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Dear First Grade Families, We loved seeing you at the tekes today.  It was really special for the students to share what they have been learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In Reading this week, we continued reading books by Patricia Polacco.  This week we read the book Mr. Lincoln’s Way, a book about how to treat one another and how our words can make people feel.  In our guided reading groups, we have been working on writing complete sentences and zooming in and finding evidence from the text. In Math, we began a unit on shapes.  We learned...
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Kindergarten Newsletter

Hello Families, Both kindergarten groups have started to become cohesive units as we ease back into kindergarten routines and begin new relationships while strengthening old ones.  Everyone was really excited to have a new combination of new kids in their group. We worked on the challenge of approaching different students to play and work. In reading we have launched our Super Readers unit where we discover our super powers in reading!  So far we have discovered our pointer power (1 to 1 correspondence), picture power (looking at details in the picture before reading words), sound power (using the first letter...
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MLK Tekes

Writing, Reading, and Social Studies We started the week with a little experiment: If we crack a brown egg and a white egg, will they look different on the inside? Many students predicted that the yolks might be a different color, or that one egg would be have more liquid. When we cracked the eggs and compared them, the “ooh!” and “ahh!” that erupted around the room made this an exciting moment. We realized the eggs looked so similar- both had a yellowish yolk, and both looked like raw eggs. Students quickly made the connection that although the eggs had...
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First Grade News

Dear First Grade Families, We hope that you had a lovely break.  It has been great to be back for our first full week of school.  We have enjoyed seeing friendships blossom with our new classroom communities.  This week has been full of community building, getting back into the school routine and learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In Reading we learned sight words, those words we know by heart and in a snap.  We spoke of the importance of studying a word in order to know it more deeply.  For example, we studied words to see if they...
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A Great Start To 2020!

It has been a wonderful first, full week back in school! Students have continued to share stories about their break, review rules and routines, and get back into the academic and social life of school. In Kabalat Shabbat today, students were asked to think about one instance from this week when they played or worked nicely with someone who used to not be in their group. Students shared various positive interactions that made their peers feel good. Noa said that she enjoyed playing Bingo with Noah because they worked well together. Natan said that he liked working with Bryce in...
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Kindergarten Newsletter

Dear Kindergarten parents הורים יקרים, We are so excited to welcome our students back to school for their first full week of 2020! We spent a long time talking about what we did and where we went. We asked questions about the places we visited. The students continued to learn about the different body parts. This week we added the words לחיים (cheeks) and כתפיים (shoulders). We used visual cards so that the students were able to recognize the body parts. In addition, the students started to learn about the season winter חורף. They are now able to use the...
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January is abuzz!

Humanities In humanities class, the year is 1776 and the students are about to go on a wild adventure through the American Revolution. This week we reviewed the political and topographical geography of the American colonies and will soon talk about Loyalists and Patriots. In ELA, students conquered the enormous feat of writing an in-class argumentative essay ending out our unit on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. You should really be very proud of their enormous dedication.   Math It’s our first full week back at Senesh and the 8th grade has a lot to do! They are working hard balancing...
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January 10, 2020

Humanities  In ELA, students have been finishing analysis of Beowulf: A New Telling by identifying major themes and writing theme statements about the book. We’ve been continuing our second set of vocabulary. Instead of taking a traditional quiz this week, we wrote poems, journal entries, or gratitude notes using at least five vocabulary words from weeks 1-6. I was so impressed and inspired by their creativity and thoughtfulness in this task. They wrote thoughtful, funny poems and kind notes, all using words like bestow, vaunt, renegade, incipient, and many more. In social studies, students are choosing a modern Muslim person...
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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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6th Grade News: Happy New Year Edition

Advisory: In advisory this week, we were so lucky to have our own school’s mindfulness expert (and Judaics teacher!) Laura lead some sessions around managing stress with our 6th graders. She and the students discussed how their bodies respond physically when they feel stressed, how to manage these mental and physical feelings through mindfulness-related strategies, and more. On Friday, students practiced some of these strategies, including deep breathing and muscle relaxation techniques. We hope that these conversations and mindful practices will help our 6th graders manage anxiety in their academic and social lives. -Mike and Naomi, 6th grade advisors Judaics:...
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