Choose Kindness

This week, our class is thinking. Each of us are thinking about how we can be more kind to those around us in the coming year. Why are we thinking so much? Because it is Yom Kippur. We thought about times we may have made someone sad or mad and we practiced saying “I’m Sorry” or “Slicha.” Morah Rachel read “A Yom Kippur Think” by Miriam Feinberg. It is a story about a girl who does a lot of thinking, just like us!

The theme of our Weekly Reader was Kindness. We looked at photos of children who were feeling sad, proud and mad, then we thought of ways we could be kind to someone in that situation. We will continue practicing kindness because we are all a work in progress.

This week we had a double birthday celebration. Two of our friends turned FIVE over the weekend! We had a special snack of apple sauce, raisins and pretzels in honor of the new five year olds. Thank you to both sets of parents for helping us celebrate this special day!

In the garden we finally got to plant our herbs and vegetables! The produce includes basil, eggplant, carrots and tomatoes. We can’t wait to see how our garden grows!

Did Ms. Heather know our letter of the week was B? Because we finished our meeting with a bubble party!

In the classroom, we practiced making the shape of the letter B and the number 4. Using stickers or dot paints to make the B and 4 shape help us learn the letter formation and strengthen our writing muscles! We also practiced cutting straight lines with scissors.

By Thursday we realized Ms. Heather definitely knew our letter of the week was B. She taught us about BRIDGES! We made our own beam bridges, arch bridges, and truss bridges. Which design held the most weight?

We discovered that the bridge made of triangles, or the truss bridge, held the most weight.

Everyone brought a bunch of B things for Show and Tell this week! Way to go!

Our Mystery Reader contunued the B theme with a book called “Bee” by Britta Teckentrup. Thank you for spending time with our class!


Our fantastic emas led us in our Shabbat blessings.

We can’t wait to prepare for Sukkot together next week!

Ms. Alyse and Ms. Stephanie

L’shana tova!

We started off our week with apples! As a class, we taste-tested three kinds of apples: Red Delicious, Fuji, and Granny Smith. We used a worksheet to record the types of apples we used, and whether each slice was sweet, sour, crunchy, and/or juicy. We put a smiley face on the apples we liked. Everyone liked all three types! Smiley faces all around.

On Tuesday we began creating our Rosh Hashanah cards for our families. We each designed our unique cards with colorful apples, Hebrew script and our own handwriting. We hope you loved them!

On the playground, some of us refined our gross motor skills by throwing and catching a frisbee. We also learned about patience and taking turns as we anxiously awaited our turn to throw! By the end, we had 6 friends playing catch together.

On Wednesday in Jewish Studies, we did Tashlich at our pond. Before we took the journey to the pond, we brainstormed what things we might want to throw away.  Some of the bad things we threw away were: hitting, hurting friends, and leaving a mess without cleaning up. We also considered some good things that we did. These are things we will continue to do in the new year: give a flower to mom, say please and thank you, and playing nicely with daddy.

As always, we had plenty of playtime in our Learning Centers.


We wish you a happy and sweet new year! We look forward to more learning and growing together!


Ms. Alyse and Ms. Stephanie

An eXciting week!

This week was shorter than expected. But we packed in the fun!

On Tuesday we discovered that our letter of the week was X. Two of our friends had the letter X in their name! We traced the letter X, and made a construction paper xylophone! To help us understand what a xylophone actually is, we watched a short video of two people playing the xylophone. We observed that the musicians used mallets to play it and each of the bars ring at a different pitch to create a song.

Our books this week included “The Giraffe Made Her Laugh,” and “The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights.”

We read through “The Giraffe Made Her Laugh” and added vocabulary words to our Word Wall. We snapped our fingers (or tried!) as we spelled out each word. We read this book again later in the week but this time we turned our attention to the rhyming words throughout the story. We thought of additional words that rhymed and shared them with the class!

In the story “The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights” we read about a giraffe who acted bravely to save his friends from a dangerous situation. As we progressed through the story, we made predictions about what fear each new character might have. Before we got to the end, we guessed that the animals would overcome their fears. We used the pictures to help us make our prediction. We were correct!

The beginnings of our giraffe craft.

The ink dotters we used to paint our giraffe worked our hand muscles! In order to get the most paint, we had to squeeze the bottle and dot at the same time. After trying a few different ways we all got our creations painted. We added facial features and spots to our giraffe once the paint was dry!

We met Ms Heather in the garden twice this week. On Tuesday, we learned about methods for organizing our garden. We each colored and laid our our very own garden designs. Next we learned that some of the food we eat to nourish our bodies can also be nourishing for our garden. We made a mixture of coffee, egg shells and bananas. Then we added it into our garden beds to make sure our produce will grow big and strong!

In Jewish Studies, we practiced our morning prayers. Then Morah Miriam told us a story about why the ram’s horn is used to bring in the new year.

We love Music with Ms. Emily! We get to make lots of noise. But what’s even better is making songs together! This week we made music in small groups.

On Thursday in Science, Ms Heather read to us a book about the materials birds use to build their nests. Some birds use twigs, grass, string, and even rocks! We got to create our own nests using found materials in the garden. Each nest was a bit different even though we had access to the same items!

Our friends who stay for enrichment after lunch got to spend time making music with Mr. B, reading with Mrs. Hallett, and creating art with Mrs. Gutterman in the Day School.

Dates to Remember:

Monday and Tuesday September 11 & 12 – No School due to Hurricane Irma

We wish you a safe weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone again on Wednesday!

Ms. Alyse and Ms. Stephanie


An Outstanding Week!

This week our class started our journey through the alphabet with the letter O. We begin with the letter that was most recognized by students in their individual assessments. Everyone in our class knew this letter! What a great place to begin.

We honed our writing skills by tracing the letter O, dot painting the letter O, and making the letter O out of play dough and creating an octopus!

During our storytimes this week, we read four books by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. First we read Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? The class started to recite the words with me as I read them! They were truly familiar with this story! We added vocabulary words to our Word Wall and we snapped our fingers as we spelled out each word.


Then we read Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? We were curious about panda bears so we read another book about them. We learned that panda bears live in the forest and that they eat bamboo all day long. We discussed how panda bears are different than brown bears, and some of our friends told us they have seen panda bears in a zoo!


The next day we read Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? We talked about how all these books are similar and different. We noted that the animals were using different senses in these books, and we have those senses too! We used those senses in the garden where we SAW weeds, TOUCHED the dirt. Ms. Heather showed us how to pull weeds from the root and we got to work! We weeded a whole garden bed to prepare it for planting soon.

In Music, Ms. Emily is teaching us how to play music together, rather than just making noise. We are getting better at following the beat with the rhythm sticks. Then we got to dance our hearts out!

The friends who stay for enrichment got to spend time with Ms. Gutterman at the day school. She taught us that the primary colors are red, yellow and blue. Every other color is made from just these three colors! We created our own popsicle artwork featuring primary and secondary colors.

Our shape of the week was a circle. We had a blast creating our collaborative artwork! We made lots and lots of circles, circle houses, and even circle robots.

We had a lovely guest as our Mystery Reader this week. She told us a story about Rosh Hashanah using pictures she created herself!







Our fantastic aba and ema lead us as we welcomed Shabbat.







This week, Show & Tell was an extension of our stories with more animals! A few friends brought in bears, others brought puppies and we even had a sea turtle! Each of us got to share the name of our stuffed animal and what we like about it. For next week’s Show & Tell, please bring in something yellow.


Please join us at Open House on Thursday September 7th from 7:15 til 8:30pm. We will chat about what we have to look forward to in VPK this year!


No School

Monday September 4th – Labor Day

Thursday and Friday September 21st and 22nd – Rosh Hashanah


We can’t wait until next week!

Ms. Alyse and Ms. Stephanie