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Lower School Updates

We hope you all had a lovely Pesach. We were delighted to welcome our students back to school on Thursday.

During this abbreviated week, our library welcomed Marthe Jocelyn, the author of The Invisible Day, as well as two additional "Invisible" stories. Since the characters in The Invisible Day spend time in various placesaround Manhattan, our second grade students particularly enjoyed hearing about how she writes her books.

We are looking forward to some exciting events over the next two weeks:

On Thursday, April 27th, our fourth graders will present the Heritage Fair that they have worked so hard and with such excitement to put together. As you will remember these students have been in complete charge of this event, designing all the presentations and even the set up.

On Friday, April 28th, Kitat Dov/609,will have their Publishing Party. This event is an opportunity for our first graders to share all their written work with parents and guests. As always, they will be singing several songs and have other treats in store before showing off all the wonderful writing they have done this year.

Other classes are already beginning to work on songs or dances in celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut, which, this year will have the theme of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.

Shabbat Shalom,

Dina and Rivka

As part of their in-depth study of New York City, author Marthe Jocelyn visited the 2nd Grade today in the Lower School Library. Jocelyn is the author of the New York City based chapter book, "The Invisible Day". Grade 2 students have been using their library time reading (and Google mapping) the book.

We have spent weeks planting poetry seeds all around school. Teachers and students watered the seeds by posting similes and reading poetry. On Thursday the entire school enjoyed the blossoms that "Poem in Your Pocket" day brought.Children and faculty brought in poems, reading them to all and sundry and listening to those their peers and teachers brought. It was a truly wonderful celebration of poetry! Thanks go out to Judy Katz and all those faculty who worked with such enthusiasm to bring life to this day.

All classes have been preparing for Pesach, with children learning the story of the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery. Second graders were involved in a model seder, which demonstrated and helped them to understand meaning behind the rituals and objects so important to this holiday.

Grade 2 Model Seder

Fourth graders have been visiting and helping out in the B'nai Jeshurun soup kitchen. The children made sandwiches, set tables and made flowers to decorate them. It was a wonderful hesed experience for the children, who came back to school proud and happy.

Grades Four and Five gathered together to present parts of the Haggadah through singing, art and drama. Using these media, they expressed their original ideas about the traditional segments of the Haggadah.

Hag Pesach Sameach,

Dina, Rivka and Rabbi Anne

As part of a year long hesed project, students in Grade 4 worked to create meals and prepare the dining room for the B'nai Jeshurun Judith Bernstein Lunch Program. The students had several discussions about hunger, homelessness, and other issues that those in need face.