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Hello Kindergarten Families

Hello Families, Kindergartners have had a busy couple of weeks! We have been working hard to get ready for our very first publishing party. We have learned how to choose a story to publish, read to revise, edit, create a cover picture and title, and share our stories with others (we even got to practice with some 4th graders!). All while we have been writing, writing, writing! In reading, we have been exploring story elements through a wide variety of stories. We have been discussing different types of characters and settings, and how to recognize a problem and solution. Feel...
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Hello Kindergarten Families

Greetings Families! We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving break! Kindergarten read Thanksgiving stories and made their own square of a quilt to show what they are thankful for! They worked hard on their sounds, shapes, and handwriting to design the quilt square. We have introduced snap words recently, which helps students become more fluent in their reading and writing. A snap word (also called sight words or high frequency word) are words that we see often and do not sound the way they are spelled. They are called snap words because we read them in a snap (memorization) without sounding...
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Kindergarten Hebrew Studies

Dear Kindergarten parents הורים יקרים, I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving! During the past two weeks in the Hebrew and Jewish Studies room we focused on Hanukkah vocabulary and the verb I love – Ani Ohev/Ohevet. We are learning the songs Ner Lee and Banu Hoshech Legaresh and reviewing our new vocabulary with Bingo, and “writing” in pictures from right to left. Sentences such as: Alex Ohevet Sufganiyot. We also red the book Eize Ner Mateem? And learned about the different kinds of candles we have for shabbat, birthday, Havdalah and Hanukkah ad begun using Yesh Lee as...
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Greetings Kindergarten Families!

We are excited to see you this week for conferences! For election day, we discussed the voting process! We have been practicing voting on topics (favorite subject in school etc) and graphing our results. We learned the tough lessons that you can only vote once and can only vote for what is on the ballot! We started making other graphs as well to show how we come to school and how many boys and girls we have in class. In science, we are exploring day and night. We have conducted experiments to show when the sun shines on different parts...
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Kindergarten Hebrew Studies

Dear Kindergarten parents הורים יקרים, It was wonderful to see so many of you at the parent-teacher conference Thursday. We look forward to seeing the rest of you Monday. During the past two weeks in the Hebrew and Jewish Studies room we focused on classroom vocabulary and the Story of Creation. We are learning and reviewing our classroom vocabulary using the melody of Eser Ezbaot Lee Yesh (I have ten fingers), partner and group work. The children enjoyed drawing on dry erase boards and “drawing” on a friends back and asking Ma Ze? With our Shinshinim Eran and Ofir we...
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Hello 4th Grade Families!

General Studies with Mike: We’re finished our math unit on estimation and number theory early this week. Towards the end of the week, we moved into whole number multiplication and division. Students should continue to practice their multiplication times tables through the number 12 at home. You can find multiplication games at timestables.com/games. Students are really enjoying our read aloud, The Tiger Rising By Kate DiCamillo. Over the past two weeks, we formed opinions about our own independent reading books on various topics – defining characters with character traits, determining whether our main characters make responsible decisions, etc. We then...
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Kindergarten Hebrew Studies

Dear Kindergarten parents הורים יקרים, Our Kindergarteners are learning about fall. We have been singing a song, playing charades and Pictionary and doing crafts. You can see the song and list of words bellow. We have also worked on our 3D plaster fruits and used our puppet theater to review the verb I eat with the text we learned last week. With our Shinshinim Eran and Ofir we learned the song My Hat – Lakova Shely – and worked on our folding skills. You can view it here: The Israeli Version A Version with English Explanations In Jewish studies we...
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Happy Autumn Kindergarten Parents!

This week, kindergarteners are learning how to rotate in literacy stations and work independently during guided reading time. The kids blew us away with how well they took care of their group, cleaned up, and did their best work independently. In guided reading, we enjoyed practicing our pointer power to read pattern books (1 to 1 correspondence) and using our eagle eye to look at the picture to figure out unknown words. In a couple of weeks, we will start sending home pattern books that kids can read to you at home! Our class got to take their first trip...
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Hello 4th Grade Families

General Studies with Mike: We’re continuing our math unit on estimation and number theory. This week, we moved into factors (including common factors and greatest common factors). This concept requires students to have a solid understanding of multiplication facts, so feel free to practice multiplication up through the number 12 at home. You can find multiplication games at timestables.com/games. We’re midway through our first read aloud, The Tiger Rising By Kate DiCamillo. This week, we discussed how to keep track of the problems and solutions that arise in books we read, and also how to keep track of the recurring...
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Greetings Kindergarten Families!

We are close to finishing out our first full week of school where we have been working on our stamina and fully jumping into all subjects! In math, we have explored numbers 1-5 and discussed similarities and differences (same and different) in objects and numbers. Students really enjoyed playing “Match It” and getting to use their new workbooks! In phonics, we have met our new friend Mabel the elephant who works with us as we learn new letters and words. We have started exploring letters through studying our friends names in class using the word wall, name chart, name cards,...
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