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Hello Families, In Hebrew, we continued traveling through the state of Israel and visited the city of Eilat. We spoke and wrote sentences about what so special about this city. At the end of our traveling the students made their own map of Israel. In yahadut, we learned a new prayer from the Amidah. That prayer does not have words. We spoke about how the Amidah is a time when we can have a private conversation with God and make our own wishes or prayers. During tefilah we leave a minute for each first grader to say their own prayer. We also spoke about Lag Ba’Omer. We learned that many years ago the...
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Dear Families, In Hebrew, we continue traveling through the state of Israel! We traveled all the way to the mountains of Jerusalem and visited the Dead Sea (yam hamelach). As part of their stop in Jerusalem, each student made their own kotel (Western Wall) out of construction paper. They wrote notes, about their hopes and wishes, to put in their kotel. We spoke and wrote sentences about what so special about those places. In yahadut, we learned a new prayer from the Amidah called boneh yerushalayim. We saw pictures of how the city looked in the past and how it looks today. We spoke about the importance of the city of Jerusalem and what...
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Dear Families, In Hebrew, we started traveling through the state of Israel! We started in the north in the port city of Haifa, made our way to the Kineret and through the busy streets of Tel Aviv. Students wrote sentences in Hebrew of what we can find in each place and drew pictures of each city inspired by images they saw in photographs, videos and books. We look forward to continuing our traveling to new places in Israel next week. We also had so much fun celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut together.  This week in science we have been preparing for our caterpillar friends. We learned about their metamorphosis process...
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Hello Families, In Hebrew, we learned the words aroch (long) and katzar (short) and learned how to use those words when speaking and writing. The students also wrote about their hair and the color of their eyes using aroch, katzar, yesh li (I have) and ein li (I do not have). We wrote lots of sentences and continued to practice our reading. In Tefila, we learned a new prayer from the Amida called melech ohev tzedakah umishpat. We spoke about the rules that we have in our classroom and in America and how they help us stay safe and be better people. We have learned so many of the prayers from the amidah and...
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Hello Families, In Hebrew, this week we started learning about clothing. We talk about all the clothing that we are wearing during the winter, like: cova (hat), tzaeif (scarf), kefafot (gloves), meeil (coat), michnasayim (pants) and garbyim (socks). We learned the verbs lovesh (to wear, masculine) and loveshet (to wear, feminine) and Students spent time writing sentences about what they are wearing in the winter. In Parasha, we read the story of Parashat Yitro where the Israelites go to Mount Sinai and receive the Ten Commandments and We discussed the significance of each commandment. In science we learned about various clouds and their formation. We had fun creating...
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Hello Families, In Hebrew this week, we learned the letters tzadik and tzadik sofit and we kept practicing our reading and writing. We read the book “Maddi’s Fridge” and had a conversation about the importance of helping other people in need. In Tefilah, we continued working on our siddurim and learned a new prayer from the amida called mevarech hashanim. We spoke about the importance of taking care of our Earth and what can we do to keep it a clean and safe place. In Parasha we learned about Parashat Bo, which is when Pharaoh tells the Israelites to leave Egypt and they pack up quickly and go. We spoke about how God told...
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Hello Families, In writing this week, students chose a writing piece that they would like to share with the world (publish).  We revised our writing to make sure it made sense and that we included elements to make our stories come alive for our readers.  We then put on our editing hats and checked for finger spaces, punctuation, snap word spelling, and that we used all our sounds to spell tricky words. We put our stories to the test by having a friend read our stories which produced many giggles in all 3 pods.  Lastly, we fancied up our stories...
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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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First Grade News

Hello Families, It has been really wonderful to start meeting with parents and sharing all the growth we have observed in your children! In Hebrew, we learned the letter hey. We added new words to our word wall like; har (mountain), hadas (myrtle) and hegeh (steer wheel). We also practice writing so many words with the letters that we have learned so far like; atah (you), milah (word), ayalah (deer), he (she) and lavi (lion). The first graders were so proud to be able to read and write so many words. We also spoke about the life of Hannah Senesh and each student...
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