[School] Netivot Weekly Newsletter-Parashat Vayeitzei

Hadashot from Netivot-Parashat Vayeitzei

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, November 11.

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The annual Netivot Hanukkah party will be Monday, December 2. Don’t miss the early bird registration for tickets to this fabulous event!



Ayala works with the nesting animals.


Since we are now experts in food preparation, we decided to make our own hummus for our spreading work! We watched in amazement as chickpeas whirled in the food processor and turned into hummus. Then, we added tehina and olive oil for flavor, and we sampled our class-made treat. The students were very impressed with their product and were proud to use it for a classroom work.

Looking ahead to Thanksgiving, we were delighted to try a new turkey baster work. Children took turns placing the baster in a small cup of water. Submerging the tip and squeezing the top, friends were amazed to see the water get sucked up into the baster. Then they carefully moved the baster to an empty cup and squeezed the tip to release. Friends loved how easily they were able to transfer the water, and they feel ready to baste a turkey!

In circle we read lots of books about Hanukkah. A favorite is Spin the Dreidel. This book has a real dreidel in the middle for friends to spin while reading. We enthusiastically sang “Sivivon sov sov sov” over and over again.

Snack Families

Lipetz, Friedman, Friedman (week 2), Petter-Lipstein, Bar

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


This week we enjoyed integrating our knowledge of climates and seasons with what we have learned about the different regions found around the globe. We discussed the weather in polar regions, tropical and temperate forests, deserts, wetlands and grasslands. We also have a work sorting flora and fauna into forest, desert, and polar regions. When asked where they would prefer to live, many children decided that the polar regions would be the best place for having fun. Others wanted to live in the forests where they could hunt bears and eat fruit from the trees. They all agreed that the desert is not a good place for them to live. 

On Tuesday afternoon, the children gathered leaves outside for a new work in which they glued their favorite leaf to a paper and then pin-punched out the whole leaf from the glued-on paper. What a fun way to bring autumn into our classroom!

We also learned all about tzva’im (colors). We started with the primary colors, and each friend had a turn to classify a picture as adom (red), tzahov (yellow), or kahol (blue). This classification work is now available on the shelf, and as their Hebrew vocabulary grows, so does the children’s feeling of accomplishment.

In Parashat Vayeitzei, the children heard about the story of Yaakov running away to Lavan’s house. On the way, he dreamed of a sulam (ladder) reaching up to the heavens, with angels going up and down. We also talked about how tricky Lavan was in giving Yaakov Leah to marry first instead of Rahel. It was exciting to learn about the birth of the twelve sons who became the shevatim, and to realize how many people in our class and in our families have the same names. The new word in our parasha basket is sulam, and a new work on the shelf is sequencing pictures from a badeken, the special veil custom at a Jewish wedding that stems from this parasha.

Keep Shmuelly Warm!

Parents of  “lone soldiers” in Palhod, a company in the paratroopers battalion of the IDF, are raising money to provide their children’s comrades with cold weather gear. Among the Palhod soldiers is Shmuelly Mischel, the son of Netivot’s founder, ChanaSzenes Mischel. If you wish to read more or to contribute to this effort, click below.


Six Flags Read To Succeed Forms

Six Flags Read To Succeed Forms have been sent home with K-6 students. Log six hours of reading between now and February 14th and receive a free ticket to Six Flags. Don’t wait until the last minute!

 Chai Lifeline Hanukkah Toy Drive

There will be a bin in each building!

Netivot is proud to participate in the Chai Lifeline Honey Engel Toy Drive which collects new, unwrapped toys for children who are suffering with illness and hospitalization. This year, toys will be collected from October 23 through November 20, 2013. There will be a bin in each building for toy collection.

Don’t forget to click on our Amazon icon before you shop for all of your Hanukkah needs!

Lower Elementary

This week, for Parashat Vayetzei, we learned about the shoresh (root) in the name of the parasha, יצא. We learned the Rashi that explains why the Torah says that the malachim first went up and then down the sulam (ladder). It is because there were already angels accompanying and protecting Yaakov while he was in Eretz Canaan. Those angels first ascended to shamayim before another group descended to accompany him outside of Eretz Canaan. We also talked about Yaakov’s relationship with Rachel, how Lavan treated Yaakov, and of course, Yaakov’s very large family and their travels.

As the cold weather approaches, students are learning how to name different articles of clothing in Hebrew. They learned that “kar li ” means “I’m cold” and “cham li” means “I’m hot.” During the lesson, Morah Leora kept using both phrases, and the students would add more articles of clothing onto her body or take them off. Other students learned the exceptions with numbers when describing objects. Shtayim becomes shtei, and shnayim becomes shnei. In addition when describing one of something, instead of the adjective coming before the noun, the noun comes before the adjective.

In cultural studies, we enjoyed an introductory lesson on roots. We learned about tap roots, secondary roots and root hairs and what the function of each is. We also learned that not all root systems are the same. 

As part of our Asia studies, we welcomed a special guest this week. We are grateful to Keven Friedman (father of Madeline) for inviting Rhi, a Chinese exchange student, to come and share a little bit about her life in China. The students asked some great questions and were very curious about the Chinese language.  We look forward to having visitors from other areas of Asia who can give a first-hand account of what life is like in their home countries.

Over the next two weeks, the students will be starting literature groups. They will have weekly reading and writing assignments followed by group discussions. Group discussions will target particular skills: retell, comprehension, identifying main idea, setting, plot, main characters, etc. Students may bring their books home but must bring them to school every day for silent reading.    

Housekeeping: Snack for the week of November 11th –  Week 2:  2 large bags of petite carrots, 4 large bags of mini peppers or 8 large bell peppers, 4 large bags of tortilla chips, 2 jars of mild salsa, 4 large boxes of Chex cereal, pack of 200 small paper plates.

**New Request: Please send your student with a full, reusable water bottle every day. This will cut down on waste and on trips to the water fountain and eliminate the need for the use of the plastic bottles we have been using for the last few weeks. When the water bottle returns home at the end of the day, have your student wash it and refill it for the next day.

We look forward to seeing everyone at conferences on Monday. 

Upper Elementary

This week, we took a slightly different angle on parasha follow-up than in previous weeks. Each student reviewed a Hebrew summary of Parashat Vayetzei and then answered carefully crafted questions that resulted in his or her own parasha summary in Hebrew. We had a very animated class discussion about the concepts of being flexible and conceding a point even when you are right (vatranut) and conducting ourselves at a standard that is above and beyond the letter of law (lifnim mshurat hadin). Please make sure to have them share all this with you along with their parasha discussion sheet.

Rav Shlomo and our 6th year students worked hard to organize the different types of korbanot mentioned in Parashat Vayikra and the reasons for bringing each type of korban. They identified which animals could be offered as a Korban Olah and which animals were chosen for a Korban Shelamim. They also studied the methods that were used to offer the korbanot. Our advanced Hebrew students were challenged to complete mazes whose meandering passageways produce a grammatically correct Hebrew sentence. Each dead end is marked by a common mistake that students have to correct. Several students took the initiative to create their own mazes and bring this work to its next level!

We have begun our studies of light with a look at different types of light, the electromagnetic spectrum, wavelengths of light, and photons. We also discussed phosphors and whether they are florescent or phosphorescent. The students’ performance for the Hanukkah celebration will based on these concepts.

We finished presentations on the time period 300-500 CE and started learning about 500-700 CE.  The students have already started their research and preparation for the next presentation.

We have now begun our first large research project for this year, which will be on animals. We break this process down into its most basic parts and give detailed lessons on each step so that the students have clear instructions and support throughout the process. The students should choose their topics and get their sources by next Wednesday, which may require a trip to the library. They will need a minimum of five sources and at least three of the five need to be books. Below you will find the schedule for this project.

sp;                       Step                                                       Due

Topics and Sources                                         11/13/13

Outline (Questions)                                       11/20/13

Note Cards                                                         12/4/13

Final Outline                                                     12/11/13

Rough Draft                                                        12/18/13

Editing                                                                  1/2/14

Final Draft                                                           1/8/14

Presentation Note Cards/Visual Aids     1/14/14

Presentations                                                   1/14-16/14



Middle School

by Avi Bodzin

This week, in Middle School, we continued our study of the laws of motion by doing experiments with reaction time and acceleration time. In one experiment, one student dropped a meter stick in between the other student’s fingers and measured how many inches it dropped before the second student caught it. In another experiment, a student measured how far another student overshot  the finish line while attempting a full stop after running at full speed.  

Meanwhile, in חומש, we have been learning about the three different kinds of קורבן שלמים. We have also continued our study of מצוות הבן על האב in Gemara, moving on from brit milah and taking a close look at pidyon haben.


The following people appreciate your tefilot on their behalf:

Elisheva Bracha Chaya bat Meira Miriam

Avigayil bat Behiya

Yoel ben Chana Henya

Upcoming Dates


Monday, November 11 – Parent Teacher conferences. Sign up in the parent section of the website.

Monday, November 18 – Upper Elementary Parent Education Session

Wednesday, November 27 – Staff In-Service Day – No School

Thurs-Fri, November 28-29 – Thanksgiving/Hanukkah Vacation – No School

December 2 – Hanukkah Party! (please note change from summer calendar)

See our online calendar.

Parent Observations

As you may have noticed on the calendar, parent observations of classrooms have now begun. We expect parents to observe in their child’s classroom two times per year (in addition to Bring a Parent to Work Day or other parent events.) These twenty-minute, quiet observations are scheduled during the morning work cycle and are intended to give you insight into the classroom environment as well as your child’s interactions within it.

Observations can be scheduled Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10am.

Email earlychildhood@mynetivot.com for a Pre-Primary or Primary observation and office@mynetivot.com for an Elementary/Middle School observation.

Community Announcements


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 emailing Rachelle_Stern@Yahoo.com. Potluck dessert /salad buffet planned but please don’t feel obligated to contribute. We look forward to seeing you there!