This blog is designed to document our daily activities with frequent updates and photos. Enjoy & feel free to comment :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Simhat Torah

Simhat Torah is connected to the fall festival of Sukkot and was added as the last day of Sukkot in the 10th century. The holiday is about the ending and the beginning of the yearly Torah reading cycle and is celebrated with an evening of hakafot (parades) and morning of singing and dancing, in honor of the Torah.  For the Jewish people, the Torah is the most treasured possession. It contains history, law and values, and it details our relationship with God.
with our handmade Torahs

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Shabbat Sing with Rabbi Howard A. Kosovske

Our Friday Shabbat sing took place in the Sanctuary.
Thank you Rabbi Kosovske for joining us and reading a story!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


The Festival of Sukkot begins on Tishri 15, the fifth day after Yom Kippur.
A sukkah  is a temporary hut constructed for use during Sukkot.
It is topped with branches and often well decorated.
The Book of Vayyiqra  describes it as a symbolic shelter, commemorating the time God provided for the Israelites in the wilderness they inhabited after they were freed from slavery in Egypt.

                          our classroom Sukkah  snack in the Sukkah                       

Monday, September 20, 2010

Field trip information

Dear 4s and 5s Parents,
We have tickets for two upcoming shows at Popejoy on the UNM campus:

October 11 at 10:15 am
Creole for Kidz & the History of Zydeco

October 26 at 10:15 am
Dan Zanes & Friends (bilingual music)

Both shows are designed specifically for this age group and you can find out more by visiting

We are in need of parent drivers so please let us know if you are available.
Please fill in and return permission slips. Thanks!

P.S. A big thank you to Miss Paige and Miss Misty for organizing this trip!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Yom Kippur

The ten day period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as the “Ten Days of Repentance.” Judaism teaches that it is the responsibility of every person to reflect about his or her actions, take responsibility for those times when he or she “missed the mark,” apologize for or in other ways fix what was done by these actions, and do the “inner work”  to ensure that this behavior won’t occur again.  In other words, this time is about our own growth.
At school, an emphasis of the High Holy Days is to develop an awareness of our own actions while considering the feelings of others. We can help children to understand that a simple apology is one way that we value the feelings of friends and family. 
(From “Drops of Honey,” a Torahaura production, by Dale Sides Cooperman and Idie Benjamin).

Yom Kippur art

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Jonah and the Whale

This week we are learning about Yom Kippur.
Inspired by the story of Jonah we reused plastic bottles to make a whale.
The project helped us to act out the story.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Playground Fun!

We enjoy our outdoor activities a lot!
Here are some individual pictures of the kids:

Monday, September 13, 2010

ECC/PTO Fall 2010 Fundraiser

Please join us for the ECC/PTO Fall 2010 Fundraiser
Erev Sukkot Gourmet Harvest Dinner
Prepared by Culinary Institute of America Graduate, Marj Tallen
Wednesday, September 22nd at 7:30pm

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

L' Shanah Tovah 5771 !

It was a pleasure to meet so many families at Open House today!
Thank you for joining us!
Hope you all enjoyed apples, honey, challah and the music :-)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A special day for somebody :)

Congratulations on turning 5!
Best Wishes!
Thank you for the treats!

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow at Open House!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

P.M. Preschool

Congregation Albert ECC offers an interesing P.M. Preschool Program.
From Monday to Friday (1:00-3:00) students have a chance to participate in different kinds of activities: Literacy and Creative Dramatics, Young Scientists, Movin’ and Groovin’, Kreative Kids and Petite Potpourri
 (for more information click here ).

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Circle Time

Why does the world have a birthday?
 How old is the world?
What present does it want?

These are some of the questions we were trying to answer today :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

August Art Contest Winner

'My Summer Vacation' was the subject of our first art contest.
And here is a beautifl memory of a gorgeous sunset
while making sand castles on the beach.
Thank you so much!

Congratulations, Demitri!

Please stay tuned for our September contest.