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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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First Grade News

Hello Families, In Hebrew, we learned the letter alef as well as a new vowel, which makes the “Ee” sound. We also went over all the letters that we have learned so far and realized how much we have learned in such a short amount of time! Then we practiced our reading and writing. We were able to read and write lots of words like; aviv (spring), kir(wall), ima (mom) and kara (read).We added more words to our word wall like: aryeh (lion), aron (closet), ohel (tent) and arnav (rabbit). In Tefilah, we started learning the Amidah. The Amidah has 19 parts, and we are going to learn all of...
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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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Kindergarten Blog 10/23/20

Dear Families, This week, kindergarteners began letters in Handwriting. Students are practicing their pencil grips, and remembering to start letters at the top. We are also practicing our “turn and talks,” where students chat in pairs, and practice conversation skills and taking turns (see pictures below). In math, we are working on counting accurately and checking our work. We have learned that good mathematicians always count again! Students are teaching each other counting strategies, for example using their fingers, or circling a picture that has already been counted. Kindergartners are finishing up their information books and will share them next week. They...
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Second Grade Autumn Spotlight

Happy Autumn Senesh Community!  Please read on to learn about what our second grade scholars have been creating this month in English Language Arts, Social Studies, Hebrew & Judaic Studies, Math, Science and Social Emotional Learning. General Studies – Jacob   The second-grade writers have been hard at work crafting their personal narratives, stretching out each moment, and writing with rich descriptive detail. This week we completed our first draft or “sloppy copy,” and each pod feels proud of their accomplishments. Next week, we will begin revising our writing and working to make our good writing great! In coordination with...
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First Grade News

Hello Families, In Hebrew, we learned the letter kof and what sound she makes when we add the “Ah” sound. Then we practiced our reading, and we were able to read and write lots of words with the letters that we have learned so far like; kar (cold), barak (lightning) and kam (waking up for a boy). We added more words to our word wall like: keshet (rainbow), koubiya (dice) and kasdah (helmet). In parasha (the weekly Torah portion), we continued to learn about the story of bereshit (creation), focusing on what God created on each day of the week. We continued to work on our special project where we...
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Kindergarten Blog 10/16

Dear Families, This week kindergartners planted our pepper seeds! We learned about soil, and how to care for a plant at home. Kids brought home their planted seeds today— please water every day (peppers are thirsty!). Place in a sunny area, and move to a bigger pot after the plants are a few inches tall. Kindergartners are becoming experts at our new math books. They are learning to match pictures and numbers, and how to show their work with unifix cubes and other counting tools. We now know how to write our numbers “the Kindergarten way!” If your child is...
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First Grade News

Hello Families, In Hebrew, we learned the letters bet and vet and what sound they make when we add the “Ah” sound. Then we practiced our reading, and we were able to read and write lots of words with the letters that we have learned so far like; bat (a girl), bar (wild) and tar (searching). We added more words to our word wall – bakbouk (a bottle), batzal (onion), bayit (house), balon (balloon) and barvaz (duck). In Yahadut, we learned about the V’ahavta prayer. We worked on learning the words of the prayer and what they mean, and that the prayer can be found inside of the mezuzah and inside...
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Third Grade 10/9

Break Time on 1st Place! Third graders enjoyed break time on the newly closed first place! We enjoyed reading, snacking, looking at trees, taking up more space, and running and building obstacle courses outside. Ask your third grader what their favorite break activity is! Celebrating Simchat Torah! We celebrated Simchat Torah along with the rest of the school today. Eighth graders brought the torah around the school for students to see and music played from the speaker. Two of the third grade pods had outdoor time during the celebration and got to dance outside! In Yahadut class we took an...
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October 9, 2020 — The [Jewish] Holiday Season

Hebrew with Rimma We reviewed vocabulary related to the school: subjects of study and schedule, location and the name of different rooms such as lab,  library, gym, art room. We also learned phrases that they may need in daily interactions with other students in school such as “how many times a week we have a PE class, how long is the break etc. Students wrote a short essay about their school that can be a presentation to someone who never was in the school. Students described their friend physically and what they like to do with their friend. They illustrated the depicted...
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