About the class:

Sundays at Folkshul are always busy. This year, we will begin to explore our secular and humanistic connections to Judaism by incorporating literature, music, folk dancing, sharing time, and art activities while making new friends. We will focus on the many Jewish holidays throughout the year. We will complete a calendar for each month emphasizing the holidays, as well as Shabbat. The children will also be introduced to the values of caring for the world (Tikun Olum) and helping others (Mitzvah).

Teacher: Beth Conn

I am so happy to be returning for my third year as a member of the Folkshul teaching staff. I had an amazing time last year working with the children, parents, and the members of the Folkshul family. During the week, I am a Kindergarten teacher for the Philadelphia School District. It is a job I have enjoyed for many years. Though this is only my third year teaching at Folkshul, I am certainly not new to the Folkshul community. Before teaching at Folkshul, I attended many of the fun events, such as the Sukkot celebrations in the park, the Purim carnival, and, of course, Souper Sunday.  I am looking forward to working with the Kindergarten/First Grade students as they begin what I hope will be a fun and educational time at Folkshul.

Sample Class Notes:

Hello Families!

 

It was so much fun at Folkshul on Sunday. We started our day with Art and the second grade at music. We sang our old favorites and some some new songs. I especially enjoyed the song, "Hate Has No Home". 

 

After music, we created our January calendar. We discussed both the secular and Jewish holidays. We talked about the holiday, Tu BiShvat. The children, then,  put stickers on each holiday in February and drew a picture of  themselves caring for a tree.

 

After snack and recess, we discussed our word of the week, "hope". We read and discussed the book, The Story of Ruby Bridges" by Robert Coles. This is the true story of six year old Ruby who helped shape the history of American education. The actions of Ruby are wonderful examples of hope and heroism. We completed our day by making "Hope dolls".

 

Next Sunday, January 28, 2018, the K/1 and second grade classes will celebrate Tu BiShvat together. We will play games, plant, and do other fun activities. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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Greetings Families!

 

We had another enjoyable day at Folkshul. Music with Art and the second grade class was especially fun. We sang our old favorites. The children had many requests. We sang Chanukah songs and rehearsed for our performance at the Chanukah Program on December 10, 2018 at 10:00 am. Be sure to have your cameras and cell phones ready. We should be great!

 

After Music, we completed our mitzvah trees. The trees were full of so many mitzvot that the children performed throughout the last month. The trees looked beautiful!

 

After snack and recess, we rehearsed on stage with the second grade class. The children were so excted and sounded great! They sang so well, I could hear them in the back of the auditorium!

 

We ended our day by deciding on our "Wish for the World" and practicing reciting it. The children thought of so many good wishes, it was hard to choose just one.

 

Reminders:

*Sunday, December 10, 2017-Chanukah Program and Party. The program will begin at10:00. The children will perform at 10:20.After the program, you and your family will be able to enjoy the Chanukah Party.

*Please visit the Folkshul Chanukah Hurricane Relief sign up page to contribute much needed food. This food will be sent to people in need.