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March 22, 2019

Kindergarten General Studies

It was a wonderful week in Kindergarten, highlighted by a full day of activities on Purim.  We heard the Purim story, participated in a parade, went to a carnival, decorated and exchanged bags with our buddies, and heard about a sixth grade service project. Other highlights included beginning to revise our information books, look at patterns in math ,  look a vowel sounds (focusing on short i)  and hearing some stories about kindness.  One book we read was about Community Help in Park Slope, an organization on Fourth Avenue and Sacket that serves lunch to over 200 hungry people from...
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Weeks 26 and 27: Monday, March 11th – Friday, March 22nd

Hebrew Dear parents, This week the 8th grade has continued to deepen the practice of using noun exceptions in descriptive sentences in the future tense. On Tuesday, the students will take a quiz on this topic. Next, we will start practicing making plans for the future. I wish everyone a relaxing weekend, Andreea Heritage להורים שלום, השבוע התלמידים עבדו על היחידה החדשה שלנו “אמת ושקר”, התלמידים קראו טקסטים רלוונטים וערכו דיונים סביב שאלות מהותיות הנוגעות לחייהם. סוף שבוע טוב, אילנה Humanities  ELA: Students finished reading “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates and articles responding to Coates.  They will complete their slavery...
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Kindergarten Hebrew Judaics

Dear Kindergarten Families הורים יקרים, This week we got ready to celebrate Purim! In Judaics we went deeper into the Purim story and practiced telling it ourselves so that we could write our own megillot on paper towel scrolls. We learned about the special mitzvot of Purim: Hear the Megillah, distribute Mishloach Manot packages of food, donate/volunteer for Matanot L’evyonim to the less fortunate, and have a Purim feast/Seudah. We played a drawing game where we guessed which costumes we might wear during our whole school celebration. It was so exciting to see everyone all dressed up yesterday! We had...
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First Grade News

Happy Purim! We’ve enjoyed a week of celebration and kindness. On Purim, we read the book “Uncle Willie’s Soup Kitchen” and then decorated and filled bags to send to CHIPS, a soup kitchen and shelter in our neighborhood.   First grade writers continue to work on their realistic fiction series books. We set goals for our writing, learned about introducing our character in the first book, and about adding dialogue to our stories.   In Math, we continued to learn how to tell time to the hour and half hour, and then began our unit on numbers to 120. Second...
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March 22, 2019

Hebrew 7J This week we continued learning about Tel Aviv. We also started learning about Hiriya, Israel, a city that used to be filled with garbage and then turned into a beautiful city with a beautiful park named after Ariel Sharon. In addition, we started learning future tense.   7K This week we learned a song by Dag Nachash, describing the preparation of Shabbat. We had a conversation about what Shabbat is like here vs. what it is like in Israel. The kids started learning a few new Hebrew expressions. We also continued studying future tense.   Hebrew Heritage להורים...
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Purim and Kindness Week

Community Building This week we have been focusing on kindness- how we can spread kindness at home, in school, and the greater community. Second graders heard the story Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson, a story about a girl named Maya who moves to a new school and the main character Chloe chooses to be unkind to her. Maya attempts many times throughout the story to befriend Chloe, but Chloe continues to choose to be unkind. As we discussed how we thought the story would end most students predicted “They will make up and become friends”. However, the story closes with...
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5th Grade Week of 3/18

Another fun week in 5th grade! We greatly enjoyed ourselves on Purim, which included playing fun games with buddies, joining Repair the World in creating gift bags for the less fortunate, and eating plenty of sweet treats! Please enjoy our class updates below, and have a good weekend! Humanities Another successful week in Humanities! In Reading, we are wrapping up Tuck Everlasting. Our studies this week included discussions about symbols, as well as the morality of various characters’ decisions. We wrote opinion pieces about these decisions, as well as expository pieces about symbols in the text. In Social Studies, we...
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Hello Fourth Grade Families

General Studies with Mike: It was great having the chance to chat with so many of you at conferences last week! I look forward to meeting with more families this coming Monday! This week in math class, we wrapped up our math unit on decimal place values. Students can now identify numbers up to the hundredths place. They can also translate fractions to decimals (and vice versa) by creating equivalent fractions with 10 or 100 as the denominator. Students breezed through this unit and are well prepared to begin computing with decimals in the coming weeks as we enter a...
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6th Grade News: 3/11 – 3/22/19

HUMANITIES As we transition into spring, we are also wrapping up several units and beginning new ones in Humanities. In ELA, we have finished reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and are now completing some culminating activities related to the text itself and its historical context. For example, we identified over a dozen different literary terms in the story – including foreshadowing, dialect, flashbacks, and symbolism. We also further explored the racial divide in the Jim Crow era South by taking an old Louisiana voter Literacy test — a test that many African Americans were forced to take and...
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