Posted in General Studies, Jewish Studies, Math, Reading, Reminders

Highlights of the Week in SK

It’s been a wonderfully busy week in SK.  Here are some highlights of the week and some important reminders of upcoming events…

Both classes had their first meetings with their Grade 5 Reading Buddies this week!! Each child is paired with one or two Grade 5 students and every few weeks, we will meet in the library to read together, get to know each other, and to participate in some fun, community-building activities.  Be sure to ask your child to tell you about their new buddies!!

This week has been all about a favourite fall food, APPLES!!!  SK has learned about the Life Cycle of an apple, participated in a variety of apple math activities and we even did an apple taste test, comparing how 3 different kinds of apples look, smell, and taste, and of course choosing which one was our favourites; then we put the results in a graph.  The favourite in SK-A was Golden Delicious and the favourite in SK-B was Red Delicious.  They have also been talking about les pommes en francais…. Madame Maryse will share more about that later.

Today, JK and SK participated in a special Tashlich ceremony in preparation for Yom Kippur.  We gathered in the front yard, read the story “Tashlich at Turtle Rock”, and then each child drew a picture of something they wanted to throw away from this past year.  Then they balled up their drawings and threw them into the water to enter the New Year with a clean slate.  Thank you to Morah Susan and Morah Jaqui for organizing this meaningful activity.

In case you missed it, the video of our SK Back to School Night presentation and the slideshow are now uploaded to the “Back to School Night Videos” tab at the top of the Blog’s main page (and linked here for easy access now)…. Apologies that Morah Jaqui’s section is not in the video, but you can review the slides provided and send any questions you may have her way.  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!!


Monday, Sept. 25 – Yom Kippur (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, Sept. 26 – OJCS Terry Fox Run

Friday, Sept. 29 – Orange Shirt (Dress Down) Day

Shabbat Shalom and G’mar Chatima Tovah!

Posted in Reminders

Picture Day is tomorrow…. and other reminders

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 20th is Picture Day at the OJCS!!  Please ensure that your child is wearing their white collared OJCS shirt.  SK will be having their pictures taken as early as possible!!

You may have noticed a few new faces on the playground over the last week or so…. We are very excited to welcome Emeleigh McLean, the EA in SK-A to our team.  As well, we have Felix, a first year DSW student from Algonquin College, doing his field placement with us on Mondays and Tuesdays until the middle of October.

In case you missed it, the Grade 8’s have begun their first Grad fundraiser.  Starting today, they will be selling Bad Monkey Popcorn after school (outside the front door). While the older grades will be able to purchase this snack at recess as well, for the SK students, we are asking parents to participate at the end of the day, should you wish.  This is a CASH ONLY fundraiser.


Tuesday, Sept. 19 – Back to School Night at 7:00 pm (in person!!)

Wednesday, Sept. 20 – PHOTO DAY! Please wear a white collared uniform shirt.

Monday, Sept. 25 – Yom Kippur (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, Sept. 26 – OJCS Terry Fox Run

Friday, Sept. 29 – Orange Shirt (Dress Down) Day

**If you haven’t already, please complete and return the Emergency Card that was sent home in your child’s Note Tote as soon as possible**

We look forward to seeing you all this evening for Back to School Night!!  For those that cannot attend, we will be posting a video of the evening shortly.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!!

The SK team

Posted in Kindergarten, Reminders

Last Day of School Tomorrow!!!

It is hard to believe that we are actually at the end of the year and I am writing this blog post…. What a year we have had in SK.  I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to share in a small snippet of your amazing kids’ lives and I look forward to watching them grow as they move up through the grades here at the OJCS!!

There is a lot of work and other stuff being sent home today, so please ensure to empty your child’s backpack tonight as we have more to send tomorrow.

Tomorrow we will be having a full school assembly in the morning, so we ask that you drop your child off between 8:30 and 8:45 am.  Dismissal tomorrow is at 12:00 pm.

Stay tuned for the “SK Summer Review” blog post coming later this week which will include links to websites, resources, games, and other activities for your child to engage in at home this summer.

Lastly, on behalf of the SK team, I want to thank all of you for the immense support you have provided to both your children and to us, the morahs, through this wonderful Senior Kindergarten year. It has meant so much to us to watch your children learn and grow through our time together. Thank you for sharing them with us!!

Have a fabulous and fun summer!!

Morah Andréa

Posted in General Studies, Kindergarten, Math, Reminders

SK Measures Up!

Over the last few weeks, SK students have been busy investigating and exploring the concept of measurement!!  We started by using non-standard units of measurement to measure and compare the length, height, and width of different objects found around our classroom.  We even had a special Measurement Hunt where the kids chose different objects around the room to measure with their chosen unit of measurement (cubes, legos, paperclips, shoes, etc.) and then they documented their findings in a chart.  We also had the opportunity to try measuring with rulers and many students were able to find the measurements quite accurately!!  We also explored others types of measurement such as weight, capacity and temperature; through sensory and hands-on experiments, the kids compared a variety of objects and determined if they were heavy or light, empty or full, hot or cold, and so on.  Check out the photos below….

This Friday, June 23rd is our last Dress Down Day of the year!  We will be following the JKs lead and collecting tzedakah for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.  Don’t forget your loonies and toonies!!  That afternoon, we will be joining the whole school to watch the Grade 8s vs Staff Baseball Game.  Please ensure that your child has a hat and is dressed appropriately for the weather as we will spending a good part of the afternoon outside!

Next Tuesday, June 27th, by popular request, SK will be having a special Pyjama Day to celebrate the end of our year together.  The kids can come to school in their summer cozies, bring their stuffies, and we will have a special treat!!

As we wrap up our year in SK, we will be sending home the kids’ work and other things at school between now and next Wednesday.  If you know that your child will be ending the year a few days early, please let us know so that we can ensure that everything gets where it needs to go!


Friday, June 23 – Dress Down Day for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

Tuesday, June 27 – SK Pyjama Day

Wednesday, June 28 – Last Day of School (NOON DISMISSAL)

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to Jacob K who turns 6 on June 21st

and to Morah Dawn who celebrates on June 29th!!

Posted in Kindergarten, Reminders

JK Lemonade Stand Tomorrow!

One of the JK students is registered for the 2023 Lemonade Standemonium and he will be bringing his lemonade stand to the OJCS tomorrow (Tuesday, June 13th) at pick-up time. His family has generously donated supplies for JK to make lemonade and they will be selling lemonade from 3:30 pm until about 4:00. Any and all donations are welcome and proceeds will be donated to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.


Friday, June 23 – Dress Down Day

Wednesday, June 28 – Last Day of School (NOON DISMISSAL)

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to Jonah who turns 6 on June 15th


to Jacob K who turns 6 on June 17th!!

Posted in Chagim, Jewish Studies, Kindergarten, Reminders, Shavuot

Post-Shavuot post and other reminders…

We hope everyone had a Chag Sameach and a lovely weekend!!  Did you know that SK performed in the Shavuot assembly last Thursday??  Their Grade 5 Reading Buddies taught them a Shavuot song and dance over our last few meetings and they performed it together.  Here’s a video of the performance:

The chag may be over, but you can still try out the yummy recipes we collected for our OJCS Shavuot Recipe Book at home!!

We also had another special treat last Thursday…. no, not the yummy Menchie’s (although that was special too!!), but Amelia and Isadora’s aunt Melanie, who was visiting from New York, treated the JK, SK and Grade 1 classes to a special performance of her show “Opera Mouse”!! The kids absolutely loved the singing and the puppets.  A huge thank you to Melanie for sharing her talents with us!!

With the weather getting warmer and summer creeping closer, a reminder that hats and sunscreen are highly encouraged for our recess/outdoor time.  If you are sending sunscreen to school, please ensure that your child is able to apply it independently (sprays or roll-ons are really helpful!).

Just a reminder about the OJCS Maccabiah Games coming up this Friday, June 2nd!!  The teams are listed below and your child should come to school wearing their team colour and ready to show their RUACH!!!


Posted in Chagim, Jewish Studies, Kindergarten, Reminders, Shavuot

Shavuot Celebrations are tomorrow and Maccabiah Games are coming soon!!

Just a reminder that we will be celebrating Shavuot tomorrow at school.  We are asking that all students wear their white uniform shirts.

Also, tomorrow will be the last day that we are collecting non-perishable foods and other items for the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank, so please make sure to send in any donations you may have and a big thank you for those that have already.

Yesterday’s Rosh Chodesh assembly ended with a surprise – the 2023 Maccabiah break!!  The Maccabiah Games is a colour-war styled day where the school is divided into 4 teams to complete activities, sports, cheers, etc… all while following the OJCS North Star of RUACH (spirit)!! This year’s Maccabiah Games are taking place on Friday, June 2nd. The theme is Fairy Tales and the teams are Blue Cinderella, Green Peter Pan, Red Little Red Hiding Hood and Orange Goldilocks.  Students are encouraged to dress in their team colours and to be as creative as they can to get ruach points for their team!!

The SKs are divided into the following teams:


Friday, May 26 – Shavuot (NO SCHOOL)

Friday, June 2 – Maccabiah Games

Posted in General Studies, Kindergarten, Science, STEAM

Let’s Talk Science…. Nifty Nests!

This morning, Senior Kindergarten participated in our final Let’s Talk Science lab of the year.  This time, Farah and Madalina, students from the University of Ottawa, introduced the topic of nests to the kids and we were astounded by their ideas and observations as they discussed what kinds of animals build nests and what materials they use to build them.  Then we played a Guess the Nest game and even though some of the questions were really tricky, these super-smart kids got most of them right!!  To wrap-up our learning, the kids were tasked with building their own bird’s nest out of the materials they were provided, but with the extra challenge of using a clothespin (to simulate a bird’s beak) instead of their hands.  Check out some pictures of the process:

You may have some blossoming birdwatchers on your hands now as Farah and Madalina challenged the kids to look for birds’ nests around their neighbourhoods or to build an outdoor next and see if any creatures make it their home….. If your child finds or builds any nests, please share the photos in the comments!!

I want to send a huge thank you to Farah and Madalina for all of the amazing sessions this year and for inspiring our little scientists!!

Posted in Kindergarten, Reminders

Dress Down Day is tomorrow!!

Tomorrow, Friday, May 19th, is Dress Down Day!!  This month, we are collecting tzedakah in support of The Cure Foundation for Breast Cancer.  Don’t forget to bring your loonies and toonies!!

As well, we are still collecting non-perishable items for the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank in honour of Shavuot.  It would be wonderful if you could send any donations to school between now and May 25th!  All items donated should have a visible, reliable hechsher (COR, MK, OU, etc) and please make sure to check the expiration date.  Check out the poster below to see what items are needed most, but any and all donations are appreciated!!


Friday, May 19 – Dress Down Day supporting The Cure Foundation

Monday, May 22 – Victoria Day (NO SCHOOL)

Friday, May 26 – Shavuot (NO SCHOOL)

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to Jared who turned 6 on May 17th


to Ariel who turns 6 on May 24th!!