[School] Netivot Weekly Newsletter-Parashat Vayeira

Hadashot from Netivot-Parashat Vayeira


 Ayala Sharon enjoys some tummy time.




Leaves are falling all around, and we have been having so much fun collecting fallen leaves during recess. We love gathering them into piles and jumping on the mini mounds. During circle we have been singing a new song about raking up the leaves and jumping in.

To the tune of  “London Bridge is Falling Down”: 

All the leaves are falling down

Falling down, falling down

All the leaves are falling down

Because its fall!

Take a rake and take them up

Rake them up, rake them up

Take a rake and rake them up

Because its fall!

Make a pile and jump right in

Jump right in, jump right in

Make a pile and jump right in

Because its fall!

In practical life we have a big, orange pumpkin for scrubbing! Friends take turns pouring water over the pumpkin and using a sponge to apply soap all over the pumpkin’s surface. Then they use a scrub brush to vigorously scrub the pumpkin, and then they pour fresh water over the pumpkin to rinse off the soap. When finished they gently dry the pumpkin with a towel.

We have also enjoyed the sight of beautiful colored gourds on top of the shelves. We love our autumn decorations and really enjoy talking about the farm the gourds grew on and the patch from which the pumpkin was picked.

Parent Education Series: 

Write Before you Read! – Primary Language Arts

Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:00pm

Join us for an interactive program highlighting key elements of our Language Arts curriculum. We will illustrate how students use a variety of materials in both English and Hebrew to develop strong reading and writing skills. Following the Montessori method, children actually learn to write before they read, using hands-on materials like the sandpaper sounds and moveable alphabet. They first learn how to put words together, the better to understand how to eventually take them apart. We will also discuss the new spoken Hebrew element of our Primary program. We hope to see many parents there!

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 17, to earlychildhood@mynetivot.com

This and other events can be found on our school calendar page.

Snack Families

Sharoni, Dietz, Dayon (week 3), Schwartz (Hillel), Setton

For information on quantities, allergies, etc. see the Parents section of the website.



We continued our unit on biomes by introducing a work in which the children sort a variety of pictures into the categories of Flora and Fauna. We also have a beautiful new leaf raking work. The friends scatter (silk) leaves around their rug, use a mini rake to collect them, and use the rake and a mini shovel to scoop them into a bag. Your children will be all ready to help you clean up your own yards! They also learned the Hebrew names of these tools, magreifah and eit.

On Wednesday, we had a lesson in smock rolling. The children learned how to put on a smock, remove it, dry it off, and roll it up before replacing it on the shelf. This was all in preparation for our first water work. The children are all very excited to use this work in which they transfer water from one bowl to another using a sponge, filling it up on one side and squeezing it out on the other.

The friends are captivated by the continuing story of Sefer Bereishit. In Parashat Vayeira we heard about the 3 malachim (angels) who came to visit Avraham on the 3rd day after his brit milah. Even though he was in pain and it was so hot outside, he ran to greet his guests, as he was so excited to do the mitzvahof hachnasat orhim! We made our own list of ways we can welcome guests into our homes and do this great mitzvah too! The children were thrilled to hear about the birth of Yitzhak and how he was the first one to have his brit milah when he was 8 days old! We added a tinok (baby) and an ohel (tent) to our Parasha box this week.

 Chai Lifeline Hanukkah Toy Drive

There will be a bin in each building!

With Chanukah just around the corner, the Chai Lifeline Honey Engel Toy Drive is moving ahead at full speed. This year, toys will be collected from October 23 through November 20, 2013. Students may bring in toys which will be distributed to Chai Lifeline children and their siblings as well as to patients in area hospitals.

Lower Elementary

This week first years learned the body parts in Hebrew with the help of a catchy tune. They then matched pictures of body parts to the Hebrew words. In humash, students were fascinated to learn that several words can hide in one. For instance, the word “gmali” (my camel) is composed of the prefix meaning “the”, the word “camel”, and the suffix meaning “of mine.” As they watched, cards containing these different components slid out from under the word, “gmali.” They practiced using different nouns and singular forms of shel (of) to create their own combinations. In Hayei Sarah humash groups, third years learned about the “vav hahipuch,” which changes past tense words to future, and they found examples in the perek we are studying.

In parasha, we discussed many important concepts that demonstrate the love Hashem has for us  as well as the love we should have for each other. With the keter midrash (Morah Vered’s special crown that signals an imminent midrash), we learned that Hashem arranged a very strong sun to discourage Avraham from sitting outside to wait for guests, but because Avraham loved to welcome guests and fulfill the mitvzvah of hachnasat orhim, he sat out in the hot sun waiting. Then, because Hashem didn’t want him to suffer for no reason, he sent malachim (travelers) for Avraham to welcome. Lot adopted this love of hachnasat orhim from his uncle. Despite the fact that Avraham, unlike Noah, pleaded for the survival of humanity, Lot’s family had to escape from the destruction of S’dom, and Lot’s wife was transformed into a pillar of salt. This parasha discussion prompted us to differentiate between the words melech (king), malach (angel/messenger) and melah (salt). All of these words were in our kartisim work (flash cards), which made it so easy for the students to understand our Hebrew parasha lesson. Please help your child reinforce the words on their kartisim so that they feel confident and proud when they understand so much of the lesson.  We went into Shabbat singing “Shalom Aleichem,” which welcomes the Shabbat angels that come from the King of kings.

Students proudly pose inside the fort they made out of fallen branches.

In science, we presented the next lesson in our classification work: Vertebrates/Invertebrates.  The students were intrigued by the fact that snakes have backbones and sharks do not. In our history and geography studies we continued to explore Asia. Second and third year students have begun labeling the different countries in Asia. First years are each choosing one country for their mini-research project, which will involve locating the country and its capital on a map, finding out the population and discovering a couple of important facts. 

Our field trip to Giamarese Farm will be on Tuesday, October 22nd.  Our bus will leave for the farm at 11:15 and return to school in time for dismissal. Students will be bringing back apples from the farm. 

Snack for the week of October 14th – Week 3 – 40 count bananas, 4 large bags of grapes, 4 cantaloupe, 2 watermelon, 4 large tubs of pretzel sticks, 6 large bags of pop chips


Upper Elementary


The students are working hard on the follow-up works for the cultural lessons they have had.  These include work with pulleys, layers of Earth, timeline research in small groups, and Kingdom Plantae. We have also begun experiments with mixtures and solutions.

In our timeline studies, we  take a global view of the world at a particular time in history. We are now focusing on 300-500 CE, and while learning about the Golden Age of the Gupta Empire in what is now India, we introducedBhasa, one of the fathers of Indian Literature.

In Ivrit, we began thematic sihot  (conversations) in Hebrew. Following up on Avram’s historic journey to Eretz Canaan, many students were busy packing suitcases using a word list with relevant Hebrew verbs and nouns. Advanced speakers learned about active versus passive binyanim (verb forms) such as kal andnif’al.

In a new Mishnah work, students match specific mishnayot that they have learned to the Masechet in which they belong.

Fourth graders have completed their preparation for their study of Sefer Yehoshua. They reviewed the timeline of Jewish history and studied satellite maps to solidify in their minds how B’nei Yisrael came to be poised to cross the Yarden into Eretz Yisrael. 

By the end of the week everyone will have a working login and password for the homework websites.  We will be tracking the 2 work per week minimum homework requirement from all students, so please support your student in completing these.  So far, many of the students have become avid users of the website, often completing up to a dozen works in a week!

Middle School

by Joey Cenci

In Humash, we started learning about korbanot alef and bet, working on recipe cards for the different korbanot in korban minha (grain offering). Eighth graders are covering more and more of Rashi’s commentary, and we are concentrating specifically on Rashi’s methods of parshanut.

In Gemara we started learning the Gemara itself and going through the specific mitzvot the father is obligated to do for the son. In connection with Torah She’b’al Peh, we mixed our Roman period social studies with Jewish history.

We started this year’s Physics curriculum with Newton’s laws of motion, and we experimented with an inclined plane, testing the speed of a skateboard as you change the angle of the plane.


The following people appreciate your tefilot on their behalf:

Elisheva Bracha Chaya bat Meira Miriam

Upcoming Dates 

Friday, October 18     – Short Friday dismissal begins: Early Childhood 1:15, Elementary/MS 1:30

Monday, October 21  – Parent Education Session: Primary Language Arts, 8:00 p.m. (1566 Rte. 27)

See our online calendar.

Community Announcements

Congregation Ahavas Yisrael of Edison will be having a clothing giveaway on Sunday October 20, from 10:30- 2:00. All sizes of clothing in new and gently worn condition. Donations to the shul will be accepted but are not required. For more information please contact  Chaya Davis (917-518-2464) or Rivka Jaffe (732-762-0490).


HP/Edison Welcoming Committee Melave Malka For Women- Thanks to our overwhelmingly successful pre-Sukkos women’s get-together we are following it up with a (women only please) Melave Malka on Motzai Shabbos, November 9th at 7:30 pm at the home of Zev and Rachelle Stern, 474 Lincoln Ave, HP. If you are new to town or have been here for a while but want to play a part in helping the welcoming committee embrace newcomers to our town and come up with and implement ways to make their transition easier, then please RSVP by calling Rikki Samel at (732) 249-5116 or emailingRachelle_Stern@Yahoo.com. Potluck dessert /salad buffet planned but please don’t feel obligated to contribute. We look forward to seeing you there!


Announcing the Creation of the HighlandParkEdisonConnects Info-Sharing Forum-The Highland Park/Edison Welcoming Committee has created an official Yahoo group–called HighlandParkEdisonConnects — for the purpose of facilitating the easy exchange of information between the various facets of our community and help spread the word about local events, shuirim, and more for the benefit of newcomers and old-timers alike! To subscribe or post a message please email highlandparkedisonconnects-subscribe@yahoogroups.com



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