G’mar Chatimah Tovah

Good evening Tzeeporim families and friends!

We had a VERY abbreviated school week last week due to Rosh Hashanah and Hurricane Matthew. Ms. Carolyn and I hope that everyone fared well in the storm, and that you experienced very little time without electricity. We are looking forward to seeing everyone back at school tomorrow!

Last Wednesday, we began preparing for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  The letter “Y” was our letter of the week, and we learned that “Yom Kippur” begins with the letter “Y.”  Our sight word was “yellow” and this coming Friday, all students are encouraged to bring in a yellow item from home to share with our class.

We started working on the letter “Y” in our ABC books. We painted them yellow with dot paint, and once they are dry, we are going to add yellow yarn to our pages as well.

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We practiced making the letter “Y” with our bodies too!

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We read Sammy Spider’s First Yom Kippur during story time.

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During Jewish Studies, we took a Tashlich walk with Morah Rachel and Morah Miriam. We walked to one of the ponds at our school that was filled with fish and turtles. We learned about the importance of Tashlich, and we practiced throwing away our “bad things.” We each had a little piece of bread in our hand and thought about something we did in the past year that we would not want to do again this year. We threw the breadcrumb in the water, and in doing so, symbolically threw away the bad thing we did in the year prior. We talked about our goals for the new year and how this year we are going to try to be the best versions of ourselves we can be by using our manners, giving tzedakah (charity), being kind to others, and listening to our parents.

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As an emergent writing activity, we drew pictures of our ourselves participating in Tashlich and dictated a sentence about our experience.

We can’t wait to learn more about Yom Kippur tomorrow, and Sukkot later in the week. Please remember that tomorrow is a noon dismissal for the whole preschool (with the exception of students who typically stay in Kids’ Club from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.)

G’mar Chatimah Tovah! May you be inscribed in the Book of Life!

Ms. Alicia and Ms. Carolyn