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Grade 2-3 Teacher Message

June 14, 2019

11 Sivan 5779

Last Newsletter of the school year!

In our final week of school, we spent time in Judaic studies reviewing material we learned this year.  We also studied the nazir in the parasha and the blessing of the Kohanim.

In Hebrew, third graders finished their end of year project. They wrote all the things that they liked about Hebrew class. Stay tuned - we’ll post it on our bulletin board in the hall.

Students reviewed learned vocabulary from the year and practiced using it in past tense.

Second graders reviewed the stories they learned, answered questions, and played games.

It was so much fun to spend this year with our Shiri HaLama, she became an interactive part of our class. We’ll miss her so much next year.  

We had such a busy week in general studies! The students loved the Poetry Picnic on Tuesday.  They were able to share aloud a poem with three different groups of students and enjoy a nice round of applause for their hard work!  

Maccabiah took over the middle of the week and as I am sure you heard, the kids LOVED it.

We also had some time for Show and Tell! So much fun!!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads for this Sunday!

It has been a great year working with your children.  This class has kept up their positive energy and it has been a pleasure to work with them and YOU all year.

Have a wonderful summer!

June 7, 2019

4 Sivan 5779

On Wednesday, students from second grade got a chance to experience what it’s like to be a third grader in Ivrit class. They were part of the routine of third grade rotations, including oral practice of new vocabulary, creative writing, and a fun game. They know what to look forward to for next year.

Second graders also finished their unit “Shiri is in Danny’s house”. Students practiced reading familiar words without vowels. They wrote beautiful essays using learned vocabulary.

Third graders worked really hard on their end of year project, writing about their favorite activities during the year. So far the winner is a jeopardy game that we play sometimes.

Students read a story about the mailbox in the classroom and wrote a letter to Tamar’s teacher asking to change their assigned seats in the class.

This week began with hearing stories, learning important facts, and seeing videos about Jerusalem.

We talked about the musical group called Kololam and how they gather over 2,000 people to sing together.

We progressed in Chumash and focused on Hebrew numbers in male and female.

We learned Rashi's script and continued learning about Shavuot.

We discussed The Aseret Hadibrot and its meanings and how important it is for us to hear them being read on Shavuot.

We heard the story of Megillat Ruth and answered questions.

What a great week we had in general studies!  We had the opportunity to plant our science projects (pea plants) in our school garden! The students were so excited to plant and then help Morah Batya plant some flower seeds and even weed a little bit! They can come to my house anytime and help me weed!!

End of year reading assessments have started and it is already great to see the improvement of everyone’s reading and comprehension.

We have finished Charlotte’s Web and will watch the movie next week.  What a great book about friendship and lifecycle. The students loved it, and I really enjoyed reading it to them and talking about Charlotte and Wilbur.

As I’ve written before, our class has LOVED our poetry unit so much that during writing workshop this week, many of them stopped working on their stories and wrote more poems.  I am in the midst of collecting their favorite ones to make a book for them (shhhhh).

Have a wonderful weekend…...

May 31, 2019

26 Iyar 5779

This week went by quickly.  In Tefillah, we learned about the need to understand that we are in prayer before Hashem and not in front of a friend.  This means we need to be respectable and concentrate during prayer.

This week is Yom Yerushalayim and we  learned about Jerusalem and the walls around it.

We are working on learning the different blessings and memorizing the before and after brachot on food.

We completed this week with our Navi party. How special it is for the third graders to be receiving their own very Sefer Navi. Mazel Tov!

In Hebrew, third graders read a story about a mailbox. There is a special box in Tamar’s class where students can put an apology letter or something nice to their classmate. Students were excited to get mail/letters from other classmates.

Students practiced writing a formal letter to Tamar’s teacher.

Students started a new project, to write a letter to their teacher. They can write what their favorite activity that they had or what they would like to add to the lessons.

Second graders read two stories: “Shiri can’t live in Danny’s house” and “Where can Shiri live”?  The second story is about Danny going to visit his grandparents. He is calling Shiri to come with him and maybe his grandparents have an idea where Shiri can live.

New words for this week: לגור, שלך, יודע, לעשות, עונה, נוסעים, אוטו, אולי, סבא, סבתא, עצובים.

Students learned to conjugate the verb נוסע in four forms and answer different questions about the story. This week we finished the unit “Shiri is in Danny’s house”.  

Although our week was short, we were able to accomplish a lot!  Our pea plants are growing like crazy--many are reaching over a foot.  Please ask your child about his/hers.

Third graders have started taking “mad minute” tests for multiplication and division.  Their progress is already fantastic!

We had a special guest come in on Wednesday and were able to make slime! The kids had a lot of fun! Shout out to Mindy Levine!!!

During Open Circle we have continued our discussions about what we, personally, can improve upon for the next few weeks.  Some students want to work on getting more work completed, some want to work on not interrupting---ask your child what s/he is trying to do.

The students are excited that they have been able to get back to their writing workshop stories. Some are continuing while others are starting new stories.  Of course, writing more poetry is always an option and many are doing that! We can’t wait for the K-5 poetry picnic on June 11.

Have a great weekend.

May 24, 2019

19 Iyar 5779

What a fun week we have had writing poems!! The students completed their “I like” poems which are displayed in the hallway ---we left off the names of the students so that you could “guess who”.  Please try to see if you can find your childs’.

This week we have had a number of students forget to do their homework.  Please remind your child to complete his/her homework each night. Feel free to also check out the poem  “My Teacher Ate My Homework” on

We now have a poetry bulletin board up in the classroom---filled with fantastic, fun poems all written by our class!  We have a talented group of poets.

Our pea plants are growing like crazy-even those whose environment is not perfect.  We wonder what will happen next week to these plants!

Third graders have worked on elapsed time and fractions in math.  Second graders have worked on time.

This week we also learned about Shirat Hayam. We read the tefillah and  tried to understand the complex words. We spoke about the mitzvah of Shemittah and how everything comes from HaShem.

We continued in chumash and are reviewing our chumash skills.

We dealt a great deal with works related to Lag BaOmer and learned what happened to the Jews in the past.

We have learned the different blessings on various kinds of food.

We learned about the Jewish calendar and the proper order of the months.

In Hebrew, second graders finished reading the story, “Morning comes”, about Shiri having a hard time getting up from bed because she is tired. I think it has happened to all of us, at least once.

Students read a new story, “Shiri can’t live in Danny’s house”.  Danny and Shiri are sad because Shiri can’t stay in his house. Students learned how to say “yours” in Hebrew both in masculine and feminine forms.

At this point when students are answering questions, it is more about demonstrating a deeper comprehension of the story, rather than to just find a direct answer in the story.

New words: לגור, שלך, יודע, לעשות, עונה.

Third graders finished reading a story about the old bell that Guy and Tamar found in the shed. Students searched for a special object in our school and wrote about it to a penpal. They described why it’s special for our school.  The top objects were the lizard and the Striar Lion in the hall.

Students reviewed question words, לאן, איפה, מאין. They practiced to come up with a question when they have an answer.

It was terrific to see/meet so many special guests today at Yom Orchim.

Reminder:  feel free to send in a water bottle to school.

Save the date:

Grade 3 Mesibat HaNavi - Friday, May 31, 8:15-9:00 (following Shabbat Ruach with R Cheses).  Come learn and celebrate with your child as they receive their first Navi!

May 17, 2019

12 Iyar 5779

This week we replanted our peas in science.  We decided which pea plants would be placed in a “stressful” environment, and which ones would be in a “non-stressful” environment.  Ask your child where his/her plant ended up!!

Math--telling time and word problems!

Poetry--we constructed “I like….and I do not like”…..poems!  It has been an interesting exercise to see each list!! The process of word choice and order have also been elements we have focused on.

In Open Circle, we continue to discuss our top issues in the class, such as tattling and interrupting.  There has also been an issue of students sharing their food. Our school policy is that there is NO sharing of food. We discuss this a lot in class.  Please feel free to emphasize this at home.

Speaking of food---your children are all growing quickly and need a lot of nutrition during the day.  We have encouraged them to talk with you about how much and what foods they would like in their lunchboxes.

In Judaic studies this week, we learned about the importance of prayer and the difference between prayers. We learned what prayers there are said during the week and Shabbat. We also learned about different  blessings, like which brochot are said on toiveling of dishes and new things.

We are continuing in Chumash and reviewing our Chumash skills.  Grade 3 received a new Lehavin and Lehaskil book.

We have begun learning about  Lag BaOmer and Bar Kokhba.

We are really enjoying our rotations and earning our mystery time.   

In Hebrew, second graders read the stories: “The night is coming”, and “The morning comes”.  We also read a joke about Llama and answered questions - ask your child to tell you the joke, it’s really funny!

New words: לילה, לישון, מיטה, שואלים, קשה, בוקר, שבע, קם קמה.

Third graders finished the story about Moshe’s beard. We learn that the verb מתרגש in Hebrew has two meaning, excited and nerves.

We started a new story about the old bell. In Tamar’s school they had a “student day” which means that the students are the teachers and principle for one day.

Tomorrow is a big day for Israel, the Eurovision- European singing competition will have the final round. We talked about it, the rules, how it works, and why we are so excited and proud to have it in Israel.

Save the date:

Grade 3 Mesibat HaNavi - Friday, May 31, 8:15-9:00 (following Shabbat Ruach with R Cheses).  Come learn and celebrate with your child as they receive their first Navi!

May 10, 2019

5 Iyar 5779

We managed to eek out some sunshine and took full advantage of it by taking our breaks outside and soaking up some vitamin D.

This week the students continued to work on our poetry unit by choosing words from a poetry word bag to add to their collection of words that they like as well as describing items on the nature table.  Although they are all eager to start “writing”, it has been an important exercise for them to think, find and choose words that “speak” to them before they begin. Our true poetry writing will begin next week.  

If you so choose, check out with your child!

In math, second graders have been working on money and pictographs  while the third graders have been focused on fractions.

We were able to take some time this week and think about our moms!  It was wonderful to see what each student thought was special about his/her mom and to make a gift for her (shhhhhh).

Our science unit on life cycles continues as we are watching our peas grow (slowly).  

I have also started Charlotte’s Web as our read aloud to help illustrate not only life cycles but friendship.

This week we started a new month and we said Halell, the festive prayer. We learned more about Hallel and the songs from it.

We learned about the special days we have - Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Memorial Day - we talked about what this day is about and wrote letters to the soldiers.

Independence Day - We prepared a large map of the Land of Israel and learned about a variety of places. The map is in the Merkaz on the window - check it out!

In Hebrew this week, 3rd graders finished writing about their Pesach break.

Our story in Chaverim B’Ivrit was about the play that Tamar and her classmates saw. Their parents prepared a surprise for the students and they produced a play about  the exodus from Egypt. When Tamar’s dad started his line, his beard fell off, and all the students were laughing except for Tamar who felt embarrassed.

We also finished our reading book about Dina’s sleep over. Students were excited to share their experience from their sleep overs.

2nd graders finished the story, “Who wants to drink?” and read new stories, “Danny drinks and Shiri drinks”, “ Shiri’s mouth not coming out”, and “It’s coming out”.

New words: מושכת, אבא, אח, אחות, תינוק, זנב, גומר, לאט, יוצא, שואל.

A huge todah rabah to Moreh Arye, Morah Hila, Noam, and Michal on an amazing Yom Haatzmaut!

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

May 3, 2019

28 Nissan 5779

Happy May!   It was great to get back to school this week and connect with your children. It sounds as if everyone enjoyed their break.We have come back to school from Pesach break happy and ready to learn.

This week we were able to get in an outdoor clean up to help celebrate the earth in between the raindrops.  

We also began our POETRY unit.  To begin our unit, the students were asked to look at books of poems, choose a poem to concentrate on and answer the following questions:

I think this poem is about ...

I think this poem means…

What makes you think that?

I noticed in the text …

Who is the speaker?

The students love the books that are in the class for this unit.  If you have a poetry book at home that your child would like to bring in to share, just make sure your name is on the book.

We also began our LifeCycle unit in science.  We explored the definition of LifeCyles and took a look at the life stages of a mallard duck.  The students were also able to plant seeds--we will collect data of the growth as part of this unit.

Math centered around money this week.  Both grades continued their work around coin recognition, making change and “shopping”.

All book orders are DUE MAY 6th---thank you

In Hebrew, 3rd grade students did so many fun things during the break. They were very excited to share it.  After some brainstorming, they also wrote about their experiences in a writing station. I can’t wait to read them all!

We are also having a conversation station where students practice their speaking skills in small groups.

Another station is reading.  Students read about Dina, a girl who is planning to go on a sleepover. Many students can relate to her story since they also have sleepovers, and can learn how to plan for it, what to take with them, and even more important - what not to take.

Meanwhile, 2nd graders also talked about Pesach break and Lel HaSeder. Esch student shared about their chag, and drew a picture of the best part of their break.

We started a new unit in the Shiri HaLama book, “Shiri in Danny’s house”. We read a story “Who wants to drink?” and answered questions about the story. New words:

שותה, עונה, כוס, רצפה, ברכה, שואלת.

Each student wrote about his favorite drink and drew it.

We also started to read the story “Danny is drinking and Shiri is drinking”.   

In Judaic studies, each student shared  three things about their Chag: 1. Something good that happened  on the Seder night, 2. Something excellent that happened on the  Seder night, 3. Something they did at the seder which they would like to do again next year ..​​

We talked about the days of the Omer. We learned the Pitgamim "Oh man, judge every man for the right" and "who did not respect one another."  We discussed the need for people to help each other and to respect each person.

We learned the order of important days - Pesach, "The Festival of Freedom", Holocaust Day,  Israel’s Memorial Day and Independence Day.

We talked a bit about the countries that participated in the Second World War and we prepared some activities for Independence Day next week.

In T’filah, we learned about Shirat Hayam, who said it, when, and how to identify.  "Shira" in a Torah scroll - the lines are written in spaces like building blocks.

We played memory games to sharpen the memory.

We explored the difference between Holocaust Remembrance Day - a memory of the Jews who died in the Holocaust, and Memorial Day for the IDF and the hostilities which we will observe next week.

April 12, 2019

7 Nissan 5779

Thank to Rabbi Cheses for coming to our class and teaching us about the Haggadah. We learned how important it is to ak questions and discuss the Haggadah.  

This week we continued working on our Haggadah. We  have had many discussions on the different topics in the Haggadah. We decorated and colored it too.

In Chumash, in the third grade, we continued  studying about the journey of Eliezer in finding a wife for Yitzchak. The second graders continued with the story of Avraham, Sara, Hagar and Yishmael.

In Hebrew, second graders read two stories. One story they started last week about the bus that is going. Going for the bus is נוסע, that is also riding. נוסע is a tricky word, in English you use like going, but in Hebrew it’s going to mean ride, not walking.

The second story is about kids coming home. They opened the door, Danny (main character) was surprised to meet Shiri. New words are: לבן, פותח, דלת, אמא, שלנו, לנו.

Third graders were introduced to past tense. There are nine forms to conjugate a verb in the past tense. We’ll practice past tense during the remaining school year and also next year. There are many different forms of conjugation - there are seven Bin’yanim but also in one bin’yan there are different groups of verbs.

This week we also read a story about Eliyahu HaNavi’ s kiddush cup.

Mazal Tov to all our third graders on their research projects! Wow, what a fantastic job they did! Thank you to those of you who were able to make the “research fair” on Tuesday morning. The students were so excited to show off their work and to explain how and why they chose their research subject.

Reading--As we continue with our non-fiction unit, both the 2nd and 3rd graders are creating booklets that they will share with the n/pk after Pesach.  They are really excited about this. Please ask your child what s/he has been researching!!

Math--second graders continue to work on measurement and third graders are learning about prime and composite numbers.

Students continue to use Lexia and iready each day--please feel free to let your child use both programs at home.  The more practice from these sites, the better for your child.

We have had many conversations in class about our school rule of NOT sharing food.  Please reinforce that with your child at home.

Good luck to all the Boston Marathon runners for Monday!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Pesach!

April 5, 2019

29 Adar 5779

This week the third graders spent a lot of time completing their research and creating their tri-fold boards to display what they have learned.  They are looking forward to sharing their information next Tuesday morning.

The second graders have been learning about timelines and have started to create their own timelines.

All students continue to learn about geometric shapes, and most have taken the challenge of writing their names using shapes.

We have continued our non-fiction unit.  Students are learning and sharing their facts with one another.  It is great to watch them share their facts. Ask your child what s/he has learned.

How many words can you make from APRIL SHOWERS? Ask your child what words s/he found!

Last but not least at all---one of our students wrote a short story about Judy Blume. I wrote to her and attached the story. She wrote back and told the class that she is “lucky to have readers like us”.  So exciting!!

Have a great first April weekend! Go Sox!! Next Tuesday is their home opener….play ball!

In Judaic studies this week we focused on learning about the month of Nissan and Chag Pesach. We began studying  the Haggadah in preparation for the Seder. We are learning about the history of the Jewish people and have been asking many questions. In Tefilah we discussed  the brachot on reading the Torah and the Shema.

In the third grade we learned the story of finding a bride for Yitzchak. This is a strange story with many questions regarding  finding a bride in a country far from home and knowing who she is and how she is seen. We did some fun and educational group games that taught listening to others and having patience for others.

In third grade we are continuing with Perek Yud Gimmel - how Avraham and Lot separate from each other as to keep peace in the family.

In Hebrew this week, second graders read two new stories. One story is about shiri and kids sitting on the bus. The new words were:

נהג, יושב, לעזור, לי, עולה, הם.

The second story was about a bus. New words from this story were: נוסע, יורדת, להתראות.

Students finished their classroom projects and made Llamas out of paper plates.

Third graders started Chaverim B’Ivrit 5. This book is a collection of different small stories. We will focus on past tense. The first story is about a Kiddush cup. In one family there is a tradition to pass a special kiddush cup from father to son when the son reaches Bar Mitzvah age. However, in our story, there was a surprise for the boy….

This week students completed their albums about their favorite chuggim. Most of the students prepared  a”go fish” game with verbs in different forms.

March 29, 2019

22 Adar 5779

Well, March did come in like a lion and is going out like a lamb!  

Our third graders are working hard on their research projects.  We will secure a date soon for a parent viewing of their hard work---stay tuned!

We continue to work on our nonfiction unit.  The students all seem to gravitate to the “Who Would Win” series.  Its is a fantastic book series and the class loves it!

Geometry is our math unit as we continue to work with shapes and angles!!  The students even did an art project using shapes to spell out their names.

Please remember that the students get general studies homework every Monday and Wednesday.  

Thank you to those of you who donated to the class auction! It was a huge success!!

This week in Judaic studies, we began to learn about Pesach and the Haggadah. What laws are there? We discussed what the word Pesach means to us and what questions we have about the chag.

We began to prepare all kinds of surprises for Pesach!

We learned about kosher and unclean animals and their symbols.

We learned about the parts of the prayer: I confess, the blessing of the Torah and the blessing of Asher Yatzar.  We learned about food dishes and their blessings.

This week second graders read story about Shiri that is afraid to get on the bus.

Students also discussed how they get home from school.  They also created Shiri HaLama out of paper plates to add it to their classroom project.

Third graders finished their Chaverim B’Ivrit 4 workbook. We reviewed the verbs we learned and how to conjugate them correctly.

Students compared their school routines and traditions to Israeli traditions.

March 22, 2019

15 Adar 5779

Happy Spring!!  The Iditarod for 2019 has been completed:  all of the mushers are in to Nome! The last musher to arrive was rookie Victoria Hardwick.  This means she gets the Red Lantern Award (ask your child if s/he remembers what that award is for!).  Musher reports from the students have been completed and it is wonderful to see how much they have learned about the people who take on this amazing adventure.

We have launched into our nonfiction unit for language arts. As part of this unit, the third graders have each chosen an area of interest to research, study and report.  Please help your child select any resources at your public library to bring into school and use to assist them in the fact finding piece of this project.

Students have all been working hard on understanding and using adverbs in their writing.

Math continues to focus on geometry and graphing.  The students love taking surveys and then making their own graphs to show the information.

We do have another “store” coming up next week--if there is anything you would like to donate (maybe you are spring cleaning!!), please do!!

This week we had so much fun in Hebrew class as students were helping in preparations for the Purim Carnival.

Third graders read a new story. The story is about king and his three daughters. The king was very sad and the girls asked him why he is sad? He said because they don’t love him. The girls explained to him that they love him as much as gold and the second daughter loves him as much as she loves silver. When it was the third daughter turn, she said she loves him as much as salt. The king got angry and asked the third daughter to leave the palace. Ask your child what happened next with the third daughter, Gingin.

Our second graders were excited to start the second part of the Shiri HaLama . They read the first story, “Students Going Home”. They learned the verb הולך and how to conjugate it in the sentence. Students finished their bingo and brought it home so they can play it with friends or family.

This week we continued learning about the Purim story from the Megillah. We took notes on important facts and information. We enjoyed reading  the story from the text itself.

We learned the laws of Purim and  how they relate to us and why they are important.

We prepared our own scroll with notes and illustrations.

We saw a video about the life of Queen Esther.

We prepared challahs for mitzvah of matanot levyonim - gifts for the poor.

We prepared Hamantashen for sending mishloach manot to the police and the fire department.

March 15, 2019

8 Adar 5779

Happy Spring-ish!  We have had a great week watching the sun stay out longer, seeing the snow melting and observing some birds coming back to our trees!    In Alaska the temperatures are still winter-ish! On Wednesday  Bethel musher Peter Kaiser  won the 2019 Iditarod making him the first Yup'ik Iditarod champion.  Kaiser arrived in Nome at 3:39 a.m., minutes ahead of defending champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom, who made a late surge, but ultimately took second place.  The students have loved checking in each day on the race standings. The third graders have been working on their musher reports in school and are welcome to continue their research at home.  

Geometry and lines, points, line segments have been the topics in math this week.  Second graders have also continued their work in graphing.

The third graders will be starting a research project.  They have each chosen a subject they want to learn more about---if you are able to take your child to the public library and check out some books so that s/he can use them in class, that would be very helpful!

In Hebrew, second graders finished their first Shiri HaLama book. They are still working on their project of building a classroom for Shiri. They were reviewing learned words and made a bingo game to take home.  They also interviewed each other about their favorite story from the book, favorite character, and how many new words they learned. They read a story about Shiri with no vowels. I’m so proud of them - they worked so hard and learned so much!

Third graders read two new stories this week. One story was about the exhibition of photography in Tamar’s school. We had a conversation about different kinds of exhibitions in schools and museums. I told about my personal experience when I recently visited the Isabella Gardner Museum.  In addition to the beautiful paintings, there are also a collection of chairs and tiles that Isabella brought from France and of course her famous indoor garden.

The second story was about a basketball game.

Students started to work on their own album of their favorite chuggim (after school activities).

In Jewish Studies this week, we continued to work on the megillah.

We learned about 4 mems:  Megillah, Mishteh- feast, Mishloach Manot and Matanot Lievyonim- gifts for the poor.

We learned about the blessings that are said before and after the Megillah reading.

In Chumash, the third grade continued the story of akeidat Yitzchak and grade two continued with Parshat Lech Lecha.

To help bring joy and happiness into our classroom we are working on all sorts of surprises for Purim ....A Purim booklet, a Purim puppet show, baking hamantashen and putting together mishloach manot for the Police and Fire department and The Council on Aging in Sharon.  We want to show our gratitude and appreciation for their protection and help for our town. We are even creating a Lego Shushan land. We are a very creative class!!

Please remember with the melting snow, the students get a bit wet outside.  They do need to have a pair of dry shoes to put on after recess.

March 8, 2019

1 Adar 5779

Wow, March has come in like a lion! The students are loving playing outside during recess--please make sure your child has boots for outside as well as other footwear for the classroom.  Although it is wet outside, it can’t compare to the Iditarod which began last weekend in Alaska.  Please have a look at with your child!  All third graders and many second graders have chosen a musher to watch and/or research.  

If you haven’t already done so, please ask your child about his/her adapted fairy tale.  The class has worked so hard on this unit. The students have worked on topic choices, creating a story arc, creating leads and endings, elaborating on details and revising.

Third graders have been encouraged to practice their multiplication facts at home.  There are numerous interactive websites that they can use if that works for you at home.

Second graders are working on tallying, graphing and reading picture-graphs.

In Open Circle we discussed “the golden rule” and how we can practice this rule in our class.

In Judaic studies this week, we discussed the concept that there is a prayer for everything.  We wrote our goals for today and how we intend to make this happen.

Many of our requests are our responsibility.

We learned about the Rosh Chodesh prayer - Yala and Yavo.  Ask your child the significance of saying this prayer on Rosh Chodesh.

In  Chumash we learned about Abraham's journey to Mount Moriah. It was a difficult journey and we discussed our thoughts.  The students have been working hard at translating and understanding the pesukim. They have been asking thoughtful questions on what is bothering them from the text.  They have even asked Rashi’s question on the text. Yasher Koach.

We began to discuss the binding of Isaac and the need to believe in Hashem. Abraham got up early, dressed himself and saddled  his donkey and set off.

We learned about the size of Achashverosh kingdom according to the map of that time and compared a current map of the area to a map during the time of the Purim story.

The Rosh Chodesh party was special!

Ask your child to share their Purim picture riddles!

In Hebrew, the 2nd graders were excited to share their adventures from the snow day.  They learned new words like snow pile, to sled, to bake, to plow snow.

Students worked on composing full sentences using words that they learned during the year. They are having great time working on their projects and building a classroom for Shiri. They practice using learned words in daily conversation.

3rd graders shared what they were doing on a snow day and we finally got a good amount of snow so kids can enjoy playing in it!

We read a new story about Noa who dances Israeli folk dancing in school once a week.  Tamar wants to participate in this special class next year. In Tamar’s school, students can only choose 2 chuggim per  a year.

This week we have Hebrew week at Shas.   Michal and Noam brought in fun activities, like the whole class magnetic bananagrams game that we played on the board. Students loved to play it!

March 1, 2019

24 Adar 5779

Happy March!

This week in Judaic studies, the second graders learned about Avraham’s journey to Canaan, the journey down to Mitzrayim, and the story of Sara being taken by Paroh.

In the third grade, we learned about the birth of Yitzchak and his journey with his father Abraham to Mount Moriah for akeidat Yitzchak.

We learned about the calendar and which holiday is in each month. We learned about the following months of the year: Tishrei, Cheshvan, Kislev and Tevet.

We talked about the spacecraft that Israel sent to the moon and we saw a video.

We learned about this week's parsha - Parshat Vayekhel-  the mitzvah of the gathering of the Jewish nation.

We found that this Sabbath we brings out two Torah scrolls because of a special parsha, Parshat Shekalim.

In Hebrew class, second graders read a story called “Three O’clock”. The story is about the end of the school day and everyone is going home. The students realized that Shiri doesn’t have a home, so where she is going after school? Students learned new question words (where, what, and why) in order to answer all the questions about Shiri. It was the last story in our Shiri HaLama book and now students are working on reviewing the material we have learned.

We started a new project through which the students are creating a 3D classroom with Shiri, complete with students and furniture. They are very excited to express their own vision of the classroom.

Third graders started the week with reviewing adjectives and what is the place for an adjective in a sentence and how to conjugate them. We read a new story where Tamar bakes a cake.  Ask your child what funny mistake Tamar did while baking the cake. The story is about Tamar’s school - they have a special class every Tuesday where they can choose two options out of many (sounds familiar?!). Tamar chose cooking and drama. We had a conversation in class about the difference between cooking and baking. For us it’s so obvious, although for kids it can be confusing.

Students created their own list of the special classes (at SHAS we call it chuggim) that they would offer if they were school administrators.  We often get our best ideas from kids!

Our adapted Fairy Tales are coming together for the students.  They all have enjoyed writing their stories, adding dialogue and working on how the characters feel.  It is a huge task to move in writing from “reporting” to “ story telling”, but the third graders are working hard at this.  The second graders have had an opportunity to also write a fairy tale if they want, and many have enjoyed working with a friend.

Our next big event to research is the Iditarod which officially begins on March 2nd( The website offers live videos of the race.  Many of your children will want to tune in when possible. The National Education Association also has a terrific video called “Toughest Race on Earth Iditarod” which was made a number of years ago but you might enjoy it!   All of the students will learn about how this event started, why this event started, when it begins, where it takes place and who is involved with this event. Each student will also learn about the mushers and their dogs. The third graders will research a musher and give us a report.  This is optional for the second graders but I have a feeling many of them will want to do this also!

As always, please remember that your children are growing, so make sure they have enough food for the day and are getting a good night sleep at home!!

February 15, 2019

10 Adar 5779

This week Rabbi Cheses visited our class and  presented a lesson with stories and discussion on the importance of refraining from speaking lashon horah. The students were attentive and enjoyed the lesson. Thank you, Rabbi Cheses, for learning with us!

This week we focused on Tefillah and discussed:  why we pray, to whom do we pray, when do we pray, and what is prayer?  The students completed a Tefillah web which reflected their own feelings and knowledge about prayer.  We heard the story, “Of the golden ring.” It led to a discussion about the importance of recognizing how special each of us are and not needing   compliments and affirmation from others. We are trying to build self confidence through stories and experiences. We enjoyed working in our rotations. In Chumash we are progressing nicely.  In Yediot klolios we learned the Mishnah: "On three things the world stands." In Tanach. we learned the structure of the Bible (Torah, written prophets) and memorized the order of the parshiot.

In Parshat Shavua we continued with the construction of the Mishkan and how important it is to make a dwelling place for Hashem in this world.

In Hebrew, second graders read a story Shiri wants to play “Shimon Amar”, new words were:

משחקת, עומדים, גם, עומדת, לשבת, יושבים.

Students practiced matching the correct form of the verb in the sentence, which depends on the person.

Students started a new story, Shiri is happy. The new words:

שמח, פה, שם, נופל, נופלים.

Students conjugated the verb שמחה in their sentences. They matched body parts to its image.

Third graders read a new story about Dan playing basketball.  We discussed his dilemma - on the one hand, he wants to play basketball, bu on the other, he needs to play violin for three hours a day. We thought how we can help him to make it work. Students also shared their own dilemmas, like when they want to watch tv and read a book.

We have been also working on stories about our families. Students wrote beautiful stories!  Please check them out on our bulletin board in the hall.

In general studies this week the students began brainstorming ideas for their “adapted fairy tales”.  They are working on and sharing their ideas for characters, character traits, problems and resolutions.  Some students are working independently and others are working with a partner. Please ask your child what fairy tale s/he is going to mirror.

Students got reacquainted with compound words. We learned about why we celebrate Presidents Day.

We had a great time celebrating the 100th day of school! Ask your child what s/he enjoyed the most!

We have a new addition to the classroom.  Our black board has been replaced by a beautiful white board!! Shout out to Mario and Jon Marcus for helping our classroom with this much needed update!

Quick reminder for when we get back from break:  if the weather is wet/snowy, please make sure your child has boots as well as a pair of shoes/sneakers (it makes for a long, not so happy day when your childs’ feet are wet).  Also, please make sure when packing lunches that your child has all the utensils s/he needs.

Have a great week next week!

February 8, 2019

3 Adar 5779

This week in 2nd and 3rd grade, we started our Adapted Fairy Tale unit.  We began by reading the original version of “Little Red Riding Hood”. We spent a lot of time discussing fairy tale elements (once upon a time, magic, things happen in 3 or 7, there is a lesson that is learned, and characters live happily ever after).  We will continue with this as we discuss the thoughts, actions and dialogue of the characters. The class also has numerous “adapted” fairy tales in the room that the students are reading. We are beginning the discussion of what was changed in the adapted version and how that changes the whole story.

We had the k-1 students come in and listen to our “small moment” stories or biography information.  It was so fun to have an audience and for our 2-3 students to practice their reading aloud skills.

Open Circle continues to center around problem solving strategies.  The students had to reflect upon a problem and then decide on a positive goal, think of several solutions, evaluate them and make a plan and try it.

This week we celebrated Rosh Chodesh Adar. We all enjoyed playing our Adar bingo game at Rosh Chodesh lunch.

In Chumash, we learned about the connection between Avraham and HaShem. Abraham circumcised Yitzchak and fulfilled the commandment of HaShem.

We learned about smichut, which are possessive nouns. What this is and how it is expressed, such as: my book,  ספר שלי- ספרי.

We spoke about the sanctity of prayer and the need to respect the various parts of prayer.  What would we see if we observed ourselves during prayer and how would we assess our Tefilah?  We reviewed the different parts of a word. The roots, prefix and suffixes-shoroshim, techiliot and sofiot.

Parashat HaShavua tells about the Mishkan. What is a Mishkan? What should it be built from? What were the donations? What is a macahtzit hashekel?

In Hebrew this week, 2nd grade students read a story “Shiri doesn’t want to play”. She doesn’t want to play because she doesn’t have hands! New words for this week: יכולה, אוהבים, יש לך. Students learned to identify the gender of the word and are able to match the correct conjugation to nouns that they learned before.

The third graders read a story about Tamar’s performance. Tamar was playing the flute in front of the audience and she was very  excited.

This past week, on Bet B’Adar in Israel, is a day for celebrating family. In 1960-1970, it was decided to celebrate mother’s day once a year on Lamed B’Shvat (the day Henrietta Szold was born). She was  a U.S. Jewish Zionist leader and founder of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. In 1942, she co-founded Ihud, a political party in Mandatory Palestine dedicated to a binational solution. However, around 1980, it was decided to change mother’s day to a family day, to emphasize the essential of family and not only mother.

In Israeli schools this day is widely celebrated, parents are invited to schools to participate in projects with their children.  The tradition is for kids prepare presents for their parents. We also wanted to emphasize this day by introducing our families to each other. Students wrote about their family, siblings, what they like to do and what their family likes to do together. It will be posted on the bulletin board in the hall, please take a look.

February 1, 2019

26 Shevat 5779

Happy February---we are all looking forward to seeing you tonight at our Shabbaton!  The students have been working very hard preparing for this evening. We hope you enjoy the Oneg Shabbat at 7:00.

This week, the students completed their biography reports.  They will have time next week to share information with one another about their “person”.  They all did a wonderful job reading, researching and writing their reports!

Most students also completed their “small moment” story. Many still need to write their final draft or type it on the computer, but the information is all there.  This assignment has been very challenging for the students, but they really worked well together and with their teachers to complete this narrative.

All third graders continue to work on simple multiplication.  Most second graders are working on regrouping.

This week in Open Circle, we continue to work on the six steps of problem solving.  We talked about deciding on a positive goal (the goal must be safe and considerate of others).   At home, you might want to check out the following books from the library to help talk about problem solving:  Keep Your Ear on the Ball by Genevieve Petrillo, and Duck!Rabbit! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

We continued with magnets for our science work.  This week the students were able to observe and test how a magnet can attract a paper clip without touching it, establishing that the force of a magnet works through the air.  They also enjoyed testing the pulling force of a magnet through an increasing number of index cards placed between the magnet and a paper clip.

We also had time to make some bird feeders for our friends who fly right outside our classroom.

This week in Jewish Studies we learned about the mitzvot of Parshat Mishpatim. There are so many Mitzvot in this Parsha.  Charity, redemption of captives, slave laws and more.
We have learned the Shema Yisrael blessing is recited many times.
In Chumash we learned many new roots. We learned the verse "Lech Lecha, go for yourself.”.
The students worked hard on preparations for the sabbaton. They wrote wonderful Dvar Torahs for Shabbat. The students also prepared challah for Shabbat. We discussed the mitzvah of Hasfrashat challah. We are always expressing our gratitude to HaShem for all his kindness to us.

In Hebrew, second graders started a new unit in their Shiri HaLama book called, “Shimon Amar”. This week they read the story, “Shiri Wants to Play”. New words that they learned: נופלת, ידיים, לשחק, ארבע , ראש.

Students also practiced matching numbers with words, for instance: חמש-5.

In Hebrew this week, third graders read a story about Tamar’s music class. Tamar is learning to play the recorder. The moral of the story is you have to try and that teachers aren’t mad when  students make mistakes - that’s how we learn, by trying and making mistakes.

Students learned new verbs from biniyan Hitpael: להתקשר, להצטער, להתרגז, להתפלל.

We  reinforce the use of these words by writing sentences using different conjugation.

Let’s hope Punxsutawney Phil, predicts an early spring!!  Happy Groundhog day (tomorrow).

January 25, 2019

19 Shevat 5779

This week week the students continued working on writing their biography reports.  They are using both library books as well as information from websites. They are learning so much and will share their information with their classmates in the next couple of weeks.

We started learning about magnets and magnetic fields in science.  The students enjoyed predicting and then testing items to see if they would be attracted to or repelled from magnets.

We also read about Martin Luther King Jr. and his peaceful protests and dreams.

In Writing, the students continue working on their “small moments”.  They are doing a fantastic job expanding on their “moment’ even when they think they are done!

If your child is interested in ordering books from Scholastic News, the completed form (which went home last Friday) and check are due on the 31st---thank you.

In Judaic Studies, we continued working on the shabbaton to make it the best Shabbaton ever!! The students are getting so excited.

The second graders are continuing with  Parshat Lech Lecha and learning the exciting story of Avraham and Sara.

Kitah Gimmel received their new Lehavin and Lhaskil books for Parshat Veyeira. They are so motivated  to start their books. They just completed the story of Akeidat Yitzchak.

This week there were two educational and fun programs for our school. The fifth graders prepared and ran the Eco fair where we did hands on activities associated with the environment

We learned how to recycle paper with seeds,  cut glass and looked for worms. There were many more fun activities - ask your child what he/she enjoyed and learned.

We enjoyed the Tu Bshvat  program prepared by the Bnot. We bought fruits with our shekalim and created edible fruit flowers. We were so creative. We decorated a tree with blessings for Israel, made projects and sampled juice from Israel. Delicious.

We continued with Parshat Hashavua, Parshat Yitro, and learned about the Aseret Hadibrot  and reflected on them and discussed their meaning and importance.

In Hebrew, second graders finished their unit about Shiri and the pencil. They wrote beautiful  sentences utilizing learned vocabulary. They played a variety of games to reinforce their vocabulary. By the end of this unit they read a short story about Shiri without vowels.

Third graders read a Hebrew story about Tamar’s swimming practice. They read about Tamar’s swim instructor that gets angry when Tamar arrives late to the practice. We discussed what are the things that make them happy and what are the things that make them angry.  Students also learning to differentiate between כאשר and מתי, in English it’s the same “when”. However, in Hebrew it depends if there is a question when, or it’s in the middle of the sentence. The funny thing is that in modern Hebrew we barely use כאשר, the slang that we use it’s a short version of כאשר is כש.  The word כאשר came from Tanach.

We are looking forward to our grades 2-5 Shabbaton next Friday night, February 1.  Students should arrive at 4:40 to light candles and then we will enjoy Tefliot, dinner, games, and more!  Families are invited to an Oneg Shabbat at 7:00.

Shabbat shalom

January 18, 2019

12 Sevat 5779

In Open Circle this week, we began a multi-lesson unit on problem solving.  In the coming weeks we will be learning to use a six-step process for solving people problems.  We will be using the problem solving steps of RED (stop, calm down and identify the problem), YELLOW (decide on a positive goal, think of solutions, evaluate solutions) and GREEN (go make a plan and try it).

The students are working very hard at writing a “small moment”.  What is a “small moment”? Think of a watermelon as a big idea and a watermelon seed as a small moment. It is a very challenging exercise and the students are really showing some “grit” as they move through this learning process.   Feel free to ask your child what s/he chose to write about.

The class, as a whole, continues to work on extending their time on learning, staying focused and completing assignments.  This area of maturity can be challenging but we are spending time talking about the best way each student can learn, and supporting everyone in our class environment.

Thank you to those of you who have brought in items for our auction---all items are appreciated.

Our 3rd graders have finally finished their Chaverim B’Ivrit 3. All students got certifications of completing their workbook successfully.

After a small celebration they started Chaverim B’Ivrit 4. This workbook theme is after school activities. Students were happy to discuss their own after school activities and make predictions about Tamar’s activities. Students also made a connection to the word chuggim. As you know, every Tuesday all students participate in a particular chugg. In Israel, the word “chuggim” means after school activities, like swimming, gymnastics, sport etc. Students started with new grammar concept, that doesn’t exist in English: it’s conjugation of pronouns: אותי, אותךָ, אותךְ, אותו, אותה. They practiced the use of verbs like: מסביר, מקשיב, מזמין, מרגיש, מתחיל .

Meanwhile, 2nd graders finished the story  “Shiri is a student in the class”. They practiced words like :על-יד, יושבת, עוזר, קוראת ,תלמיד, מים.

They emphasized the use of the words by playing memory games, “go fish” game, completing missing words in sentences.  The new concept for them was to match the verb in feminine or masculine by the noun or person in the sentence. They learned to identify the gender of the noun or by the personal name.

Some highlights from Judaic studies this week include:

Studying Rashi

Tu B’Shevat - We learned the story "Ilan Ilan what shall I bless you"?

Each student prepared a wish tree displayed in the corridor

Learning about the importance of Shmone Esre and standing straight without turning around or talking to others

Studying Gematria

2nd graders spoke about Avraham in Lech Lecha

Where is he going?  Why did he go? Who did he go with?  Who told him to go?

3rd graders focused on the birth of Ammon and Moab

Shabbaton preparation - Save the date for Friday night February 1

Students prepared decorations and some divrei Torah

Parents are invited to an Oneg at 7:00 (more details to follow!)

January 11, 2019

5 Shevat 5779

We had a great week of learning!  The students are working hard reading as many biographies as they can.  It is great listening to them talk about the character traits that these men and women have (inquisitive, intelligent, humble just to name a few).

The students also designed, created and shared their bridges in science as part of our engineering course.  Many of them had to revise their original plans, and many of them decided to join together to share their ideas. They all enjoyed “testing” their bridges to see how many cars they could hold.

Third graders are working on measurement and multiplication and second graders are working on measurement and regrouping in math.

Third graders finished their Chaverim B’Ivrit 3, congratulations!

In order to have a meaningful closure of the book, students answered questions related to different events from the book. Each Chaverim B’Ivrit book has vocabulary words in the beginning of the book. After we finish each book, I conducted a spelling quiz to check which words students retain and which we need to work on.  Students can’t wait to start a new book!

2nd graders this week students read story “What Shiri is doing?” New words were:

עצובה, עושה, נייר, תודה, בבקשה, איך?

In their working book, students matched given sentences to images. Students learned the difference between “sad” in feminine and masculine forms. Students also learned the verbs “give” and “help” in both forms.

On Rosh Chodesh Shevat, we said Hallel, danced, and had fun celebrating a month of trees and growth.

This week we discussed the  structure of the Chumash and practiced finding verses and understanding how the chumash is built with chapters and verses.

3rd graders learned the blessing that Abraham received from G-d, that he would have many offspring.  Avraham also debated with Hashem about whether or not to destroy Sedom and Amorah. We explored - Why were there no tzadikim there?  Does this actual exist in the world?

2nd graders jumped into parshat Lech Lecha and learned about the relationship between Avram and Sarai and where they moved and traveled.

The class dealt with different language skills. We searched for words by alphabet.

In this week's parsha, we learned about Parashat Bo- The three last plagues that fell on Pharaoh.

Reminder: each day the students have a snack break in the morning as well as the afternoon.  Most of the students are very hungry by the afternoon and have already eaten everything in their lunchbox. Please talk with your child about how much food and what kinds of food s/he would like to have during the day.

December 21, 2018

13 Tevet 5779

In Jewish Studies this week we discussed the Jewish calendar. We learned what fasting is, why we fast, and which fasts we observe.

What is special about the fast of the tenth day of Tevet?  This is also known as “the day of the universal Kaddish” - a memorial day for the Holocaust victims.  This creates a general memorial day for all people.

We thought about what fasting means to us, and we wrote all kinds of things, for example: hard, food, breaking meal, eating after the fast (pizza was a top request!), prayers, and much more ...

We learned about various additions to prayer, such as "Avinu Malkeinu".

In Chumash we focused on finding a root for special verbs, such as: I will drive.

We learned this week's parsha about the blessings of the tribes and the special blessing each tribe received.  We explored what was special about them and the phrase "The angel who redeems me."

In Hebrew the students worked on presentations about their chuggim. Each of the students drew and wrote a description of their chug and then presented it to the whole class.

This week 3rd graders were still working on a story about Mr. Cohen, the old man who lived alone.  He didn’t like kids because they were too loud. Then he got sick, and those kids came to visit him and made him feel better. The moral of the story is to give respect to senior citizens and care about them, especially whom live alone.  Students were working on last finishes of their class field trip. They can’t wait to show you their final product.

Second graders worked in their Shira HaLama books and read a new story, “Where is the pencil?”

New words are: בא, טוב, אוכלת, צריכה.

This week the students started their bridge building.  They were very excited as the saw their plans going from paper to the actual building.

They had fun also making bird feeders out of Cheerios and bendable wire.  They know how important it is to make sure the birds have food!

The third graders have begun multiplication.  Many of them already knew the concept and were excited to get started on this next subject.  

Enjoy the winter break.

Feel free to have your child work on iready or Lexia over the break.

December 14, 2018

6 Tevet 5779

In Hebrew this week, students officially welcomed the winter by writing what they like about the season on beautiful snowmen that will be posted on our bulletin board in the hall.

Second graders started to work on new unit “Dani and a pencil”.  Our new words for the week were: above, under, help, command, take, and give.

Third graders finished their album about the class field trip. We worked on fixing grammar mistakes in given sentences. We finished reading the story about Mr. Cohen and what happened to him.  We continue to work on reading skills by reading a small book every week.

This week in General Studies the students had their 2nd auction! It was fun to see them “outbid” one another for the highly popular items.  Please feel free to donate to our next auction (we have one every 30 days).

This week the students continued their math work, as well as iready.  The students are also spending time using flashcards and math games.

We spent some time this week writing about a “small moment” in their life. We defined  “going on vacation” is a big topic, “going to the beach” is a smaller topic, and that “building a sand castle” is a small moment.  They had to describe their small moment with as much description as possible. We will continue with this type of writing exercise.

The class this week in Open Circle completed a reflection sheet.  The sheets went home earlier this week so hopefully you were able to have a conversation about which area your child feels s/he needs to strengthen.

Our Readers Workshop genre now is biographies.  Please ask your child what biography s/he is reading.

Lastly, the children spent a great deal of time preparing for their performance in celebration of the 2nd graders receiving their Chumashim!  All the kids did such an amazing job and we are so excited to jump into Torah learning.

Mazal Tov!

Have a wonderful weekend.

December 7, 2018

29 Kiselv 5779

We hope you have all enjoyed your week of Hannukah.  The students have been excited to talk about their favorite foods with each other as well as how they are celebrating the holiday.

We have had a fun week working on Hannukah math, as well as Hannukah word searches, word scrambles and stories.  They really had fun “finding” 3, 4 and 5 letter words from the letters in “I love snow”.

We completed our “character study” in Readers Workshop and have started our biography unit. The students have all collected 5-8 biographies for their book bags-ask your child which biographies s/he chose.  

We are continuing our reading about building bridges and looking at all the different types of structures. Feel free to look and find pictures of bridges for your child to bring in to school (extra credit!).

In Open Circle, we had excellent discussions about being a bystander (a person who observes a situation and does not speak up or take action) and being an ally (a person who speaks up or takes action to help someone). I would encourage you to talk with your child also about these definitions.

In Hebrew 2nd grade students finished the second unit in the Shiri HaLama book, “Danny is scared”.  They did a review of learned vocabulary and played different games with these words.

3rd graders worked on their album about a class field trip, reviewed orally vocabulary words, and also practiced their reading. Our text this week is about Mr Cohen who lived alone. Every day he was sitting outside when kids came back from school. One day they came and he wasn’t there. Ask your child what happened to Mr. Cohen.

In Judaic studies, we learned all about  Chanukah and practiced for our Chanukah play.  We also discussed what is a “נס” (miracle)? Ask your child what they beleive constitutes a miracle.

We are so excited and are preparing for our Mesibat HaChumash. We are making posters and working on our chumash play. We cannot wait to see you at our performance next Friday, December 14 at 8:00.

November 30, 2018

22 Kislev 5779

Happy last week of November! Thank you for meeting with us last week for parent/teacher conferences.  It was great being able to connect with you!

We had another busy week of learning.  

The students are finishing up their fiction books in Reading Workshop.  They also have completed their paper bag book report or paper bag puppet!  They are starting to share these with their peers as well as making book recommendations to one another.

In science we started our engineering unit.  We started by defining technology and the students were presented with a mystery bag and had to decide what items were evidence of technology (any item that has been designed or modified to be useful to some person or group of people). The students were surprised to see everyday objects in the bags (scissors, sponge, eraser, paper clip).  Ask your child what s/he picked from the bag and if it was evidence of technology. Most of the students have never thought about the objects they use as technology. It is a terrific conversation to have with your child at home.

In Open Circle we talked a lot about teasing (the definition, what does it feel like to tease, what does it feel like to be teased) and read a great story called Spaghetti in Hot Dog Bun---please ask your child what the story was about and what s/he learned.  Each student also wrote in their journal about either a time when s/he was teased or when s/he teased someone and how it felt.

The students are still working hard on our Plymouth Puzzle but we have finished our Plymouth work --your child will be bringing all of that home today.

In Hebrew this week, the 2nd grade students continued to read about Shiri HaLama’s adventures.  This week their new vocabulary words were: עוזרת, תחת, על-יד, אבל, טובה, קטן .

Meanwhile, the 3rd graders read a story about the end of Tamar’s field trip. They practiced 3 verbs that expressed feelings: רואה, שומע, מריח . They came up with creative sentences using these verbs and given nouns. Students are creating an album about their own class field trip using photos from the trip.

Please note: Judaic studies highlights will continue next week.

Reminder for 2nd grade families:

Save the date for Mesibat haChumash on December 14 at 8:00!


November 16, 2018

8 Kislev 5779

We had a great week of learning.  The second and third graders have had fun working on Thanksgiving work:  word searches, reading comprehension questions, grocery store math, deciphering codes, and more.

During reading workshop, the students have been introduced to paper bag book reports/paper bag puppets.  Each student will need to choose on of his/her books from his/her book bag and in class will complete a paper bag book report or a puppet. Please ask your child what s/he wants to do.

The second graders were introduced to Dino Math--and have had fun playing.  Both grades are enjoying Word on the Street and Big Boggle.

Please also ask your child about Open Circle---we have Open Circle twice a week for 15 minutes and as you already know, cover many topics.  Our next topic is “destructive behavior”.

Students continue to work on creating complete, interesting sentences.  They also have had time most days to work on Lexia or iready. The second graders are starting to become more proficient in logging onto their accounts and getting right to work!

Reminder that book orders are due by November 20th (completed form and check).

In Hebrew this week, 3rd grade students read a story about Avraham and Sara when they had to host guests in their tent. Students listened to the song that helped them to understand the story.

Students practiced independent work on the new story. The story is about a special place in Israel called Nachal Alexander. It’s a river in the center of Eretz Israel, close to Netaniya. There is a bridge above the river called Turtles Bridge because you can see soft turtles that live in the river from it. The turtles are 1 meter in length and about 50 kg weight. There are many hiking trails around this river.

2nd graders started a new story about Shiri HaLama that comes to the class, and Danny  is scared of her. Danny is a new character that will accompany throughout our book.

A big thank you to Marcus family for hosting Shiri at their home for the long weekend and fixing her saddle. We can’t wait to see who is going to host her this weekend.

This week's parsha is Parshat Vayetze.  We explored the story of Yaakov's dream and examined what we know and what we feel and how this is connected to what was happening for Yaakov.

We also learned this week about  יחיד ורבים הלכה כרבים. We have learned the importance of hearing everyone and making a decision that fits most.

In Chumash, 2nd graders finished their first Hachana L’Chumash book (Yashar Koach!) and will be continuing next week with examining roots and words.  Meanwhile, the 3rd graders are continuing to move forward and understand more. One of the obstacles we faced this week was that the words of the Torah do not always fit with our common sense.  However, how can we still make sense of what is written and apply it to how we live our lives today?

We are looking forward to seeing you next week at parent/teacher conferences.

Save the date: Mesibat HaChumash for our second graders is on Friday, December 14, at 8:15am


November 9, 2018

1 Kiselv 5779

We had a fantastic trip to Plymouth Plantation this week.  The students took their knowledge from their work in class and really appreciated the hands-on exhibit in Plymouth.  Here are just a few of the observations that were made: “The winter wetu had many types of animal fur”. “A canoe was made from a tree in 5 days”.  “You can catch a skunk”. “Wampanoag children did not have chores”. Some of the questions you can ask your child are: what types of vegetables/herbs did you see? Did you see a musket?  Why was a llama in the barn? Describe a game that the children played in the 1620’s.

It was terrific that the rain held out, and although it was a busy time of year to go, we were able to get to all the exhibits.

Thank you to Emunah Homa, Lytal Kaufman-Grob, and Sarah Cheses for driving.

Open Circle this week had us focusing on “speaking up” (look at the person, speak slowly and clearly, express ideas in a respectful way), and “expressing angry feelings”.  At home you can talk to your child about expressing angry feelings. Maybe share with your child situations that make you angry and ways you express anger. Encourage your child to always use words that are not hurtful, rather than actions to express his/her anger.  The following books relate to the topics we discussed: The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater and Roberto Walks Home by Janice Harrington.

Please remember that the students have homework from general studies every Monday and Wednesday. Many students are either forgetting to complete their homework or forgetting to bring it back to school.  If you could help remind your child, it would be appreciated.

In Hebrew this week, third graders read a story about Tamar and her friend going on a picnic with the class. One girl forgot her lunchbox, and Tamar shared her food. The kids in the story played games about people from Torah. Our students practiced by making riddles about people from Torah and also solved someone else’s riddle. Students completed sentences with different conjugation of the verbs. We talked about adjectives and matched them to nouns.

The 2nd graders have a new addition to our class. Her name is Shiri and she is a llama. Students were very excited to have her, since we don’t feel comfortable to leave her at school for a long weekend, she might go home with one of the second graders. Few more details about Shiri, she speaks only Hebrew and she is vegetarian.

We read a story about Shiri and how the class was surprised to see her. We talked about the difference between Lama (why?) and Llama (as an animal). Just like in English, there are words in Hebrew that are written from the same letters and sound the same but have a different meaning.

During T’filah, we continued to learn about more parts of the Siddur, focusing on prayer 18, the need to ask and speak with Hashem.

On Rosh Chodesh Kislev, we all prayed together with singing and dancing. Rabbi Cheses honored us and explained to us the month of Kislev and the Hallel prayer.  We learned about the importance of respect and respect for friends.

We explored deeper Hebrew skills when studying a Chumash text. We tried to identify and dismantle all kinds of words so that we could pull out the root and understand the word.

This skill does not come easy, especially when it comes to reading from the Chumash.  We learned that there are some words that are not usually spoken, but that we only find in the Torah

This Shabbat we will be reading Parshat Toldot.  We talked about the relationship between Rebecca and Jacob. About the task that was white to bring food to Yitzhak. About the difficulty that Isaac had in identifying Jacob. We tried to identify ourselves by different games.

November 2, 2018

24 Cheshvan 5779

At the beginning of the week students got their Hebrew reading book and workbook, called Shiri HaLama. There are many fun stories about a llama named Shiri. Students will learn their vocabulary through this book. They will practice their reading, writing, and comprehension through it. This week they learned words like big, beautiful, see, children, kids, and teacher.

Third graders learned a new story about Tamar and her friends. This story is about a dog.  The children learned words like scared, to pet, and to see. Also there were new words like hungry, thirsty and tired.  We practiced orally all the verbs and completed assignments in Chaverim B’Ivrit.

In Parshat Shavua, we explored who Sarah was. Why does this matter? Who, in the Torah, is called an important person?

We talked about the Cave of the Machpelah and learned who was buried there.

We tried to understand the mindset of Eliezer (Avraham’s servant) and what he said to Hashem.
We talked about the large amount Avraham paid in order to purchase the land officially.

Ask your child to share the different opinions our students had as to who is Yitzchak’s wife.

In Yediot Klaliyot, we talked about the need to ask permission to have something that is not ours, like food. We began to divide the types of foods according to different categories.

In Chumash this week, the 2nd graders learned new words in Sefer Bereshit. We learned how to deconstruct a word into root and end. The students did a great job memorizing the roots of the words we’ve studied.

We learned about letters י (yud) ן (vav) נ (nun) ה (hey), hidden letters in words.

The third graders learned to take a word and break it up. We looked for similar words and reviewed the material with “Who said to whom?” questions in the Pesukim.  For example, who said to who, "Do not go over your servant".

We learned and repeated the difference between the “ ה” question and the ” ה”  knowledge letters in specific words.

This week the students continue to work hard in understanding what the Pilgrims went through when they came here in 1620.  They are able to identify similarities and differences in how they lived and how we live today. Everyone is getting excited for our field trip next Tuesday--please remember that your child needs a disposable lunch and drink as well as to dress for the weather since Plymouth Plantation is an outdoor place!

We had our first auction last week and although not everyone “got” what s/he wanted, at least everyone was able to get something. Please feel free to donate items to the auction (books, lego kits, gel pen kits, craft kits etc).

Each child is also working now with another student during Readers Workshop---each of them reading the same book and identifying the ways in which the character changes.  It is a skill that takes practice and the students are doing a great job working together.

Remember that your child can go on iready or Lexia at home----

Please ask your child how his/her tree has changed outside (s/he will know what you are talking about!)

Congratulations to the RED SOX!!!  Remember to “fall back” this weekend.


October 26, 2018
17 Cheshvan 5779

The second and third graders continued to compare life in Plymouth in the 1600’s to life today.  The third graders are also working on a timeline, beginning when the Pilgrims left England in November of 1620 and continuing through the grueling months and ending the following November. The third graders are also working on placing the 13 colonies on a map.

Most of the students have completed their iready diagnostic and have started their iready work.

Please remember that both Lexia and iready can be worked on at home.

In Open Circle we have talked about ways to get calm when you feel upset.  We also discussed positive self talk. At home, ask your child to explain to you what positive self talk is and give you and example.  Encourage your child to use positive self talk when s/he seems discouraged about learning or trying something new.

In Judaic studies, both classes explored how to relate to prayer. For example, by focusing on our Tefliot and holding off on conversations with friends, we can relate to our prayers on a deeper level.  Or, while saying תפילת שמונה עשרה, we should stand with our legs straight until you finish to relate to the prayer.

We learned the meaning of the blessings of ברכת הנהנין and when we say each bracha.

We learned about the importance of the siddurim and how they are treated.

This Shabbat we will be reading Parshat Vayera.  We tried to understand the magnitude of Avraham's faith.  We learned about different symbols in the parsha - Tent, tree, 3, laughter, sun)

We learned that although Avraham was ill, he was waiting for guests.

We learned that ה’ actually came to visit Avraham.

We spoke of Abraham's power to speak with ‘ה to try to save Sodom.

Why did Lot come to Sodom in the first place?

In Chumash, 2nd graders worked on separating roots from the add-ons of each word.  The 3rd graders learned about the conversation that Avraham had with Hashem about the promise to have a child.  We discussed that Sarah was in her tent and overhead the conversation

In Hebrew this week, we read a story about how to make olive oil by hands. We learned new words, like: pick, knock, and olives. We went over question words and then wrote questions about the story. They came up with very creative questions like, “Is it boring to make olive oil by hands?”  I’m sure the answers will be creative as well. We practiced our new vocabulary with different games, even with pantomima.

Our second graders were working hard to accomplish their goal of writing script letters. They had their script test on Wednesday. I’m very proud of them for successfully  achieving the goal! We had a mini ceremony and each of them got a certification of their success.

October 19, 2018

10 Cheshvan 5779

Happy Autumn! The weather has certainly changed, so please make sure that your child has layers.  The classrooms’ temperature varies between hot and cold throughout the day and the students definitely need to have clothing available for them.

On that note, we do go outside everyday. Please remind your child to wear/bring appropriate clothing for outdoors.

This week our class really started learning about why the Pilgrims came here and what the voyage was like on the Mayflower.  Ask your child what a “necessary” was, and the similarities and differences of school today and during colonial times.

Our Open Circle curriculum this week focused on a “school listening look”, and identifying feelings.  We have had many helpful discussions on both topics and the students have been developing positive habits during this time.

The students in both grades have been enjoying our games and have also started iready.

This week we studied the importance of T’filah. We talked about what it means to speak to Hashem. Why?  How? We understand that Tfila is one of the critical ways for us to have a connection to Hashem.

We studied about Mode Ani and Birkat Asher Yatsar that we say after we use the restroom and how thankful we are that our bodies work just as Hashem created them.

In Yediot Klaliyot, we used the numbers 1-12 and found the connection to Judaic studies.  For example, one is Hashem, two was the Shabbat candles. It was hard work, but we had a good time and created a long list.

2nd graders keep working on their Chumash skills and trying to remember new words from the book.  We also reviewed the rules of yachid and rabim.

3rd graders studied verbs in the story about Avraham and the melachim.

We will be reading Parshat Lech-Lecha this Shabbat - the story where Abraham left his family. We tried to imagination this situation and how much belief in Hashem Avraham must’ve had in Hashem to go on this journey.  We looked at the map to see the path Avraham made.

In Hebrew, 2nd grade continue to work on script and practice their reading skills, they have been practicing spelling the words only by hearing.

3rd graders read a story about a beautiful place in Israel called Neot Kdumim. In Neot Kdumim there are no new machines to make olive oil, they use old techniques. There are animals and trees that were mentioned in Torah stories. It’s a very special place near Jerusalem. Students wrote a story about their own trip.


October 12, 2018

3 Cheshvan 5779

We had a great week of learning.  

In our character study, the students have been collecting books for their book-bags, practicing partner reading and have started using post-it notes to communicate with their partners.

We have started learning character trait vocabulary (loyal, responsible, brave etc), and the students are beginning to use these words to help describe characters in their books.

This week we went outside to draw our trees that we drew last month.  The students noticed lots of changes (leaves falling off, color changes) and enjoyed getting outside.

Why did the Pilgrims leave England?  What were the conditions like when they came to America? Who helped them?  These are all questions that we have started asking and answering. Please ask your child these questions!

The students have been writing “fall” stories.  We have been practicing using nouns, verbs, and correct punctuation.

Math continues with addition and subtraction for grade 2 and mental math and estimating for grade 3.

In Hebrew, the 3rd graders continued in Chaverim B’Ivrit.  We started our week with new words: forbidden, allowed, and need.  We had discussions regarding what is forbidden and allowed in the classroom, during recess, and on the bus. It was funny -  our students were not sure what the rules are on the bus since they don’t ride the bus on a daily basis!

Students were excited to get their first homework packet.  The best part of it is that they can decide which days to work on it which also allows students to practice the skill of time management.  We had a long conversation about the whole process, I’m sure it will increase their motivation toward homework.

The 2nd graders continued to work on script.  On Wednesday, the students were quizzed on it.  Please ask your child to show you his/her work. They all did an amazing job!

We worked very hard this week in Judaic studies.  In Chumash we worked to understand the Lashon Hakodesh and practiced the skill of differentiating nouns and verbs.  The 2nd graders are pulling apart words to find the shoresh. The 3rd graders learned about Avraham and the angels that visited him.  Why did we need 3 angels?

We also started to study our yediot klaliyot with a focus on the calendar and reviewing the months in order.  The students found their Hebrew birthdate.

We learn about Noach and the various problems he encountered with building the inside of the teyva.  What parameters did Noach need to think about to plan for the inside structure? The kids worked in teams to show different designs that were possible and explored why Noach chose what he did.

The kids knew that it rained for 40 days and 40 nights - but they were actually on the teyva for a total of 150 days!

This week was Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan.  We started the day by davening in the beit kinesset with the 4-5 class.  The change of scenery was very nice and it was a great experience to review opening the aron kodesh and talking about the sefer torah (just like we did before Simchat Torah).

As part of our behavior system, the second and third graders earn tickets. Each month we have a “store” or an auction. If you have items that you which to donate...please do!! Some ideas would include games, lego kits, popular books, craft-kits, glitter anything!

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**********Plymouth Plantation Trip November 6**********************

October 5, 2018

26 Tishrei, 5779

Happy October!  Although our weeks have been short, we have had a lot of learning in 2-3!

The students are working on identifying nouns and verbs in sentences and making sure that they are writing complete sentences on their own.

They have been busy choosing new books for their “reading book bags”.  Some of the class favorites so far are: Fly Guy, Hilo, Mercy Watson and The Bad Guys.  Ask your child what s/he is reading.

The third graders are excited about working in their math book and the second graders are enjoying learning some new math games and strategies.

In Open Circle, last week the students completed a self assessment and chose a goal to work on.  This week we are starting the unit “managing ourselves”, as we begin with calm breathing techniques.

We are back from a month of chagei Tishrei and are ready to jump into learning!

With the holidays behind us, we have spent a great deal of time focusing on Chumash.

The second graders are working on the Hachana L’Chumash with a focus on individual nouns and differentiating between verbs and nouns in the text.

The third graders reviewed verbs and nouns and singular and plural words.  We learned this week about the story of the Angels and Avraham. The Chumash says that he was “sitting in the heat of the day.”  We explored the meaning of this wording. We also discussed the Angels multiple jobs as they came to Avraham.

We also continued to add in new parts to our T’filah each morning as the children grow as daveners.

The fall is definitely here so we are learning new Hebrew vocabulary words that are related to fall.  Check out our bulletin board in the hall to see what your child loves in the fall. The most popular fall activities are Thanksgiving and jumping into piles of leaves.   Second graders are working on writing script and reading skills.

Please note:

-If you have an etrog to spare, please send it to school.

-Don’t forget to check out the “Oneg Shabbat” sheet coming home with your child for Shabbat.


September 21, 2018

12 Tishrei, 5779

It was great to see so many of you at Back To School Night.  One of the things that we did not cover was the auction/shopping we have each month.  The students get tickets for “doing the right thing” (this includes work habits, behavior, helping others etc).  Once a month we will either have a shopping day or an auction in the class. If you would like to donate, we do take both new and gently used items (pencils, lego kits, books, puzzles, etc).  Just send in the items with your child and we will set them aside---thank you!

This week in Jewish studies we talked about experiences from the beginning of the year. We engaged in what it means to show repentance during the Ten Days of Repentance.

We talked about Yom Kippur and the difference from the other fasts.

We explored the different parts of the prayers. We learned about the laws of Sukkot and the Four Species and watched a short video about Ushpizin and we learned about the importance of joy in the holiday.

In hebrew class, we are still talking about summer. During the previous week we read a story about a 3rd grade boy.  It was great to compare his summer to their own summer. Every student wrote a short story about their summer and special activities that happened during this amazing time of the year.  We also read a poem about summer, mostly focused on summer food. We discussed what we like and what we don’t like in the summer, answered questions and drew our favorite summer food. Stay tuned for the 3rd grade classroom favorite summer foods, I think I know … do you?

Our 2nd graders are the most hard workers so far, they read every day, practice new words, participated in the whole class discussions and stay on top of every assignment they get. Toward the end of the week we started to review script.  I heard it had been their favorite activity in 1st grade. Yashar Koah and don’t slow your pace!

The students are reviewing what nouns are (many of them forgot!), and we just started brainstorming writing ideas for Writing Workshop.

Our first unit in Readers Workshop is character development. You might have heard from your child that they have to read books from our class library for this unit. They are correct!! We want the students exposed to as many characters as possible and then be able to discuss the changes that are made to that character.  It is an important skill and we will be working on this for the next few weeks.

Third graders got their math books and they are excited to dive in. The second graders are reviewing addition and subtraction with games and worksheets.

Third graders started cursive and the second graders got a new print book.

As discussed at Back To School Night, please talk with your child about what s/he likes to eat and how much!  It would also be helpful for some students to know what is for snack and what is for lunch.


September 7, 2018

27 Elul 5778

Wow we are off to a great start in 2-3!!

This week in general studies, the students are learning the new systems and protocols in our classroom as well as getting to know their new teachers.  This week the students had a great time creating “something” out of a coffee filter, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners and stickers---please ask your child what his/her group created (and come see our pictures in hallway bulletin board outside our room).

It was also a lot of fun seeing what everyone brought in for their brown-bag and making a guessing game from it!  The third graders were so happy that they had another chance to use their imagination for this assignment!

During this first week of Hebrew class, we started with a short introduction and welcomed 2nd graders to our 2-3 classroom. Students created goals for the new school year wrote them on colorful apples symbolising Rosh HaShana.  Make sure to check out our bulletin board in the hall!

We worked in mixed grade groups on the norms of the classroom and read an interesting book emphasizing the importance of good manners and respect. The book is focuses on eight norms. Students worked in small groups to create a poster for each norm and presented their norm to the rest of the class.

In Judaic studies, we spent this first week getting to know each other and preparing ourselves to jump into Chumash learning which will be a large portion of the curriculum this year.  We also learned about Rosh Hashana and the repentance process. We have learned that  the Rambam says – It is very important to understand before we do a sin. First, we must understand there's a problem.  Then we can move from there.

Each topic this week was interesting and really made the kids think.  It’s going to be a wonderful year!


Your child is welcome to have a water bottle in the classroom to use during the day.  We have set aside some times when they can refill their bottles and we are working hard on the clean up when need be!   The students also have both a morning and afternoon snack, so make sure they have plenty of food to eat. They get very hungry during the school day.

Even though we started on Tuesday, this week was very busy, interesting, and filled with learning!

We were so happy to greet the students and begin many new procedures.

Shabbat Shalom!