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2020-2021 School Year

First Grade News

Hello Families, In Hebrew, we learned the letter dalet. We added new words to our word wall like: delet (door), devora (bee), dov (bear), devek (glue) and dag (fish). The first graders were so proud to write full sentences in Hebrew for the first time using the action words kana (to buy for boy), kanta (to buy for a girl), raah (to see for a boy) and raatah (to see for a girl). We continued to practice our reading with all the letters that we have learned so far. In Yahadut, we continued working on our siddurim and learned a new prayer from the amida called hael hakadosh, which we thank God...
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November 20, 2020 — Chilly Weather Reminder

** REMINDER ** As it is getting colder, it is important for students to bring in their jackets, mittens/gloves, and/or hats EVERY. DAY. It is easier to bring it with you and either unzip it or take it off during outside time, than it is to be outside shaking and shivering from the cold. Please support your student by reminding them to wear it when they come to school. As well … the windows are open every day, so cold air does blow in ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Judaics Studies with Phyllis This past Monday was Sigd, the holiday of Beta Israel or Ethiopian...
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November 12, 2020

HUMANITIES Recently, 7th graders have been learning about the first contact between European and Indigenous peoples, and analyzing and debating the consequences of the integration of cultures through the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. We will start looking at the origins of American slavery next week. In Language Arts, we just finished reading George Orwell’s allegorical novel Animal Farm. Next, students will begin writing analytical essays, which will strive to expose a larger significance to Orwell’s work. Students have been highly engaged in the Presidential Election, have a growing understanding of how our democracy works, and will be better equipped to...
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6th Grade News: 11/13/20

Advisory: In 6th grade advisory periods and morning meetings this month, we’ve focused on a variety of important academic and social skills. We identified and practiced healthy behaviors on social media, and then followed up with discussions about the role of non-verbal communication. Students are beginning to see how those all-important non-verbal cues are not present when we text or type online (emojis aside . . .! ), and we hope that they will keep this in mind when they decide how and when to communicate messages online. Other advisory topics have included reading and following all instructions (and doing so independently!), time management strategies,...
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What’s Happening in 5th 11-13-20

Humanities:  ELA: During our ELA classes, we have been focused on getting book clubs off and running. The class has been divided into groups of three or four with each group assigned a book to read and discuss together. The goal of these book clubs is to track character traits, actions, and motivations and to use that information to extrapolate themes from the book. So far, the clubs have met twice and have created a reading schedule that will allow them to finish their book by Thanksgiving. During book club meetings, the clubs discuss the reading from the prior week,...
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November 6, 2020 — History in the Making

Math with Justin Fourth graders have been working hard on their multiplication and division skills. As students work to master multi-digit multiplication, and long division with remainders, they also have started to learn about factors and multiples. Understanding of factors and multiples will not only deepen our students understanding of multiplication of division but it will also help inform our future work on fractions. Looking forward, our learners will be taking what they have learned and start applying it to real world problems including multiple steps and bar models for visualization. If you’re child is looking for a fun way to practice...
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Kindergarten Blog 11/6/20

Dear Families, The votes are in!  Twenty- four Kindergartners voted Yes on the question “Should we change the Choice Time Activities in November?  Three students voted No, and one student filled in both bubbles because he liked both answers. We will change the activities sometime this month! In writing students are working on stories about things that have happened to them.  We talked about the fact that story books and information books are similar in that they both have pictures and words, and we will be adding details and sounding out words.  But they are different in that story books have characters that do things...
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Kindergarten Blog 10/30/20

Dear Families, Kindergartners had the opportunity to read their information books to people including Nicole, Shelley, and Carolyn this week.  They then shared our Rockstar Museums, which include information About the Authors. We are beginning to introduce Snap Words (I, a , the, and like) which are words that appear frequently in reading and writing so it is helpful to know them in a “snap.” We talked about the upcoming election and voting.  Kindergartners will have their own opportunity to vote on the question: “Should we change the Choice materials in November?”  We talked about the advantages and disadvantages of...
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October 23, 2020 — “… From the 13 Original Colonies ….”

General Studies with Hilary Dear 4th Grade Families, I want to start with an important reminder: We will close earlier beginning Friday, Nov. 6 until Friday, Jan 29 Kindergarten-1st grade – school ends at 1:45 pm 2nd-8th grade – school ends at 1:30 pm  As well, please remember that Early Voting starts THIS Saturday, October 24! If you are able to vote in this election, talk with your 4th Grade about your voting plan. You can use this site to find your voting location (https://findmypollsite.vote.nyc/) 😊 Okay — to academics: Your kids are just amazing! I cannot believe what we...
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Third Grade 10/23

Math In math, we tied up our unit on mental addition and subtraction. This section was about discussing the strategies we use to do math in our heads. The most well-known strategy is the break apart method. In this strategy, you separate each place value and add them independently. For instance, if you are adding 724+275, you would break it apart by doing: 700+200=900   20+  70=  90     4+    5=    9 900+90+9=999 Or maybe you would rather add 300 and then subtract 25? A large part of our mental math studies have been focused on discussions on how to...
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