Happy Hanukkah!

Good afternoon Tzeeporim families and friends!

We enjoyed a festive and fun week in our class learning about Hanukkah. We sang many songs about Hanukkah and learned how to correctly light the Hanukkah menorah, called a hanukiyah.

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We used watercolors to paint our own menorahs. Once they were dry, we added metal bolts to serve as candle holders. We can’t wait to take them home and use them for Hanukkah this year!

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We read many books about Hanukkah during storytime, and learned about all of the symbols of Hanukkah, including menorahs, candles, gelt, and latkes. These Hanukkah symbols were our vocabulary words this week.

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We even had a surprise story time in Ms. Suzie and Ms. Melissa’s class. We enjoyed two fantastic stories by Mrs. Kleiner. Mrs. Kleiner is married to the Executive Director of our synagogue, Gil Kleiner.

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We practiced for our Hanukkah performance with Morah Rachel and Morah Miriam, and had fun posing as a group in front of the inflatable menorah that was on display during the performance.

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We thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as Maccabees and performing for all of our families and friends. We especially loved getting to decorate (and eat) doughnuts after the performance!

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We enjoyed learning how to play dreidel, but realized we all want to land on GIMEL. It isn’t quite as fun to land on NUN.

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We are so very thankful for all of the mothers who volunteered to drive to River Garden for our mitzvah field trip. We sang Hanukkah songs to the residents, passed out cards created by all of the preschool classes, and enjoyed a delicious doughnut treat. The River Garden residents were filled with so much joy watching all of the children perform!

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We had SO much fun with Ms. Suzie and Ms. Melissa’s VPK class on Thursday. During the early part of the morning, Ms. Suzie taught us how to make latkes. We learned the recipe, took turns adding ingredients to the bowl, and then we watched from a safe distance as Ms. Suzie fried the latkes. We were fabulous sous chefs!  After they cooled down, we enjoyed eating them during our Hanukkah party later in the morning.

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Our room parents organized a fabulous VPK party and we had so much fun celebrating with all of our friends! A special thank you to our room parents for a picture perfect party. We all had the BEST time listening to Hanukkah stories, making Hanukkah gingerbread houses, eating latkes, and coloring Hanukkah placemats.

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After the party, we ate lunch in our classroom! It was the perfect endingimg_20161215_121021 to a festive and fun morning.

This we week enjoyed time playing on the playground.

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We added all of our Hanukkah vocabulary words to our Word Wall.

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Our Mystery Reader read us a great story about Hanukkah and she gave us each a sparkly dreidel sticker after she was finished.

img_20161216_092222 img_20161216_092642We celebrated Shabbat with our Parparim and Tzeeporim friends. It was fun wrapping up 2016 together singing Hanukkah songs with Morah Miriam.

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It has been such a pleasure watching the kids grow and learn during the past few months of school! We are looking forward to all of the laughter, learning, and fun we will have together when we return to school in January. We wish you all a restful holiday season, and a very Happy Haunukkah! See you in 2017!

Shabbat Shalom!

Ms. Alicia and Ms. Carolyn