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.
It is always wonderful to hear about how each family is experiencing Shabbat.
Grade 1 families joined together in honour of Chanukah. Each family made his/her won Chanukiyah (with beads and tiles to decorate.)We hope that families got a chance to use these very beautiful chanukiyot for their candle lighting celebrations.
- 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!)We completed the morning with each family making their own mezuzah.
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.It was a great project!
- 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.ALL followed by a craft activity where parents and children made chanukiyot together.
Our Grade 4 students have had a variety of activity this Fall – and wanted to share their own rendition of the blessings for Chanukah.
- 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.
Chanukah Blessings with our Grade 4s