ECC Weekly Newsletter 
September 15, 2017 - Elul 24 5777
Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech
ECC Highlights
Robin's Message
Dvar Torah
Thoughts of the Rav
2-Year-Old Class Newsletter
3-Year-Old Class Newsletter
4-Year-Old Class Newsletter
Music Class Song Sheets
Lulav and Etrog Sale
Order S'chach!
Social Time!
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From Robin Meyerowitz
Dear Parents,
This was a great first week back at school! I love getting to know our new students, and it is fabulous to see our returning students, I missed them so much. Each of our students is a unique treasure and I am so happy the school year is under way. 
Especially at the beginning of the year, we know that issues with time and scheduling can come up. I would like to invite you to share these concerns with me to see if there is any way that I can help you. The most important thing is the children, and once they are safe and happy here, I can focus on you. My job is to try to make your life easier. I can't promise that I can meet every request, but please give me the chance to try. My door is always open!
Our Third Annual Curriculum Experience Night is coming up! This year we will be examining some of the basic concepts of the Reggio experience, and how they connect to academics and life skills. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you!

Shabbat Shalom,


Dvar Torah
by Rabbi David Saltzman     
רְאֵה נָתַתִּי לְפָנֶיךָ הַיּוֹם אֶת־הַחַיִּים וְאֶת־הַטּוֹב וְאֶת־הַמָּוֶת וְאֶת־הָרָע׃
Behold, I have set before you today life and good, and death and evil
In this week's parsha, Moshe certainly is making the most of the last day of his life. He gathers the entire nation together and continues to exhort them to make correct choices and decisions, both individually and as a nation, after he departs. Much as we encourage our students and children to make appropriate decisions and "good choices," Moshe used the same strategy and terminology 3000 years ago.
This idea is expressed in the pasuk above, where Moshe explains to the people that the life they choose to lead is completely dependent on what each person chooses to do. "Life and good are placed before you," Moshe says, "and all you need to do is choose that path."
Many meforshim debate whether the "good" mentioned in the pasuk is the act of doing the right thing or the consequence of making the correct choice.
How about a good ol' showdown between the Iben Ezra and Rashi?
The Iben Ezra writes that by doing as the Torah prescribed, one will be worthy to receive:
הטוב. בעושר ובריאות הגוף והכבוד:
good i.e., prosperity, and health, and honor.
According to the Iben Ezra, the tov is an outcome for following the Torah's prescribed guidelines, called mitzvot. Performing G-d's will leads to reward, which is described by the Iben Ezra as the good life.
Rashi, however, writes:
את החיים ואת הטוב. זֶה תָּלוּי בָּזֶה - אִם תַּעֲשֶׂה טוֹב הֲרֵי לְךָ חַיִּים, וְאִם תַּעֲשֶׂה רָע הֲרֵי לְךָ הַמָּוֶת, וְהַכָּתוּב מְפָרֵשׁ וְהוֹלֵךְ הֵיאַךְ:
LIFE AND GOOD - the one is dependent upon the other: if you do good, behold, there is life for you, and if you do evil, behold, there is death for you. Scripture goes on to explain how this is.
According to Rashi, the tov in the pasuk is describing the actions and behaviors listed by the Torah in the upcoming pesukim. Mitzvot are inherently and definitively "good." G-d prescribes and commands what is "good" for us as individuals, as a nation, and as contributing members of society. Doing these "good" deeds will lead to "life."
Combining the Iben Ezra and Rashi, one needs to recognize the good - הכרת הטוב - that is embedded in the performance of mitzvot. Recognizing this aspect of mitzvot will motivate us to choose to perform them, and lead to a good, fruitful, and successful life, as described by the Iben Ezra.
Wishing everyone a year of recognizing and choosing the "good" and a life filled with prosperity, health, and honor.
Thoughts of the Rav    
by Rabbi David Saltzman
As we approach the Yamim Noraim, Rabbi Soloveitchik explains, in Al HaTeshuva, the difference between kapara and mechila.
One purpose of Yom Kippur is to soften the effects of Hashem's judgment and alleviate the severity of any punishment. The mechanism for this is that on Yom Kippur, G-d's attribute of mercy replaces G-d's attribute of judgment, which in turn lightens the decree.
This is hinted at in the keriah for Rosh HaShanah, where we read that during Akadat Yitzchak:
וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר אָמַר לוֹ הָאֱלֹקים וַיִּבֶן שָׁם אַבְרָהָם אֶת הַמִּזְבֵּחַ וַיַּעֲרֹךְ אֶת הָעֵצִים וַיַּעֲקֹד אֶת יִצְחָק בְּנוֹ וַיָּשֶׂם אֹתוֹ עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ מִמַּעַל לָעֵצִים:
And they came to the place of which God had spoken to him, and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and he bound Isaac his son and placed him on the altar upon the wood.
The Kabbalists understand this to mean that G-d's attribute of chesed (mercy), represented by Avraham, tied up G-d's attribute of strength (judgment), represented by Yitzchak. This is how mechila occurs on Yom Kippur, and it provides us with a more lenient sentence than we really deserve.
2-Year-Old Class Newsletter
Dear Parents,

Welcome to our first newsletter of the year! These will be coming out weekly and will be an overview of what we have done during the previous week. Sometimes there will be requests, or fascinating information, or we will let you know about a special event. This week we'd like to ask you to please bring in a family photo, if you haven't already. Our students love seeing their families during the day and pointing out their family members.

On Monday of our first full week of school, we played with pink playdough. It turned into challah, meatballs, and little mountains on which to place beach rocks. The children took care of baby dolls, made "coffee," and continued working on their group art project canvas. Two-year-olds are exploring and learning about their environment every second -- unless they are napping.

On Tuesday we cut up, smelled, and tasted a lemon. What a treat for our senses! Children certainly have interesting tastebuds. We fed each other pretend soup and danced with Morah Linda, our Music teacher. We loved her puppets, songs, and interactive games!  
The children are figuring out what some of their favorite things in this new environment are. It might be hugging a camel or a baby doll, reading The Very Busy Spider , playing a little guitar, holding a car, hugging a giant teddy bear, doing a puzzle, or going down the slide.

On Wednesday we completed our art canvas, and will be hanging it up in the room. For our final touches we used glue and some small circles made of paper and cotton. We call little materials like these "loose parts," and we'll be creating new and interesting works of art using all sorts of unusual items all year long. Today we discovered a squishy football, some textured balls, and a Fisher-Price radio that plays "Twinkle Twinkle."  
Morah Tzipi introduced davening today with an assortment of puppets, songs, and all the ingredients for making soup. We'll be having Shabbat parties each Friday, and will contact you soon with more information.

On Thursday Morah Mimi came into our classroom after naptime to do a lovely simple science experiment. Did you know that bubbles blown in milk last longer than bubbles blown in water?  
We introduced paint today for our Rosh Hashanah project. Painting bubble wrap yellow and orange, then making a print, was a fun, tactile way to learn about bees and beehives. We have apples, honey, and even a toy bee hanging up in our room. And our shofar certainly gets plenty of attention.

We love to sing, dance, and laugh together. It's been such a special week for us. Your children are such a lovely, interesting, loving, fun, and creative group.

This is going to be a great year!

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Tzipi and Morah Laura
Writing a letter to Mommy while creating things with homemade playdough.
Switching beach rocks from one bowl to the other. "I dumped it." 
Spending some time on our group art canvas.
Making some coffee for Morah Tzipi and tea for Morah Laura.  
It's a guitar-playing firefighter.
Helping each other to complete a puzzle. 
He never knew he would like the taste of lemons so much. 
Let's all try some, it's delicious. 
Taste-testing our homemade pretend soup. 
Picking out some matching bears. 
This stuffed camel fits just right around my neck.
And just look at this giant teddy bear.
Look, it's a book and a baby train.
Explaining to Morah Esther who's in our family pictures.
Rocking out on our "Twinkle Twinkle" guitar.
Handling our shofar beautifully.
Here's all of us painting a giant piece of bubble wrap to learn about honeycomb.
Morah Mimi blowing bubbles with us in Science class.
3-Year-Old Class Newsletter 
Dear Parents,
It has been a wonderful first week of school. We've been enjoying getting to know your children and watching them form friendships with each other. We have been working on our classroom routines. The children come into the room, find their names and sign in, put their backpacks and coats in their cubbies, and begin their day. It's amazing how many of the children can already find their names and their cubbies!
The main focus this week has been on Rosh Hashanah. We started by asking the students what they already know about this special chag. They were very excited to share with us that we dip apples in honey. We explained that Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and the birthday of the world. We talked together about some of the customs associated with Rosh Hashanah, like how, on Shabbos, we typically eat challah that is braided, but on Rosh Hashanah, we eat challah that is round, like the world. We discussed that we eat foods that are sweet so it will be a sweet new year. We told the students that when they go to shul on Rosh Hashanah, the Torah covering and the curtain to the Aron Kodesh will be white.
Because we eat round challahs on Rosh Hashanah, the students did many activities reinforcing the circle shape. They especially enjoyed going on a circle hunt around the room. They found many things that were round, such as the clock, rocks, buttons, balls, wooden pieces, pom poms, plates, bowls, and tables. When we were eating lunch, some of the students pointed out circular things in their lunches, like cucumber slices, crackers, Cheerios, tomatoes, and cookies. During Exploration/Provocation time, they did an activity where they put buttons, rocks, shells, and marbles on a circle drawn on paper to reinforce shape recognition. They also enjoyed using a straw to blow a pom pom through a spiral playdough maze. The students dipped corks in red, yellow, and green paint to create beautiful circle pictures.
Taste is a wonderful way to learn about Rosh Hashanah. This week, we had an apple tasting and a honey tasting. The students tasted red, yellow, and green apples, then decided which they liked best. We then made a bar graph showing the results, and discovered that red is the favorite in our class. For the honey taste test, the students tasted wildflower, clover, and golden honeys. We graphed the results, and found that the students liked the wildflower honey best.
We have been very busy singing Rosh Hashanah songs. The students have learned "Tapuach U'dvash," "Dip the Apple in the Honey," and "Shanah Tovah." We have included the songs in the newsletter below so you can sing along with your children. In addition to singing the songs, they love doing the hand motions!
During Art, the students made beautiful honey jars and dippers. We hope you enjoy using them during Rosh Hashanah. We will be sending our class book home next week. This will be a great opportunity for you and your child to see their classroom friends.
Please send in a family picture if you haven't sent one in yet. They are being displayed in the classroom, and the children love finding their families!
Shabbat Shalom,
Morot Leisa, Shayna, and Sara
We have really been getting into the Rosh Hashanah spirit!
Decorating our honey jars and dippers!  
We can't wait to share them with you during the chag!

Sweeping up the classroom is so empowering!  

Becoming circle experts

Using our breath to guide the pom pom around the spiral maze

We used all kinds of loose parts, like shells, colored pasta, and glass gems

Our honey taste test! The honey that got the most votes was the wildflower.

Morah Linda's first Music class with us!

Getting creative with our materials outside!
Teamwork making outside time fun!!
Sorting objects by color
Reaching for the stretch in Yoga class!
Davening together in the mornings!
4-Year-Old Class Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We have had a really great first full week of school! We are so excited for this year. Come in and see our bulletin board, where all the children say what they are the most excited about. Each side of our classroom has decided on a class name. Morah Mimi's class is now the Tigers, and Morah Irit's class is now the Balloons!

This week has been filled with lots of learning about Rosh Hashanah. On Monday, we explored a mystery box filled with many things we use, eat, or make for Rosh Hashanah. The children used their sense of touch to guess what they had picked up in the box. As we revealed each item, we learned about why we have it for the holiday. Inside there were שופרות (shofars), רימונים (pomegranates), a round חלה (challah), תפוחים (apples) and דבש (honey), and אגרת ברכה (Rosh Hashanah cards).

On Tuesday, we learned songs for Rosh Hashanah with Morah Linda (see song list below). We also explored the סימנים (symbols) of Rosh Hashanah by measuring and comparing lengths of the shofar and honey jars. We also used our eyes to look carefully at pomegranates and apples and draw what we saw.

On Wednesday, we used our senses of touch and smell as we made and played with honey playdough. We also looked at pictures of honeycomb and tried to make hexagons. Later in the day we used our sense of taste to tell us whether we liked red, yellow, or green apples.

On Thursday, we tried to make our own shofars out of loose parts and start making our own Rosh Hashanah cards. We also did some fun apple experiments. In the morning, we made apple seeds dance, and in Science class in the afternoon, we made edible bubbles inside apples.

On Friday, we made our own round challahs for Rosh Hashanah, and reviewed what we learned this week.

This week we also had some fun afternoon specials! On Monday, we had Yoga with Morah Nechama. On Tuesday, we made a fun Colombian food called arepas - made from corn flour, cheese, eggs, and water - with Morah Marggie. On Wednesday, we danced with Morah Tzipi to Hebrew songs, and on Thursday, we had Science with Morah Mimi. We also had Art this week with Ms. DiOrio.

This week there is a double parsha, Nitzavim and Vayelech. In Nitzavim, we learned that we want to try our best to do all the mitzvot we can, especially being nice to each other. In Vayelech, we learned about a special celebration called Hakel that only happens once every seven years. At Hakel, the king gathers all the Jewish people in Yerushalayim and reads from the Torah. It was fun acting out the parsha and pretending to be the king!

Here are some questions about the parsha we discussed:
  1. What does Hashem ask us to do? (Follow the Torah and try to do mitzvot)
  2. What is this promise to Hashem to do mitzvot called? (A brit )
  3. What is Hakel? (When the king calls all the Jewish people to come to the Beit Hamikdash and listen to him read the Torah)
  4. When does Hakel happen? (Every seven years on Sukkot)

Happy birthday and thank you to our Shabbat Abba, Liam Fromer, for the yummy challah and Shabbat/birthday treats!

Shabbat Shalom!

Morot Mimi, Irit, Chava, and Marggie

We made our names from loose parts using glue, sticks, beads, fabric, lentils, and colored pasta. 
The students painted a branch and pinecones to decorate the class.
Ari: "I am making the paint a chocolate color."
Avital: "I am going to make the branch brown."
Batsheva: "We mixed all the colors to make brown."
Ari: "Look at mine, this color is awesome. I am making a weird color to paint the branch."
Our Rosh Hashanah mystery box included all the סימנים  of the holiday.
Ari: "We dip the apple in the honey."
Simcha: "For a happy new year."
Aviv was happy to find the shofar in the mystery box!  

We measured different things in the room using measuring tools and Unifix cubes, including honey jars and the shofar.

Draw what you see: apples /  תפוחים .
Morah: "What will happen if we leave the apple outside?"
Leo: "It will decay. Which means that something dies."

Draw what you see: pomegranates רימונים
Aviv: "We eat pomegranates for a sweet new year."
Leo: "There is the same amount of seeds as מצוות ."

Making red honey playdough.
Apple tasting - We had red אדם, green ירוק and yellow צהוב apples. We tasted the apples and voted which one we like the best. Then we made a graph to see what the class's favorite apple is. 
 Red and green are tied for first place!

We also did a honey tasting. The students loved the taste of it.
Batsheva: "Honey is a special flavor."
The students made Rosh Hashanah cards, אגרות ברכה for their families and friends, and put them in the mailbox.
 Ayelet: "I will make you all cards. I make the best ones I can."
We did an experiment with apple seeds. We made them jump and dance using baking soda and lemon juice/vinegar.

Watching the apple seeds jump was so much fun!!
In Science we made bubbles inside an apple. We compared the bubbles that orange juice makes to the ones milk makes. Protein in the milk makes the bubbles last long and get big!
The students each made their own shofar שופר from loose parts like cups, paper rolls, bottles, and paper plates. 
The students started their holiday project: making Rosh Hashanah cards  אגרות ברכה
The students enjoy acting out Parashat HaShavuah. 
Yoga class with Morah Nechama!
Learning the different sounds the shofar makes with Morah Linda in Music class.

Music Class Song Sheets
Dear Parents,
Here are the song sheets for the month of Tishrei.
The children are having great fun learning about the chaggim through song.  Singing together with your child can be one of the best ways to learn about the chaggim and have fun together.  We hope you enjoy connecting with your child. We certainly did!
All the Best,
Morah Linda
Rosh Hashanah Songs
1)  Dip the Apple (to "Darling Clementine")
Dip the apple in the honey, make a bracha loud and clear
Shanah tovah um'tukah , have a happy, sweet new year.
2)  Shanah Tovah -- tune available on Youtube:
שנה הלכה, שנה באה
אני כפי ארימה 
שנה טובה לך, אבא
שנה טובה לך, אמא 
שנה טובה, שנה טובה
Shanah halchah, shanah ba'ah 
Ani kapai arimah; 
Shanah tovah lecha, Abba, 
Shanah tovah lach, Ima, 
Shanah tovah, shanah tovah!
( A year went, a year is coming
I raise my hands;
A good year to you, Dad,
A good year to you, Mom,
A good year, a good year!)
3)  Avinu Malkeinu (Also for Yom Kippur!  I think everyone knows this tune, let me know if you need it)
Avinu Malkeinu, choneinu va'aneinu, avinu malkeinu, choneinu va'aneinu,
Ki ein banu ma'asim
Asei imanu tzedakah vachesed, asei imanu tzedakah vachesed, v'hoshieinu.
אבינו מלכנו 
חננו ועננו 
אבינו מלכנו 
חננו ועננו 
כי אין בנו מעשים
עשה עימנו צדקה וחסד 
עשה עימנו צדקה וחסד 
(Our Father, our King, be gracious and answer us, though we have little merit.)
Yom Kippur Songs
1) I'm Sorry (to Avinu Malkeinu, above)
I'm sorry for what I did wrong, I'm sorry for what I did wrong
I'll try to do better, and better and better, I'm sorry for what I did wrong.
2)  The Five Forbidden Things for Grownups
(to "Vhaviotim l'har kodshi" - tune available at this site, the first sound recording (video is harder to catch tune). 
On Yom Kippur, we don't drink or eat,
We don't wear leather shoes on our feet
We don't smear lotion, that's the rule
All day long, we sit in shul
Please, Hashem, forgive me;
I'll be good, oh yes, you'll see
Please send a shanah tovah
For me and my mishpacha
3) "Let's Be Friends" Medley
Part 1 - you can listen to most of the tune here without paying, click the play button:
Let's be friends, make amends, now's the time to say I'm sorry
Let's be friends, make amends, please say you'll forgive me.
The 10 days of teshuvah, time to make up, time to pray
Shake my hand, and I'll shake yours, let's be friends for always.
Part 2: Simi Yadeich
שימי ידך בידי 
אני שלך ואת שלי
חברים טובים  נהיה
חברים טובים  נהיה
Simi yadech beyadi,
ani shelach ve'at sheli.
Chaveirim tovim nih'yeh
Chaveirim tovim nih'yeh
(Put your hand in mine, we'll be good friends ).
Sukkot Songs
1)   V'Samachta
ושמחת בחגך 
והיית אך שמח 
Vesamachta bechagecha 
vehayita ach same'ach
(Thou shalt rejoice in your festival 
and thou shalt be only joyous)
2)  Hashem is here, Hashem is there, Hashem is truly everywhere (2x)
      Up, up, down, down, right, left, and all around; here, there, and everywhere,
     That's where He can be found (2x)
3)  The Schach Goes on Top (to "Farmer in the Dell")
The schach goes on top, the schach goes on top, on our sukkah, the schach goes on top!
(Game: Teachers hold child aloft, as s/he is lying on their clasped hands, to be the top of a human sukkah.)
4)  Abba Built a Sukkah
Abba built a sukkah for the family; its roof was made of schach that was cut down from a tree.
Some people hang up flowers, or a nice, long paper chain;
We say "leisheiv basukkah" and we hope it doesn't rain.
Sukkah, sukkah, we say leisheiv basukkah, and we hope it doesn't rain.
5)  Patish, Masmer
פטיש, מסמר 
ניקח מהר
סוכה לבנות
בנים ובנות
קרשים ניקח 
וענפים לסכך 
קשט הגג  
לכבוד החג
Patish, masmer
nikach maher.
Sukah livnot,
banim uvanot. La la la...
Krashim nikach
va'anafim lis'chach
kashet hagag
lichvod hechag.
6)  Did you Ever Shake A Lulav (to "Did you Ever See a Lassie")
Did you ever shake a lulav, a lulav, a lulav,
Did you ever shake a lulav on Sukkot day?
Upward and downward, and rightward and leftward
And forward and backward!
Did you ever shake a lulav on Sukkot day!
Shanah Tovah U'Metukah!
Senior Class Lulav and Etrog Sale
The Class of 2018 will be taking lulav and etrog orders, beginning next week. A sign-up form will be emailed to all families with pricing and pick-up information.

It's Time to Order S'chach!
Even if you have a bamboo mat, consider adding some authentic and fresh smelling s'chach to spruce up your sukkah this year! Our PTA s'chach fundraiser makes it easy to order your s'chach while helping the school at the same time. 
Minimum order is $52 for two bundles, $26 for each additional bundle (it generally takes 4-6 bundles to cover an 8' x 10' sukkah). Orders must be received and pre-paid by next Wednesday, September 20. Pick-up is scheduled for Sunday, October 1 from 10 - 11 a.m. at Saval campus.
Please click here to place your order!

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