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Trip to the Bee Farm

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 Elementary students participated in a unique field trip before Rosh Hashana to Saul and Raquel Hakim's bee farm. They learned about how honey is made and the bee lifecycle and community structure. They were fascinated to see all the tools of the trade such as the beekeeper suit, the smoker, and the honeycomb frames. They tasted and were able to take home samples of the fresh local honeycomb and honey that is harvested at this farm. JPA students participated in a similar demonstration when the Hakims visited school along with much of their paraphernalia. 

Shofar Blowing

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  Each morning during the month of Elul, leading up to the Jewish New Year it is customary to blow the Shofar to wake up the innermost part of our soul and remind it to reconnect with G-d. We were fortunate to have an excellent Shofar blower, parent Berry Silver, come each morning to start our day with Shofar blowing. 

Farm to Table- Parent Partnerships

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 Education is a partnership between home and school. A big thank you to our amazing teachers Ms. Joy and Ms. Jada for coordinating a unique lesson on growing vegetables with parents Mr. and Mrs. Borowski. Our Chickadees learned how a pepper grows, that vegetables are delicious and planted the seeds of the peppers they ate. Can't wait to see the fruits of our labor as our plants and children blossom. Parents contributing their talents and time is what makes our great school amazing!

 

PTO Project- New Bottle Fillers

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The Parent Teacher Organization has fundraised for an outdoor water fountain. This project was completed this past month when the old water fountains were placed with a dual water fountain and bottle filler system. This will allow the students to use reuseable water bottles that are environmentally friendly and bring their water outside. Thank you to past PTO leaders, Orit Naghi and Lina Warshawski as well as all parents who volunteered for participating in this project. 

New School Year 2022-2023

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Smiling faces came rolling in to STA for the first day of school! Enrollment is at an all time high with almost 90 students registered for the 2022-2023 school year. We are in the process of garnering the correct permit to install a classroom trailer that will add two new classrooms for our growing student body. 

Creative Curriculum Ball Study in JPA

 What’s Going on In Early Childhood?

In the early childhood curriculum for this month, we’re completing our ball study with a combination of fine motor, gross motor, math, art, sensory and more!

Our ball study is part of our Tier 1 curriculum that encourages creative, open-ended learning. With activities like ball study, our early childhood students are receiving hands-on learning to discover and explore how to answer their own questions about the balls they want to investigate like “What do we know about balls, and what do we want to find out?”.

 

To answer their questions, they learned which balls roll or bounce, learned how to sort the balls by colors, counted them, and much more.


Not only did they get to experience the balls in the classroom, but they got to learn through reading and outdoor play as well. Creative activities like these are what give our early childhood students a head-start in learning!

For our end of study celebration, we brought soccer shots to Jewish Preschool of the Arts!

 

 


 

100 Days Loving School

At Slater Torah Academy, we celebrate the 100th Day of School on February 6th to enjoy how far we’ve come in the year and how far we’ll go!

 

Morah Lina made a sign for everyone to take photos in front of to make memories for the special day! Each teacher did various activities with their class.

 

 

We licked lollipops 100 times, did fun 100-day math, necklaces made from 100 foot loops, and much more! Some students even made shirts commemorating the 100th day! 

 

 

The fun is just beginning! We have so many new projects to share and many celebrations to look forward to before the school year ends! Stay tuned!

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Tu Bishvat 2022

Yom Zikaron at STA

STA Meets with Two Holocaust Survivors

 

Tu B'shvat @ STA

What is Tu Bishvat?

This year on the 15th of Shevat (17th of January), we celebrated Tu Bishvat, which is the “New Year” for trees! Tu Bishvat is the day where the earliest-blooming trees in Israel begin their spring cycle, making Israel colorful again from the winter. Deuteronomy tells us that “Man is a tree of the field”, so we celebrate the trees and all the blessings they bestow on us!

 

What We Did:
 

All of our activities reflected what plants need- water, food, and shelter. Not only do they help plants grow, but us too!

 

The Chickadees class went outside and collected some natural material to make collages out of branches and leaves.

 

Some of our other elementary classes counted pomegranate seeds, and other’s built “trees” by gluing branches and using their fingers to paint “leaves”. Our students in quarantine and zoom made “fruit faces”. Luckily, the weather was nice and everyone was able to play outside with the trees!

 

And of course, no Tu Bishvat would be complete without planting some trees to help our environment!

 

What can you do for Tu Bishvat at home?

Here’s some more ideas:

 

Coloring pages for toddlers:

Here’s an easy sit-home activity for your children. Only a printer and colors required!

https://www.slatertorahacademy.com/kids/article_cdo/aid/819725/jewish/Coloring-Pages.htm

 

Chocolate Trees

 

After planting some, make some, and eat them too! Enjoy this easy recipe to do with your kids!

Recipe here!

 

Learn about and cook the 7 fruits!

Create a Tu Bishvat menu that celebrates your family’s food traditions while honoring trees and the fruit that grows on them. The Torah names seven special fruits, often called the seven species: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. Experiment with fig bars or make olive bread. Put grapes in a zip-top bag and stomp on them for homemade grape juice. The possibilities are endless! 

We hope you enjoyed reading about our Tu Bishvat this year and it will give you ideas for next year (or Earth Day on April 22nd)! Stay tuned for more blogs, and in the meantime, check these others:

 

Yom Zikaron at STA

 

 

STA Meets with Two Holocaust Survivors

 

 

 

Yom Zikaron at STA

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Yom Hazikaron was marked at Slater Torah Academy with an interview with alumnus Levi Lang, currently serving in the Israeli army. Levi gave over his passion for the land of Israel and shared how there are so many people from many countries serving in the army.

We also had a panel featuring Shir Zamir and Moshe Habad who shared their experiences in the Israeli army. They told about a special letter each soldier writes to his family in case he does not come back alive, and about the way the army is structured almost like a small country in its own right. Shir told the students how during her boot camp training she would go to sleep with her uniform and boots on so she would be ready on time and how important it was in the army to follow orders even if you don't understand them. The students were very interested in knowing about what type of food they ate in the army.

Moshe led us in lighting a candle and reciting the Yizkor Tefillah to honor the memory of those who protected and sacrificed their lives for Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael.

Two Holocaust Survivors

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On the 8th of April, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Slater Torah Academy received an amazing opportunity to hear from two of the only living holocaust survivors who live in New Orleans -- Anne and Lila Skorecki. The sisters were born in Lodz, Poland on the eve of WWII and they shared with us their stories and experiences in Nazi-occupied Poland.

The two heroic women joined us on the Kaufmann Patio and spoke for an hour about their lives during and after the holocaust. Lila began their narrative with an image that was seared into her memory as only a toddler: Nazi soldiers collecting prayer shawls and prayer books from their synagogue into a pile, and continuing to douse the pile in kerosene. With her older sister, Anne, she suffered two years in a Warsaw Ghetto, spending entire days in a vegetable bin. The students asked if they were allowed to do anything while in the bin to which the reply was, “We just sat there the whole day. We didn’t have food, we didn’t have books, we couldn’t talk. We were trained to be very quiet,” recalls Lila, now 82.

This had to be their routine because when their parents left to work at their shoe factory, the children were extremely vulnerable. Jewish children’s vulnerability was common across Europe as over one and a half million were killed by the Nazis. The sisters’ message to the students is to learn a lesson from the Holocaust, and to never, ever forget this stain in history. “Sometimes it’s not what you do that you get punished for, but who you are.”

The students continued to ask a myriad of questions and the two sisters graciously answered them one by one.

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