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Grade K/Gan Class Update 3-6-16

Posted on March 7, 2016

Hello Gan Class Families!

This was another busy week in the Gan Class.  To start our day we enjoyed bagels and cream cheese for our community breakfast.  This was very popular and students were thrilled to share the types of bagels they enjoy most and what they put on them.

At Teffilot we are enjoying the new siddurim and getting familiar with the pages that have our weekly prayers.  Students continue to enjoy the singing and dancing as well as being with the entire Religious School community.  

In this week’s Torah story we found out what happened to Joseph after his brothers sold him to be a slave in Egypt.  In Egypt, he realizes that he has the skills to interpret dreams.  The Pharaoh has had dreams that are strange and Joseph is called upon to tell him what they meant.  Joseph hears the dreams and tells the Pharaoh that there will be seven years of plentiful crops followed by seven years of famine.  When we next see Joseph he will have a new and very important Job in Egypt.

There were two new letters today, pay and tsadee.  Pay makes the sound p- and begins the word parpar which means butterfly.  Tsadee makes a ts- sounds and begins the work tzedakah.

Two very important topics that we explored this week were mitzvot and tzedakah.  We began by learning about mitzvot and realized hat a mizvah is a good deed you do with expecting something in return.  Students took turns describing mitzvot that have previously done or would like to do.  We also learned that tzedakah is when you help someone by making sure they have the things that they need.  Beginning next week we will have a tzedakah box displaying in the classroom.  If students would like to gie tzedakah they are more them welcome to.  At the end of the year, we will decide together where to donate what we have collected.  To gain a better understanding of these ideas we read the story Bagels for Benny.  This is a really super story about a boy that would like to thank God for bagels so he puts them in the ark at his synagogue.  At the end of the story he finds out that a man who didn’t have enough money for food was taking the bagels and it helped him through a tough time. 

Next week we will be focusing on the upcoming holiday of Purim. 

Just a quick reminder:  Purim Carnival will take place directly after Religious School on Sunday, March 20th.  

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the Gan Class.