ECC Weekly Newsletter 
October 14, 2016 - 12 Tishrei 5777

Parashat Ha'azinu

ECC Highlights
Robin's Message
Dvar Torah
Thoughts of the Rav
Simchat Beit HaShoeva
2-Year-Old Class Newsletter
3-Year-Old Class Newsletter
4-Year-Old Class Newsletter
2016-17 Calendars
Vehicle Policies
Handbook Online
Maimo on Instagram
ES, MS, and US Newsletters
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 OCTOBER 21, THERE IS A 12:00PM DISMISSAL FOR ALL STUDENTS. We will be downstairs for pickup at 11:45am.

Please check the Lost and Found table and coat rack outside the Elementary School office if you are looking for a missing item.
For the boys: Every day during davening we say the bracha for tzitzit, please make sure your son wears or keeps in his backpack a pair of tzitzit and a kippah.

If you have any recyclable materials, please send them in for our classes to use. Examples are:
-Paper towel/toilet paper rolls
-Paint color samples
-Scraps of contact paper, wallpaper, or cloth
-Small pieces of tile
-Any other crafty loose parts!
Please send in dress-up clothes, especially authentic doctor clothes and supplies. Thank you!
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From Robin Meyerowitz

Dear Parents,

This is a very busy and exciting time of year. This week, we are actively learning about Sukkot.

With the guidance of Leo Foer, one of our three-year-old students, we began to build our ECC sukkah! We are looking for a right-angle connector for 3/4" inch PVC piping to complete our sukkah. If anyone has that piece, please send it in on Wednesday.

We are very excited about the schoolwide Simchat Beit HaShoeva celebration next Wednesday, October 19 from 4:30pm - 7:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Next Friday, October 21, there will be a 12:00pm dismissal for Erev Shabbat Sukkot. We will be downstairs for carpool at 11:45am.

Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom,

Dvar Torah - The Power of the Group
by Rabbi David Saltzman
וּלְקַחְתֶּם לָכֶם בַּיּוֹם הָרִאשׁוֹן פְּרִי עֵץ הָדָר כַּפֹּת תְּמָרִים וַעֲנַף עֵץ עָבֹת וְעַרְבֵי נָחַל
And you shall take for yourselves on the first day, the fruit of the hadar tree, date palm, a branch of a braided tree, and willows of the brook
The Kli Yakar asks: What is the significance of taking four different species together specifically on the first day of Sukkot? Why was that day designated as the day to bind the lulav, etrog, hadasim and aravot together as one?
He quotes the Medrash Rabba, which states:
שיום ראשון של חג נקרא ראשון לחשבון עונות, על כן הם צריכים לעשות תיכף הכנה אל התשובה
That the first day of Sukkot is called the first day where sins will begin to accrue. Therefore, on the first day of Sukkot we need to begin to prepare to do teshuva for the rest of the year.
The Kli Yakar expounds on this and says that following Yom Kippur we are on a spiritual high, and we transition immediately into preparing for Sukkot. We are involved in building our sukkot, purchasing a lulav and etrog,and making the necessary preparations at home. We are constantly preparing to perform mitzvot. But that all ends on the first day of Sukkot. The preparations are over, and the time to perform has arrived.  We are no longer totally consumed with getting ready, so the opportunity for sin arises.
The Kli Yakar then quotes a Gemara which states that:
בעשרה ימים שבין ראש השנה ליוה"כ הקב"ה מקבל תשובת היחיד, אבל בכל ימות השנה אין הקב"ה מקבל כי אם תשובת הרבים
On the 10 days from Rosh HaShana to Yom Kippur, Hashem will accept the repentance of the individual. But the rest of the year, Hashem only accepts the repentance of the group.
Combining these two rabbinic statements, we see that the first day of Sukkot is the first day after Yom Kippur that we have a greater opportunity to sin and the repentance of the individual is no longer effective. Therefore, the first day of Sukkot is when we need the power of the group to help bring forgiveness. This is represented by bringing together the Arba Minim, where each one represents a different type of person. On Sukkot, expressed through the binding of the Arba Minim, our nation coalesces as one in order to achieve teshuva.
This is a special aspect of arvut that occurs on the first day of Sukkot. The lesson of the Arba Minim is to help us understand that the only way we can achieve teshuva as individuals is by being responsible for each other collectively. Chag sameach!

Thoughts of the Rav - Purifying
by Rabbi David Saltzman

We've been doing a lot of davening over the last few weeks, and there's even more to come! Rabbi Soloveitchik zt"l explains that punishment and affliction in this world are the currency we pay to G-d in order to renew ourselves. Once this "money" is given to G-d, we have bought ourselves back, and now we are cleansed and purified through the teshuva process. In reality, bringing a korban would suffice in place of the punishment, but since we are unable to bring korbanot today, we have to pay the price by receiving a penalty for our actions.

However, the Rav writes, tefilla can accomplish the same outcome. When one has sincere kavana (intention) during prayer, it causes deep internal, spiritual suffering. With the proper intent, this suffering can be in lieu of a korban and accomplish the same cleansing process as physical hardship.
Both physical pain and spiritual suffering take the place of the korban, and either one will suffice. Which will you choose?

Simchat Beit HaShoeva Celebration
Join the Maimonides PTA for our Simchat Beit Hashoeva Celebration next Wednesday, October 19, from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.!

Festivities will include dinner with JP Licks ice cream for dessert, moon bounces, face painting, and much, much more!

Sign up at by next Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. for a discounted fee.

Parking for the event will be available on the Saval playground after 4:00pm.
2-Year-Old Class Newsletter

Dear Parents,

As we enter our sixth week of school, we are having fun and making friends. A few of our most popular phrases are "Sharing is caring," "May I have a turn when you're done?," "Please stop," "Sure!," "May I please have?," and, at snack time, "Put your spoon in the air if you want milk!"
We continue to work on our decorations for the students to bring home for their own sukkah. We are also paying very close attention to our "school neighborhood": the trees and leaves, puddles, STOP signs, recycle bins, cars, sky, helicopters, birds, bunnies, squirrels, and chipmunks. We even have pictures of our discoveries hanging up in our room.

We daven every day. Morah Tzipi does it all with music and song. The students love it and ask to sing along. We'll send home the words so you can daven with them.
We made binoculars on Monday so we could see things better outside on our walks. We also painted with Q-Tips and watercolors, and cut up lemons to dry them in the oven. Morah Dayse joined us Monday afternoon with her beautiful instruments, lovely games, and sweet songs.

On Tuesday we enjoyed Morah Linda's songs about Jonah and the Whale and building a sukkah. Everyone loves Morah Linda's beautiful voice.
On Tuesday morning faculty member Benji Hain, in the character of "Professor Fluff," came into our room with his daughter and his guinea pig to talk to us about how important it is to always use kind words. We are going to make a poster about it.
On Thursday, Morah Esther played with us outside in the morning, and Morah Robin came into our room and told us a story about a butterfly who couldn't fly, but kept trying and trying until she learned how. We also had lots of fun with tape, cutting and pulling and making colorful sticky balls to throw.
See you on Wednesday!
Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Tzipi, Morah Marggie, and Morah Laura

Daniel really loved the butterfly story!
  Bella playing with the black tape!

Avishai petting the guinea pig that Benji Hain ("Professor Fluff") brought in!

Noa and Avishai painting with Q-tips!

What do you see with your binoculars?

Where else can we put these lemons? Ellie and Noam are experimenting!

Naomi and Elhanan: Sharing is caring!

We love our trees!

Relaxing in the grass
3-Year-Old Class Newsletter 
Dear Parents,

We hope everyone had an easy and meaningful fast on Wednesday. We have been discussing what it means to be a good friend and care for each other. The students brainstormed ways they can help their friends. Some examples they gave were: sharing toys, taking turns, helping someone if they fall, and listening to each other.

We talked about how, on Yom Kippur, we look back at things we did over the past year and think of how we can become an even better person in the coming year. We did an activity where the students named something they had done that was not very nice (e.g., hitting a brother or sister, not listening to a parent, not helping to clean up) and we wrote it on the whiteboard. The students then came up and erased what they had done and "started with a clean slate" for Yom Kippur. We followed this up with a discussion of ways we can treat others more nicely at school and at home.

On Tuesday, faculty member Benji Hain, dressed as "Professor Fluff," came to our class and told us a story showing how important it is to use nice words when we talk to or about others. This was a continuation of the theme we are exploring this year, arvut (the power of words), both as a school and in our class. As a follow-up, we made posters showing some of the ways the students speak and act nicely to each other. These posters will be hung up around the school.

On Thursday, we went over to the Saval campus to watch the senior class assemble the lulavim. The students were so excited to see how the aravim and hadassim were added to the lulavim. They especially enjoyed smelling the etrog and shaking the lulav when it was assembled!

We have also been getting ready for Sukkot in our classroom. We went on a nature walk, during which the students collected sticks. They used these sticks to make sukkah decorations, choosing a branch and then adding pinecones and seashells. We hope you enjoy hanging them in your sukkah!

Self-help skills are a big part of a three-year-old's development. During snack time, we are trying to enhance the students' independence skills. One thing we are working on is having the students pour water from a small pitcher into their own cup. They are learning to hold their cup with one hand while pouring the water. It is fine if you want to send a water bottle in with your child for lunch, but we have been sending the bottles home each day so that the students are still working on their pouring skills during snack. The students are so proud of themselves when they are able to get their own water!

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach,

Morot Leisa, Shayna, and Tanya
Liam enjoying shaking the lulav with Eliana, one of our helpers from the Upper School.

Jonah, Leo, and Sheva smelling the sweet scent of the etrog in the Upper School.

Avital, Leah, Yuval, and Yosef working together during provocation time to make a ramp.

Ezra A., Ezra H., Hillel, Ari, and Yuval working hard to make a ramp for their toys to roll down

Jonah, Dov, and Ari using their hands to create a tunnel for the balls.

Everyone listens closely as "Professor Fluff" tells them about arvut.

Avital, Amelie, and Sam working together to string their Sukkot decorations
 4-Year-Old Class Newsletter

Dear Parents,
We hope you all had an easy fast! We have been very busy this week. We learned that on Yom Kippur we want to say sorry for things we've done wrong and try to do better. We also read about Yonah, who couldn't run away from Hashem.
We had a visit from "Professor Fluff" (pronounced "floof"), who told us a story about how we need to be careful of our words because words have power. We learned about which words are kind and which can hurt, and made posters that will be hung up all over the school.
At the end of the week, we started to learn about Sukkot. We went over to the Saval campus, where the seniors were tying up lulavim. We learned how to tie lulavim, and smelled the etrogim that they had ordered. We even made sukkah decorations to bring home and put up in our own sukkot!
On Friday, we put together our sukkah decorations in an interesting problem-solving activity. The students each had two pictures to use to make their sukkah decorations. The pictures needed to be connected in order to complete the decoration. The students were given different choices of materials to connect the two pictures, and different tools to make holes in the pictures to prepare them to be connected. The students then each took a different approach to use their problem-solving skills to complete their decorations.
Thank you to our Shabbat Ima Aviya and Shabbat Abba Adir for the challah, grape juice, and treats for our Shabbat party!
Shabbat Shalom!

Morot Irit, Mimi, and Chava
In honor of the Fall (סתיו) we put pumpkins on the table and the students drew what they saw - they did an amazing job!
We had leaves and pinecones from our nature walk and the students painted with them!   

The theme of the school year is arvut (ערבות), or mutual responsibility, so we divided the class into groups and worked together on building with different materials. We practiced listening to each other, deciding how to build together as a group, sharing, and using kind words.
Avigayil, Jacob, and Jonathan build a house and a tower.
Naomi, Yehuda R. and Adir built a "spooky" house.

Nessim, Shira, and Esther build a Batman cave and Batman's rocket.
Shalhevet, Ezra A., and Lior build a castle around a pond.

Naftali, Dalia, Harel, and Noémie build New York City, with a house, a fence, and a bridge.
Naava, Aviya, Eli, and Yehuda S. build an airport.

We had a visit from "Professor Fluff" and Snickers the guinea pig, who told us a story to emphasize the Power of Words.

We started to make our sukkah decorations. The first step was coloring coffee filters with liquid watercolors, using a toothpick.

After the Morahs laminated the coffee filters, the second step was cutting around them.

Working with watercolors in Art class

Science class: Dalia and Eli making the desert (מדבר).
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