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Dear Families, In math, we have been learning how to split shapes into equal parts! We are practicing using fraction words, such as one half, one quarter, and one fourth to describe the equal parts. Students learned how to fold paper shapes so that they are even. We decorated the shapes and labeled the fractions to show off our work. In science, we showed how the Earth revolves around the sun using flashlights and a globe! Students took turns holding the flashlights and spinning the globe to recreate a year! In Music class, First Graders read and had a discussion...
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Dear Families, In Hebrew we learned the letters pey, fey and fey sofit (final fey). We added more words to our word wall like: pilpel (pepper), parpar (butterfly), para (cow), perach(flower) and pil (elephant). We also started learning about Tu Bishvat (the birthday of the trees) and spent time learning Hebrew words related to the holiday. The first graders made beautiful trees and we are looking forward to learning more about Tu Bishvat next week! In Tefila, we learned two new prayers from the Amidah. The first one called mevarech hashanim. We spoke about the importance of taking care of our Earth and what we can do to...
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Dear Families, It was so lovely to get to welcome you all into our building to celebrate our first grader’s learning so far this year. It was truly wonderful to walk around the room and get to greet you all and express how proud we are of them—better yet, we got to see how proud they are of themselves as they presented their portfolios. In case you missed it, photos from the event can be found in this album: Shabbat Shalom, Talia, Ilana, Liz, and Noa

First Grade News

Dear Families, In math, we are beginning geometry. First graders have been working on identifying and using flat shapes: square, rectangle, trapezoid, triangle, circle, rhombus and pentagon. This week, we played a guessing game, where students had to figure out which shape was being described using clues. For example, I have four corners and four sides. All my sides are the same size. What am I? Answer: A square!  Students are also working on recognizing geometric shapes in the real world around them. Check out pictures of our shape work below! In science, students are expanding their knowledge about weather,...
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Hello Families, In Hebrew, we learned the letters kaf, chaf and chaf sofit as well as a new vowel, which makes the “Oo” sound. We wrote lots of sentences using the verbs ochel/ochelet (to eat) and ohev/ohevet (to love). We also learned how to say the symbols of  Chanukah in Hebrew and used those words in our writing. We had a very special week together! We played with dreidels, sang Chanukah songs, and read Chanukah stories. In Tefila, we learned a new prayer from the amidah called chanun hamarbeh lisloach. We spoke about the importance of apologizing to people when we make mistakes and forgiving others after they say that they are...
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Dear Families, It was so great to see many of you at conferences this week! We look forward to seeing the rest of you on Monday. Please enjoy these pictures from school this week! Shabbat Shalom, Liz, Talia, Anat, and Noa   PS. Here are a few jokes from a book we read this week about the weather: Why did the woman go outside with her purse open? She expected some change in the weather! What does a cloud wear under its clothes? Thunderwear! What did the cloud say to the lightning bolt? You’re shocking!

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Dear Families, In writing, we have been focusing on elaboration or adding more to our stories. We are starting to use paper with more lines, taping on extra lines to revise, and using question words to add on to our sentences. We are also practicing telling our stories to our writing partner so we can add more details to our books. We tell our story while our partner makes a movie in their head, then they ask questions, after we retell our story with new details, and finally we add the details to our stories.  In Hebrew, we learned the letters nun, nun sofit (final nun)...
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Dear Families, In Hebrew, we learned the letters yud, lamed and hey. We added lots of new words to our word wall like, yam (sea), yad (hand), lechem (bread), lev (heart), lashon (tongue) and har (mountain) and our vocabulary just keeps growing. We continued to practice our reading and writing with all the letters and vowels that we have learned so far. In Yahadut, we learned about the amidah prayer. We learned about the meaning of the prayer, when to bow, and how we stand.  We also talked about our forefathers (Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov) and our foremothers (Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel and Leah) and we added one...
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Dear Families, In Hebrew, we learned the letters kuf and alef as well as the vowel which makes the “Ee” sound. Then we practiced our reading, and we were able to read and write lots of word with the letters that we have learned so far. We added new words to our word wall like; Keshet(rainbow), kobiya (a cube), arnav (rabbit), ananas (pineapple), agas (pear) and aron (closet). In Tefilah, we started learning the Amidah. The Amidah has 19 parts, and we are going to learn all of them. Our first graders are up to the challenge! During this prayer we need to stand, by standing we show respect (kavod) to God. This...
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Dear Families, It was a busy week in first grade! This week in writing workshop we started our small moments unit. We are learning to think about true stories that have happened to us and finding a small moment in the story to tell about.  We are finding the beginning, middle, and end of our story and working with a partner to plan our book. First graders have worked on sketching out their book, writing labels, and writing on the line to match their picture. *At home, have your child practice finding small moments (seed stories) in their day and telling the...
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