In the Sunflowers Classroom we have been fortunate to have some wonderful visitors. Ms. Sharon Kessel from the Eye of Hope came with her dog Quill. Quill is training to become a seeing eye dog. We explained to the children that not everyone is able to see. Quill and other dogs help these people get around. Ms. Kessel showed us what BRAILLE is. It is special raised dots that represent each letter in the alphabet so a vision impaired person can read. The vision impaired also use a walking stick to help them get around. Seeing eye dogs like Quill learn to follow commands and to feel out the environment to make sure it safe for the person. At the end, all of the children enjoyed petting Quill. This was a wonderful experience for everyone.

Thank you to Daniella in the Toddler Class for celebrating her birthday with the entire school. Her family brought in UNCLE JOHN’S PUPPET SHOW. The children were entertained with a magic show followed by a fantastic puppet show. In the magic show, the children saw Uncle John pull a rabbit out of his hat, a card trick, after ripping up tissue paper he made it turn into a hat. Uncle John made a drawing board come alive. He drew a face on a white board and then made it move. This was the favorite trick. The puppet show was made up of puppets from our favorite children’s TV shows. Ernie and Bert and The Count from Sesame Street, Barney, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Bob the Builder to name a few. The children enjoyed singing all of their favorite songs; WHEELS ON THE BUS, IF YOUR HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT, 5 LITTLE MONKEYS, and OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM. Following the puppet show, there was a dance party with lights that shined on the ceiling. The children danced to so many songs; THE CHICKEN DANCE, SPLISH SPLASH, HANDS UP, HOKEY POKEY, and I’M A LITTLE TEAPOT… What a wonderful time we all had.

Morah Dassi came and showed us some amazing yoga poses along with the word NAMASTE. It means HELLO and GOODBYE, just like the word SHALOM. The children couldn’t get enough. They followed her every move and wanted more. This was just a preview of the upcoming new club YOBOO. All the children were talking about how they would like to take this club. Moms and Dads, you can sign your child up for this wonderful club which will take place on Thursdays.

All the children sat very still as Caleb’s dad, Josh, came and read two books to the class. WE’RE ALL WONDERS and OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO. Both books gave the message that as much as we are different we are the same, and everyone is a wonder, everyone is great.

TU BESHVAT, birthday for the trees, falls over the vacation. The children have enjoyed learning about the new year for trees. The children enjoyed making and eating their edible trees and making the trees a birthday cake. We made a blueberry and apple cake. Hopefully your children shared some with you. Making the “birthday cake” was also special for the children, as it allowed all of us to share in Morah Aimee’s birthday which will take place over the vacation. The children also made a mural of a tree. First they colored the tree which Morah Debra drew and then had a wonderful time gluing the different color leaves onto it. Please come and view the tree which hangs outside our classroom.

We would like to wish everyone a wonderful and restful vacation. If you are traveling anywhere, travel safe. Happy TU BESHVAT.

Morah Pam, Morah Aimee, and Morah Debra