#1. Imagine our joy when our Instructional Specialist, Reena Nechama Schultz received the Indie Excellence Book Award 2014 for the category Children-Religion for her book, Devorahrella, a modern day Jewish version of the traditional fairy tale, Cinderella.The National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA) was created to to be a champion of self-publishers that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect.
Here's the proud author/illustrator holding her book with the shining gold medal award sticker. Yasher koach Reena!
#2. In conjunction with our Yom Ha'Atzmaut 66 Celebration, long distance learning came to our third grade when we connected with the third grade class of the Nili School in Zikron Yakov, Israel. The Nili students came back to school after their school day was over because they were so excited to Skype with Orly's class. Students from both sides shared questions and answers about their school and daily lives totally in Hebrew. For example, how many kids in your class? what subjects do you study? Watch a clip of the live classroom connection below.
#3. When our children come back to school in September they will have a new mural to look at in the MPR. Joining the other three murals is this year's Yom Ha'Atzmaut 66 all-school creation.
Take a look at some of the delightful figures that fill up our school's Jewish star.
So many things to say about Schechter's Yom Ha'Atzmaut #66 Lower School celebration. I could write about the awesome committee, the engaging stations, the bountiful decorations, the flavorful chocolate and pita snack and the yummy felafel sandwich, or the energetic singing but I will concentrate on the library book station. For the past three years in this station we have focused on Israeli children's book authors wanting to introduce our students to well known and beloved classic stories. This year we chose to spotlight the author Haya Shenhav and her beloved story,
Who is Mitz Petel? That is the driving question. We know his house has yellow curtains, green windows and red shutters but we have no idea who the owner is.
While Irit read the story, "raq b'ivrit," I added a few words in English. Lion and Giraffe are desperate to find out who Mitz Petel is. They come up with a plan to trick him.
The children divided into either a giraffe or a lion group and tried to figure out which place was best for them to hide: behind a tree or a bush?
Once they discover that Mitz Petel is a rabbit they all become friends and play a racing game; we raced around and through the library stacks. We ended up inside Mitz Petel's home where everyone was treated to Mitz Petel juice (raspberry juice.) Seconds and thirds were had by most everyone.
We watched the video of the story in Hebrew and walked away from this Yom Ha'Atzmaut station having a taste for the juice, singing the Mitz Petel song and adding a new Israeli classic to our library of known stories! A great day had by all!
My students call me "Lori the Librarian." For the past 24 years I have had the best job as School Librarian in the Aaron Kushner Library for grades K-3 at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston.