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8th Grade Blog 10/17

Hello, 8th Grade Community! Math The 8th grade is revisiting the concept of solving linear equations in one variable. Mastering this concept is the key to moving onto linear equations in two variables, which they’ll be exploring shortly. Linear systems are a key component in Algebra I and they can be solved in several ways. The students will learn how to solve these systems graphically, by substitution, and by elimination before moving onto systems of linear inequalities. Advisory The 8th graders were an integral part of celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hannah Senesh Community Day School on Friday, October 11th....
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Sukkot and Simchat Torah!

Simchat Torah We celebrated the upcoming holiday of Simchat Torah with the rest of the school and our buddies! Second graders had the special job of presenting two different types of Torahs to the school. In class we explored the two types of Torahs up close and compared how they are similar and different. Sukkah Making with our Buddies! We met our sixth grade buddies in the school sukkah to build our own sukkot out of treats. Thank you to the PA for organizing!       Two Sukkah Visits! We visited two different sukkot in second grade! The students...
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Our Week in 5th Grade! 10-18-19

Although the weeks are short, we have been packing in a ton of learning! Read on to find out what your student’s are doing in each of their classes. Advisory:  The advisory classes began watching a Netflix series called The Kindness Diaries. The series follows a man who travels around the world relying entirely on the kindness of strangers for his meals, shelter and any other needs. We have had really wonderful conversations about how each of us can put a little kindness out into the world. Keeping with our kindness theme, the students filled out a Kindness Survey and reflected...
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Yom Kippur, Tashlich, Buddy Time

6th Grade Buddy Time We had our first buddy time of the year with our sixth grade buddies! Our buddies brought us Rosh Hashannah cards, and together we worked on a project comparing things we have in common and things that are different between us, such as favorite foods, sports, and hobbies. It was great to recconect with our buddies and meet new budd Tashlich We read the book Tashlich at Turtle Rock in class about a family that completes a four part Tashlich ceremony. In class we created books with personal reflections emulating the family’s trip. We wrote and...
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First Grade News

This week in first grade there was a lot to celebrate!  From Lavi and Ethan’s birthday, to the 25th birthday of our school! First, we started the week off with an apple taste test. We used our observations in Science to describe what different kinds of apples looked like in terms of color and size.  We tasted Empire, Honey Crisp and Ginger Gold apples, and decided if they were sweet or sour.  The entire first grade voted on their favorite and the Empire apples won!  We also looked at the core of the apples and seeds.  Students noticed that after...
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Shinshinim and Small Moments

Writing After the Rosh Hashana break we were ready to get back to writing our small moment stories, some of us starting new stories about a special moment over the holiday weekend. We practiced zooming in on our small moments like we zoom in on objects using a magnifying glass. We used longer descriptive words and began adding dialogue and feelings to every page. Some of us wrote full books already! At the end of class we shared our stories with someone from a different table and gave each other compliments. At home, describe a small moment from the day...
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First grade news

This week in first grade was full of learning about our environments.  Whether it was by practicing recycling or practicing routines!  We had a fun filled short week! In Reading this week, we received our book baggies and practiced picking a just right book.  We continued reading books about apples, by reading the book “Mr. Peabody’s Apples” by Madonna (yes that Madonna)  The students loved the illustrations in the book.  One of the main lessons of the book is the importance of telling the truth. In Math this week we focused on one more and one less.  We also really...
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Kindergarten Newsletter

  Hello Families, In our short week, we have accomplished so much! Both the yellow and blue group have focused on learning their own names by heart.  They are now using an uppercase letter followed by lowercase letters and even have taught their friends.  Kids are now acting as experts on their beginning letter in the room. During writing, friends coming to them to ask for advice! We have started exploring 1 and 2 in both handwriting and representing the numbers in different ways.  We are also comparing numbers using language like less, more, bigger, smaller, and greater than. We...
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First Grade News

This week in first grade we have been sharing and exploring, whether through learning how to play math games with partners, sharing personalized writing folders, or showing friends a structure we have built. In Reading we began looking at word families and patterns in spelling.  We also were introduced to finding a “just right book”.  Students book shopped in the classroom, making sure to find a book that was not too challenging, not too easy, but “just right”.  In read aloud books this week we explored the theme of apples.  We really enjoyed Apples by Gail Gibbons, which is a...
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Kindergarten Newsletter

Hello Families, Kindergarteners have been exploring how each of us is unique and discovering our special qualities.  After reading “We are different, we are the same” we explored our faces and the shapes of each feature.  We also compared similarities and differences between faces.  Using mirrors, we sketched out our faces using shapes, traced in sharpie, colored in crayon, and finished with a watercolor resist.  We studied the 3 colors in our skin and how to mix colors! As a part of learning our letters, we talked about why “A” (Aviv and Asher) is special.  We explored how it’s a...
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