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Kindergarten Newsletter

Dear Kindergarten parents הורים יקרים, After the break, the students learned about the holiday, Purim and they learned the story of what happened to the Jews in Persia. We talked about the four special mitzvot of Purim, which are משלוח מנות, מתנות לאביונים, סעודת פורים, קריאת מגילה. In addition, the students were asked why Purim is a happy holiday and they learned the song ליצן קטן נחמד, about a dancing clown. Furthermore, the students celebrated Rosh Chodesh Adar, where they sang the song מי שניכנס אדר in a parade around the school. מרבים בשמחה Vocabulary Purim פורים Grogger רעשן Hamantaschen...
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First Grade News

Dear First Grade Families, First graders this week have enjoyed spending time with other grades in school-wide events.  They especially enjoyed spending time with their buddies. We started out the week going to a lower school fair for Tu B’shvat with their buddies where they planted seeds, ate special fruits for the holiday, and did science experiments. We continued by doing activities for Yom Ivrit with the 8th graders.  The middle school was incredibly welcoming as we learned dances, made Hebrew letters out of legos, and even took pictures in a photo booth!  The week ended with the Talent Show...
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Tu B’shvat and Finishing Perek Aleph!

Tu B’shvat We celebrated Tu B’shvat on Monday with activities inside and outside the classroom. In the classroom we have been playing games, doing puzzles, and learning vocabulary all connected to the holiday. We had a guest reader, Jed in fifth grade, who visited our class to read us a Tu B’shvat book that his grandma wrote. The second graders loved participating in the discussion that he led! Outside of the classroom we visited a Tu B’shvat fair in the gym with our buddies, and went to four stations of different Hebrew and Tu B’shvat related activities on the middle...
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Kindergarten Newsletter

Hello Families, We have turned our classroom into a book factory!  Kids are writing more and more pattern show and tell books about things that are important to them such as babies, dragons, vacations, family, P.E etc.  We are practicing coming up with a topic, 3 parts about the topic, and then a pattern for our book quickly.  In a couple weeks we will celebrate the end of our unit by turning our class into a book store and invite our 4th grade buddies to visit! Our reading super heroes have showed us their superpowers and earned their masks and...
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A Four-Step Approach to Increasing Diversity in Jewish Day Schools

By Nicole Nash Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools As a JTA article from May 2019 reported, many Jewish day schools are looking to address diversity in their communities. The article states that there is “a growing effort by Jewish day schools across the nation to educate students and community members about people from different ethnic backgrounds. While Jewish schools in America remain overwhelmingly white and Ashkenazi, schools increasingly are looking for ways to welcome Jews of color and other Jewish minority groups while sensitizing students to the wide cultural milieu outside the schools’ doors.” Read the rest of the article here.

2/6/2022 – 8th Grade Blog

Hi, parents! Math Now that the 8th grade is out of the woods and back into the swing of things, a lot of mathematical progression has been made within the past few weeks. We have revisited the concept of functions, as well as the modeling of linear functions, as a refresher before we delve into other types of functions such as exponential, quadratic, and absolute value functions. Exponential Functions are often used to represent growth or decay for things such as the population or financial investments. Quadratic Functions are often used to analyze trajectories of objects such as a football...
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Chumash and Nonfiction Writing

Writing We have kicked off our next writing unit and delved into information writing. Second graders brainstormed lists of things they are experts at, and it was great to see all of the things that we can do so well! We shared different hobbies like rainbow loom, baking, swimming, and sports as well as experiences we have that make us experts- like taking care of a pet. We have made a table of contents to organize our writing and have started our introductions where we write about what we want to teach our reader. We have enjoyed seeing what we...
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February 7, 2020

Humanities  In ELA, students are putting the finishing touches on their persuasive essays, which hopefully reveal a deft balance of pathos, logos, and ethos. They are also preparing for their 150 word test on February 12th, which is a culmination of ten weeks of vocabulary study. Lastly, students are concluding their third independent reading assignment, due on Friday, February 14th. In social studies, students have embarked on chapter 13, Early African Civilizations. The time period the chapter covers is 550 BC to 1600 CE. However, we’ll be asking some questions about modern Africa as well.   Math  In Math class...
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February 6th

Judaic Studies with Ariana We have been working hard learning and getting truly inspired. We continue learning about food justice and we are getting ready to embrace our responsibilities as trash monitors in the lunchroom this upcoming week. Every third grader will embrace their duty by helping educate the school on good practices for recycling. They will share their thoughts on all that we have learned and a topic that resonated with them. We call this “Our statement”.    We have been learning new tefillot and we transition to a different siddur that contains most of the tefillot students recite...
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February 6

General Studies with Dawn We are deep into our study of the American Revolution.  After learning as a whole group about the Stamp Act and The Boston Tea Party, students researched other events leading up to the war and taught their classmates about them.  This included The Intolerable Acts, The Boston Massacre, The Townshend Acts, and the Battles at Lexington and Concord. Students have a good understanding of the frustrations that led up to the war and especially “Taxation without Representation.” After an overview of the war, students will choose a topic about the war and write an informational book.So...
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