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Lag Ba’Omer, Hebrew Letter Party, and Chumash Ceremony

Lag Baomer This year due to the rainy weather we had Lag Baomer indoors. We began our day with Tefila with our team color, lead by the older graders and learning catchy cheers for our team. We made team banners, played lots of collaborative games, ran relay races, and spent the sunny afternoon in the park. We even got to roast marshmallows over an open flame in the park since kids in Israel celebrate with bonfires. Second graders showed great sportsmanship throughout the day by congratulating other teams and encouraging each other.   Hebrew We finished learning the whole Hebrew...
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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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Library Field Trip and Celebrating Pesach

Chag Pesach Sameach! We’ve spent the past few weeks preparing for Passover. Students read the story in Hebrew and made personal haggadot and seder plates. Our class seder was a culmination of all the learning we’ve been doing, as students were able to put items on their own seder plate and lead a class seder together. Chag Sameach to all the second grade families!   Students hand out seder plate items while other students tell them where on plate to place them. Our seder plates are ready! Go serving crew! Phoenix leads the order of the seder Ronnie and Eleanor...
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Bingo, Creation of Adam, Purim and Pesach

Social Studies We began our new unit on another cultural community represented in Brooklyn: the Caribbean! We looked at a map of the Caribbean and described what we know about the Caribbean, and what information we can gleam from a map. Students shared that the Caribbean has many small islands, is a hot climate, and has many beaches. To learn more about what life is like in the Caribbean compared to New York, we read the book Angelina’s Island by Jeanette Winters. This is a warm story about a Jamaican girl now living in New York City. In the story...
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Purim and Kindness Week

Community Building This week we have been focusing on kindness- how we can spread kindness at home, in school, and the greater community. Second graders heard the story Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson, a story about a girl named Maya who moves to a new school and the main character Chloe chooses to be unkind to her. Maya attempts many times throughout the story to befriend Chloe, but Chloe continues to choose to be unkind. As we discussed how we thought the story would end most students predicted “They will make up and become friends”. However, the story closes with...
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100th day, Science,

Celebrating Rosh Chodesh with Pajama Day! We had a fun filled Pajama Day today! Kids loved seeing their friends and teachers in pajamas, as well as having their stuffed animals in school. We joined the rest of the school in singing “Mi shenichnas Adar Marbin B’simcha” (When Adar comes, we are happy!) during the school wide pajama parade. During Hebrew we listened to and read the words to the popular song about a Zebra and pajamas. We also made our stuffed animals speak to each other in Hebrew! 100th Day of School Right before break we celebrated the 100th day...
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Uganda, Buddies, Math Celebration and More!

Buddy Time: 99th Day of School! We met our buddies on Thursday, the 99th day of school. In honor of the 99th day we played Bingo in Hebrew and a special 99 related Bingo game.   Math This week we officially finished our math 2A workbooks! As a final project the second graders created board games where they had to make problems from each unit we’ve learned. They enjoyed being creative and modeling their games after some favorites like “Sorry” “Shoots and Ladders” and “Trouble”. We had a blast playing these games and reviewing all that we have learned! The...
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Poetry, Tallit, and Vanishing Points!

Reading and Writing We have been making many connections between reading and writing as we have began our poetry unit. Second graders began to look at ordinary objects with a poet’s heart and mind. We studied poetry from several authors and noticed that poets make comparisons to help the reader paint a picture in their mind. We listened to poems with our eyes closed, talked about visualization, and of course began writing our very own poems. With bags filled with mysterious objects, we had to reach in and write poems using comparisons. Staple removers became ferocious sharks, paintbrushes became brooms...
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MLK, Tzitzit, Bingo, Tu B’shvat

Community Building With the new year underway, we have been working on building our community and embracing our fresh groups. We started discussing about the different ways that we speak to each other, and how it can make the other person in the conversation feel. We learned about three different ways we can speak: aggressively, passively, or assertively. Second graders brainstormed what these three ways of speaking would look and sound like. With our new stuffed animal friends, Davey the dog and Beth the bunny, we role played scenarios that have happened in the classroom using aggressive speech, passive speech,...
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A Great Start to 2019!

Community Building We had a wonderful return back to school including introducing new learning groups. Students were empowered to be a part of the selection process as they had the opportunity to vote for our new groups names. The winner of the class vote was: Cherries and Apples- דובדבנים אדומים ותפוחים ירוקים Ask your child what their new group name is! We were impressed with the silent cheers when the winning group names were announced and by the discussion that followed. Evia told us that switching groups is a good chance to make new friends. Josh reminded the class that...
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