also counting down how many days are left in the school year.
This week’s parasha is called Parashat Shmini. In this parasha we learn what makes an animal, fish, and birds kosher.
Morah Chana and Rina