Friday, March 2, 2012

Be HAPPY it's Adar!

Be HAPPY, it's Adar and Purim is almost here!     This year, Purim falls on Wednesday night, March 7 and Thursday, March 8. We will be celebrating Purim in school on Thursday, March 8. All of our children are invited to come to school in appropriate costumes ready for a day of fun. As part of our celebration, we will have an abbreviated reading of the Megillah, special classroom activities, games, time with students from other grades, and hamentashen for all!  Please remember on Wednesday there is a 3 PM Dismissal and there will not be any FastTRACK or afterschool activities, and extended day will end at 5 PM sharp. On Thursday, there will be a 12:00 PM dismissal and there is no extended day or afterschool activities.   As part of our in school preparations for Purim, we will be having special SPIRIT DAYS leading up to our celebration. On Monday, we will have CRAZY HAT DAY. On Tuesday, we will have MISMATCH DAY-put on different colors and different patterns to create a mismatched outfit! On Wednesday, we will have BACKWARDS DAY-wear your clothing backwards or inside out. Then don't forget your COSTUME on Thursday!   An important part of Purim is Matanot L'evyonim, Gifts to the Poor. As a school, we have chosen to participate with Yad Chessed. Yad Chessed is a local grassroots charity that provides emergency and supplemental assistance to needy families in the greater Boston Jewish community. Yad Chessed has created a community-wide program building on the ancient Jewish practice of giving matanot l'evyonim ("gifts to the poor"), which the Book of Esther enjoins us to do on Purim day. In previous years, over 50 area congregations, day schools, and college Hillels participated enabling Yad Chessed to distribute over $80,000 in food assistance on Purim day itself.   Please join us this year as we collect matanot l'evyonim funds the days leading up to our in-school Purim celebration. You may either send cash or a check payable to KSA with your child to school. We will tally the collection, write a single check to Yad Chessed, and inform them of the amount at the end of the week so that all of the funds can be distributed on Purim day. Please send money in with your child to give to their homeroom teacher.   For more information about Yad Chessed, visit their website at www.yadchessed.org.   In addition to giving gifts to the poor, there are three other mitzvot that are part of Purim:   Megillah Reading - Book of Esther - The Megillah is read twice on Purim, once at night and once during the day. This year, the Megillah will be read on Wednesday night and then again on Thursday morning.   Mishloach Manot - Sending Gifts - It is a tradition to give Mishloach Manot, gifts that contain at least two different types of ready-to-eat food items. Mishloach Manot can be given on Wednesday night or during the day on Thursday. If you are sending Mishloach Manot to school, please be sure that the food items are allergen sensitive.   Seudah - Festive Meal - It is traditional to partake in a festive meal on Purim day (Thursday).   As always, parents are invited to join us during the day on Purim if you are around-we have a great time. We will have our Megillah Reading and Hebrew Teacher Spiel from 8:45-9:45 and then the 8th grade carnival and festive activities for the younger grades will be from 10:15 - 11:30. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out directly to your child's teacher.   Purim is a wonderful time to celebrate with friends, family and community. We wish you Shabbat Shalom, a wonderful week, and Hag Purim Sameah!

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