Pesach Seder ‘Set The Scene’ box

This Pesach our PTA decided to do something a bit different. They put together a box of decor that assisted the children at the Seder table in visualizing our exodus from Egypt. They managed to sell 100 boxes which includes 18 boxes that were donated to Archadia. This was a hugely successful fundraising event as it portrayed the essence of our school.

One of the PTA members wrote this…

Our Pesach Set the Scene box demonstrates the unique culture at Chabad of Sandton:

We’re not just presenting you with a bunch of ‘stuff’ to put on your Seder table, the box encourages children to get involved in the following ways:

1.) Create their own characters by painting/colouring in the wooden figurines (adding their own flavour and creativity to the story/scene and making it more relatable to them).

2.) Build their own pyramids which helps develop fine motor skills, listening to instructions, problem solving and taking initiative.

3.) Setting out the various fragmented objects from the box into a cohesive story/order/scene based on what they’ve been learning at school and putting it all together – a little model that they can visualize and feel a part of (and feel a sense of achievement).

4.) It encourages parents and children to spend quality time together (a precious commodity these days) setting the table and playing the games/activities.

At Chabad of Sandton, we’ve got soul and we focus on the warm and fuzzy stuff that really matters in early child development.



Raising children with emotional intelligence

We were honoured to have the highly acclaimed Therapist Judy Alter speaking to a group of parents on this very topical subject in March this year.

Judy discussed ways that we can assist our children in managing their emotions and and growing their repertoire of coping mechanisms when faced with a difficult situation.

Judy’s expert knowledge of her field coupled with her sense of humour and sharp whit make her a real treat to listen to, and her sound advice is much appreciated.



Shalach Manot

This month for our Purim fundraiser, our PTA compiled jars of ingredients for a ‘funfetti’ cookie recipe.

It was a huge success, instilling the concepts of ‘back to basics’ and quality time spent together making shalach manot rather than just getting a packet of sweets. The kids loved the rainbow colours of the sprinkles in the jars and a good time in the kitchen was had by all.

Well done to our PTA for their effort and enthusiasm and putting this all together.