Friday, September 7, 2018

Here comes a sweet New year

Welcome Back to returning and new friends!
It is the start of a new school year and....
Moshe: Rosh Hashanah!
Morah Katie: Yes! It is the beginning of the Jewish New Year! I am so excited to start our new year with the very beginning of the very our New Year! Let's find out WHY!
Morah Tzivie: I am sharing something unique: it is very special, different, interesting. It might be something you've never seen before.  It is a Shofar
The shofar is the horn of an animal and when it is blown it's sound reminds us it is the new year.  
It is like an alarm clock, or a timer when your moms cook- to remind us the new year is here and it time to start fresh, to work hard at being kind and helping our moms and dads, brothers and sisters and friends.
Morah Katie: What does the shofar wake us up to do at the new year?
Lochlan: To be nicer.
Moshe: Do better nice things.
Eli: Play with friends. 
Morah Katie: I already see a lot of sweet, kind things happening and it is only the second day. I am excited to see where you guys lead us this year!
Morah Tzivie: What is a mitzvah?
Lochlan: When you do something kind.
Morah Tzivie: At the Rosh Hashanah, The New Year, we ask: How can my New Year be full of mitzvahs?   What mitzvahs can you do?  
Moshe: Helping someone and be kind.
Morah Tzivie: Would a mitzvah taste sweet or sour?
Lochlan: Sweet.
Morah Tzivie: Mitzvahs are so sweet, they feel sweet for the person giving the mitzvah and the person getting the mitzvah.
For our Shabbat party, we had a Rosh Hashanah Holiday meal.
We had:
Moshe: Candles. Round Challah! Apples and honey! Pomegranate!
Morah Tzivie: Why do you think we eat so many sweet foods for Rosh Hashanah, the New Year?
Clive: For a sweet New Year.
Morah Tzivie: We eat pomegranates. Let's look inside. There are so many seeds. 
We hope our New Year is full of so many mitzvahs and opportunities to do good things.  
We dip our apples in honey to remind us to have a sweet New Year.
 We made round challahs with sweet raisins.

Beginning the school with Rosh Hashanah reaffirms the foundations of our classroom community.
We are looking forward to a year full of kind words and mitzvahs.

A new year, a new growing season.

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