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Hello Families, We are so excited to begin first grade! This week, we learned about classroom routines and spent time meeting our new friends.  Students thought about what they want to accomplish in first grade, and then the class created their Hopes and Dreams for the year, In Hebrew/Judaics, we learned about the importance of Yom Kippur, and are beginning to learn about Sukkot. We are so excited to see you next week in the sukkah! A couple of reminders as we begin the year: Please be on time to school! Our day starts right away at 8:25 when students...
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Welcome to First Grade!

  Welcome 1st Grade Families! We hope you had a lovely summer. The first grade team is looking forward to meeting you and your 1st graders at back to school night next week. We have been excitedly preparing our classrooms in preparation for the first day of school on Monday September 13, 2021. Please send your children to school with the following items:  A separate labeled snack so children don’t have to choose from their lunch in the moment  Lunch that students can open and manage independently (thermos with warm food is often hard to open due to suction) A...
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First Grade Newsletter

Hello Families, Our 1st graders (now 2nd graders!) had a last week full of celebration and culmination of their hard work! In Social Studies we took all we learned about communities and mapping and build locations to create our 3D Neighborhood.  In Hebrew we shopped for fruit and other treats.  In Math we learned more about money.  In ELA we explored our portfolios from K and 1st and reflected on what we were proud of.  Then we had a popcorn party to view our commercials! Check out our commercials here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yqFqp1J23YoSLbz87cvUXw4SxjtwQv5K/view?usp=sharing *This video is very quiet.  The video audio should...
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First Grade News

Hello Families, In Hebrew, we started preparing for our shuk (the Israeli market). We learned how to say in Hebrew the names  of lots of fruits and vegetables that we are going to buy and sell in our shuk. We spoke about the money that’s been used in Israel called shekel and next week we will make our own first grade money. We also made beautiful wallets. In Social Studies we have revisited maps. We have explored a wide variety of maps and practiced how to follow cardinal directions to locate symbols and places.  We also planned and created maps...
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First Grade Newsletter

Hello Families, In Hebrew, we continued traveling through the state of Israel and visited the city of Eilat. We spoke and wrote sentences about what so special about this city. At the end of our traveling the students made their own map of Israel. In yahadut, we learned a new prayer from the Amidah. That prayer does not have words. We spoke about how the Amidah is a time when we can have a private conversation with God and make our own wishes or prayers. During tefilah we leave a minute for each first grader to say their own prayer. We also spoke about Lag Ba’Omer. We learned that many years ago the...
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First Grade News

Dear Families, In Hebrew, we continue traveling through the state of Israel! We traveled all the way to the mountains of Jerusalem and visited the Dead Sea (yam hamelach). As part of their stop in Jerusalem, each student made their own kotel (Western Wall) out of construction paper. They wrote notes, about their hopes and wishes, to put in their kotel. We spoke and wrote sentences about what so special about those places. In yahadut, we learned a new prayer from the Amidah called boneh yerushalayim. We saw pictures of how the city looked in the past and how it looks today. We spoke about the importance of the city of Jerusalem and what...
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First Grade News

Dear Families, In Hebrew, we started traveling through the state of Israel! We started in the north in the port city of Haifa, made our way to the Kineret and through the busy streets of Tel Aviv. Students wrote sentences in Hebrew of what we can find in each place and drew pictures of each city inspired by images they saw in photographs, videos and books. We look forward to continuing our traveling to new places in Israel next week. We also had so much fun celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut together.  This week in science we have been preparing for our caterpillar friends. We learned about their metamorphosis process...
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First Grade News

Hello Families, In Hebrew, we learned the words aroch (long) and katzar (short) and learned how to use those words when speaking and writing. The students also wrote about their hair and the color of their eyes using aroch, katzar, yesh li (I have) and ein li (I do not have). We wrote lots of sentences and continued to practice our reading. In Tefila, we learned a new prayer from the Amida called melech ohev tzedakah umishpat. We spoke about the rules that we have in our classroom and in America and how they help us stay safe and be better people. We have learned so many of the prayers from the amidah and...
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First Grade News

Hello Families, In Hebrew, this week we started learning about clothing. We talk about all the clothing that we are wearing during the winter, like: cova (hat), tzaeif (scarf), kefafot (gloves), meeil (coat), michnasayim (pants) and garbyim (socks). We learned the verbs lovesh (to wear, masculine) and loveshet (to wear, feminine) and Students spent time writing sentences about what they are wearing in the winter. In Parasha, we read the story of Parashat Yitro where the Israelites go to Mount Sinai and receive the Ten Commandments and We discussed the significance of each commandment. In science we learned about various clouds and their formation. We had fun creating...
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