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

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


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

Terry Fox Run Tomorrow!


Posted by jdarwish | Posted in French Studies, General Studies, Jewish Studies, Kindergarten | Posted on September 26, 2019

As well as being a Dress Down Day, we as a school will be having our annual Terry Fox Run tomorrow.  All money collected for this Dress Down Day will be going for the Run. Please bring in a Toonie for Terry to help this worthy cause.  Make sure you have appropriate athletic shoes and weather appropriate clothing. 

At this time, on behalf of all of your Kindergarten Teachers, we wish you all   a  Shanah Tovah Umetukah!

ראש השנה מגיע…Rosh Hashanah is Coming…


Posted by Morah Shira | Posted in Jewish Studies, Kindergarten | Posted on September 19, 2019

The holidays are quickly approaching and we have been busy as bees learning about them in the Gan.

We are speaking about what it means…literally “the head of the year” or the beginning of a new year and why that is so important. It is a time when we can think about the old year and try to make the new year even better.

The mitzvot of  Tashlich, Teshuvah, and Tzedakah.

What we do…go to synagogue to pray, give charity, listen to the shofar, eat apples dipped in honey, symbolically throw away the bad things we did so that we can start the new year fresh, give greeting cards, say “Shanah Tovah”, and have a festive meal.

Plus, don’t forget all of the special foods we eat.

Some new vocabulary we have been practicing are:

תפוח -apple

חלה עגולה -round challah



ראש של דג-head of a fish




We have also been learning a traditional Hebrew song.

Shanah halcha, shanah ba’ah
Ani kapai arimah;
Shanah tovah lecha, Aba,
Shanah tovah lach, Ima,
Shanah tovah, shana tovah!

You can listen at home here:


Our First Week! שׁבוע ראשׁון


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

Our first week is done and we are happily on our way to settling into new routines. The Kindergarten classroom is a busy and joyful place!

We began to practice our daily Tefillah, learning Modeh/Modah Ani, Torah Torah, and the 1st line of the Shema. Students are already eagerly awaiting their turns to carry the Torah around the circle stopping so their friends can give it a kiss.

We are learning the days of the week in Hebrew, the weather, practicing the Alef Bet, and have begun to discuss the approaching holidays.

Hebrew language- Students have been taught the following phrases:

אפשׁר ללכת לשׁירותים בּבקשׁה (May I please go to the washroom?) Efshar lalechet l’shirootim bevakasha?

אפשׁר לשׁתות מים בּבקשׁה (May I please have a drink of water?) Efshar lishtot mayim bevakasha?

We have learned the letter Shin  for Shalom, shofar, Shabbat, and Shanah Tovah! We investigated our Hebrew names and saw that only 2 students and Morah Shira have a Shin in their names. We practiced printing it on our palms with our magic finger (etzbah k’soomah), then practiced on whiteboards, chalkboards, and even made it out of playdough.


Here we are practicing a new song for Rosh Hashanah:

Tapuach, Tapuach

Tapuach, Tapuach

T’pol min ha etz

Tapuach, tapuach

Rak al t’itpotzez!


Adom v’agol

Tayim bishvil li!

Tapuach, tapuach

T’pol min ha etz!




Kita Alef here we come!


Posted by Morah Shira | Posted in Jewish Studies | Posted on June 19, 2019

It must be the end of the year, because Kindergarten students have finished learning the Alef-Bet and their sounds. Now we are ready for more! As a fun teaser for next year, we started learning the Hebrew vowels (nikkudot), beginning with Kamatz  ַָ, Patach ַ , Cheereek ִ , Tzehreh ֵ , and Segol ֶ 

We practiced each letter with the nikkudot, made nonsense words to read, and even read some real words.

Then…we read a book.

All I can say is WOW! They are ready for Kita Alef!!!


Farewell Dear Shinshinim


Posted by Morah Shira | Posted in Jewish Studies | Posted on June 19, 2019

In preparation for saying goodbye to our wonderful Shinshinim, we will be having a special assembly on Friday. The yelladim have been practicing a special song which they will sing to them, together with the rest of the student body.

If you wish to practice at home, this is the song:

Here are the lyrics in Hebrew and transliterated:


  1. לִפְנֵי שֶׁנִּפְרָדִים,
  2. עוֹצְרִים לְעוֹד דַּקָּה.
  3. הַיָּד אֵינָהּ רֵיקָה,
  4. שׁוֹלְחִים עוֹד נְשִׁיקָה
  5. שֶׁלֹּא שׁוֹכָחִים בֵּין יְדִידִים.
  1. לִפְנֵי שֶׁנִּפְרָדִים,
  2. בִּזְמַן כִּבּוּי אוֹרוֹת,
  3. דּוֹלְקוֹת בֵּין הַשּׁוּרוֹת
  4. עֵינַיִם מְדַבְּרוֹת,
  5. שֶׁלֹּא שׁוֹכָחִים בֵּין יְדִידִים.
  • וְלָכֵן כְּשֶׁהַמָּסָךְ יֵרֵד,
  • אֲנַחְנוּ נִפָּרֵד,
  • עַד הַפַּעַם הַבָּאָה,
  • רַק עַד הַפַּעַם הַבָּאָה.
  • וְלָכֵן, לִיאָם וְעִנְבָּר יְקָרִים,
  • תּוֹדָה לָכֶם חֲבֵרִים,
  • אֶתְכֶם כל כך אוֹהֲבִים,
  • שִׁינְשִׁינִים נֶהֱדָרִים!
  1. לִפְנֵי שֶׁנִּפְרָדִים
  2. חוֹבְקִים זֵרֵי פְּרָחִים,
  3. אֶת הַדִּמְעָה מוֹחִים
  4. בְּכַמָּה חִיּוּכִים,
  5. שֶׁלֹּא שׁוֹכָחִים בֵּין יְדִידִים.
  1. לִפְנֵי שֶׁנִּפְרָדִים
  2. הַסּוֹף קָרֵב וּבָא,
  3. חָשִׁים אֶת הַקִּרְבָה
  4. בְּסוֹף שָׁעָה טוֹבָה,
  5. שֶׁלֹּא שׁוֹכָחִים בֵּין יְדִידִים.
  1. Lif-nei sheh-nif-rah-dim,
  2. Otz-rim leh-od dah-kah.
  3. Ha-yad ey-nah rey-kah,
  4. Shol-chim od neh-shi-kah
  5. Sheh-loh sho-chah-chim bein yeh-dee-dim.
  1. Lif-nei sheh-nif-rah-dim,
  2. Bee-zman-kee-booy Oh-rot,
  3. Dol-kot bein hah-shu-rot
  4. Ey-nah-eem meh-dab-rot,
  5. Sheh-loh sho-chah-chim bein yeh-dee-dim.
  • Veh-lah-chen ksheh-ha-mah-sach yeh-red
  • Ah-nach-nu nee-pah-red,
  • Ad hah-pah-am hah-bah-ah,
  • Rak ad hah-pah-am hah-bah-ah.
  • Veh-lah-chen Liam veh-Inbar Yeh-kah-reem,
  • Todah Lah-chem chah-veh-reem,
  • Et-chem kol-kach Oh-ha-veem,
  • Shinshinim Neh-heh-dah-reem!
  1. Lif-nei sheh-nif-rah-dim
  2. Hov-keem zeh-rei prah-chim,
  3. Et Hah-dim-ah moh-chim
  4. Beh-kah-mah Chee-yoo-chim,
  5. Sheh-loh sho-chah-chim bein yeh-dee-dim.
  1. Lif-nei sheh-nif-rah-dim
  2. Hah-sof kah-rev u-vah,
  3. Chah-shim et hah-keer-vah
  4. Beh-sof Shah-ah Tovah,
  5. Sheh-loh sho-chah-chim bein yeh-dee-dim.

סלט (Salad), לג בּעומר (Lag B’Omer) & ים ירושׁלים (Yom Yerushalayim)


Posted by Morah Shira | Posted in Jewish Studies | Posted on May 31, 2019

Spring is here and with it comes a new influx of Jewish Holidays.

In the Gan, we learned about Lag B’Omer and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi) who hid in a cave with his son for 12 years studying Torah. When he emerged, he was so holy that fire came out of his eyes. He learned not to judge people and to ask questions when he didn’t understand why they did things a certain way. We looked at pictures of the actual cave in Israel (Morah Shira visited it) and Mount Meron where people gather to honor him on Lag B’Omer (she was there too).

You can see the cave for yourself at this website: The Historic Cave Of Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai – creative jewish mom

Then we spoke about how different people celebrate Lag B’Omer in Israel, and created bonfires with popsicle sticks and paint that we blew with a straw.

We also learned about Israeli salad and all of the Hebrew words for the ingredients. We played games with the vocabulary and learned a fun song to help us remember.

These videos were taken by our documenters Aviv and Emma (Miriam).

For Yom Yerushalaim, we painted a picture of the Kotel, learned to say my wish is in Hebrew and wrote wishes for the Kotel.

The Shinshinim also came to read us

האריה שׁאהב תות (The Lion Who Loved Strawberries) We are now learning the food vocabulary from the story and reinforcing the learning through games like zikaron (memory match) and ma haser? (What is missing?).

We’ve also been counting the Omer in anticipation for Shavuot. Thank you to Ariella (Livia) for bringing in a wonderful book about the holiday! We can’t wait for next week!

Shabbat Shalom!

Morah Shira

Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration


Posted by Morah Shira | Posted in Jewish Studies | Posted on May 21, 2019

This post is making its appearance a little late, but better late than never…

Our Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration was so much fun, from the flag raising ceremony, to the assembly, carnival and stations with our beloved Shinshinim.

Here are the yeladim in action, singing Eretz Israel She’li Yaffa v’gam Porachat:

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