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Grades 2-3 Teacher Message

March 13, 2020

17 Adar 5780

This week we celebrated Purim! We had a lot of joy in the classroom. We learned about the source of the half-shekel mitzvah, who gave it, and why. We learned about the Shabbat "cow". We also learned about the golden calf sin. We learned about the kindness and importance of the Shabbat. We studied in the Chumash and progressed in the material and learned about the miracles.

In general studies this week the students have been able to start following the mushers and dogs in the Iditarod.  It is so exciting to watch--plenty of photos and videos on the website (

We have continued our math work with multiplication for 3rd grade and will move to division next week.  2nd graders continue to practice their skills with regrouping.

Students have been happy that they have had time to work on their own creative stories during Writers Workshop.  

In Hebrew, third graders read a story about Moti. Moti is Yotam’s friend. He moved to Israel from Russia. He likes to take pictures. Tamar has been asking Moti a lot of questions about his life in Russia. We talked about different types of people, some like to ask a lot of questions and some don’t like to ask questions or even ask for help. I think we need to try to balance both, ask some questions and try to figure out some things by ourselves. Students continued to practice infinitive form of the verb.

Second grade students finished their last story in Shiri HaLama part 1. Students worked on reviewing learned vocabulary. They did a fill in the blank activity. They are working on writing an essay describing what they see on the given picture. 

Please make sure that you are talking with your child about snacks and lunch.  Many students continue to “save” food for a later snack even when they are hungry.  As you know, we are reminding students to wash their hands often. I have also suggested to the students that they keep one or two pencils in their cubby for their own use.  We are so accustomed to group supplies, but it might be helpful if the students keep their own for a while. If you want to send in a small pencil case for your child, that would be great, either way the kids will just keep some pencils separate in their cubby.

Have a wonderful weekend!

March 6, 2020

10 Adar 5780

Happy March! Don’t forget to SPRING AHEAD this weekend!! We had a great week beginning our Iditarod Unit of study.  Did you know that the Iditarod is the longest dog sled race? It covers 1,150 miles of rough Alaskan terrain. Many mushers will end up leaving the race, but this year 58 people are beginning the competition.  Each third grader will learn about a musher and write a report on him/her. The race begins tomorrow--please feel free to learn more about it by checking out the website

The students are enjoying EPIC.  Please ask your child what book s/he is listening to.

The class has also learned how to play Rummikub!  It is quite challenging AND fun all at the same time.

We have moved on to our non-fiction unit.  If your child has a non-fiction book at home that s/he would like to read at school, please send in the book with her/him.

It would be very helpful if third graders could practice multiplication facts 5 minutes each day, and second graders practice addition/subtraction.

This week we learned a lot about the megillah, Mordechai and Esther, Haman and Achashverosh. We learned about this week's Parsha and the special Shabbat Zachor -"Remember". Why "remember", who, what and why?  We learned about the relationship between Amalek and Haman.

We made Oiznei Haman -  hamantashen. We made the dough, shaped, and filled them with chocolate and jam.

We laughed and danced and kept the saying "When Adar comes we increase in joy and happiness.”

We made clowns, and funny masks. We practiced how to read the krias shema correctly.

In Hebrew, 2nd graders read the story : “It’s three o’clock” . It is the last story in our Shiri HaLama part 1 book. We reviewed all the stories, including what we know about Danny and what we know about Shiri. Students wrote a little essay about their favorite character. 

New words for this story:  שעה, שלוש, ללכת, הביתה, בית של.

3rd graders this week started with a conversation about the elections in Israel which took place on March 2. We talked about the important aspects of the elections, who can vote and when citizens can vote if they don’t live in Israel. We touched on the Israeli army - who, when, and how they vote if they live on a far base. 

We continued to work in our Chaverim B’Ivrit. We practiced the infinitive form of the verb, answering given questions, but also using the correct pronoun. 

We read a new story about Tamar and Noa doing small plays and how they argue sometimes and then make up. Students shared their experiences when they compromised on something and how it didn’t come easy for them. 

There is no Hebrew homework next week, enjoy Purim celebrations.

February 28, 2020

3 Adar 5780

We started the week with the 100th day of school.  We had lots of fun activities - how many times can you clap, how many times can you say the ABC’s, how many times can you write your name all in 100 seconds.  The students all brought in 100 things to show the class and we made a special snack with 100 treats!!

Third graders have been writing their fractured fairy tales.  This is our last week working on this fun curriculum unit.

We have also been reviewing adjectives and pronouns.

Third graders continue with multiplication.  It’s a great idea to have your child practice their facts with flash cards at home-- 5 or 10 minutes a day will make a huge impact on their automaticity.

Second graders are working on math word problems (regrouping).  Second graders will also benefit from using addition and subtraction flashcards at home.

In Judaic studies, we came back from vacation refreshed and eager to learn.

This week, we celebrated two days of Rosh Chodesh with lots of joy and dancing. We started talking about Megiallat Esther. the Book of Esther. Who is Haman? Who is Esther? What is the connection between them?  We tested our knowledge and remembered 101 facts about Purim and the Megillah. We continued to study Chumash. In the Parsha we learned about the interesting vessels of the Mishkan.

In Hebrew, third graders started with a short conversation about our break. Then we read a story about Tamar and her new friend Noa. Noa was afraid of Tamar’s dog, then they became friends and Noa isn't afraid of Shchori anymore. We read a funny conversation at Tamar’s house.  The kids were arguing about who has to take the dog out for a walk. When Tamar finally gave up, their mom already took the dog out. We shared similar stories from our life, when kids argue about who is doing the job, and then mom does it.  

Second graders read stories: “Shiri plays Shimon says” and “Shiri is happy”. 

Shiri is playing the game with the kids, however, it’s hard to follow the rules. 

Shiri is the only one who can put her mouth on her legs without falling down. Danny and all the kids kept falling on the floor trying to put their mouths on their legs. 

New words: משחקת, עומדים, גם, לשבת, שמחה, פה, שם, נופל. 

Happy last week of February!

February 14, 2020

19 Shevat 5780

We were busy with fairy tales this week.  Please ask your child which one/s they have enjoyed.  

We also learned about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and why we celebrate President’s Day.

The students were introduced to EPIC books.  If they want to use this site at home please go to, and the class code is whp5941.  Each student has their own account which they can access.

Our Open Circle curriculum has helped us talk about goals when trying to solve a problem.  We did talk about problems and possible goals and solutions. It is an important conversation to continue with.

This week was fun and interesting in Judaic studies…..

We learned a lot about Tu Bishvat, enjoyed a whole-school Tu Bishvat activity, and all sat down together for a Tu Bishvat seder.

We learned about Yitro, and why the Parsha is named after him.  We learned why we need laws and how the Ten Commandments talk to us. We learned about the need for prayer and to say the words. We practiced parts of prayer and learned how to say them correctly.

In Hebrew, second grade students read the stories: “Shiri doesn’t want to play” and “Shiri is playing”. The main focus of these stories is the use of infinitive form of the verb. We practiced it through different activities, orally, games, writing sentences, and completing missing words in our workbooks. 

New words of this week: 

עם, את, יכולה, אוהבים, יש לך, משחקת, עומדים, גם, לשבת, יושבים. 

Third graders talked about grammar, what it means, and where to place verbs, nouns, adjectives. What question word do we use for each grammar term? We practiced orally to say sentences to each other. 

We read a new story this week about Tamar’s dog, Shhori. 

Have a wonderful vacation week…..

February 6, 2020

12 Shevat 5780

Our Open Circle curriculum has us working on problem solving. In the coming weeks, we will be learning to use a six-step process for solving people problems. We began by talking about what a problem is (a problem is any situation that causes someone to be upset or confused).  Our problem-solving steps are stop (calm down), think (decide on a positive goal), and go (make a plan and try it). Please feel free to continue talking to your child about identifying problems and solutions.

We started our fractured fairy tale unit this week.  Students did some partner reading: identifying similarities and differences between the classic fairy tale and the fractured one.  We will be reading both the classic fairy tales and the adapted ones. We will be working on this fun unit for the month of February.

Students are working on word problems in math.  The most important reminder for all the students is to read the problem and then figure out what operation needs to be used.

If you would like to have your child practice typing on the computer, please take a look at  It is a free online program and is used by many area school systems. Unfortunately, we do not have time to have the students practice keyboarding at school, but it might be great to do at home.  Remember your child can also do iready and Lexia at home too.

In Hebrew this week, second grade students read the story “Shiri wants to play”. Shiri wants to play the game “Simon says”.  The kids were supposed to put hands on their head, but Shiri doesn’t have hands. She tried to put her legs on her head, but she fell. Next story is “Shiri doesn’t want to play”. Shiri is very sad, she can’t play the game with all the kids. 

New words: עם, את, יכולה, אוהבים, יש לך, רוצה, רגלים, ארבע, נופלת. 

Third graders read a story about Tamar’s friend, Dan. They live on the same street and play video games together. The next story was about Tamar teaching Dan to play the flute, and Dan teaches Tamar to play basketball. However, in school, they are too embarrassed to be friends.

This week we had few oral activities to practice using the infinitive form of verbs orally. Students also did a dictation about verbs and infinitive form of verbs, they did a great job! Yashar Koach!

In Judaic studies this week, we learned about leaving mittzrayim. We tried to figure out how many people came out of Egypt ..... lots of people. Wow.

We made progress in the Chumash and added more examples of how to break down a word by suffix, prefix, and root.

In T’filah we talked about the need to talk to HaShem and how difficult and sometimes confusing it is. Think of all kinds of things we pray for - when we are hungry, when we are tired, and so much more.

We learned how to make etrog jam ... and how to package it  .. lots of work - but really fun! Families will have an opportunity to try the jam next week for Tu B’shevat.

January 31, 2020

5 Shevat 5780

It was great to see everyone at our Shabbaton! We hope everyone had an enjoyable evening.

In the last couple of weeks in Open Circle we talked about bullying behavior.  We also discussed what a bystander is as well as an ally. Please talk with your child about whether she/he has had any experiences with bullying behavior.  Ask your child how she/he feels about going to an adult for help. How might it help? What might be hard about going to an adult for help?

We have started working on understanding map reading, using a compass rose, and map key for second graders, and geography practice for third graders.

Both grades are working on word problems in math--double digit addition for second grade, and multiplication for third.

Our biography unit is over. I hope you’ve had a chance to see the biography reports that are on the bulletin board in the hallway. The students really learned a lot and enjoyed being a researcher!

We had our last Understanding Our Differences program this week. The students had exposure to non-physical challenges such as dyslexia, executive functioning and dysgraphia.  Their hands-on activities were a memory game, trying to write their name by looking only into a mirror, and telling a story without using certain key words. It was very informative and the students really began to understand how many challenges there are that you cannot see.

The class also began writing about the pictures they painted last week of a tree.  If you have not seen your child’s painting, they will be hanging up in the school next week and then will be going home.

This week we learned about the last three makot brought to mitzrayim.  Locust, darkness and firstborn. They were hard and strange makot. Punishing mitzrayim with locusts does harm and is therefore understandable, but it is strange to punish someone by being in the dark. It is different from the other makot. In Chumash, we are working on finding the correct perek and posuk..Sometimes it is confusing and difficult, but this is a necessary skill we need to practice. We started learning about Tu bshvat and  the trees of the Land of Israel.

In Hebrew, second graders read fun stories about a teacher playing “Simon says” with kids. We played this game in class and the kids had so much fun! We learned body parts: ראש, ידיים, עיניים, אף, פה, אוזניים, רגלים. 

Third graders wrote stories about their parents or siblings’ best friends. Ask your child about who they wrote. 

We read a story  “At Racheli’s House”. Racheli is Tamar’s best friend, however, the girls live far from each other. They talk on the phone and do sleep overs. Tamar’s dad has a funny comment about the sleep overs, they don’t sleep during the night, they only talk and laugh. Students shared their own stories about sleepovers! 

Enjoy the weekend----hope the Super Bowl commercials are top notch this year!!

January 24, 2020

27 Tevet 5780

We are so excited about our Shabbaton!

This week the students continued to work on their biography reports.  Please check out the ones that are up on our bulletin board!

How many words can you make from January? It’s a tough one, but it might be a fun activity to do with your child!

The students were introduced to a fun website to practice math -

We also spent time discussing Martin Luther King and his message of love and peace.

We have another auction coming up, please feel free to donate items if you would like.

In Judaic studies, the students jumped right into parshat hashavua about mitzrayim.  We discussed why it was difficult for the people of Israel to be released from Egypt, and why they were angry with Moshe.

In Chumash we progressed and learned new skills of masculine/feminine and singular/plural.  We also reviewed the pesukim. In T’filah we discussed the sanctity of the synagogue, the power of prayer in public and how to maintain a pleasant prayer.

 In Hebrew, second graders 2 grade finished the third unit of the book. Students wrote beautiful sentences using the words they learned. 

This week they started the fourth and last unit in Shiri HaLama, part 1 book, “Shimon Says”. In the first story, kids play the fun game Shimon Omer. New words are: שקט, באים, לשחק, מהר.

Third graders loved their new Chaverim B’Ivrit 2. Students learned shem poal (infinitive verb) and how to use this in a sentence.  We actually practiced every day with each student saying sentences using shem poal. We read a story about Tamar’s best friend Racheli. Students started to write a short story about their brother/sister or mom’s best friend, based on the story about Racheli.

January 17, 2020

20 Tevet 5780

Cold and flu season is in full force!! Please take extra care of yourselves and your kids!!  We have a lot of sneezing and coughing in our classroom. We are taking extra care to wash hands and keep tissues on hand.

This week the students continued their work on biographies. They are learning so much about so many wonderful influential people.  Be sure to ask your child who they have learned about.

Third graders dove into multiplication this week--trying to see how it is repeated addition and not be stressed by it!

Second graders continued their unit on measurement, and have enjoyed measuring items around the school.

This week we had our Understanding Our Differences program.  The students were made aware of issues that those with physical challenges face each day.  The program ended with a visit from an 8th grader who came in with her service dog and spoke about her illness and challenges.  It was a terrific learning opportunity for our class. Please ask your child what s/he learned.

In Judaic studies this week we learned about the birth of Moshe. It’s an amazing story with lots of questions: How was Moshe put in the box and why was Pharaoh's daughter there?? 

We learned how to find a chapter and verse in the Chumash.

The third graders began a new Chumash workbook.  Yashar Koach on what they’ve accomplished this year!

In Hebrew, third graders started their second Chaverim B’Ivrit workbook. This book's theme is about friends. We continue to read stories about Tamar and her friends. Our first story is about Tamar’s best fiend Racheli. 

We started to discuss the infinitive form of verbs. We talked about different rules to make a verb infinitive. There are many kinds, but they all have in common that infinitive always starts with the letter lamed. 

Second graders read the last story of the unit, “Shiri is a student in the class”. Students read what Shiri does in the class: read, write, sit, help. Shiri is now an active student in the class and she does the same actions as other students. New words:   תלמידה, יושבת, עוזר, קורא, מים. 

We finished the unit “Llama and the pencil”.

January 10, 2020

13 Tevet 5780

Happy New Year!  This week the students worked very hard on our biography unit.  Students worked independently and with a partner. We read numerous biographies and wrote facts and character traits about each one.  While students worked with a partner, they were able to share their information. We even learned about Chester Greenwood, who invented EARMUFFS, and Percy Spencer who invented the MICROWAVE!! Please ask your child what s/he learned!!

Each student also chose one person to research. We will have time next week to continue this project and then to share.

This week we worked on measurement in math, and we learned a new online game called KAKOOMA.  Try it at home!!

In Open Circle we have been discussing what is bullying behavior, and what is a bystander.  Next week we will discuss what is an ally. The students are very open talking about their feelings.

Please remember to send your child in with enough food for the entire day. They are growing and hungry! Also, it is a great idea to send in a water bottle with your child.

Our new read aloud is The Miniature World of Marvin and James. Ask your child what this book is about!

In Hebrew, second graders read the story, “What does Shiri do?” Shiri is helping a teacher in the classroom. New words: עושה, עצובה, בבקשה, ניר, תודה, איך 

Students practiced matching the verb in the sentences to the meaning. 

We read an additional story about Shiri helping Danny in the class. She helps Danny to read. New words are: תלמידה, יושבת, עוזר, רוקא, קוראת.

Third graders finished their first Chaverim b’Ivrit book. We practiced words: you have, I don’t have, he has, and she has. Students also practiced conjugating the verbs according to pronouns.

The children are very excited to start a new book next week. 

This week we learned about the blessing for Menashe and Ephraim.   We learned that each one received the blessing that was meant for him. We learned the importance of blessings.

It was interesting to see how much the Torah dedicates the blessings of the sons and the future of the sons.

We learned about the tenth of Tevet and the Temple's destruction.

We have progressed in learning the new Parsha and new skills. We learned new parts of prayer and when the Torah is read during the week.

December 20, 2019

22 Kislev 5780

This week in Judaic studies, we were busy rehearsing for our Mesibat HaChumash.  A huge yashar koach and todah rabah to the children, morot, and families for making this moment so special and meaningful!

Our rehearsals were funny and exhausting, but we kept on practicing. We prepared many decorations for the performance. 

We learned both Chumash and Parshat Hashavua. We started learning all about Chanukah.

In Hebrew, second graders read the story “Where is the Pencil?” They found out what happened to Danny’s pencil.  In the next story, “Danny is Sad”, we learn why Danny is sad and what happens when everybody in his class is writing, and he can’t. New words: עצוב, כותב, כותבת, סליחה. 

Third graders talked about birthdays. Students started to create their own birthday album. Some students decided to draw and some are coloring pictures related to birthdays. This week we also reviewed question words. Every day we started by asking each other questions.   We started to read a new story about Avner’s birthday. Avner is sad because his birthday is during summer break and he can't celebrate it with his classmates. What was his teacher’s idea to make him happy?

In general studies, our highlight this week was reading our personal narratives to our k-1 friends! It was so great having them in our class and they were a terrific audience. 

We continued reading biographies and writing facts about the person we read about.  Please ask your child who they are reading about and what s/he has learned about that person.

Thank you for making sure your child has appropriate clothing for outdoor recess--please remember to pack sneakers or shoes for your child so s/he is not wearing heavy boots all day.

Have a wonderful Chanukah and a happy new year!

December 13, 2019

15 Kislev 5780

Our recent Open Circle lessons have focused on helping students understand the situations in school that require the help of a teacher or another responsible adult.  We learned to identify behaviors that are dangerous or destructive. We also talked about some ways students themselves can begin to respond to behavior that is annoying but is not dangerous or destructive.

We had our second auction this week.  It was a lot of fun!

The students have been really working hard at their personal narratives.  They started sharing them with each other and next week we will be sharing them with our K-1 friends. 

This week we also started our biography unit. The students started to choose biographies to read in class.  This unit is very exciting for everyone as they learn so much and the unit culminates with a biography report which is shared.

Our science continued as the students learned about the engineering process. We will make play dough next week using this process.

In Judaic Studies this week, the second graders are working hard to prepare for the Mesibat HaChumash on Thursday, December 19.  We learned songs, practiced our parts by heart and had a lot of fun. The third graders progressed through the Chumash and learned about Abraham and Sarah, Hagar and Ishmael.

We illustrated and wrote about the Chanukah story. It is really interesting and beautiful. We studied this week's Parsha - Yaakov’s meeting with Esau.  How did Yaakov prepare his family and what did he do?

We learned the brachot said when we take out the Torah, and discussed the meaning of Ashrei, Shema, and the Amidah.

In Hebrew, second graders learned a new structure for how to say someone doesn’t have a specific item, like a pencil or a doll. We finished the story “Danny doesn’t have a pencil”. The kids are in suspense until we continue the next story to find out what happened to Danny’s pencil.

By the end of the week, we started the next story and found out where Danny’s pencil was missing. New words this week: בא טוב, אוכלת, צריכה. 

Third graders practiced conjugating verbs according to pronouns. We have ten different pronouns and four forms to conjugate verbs in present tense. It is very important to internalize the base of Hebrew grammar. We practice it orally, in written form, and fix our mistakes as we go. 

This week students had a spelling dictation. I checked how many words they remember from their homework.  I was pleased to find out that most of the words they remembered how to spell and the meaning!

We discussed  the weather on Tuesday, which will now be part of our weekly routine.

Students played a fun game, asking each other if he/she has certain items, including the nouns that they learned before. They had so much fun asking if a student has long red hair or candies in their bag.   

Have a great weekend!

December 6, 2019

8 Kislev 5780

Happy December!  We hope you all had a great week.  The students have been so excited to play in the snow at recess time.  Please remember to have your child bring both boots and other footwear to change into.

This week we began our engineering science unit.  The students learned that the definition of technology is: almost anything created to solve a problem or meet a need.

We started our unit by having the students choose an item from a paper bag (for example: paper clip, band aid, rubber band), describe it and to define what problem it solved.  The students enjoyed this activity.

The students are working hard on their personal narratives.  We are focusing on emotion and dialogue.

Word study, math, lexia and iready also continued to be a big part of our week.

In judaic studies this week, we learned about this week's Parsha about Yaakov's journey.

In Chumash, third graders learned about the argument between Avraham and Sarah - about Hagar and Yishmael. In this debate, HaShem intervened and decided in favor of Sarah. Yishmael and Hagar were sent away. Sarah is assured and gives birth to a son - Yitzchak. Abraham has a great feast.  Second graders are refining their skills through their hachana l’chumash in preparation for receiving their first chumashim on December 19!

We also started learning about Chanukah. 

In Hebrew, the 2nd graders read story “Does Danny Have A Pencil?” The teacher was telling Shiri to take the pencil and give it to Danny, however Shiri couldn’t do it. New words: עפרון, על, קחי, תני, נותנת.

We played different games to emphasize the use of words like on, under and next to. 

3rd graders learned 10 shmot goofim (pronouns). Students were working in pairs to practice  sentences using different verbs with the different shmot goof. We’ll continue to work on verbs in 4 forms. 

We started a new story about Tamar opening her presents after the party. 

Have a great weekend---enjoy the sunshine!

November 22, 2019

24 Cheshvan 5780

What a fun field trip we had to Moose Hill!! Shout out to Lytal Kaufman-Grob, Nira Shain, and Emunah Homa for joining us.The students learned so much about early settlers. They got to see the clothes that people wore (Na’ama and Baer got to model the clothes!), spin some wool, write with quill and ink, and had a great outdoor tour of certain areas of Moosehill.  Please remember to ask your child what his/her favorite part was.

Most of the students have completed their paper bag book reports--you will be able to see them at conferences!

We also started a Thanksgiving packet--many fun activities, word searches, crossword puzzles, math problems and reading comprehension.

This week in Judaic studies, our second graders started their preparations for the Mesibat HaChumash on Thursday, December 19, at 8:00.  We are learning how to find a Perek (chapter) and pasuk (verse) in the Chumash.

We learned how the Torah was organized and where to find Sefer Bereishit.

The third graders progressed in their Chumash studies and we learned the command of Akeidat Yitzchak. HaShem calls Avraham and he answers "Here I am."

In connection to this week’s parsha we saw pictures from the Meorat Hamachpela and learned where it was and what it meant.  This story is very interesting and we had a lot of questions. Why did Avraham want to pay? Why did Efron want to sell?

We started thinking and planning for our Mesibat HaChumash and we are very excited to be getting  our very own Chumashim!

In Hebrew, second graders read the story “Danny and Shiri are friends”. Danny isn’t scared anymore of Shiri, now they are friends. New words: עכשיו and חברים. 

We finished the second unit “Danny is scared”.  Students had to write sentences using proper grammar structure. 

Third graders finished the story about Tamar’s friends at her party. Students played nice matching game with  phrases and images. 

We read a new story about Tamar’s brother who dresses as a clown at her party. We discussed what the kids were doing at the party, and what Tal (Tamar’s baby brother) was doing at the party. 

Students wrote sentences about what clowns do and don’t do at the party.

November 15, 2019

17 Cheshvan 5780

We had a great week of learning.   During Writing Workshop, I modeled my story “The Day I Went Down An Escalator” so that they could understand what a personal narrative was, and could begin generating ideas of what they want to write. Ask your child if I ever made it down the escalator!! The students LOVE writing time and are enjoying this period in their week.

We continue to do word study and are working hard to spell the words that we learn in our every day writing.

This week the students were introduced to “paper bag book reports”.  Each student is reading his/her own book and will be working on a book report.  They are enjoying this creative project!

We had a lot of games this week in math, and were able to get some extra practice with iready.

Next Tuesday we will be going to Moosehill for a hands-on learning morning about Early Settlements. We are looking forward to that!!

In Hebrew this week, the third grade students read a story about Shira. Shira was sad at the birthday party because she got a stain on her new dress.

Students learned how to say she has, she doesn’t have, and also he has, and he doesn’t have. They wrote about their friends - who has what, and what they don’t have.

We read a story about Yotam the clown. Yotam is Tamar’s big brother. He dresses up as a clown for Tamar’s birthday party. He was silly and made everybody happy, even Shira. 

Second graders read the story “Teacher comes to Danny”. The teacher figured out why Danny was under the table when Shiri came to classroom. New words : אתה, קטן

The second story of this week was “Danny isn’t scared anymore “. The teacher explained to Danny that Shiri is here to help the kids and the teacher. New words: על יד, אבל, טובה, עוזרת ל.

Mazal Tov to Moreh Arye on the bar mitzvah of his son, Maoz, in Israel.

November 8, 2019

10 Cheshvan 5780

This week we continued with our Massachusetts research.  Have you seen our bulletin board in the hallway? It is filled with information about our awesome state! Please make a point to check it out.

We continued our weekly “Word study”--the students are learning/practicing the differences between “er” and “ar” words.  Next week is “ir”.

We read Ralph Tells A Story and Jabari Jumps.  The first book was about how we all have something to write about--small moments that happen every day.  Jabari Jumps is an example of a small moment. A small moment but a big story! I even shared a personal story about going down an escalator for the very first time by myself.  Ask your child how that story ended (hint: it didn’t turn out the way I thought it would).

Writing about “small moments” is something we will be doing throughout the year: discovering meaningful small moments, capturing story ideas, stretching out small moments, writing with detail and revising.  Please help your child notice “small moments” for writing ideas.

In Open Circle, we have been discussing how to be inclusive.  The students did a wonderful job brainstorming ways in which they can include others.  They were also very honest about how it feels to be excluded. Feel free to continue this topic for discussion at home.

In Chumash we continued with the story of the birth of Yitzchak. We are enjoying studying from our Chumashim - reading and translating the Pesukim.

We have progressed in our Lehavin Ulehaskil studies learning our chumash grammar skills.

 In this week's Parsha, we learned about Avraham and his journey.

In Hebrew, second grade students read the stories: “ Why Danny is scared?” and “Where is Danny?”. Students learned new words: תחת, שולחן, אומר, ילדה, רוצה. 

We started to learn question words: מי, מה, איפה. We are going to focus only on those three question words right now. 

Third graders read a story about what Tamar is doing before her party and what she is thinking about. Students could relate to Tamar’s feelings and shared their own feelings regarding their birthday party.  Some kids cared about how their hair looks and what to wear, while others cared about the food, cake, and if there was going to be a surprise. We watched a short video of a birthday party in Israel. We discussed what kids are doing and what items they see there. 

We started a new story about mothers. Students started to think about their moms, and each student is going to write a story about his/her mom.  

Next week Moreh Arye will be traveling to Israel to celebrate his son Maoz’s bar mitzvah.  Mazal Tov and have a wonderful trip!

November 1, 2019

3 Cheshvan 5780

Happy November!!

This week the students in Open Circle talked about recognizing and naming our feelings.  We also discussed body language: body language is a way of expressing feelings with our faces or bodies instead of using words.  Feel free to point out examples of body language that you see in books or media and discuss what you think gestures and facial expressions might mean with your child.

We started our “word study” this week, as well as Writing Workshop.  The class was so excited to get their Writing folders and start brainstorming topics they want to write about.  I was so impressed with how focused the class was--they quietly wrote for almost ½ hour!!

Our Massachusetts research continues! The students are learning so much about the state and each have worked hard on their “region” of the state.

Math continues every day in our class.  The students work with me in small groups, as well as playing games.

Do you remember Rainbow Loom?  It was a big hit a few years ago---if you have any “tools” from the Rainbow Loom that you are not using, please feel free to donate them to our class.  The students are interested in having these back in the class for Fun Friday!!

Take a look at our beautiful Hebrew bulletin board - students wrote about their favorite things to do in the fall.

Every Friday, we have a tradition in our class of reading aloud a short book in Hebrew.  If you have books in Hebrew about friends or kids, feel free to send them with your child on Thursday. 

Second graders have been working on writing short essays. They had a picture of a classroom and they wrote what they saw in the picture. We finished the first unit in the Shiri HaLama workbook, called HaLama. 

Students started a new unit: “Danny is Scared”. The first story is about Danny in the classroom. New words: אומרת, פוחד, מןץ

Third graders started their week with baking a chocolate cake with sprinkles on top. We read a story in Chaverim B’Ivrit about Tamar’s dad that put candies and candles on Tamar’s birthday cake. In the story we read about dad putting only the candies on the cake.  We couldn’t decide if he is the one who baked the cake or if the cake was from the store. Students thought that since he is wearing an apron and holding the cake, he also baked it. But did he?! Ask your child what he thinks…

In Judaic studies, the third graders learned the story of Sodom and Gomorrah and how HaShem told Avraham of this plan, so that he had an opportunity to daven for them.

The second graders continued with Hachanah HaChumash and we are beginning to learn the sofiot. 

We learned about Rosh Chodesh  and what additional prayers are now said.

In Parshat Hashavua we learned about Noah, his family, and the flood.

Enjoy the weekend--- Don’t forget to “fall back”!

October 25, 2019

26 Tishrei 5780

The holiday season is over and we are back to work in full power.  Next week, students in 2nd and 3rd grade will start to get Ivrit homework.

Students also wrote about their favorite thing during the fall.  We will decorate our bulletin board in a fall theme - stay tuned!

2nd graders are working on story number 7. The story is called “Shiri  HaLama is in the Class”. New words are: שלום, זאת, יש. We also reviewed words from previous weeks, like “רואה, ילדים, לוח, פח, דלת. 

3rd graders are working on words that relate to Tamar’s birthday party. Our next story is about Tamar’s dad, who is baking a cake for Tamar. We talked about the kitchen, saw different examples of kitchens, and even saw a video of a master chef in Israel and what their kitchen looks like! Students worked in small groups to create their own ad for selling kitchens. 

In Judaic studies, we had many stories to share after the holidays and the students returned to school with tremendous energy. There is a positive learning atmosphere in the classroom, and students are seeing their progress and investment in their studies.

The second graders completed their first book of Hachana Lechumash. The third graders continue to progress to the second book in Parshat Veyeira. The grammar and language skills are still difficult for the students, but we are constantly reviewing them.  

We studied the blessing for the rain (mashev haruach umored hageshem) and why this is a necessary bracha. The students gave various beautiful examples such as drinking and growth for vegetation.

Although it was another shortened school week, your students accomplished a lot!! Our study of Massachusetts continues, as each student (with a partner) has been assigned a particular region of our state to research …...please ask your child which region s/he is researching. Research skills will be taught as the students look at books and appropriate websites about Massachusetts.  They were all very excited to get started!! If you have a Massachusetts puzzle that you would like to donate to the class--we would be happy to take it!!

We also had our first AUCTION!! So exciting...the students were able to “bid” on objects that they wanted to purchase with their hard-earned tickets!!  We are always looking for donations, so don’t be shy if you would like to contribute to our goods!!  

Have a wonderful weekend----

October 11, 2019

12 Tishrei 5780

Although we had a short week----our class accomplished a lot!

This week the students started our study of Massachusetts. Please ask your child for a fun fact about our state (state cookie? state bird?).  They each made their own Massachusetts pamphlet and had fun learning about their state.

We worked on verbs this week---starting with a great verb rap video and ending with writing our own sentences using a variety of verbs!

Our third graders worked on a reading comprehension packet about Christopher Columbus, and both grades worked on a word study.

Lexia, iready, printing, cursive, math work, and we even did some painting for our sukkah!We discussed what a “school listening look” is in Open Circle.  The students were able to recognize what listening looks like--and it may look different at home than at school.

In Judaic studies, we learned a lot about teshuva (repentance) and the possibility of doing teshuva until Yom Kippur.  We also discussed what we are not allowed to do on Yom Kippur, including eating and drinking, wearing leather shoes, and washing and anointing.

In Parshat Hashavua, we learned about Parshat Ha’azinu, which looks different in the Torah because it is poetry that appears in two columns.

In Chumash, we have progressed through learning about changing the finality and prefix letters to a word.  We have changed the "finality" and "prefixes".

In Hebrew, second grade students were working in their Shiri Halama book. The story that we read is about “What Shiri Sees”? We learned the words: רואה, מורה, ילדים, כיתה. 

We started a story “Shiri Sees the Classroom”. In this story we asked questions like, who is in the classroom? 

Students are still working on script letters. 

Third graders are working in their Chaverim B’Ivrit workbook. We read a story about preparation for Tamar’s birthday party. Tamar wrote an invitation to her party, so our students practiced writing an invitation to a playdate, which included the date, time and an address. 

We started to read a story about Tamar’s dad baking a cake for Tamar’s birthday. We learned the new words: הזמנה, סוכריות, שם, מסיבה, רחוב.

September 27, 2019

27 Elul 5779

This week we learned about Teshuva - repentance. We gave an example of a girl who did not talk nicely about a friend and what she had to do to correct her behavior by going through the process of feeling a sense of regret and then asking for forgiveness.

This week we learned about the commandments on the community.

We learned about different types of Shofars and what is a kosher shofar and how it is made. We heard the different shofar sounds and we had a shofar factory presentation.

Thank you to our guests, Rabbi Naftali and Mrs. Chanie Minkowitz for teaching us about the different types of shofars.

In grade two we learned about yachid, yichidah, rabim and rabot (singular and plural for male and female). 

In third grade we learned about Abraham and the angels, new words and interesting shorashim (hebrew roots).

In Hebrew this week, second graders got their Shiri HaLama books.  They were very excited to read about Shiri, who is a llama. We also have a stuffed animal, which is of course a llama!  We have a tradition in second grade: every weekend one of the students take Shiri home. Shiri speaks only Hebrew and loves to attend special events. Please make sure Shiri comes back on Monday. 

Students continued to work on their script letters.

Third graders finally got their Chaverim B’Ivrit unit 1 workbooks. They were excited to start a new curriculum. The first unit is about birthdays. We started with reviewing the numbers in feminine form and how to spell the numbers. Then we read about Tamar. Tamar is the main character of this curriculum. We learned how old is she and what she looks like. Students started to write a story about themselves, similar to Tamar’s story. 

We had a great week of learning.  The students are working well in Reader’s Workshop as they identify the character traits (grumpy, patient, kind) of the main characters and share their thoughts about how the character changes.  Please ask your child what book s/he is reading!

The class also worked on some different math games this week.  It is great watching them work together. Students are also working in Iready and Lexia each week and are progressing well in both computer programs. 

We have also started our Open Circle social emotional curriculum.  This week the students came up with classroom rules and were able to condense them into two:  Treat people how you want to be treated and have fun. All the students signed the “classroom rules” poster and we have it up in the classroom.

Please remember that we go outside every day and that there are two snack breaks each day---your children are busy growing, so please make sure they have enough food each day!

Have a very happy new year…..enjoy the time with your family.

September 20, 2019

20 Elul 5779

In Hebrew, 2nd graders continued to work on script letters.  So far we did ” י,ו,ן, נ, מ, ר”.

Students also worked on their reading skills. 

There is a new game station in our classroom called letters battle. The rules of the game are as follows: students flip over one card at a time which contains a letter, and the highest letter is a winner (similar to the card game “war”). This game helps students to practice letter identification and alphabetic order. 

3rd graders finished reading and answering questions about Lisa’s summer.  We talked about their summer, what was special and how much fun they had doing different activities. 

Next week we’ll start the Chaverim B’Ivrit workbook which the students are very excited about.   

In Judaic Studies this week, we learned the difference between one (יחיד) and many (רבים) single units. We learned new roots and revisited old skills.

We learned about this week's parsha - there are commandments that relate only to the Land of Israel. In prayer we learned about -  אשרי יושבי ביתך Blessed are those that dwell in Your Home, Shema Yisrael, and how the Amida is prayed. 

We also learned that there are ways to do Teshuva.  From who repents (everyone), when (until Yom Kippur), and why (???).

We heard a story about a boy who couldn't pray from a siddur and how his prayer to HaShem  was special and important. We did a lot of work on Elul and Rosh Hashanah. It was a busy and fun week!

What a great week we had at school. This week we started Reading Workshop--the students partner read one book and then write in their reading journals what the character says and what the character does.  It was wonderful watching them work together to understand the character development in each story.

We also reviewed nouns and the students were able to make their own lists of nouns and then make sentences.

We played math games about place value and the kids also got to to on iReady.

It was great to see so many of you on Back To School Night---have a wonderful weekend--enjoy the warm weather!

September 13, 2019

13 Elul 5779

The students brought in 4 items from home which could fit into a brown lunch bag and then we all tried to guess who was who… we had a great time guessing and the students enjoyed trying to make it a challenge for their classmates!!

This week we started our language arts unit : character study.  We have been working as a whole class reading and dissecting the book Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.  We have been discussing character traits of Lilly and Mr. Slinger at the beginning, middle and end of the story. The students are learning many character traits (puzzled, sneaky, thoughtful).

We also started working in our math books as well as starting print and cursive work!

How many words can you make from the word SEPTEMBER?  Ask your child to help you!!


We also had a wonderful week of learning and fun in judaic studies class! We learned a lot of new information through lessons and games.  In chumash, we explored how words can be categorized as either zachar-male or nekeiva-female and what is the difference between them. How can we easily tell the words apart?  Why is this important?

We heard the shofar everyday and reviewed the names of the sounds of the shofar.

We learned about the importance of the Torah and how to keep it.

We worked in centers and covered different topics in creative ways.

We learned about prayer and its various parts. We are learning what the Tefillot mean and how important they are to us.

We studied script writing and what the difference is between the letters.

In Hebrew, the students started to work in groups. They learned that they have two rotations every class, where they should go, and what the name of each rotation means. They are very excited that one of the rotations is a game in Hebrew!

In addition to game stations, 3rd graders participated in a reading and writing station. In the writing station, they wrote about their summer. In the reading station, students started to read a story about Lisa’s summer. Lisa is my daughter and she is in second grade.  She had so much fun this past summer! Students reflected on Lisa’s summer and their own as well. 

Second graders also had a reading and writing station.  In the reading station, they read a story and answered a few questions. In the writing station, they started to learn script letters. They were very excited to learn script!

September 6, 2019

6 Elul 5779

Who had first day jitters?   In general studies, we read First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and realized that EVERYONE (including teachers) can feel a little nervous on the first day of school!  We wrote down our “jitters” and even got to have some Jitter Juice --ask your child if s/he enjoyed that part of our day!!

We started to get to know each other by playing “people” bingo and we realized that many students in our class do not like bananas!!

We have already started playing math games and have even started some math assessments.

We are so excited to work with your children this year---we have a lot of fun activities planned and I know that your children will really enjoy the year!!

We had a wonderful first week back in judaic studies!  After two months of rest, we have returned excited, motivated, and ready to learn!

We spent some of this week getting to know our classmates and classroom routines.  We discussed what we have in common and how we are different - who has a dog? Who plays a musical instrument?

This week was a Remembrance Day for Rabbi Kook  הרב קוק ז”ל.

We learned a poem he wrote, Rise Up the Leaf  עלה למעלה עלה.

This song represents the power of man and we learned the meaning of the different parts of the poem.

In Hebrew class, we started the week with fun activities. Students shared what they did during the summer and learned a few new words related to summer. They enjoyed completing the word search with their names. Then students decorated their apples with a short blessing for Rosh HaShana.  I was very pleased to see original blessings with unique decorations. Please stop by our beautiful bulletin board in the hall!

August 30, 2019

29 Av 5779

We hope you had a wonderful summer!  See you on Tuesday!

Shabbat Shalom

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