Posted in Kindergarten, Reminders

Keeping Up with the Kindergarteners

Hello K parents,

There are quite a few important updates and reminders that need to be shared with you all, so I’ve compiled them all into one blog post…. please read until the end!!

Picture Day

Picture Day is this coming Tuesday, October 27.  We will be doing our pictures first thing in the morning, so please drop your child off the at K-2 doors between 8:30 and 8:45. Once each class finishes with their pictures we will head outside so that they still get their outdoor play time.  Don’t forget, your child should be wearing a white uniform shirt!

Note Totes

Please make sure that you check your child’s Note Tote (blue plastic folder) everyday.  We will be sending home art projects, completed work and some parent communication in them.  We may also be sending homework from time to time and your child should be able to let you know what should stay at home and what needs to come back to school.  If your child spends a few days learning from home, please send their completed work back to school in their Note Tote.

Extra clothes

As the weather continues to change, we have at times been needing to grab dry socks or pants after returning inside from the playground.  We have a bag of extra clothes for most of the kids, but if you’re not sure or you think it needs refreshing, feel free to send another bag with your child as it’s always helpful to have options.  We recommend sending quite a few pairs of extra socks if you haven’t already.  Also, please make sure that you send in replacement items as needed.  For the boys, it would be great if they could have multiple kippahs in their backpacks as sometimes they wear them home and they don’t come back to school.

Party Popper Emoji (U+1F389) HAPPY BIRTHDAY Party Popper Emoji (U+1F389)

to Alicia (KA) who turns 6 on October 25th

to Yael (KA) who turns 5 on October 28th

and to Amelia (KB) to turns 5 on October 30th

Speaking of birthdays, we have had a lot of questions about what you can do to mark your child’s birthday at school…. You are welcome to send in a treat for your child’s class as long as it comes to school sealed and is clearly marked as both kosher and nut-free.  It unfortunately cannot be homemade.  We would recommend sending these treats on dairy days (M, W, F) and would ask that if you choose to send on meat days (T, Th) that the treat you send is pareve (does not contain dairy).  If you have any other questions, please ask!!

Dress Down Day

Our next Dress Down Day is next Friday, October 30.  We will be raising money for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

Check out these pictures of our amazing Kindergarteners…..


Shabbat Shalom! Have a wonderful weekend!!

Posted in General Studies, Kindergarten

Firefighters, Chefs and Doctors….. OH MY!!!

After last week’s Terry Fox Run led to discussions about real-life heroes and how we can help in our own community, KA & KB have been learning all about different kinds of community helpers over the last week or so.  From police officers to artists, from mail carriers to nurses, we have been talking and learning about all of the ways different people in our community help every single day.  We read books, took a (virtual) field trip to a fire station, we helped a sheriff turn all the bad guys into good guys by doing yoga, we made mini-books, we crafted, we coloured, we matched, we sorted, and we dreamed about what we want to be when we grow up!! One of the highlights was making Community Helper puppets…. check out some examples below!!

Party Popper Emoji (U+1F389)Happy birthday to Ariel P. (KB) who turns 5 on October 11th! We can’t wait to celebrate with you on Tuesday!Party Popper Emoji (U+1F389)

Wishing you all a chag sameach and a wonderful long weekend!!

Posted in Jewish Studies, Kindergarten

Chaggei Tishrei (חגי תשׁרי)

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 certainly been enjoying learning about the Chagim.

For Rosh Hashanah, some of our highlights were: creating beautiful holiday placemats, while learning new holiday vocabulary like tapuach, d’vash, and shofar

We did our very own tashlich, and threw styrofoam balls onto our carpet (with fish and water), ridding ourselves of all the things we wish to change for the new year. Some of those things were:

hitting my brother/sister, not listening to my Mommy/Daddy, getting angry/frustrated…

For Yom Kippur, we learned the story of Jonah and the Whale and the yeladim acted it out using their own storyboard, where they added pictures as the story progressed. After, we spoke about how Jonah couldn’t hide from G-d, because G-d is everywhere. 

We made a scale and separated behaviours that are tov (good) and lo tov (not good), discussed the importance of selichot סליחות (saying sorry to our family and friends), and made a card telling a family member that we are sorry from the bottom of our heart!

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 welcome signs to hang in the Sukkah as decorations. 


Chag Sameach! חג שׂמח

Posted in General Studies, Kindergarten

KA & KB take it one step at a time, just like Terry Fox!!

The Kindergarten kids have spent the last few days learning all about Terry Fox and why he is a Canadian hero.  We have read books, watched videos, compared superheroes and real-life heroes, and learned why Terry wanted to run across Canada.  On Wednesday, both classes participated in their own Terry Fox Run!! Thankfully, the weather cooperated and we managed to get outside during a sunny period in both cases (KB even saw a beautiful rainbow!!).  Our goal was to walk for 1 kilometer and even though the kids thought that would be hard, just like Terry, we took it one step at a time, we didn’t give up, and we accomplished our goal!!  Kol ha’kavod!!

Posted in Kindergarten

ICYMI…. Back to School Night

In case you missed it, here is the link to the recording of last night’s Back to School presentation…. apologies that the first few minutes weren’t recorded, but everything important is covered.  Thanks to everyone who was able to join us.  Once again, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to any of us!!

Just a reminder, tomorrow is Dress Down Day…. Bring a toonie for Terry!! We will also be learning more about this Canadian hero next week and having our very own Kindergarten Terry Fox Run….. stay tuned for more details!

Wishing you all a G’mar Chatimah Tova…. Have a meaningful fast…..



Posted in Jewish Studies, Kindergarten

פּירות (Fruit)

Our new vocabulary unit is all about fruit – פּירות (perot)

On Shavuot, people brought the first fruits of the field  בּיכורים (bikkurim) to the temple to offer thanks to G-d.

Please watch and listen to the following slideshow to learn the names of the fruits in Hebrew. Then go to Flipgrid and in Hebrew…tell me your favourite fruit:

…הַפְּרִי הָאָהוּב עָלַי הוּא