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May 10, 2019

Hello Kindergarten Families

Kindergarten has been a whirlwind of events and industrious learning! We have been enjoying reading and discussing many of Kevin Henkes books to improve our reading and writing craft. We also enjoy comparing and contrasting the stories! We explored how he shows character emotions through pictures and words and are starting add feelings to our narrative sentences and illustrations. We also are noticing emotions in books we read independently. We have jumped into the world of surveys through thinking of topic, asking people what they like best of three things, recording, graphing, and analyzing the results. The office staff and...
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May 10 — Celebrate Good Times!

General Studies with Hilary Dear Third Grade Families, Our first full week of May has gone by in a flash! We’ve had our first official rehearsal for our NYC Play, numerous math lessons, a strong focus on research writing (or information writing), book clubs and social studies. We had a wonderful time celebrating Israel yesterday, for Yom Ha’atzmaut!                   In book clubs, students are somewhere between halfway through with their books to having finished their first spring book! Some groups have really risen in their abilities to independently discuss what was read....
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5th Grade Week of 5/6

Another successful week in 5th Grade! On top of our studies, we went to the Rubin Museum and explored some fascinating Himalayan Art. In addition, we celebrated Yom Haatzmut and Yom Hazikaron with activities, games, and guest speakers. We celebrated the State of Israel while remembering those who help preserve and protect it. Shabbat Shalom! Humanities In Humanities, we continued our unit on Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by diving deep into character motivations and taking on the personas of different characters to explore their points of view during important plot points. In Social Studies, we reflected on our trip...
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May 10, 2019

Social Action                                         Facing History with Phyllis and Ilana NB In anticipation of the seventh grade trip to the Holocaust museum in Washington DC, the students met with Phyllis, Allison, Ilana NB and Julie Arner on the Monday before the trip to prepare for the difficult experience.  Students were given the opportunity to talk about how they were feeling about seeing the disturbing images from the Holocaust and in particular the concentration camps.  We stressed the idea that everyone processes these...
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Dear Kindergarten Families הורים יקרים

We’ve been hard at work in Kindergarten getting ready for some special events. When we returned after Passover we had a celebration for Mimouna, a North African Jewish holiday. We baked our own pitas and made special dill cream cheese for a big chametz feast. On Monday we visited The Painted Pot. Our class walked carefully down Smith Street to our neighborhood ceramics studio for a fun project: painting Kiddush cups for our Shabbat boxes. We learned about the kiln and glazing. This week we had another big celebration: Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day. We celebrated Israel’s birthday by learning...
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Fairy Tales and Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut We celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut with the rest of the school. In the morning we attended the school tekes led by the fifth and sixth graders, followed by an Israeli snack of Bisli. Then we had four stations  with the third grade students and teachers: Israeli games with Shira and Hillary Yemenite folktales with Aliza Dancing with Ilana and Sammi Hamsa making with Jessica and Julie Ask your child which of the four games we learned about was actually invented in Israel! Repahel’s parents came in to tell us about Mishel’s family’s story of immigration from Iran to Israel....
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Hello Fourth Grade Families

General Studies with Mike: This week in math class, we began to discuss the properties of quadrilaterals. Students recognized that rectangles are special types of quadrilaterals with four right angles and opposing sides that are parallel. They also learned that a square is a special type of rectangle with four sides equal in length. As the week came to a close, we began to discuss how to find the perimeter and area of these quadrilaterals. Students are enjoying their Civil War book club books as well as our class read aloud, “Number the Stars,” by Lois Lowry. We have begun...
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May 10th: blog from Ruby and Phoebe

Friday’s bloggers are Ruby and Phoebe: It was time to head out of Tel Aviv this morning , and we took an hour long bus ride to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. There, we had an interesting, yet long, tour of the museum explaining the events and stages of the Holocaust. Next, we had our lunch in a small park and spent some time there playing in the playground. After, we took a short bus ride to Mount Hertzl, a military cemetery. We toured the graves of fallen IDF soldiers and learned about their lives and Israelis’ experience of going to...
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6th Grade News: 4/29 – 5/10/19

HUMANITIES:  I hope you had a fulfilling Passover holiday. In Social Studies these past few weeks, we’ve continued our study of ancient Greece. We immersed ourselves in the democracy of ancient Athens by participating in a mini-simulation: I asked the class to help me plan a class party, but I only solicited opinions from a select few students and allowed only those few students to vote on our final decisions. We talked about this discussion afterward as a whole class, reflecting on how it felt to be left out of the planning and voting processes. Students discovered that in some...
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First Grade News

After the break we started new writing, phonics, social studies and math units!   In Writing Workshop we started writing our own poetry. In our poetry unit first graders studied different types of poems. By studying other poems, they learned to look at ordinary objects with a poet’s eyes, use patterns and repetition, experiment with line breaks, and include specific language.   We read the book “shades of people,” and discussed all the different words we can use to describe our skin color like “sandy,” “gold,” “almond,” and “cocoa.” First graders then mixed their own unique skin color in art...
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