Hello from ECP!
It is hard to believe it is already February 2017! It seems as though we were just celebrating Hanukkah and the New Year a moment ago.
The ECP has been very busy since our last update. School reopened on January 3rd and the action began immediately. Our 3s classes came back to school in furry slippers and comfy PJ’s to have a fun pajama day! Children enjoyed a delicious “breakfast” of cereal for snack. They played games and read “bedtime” stories. Some of the 4s had a PJ day at the end of the month, while the other class of 4s had a fun football sports day in celebration of the super bowl.
Now that it’s winter, the children are learning about the season and the many exciting things that happen when the temperature drops: ice, snow and how it melts, animals in winter, hibernation, and migration. The 2s even had an especially fun time celebrating “Bear Day.” The children gathered in the sanctuary ballroom and played games, read stories, sang songs and had yummy snacks. Some of the 4s celebrated bear day a bit later in the month – with stick puppets, “nighttime” fun and “bedtime” stories!
In January we also celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Though our school teaches tolerance and understanding of all people every day, on this holiday we make a special point of emphasizing how important it is to accept and enjoy the differences in people. The children made projects like dream-catchers, murals of hands of many colors and peace plates to reinforce and help them understand this message.
The holiday of Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for the trees, was celebrated in mid-February. In the classrooms children were taught how important trees are for us and the environment through stories and fun projects. Some classes made their own trees and thought about what kind of tree they would be!
Our new semester of after-school classes also began in February. Three and four year olds have the opportunity to eat lunch with their friends and explore popular programs such as Happy Feet soccer, 123 Go!, Story Jumper, Artist’s Studio, Nature and Weird, Wacky Science, Cooking, Rhythm, and Math Madness – just to name a few.
In addition to the regular classroom winter curriculum, ECP children continue to enjoy all of our visiting specialists. The dentist came to say hello to the classes and explained to the children the value of eating healthy foods, brushing teeth correctly and how to keep a healthy smile! We also continue to have visits from our animal friends at Nature, Sports with Steve Stone, music with Tina, and Mad Science.
Winter vacation is right around the corner and we our February vacation camp during the break. Children who are 3 to 6 years old had the opportunity to come to school during vacation and have loads of fun! This program was open to KTI and non-KTI students.
We have several upcoming events:
- Mah Jongg Fundraiser on Thursday 3/2, 7:30pm. Just contact the ECP office or Joanna Goldstein.
- Tot Shabbat on Friday, March 24th. Please join us to welcome Shabbat with friends and family.
Here’s hoping for an early spring!