Posted in General Studies, Kindergarten, Science

Innovation Day 2021

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to join us for Innovation Day in KA and KB yesterday!!  The students worked so hard to create their planet sculptures and to learn space facts and they were so proud to share what they had learned and created with you.  If you were not able to join us, you can watch both KA and KB’s Solar System Presentations in the videos below…..

Today, we wrapped up our Outer Space unit by talking about stars and constellations and then the kids built their own constellations out of marshmallows and toothpicks.  Their imaginations were in full gear and the different structures they created were truly stellar!!!

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

to Asher A. (KA) who turns 6 on March 26th

and to Ariel (KA) who turns 6 on March 30th!!!

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and safe Passover – chag Pesach sameach from the K team!!

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





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Save the Date for Innovation Day!

This year’s virtual INNOVATION DAY is officially one week away. It is a day to celebrate Science here at OJCS, so pencil in Wednesday, March 24th into your calendar next week.  Each class will have a live presentation on Google Meet…. check out the poster below for each class’ designated time and links for the meet.  We look forward to virtually welcoming you to our Kindergarten classrooms!

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 General Studies, Kindergarten, Science

An Out of This World Experiment!!

This week, the Kindergarten classes blasted off into a new unit all about Outer Space and we started by talking about what it would be like to visit the moon.  There were a lot of great creative ideas of what it might be like to live on the moon as well as many interesting questions!! One question that was asked was “how are the craters on the moon made?” along with “is the moon made of cheese?”….. so we decided to investigate!!

We discovered that craters on the moon are made when rocks or meteorites hit the moon, creating a pit or a hole (and not because the moon is made of cheese!!) and then we did an experiment to show how that happens…. using flour and cocoa powder to create the surface of the moon, we dropped different sized rocks from different heights to see how craters are created.  Check out this video to see a few of our trials:

This experiment was out of this world!! Make sure to ask your child to tell you how the moon was made or what are the different shapes the moon takes on throughout the month….. post their answer in the comments below!!

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 General Studies, Kindergarten, Science

Let’s Talk Science….. Liquids, Solids and Gases

Earlier this week, the Kindergarten classes once again participated in another super fun Let’s Talk Science virtual lab with Nia and Kelvin from the University of Ottawa.  This time, we were introduced to everyday liquids and solids to determine their properties.  The kids used their hands and senses to explore different liquids and then poured them out to see the differences between them.  Kelvin demonstrated the different densities by making a density tower with corn syrup, water and oil.  We then did a cool experiment where we mixed solids with water to see whether or not they would dissolve and ended with another experiment where we mixed solids (baking powder and sugar) with water to create a gas….. the kids loved experiencing this neat reaction and it sparked some really interesting questions.  A big thank you to Morah Taylor for coordinating this awesome virtual experience for the K students!!

We ended up pivoting our plans for the rest of this week due to the fact that the kids were so intrigued by this virtual lab and ended up spending most of the week inquiring about, observing and experimenting with the States of Matter.  We listed different examples of each state and learned their properties through activities and songs; we experimented with mixing more solids and liquids to create gases and documented our observations.  Each class built a mini snow (ice) man and then watched to see how water can actually shift from one state of matter to another (ice, water, water vapour).  Below are some of the videos and songs we watched in class to enhance our learning and some pictures as well…… make sure to ask your child what they observed and learned in Science this week!!

Move Like Matter Dance:

Matter Chatter Song:

States of Matter Song:

Of course, it was also Ruach Week which culminated in our Purim celebration.  And what a week it was from 100 Day to PJ Day, Tropical Tuesday to Throwback Thursday, there was so much spirit, enthusiasm, fun and imagination – all the things we love to see in Kindergarten!!!

Posted in General Studies, Kindergarten

Celebrating Inclusion in Kindergarten

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). It is a unified effort from Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster acceptance and inclusion of peoples with disabilities and mental health conditions.  This aligns perfectly with one of the OJCS North Stars: Each person is responsible for the other.

In the spirit of this month, we wanted share how both Kindergarten classes start their mornings. We sing O Canada, of course, but did you know that they have learned how to sing our national anthem using American Sign Language??? Check out the video below to see the kids in action….

We have also spent some time talking about what makes each of us unique and how we should celebrate these differences, but also treat everyone equally with kindness and respect.  It was so amazing to have the students share their special talents and abilities during Show & Tell yesterday.  Thank you so much for helping your kids to prepare and for sharing videos; we were treated to a variety of skills, from dancing, singing, and playing piano to completing mazes, building Lego creations, and everything in between.  We certainly got to see what makes each of these kids shine in their own unique way!!

When we return to school after the break, it is OJCS Ruach Week!!  Check out the poster below for all of the theme days and get ready to bring some ruach to our classes…..

Have a restful break and stay safe everyone!!

Posted in Jewish Studies

הַמִּשְׂפָּח שֶׁלִּי (My Family)

February is all about family in Kindergarten Hebrew class. We have been celebrating our families by learning the names of our family members in Hebrew (דָּוִד דּוֹדָה אֲנִי אבּא אִמָּא אָח אָחוֹת תִּינוֹק תִּינֹקֶת קָטָן קְטַנָּה גָּדוֹל גְּדוֹלָה סבּא סָבְתָא), singing, speaking, writing in Hebrew, drawing and even sculpting our families from Plasticine.