Our colour caterpillars are coming home!


Posted by dscharf | Posted in Francais, French Studies | Posted on November 12, 2019

Kitah Gan have been learning les couleurs en français (colours in French)! We started our learning every day by listening to a song about different coloured objects!

Each day we would add a new colour! In addition to the colours in the song (rouge, vert, bleu, jaune, orange, noir), we have also learned: violet, rose, brun, gris, et blanc.

In class, we read, La Petite Chenille Qui Fait des Trous (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), and began building our very own colour caterpillars! They’ve been growing and growing… And today they are coming home!


Posted by jdarwish | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 12, 2019

Here are our Kinders singing at the Remembrance Day Assembly, Enjoy!


Learning the Parashiot


Posted by Morah Shira | Posted in Jewish Studies | Posted on November 8, 2019

It has been so wonderful to begin studying the Parashiot. Excitement is high in the Gan as we speak about the stories and learn new Hebrew vocabulary associated with them. Today the yeladim will be bringing home their beautiful Bereshit mobiles. Not only does this long range craft teach them about the Creation story, it gives context to the names of the days of the week.

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom!

Morah Shira

From Snow to Remembrance Day


Posted by jdarwish | Posted in General Studies | Posted on November 8, 2019


More fun from yesterday’s first Snow!


Our wish for Peace in the World as we get ready for Remembrance Day on Monday!

We have been practising the song Light a Candle for Peace to sing at our assembly!

First Day in the Snow!


Posted by jdarwish | Posted in General Studies | Posted on November 7, 2019

What fun we had on our first outdoor Snow Day! We found enough snow to make snowmen. Outdoor time is a big part of our Kindergarten program, so please send appropriate clothing to go outdoors everyday. Mittens should be waterproof , warm boots, hats and snowpants.

Reminder that tomorrow is a 2:00 dismissal.

Shabbat Shalom!


Baking and Math !


Posted by jdarwish | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 30, 2019

Today was the day we enjoyed the apples from our Apple Trip. Each one of us made our own individual Apple Crisp! During this fun activity we used a great tool to peel and core the apple in one step,and what fun we had eating the peel! Yes we ate the peels and renamed them snakes. We had to measure the ingredients and then mix, and the best part was Eating our delicious Apple Crisp. We sent home the recipe incase you would like to try your own at home.

We have begun our next unit in Math … Data Management.  The math words for this unit are Survey, Bar Graph, Tally,  Labels and Pictograph.  Combining our Global Read aloud..Nino wrestles the World  and Graphing, we chose our favourite Lucha Libre ( a mexican wrestler and made a class graph).

We conducted a class survey, and we made a class bar graph seeing which pet (if we could ),would we choose.

Tomorrow I will send home,  in your child’s note tote, a hard copy of How-to read a Picture Book. Theses are the same strategies I use in the class for reading.  It is a good idea for all of us to use the same language while we read at home, that we use in school.

Of course the pictures tell it all! Enjoy!

Shabbat Shalom!


Posted by Morah Shira | Posted in Jewish Studies, Kindergarten | Posted on October 25, 2019

Shabbat Shalom,

Today was a very exciting day in the Gan. We had an amazing peula with our Shinshinit Hila. First we learned about life on the Kibbutz and practiced our directions in Hebrew (yamina, smola, kadima, ahora, arzor) with a game. Then we acted out the story Tiras Cham (The Corn is Hot) by Miriam Ruth.


We also began learning Torah, starting with the very first Parashat HaShavua… Parashat Bereshit.

In their notetotes you will find the Shabbat Sheva Newsletter. Please read it together with your child. Each grade in the school has contributed to a section. Ours is a new song about Bereshit that we learned this week. You can hear the tune here:

At the bottom of the Shabbat 7 you will find a line that says:  I learned this week……………………..……………………………………………………….. and signature of  parents.
Please return the Shabbat 7 on Monday. All of the students have a sticker book with a space for each parsha. Once they return the bulletin, they will receive a sticker in the corresponding spot.
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom!
Morah Shira


Dress Down Day


Posted by jdarwish | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 24, 2019

Tomorrow is Dress Down Day.  Our school will be supporting a charity that was near and dear to Dr. Elianna Saidenberg, an OJCS parent who sadly passed away last week. We thank you in advance for donating.


Posted by jdarwish | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 16, 2019

What a great day we had! The weather held up and we did not get wet!  We enjoyed a wagon ride out to the orchard, learned all about how the orchards work and how the apples get from the farm to our table. We had fun jumping in the haystacks, picking and eating an apple and of course the Bus Ride. Thanks to Boaz’s Dad for helping us out!  There are many more pics to follow.

Chaggei Tishrei (חגי תשׁרי)


Posted by Morah Shira | Posted in Jewish Studies, Kindergarten | Posted on October 15, 2019

Chodesh Tishrei is such a busy time of year. We hope that you have all been enjoying the celebrations at home!

The yeladim ילדים have been enjoying learning about the Chagim. For Yom Kippur, we read the story of Jonah and the Whale using an interactive storyboard where the yeladim added pictures as the story progressed. After, we spoke about how Jonah couldn’t hide from G-d, because G-d is everywhere. We also created a beautiful craft with a whale that could swallow and spit Jonah back out again.

We discussed the importance of selichot סליחות, the term lashon ha’ra לשון הרע and how words can be hurtful. Then we practiced using our words to make people feel good by saying kind things to each other.

Now we are learning about Sukkot, building and eating in a Sukkah סוכה and the ארבּעת המינים (lulav and etrog). We learned a new Hebrew song and hammered with musical sticks to the music.

Patish, masmer          פטיש, מסמר
Nikach maher               ניקח מהר.
Sukkah livnot              סוכה לבנות,
Banim ou banot           בנים ובנות.

La la la la la la la la…

Krasim, nikah             קרשים ניקח
V’anafim l’schach       וענפים לסכך
Caset h’gag                     קשט הגג
Lichvod ha’chag           לכבוד החג.

La, la, la, la, la…..

Kaneh, kaneh,               קנה, קנה,
Sukah nivneh               סוכה נבנה.
Krashim nikah           קרשים ניקח,
Knei’suf l’schach       קני סוף לסכך.

Maher, maher                מהר, מהר,
Pan n’aher                        פן נאחר,
Ayin faiyni chachot     אין פנאי חכות,
Maher sukkot                 מחר סוכות

Tach, tach, tach….

You can practice with the Hop version here:

We also created cute leaf creatures and beaded Indian corn to hang in the Sukkah as decorations. It was a great way to practice our Hebrew counting as each strand of the corn needed 10 beads.

Chag Sukkot Sameach! חג סוכות שׂמח

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