HANC students tracking vegetable growth for Tu B’Shevat
HANC students tracking vegetable growth for Tu B’Shevat

Celebrating Tu B’Shevat. In preparation for Tu B’Shevat, the kindergarten students are conducting an experiment to learn about planting and growing. The students put a carrot top and a potato in bowls with water and without water. Each day, the kindergarten scientists check the growth and changes of the vegetables in and out of water and record their findings through words and pictures in the vegetable growth journal. Observing the vegetables’ growth and change is almost as exciting as watching the growth of the children throughout the year! Happy Tu B’Shevat!

Second-graders have mail. Students in Ms. Vogt’s second-grade class at HANC’s Samuel & Elizabeth Bass Golding Elementary School, in West Hempstead, designed a post office and mailbox to help support their daily literacy center writing activities.

During literary center time, students are required to compose an original piece of writing in any style they’d like–a story, list, poem, song, or letter. In order to encourage letter writing and to add a new dimension of fun to their writing time, the students created a post office and mailbox that they can use to write letters to each other. The students excitedly check the mailbox every day to see if they received a letter from any of their classmates or Ms. Vogt. The students can’t wait to see who their next letter will be from!

Fun learning Ivrit. Fourth-grade students in Morah Dafna’s Ivrit classes designed and created their very own Hebrew games! The students each read a Hebrew story and then broke up into groups to create a game based on the story, and the rule was that everything about the game, including the dice, had to be in Hebrew! Morah Dafna’s class invited Rabbi Hoffman’s Ivrit class to join them to play the games and everyone had a great time learning Hebrew and playing the games.

Taste testers. The students in Mrs. Spitalnik’s fourth-grade class had the yummy assignment of being taste testers for cookies made by a company called Skeeterâ„¢. Skeeter makes kosher nut-free cookies and was looking for real children to participate in a taste testing survey. The students tasted two cookie varieties, the Skeeterdoodle, a plain cinnamon cookie, and chocolate chunk, a classic chocolate chip cookie. The students compiled and analyzed their data, and although both cookies were delicious, the chocolate chunk beat the Skeeterdoodles by a vote of 4 to 1.

One of the fourth-graders, who has nut allergies, wanted to express his thanks to the Skeeter company for thinking of people with allergies. The students really enjoyed the experiment and are excited to taste the products out next.

Students plan Koby Mandell Foundation benefit. Students from the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County Brookdale High School are always helping their community. The student leaders, through NCSY’s Project JUMP Program, will be holding a fun and interactive trivia evening in the school’s auditorium on Motzaei Shabbat, February 9, 8:30 p.m. All funds raised will benefit the Koby Mandell Foundation, which provides free therapeutic programs to child victims of terror who have lost a family member to a terrorist attack in Israel. To register, visit www.tinyurl.com/JUMPTRIVIA. v


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