It's amazing how the spiral of the year has turned us here already. Our school is also turning. By the time you are hearing this, have already enjoyed our Chanukah party with lots of dreidles, fair-trade chocolate gelt, pin the shamash on the chanukiah and of course song and stories.
The big news from this month includes the inauguration of our Ukulele Orchestra! We now have 10 Ukuleles for Jane's class and older kids too for connecting with Hebrew through song and instruments. We are starting a CBI Community Hebrew School Arts Fund for projects to help bring more arts based programming into the school.
For young children, art is not just a narrow discipline, to be contrasted with science or other topics. Instead, art is a way into full concentration that is centered around Jewish concepts...learning Hebrew words to sing a song or to play the ukulele, learning Torah stories to dress up and act, focusing on Hebrew calligraphy to write letters beautifully and more. You'll notice an email being sent out next week that will invite all those who wish to see our school thrive and our children immersed in Jewish learning to help contribute in whatever ways are possible.
Another new feature that is happening on Monday December 14 will be Student led conferences, where the students will share with parents highlights from the semester of learning. With guidance from the teacher, the student will prepare to share not only content highlights, but also character highlights too- how they were as a student and ways they can become better students. After all, none of us are ever perfect and we all have our growing edges.
Inside our classrooms saw the completion of Rabbi Jarah's game creation project. At Chanukah the whole school will spend some time playing these games that are all constructed around the Shema. Jane's class developed the play of Noah and took it to the nursing home last week. Reb Rachel's bnai mitzvah students have been exploring Mitzvot and have made short videos describing their experiences.