October 29, 2015
Cheshvan 9, 5776
Dvar Torah
Nachum Chasan, Dean of Judaic Studies
זכור את יום השבת לקדשו
SHABBAT - October 30th and 31st  
The 17th and 18th of Cheshvan
CANDLE LIGHTING - Friday - 5:46 pm
HAVDALAH - Saturday - 6:47 pm
PARSHAT - VAYERA   -- Genesis 18:1- 22:24
סיכום - Summary 
  • Abraham greets three visiting strangers and shows them hospitality.
  • Abraham intercedes for the city of Sodom, but is unsuccessful.
  • Lot, his nephew, escapes the destruction, but his wife turns into a pillar of salt.
  • Isaac is born to Abraham and Sarah.
  • Sarah asks Abraham to send Ishmael away, due to his bad influence on Isaac.
  • Abraham is tested by G-d by being asked to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac.
  • G-d causes a ram to appear and orders Abraham to substitute the ram for Isaac.
  • G-d tells Abraham: "Because you have obeyed without questioning, I will bless your children forever. Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars of the sky, and as the sands of the seashore."
SHABBAT SHALOM  שבת שלום -
Inside the Classroom

1st Grade General Studies
Mrs. Brandy Hurley

Fall is here and we love it! First graders have been learning all about pumpkins! They learned about the pumpkin life cycle and how big they can grow. Students used a scale to weigh their own pumpkins, and learned how to measure the circumference. This week, we performed an experiment to find out why pumpkins float. Then, we cut it open to see what was inside! We used adjectives to describe what we saw, felt and smelled. Finally, we roasted our pumpkin seeds with the kindergarten class. It was a tasty ending to our pumpkin unit! 

Hebrew in Middle School
Mrs. Sally Jo Bronner (Morah Sarah)

It doesn't matter what language you speak...food is enjoyable to all! Our middle school students have been 
enthusiastically using their Hebrew vocabulary to talk about food every day during the first quarter. Our food theme started with the students working in small groups to create a dream restaurant. Each group decided upon the type of food that would be served, and from there, they created a menu of individual items, descriptions and prices. They also used computer graphic tools to design a beautiful menu cover. 

Now that the restaurants are "open", students are having a blast writing and practicing skits that take place inside their restaurants. Besides memorizing their lines, they have brought in props, assembled costumes and created signage. You will be able to see the culmination of their work at the Celebration of Light and Learning in December...you won't want to miss it!

Next quarter we will focus on the Israeli Defense Forces so the students will be going from fun food-related activities to boot camp.  It should be quite a different experience with guest officers runing them through their paces!


Middle School Science
Ms. Alison Brandecker

The seventh grade has been working very hard this year. So far, they have studied minerals, rocks, and the layers of the Earth. Last week the students had the opportunity to explore the layer of the Earth from which minerals and rocks are gathered-the crust. The class traveled to Indian Echo Caverns in Hummelstown where they were able to explore the crust from varying distances below the Earth's surface including a maximum of 110 feet! In the caverns, they learned about the minerals that form the structures such as stalagmites, stalactites, and flow stone. They also learned about the abundance of limestone in Pennsylvania. Throughout the tour, the tour guide told us stories about the early explorers and Native Americans that used the cave for shelter even back as far as the sixteenth century. These people left writings and even an advertisement for pretzels in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.  After the tour, some of the students explored more minerals with their own gem mining bag. They sifted through a bag of sand and discovered gems such as amethyst and garnet. Beginning this week, the seventh grade will break out of the Earth's surface and atmosphere into outerspace.


School Notes and Reminders

Girl Scouts is starting!
Our upcoming meeting dates are:

Girl Scouts (2nd grade and up): 
-November 2nd, 16th and 30th

Daisy Girl Scouts (Kdg and 1st grade):
-November 9th and 23rd

Ice Cream on Fridays...Remember your $1
The Student Council will be selling ice cream every Friday for $1. You can bring in your dollar each Friday or bring in $5 or $10 to be added to your account.

Mark Your Calendar!

Community News

Kristallnacht 2015
  • Sunday evening, November 8, 5:00-6:30 pm
  • Mary Sachs Auditorium
  • Special Guest, author Rhonda Fink Whitman will review her book, 94 Maidens

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Dates to Remember

Nov 1
Daylight Savings Time Ends - Change clocks!

Nov 3
Student Council Elections

Nov 4
Soup Night
(See Notes and Reminders for Details)

Nov 6, 1:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat

Nov 6
Grandparents & Special Persons Day

Nov 9
1st Mkg Period Ends

Nov 17, 6:30-8:30 pm
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Nov 18, 11:40
Early Dismissal
Parent-Teacher Conferences, 1:00-4:00

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