Week of 1/15/18

Hi all!  We’ve enjoyed a short week after reflecting on the dream of a peaceful world where we all live in harmony and we pray we can keep the dream alive through the teachings and nurturing of our teachers and leaders.

Snow/winter theme continues with anticipation of our Dubow Snow Week next week:

Enjoying some cocoa:

Winter Art:

Snowman in the making:

Snowmen complete:

Letter of the week:  Meet “O”:

“O” is for Orange:

“O” is for Oats:

“O” is for Owl:

Books we read that have the letter “O”:

Olivia Owl’s Opposites by Maurice Pledger, My “O” Book by Jane Belk Mancure, Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae, Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, On Top of Spaghetti by Paul Brett Johnson, Paddington’s Opposites by Michael Bond, Rolie Polie Olie by William Joyce, Olivia by Ian Falconer, Over in the Ocean by Marianne Berkes, Osceola by Joanne Oppenheim.

In science the boys an girls were still exploring texture and seeing the fruits of their labor with a harvest of some vegetables that survived the cold snap:

The kids enjoyed creating trees in preparation for Tu B’Shevat in Art class:

Early/closed days: Teacher In-Service Day on 1/29.  School and Kids Club will be closed.

Our Mystery Reader read Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root and Oinks by Margie Pelatini:

Show & Sharing with the letter “O”:

In light if the new year and new beginnings please feel free to let us know if you would like to see ‘more of’ or ‘less of’ something in the blog.  We want to communicate with you as effectively as possible and we welcome your input!

Shabbat fun!

Jags spirit is high!  Go Jags!  We are so proud of you!

Building dreams:

With much love,

Irit Salzman 904-322-3130

Julia Atkins 904-349-1820


Week of 1/8

Welcome back!!!  Here we are in a new year with new possibilities and new hope!

We enjoyed hearing the kids’ stories about their winter break.  This week discussed winter and all the fun activities that go with it.

Making snow for our theme table (with soap).  They enjoyed the touch sensation and our classroom smelled very clean all the way down the hall!

Making it snow (and the snow plow cleaned it up):

Making snowmen:

Making and enjoying cocoa:

The letter of the week was “N”.  The “N” books we read included: Nemo Best Dad in the Sea by Amy Tyler, Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert, Nemo Fish School by Seymour Mackerel, The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwatrz, Finding Nemo by Disney Pixar, The Napping House by Audrey Wood, No Puppies Today! by Joanna Cole, Noisy Nico by Macillan & McGraw Hill.

“N” is for Nest:

“N” is for night:

PE: We have been doing PE in our classroom to fill the void until we had the position filled but  we are happy to announce that we will have a regularly scheduled PE resource beginning next week!

In our afternoon library resource the children Miss Karin read the children the story Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney then they colored a picture of same:

Movin’ and Groovin’ with Mr. B:

In art, with Miss Gutterman, the students painted their previously created pieces:

In Science the children learned about texture:

Shabbat:  We had a nice turnout for the school wide Shabbat this week:

When it’s raining…exercising like animals and “Frozen” yoga:

Showing and Sharing with the letter “N”:

“N” is for Nickel

“N” is for Nickel

“N” is for Nightgown

“N” is for Necklace

“N” is for Numbers

“N” is for Nicole

Early/closed days: Next Monday, Jan 15th is Martin Luther Day.   The preschool, day school and Kids Club will be closed in observance and reflection of this important day in history.

The boys and girls heard two stories with the Mystery Reader this week: One Fish Two Fish by Dr Suess and The Mystery Bear by A Purim Story.

As a reminder – your child brought a book home to enjoy for the winter break.  If you have not returned it, please do so at your earliest convenience.

A little help from our friends:  One of our ballerinas has misplaced her tights.  If anyone has acquired an extra pair they might be hers.  Please send them in with your child.

Thank you all for all you do!  We appreciate you and we look forward to collaborating with you this year!


Irit 904-322-3130

Julia 904-349-1820

Week of 12/18

We have enjoyed our last week before the winter break and look forward to more fun next time.

This week we worked on the letter “M”.

“M” is for Minions:

“M” is for Marshmallow:

“M” is for Mask:

“M” is for Macaroni: Mixing Macaroni.  Making a Mess with Macaroni!

Practicing the letter “M”:

“M” books we read: Martha Gives Advice by Dan T Cathy,  Just Like Me by Barbara J Neasi, Maisy’s Pool by Lucy Cousins, Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow, I Love You Mommy! by Edie Evans, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, One Little Monkey by Stephanie Calmenson, A Mezuzah on the Door by Amy Metzer, One Monkey Too Many by Jackie French Koller, A Mountain of Blintzes by Barbara Diamond Goldin, It’s a Mitzvah by Liz Suneby, Me Too! by Mercer Mayer, Max’s Toys by Rosemary Wells, The Magic Stick by Barbara Shook Hazen.

Practice makes perfect!:


Jewish Studies: This week the boys and girls said Shalom (goodbye) to Hanukkah and talked about healthy ways to enjoy the winter break.

In gardening they talked about root vegetables and made sweet potato heads to put in water to grow slips for spring garden planting. The students also did an art project to demonstrate that root vegetables grow under the ground.

In science the children learned about the 4 forces of flight:

Library: We did not have a library resource this week, but we had a story time of own in class and read a couple “M” books.

In Art the students made sculpture with a myriad of items.  Wait until you see the finished products!

Mystery Reader: This week the boys and girls got to hear tw books by an Abba!  Don’t Push the Button! by Bill Cotter and Five Little Monkeys Wash the Car by Eileen Christelow.

OK – just one last Hanukkah craft:

Shabbat Shalom:

Show and Share:

“M” is for Mango

“M” is for Minnie Mouse and Mermaid:

“M” is for Moom (that glows in the dark!)

“M” is for Money:

“M” is for a firetruck that has saved many people!

Early/closed days: This week began the winter break with Friday noon dismissal.  The school and Kids Club is closed Dec 25th.  The school is closed Dec 26-Jan 5, and Kids Club is available by reservation.

So we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018. We look forward to nurturing and teaching your children in the new year!

Thank you to all for the cash gift via the PTA!  We appreciate it so much!  It reminds us to always be the spirit of giving and we hope you know that we give our hearts to these precious ones each and every day and we love to see their hearts grow in love as they learn!

See (some of you) next year!

Love, as always…

Irit 904-322-3130

Julia 904-339-1820




Week of 12/4

Can you believe it’s December already?!  Hanukkah will be here soon and the boys and girls are getting excited!   We have been practicing for the Preschool Hanukkah celebration next week on December 13th at 6:00 p.pm. in the Fletcher-Selber Auditorium.

We continue to read stories of Hanukkah: Rainbow Candles by Myra Shostak, I Have a Little Dreidel by Maxie Baum, Chanukah Lights by Judith Moffatt, I Love Hanukkah by Marilyn Hirsh, Honeyky Hanaukkah by Woody Guthrie.

In class we are still working on holiday decorations and teaching the students about the symbols.

Making handprint menorah placemats:

Placemat photos not seen here.  It’s a surprise!!!

Painting tile menorahs: Finished product also a surprise!

Making latkes:

This week is letter “K”.  “K” is for kite:

“K” is for king:

“K” is for kiss:

Books we read with the letter “K”: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Koala Lou by Mem Fox, Kitten’s First Moon by Kevin Henkes, What do you do with a Kangaroo? by Mercer Mayer, A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, Does a Kangaroo have a Mother too? by Eric Carle.


In Music the boys and girls are practicing their Hanukkah songs as well as the usual fun Ms. Emily supplies:

Fun with Mr. B:

Jewish Studies: Practice makes perfect!  Rehearsing for the Preschool Hanukkah celebration.

PE: Our ‘in-class’ PE was a group favorite.  The kids did an obstacle course.  They learned how to take turns and follow multiple directions and boy did they have fun!

In Science the children made breadsticks with the herbs they grew!  Lunch was a special treat that day!

We had another special visit with Clifford while we were at the book fair:

Art: The students made portraits.  What interesting self images!

Our Mystery Reader read the students two stories this week: A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni , a great book about the value of friendship and Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell about a child looking for the right pet.

Show & Share:

“K” is for K book, Kershaw, and keys

“K” is for Kangaroo:

“K” is for Kitty:

“K” is for keys:

“K” is for Kiwi:

“K” is for Kangaroo and Kitty:

Shabbat Shalom… to you and you and you!!

Our class Hanukkah celebration will be held on Thursday, December 14th from 11 – 12:30.  If you haven’t already, please send $5 in with your child to help cover some of the expenses.

In light of the Hanukkah celebration we are delighted to give your child a small gift for each of the eight days of Hanukkah.  After all… they are a gift to us every day.

Just a heads up that Friday, December 22nd is noon dismissal, however, we are open until 5:00 p.m. for extended day students.

We are missing the Shabbat book that was sent home last week.  If you find it at home please send it in with your child on Monday.

As always, with love…

Irit 904-322-3130

Julia 904-349-1820


Week of 11/27

We hope you all had a family and friend fun-filled Thanksgiving!  We all have so much to be thankful for.  It is the holiday that we all celebrate together regardless of religion.  What a beautiful tradition!  In the morning circle the boys and girls stood and talked about the special time they spent, the family and friends they shared it with, and all the fun that was had.  We heard some really fabulous stories!  And now…Hanukah is coming!!  We are really gearing up for the holiday with so many fun projects and songs:

Here the boys and girls are decorating paper dreidels:

We also did a group project finger-painting a large poster board that somehow turned into a very large dreidel!

And how can we not have a spinning dreidel that lights up!

Also, in prep for Hanukah we read several stories:  Light the Lights! by Margaret Moorman, A Horse for Hahukkah by Myriam Haberstam, Light the Menorah by Jannie Ho, Melly’s Menorah by Amye Rosenberg, Biscuit’s Hannakuah by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, What is Hannukah by Harriet Ziefert, Nonna’s Hannukah Surprise by Karen Fisman.

The boys and girls got to see a shamash candle and describe what they saw.  We found out that a flame has many colors!

Letter of the week this week is “J”.  The children made Jellyfish, and decorated their sticker bubble J, we even made jello and the kids got to eat it but also put their hands in for some very squishy fun!  They really got a lesson on the senses with this one!

“J” is for Jellyfish!!

Of course we had to do a “jewel” of a project:

“J” is for Jet:

“J” is for Juice:

Books read: Jack and the Beanstalk by Paul Galdone, No Jumping on the Bed by Tedd Arnold, Journey by Aaron Becker, Norma Jean,  Jumping Bean by Joanna Cole, Just Me and my Dad by Mercer Mayer, Just me and my Mom by Mercer Mayer, Just a Little Sick by Mercer Mayer, Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, Just Like Daddy by Frank Asch, Julius the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes, Jumping Jenny by Ellen Bari.


In Jewish studies Morah Rachel told the story of Chanukah and talked about some of the symbols: Dreidel, Menorah.  And the children played a dreidel game.

For classroom PE we challenged the kids to a balancing game to sharpen their gross motor skills.

On our afternoon Library resource Ms. Karin read the boys and girls a story about hibernation called Over and Under the Snow and the kids got to try the new big beanbag chair! Ms. Karin demonstrated!

In Science Ms. Heather talked to the children about the planets and what type of transportation the astronauts used on Mars:

Each one made their very own Rover.  Such creative minds!

In gardening they learned about solids vs.  liquids:

In music Ms. Emily is helping them to get in rhythm:

In art Ms. Gutterman taught the boys and girls how to elevate the crayon designs through markers in the form of dreidels:

We had a special visit from a big red dog….you know who it is…

Your are cordially invited to our preschool Hanukkah performance on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the Fletcher-Selber auditorium.   Please dress your child in blue (kachole) pants and white (lavan) top.  We can’t wait to delight you with our beautiful voices.

We enjoyed this week’s Mystery Reader:

Show & Share:

J is for Jaguar

J is for Journal

J is for Jewelry

J is for Juice

J is for Jack-in-the-Box

J is for Jet

Shabbat is enjoyed by all!


Enjoy this beautiful Jacksonville weather this weekend!

With love….

Irit 904-322-3130

Julia 904-349-1820


Week of 11/20

Not much of a week, quantity speaking, but a big week quality speaking!

We suspended our letter of the week because we had much to do to prepare for our fun-filled Thanksgiving celebration!  Next we will be working with the letter “J”.  Your child can bring an item from home that begins with the letter “J”.

Books read this short week: Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney,  Groovy Joe’s Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin. In Library Ms. Karin read Bedtime for Bear.

Getting ready for our Thanksgiving Feast!

A preempt fashion show in their fabulous ensembles before the real thing!

And now we celebrate! So much to be thankful for!  The boys and girl did such a good job!

Look at our little pilgrims!!

We celebrated another birthday!  Happy birthday princess!

We will have a full week next week!  There will be lots o’ learning to report!!

Mystery Reader and Show & Share will resume next week as usual.

Have a safe, happy, peaceful, fun-filled day with family and friends!!

With much love……

Irit 904-322-3130

Julia 904-349-1820


Week of 11/13

Greetings from Parparim 2!

Our Letter of the week was: “I” so……

I is for Indian: The students were very good at following instructions.

“I” is for  igloo: So many sensory facets to enjoy! Smell, taste, touch, sight.  And what a sight they were!  A sticky mess 🙂

“I” is for ice cream: They are really doing great with their fine motor skills.

Book we read that start with the letter “I”:

I Wanna Iguana by Karen Haufman Orloff, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, I love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, I Know an Old Teacher by Anne Bowen, Ice Cream Bear by Jez Alborough, I‘m a little Teapot by Iza Trapani, I like Potatoes by Greg Scelsa, I’m Not Scared by Jonathan Allen, I Love You, Mommy! by Edie Evans, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Suess

We are still finding wonderful Thanksgiving stories. This week we read:  This is the First Thanksgiving Day by Laura Krauss Melmed, A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting.

We are continuing to make Thanksgiving crafts.  It’s amazing how many ways you can make a turkey!  Don’t our little turkeys look cute?  (And the the tissue boxes turned out pretty good too!)

More turkeys!!

More turkeys??!!

In our afternoon library resource the children heard the story Run, Turkey, Run  by Diane Mayr.

In Art the boys and girls were introduced to chalk.  Chalk everywhere!

We had free-play in science and the kids were able to explore the science room at will.

In Gardening the boys and girls were able to harvest their crop of green beans.  Ms. Heather even cooked them up for lunch and some of the kids tried them.  Some thumbs up, some thumbs down.

Also, in gardening, the students investigated trees to see if we could find any bugs and do rub art on the trees with chalk.

Early/closed days:

Yes!  We had two mystery readers this week!

Mystery Reader #1:

Mystery reader #2:

PJ Library: We had a visit from our PJ Library.  The boys and girls heard two stories; Grandma Rose’s Magic by Linda Marshall and Rosie Saves the World by Debbie Herman

Shabbat Shalom, Hey!  Shabbat Shalom Hey! Shabbat Shalom, Shabbat, Shabbat Shalom (insert musical notes here)

The children got to Show & Share their items from home that started with the letter “I”:

“I” is for ice cream

“I” is for ice pack

“I” is for ice cream cone

“I” is for ice cream

“I” is for “I”

So of course we had to have an ice cream party!

Next week is a short week.  The school and Kids Club will be closed Wed, Thursday and Friday.

Have a great weekend!!

Ms. Irit 904-322-3130

Ms. Julia 904-349-1820


Week of 11/6

Hello!!  The holidays are coming!  We are excited for all the opportunities we will have to spend time with family and friends and be thankful for all the love that surrounds us.

Letter of the week this week: H

“H” bubble letters

“H” is for heart

“H” is for House:

‘H’ Books read this week: Happy Thanksgiving Curious George by Cynthia Platt, One Happy Classroom by Charman Simon, Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud, A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle, Hamster by Barrie Watts, Hippos are Huge by Jonathan London

We also read a few Thanksgiving books also: A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting, Thank You Thanksgiving by David Milgrim, Franklin’s Thanksgiving by Paulette Bourgeois, Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit by Norman Bridwell, The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Linda Gowler Greene

In preparation for our Dubow Thanksgiving celebration, we are getting in the mood:

Pumpkin cupcakes!

In our library resource Ms. Karin read a story about pumpkins and then the kids colored pumpkins.

They really have the beat in music:

In our classroom PE we played beach volley ball:

In gardening the boys and girls learned about how seeds travel and Ms. Heather read them The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and let them plant nasturtium seeds in their homemade pots.

In our science the kids learned about the solar system and the distances of the planets and they built a rocket ship.

In Jewish studies we learned about how Abraham looked for a wife for Isaac.  He sent his servant to look for a girl who made good choices.

Mystery reader was really special this week with two special guests, Sammy and Miss Gecko.

Show & Share; This week our friends shared their “H” items:

Next week we will be sharing items from home that begin with the letter “I” (as in ice cream).  Side note- if your child brings an item that doesn’t start with the letter of the week we can always think of something to say do that will relate.

FYI – we have begun collecting our ingredients for our Thanksgiving feast (corn/mushroom salad) that will be on Nov 21st.  You will be receiving a follow up message from our room-mom.  Please send them in at your earliest convenience.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Irit 904-322-3130

Ms. Julia 904-349-1820

Week of 10/30

It’s G week!  Nothing special about the letter ‘G’.  We just get excited Monday morning about a new week.  We can’t help ourselves!  The kids glued stars on their bubble letter, The ‘G’ books this week were: A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein, Green by Laura Seeger, Grandpa Green by Lane Smith, Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein, A Garden for a Groundhog by Lorna Balian, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.


“G” is for grapes:

“G” is for green:

“G” bubble letters:

We also like to read books about emotions and other matters that small children might relate to.  This week we read: But It’s Not My Fault by Julia Cook, I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont, A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni, Sorry, I Forgot to Ask! by Julia Cook, Making Friends is an Art! by Julia Cook, and When Sophie Gets Angry by Molly Bang.

Also, this week, our focus is about the family.  The students made ‘All About Me’ Houses.  They will be coming home a little later.  We are putting them up on our Shalom board for now.

Of course, we couldn’t let a pumpkin decorating event slip away from us.    We (teacher) cut, we scooped (some of us-others didn’t want to be slimed),  we glued, sprinkled and donned with some fancy sunglasses for a finishing touch.

Free time is always important to develop social skills. They play together so well.

Music with Ms. Emily is always jazzy!

Gardening: The boys and girls learned about the pine-cone life cycle.

Science was a lesson in friction and did they ever have fun with pulleys!

Art was particularly fun this week.  They created art by building a moving machine!

This week we had our teacher conferences.  We love sharing about their progress.  Thank you all for trusting them to us so we can nurture, guide and teach your precious little ones.

Our Mystery Reader charmed us and read several books to the kids:  Germs Are Not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick, I’m Not Scared by Jonathan Allen and Where is Baby Dreidel? by Karen Katz.

Here’s a peek at our Shabbat celebration this week:

You can see how much the boys and girls love Show & Share.  They brought a wide variety of “G” items:

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


Ms. Irit 904-322-3130

Ms. Julia 904-349-1820

Week of 10/23

Our Letter of the Week this time was ‘F’:  The boys and girls had much fun with their bubble letters and gluing feathers,  creating a paper-plate fox, a cupcake paper fish

Show & Share: Next week we will be sharing items from home that start with the letter “G”.

Books we read relating to the letter ‘E’: The Flower Garden by Eve Bunting, Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni, Franklin Goes to School by Paulette Bourgeois, Finding Nemo, Fireflies, Fireflies, Light my Way by Jonathan London, Froggy Gets a Dog by Jonathan London, Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow, Sorry, I Forgot to Ask! by Julia Cook

We had a nice visit from PJ library: The students got hear two stories: Moti the Mitzvah Mouse and A Sick Day for Amos McGee

We are still having fun with fall ideas: They made ‘hand-painted’ trees, and fall colored playdough.

Our Resources: PE – since we don’t have a formal PE resource we provide  in class-bear relay,

At Library -Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming,

In Music they always enjoy guessing the songs Mr. B. plays on his various instruments.

In Art the children made ‘Relief Sculptires’.  Such talent we have!

In Jewish Studies we are continuing to learn about God’s creation with the use of the Torah.

Shabbat is always a treat and so much fun to sing all the songs and praise God for giving us so much!  Today we talked about Abraham and Sarah’s baby.

In Gardening the boys and girls learned about which bugs are good and bad for the garden and they made masks of their favorite bugs.  bugs.

In Science the kids got to experiment with magnets:

Storage tip: We know how much you love the kid’s artwork and creations!  We also know you want to keep everything, but where??  Photographing everything is a good way to keep the memory alive and yet a safe and effective way to store it without having boxes and boxes to find a place for.  Of course, you want to keep some things as originals.  Those you could store in an artists portfolio; the large file folder type with a clasp.  It slips easily in the back of a closet or behind a door or you can fit it between all your other boxes.  The ‘other’ creations you just take a photo of and file in your memorabilia computer file folder.

Mystery Reader: Our mystery read two stories to the eager listeners:

With love,

Irit 904-322-3130

Julia 904-349-1820