[School] Netivot Weekly Newsletter-Shabbat Noah



Parashat Noah – 30 Tishrei – Rosh Hodesh Heshvan


The infant room welcomed new student Yaakov Elovic this week. Here he demonstrates the hard work that goes into developing head and neck control. It helps to have something exciting to look at!


After a long break, the Pre-Primary  friends eagerly entered our classroom, greeted each other and chose works. They enthusiastically chose a new corn kernel spooning work in which they carefully use the little spoon to scoop one corn kernel at a time and transfer it from one bowl to another.  This requires a lot of focus and concentration as well as fine motor control.

In the art area, there is a new leaf cutter Play-dough work. Friends use a rolling pin to roll out the Play-dough until it is very flat. Then they use a cookie cutter to cut beautiful leaf shapes out of the dough.

We read Leafman and Let it Fall! during circle, and we sang a new song called “Come Little Leaf.” We are looking forward to the crisp fall breezes and to watching the leaves change color. 

Come little leaf, said the wind one day,

Over the meadow with me and play.

Put on your dresses of red and gold,

Summer has gone now; the days grow cold.

Snack Families

Erani, Fisher, Fisher(week 2), Chefitz, Dietz

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


At our first class meeting after Sukkot, we enjoyed hearing all of the children’s favorite experiences from their vacation, including visiting with extended family, helping build and take down the sukkah, and dancing on Simchat Torah.

We introduced the concept of Parashat Hashavua (weekly Torah reading), and started with the Sheshet Y’mei Bereishit (days of creation). After discussing the different days of creation, the children were able to sequence cards corresponding to the days, and some of the friends made booklets illustrating what was created on each day. Another Breishit work sports a basket with a felt bag for each day, containing objects and pictures of that day’s creation. The children lay out the bags in order and explore the contents before replacing them on the shelf.

The children were captivated by the the story of Noah. We used our Montessori golden beads to illustrate the 120 years that Noah spent building the teivah and the 40 days and nights of rain. We read Noach and the Rainbow, by Shoshana Lepon, and introduced the Rainbow Booklet in which the children color each stripe on the rainbow and label it in English and Hebrew. We also introduced our Parasha Box, to which we will add new objects every week in conjunction with the week’s parasha. For Breishit we put in an etz (tree) and a shemesh (sun), and for Parashat Noah, we added a yonah (dove), a teivah (ark), and a keshet (rainbow).

A new work on our Practical Life shelf is punching holes in an etrog, and pushing in tziporen (cloves). It smells so good! Other new works include soap grating and hammering golf tees into clay. Some of our old works have new objects in them in honor of fall, including transferring tiny pumpkins with a spoon and leaf and acorn shapes in our pin-punching work.

 Shabbat Shalom!

Lower Elementary

This week during siha (Hebrew conversation) we focused on the topic of numbers. Second and third years passed around  a jar of marbles, and each student asked the next “l’nachesh” (to guess) how many marbles there were. We wrote all the numbers in Hebrew on the board and then, with high anticipation, we counted the marbles together out loud to see whose guess was the closest. Another way we practiced numbers was for the students to ask one another their ages.  We also skip counted by twos, with each person counting and then throwing a ball of yarn to another person who was then the next to count.

For this week, following Breishit, we journeyed back in time and pondered the awesomeness of Hashem’s creation. On the third day, we cut open a pepper and examined the beauty of the seed and discussed how it has the ability to reproduce so we can enjoy even more of Hashem’s creation. In general studies, students studied the corresponding scientific theory of the development of species on the Timeline of Life.

All of our students were pleased with their ability to understand the Parashat Noah lessons as a result of the flash card words they have been studying. Please review your child’s flash cards with them. They are so proud to know so many words! We also learned the special bracha we say when seeing a the keshet (rainbow), a symbol of Hashem’s promise to never again bring a mabul (flood) to destroy the world.

In general studies we began the week with a lesson in classification. Hopefully many of you heard that “King Phillip Comes Only For Good Spaghetti,” a mnemonic phrase students love to memorize. We also introduced the primary biomes of the world. Students will apply this information as we begin exploring specific continents, and our art and music lessons will relate to whatever continent we are studying as well.

On Friday we had our first day of Montessori PE. We learned to dance the “Alley Cat” and played a tag game called “Hammer Time.”  These activities require the students to work cooperatively in some way and provide opportunities for community building. 

Our first field trip is coming up in a couple of weeks. On Monday, October 21, we will be going to a farm to learn about the fall harvest and how farms work. We will need two parents from each homeroom to chaperone this trip. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know as soon as possible.  We will take volunteers on a first come, first served basis. 

Snack for the week of October 7th – Week 1 – 8 bags of apples (approximately 8/bag), 6 bags oranges, 6 boxes triscuits, 6 bags pretzels, 4 tubs of hummus, pack of 200 small paper plates for each homeroom.

Upper Elementary

We celebrated the kick-off of our text learning in humash, navi, and mishnah with a tekes sefarim (book ceremony) in which every student received an appropriate sefer. Students clapped and cheered for one another, and there were smiles from ear to ear as they received the newest additions to their libraries.

As an introduction to Mishnah, we played telephone, first in writing and then orally.  It became clear that the oral transmission was much more difficult, and it would require the best and the brightest leaders to pass down the oral tradition from Moshe to each successive generation.

We introduced Ivrit word study strips, a Hebrew work adapted from the Upper El Montessori English language materials. Each of twelve strips contains a sentence which is missing a verb. The student matches the appropriate verb to the sentence and then matches a strip with the English translation to the full Hebrew sentence.

This week the class collaborated in creating the class constitution which spells out rights and responsibilities in the classroom.  In conjunction with parashat Bereishit, we discussed that because every human being is infused with Tzelem Elokim (the image of G-d), we are required to interact with respect and compassion.

In General Studies, we began the week with a review of last year’s timeline studies and a review of the ages. This was followed by the first lesson in geology, a look at the layers of the Earth.  We finished off this week with a review of pulleys. 

This was the first week in which the students planned a full week of work. Through the planning, we were able to see their strengths and weaknesses in time management, which is an essential skill in our classroom. We will be focusing on any areas of difficulty in order to help each student grow. 

Housekeeping: please include with snack approximately 300 dessert-sized paper plates for the students to use while having snack.

We have sent home a hard copy letter describing our exciting Judaics homework site. Please make sure to read it and help your children navigate the site and use the works.

Middle School

by WIll Schwartz

This week the Middle School kicked off our studies on Rome with Rome day. We had gladiator fights and chariot races, ate like the Romans and dressed up like them. We will be looking at the history of the Jews under the Roman Empire and the scholars and scholarship that arose during that time.

In Judaic studies we started Masechet Kiddushin with a mishnah that discusses the different mitzvah obligations of men and women. We then compared the mishna and the other Tanaic sources found in the tosefta, which will then be the foundation of the Talmudic discussion.  We also learned about laws of bishul (cooking) and eruv for our shabbat camping trip.

In other news, we tested our recipes for our new sandwich business, “Nicely Sliced,” which is launching next Friday!

Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 21: Primary Parent Education Session. Look out for more details.

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