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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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September 6th – First week of school

Hebrew What an incredible first week of Hebrew in 3rd grade! This week, as it was our first week back, we focused on the topic of introduction and reviewed the thematic unit “Me and my school environment”. The goal of this week was to become more comfortable in speaking, to have fun in Hebrew and to review past learned vocabulary. We played games and drew pictures as they follow instructions. These were activities were focused on communicating when following or giving directions. It allowed students to follow instructions, pay attention to details and improve verbal skills when they needed to...
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Welcome to 3rd Grade!

Dear Third Grade Families, We hope you had a wonderful summer! Welcome to an exciting year of learning in third grade! The first day of school is fast approaching and we are busy preparing the classrooms. This year, the third grade team includes both new and returning teachers.  New to the staff are Rimma Berenshtein (3rd and 4th Grade Hebrew) and Ariana Mizrahi (3rd and 4th Grade Judaic Studies), who are thrilled to be joining the Senesh community. Hilary Davis (General Studies teacher), and Tomer Yanay (Hebrew Associate Teacher) are excited to continue their work in third grade, and integrating...
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June 8, 2019 — Best Days of Our Lives

Hebrew with Ilana Swisa This week the third grade were busy writing there last Hebrew paragraph about their favorite game and their favorite player. Next week it will be display on the third grade play. Shabbat Shalom Judaic Studies with Aliza This week in Judaics, third graders have been working hard on their Edot project. They are making posters telling the story of an Oleh (immigrant to Israel) from one of many Jewish communities around the world. Students have been looking up these communities, their synagogues, foods, and culture, and coming up with a history for their Olim. We also...
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May 24 — Lag B’Omer and Kesher Day

General Studies with Hilary Dear Third Grade Families, Can you believe it’s already the end of May? Time is flying and, boy, are we having fun! Here are some  updates of our adventures these past two weeks: Writing Over the past two weeks, we focused on the process of writing a draft. We took the notes already written and, similar to our Lenape project, turned those words into our own to create a flowing narrative. Through discussion, we decided that each chapter can look different. One way some students are doing this is by including diagrams, such as of inventions...
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May 10 — Celebrate Good Times!

General Studies with Hilary Dear Third Grade Families, Our first full week of May has gone by in a flash! We’ve had our first official rehearsal for our NYC Play, numerous math lessons, a strong focus on research writing (or information writing), book clubs and social studies. We had a wonderful time celebrating Israel yesterday, for Yom Ha’atzmaut!                   In book clubs, students are somewhere between halfway through with their books to having finished their first spring book! Some groups have really risen in their abilities to independently discuss what was read....
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April 18, 2019 – A Trip Through Time

General Studies with Hilary Dear Third Grade Families, What an experience we had, this past Wednesday, traveling back to the mid-1600s! Last Tuesday, the Third Grade went on a field trip to The Wyckoff House Museum, in Brooklyn. It is the oldest standing house in New York City, built in 1652. During this year, Petrus Stuyvesant was Director of New Amsterdam, but Dutch and European Jews had not yet arrived in the New World. Before Stuyvesant, the people of New Amsterdam had already seen six Directors come and go, and they were working hard to prosper as a colony. By...
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April 5 — Trips Galore!

PE with Anne A few weeks ago, Anne video’d the students during a special activity. Watch them here! General Studies with Hilary Dear 3rd Grade Families, What a whirlwind of trips we are having! Last week to the Brooklyn Bridge, this week to the Skyscraper Museum, and next week to the Wyckoff House — so much of New York City’s history is being explored! Social Studies: Over the past few weeks, students have been learning all about bridges! In Science, they learned the best shapes to use in bridge building, how caissons work, and how cables are put together. In...
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March 25 — פורים שמח [Purim Sameach]

General Studies with Hilary Dear Third Grade Families, March has come in like a lion, and is going out like a lamb. We have experienced SO many weather changes over the past three weeks — let’s see what’s in store. The kids are VERY excited for our trip to the Brooklyn Bridge, and (crossing fingers) it looks like clear weather too! For reading, we are working on a new Book Club system. In writing, we are getting ready to do a Take 2 on Information Writing. In social studies, we started learning about the Brooklyn Bridge! As well, we had...
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