Parents are invited to visit and participate in programs with their children and with each other. It is a great way to get to know your classmates families.
We have had many “visits” already this year – here is a re-cap of some of them:
- JK and SK parents joined together for a program on Shabbat. Children made some very creative placemats together. We hope they are using them often. Children in JK & SK also take home “The Shabbat Bag”.Each week a different students takes home the bag along with the favourite mascot and documents their individual family’s Shabbat experience.
[blankline]It is always wonderful to hear about how each family is experiencing Shabbat.[blankline]
Grade 1 families joined together in honour of Chanukah. Each family made his/her won Chanukiyah (with beads and tiles to decorate.)[blankline]We hope that families got a chance to use these very beautiful chanukiyot for their candle lighting celebrations.[blankline]
- Grade 2 had a very special program on “mezuzah”. As a part of their curriculum on “the Jewish home” we investigated what makes a home “Jewish”. Students went on a scavenger hunt throughout the Temple – finding mezuzahs on as many doors as possible. (It seems that some doors are lacking!)[blankline]We completed the morning with each family making their own mezuzah.[blankline]
Grade 2 & 3 worked together on looking at the words for “HaTikvah”, Israel’s national anthem. It is something that we sing each week in school, and it is important that the students have a familiarity with saying the words and the meaning of the words.[blankline]It was a great project![blankline]
- Our Grade 3 focused on a program about candles. We use candles in many of our celebrations in our Jewish tradition. Rabbi Helfman led a beautiful discussion with both parents and children.[blankline]ALL followed by a craft activity where parents and children made chanukiyot together.[blankline]
Our Grade 4 students have had a variety of activity this Fall – and wanted to share their own rendition of the blessings for Chanukah.[blankline]
- Our Grade 5 students have also been working together with their Grade 4 peers on Gemilut Chasadim (Acts of Love and Kindness) – and the concepts connected to it.[blankline]
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Chanukah Blessings with our Grade 4s