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First Grade News

Dear First Grade Families, Did you know, that collectively the first grade students have lost 95 teeth! Every time we loose a tooth we add it to our graph.  We have enjoyed comparing which class has lost more teeth. In reading we read aloud the book “Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky” and from our new book about space.  In phonics we continued our exploration of magic e.  We took a pretend example of student work and edited it to make sure the words had magic e.  We also learned that no words end with the...
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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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Math Game, Reading Challenge, and Megillat Esther

Yahadut: Megillat Esther We looked closely at a real megilla scroll that Shira has from her bat mitzvah. We compared the megilla to the Torah scroll that we had examined back in the beginning of the year. What is the same? What is different? Students were surprised to see colored illustrations inside the megillah. We also read the story of Megillat Esther in Hebrew. Each student chose one scene to design on their own. They wrote a title, illustrated a picture, composed speech or thought bubbles for characters, and copied the appropriate verse source from the megillah. Next week we...
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Our Week in Fifth Grade: 3-6-20

Advisory Over the past several weeks, the fifth graders have been visiting the Brooklyn Autism Center and spending time with BAC students. Our visits concluded last week and we could not be more proud of the fifth graders’ work there. They were incredibly kind, accepting, and thoughtful to their BAC buddies. You could see how excited the BAC students were each week to spend time with our students. The BAC staff was nothing but complimentary to the way that our students interacted with their students and made them feel like genuine friends. Kol Hakavod to all of the fifth graders...
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Kindergarten Newsletter

Hello Families, This week we fancied up our books to prepare for our bookstore!  We learned how to make our books even better by re-reading our words closely and revising using special colored pens.  We added punctuation, uppercase letters, more sentences, and crossed out things we want to change. We also colored and added covers to our books. Our Piggie and Elephant journal was started by Aviv and Boaz last weekend and will be continued by Brandon and Asher this weekend.  We all enjoyed hearing their adventures they had and were impressed by how hard they worked on their writing!...
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March 5

General Studies with Dawn Fourth Graders have been busy and very engaged with the Revolutionary War, decimals, and our service project at the Brooklyn Autism Center. Read on to learn more! Once again writing and social studies are integrated as each student is writing a report about the Revolutionary War. Each report has four sections. The first section is an overview of the war, the second section is about an important person or event in the war or leading up to the war, the third section zooms in on an aspect of that person or event, and the last section...
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6th Grade News 2/10 – 3/6/20

Humanities:  In humanities classes these past few weeks, we’ve wrapped up a few different units and projects. Firstly, students revised, peer-edited, and turned in their ancient Rome research essays. These essays represent weeks of research, writing, and hard work; students should be proud of all the learned and accomplished! Soon, we’ll hopefully create a physical project related to our research topics, and we’ll be able to share those projects with parents. In the meantime, ask your child to show you their research essay and ask about what they learned! You might ask: What is the most interesting or surprising thing...
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March 6, 2020

Humanities In ELA, we’ve been continuing to read and analyze short stories in a variety of genres. I have loved using classic texts like “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Lottery” to expand students’ concepts of short stories. Their freewrites based on stories like “Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto and “Amigo Brothers” by Piri Thomas were thoughtful and funny, incorporating dialogue and conflict. Students will be writing their own short stories over the next week and a half. In social studies, we are beginning to examine both the early Middle Ages, as well as elements of the Facing History curriculum. Facing...
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Happy Purim from 8th Grade!

Humanities This week in ELA, students are beginning our 8th Grade unit on Elie Weisel’s Night. Throughout the next 5 weeks, students will explore the essential question “How do one’s circumstances and experiences of trauma shape their identity?” Using the idea of the Universe of Obligation, students will work through the difficult terrain of choice in the face of absolute horror and devastation. I must admit that this is a particularly difficult text to teach, but as always, I am impressed with the 8th grader’s sensitivity and nuanced understanding of complex readings. In Social Studies, students are exploring key concepts...
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First Grade News

Dear First Grade Families. There was much excitement in first grade this week.  We had a celebration for Adar with pajama day and for the 100th day of school.  Students were full of joy! In Reading we continued our exploration of “Charlotte’s Web”.   A new character named Charlotte came into the story and the students were eager to hear that Wilbur had a new friend.  During word work, we continued our exploration of silent e. The students learned how to make a short vowel word into a long vowel word and played a game of “Go Fish”.  We matched words...
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