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May 30, 2023- a belated Chag Shavuot Sameach!!

Hebrew with Rimma In our Hebrew class 4th graders are finishing our Unit “Objects and the stories behind them” with the digital journey by using Padlet, an interactive platform where students could share their stories and react to one another’ s experience. Students were given the opportunity to select an object that holds a special place in their heart or which is important to their family. Some students are still in the process of writing. When they will finish writing, each of them will present it to the class.I encourage you to take the time and explore the stories that...
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June 9, 2023

SCIENCE In 7th grade science, students have taken their knowledge on environment and ecology to present a mock city board meeting. In this scenario, a wastewater treatment plant is due to open in Brooklyn and must pass legislation. Each group represents different interests such as aquatic ecologists, politicians, residents and activists. Students are responsible for researching, planning and presenting a strong argument. This presentation will connect politics, debate skills and environmental science. Shina   HUMANITIES As we finish our year in Humanities, 7th graders have just finished our study of The Diary of Anne Frank in which they grappled with...
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June 9 – What a Year!

Congratulations to our second graders on finishing the school year! It was a bittersweet last few weeks of school and we soaked up our joyful time together before summer break. The students reflected on their growth academically, socially and emotionally since the school year started. It’s hard to believe that that was ten months ago! As cliche as it sounds, time does fly when you are having fun. The kids spent thoughtful time looking back at work and sharing how they have changed as readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians, artists – the list goes on and on! They revisited their hopes...
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6th Grade End-Of-Year Wrap Up 6/9/23

Humanities:  It’s been a full, fun, and productive year in humanities! As we close out our final units, I feel so proud of how the students have stepped up as learners and leaders. We wrapped up our Social Studies curriculum with a final test on Rome and a discussion about Rome’s fall and legacy (and then, of course, a class celebration!). When students study American history in seventh grade, they will be prepared to find countless connections between our own country’s past and the classical civilizations we examined this year. From America’s founding principles to its government, art, and architecture,...
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June 9: End of the Year Wrap-Up

Humanities  What a year! We’ve read novels, written essays, traveled through ancient civilizations, and kept up with current events. We ended the year by finishing A Long Walk to Water and learning more about Salva’s effort to bring clean water to his former home. We also watched interviews with Lost Boys who have been resettled to the United States where they shared their experiences moving from Sudan to the US. Our final social studies project was a talk show where the guests each represented one of the three Chinese philosophies, Confucianism, Daoism, or Legalism. The students learned about the philosophies,...
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First Grade News

Hello Families, In Hebrew, the first graders have been busy preparing for their shuk (the Israeli market). We learned about the Israeli money (shekels) and made some of our own to use in our shuk. The first graders decide what kind of fruits and vegetables they want to sell and buy in our shuk and for how much money we are going to sell them for. We also decorated signs with the names and prices of the fruits and vegetables that we are going to have in our shuk. They even made fancy arnakim (wallets).  In Social Studies, we have discussed the needs and...
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Kindergarten Blog 6/2

Dear Kindergarten Families, It was another busy week in Kindergarten. Our butterflies emerged from their chrysalises, we have almost finished our last stories, and we started our map of Smith Street. On Friday, we had our final whole Lower School Kabbalat Shabbat and end of year Tekes, in which we sang two songs to the lower school: Parpar (a Hebrew song about butterflies, and Are You Living? (a Science song about living things). We came in on Monday morning to a cage full of butterflies! The Kindergartners spent time carefully sketching the new butterflies, recording data on their behavior, and...
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First Grade News

Hello Families, We celebrated how much we have learned this year with the Siddur Ceremony! It was such a special event! We were so proud of all the first graders and what an amazing job they did! In the Hebrew classroom, we learned about Shavuot! On Shavuot we are celebrating the time that we received the Torah. We spoke about how the Torah has rules (The Ten Commandments) that keep us safe just like rules we have at home and school. We read a story in Hebrew about why God chose Mount Sinai for the Jewish people to receive the Torah. We also started...
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3rd blog – 5/25-Chag Shavuot Sameach!!

May continues to be a busy month with play rehearsals happening every day! We finally made it to the “big stage” and began practicing as a whole grade. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser! We began our last unit of writing, a personal narrative. Students were asked to think back to the beginning of the year and their first writing piece! Some remembered what they wrote about, and some needed a reminder! But the skills they learned remained as we made a list of what should be included in a personal narrative. Things like the 5 senses, similes...
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Kindergarten Blog 5/25

Dear Kindergarten Families, It was another very busy week in Kindergarten.  Students had a guest baker, attended two performances, and started some new units in Writing and Social Studies.   In General Studies we began our mapping unit in Social Studies. With great excitement students explored a variety of maps including maps  of the world, the United States, Brooklyn, the NYC subway, and NYC bike lanes.  We then made our own map of the classroom.  Next we will sketch and then map maps of Smith Street. In Writer’s Workshop we are working on publishing our last stories.  We have introduced three...
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