Family and friends joined us in the Sanctuary as our Preschool children sang and told the story of Passover. The children "Marched out of Egypt" and into the Social Hall for a short yet traditional Seder celebration.
Preschool Purim Carnival
Children and staff alike had fun celebrating Purim at school!
Father's Day Shabbat
On February 5, fathers brought their children to school in the morning and were treated to a coffee bar from Ranch Catering. After breakfast and special time in the classrooms, the dads, children and staff celebrated Shabbat together. Father's Day Shabbat is a wonderful annual event at our school!
Preschool Snow Day 2010
January 13 was a chilly day in San Diego.
Here at CBI, it was SNOWING! Our preschool children and staff (especially Tammy) had a great time playing in four tons of blown snow - sledding, throwing snow balls, making snow people, etc. Afterward, they enjoyed graham crackers and hot chocolate with marshmallows. At the end of the day, the children and their teachers were ready for a nap! More pictures can be viewed in the photo gallery.
Embrace A Family
In keeping with tradition, the Bill and Sid Rubin Preschool partnered with Jewish Family Service of San Diego to “embrace” seven less-fortunate families, helping to make their holiday season brighter.
Interactive Chanukah Concert Sunday, December 13
It was wonderful to celebrate the third night of Chanukah with so many friends at the Shirettes concert! Check out the photo gallery!
The Bill & Sid Rubin Preschool hosted a blood drive in Fall 2009. Parents, staff and friends donated 26 pints of blood to the San Diego Blood Bank. We encourage everyone eligible to become regular donors to save lives!
Bone Marrow Registry
In the summer of 2009 we hosted a bone marrow registry drive through the Be The Match National Marrow Donor Program. Registering as a potential donor is an easy process, requiring a simple medical questionnaire and a cheek swab. You can learn much more about the registry and about bone marrow donation at bethematch.org.
During the 2008-2009 school year, we launched a program to facilitate interaction between our preschool children and the older adults of the Jewish Family Service's University City Older Adult Center. The children came with their preschool classes to visit their "grandfriends", and together they took part in activities such as singing, bingo, exercising, making holiday crafts, and talking about pets.
Interacting with young children on a regular basis provided the older adults with the opportunity to increase their sense of value. For the children, these interactions heightened their awareness and understanding of older adults as well as the aging process in general. All involved experienced the mizvot of kindness (gemilut hasadim), honoring others (kavod) and welcoming guests (hahnasat orhim).
Special Delivery from the White House!
The day after President Obama was elected, our Junior Kindergarten class decided to write a letter and tell him what the children hoped he would be achieve during his time if office. Here are quotes from the children:
Please treat children good.
Please tell the truth.
Please do not buy guns.
Be careful not to start fires.
Be good to the American people.
Be kind to animals.
Wash your hands before you eat so you stay strong.
I hope you keep the world healthy and clean.
I hope you get all the help you need from your friends.
Please do good for G-d.
Teacher's comment: Do you know that your name in Hebrew means lightning?
The letter was mailed November 5, 2008, and the class did not give it another thought until Friday, June 5, 2009, when a package came from the White House! Inside was a thank you note and an autographed photo of President Obama. Soon we will have them on display in our school office for all to enjoy!