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March 6th

Hebrew with Rimma Dear families, For the last two weeks, we have discussed different after school activities and studied related vocabulary. We brainstormed about equipment that we would need for a photography class, wrote a recipe for fruit and egg salad, and talked about different types of musical instruments and how to play them. Students expressed what it means to be a good teacher and discussed what kind of qualities a good teacher needs to have. Now, students are able to scan flyers about after school activities and find specific and important information. We will continue to explore this topic...
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February 6th

Judaic Studies with Ariana We have been working hard learning and getting truly inspired. We continue learning about food justice and we are getting ready to embrace our responsibilities as trash monitors in the lunchroom this upcoming week. Every third grader will embrace their duty by helping educate the school on good practices for recycling. They will share their thoughts on all that we have learned and a topic that resonated with them. We call this “Our statement”.    We have been learning new tefillot and we transition to a different siddur that contains most of the tefillot students recite...
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January 24, 2020 — Week of Social Action

Judaic Studies with Ariana We have been busy learning our unit of Food Justice. The students learned about food waste as well as food security versus food insecurity. We were fortunate to welcome again Caitlin from “Repair the world” for another insightful session that lead to interesting dialogue in our class. 3rd grade participated in the Senesh week of Action preparing delicious sandwiches and packing lunches for the hungry. Our class visited CHIPS (a soup kitchen and homeless shelter) to deliver the meals we prepared for those in need. Thank you so much to all the parents who graciously accompanied...
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January 10, 2019 — A Shehecheyanu to 2020

Hebrew with Rimma and Tomer Dear families, Happy 2020!! It was great to see the kids after the winter break. This week we continued to explore the Unit “The trip of our classroom “. We studied related vocabulary to this topic,  discussed how students and, teachers prepare for the field trip , how to make plans, what to take and how to extend invitation, how to behave on the bus,  what is forbidden and what we can do on the bus. We enjoyed singing along גברת עם סלים ״  “  (Lady with baskets full of food) and enriched our food...
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December 20 — Chag Sameach and a Happy New Year

Hebrew with Rimma and Tomer During the past two weeks we were working on our Hebrew play , memorizing lines, performing songs, dancing, learning vocabulary, practicing pronunciation, and most importantly gaining fluency and confidence. It enables us to express ourselves creatively and spontaneously in different ways, to share our ideas for dance movements, to add more creative lines in Hebrew and just to have fun. We learned and strengthened our connection to Israel through Classic songs and educational program that every child who grew up in Israel familiar with. We enjoyed acting and singing and it was a productive and...
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December 6th

Hebrew with Rimma and Tomer In Hebrew we practiced verbal skills by introducing places that are familiar. We studied how to introduce the places and the people in our neighborhoods and discussed what is special in our neighborhood and what makes it so nice to live in. We recombined learned vocabulary creatively into a short paragraph by using verbs in the present tense and paying a lot of attention to some differences between Hebrew and English. Now we know that in Hebrew we say “people nice “or “neighborhood  beautiful“ instead of “ nice people “ and “beautiful neighborhood “. We have been hard at...
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November 15 — Our First Trip

Judaic Studies with Ariana We are so proud of the 3rd grade students for their moving performances during the Hannah Senesh Tekes. All the childrens’ Venn Diagrams written for the occasion are  currently on display outside our classroom. It’s simply moving to see how much in common the students have with our inspiring namesake. We are so excited to share that we have started learning Chumash! We are learning “Lech Lecha” (Genesis 12:1). This story describes how Abraham and his wife Sarah follow God’s call to journey to the land of Canaan. We tried as a group to better understand...
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November 1st — Our first full week in a LONG time!

General Studies with Hilary Dear Third Grade Families, In Social Studies, we started learning about the Lenni Lenape, which is the Native American tribe that lived in New York City back in 1600. We started by looking at a map of Manhattan from the 2000s, and comparing it to a map of what Eric Sanderson (a landscape ecologist) — through research — believed Mannahatta (land of many hills)  looked like in 1600.   Students noticed that the Hudson River looked wider back then. Some wondered if the water level had dropped and maybe that’s why the land is now bigger/wider. Another...
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October 18th – Chag Sukkot Sameach !

JS with Ariana It’s been a lot of fun in third grade. After learning about Rosh HaShana, we went together to perform Tashlich. It was beautiful and meaningful to see all students engaged in this important mitzvah to seek a new beginning and work towards self improvement. This past weeks we have been learning all about Sukkot. We learned the blessings we recite when dwelling the Sukkah as well as the blessing we recite when we shake the Lulav. We spent time learning about the 4 ha minim, the four species, their significance as well as the fact that one...
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September 27 — Shana Tova!

Judaic studies with Ariana In the past weeks we have been learning all about the Rosh HaShana Simanim. We learned the traditional foods that Sephardim and Ashkenazim eat in Rosh HaShana. We also learned what foods are common to both groups. We have been learning about the Shofar sounds(Tekia, Shvarim, Truah, Tekia Gedola) as well as the blessing we recite prior to listening to the Shofar. The children are truly excited to welcome the Jewish new year! Every day more third grade students bring Shofarot to our class. We especially enjoy sharing the stories behind each Shofar. Lastly, we read...
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