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February 1, 2019

Weeks 20 and 21: Monday, January 21st – Friday, February 1st

Hebrew  Dear parents, This week the students are watching an Israeli movie named “Apples From the Desert”. the movie is based on a short story by Savion Liebrecht. While watching the movies, the students learn new vocabulary, discuss dilemmas and conflicts that the characters deal with in the movie. After watching the movies, the students will be able to read the story and lead class discussions on the differences between the movie and the story. I wish everyone a relaxing weekend, Andreea Heritage להורים שלום, השבוע המשכנו לשוחח על יחידת ההגירה אבל מההיבט של ילדים בלתי חוקיים. במסגרת זאת אנו ממשיכים...
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5th Grade Week of 1/28

Another great week in 5th Grade! Please enjoy our classroom updates below, and have a fun and relaxing weekend. Humanities Students this week in Humanities finished their essays on Homeless Bird, which came out beautifully! We began our prereading work for Tuck Everlasting, which included learning about figurative language and symbols, as well as discussing and debating whether immortality is good or bad. Shabbat Shalom!-Tony Math Students began their Algebra unit this week, and began learning how to write and calculate expressions. Have a good weekend!-Katie Judaics Students have been working in new chevruta partners while studying Chumash. So far...
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February 1 — Exploring the Arts

Music with Eyal Something to warm you up in this freezing weather:) Here is a fun video of 3rd graders learning a new chord and a new song on the Ukulele. The song is called, “Put the Lime in the Coconut” Click here to see the video!  Art with Iviva Students have been working on Tu B’Shvat collages. Here are some pictures of them in action. General Studies with Hilary Dear Third Grade families, Happy February! We are gradually returning to our full third grade selves after a week of colds and flus. We hope you all a healthy start...
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February 1, 2019

Humanities  In ELA, we’ve been diving into the rhetorical triangle – ethos, logos, and pathos. What are the mechanics used to persuade someone? How do we persuade someone in ethical ways? In the coming week, we’ll be researching a position and beginning to craft arguments that are well-researched and logical. We are in the midst of our second unit of vocabulary study, vacillating between Wordly Wise words and Greek and Latin roots. The most recent roots you should look out for are: Ars, Artis (art) Aoide (song) Canto/Cantare (to sing) Pingo/Pingere/Pinxi/Pictum (to paint, to embroider) In social studies, we are...
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Hello Kindergarten Families

This week was another busy one in Kindergarten. In Writer’s Workshop we began learning about informational books by reading books about penguins, animal feet, and germs. We then thought about topics that kindergartners themselves know a lot about. Topics included Lego, ballet, video games, scooters, iPads, cats, candy, toys, insects, Fortnight, and F 5 cars.  The latter two are things the teachers will learn a lot about from the books students write over the next few weeks! In math we continued our number work playing games of One More and Two More.  We did a problem solving activity called Which...
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Hello Fourth Grade Families!

General Studies with Mike: We are nearing the end of our unit on fractions. Students can now add, subtract, and multiply fractions. We spent the bulk of this past week solving real-world problems (word problems) involving fractions. We will end the unit at the beginning of the week with and in-class assessment. You can help reinforce new math vocabulary at home when helping with homework by using words and phrases like “numerator,” “denominator,” and “simplest form.” We are about halfway through our second read aloud, Rain Reign, by Ann M. Martin and have continued to chart a class list of...
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6th Grade News 1/21 – 2/1/19

HUMANITIES: This week in ELA, students began an exciting new writing unit related to research and debate. They chose “real world” questions that felt meaningful to them, including: Should schools punish cyberbullying? Should the U.S. continue giving foreign aid? and more. They are researching all sides of the argument using online and offline sources, and determining their own stance as they work. In order to ensure responsible research, we learned how to determine whether a source is reliable or unreliable. We had fun examining a wide range of websites — from amateur blogs to university publications — finding both trustworthy...
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Poetry, Tallit, and Vanishing Points!

Reading and Writing We have been making many connections between reading and writing as we have began our poetry unit. Second graders began to look at ordinary objects with a poet’s heart and mind. We studied poetry from several authors and noticed that poets make comparisons to help the reader paint a picture in their mind. We listened to poems with our eyes closed, talked about visualization, and of course began writing our very own poems. With bags filled with mysterious objects, we had to reach in and write poems using comparisons. Staple removers became ferocious sharks, paintbrushes became brooms...
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