Purim Sameach!

Good evening Tzeeporim families and friends!

The past two weeks we have had so much fun learning about the holiday of Purim, making Purim crafts, and learning about the four mitzvot of Purim.

We kicked things off by working on our decorations for our booth for the Purim carnival. Since our class was responsible for the Whiffle Ball Game, we took the opportunity to pose like whiffle ball players and used actual whiffle balls to paint the backgrounds of our art. We hope everyone enjoyed looking at them as much as we enjoyed making them for the carnival.

We colored our own visual megillah, and used it to create a megillah invitation to invite our families to Shoobee Doobee Shabbat. We hope everyone loved our invitations!

We began painting Purim masks using watercolors and sponges. They turned out beautiful and served as a great backdrop to decorate with sequins and jewels the following week.

We began working on painting gifts for our families to give them at Shoobee Doobee Shabbat. We loved using the easels to paint.

We enjoyed MANY engaging Purim books during storytime throughout the past two weeks. Some of our favorites were Sammy Spider’s First Purim and Purim Chicken. In Sammy Spider’s First Purim, we noticed a lot of sound words and talked about how they are onomatopoeia words. We made an onomatopoeia list with words such as BOOM, buzz, crack, and snip.

In Science, Ms Amanda taught us about the skeletal system. We learned about the importance of the spine and vertebrae. We used egg cartons and yarn to construct our own spines. This was a great learning experience and also an excellent fine motor task.

We enjoyed a special visit from some nearby community helpers. Firefighters from Station 51 came by to tell us about how they help others in our community and all of the important features of their truck. We each got a chance to sit in the driver’s seat. It was VERY exciting!


In P.E., Ms. Jackie coached us through another flag football game.

In preparation for Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd, we read our Weekly Reader and watched a short video clip about Dr. Seuss. We read the book The Cat in the Hat and created our own Cat in the Hat art.

We celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by enjoying a “Seuss and Snack-tivity” in Ms. Lewis’s kindergarten class at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. We got to sit at kindergarten tables, enjoy a Dr. Seuss story, make cat “hats” out of sliced bananas and strawberries by using an ABAB pattern, and even got to use the SMART Board to play an online Dr. Seuss game!

In Music, we practiced our parts for the Shoobee Doobee Shabbat performance.

We enjoyed a special Mystery Reader when Rabbi Tilman came in to our class to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle in HEBREW! It was fantastic! We were excited that we already knew the Hebrew word for apple (tapuach), and Rabbi Tillman taught us so many new words too!

We wrapped up that week by welcoming Shabbat with our Parparim and Tzeeporim friends. We practiced our parts for the Shoobee Doobee Shabbat and our Parparim friends were able to watch us. We enjoyed kiddish after our service.

We kicked off last week by learning about the letter X. We made a short list of words that start with X, like xylophone and x-ray. We added some words that end with the letter x, such as box and fox. We turned our letter X into a xylophone for our ABC books.

Our Jacksonville Community Shlicha, Dana Marmari, stopped by for a visit. She read us a book titled Sammy Spider’s First Trip to Israel. Dana is from Israel, so the book included many places that she was able to tell us about in greater detail.

We did a HappyFeet soccer demonstration class during P.E. It was SO MUCH FUN! We each had a ball named “Bob” and we had to take really good care of “Bob” throughout the class. We learned so much about how to play soccer and what to do with a soccer ball without even realizing it.

We enjoyed a fun visit to the Torah Academy at Etz Chaim Synagogue next door. We spent time with their preschool class making hamantaschen, singing Purim songs, playing on the playground, and enjoying a snack.

We finished crafting our Purim masks by adding feathers, sequins, and jewels.

We made clown hats and noses for Purim in Ms. Suzie and Ms. Melissa’s class.

We used paper plates to paint pretend hamantaschen, and we wrote in our journals about our favorite hamantaschen fillings.

We worked in the garden to help prepare it for spring. We pulled weeds and helped to water.

Our Weekly Reader taught us about the weather. We talked about the three main types of clouds: cumulus, cirrus, and stratus. We also played a fun game where we were able to “check the weather” in a digital window and help a monster choose appropriate clothes.

On Thursday, we had a surprise visitor who read us a hilarious story called Talia and the Haman-Tushies by Linda Elovitz Marshall. We were all guffawing at the story. It was so hilarious!

On Friday, we enjoyed a special mystery reader who read us yet another fabulous Purim story, The Better-Than-Best Purim by Naomi Howland. He even brought props!

We culminated our Purim experience by performing at our Shoobee Doobee Shabbat. We were so excited to see all of our family members and friends who were able to share in the celebration and watch us perform. It meant so much to all of us that you were there.

We hope everyone enjoyed a Purim Sameach (Happy Purim) today and can’t wait to see what costumes all of our friends will wear to school tomorrow.

Todah rabah!

Ms. Alicia and Ms. Carolyn