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November 10, 2017

Nov 6th – Nov 10th

Judaic Studies It was wonderful meeting with many of you during conferences. This week Bnai Yisrael began their journey to Eretz Yisrael! Through creative writing, 7th graders explored what Bnai Yisrael’s emotions and reactions must have been to learning they were finally on their way to the promised land. Students imagined Bnai Yisrael’s high hopes and excitement as they packed up their tents and began their journey. We then thought about what it’s like in our own families when preparing to go on a big trip – the yelling, the forgetting things, the stressing out over being late, etc. Why...
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6th Grade News: 11/6 – 11/10/17

HUMANITIES This week in Literature class, students had a great time participating in a formal debate inspired by The Epic of Gilgamesh. One team argued that Gilgamesh IS a true hero, while the other team argued that he NOT a hero. They practiced both listening and speaking skills, learning to acknowledge opposing arguments, respond respectfully to peers, and defend their points with specific textual evidence. Students were professional, enthusiastic, and collaborative throughout, and the debate was a pleasure to watch! See some photos here:   In History class, we learned about the famous historic document, the Code of Hammurabi. Students examined...
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Week of Nov 6th

Hi 5th grade Parents, We look forward to welcoming back Tony next week! This week we had student teacher conferences during advisory. The students were so reflective about their strengths and goals. We look forward to continuing our advisory mindfulness program next week along with our unit about Kindness and Empathy. Have a wonderful weekend!   Judaics: This week in Judaics we began our unit on the religious Zionists called the Biluim. Students explored their personal family stories about where their families came from and why they left their homes. We compared the motivations of our family with the motivations...
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Hannah Senesh Tekes

Yahadut: Honoring Hannah Senesh at School Tekes Second graders joined the rest of the school in honoring Hannah Senesh at a school assembly. We brought our Hebrew writing along with us to share. It is now hanging in the hallway. Ask your child what they wrote about Hannah in Hebrew.  Israel: Introducing “Sh’vil Yisra’el” Yaheli and Yuval visited our class and introduced us “Shvil Yisrael” the Israeli trail which runs from the north to south of Israel (kind of like Israel’s Appalachian trail). We split into groups with each group having to plan a packing list for a different area...
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Week 10: Monday, November 6th – Friday, November 10th

Advisory: This week in advisory we explored our breath. We practiced deep breathing vs. shallow breathing and we discussed breathing as an anchor in meditation. Hebrew Dear parents, It was a pleasure meeting with you and having such informative conversations on your children. This week, HaKbatza Aleph continued to read and discuss the topic of education around the world. We explored the connection between freedom of education and freedom in life. HaKbatza Bet continued to work on their independent projects that they will present next week, accompanied by a slideshow. I wish everyone a good weekend, Andreea Heritage הורים יקרים,...
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A Week of Investigation!

Dear Third Grade Families, It was great seeing many of you at conferences yesterday and we look forward to meeting with the rest of you on Monday. Social Studies In Social Studies this week we continued our exploration of the Lenni Lenape tribe, delving deeper into what day to day life was like. After reading different articles about the separate gender roles within the tribe, and the different types of clothing worn by men and women, third graders had the opportunity to put on their teacher hats, teaching each other about the topic they read about. Students were excited to...
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Parent-Teacher Conferences, Letter H and much more!

Dear Kindergarten Families, It was great to meet with many of you on Thursday during Parent-Teacher Conferences. We are looking forward to meeting with more families on Monday evening. Many parents mentioned that their children don’t like talking about their school days. It is absolutely normal for children to keep the stories to themselves. Here is a list of 50 questions that might trigger their memories. In addition, looking together at the pictures on the blog might encourage them to talk about school activities and friends. In English Language Arts, we learned the letter Hh and the sound /h/ it...
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First Grade: Week of November 6th

First Graders started a new writing unit this week: opinion writing! To begin this unit, they all became judges of a polished rock competition. They picked their favorite rock and wrote about why it was the best. First graders learned about what it means to be a fair judge and how to convince someone using lots of reasons and adding details. First graders then began writing opinion pieces on some of their favorite things.   This week in Math we learned about fact families, and practiced using related facts to find the missing numbers in addition and subtraction sentences. We...
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Conference Week is a Go!

Hello Fourth Grade Families! It was wonderful seeing many of you yesterday at conferences and talking to you about our amazing students. For those of you we didn’t see then, we’re looking forward to meeting with you on Monday! Thank you also to everyone who bought books for the classroom at the book fair! Even besides conferences, our week at school was very busy. Fourth graders had a great role at Tuesday’s Hannah Senesh Yartzeit Tekes and showed off their beautiful timeline posters to the school. Our fourth grade volunteer speakers did an excellent job memorizing and performing their lines,...
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