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Judaic Studies with Phyllis 

This week in Judaics the students returned to text study as we continued the stories of Jacob and Esau. We learned specifically of Rivka (Rebecca’s) instructions to Yaakov (Jacob) to prepare a stew and receive his father’s blessing. Students ended the week by bringing the text to life with elaborate and dynamic skits! For a preview of the skits see pictures below (videos to come).

Hello Fourth Grade Families

General Studies with Mike: Congratulations to all fourth graders on a fantastic Hanukkah play! We are wrapping up our math unit on whole number multiplication and division. Students have learned the algorithm for two-digit by two-digit multiplication as well as the algorithm for long division. The algorithms we’re using in class are likely the same ones parents learned in school. Looking for a fun family activity this weekend? Ask your child to take on the role of teacher and show you how to solve a long division problem. This will help them prepare for next week’s unit assessment. We completed...
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Greetings 4th Grade Families!

General Studies with Mike: We just began our math unit on whole number multiplication and division. Students have learned the algorithm for two-digit by two-digit multiplication, and will continue to practice throughout the remainder of the unit. Students should continue to memorize their multiplication times tables through the number 12 at home. You can find multiplication games at timestables.com/games. We’re nearing the end of our read aloud, The Tiger Rising By Kate DiCamillo, and are beginning to discuss the literary theme of the story. We define literary theme as a “life lesson,” and identify the theme of a book by...
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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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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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October 12 – Our First Full Week

Dear Fourth Grade Families, It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in school for over a month and this is only the first full five-day week! Students have been transitioning well into their fourth grade routines, and we’re all excited to get into the meat of our curriculum. A reminder to parents that this coming Wednesday is school picture day. In addition, sign up for November parent teacher conferences is now available online (an email with instructions was sent out this week). Slots fill up quickly, so please sign up soon! Finally, this coming week is Aliza’s last week at...
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September 28 – Chag Sukkot Sameach!

Dear Fourth Grade Families, What an incredible three-day week! Sukkah sleepover, Simchat Torah, and buddy activities all rolled into such a short period of time, and the fourth graders truly made the most of it. Last week, students received the names of their new Kindergarten buddies, and on Wednesday they finally got to meet them (and read to them). They showed great maturity and eagerness to share as they took on these leadership roles. Please enjoy today’s blog and pictures from buddy activities and the Sukkah sleepover!   Super Cool Parade Fun at the Sleepover: -The Fourth Grade Team Coming...
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September 14: Shana Tovah!

Dear Fourth Grade Families, Welcome to a brand new year! We are looking forward to many fun and fascinating upcoming events in the fourth grade, including meeting our Kindergarten Buddies and having our Sukkah Sleepover. Thank you to all parents who joined us at Back to School Night. We can’t wait to see you and share our learning with you for Sukkot Breakfast on September 28! -The Fourth Grade Team Coming Soon:  Tuesday, September 18-Wednesday, September 19 – Yom Kippur, School Closed Monday, September 24 – Tuesday, September 25 – Sukkot, School Closed Thursday, September 27 – Sukkah Sleepover Friday,...
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August 30: Welcome Back!

Dear Fourth Grade Families, Welcome back to another year at Hannah Senesh Community Day School! Your teaching team is hard at work getting our spaces and selves ready to welcome students on September 4th, and we are so excited to meet (and re-meet) them. This year, the fourth grade team includes both new and returning teachers and specialists that your child will meet in the first few weeks of school. Mike Steele is excited to join the fourth grade staff as the general studies teacher. He comes to Hannah Senesh after two years of teaching fifth grade at PS 133...
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