This Week in Lower School

Friday, September 23, 2022







Preschool students used their 5 senses as they prepared for the upcoming holiday, Rosh Hashanah. Many classes took a walk to our own pomegranate tree and had opportunities to explore the real pomegranates growing and compare them to photos of pomegranates.  


Students had fun listening to the sound of the shofar as our Director of Jewish Life. Moshe Borvick, visited classrooms to teach about and blow the shofar. Children really engaged their sense of taste, touch, and smell at a Rosh Hashanah seder where they each had a chance to try some new foods and explore different textures.  Each student  worked hard on a special Rosh Hashanah gift for their families. It has been wonderful to see and hear the joyful singing, engaging stories, and active learning going on in each class as children get ready for the new year! Shana Tova U’metica!



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Our Lower School students have been preparing for the holidays in an engaging and interactive manner. Kindergarten students learned about the symbolic foods that we eat on Rosh Hashanah and named them in Hebrew. In addition, they learned the classic Israeli Rosh Hashanah song “Shana Halcha Shana Ba’ah.” In their art specials, they created decorative honey bee centerpieces.


First graders have learned about the meaning behind sounding the shofar at this time of year as well as the names of the different kinds of “blasts.” They also read stories that focused on repentance and learning. In art, they created and decorated their own mini shofars to take home to their families and learned about the importance of wishing relatives a Shana Tova. They read stories that focused on offering up apologies and reflected on what it means to begin anew.

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Second graders led us in Shabbat this week, bringing energy and joy to our weekly celebration. We are grateful to our Shinshinim, Mr. Borvick, Mr. Sam, and all second grade faculty for their guidance and support. This week, second graders also discussed the symbolism of pomegranates and brainstormed ways to perform good deeds (mitzvot). They discussed the importance of recognizing when friends behave well, and how powerful and fulfilling it can be when we focus on others and support them when they shine. In art class, they each created a decorative pomegranate. 


The third graders worked diligently to learn a song about the Jewish months and they discussed the three areas that we focus on in the days that lead to the High Holidays: Teshuvah, Tefillah and Tzedakkah.


In addition to learning about the seven steps of Teshuvah (repentance), our fourth graders learned about different greetings in Hebrew you wish for family and friends for the new year, and they created beautiful artwork by writing their wishes on wood with Ms. Levy.


Celebrating Rosh Hashanah in the fifth grade was a fun filled experience. Students had the opportunity to share the gorgeous canvas displaying the phases of the moon they created in art when learning about the relationship between the Jewish calendar and the lunar cycle. They read the traditional blessings for their classmates and shared why particular foods are included on the seder plate. They researched more traditions and symbolism of the food we eat on Rosh Hashanah and brainstormed new foods they want to include in their own Rosh Hashanah celebrations.


It was a pleasure to witness the learning and growth that took place this past week as we head into the celebration of the new year. We wish all families and friends a fulfilling long weekend full of family time, traditions, joy, and renewal. We are grateful for your partnership. L’Shana Tova and Shabbat Shalom.  


Upcoming Events

  • 9/26/22 - NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashanah
  • 9/27/22 - NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashanah
  • 9/28/22 - 2s Morning Mingle 
  • 10/4/22 - Early Dismissal - Erev Yom Kippur - PS 11:15/K-5 11:30
  • 10/5/22 - NO SCHOOL - Yom Kippur



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