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Passover is really in the air at Stephen S. Wise Elementary School as our students and staff prepare for this wonderful holiday! Last week our first graders experienced the Exodus from Egypt, and they followed Moses and Miriam to the promised land. Make sure you ask them about the Red Sea parting (at the swimming pool) and getting water from a rock. Other grade levels had the opportunity to practice their blessings and Hebrew skills at experiential Seders with their classes. The second grade even witnessed a Passover play with a very mean Pharaoh (Dr. Kheel). A new addition to our Seder discussions were the depth and complexity conversations we had as we integrated the work we are doing with USC into our Judaic curriculum. A fourth grade class created concentric circles in Hebrew making connections with the Passover story. Sixth grade students looked at big ideas of change over time, and compared and contrasted new and old holiday symbols such as the traditional Elijah’s cup with the newer Miriam’s cup. It was an exciting week, and I can confidently say that your children are ready to sing the “Ma Nishtana” at your Seder tables with great joy. I hope you feel the sense of pride when you listen to them that I do – they really bring the light and rejuvenation of this season to us. I want to wish all of you a happy and healthy Passover and a wonderful spring break.