|Week of 12/30/11 – To view the archives please click here.
It’s so hard to believe that Chanukah is over. We had an absolutely wonderful time in school. Every class enjoyed Chanukah parties, sufganiot, chocolate coins and cookie treats, and games and activities in their own classrooms. Joining in school- wide activities added to the Ruach of this special Chag. We will all miss this very special time of year. These are special memories that we will treasure forever.
This past week our students in grades 1-8 participated in the long awaited Chinese Auction. All the Derech Donuts that were earned during the month of Kislev were put to good use. Many very lucky students won prizes which included: extra points on tests, “no homework nights”, assorted snacks, ice cream, pizza luncheons, sodas, homemade cookies, potato kugels, tutoring, Slurpees, Dunkin Donut gift cards, games, prizes, “Bentching assistant for a day” and one-on-one basketball games with the teachers. We thank our entire staff for their wonderful donations to this program and for their dedication and efforts on behalf of our student body. We also thank the eighth graders for their help in collating the Chinese Auction booklets.
Morah Fishman and her 5th grade girls performed a beautiful Chanukah play for students in grades 1-5. The girls were so well prepared and they sang and recited their parts to perfection. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Morah Fishman for her hard work and creativity. Broadway – here we come!!! We video-taped their performance for your viewing pleasure and we hope you enjoy and shep as much Nachat as we did.
Our JFS choir delighted us with their beautiful and sweet voices as they sang many popular Chanukah songs. Not only did they sing at some of our assemblies, but they also took their “show on the road “when they sang at the Staten Island Borough Hall Chanukah celebration. Thank you to Mrs. Irene Lopukhin, our very talented music teacher, for the time and effort that she spent preparing the girls. Once again, we would like to thank Mrs. Alina Lukyanov for helping us organize this exceptional event.
First Grade Siddur Party: Sunday, January 8, 2012 – 10:00AM at the Main Center
Second Grade Chumash Party: Thursday, February 16, 2012 – 9:30 at the Main Center
Candle Lighting Time: 4:20
|Main Center – Chanukah|
ELC children are happily preparing for Chanukah. Our toddlers made their very own Chanukah wrapping paper and decorated beautiful dreidels.
Nursery’s color of the week was white and the letter of the week was F. The children had a great time feather painting. Morah Diane dressed up as a dreidel to officially welcome in all the Chanukah preparations. Nursery also made a surprise gift for mommy and daddy.
Kindergarten children are working on their math skills. They did leaf graphing, leaf counting and candle math. They "hand painted" a Chanukiah. The children especially enjoyed a vanilla party which they had in conjunction with their Hebrew letter of the week, vav.
Primer students dressed up and danced to 50’s music to celebrate the 50th day of school. They had so much fun. We can’t wait to see what the 100th day will bring! We also introduced the "an" family this week. In Hebrew literature, we read the book Hello Hello Abba to go along with the letter hey, which led us into a game of telephone. We also discussed the Parsha and how Yaakov prepares to meet Esav. The children can’t wait to learn what happens next.
Stay tuned for more great ELC happenings!
Kitah Aleph News
Kitah Aleph was so pleased to complete their first Kriyah booklet. As a culminating activity, Morah Simona and her class enjoyed a delicious party. The students are looking forward to beginning the next level booklet. Thank you to all the parents who sent in the treats for this special occasion.
Our Kitah Aleph is also very busy practicing for their upcoming Siddur party, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, January 8 at 9:30AM in the Main Center. The Siddur play is traditionally a highlight of the first grade and the children are looking forward to sharing this special milestone with their family and friends.
Fourth Grade Boys Siyum
Mazal Tov to Rabbi Loebenstein and his fourth grade class for completing Parshat Vayishlach. They celebrated with an exciting siyum which included singing, dancing and, of course, delicious snacks. As a culminating review activity, they acted out eighteen different scenes from the Parsha. We are so proud of the entire class!
Fifth Grade Girls’ Cookie Sale
Our fifth grade girls’ class had a very successful cookie sale this week for Bikur Cholim. Students in grades one through three were so excited to buy the cookies and were so proud to be a part of this important Mitzvah. Thank you to the parents of the fifth grade girls for donating the cookies.
Seventh Grade Girls’ Cupcake Sale
Everyone who entered our school this week was immediately drawn to the delicious smells that emanated from the lunchroom. Our seventh grade girls were very busy baking cupcakes for their upcoming fundraiser for Bikur Cholim. The sale was very successful and we are so appreciative to the parents of this class for donating the ingredients for this project.
Chanukah is in the air and the excitement for this upcoming Chag is certainly felt by all who visit our Main Center. The main lobby is beautifully adorned with the colorful decorations that grades one through three created at our most recent SST program.
It was so wonderful to welcome all the parents who attended Parent-Teacher conferences this past Wednesday evening. We would like to express our appreciation to the PTA for funding our new computerized program for scheduling appointments with faculty. Many parents told us that the new system made the evening much more organized, productive and efficient. A special hakarat hatov to Mrs. Linda Edelman and Mrs. Karen Goldstein for their efforts and time spent on this most important project.
Picture Day: Picture Day will take place on Thursday, December 29 at the ELC and on Tuesday, December 13 at the Main Center.
Chanukah Sale: The PTA Chanukah sale will take place on Wednesday, December 14 at the ELC and on Thursday, December 15 at the Main Center.
JFS Wine Sale at Young Israel Chanukah Boutique: The Jewish Foundation School will be selling wine at the Young Israel Chanukah boutique which will take place on Saturday night, December 10. Purchasing wine at the boutique will benefit our school.
Box Tops for Education: We are very excited to learn that Box Tops for Education is offering a new way to help schools financially. For all you on-line shoppers, simply sign up with JFS at boxtops4education.com (you can search for our school by name in the search bar), then click on "earn" and "shop marketplace" to see all the popular stores that will meet all your shopping needs. With Chanukah just around the corner, shopping for your family and friends on- line will generate a tremendous number of box tops for our school.
Shabbat Shalom from everyone at JFS
Candle lighting time: 4:11
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