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Dear First Grade Families, We hope that you had a lovely break.  It has been great to be back for our first full week of school.  We have enjoyed seeing friendships blossom with our new classroom communities.  This week has been full of community building, getting back into the school routine and learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In Reading we learned sight words, those words we know by heart and in a snap.  We spoke of the importance of studying a word in order to know it more deeply.  For example, we studied words to see if they...
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This week in first grade was full of getting to know new things within our community. We explored our neighborhood, and learned new subtraction strategies. Happy Birthday to Maxwell and Julie!  We are looking forward to our Chanukah celebration next week with all of you. In Reading this week we continued our work in digraphs and learned some blends.  For example, the word dragon starts with the blend dr and the word slide starts with the blend sl. In our small reading groups this week we continued writing about reading as we ask and answer questions about the books we...
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Dear first grade families, Welcome back from Thanksgiving break!  We hope you had a lovely time with the extra days off with your families.  We have been hearing about all the travels, food, and adventures your children have had! In Reading this week, we have been continuing our work in digraphs.  We learned the sounds for th, wh, ch, and sh.  We also have been starting to work on blends like tr for tree.  Students have learned that when the t and the h are together they make a particular sound and when it is in the beginning of the...
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What an action packed week in first grade! It was wonderful to welcome grandparents and other family members on Kesher Day to our classroom.  First, the students played a game called “pop up, pop down”, standing up or down depending on if you shared a similarity with others.  Then first graders and family guests interviewed each other.  We had fun learning new things about our family and drawing pictures. We really loved celebrating our small moments stories with parents at our publishing party and sharing what we have been learning in Hebrew, Science, and Art through displays of our work. ...
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This week the first grade teachers really enjoyed having families in our classroom community. Thank you for strengthening the school-home connection.  We love having you in the classroom and look forward to see families next week for Kesher Day on Monday and the Publishing Party on Wednesday. In Writing this week we have been working on publishing our stories. We learned how to revise our story and make sure our characters were not frozen.  We added dialogue and movement in order to unfreeze our characters in our small moments.  We also learned how to add what the character is thinking...
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The first graders this week have been busy writing, learning and playing.  We have loved seeing parents at school, whether it is during parent teacher conferences or the Hannah Senesh tekes (ceremony). Our class opened the ceremony by singing “Eli Eli” in Hebrew and English, and showed paintings they made which were inspired by the song.  They were rightfully, very proud of themselves! In Writing, the students continued working on their journal entries.  In honor of our Hannah Senesh tekes we created our own journal entries and made them look old by staining them with tea.  We continued our writing...
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Everyone in first grade was excited to have a full week of school! In Writing this week we continued working on our small moments writing by revising and making sure we are using a picture to add details.  We focused on: “When you are done you have just begun”.  We also have been learning about our school’s namesake, Hannah Senesh.  We learned that she was from Hungary and looked on a map of Europe to find the city she lived, Budapest.  We saw photographs of Hannah as a young girl and with her family.  We focused on the fact that...
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This week in first grade we did a lot of sharing. Whether it was during morning meeting or about what animals are in our family, first graders are full of sharing as a classroom community. We enjoyed celebrating Toby and Ethan’s birthday. This week in Science we read a National Geographic book “A Tree For All Seasons.”  In the book we learned what happens in each season to a maple tree and the animals in the environment. We observed how trees change and why, and learned that even leaves have veins! In Writing, we worked on our small moments stories...
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First grade had another joyous holiday week in 1st grade!  We have been busy celebrating Sukkot with one another and their 5th grade buddies.  They ate lunch in the Hannah Senesh sukkah on the roof, and another day had a special activity with buddies.  Each child created a sukkah out of graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, chocolate chips, sprinkles and licorice.  Delicious and sticky!  The first graders also celebrated the holiday by learning and saying the brachot (blessings) with the lulav and the etrog. Carolyn, the lower school counselor, came to our classroom to read “The Color Monster: A Book of...
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