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October 26, 2018

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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Building Community and Tohu Va’vohu

Community Building With full weeks of school underway, we opened our classroom community up to visitors who had stories to read and information to share. Regina, the class’s kindergarten teacher, joined second grade to read them books that she remembered they loved when they were in kindergarten. She talked about how it is different now that she is a teacher for younger children, and shared memories of the students as kindergartners. Following this, Leo’s grandparents came in to read a book about the creation of the thesaurus. Second graders had prepared questions for Leo’s grandparents about their life in South Africa...
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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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Weeks 7 and 8: Monday, October 15th – Friday, October 26th

Hebrew This week the students took the Avant Hebrew Assessment. Avant is an online proficiency-based assessment which looks into all 4 skills: reading writing listening and speaking. The assessment allows us to track students’ ability to function in Hebrew. This is an accumulative knowledge test, therefore, students did not need to prepare for it.  The results will not affect students’ grades but will provide precious information. I wish everyone a relaxing weekend, Andreea Heritage  להורים שלום השבוע התלמידים התחילו לעבוד על מבחני אוונט שימשכו כשבועיים. מבחנים אלה בודקים ארבע מיומנויות למידה, כתיבה, שמיעה, הבנת הנקרא, דיבור. המבחן הוא כלי מדד המאפשר לנו...
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5th Grade Week of 10/22

Humanities: In Humanities this week, we continued our study of Wonder. Students transferred skills from our opinion writing unit to express opinions with evidence about Wonder. Students also examined a variety of opinion writing pieces as mentor texts. In Social Studies, we continued our study of early humans and civilizations. Have a good weekend!-Tony Math: Multiplication was the name of the game the past two weeks in math. Students have learned and demonstrated a variety of strategies they can utilize in order to multiply whole numbers. We’ve also continued to round and estimate to ensure our answers are correct, or at least...
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October 26 — different ways we’ve thought about learning

Dear Third Grade Families, We have had three full weeks of school, so far, and we are more used to the routines of each day. As a class, we are continuing to work on making eye contact (when talking to someone), and speaking loud enough for everyone to hear you. Next month will begin with two changes — students will have new lunch spots AND students will have new desk groupings. This is very exciting! In math, we tied up our unit on mental math. This section was about discussing the strategies we use to do math in our head...
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6th Grade News: 10/15 – 10/26/18

HUMANITIES It’s been a full and busy two weeks in Humanities. In Social Studies class, students are writing and performing creative pieces about life in ancient Mesopotamia. Some students are writing scripts for news shows, while others are writing op-eds and news articles. They are including true facts about Mesopotamian climate, religion, and culture while writing about such topics as: “Slaves ran away from a priest’s family!” and “The holy ziggurat (temple) was flooded!” Students had a great time using their imaginations to bring ancient times to life. In English Language Arts, we are finishing up our study of The...
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First Grade News

Next week we will be going on our neighborhood scavenger hunt. This week we started learning about some of the people we may meet in our neighborhood: community helpers. Community helpers are people who work to help our communities. Examples include doctors, sanitation workers, firefighters, and letter carriers. First graders made community helper trading cards and played community helper bingo.   As part of our social emotional work, we’ve started to discuss feelings. First graders made a feelings word wall in English and Hebrew. We read books in both languages about feelings and discussed how people may have different feelings...
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October 22: Weeks 7 and 8!

Humanities The past two weeks in Humanities classes have been filled with Julius Caesar, historical research writing, and lots of vocabulary! We practiced a variety of class structures while reading Julius Caesar: listening to an audiotape, reading out loud as a whole class, and reading in small groups. I loved watching students have exposure to the play in these ways. I am impressed with the progress of their social studies essays so far – the first outline, the first draft, the first big essay can be a little confusing and a little daunting. All of my students were challenged to...
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