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June 7, 2019

Dear Kindergarten Families הורים יקרים,

We have had an incredible last few weeks of school. On Monday we went to the Prospect Park Zoo and met many animals. We reviewed their names like קוף, גורילה, פרפר, כלב ים. This week we went in depth in our learning about Shavuot. Our sfirat ha’omer count is almost at 49, and you know what that means… We counted out seven full weeks from Passover to Shavuot. We read “Ten Good Rules,” a book that explains the ten commandments, then wrote our own rules for the world. We also learned a story that every Jewish person who ever existed...
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June 8, 2019 — Best Days of Our Lives

Hebrew with Ilana Swisa This week the third grade were busy writing there last Hebrew paragraph about their favorite game and their favorite player. Next week it will be display on the third grade play. Shabbat Shalom Judaic Studies with Aliza This week in Judaics, third graders have been working hard on their Edot project. They are making posters telling the story of an Oleh (immigrant to Israel) from one of many Jewish communities around the world. Students have been looking up these communities, their synagogues, foods, and culture, and coming up with a history for their Olim. We also...
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June 7, 2019

Humanities So incredibly proud of all my creative, smart, thoughtful, hard-working students!!! 7th Grade Renaissance Slideshow We will finish the year strong with one final essay. I am so lucky to work with these students.   Math The school year is almost over and the 7th graders can look forward to a fun summer before returning to Senesh as seniors! How exciting! They’ve already been getting a glimpse of what’s to come next year in math by working on 8th grade Algebra I material. We learned about Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences, as well as Slopes of Linear Equations, Slope-Intercept Form,...
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Kindergarten General Studies

Dear Families, Our late spring days have been filled to the brim with learning new things in between our special events! In math, we have been strengthening our addition and counting-on skills by playing partner games such as “boxes” with dice and “double compare” with cards. We used 5 frames and 10 frames to add and practice counting-on as well.  Without counting, we are starting to recognize 5 and 10 groupings right away. We have enjoyed telling each other subtraction stories with and without our bead bracelets! In writing, we have been working on making our stories longer and stronger...
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Last Trip to Cobble Hill Health Center

Chocolate Factory In celebration for finishing our class read aloud Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl, we decided we now need to visit a real chocolate factory. Before taking our field trip to Cacao Prieto, a kosher chocolate factory in Red Hook, we learned about the actual process of making chocolate.  Through a slideshow and nonfiction literature, we practiced putting the steps of making chocolate in the correct order and learned new vocabulary words like tempering, conching, and nib. Check out the slideshow we learned from here. Then, we focused on the who of chocolate making, taking time to recognize each person and...
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5th Grade Week of 6/3

What a year! We are happy to share our final 2018-2019 blog post with you for the 5th Grade! Please enjoy our class updates below, and have a wonderful summer! Humanities I am happy to share our final Humanities update with the 5th Grade community! First and foremost, I want to congratulate our students on their amazing work for the China Museum! Their hard work and creativity shone through beautifully on Tuesday, and I’m so proud of them. In addition, we are wrapping up our Revolution is Not a Dinner Party unit with students picking from a few creative writing options....
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Hello 4th Grade Families!

General Studies with Mike: It’s hard to believe the school year is almost over! We’ve finished the math curriculum for the year, completing the final chapter on tessellations last week. Students enjoyed creating their own tessellations using repeated patterns of shapes. We noticed that tessellations appear all over, from brick walls to tiled floors. We happened to notice that the foyer of the Tenement Museum contained tessellated hexagon floor tiles. We spent this week creating math games in groups of two and three students. Each group focused their game on one specific math concept we covered this year – addition,...
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6th Grade News: End-of-Year Edition

HUMANITIES It’s hard to believe that we’re already wrapping up our year in 6th grade humanities. It was a true joy to be able to work with this group of students, and I know that I’ll come away from the year having learned a lot from each of them. We’re ending the year on a busy note, and spent time the past few weeks preparing for the Greek Symposium on Tuesday. The students worked hard to design ancient Greek “artifacts” that relate to their research topics; they’ll explain their design choices and the related content during their speeches at the...
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