Posted in Jewish Studies, Kindergarten, Passover, Uncategorized

Our Seders & Caught Being Kind

I am so proud of the work, learning and enthusiasm of our Kindergarten students.

Not only did they blow us away during our model seders (as I’m sure they will at home for the real ones), but they have shown amazing growth in social skills during our Caught Being Kind initiative.

What does it mean to be caught being kind?

It is when students are noticed by their peers or a teacher doing what is right, helping a friend, being extra polite, being a leader, and going the extra mile to make someone else feel good.

Here in Kindergarten, we have been caught in many ways including helping zip our friends’ coats, giving compliments, helping to clean up after an activity, making cards, pictures, or necklaces for our classmates and teachers, following our classroom rules and showing exemplary behaviour.

Students were acknowledged both in the moment and at the end of the week with a special visit from Mrs. Gordon. She presented them with a golden heart and certificate of kindness.

Kol Ha’Kavod Yelladim!

Posted in Jewish Studies, Kindergarten, Passover

Model Seder

Dear Parents,

 

This year KA will be having a Model Seder on Tuesday, March 23rd, and KB on Wednesday, March 24th. We will begin in the morning during our Judaics class. As it is a special event, students are welcome to come dressed up. 

For the day of our Model Seder each student is asked to bring the following items (in addition to a regular snack/lunch):

  • 1 hard-boiled egg (peeled and wrapped please) 
  • 1 or 2 small celery sticks
  • 1 leaf of romaine lettuce

 

The remainder of the Seder ingredients, such as egg matzah, horseradish, NUT FREE charoset, and grape juice, will be provided.

 

*Should you have any concerns regarding food allergies, please provide your child with his/her own food.

 

Wishing you all a Chag Pesach Sameach! 

The Kindergarten Team.

Posted in Jewish Studies, Kindergarten, Passover, Uncategorized

Ma Nishtanah 3rd and 4th Questions

Question #3:

On all other nights we do not our dip vegetables even once…

Why on this night, do we dip them twice?

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אֵין אָנוּ מַטְבִּילִין אַפִלּוּ פַּעַם אַחַת

הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה, הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה שְׁתֵּי פְּעָמִים

     

Question #4:

On all other nights we eat sitting or leaning …

But on this night, we all lean!

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִין בֵּין יוֹשְׁבִין וּבֵין מְסֻבִּין

הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה, הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה כֻּלָּנוּ מְסֻבִּין

                       

 

 

 

Posted in Jewish Studies, Kindergarten, Passover, Uncategorized

Ma Nishtanah? What Is Different?

In Judaic Studies, the yelladim are working very hard on their Haggadot.

This week we will focus on really learning the 4 questions so that the yeladim will be ready to shine at their Passover Seders.

Question #1:

What is different on this night from all other nights?

Every night we can eat Chametz or Matzah…Why on this night do we only eat Matzah?

מַה נִּשְׁתַּנָּה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מִכָּל הַלֵּילוֹת?

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִים חָמֵץ וּמַצָּה;

הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה, הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה כֻּלּוֹ מַצָּה.

Passover, you really need to step it up. - Mayahood

Question #2:

On all other nights we eat many different kinds of vegetables…why on this night do we eat maror (a bitter vegetable)

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִים שְׁאָר יְרָקוֹת

הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה, הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מָרוֹר, מָרוֹר

Maror - Kosher Spirit

Here is a recording of the 1st two questions for your child to practice:

Posted in Jewish Studies, Passover

(שמחה רבה אביב הגיע פסח בא) Spring is Coming and so is Pesach!!!

Kindergarten students are getting excited about spring and are learning everything they need to know for Pesach!

We spoke about the cleaning that needs to be done for Pesach and the ritual of Bedikat Chametz. You can sing along with your children to these songs:

Feather, Candle and a Spoon

Simcha Raba

We have also learned and are going over the order of the Seder and are now busy creating our own Haggadot to follow along with for the Leil HaSeder.

Steps of the Seder

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Jewish Studies, Kindergarten, Passover

Ma Nishtanah – Part 4

Question #4:

On all other nights we eat sitting or leaning …

But on this night, we all lean!

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִין בֵּין יוֹשְׁבִין וּבֵין מְסֻבִּין

הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה, הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה כֻּלָּנוּ מְסֻבִּין

                       

Here is the Flip grid link to record yourself or you can send Morah Shira a video if that is easier.

If you haven’t yet, you can also sing the whole song from the beginning!

 

Posted in Jewish Studies, Kindergarten, Passover

Ma Nishtanah – Part 3

Question #3:

On all other nights we  do not our dip vegetables even once…

Why on this night, do we dip them twice?

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אֵין אָנוּ מַטְבִּילִין אַפִלּוּ פַּעַם אַחַת

הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה, הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה שְׁתֵּי פְּעָמִים

     

Please practice the 3rd question and record yourself singing here:

Posted in Jewish Studies, Kindergarten, Passover

Ma Nishtana? Part 2

Question #2:

On all other nights we eat many different kinds of vegetables…why on this night do we eat maror (a bitter vegetable)

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִים שְׁאָר יְרָקוֹת

הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה, הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מָרוֹר, מָרוֹר

Maror - Kosher Spirit

Please practice the 2nd question and record yourself singing here:

Posted in Jewish Studies, Kindergarten, Passover

Ma Nishtanah? What is Different?

This week we will focus on really learning the 4 questions so that the yeladim will be ready to shine at their Passover Seders.

I have broken the song down into small chunks (this is how we learn in class)

Question #1:

What is different on this night from all other nights?

Every night we can eat Chametz or Matzah…Why on this night do we only eat Matzah?

מַה נִּשְׁתַּנָּה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מִכָּל הַלֵּילוֹת?

שֶׁבְּכָל הַלֵּילוֹת אָנוּ אוֹכְלִים חָמֵץ וּמַצָּה;

הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה, הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה כֻּלּוֹ מַצָּה.

Passover, you really need to step it up. - Mayahood

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 

Please practice and record yourself singing in the Flipgrid link below.

Each day we will add another question to practice.

Posted in Jewish Studies, Kindergarten, Passover

Instructions for Haggadah She’li

Passover is getting closer. We have learned the story of Moses and how the Jewish people were slaves in Egypt in the Torah.

Here is a cute version I made with my class at Ganon Preschool.

Many of these students are now at The OJCS in Grade 1. Do you recognize them?

We are going to be creating our own Haggadah to use at our Family Seders. It is a pretty long book to make because the Seder is long and has a lot of steps to do in order. Each page is one of the steps.

The link to print the Haggadah is in the calendar. and also here:

I recommend trying to finish 2 pages a day in order to be ready for the Leyl HaSeder.

  1. Cut out the face on all except the last page. You only need to cut 3 sides (cut the top off altogether).  It is ok if your parents help you. There are 13 heads to cut!
  2. On the last page glue a photo of your face over the oval shape.
  3.     
  4. Now do your best to colour the pages neatly. You can also glue textured materials such as tissue paper, felt, jewels or whatever you have at home. Make it special so you can use it again next year!
  5. I recommend putting the pages in clear page protectors in a duotang. This will keep them safe from food and grape juice spills during the Seder.

I can’t wait to see them! You can show and tell me about it with this Flipgrid code: