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!




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