Week of February 2–Jewish Studies It’s finally here!!!

February 1st, 2015

מזל טוב  MAZAL TOV   Best wishes to Kitah Alef  and our families as we reach our Haggigat HaSiddur!  YES, IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!

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Here are the answers  (one more time) to Frequently Asked Questions:

1. When do we have to be there?     On this coming Shabbat morning, Feb. 7th,  we will meet your children at 11 AM in the Youth Lounge. (by the maintenance office).   Please drop them off and return to your seats to enjoy.  (We will be sending home a diagram of the sanctuary so that you can see where your child will be standing on the pulpit and then you will know where to sit for best viewing.)   We encourage all to come earlier (especially if you have a part in the service) so that you can sit with your child until 11 AM in the main sanctuary.  And the whole family can kvell (be proud) of the adult’s participation in our service!!

2. What to wear?? Shabbat clothes are appropriate!!!

3.  How long is the presentation?  Our presentation should take about 1/2 hour  and then there will be a light kiddush afterwards.  ENJOY!  There is free babysitting for the littler ones if needed during services.

4.  Can we take pictures/videos???     NO!!!        Our FINAL REHEARSAL will be THIS Thursday, February 5th  at 2PM in the sanctuary.  IT’S A KODAK MOMENT!!!  Please bring cameras and videos on Thursday as there will be no pictures taken on Shabbat.    Uniforms are worn on Thursday!

5.What part do I have?

Adult Parts in Service:  (Aliyot and the Torah service should begin a little before 10 AM!!)

Aliyot     Colman Brodsky, Jon Hill, Tracy Hilbert, Scotty Schwartz

Torah Reading    Howie Wolpoff (thanks for your help in coordinating!!)  , Simon Schuster, Todd Werwa

Haftarah  Jon Mitzmacher

Open  & Close Ark for Taking out Torah     Marc Kaye

Hagbah  (Lift Torah)–  Daniel Jaffa

Prayer for our Country– in English   Naida Gould

Prayer for Israel– English – Frannie  Teitelbaum

Open & Close Ark for Return of Torah–Amanda Watsky and Jill Sadowsky

Eyn Keloheynu– older siblings of our students (Please inform your older kids !!!)

Adon Olam–Kitah Alef!!!

Kitah Alef students don’t have to be nervous for any of this because we are well prepared.   Neither does an adult!   If a parent needs to practice their part in the service, we will be happy to help you on Thursday or anytime. Let us know!!

6. What about the  new Siddur (prayerbook)  and the covers?

Siddur covers must be at school by Monday, February 2nd.  They are beautiful and unique.  WOW!!

PLEASE NOTE:     When you enter the synagogue on   Shabbat morning , you can pick up your child’s siddur from the table in the Main Lobby and take it with you to your seat.  Towards the end of the service, the Rabbi will ask you to stand at your seat and give the siddur to your child. Folded inside the siddur will be a paper with the parents’ prayer that will be recited from your seat.   Hugs and kisses after the parents’ prayer will be perfect!   The new siddurim will NOT be going home with you.  We will collect them after services and they will be happily used each Friday for Kabbalat Shabbat at school!!!

Mazal Tov again on this wonderful simcha.  We are so proud of your (our) children!!  If there are any questions, please let us know.  SEE YOU FOR THE FINAL REHEARSAL ON THURSDAY, AT 2PM FOR PHOTOGRAPHING!!

תודה רבה Todah Raba!!!   THANK YOU to all our families for their help and love as we get ready for an amazing Shabbat this weekend.  We can’t wait to show you what we have learned and to receive our new siddurim!!

Special, special thanks to Rachel Brodsky for our wonderful pictures of where we like to pray and all her help– behind the scenes.  Thanks to Howie Wolpoff for all his help with the parts in the service.    Thanks to Galit Hill and Simon Schuster for their creative  help with the Siddur covers.     Also a thank you to Jessica Kaye and others for the terrific bags filled with good stuff for our students.   If we forgot to mention anyone,  let us know!  We LOVE appreciating parents!!! Also our thanks  goes to Robyn Waring for her patience and help this and every year!

We will be doing a bit of regular classwork this week….  don’t worry!!!

פרשת השבוע יתרו Parshat HaShavua Yitro   It is the week of Moses receiving 10 Commandments and we know them!!!

22nd week of 1st Grade – General Studies

January 30th, 2015

We were happy to see Ms. Lewis back on Monday, but we quickly learned that it would be a silly day since Ms. Lewis had no voice!!!!  We were all very quiet as Ms. Lewis whispered and we made it through our morning work and meeting.  We had read to self and then we read a weekly reader about Winter….which seemed appropriate for the cold week ahead!

After our weekly reader, we went to art–early–Mrs. Gutterman asked if we could switch!  When we came back from art, we enjoyed snack and a story read by Mrs. Mcvearry.  Next, we moved on to math.  We are excited to be wrapping up our weight unit.  We finished all the work in our workbook today and took the first, of two tests.  When we finished, we had time for only 1 round of freeze dance before we headed to lunch.  We got to play outside for recess after lunch and when we came inside it was time to pack up for Jewish studies!

Tuesday was quick and quiet as Ms. Lewis was still whispering.  We had our morning meeting and started daily 5.  During read to self we started out in our reading groups; Mrs. Teitelbaum joined us again so each group got to meet with a teacher!  When everyone finished in their small groups, we had a whole group lesson about comparing and contrasting.  We thought about the similarities and differences between kindergarten and 1st grade!

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Then we got started on word work.  We added our new words to our word bank and then we had a few options: pyramid writing, rainbow writing, or making a story using our words!

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We were off to PE and then came back to have snack.  During math we took a test.  This was our last test in our weight unit-we were focusing on comparing weight.  When we finished our test, we were able to play outside until lunch.  After lunch we were off to music and then we came back to get ready for Jewish studies.

Wednesday Ms. Lewis had some of her voice back.  Someone said that she sounded like a little old man….but we kept on going ;) We did something different for Daily 5–Ms. Lewis had some of us do work on writing, and some of us did word work.  Those of us who did work on writing wrote a letter to a pen-pal in 4th grade!!  We all wrote our own letters, but 4th grade has more students than 1st grade..so they needed a few more letters–Ms. Lewis asked for volunteers to write another letter!  Those who didn’t want to write another enjoyed a new activity in word work–write it, draw it, sentence it!  We came back together for read to self.  We had a whole group lesson about action verbs!  We also reviewed compare and contrast.  When we did our own reading, we were on the lookout for action verbs!

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We reflected and headed to PE.

We enjoyed snack, a story and frozen treats!!  Next we started math,  when we opened our textbook, there was a stir of excitement as we realized this was the last unit in our textbook!!!  We would soon be getting our next textbook.  We started our unit on capacity.  We learned that capacity is how much a container holds.  We talked about the differences between a cup, a mug, and a bottle!

After math we did a weekly reader, it was a cool way to review length!  We measured bears!!  We had time for a bit of freeze dance before we were off to lunch.  When we got back from lunch, we unfortunately had to review lunch-room behavior before we were able pack up and go to recess.  After our quick chat about lunch, we were able to play until it was time for Jewish studies.

Thursday we noticed Mrs. Mcvearry was missing!!  Luckily, Ms. Rosi was there to help..we sure did Miss Mrs. Mcvearry though.  We also noticed Ms. Lewis was finally getting her voice back!!  On Thursday, someone compared Ms. Lewis’ voice to a goose–wonderful ;) We had worked through our morning routine and were off to PE before we knew it.  When we came back, we enjoyed snack!

After snack, we started daily 5.  We began by taking off our shoes and meeting at the carpet!  Then, we started with work on writing.  Even though it’s called work on writing, today we did reading during writing–how silly!!  We are starting to learn about expository writing; so in order to understand the differences between narrative and expository, we are reading examples of both! For example, we started by reading a fictional book about a snake who became a sheriff and then we read a non-fiction story about scaly snakes!  We noted the differences in the stories and their writing by making a venn diagram.

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Next we moved on to word work, where everyone did rainbow writing with their spelling words!  We even tried to make different patterns with our rainbow words–everyone got 2 colors to work with.

FullSizeRender_1 FullSizeRender_2 FullSizeRender IMG_6232  After word work, we transitioned into AR time.  We put our shoes back on and got ready to take our quizzes.  After we took our quiz with Ms. Lewis, we went to the library to get a new book.  When everyone was finished taking their quiz, and as we were waiting on people to return, we were able to play a round or two of freeze dance before heading to lunch.

After lunch, we started math.  We continued our unit in our textbook on capacity!  Yesterday we learned about comparing capacity, and today we learned how to measure capacity!  We also finished our first textbook!!!!!!  We were all very excited and proud of ourselves :) We got to go outside for recess after we finished math.  Morah Rachel and Morah Hannah met us outside and we got to keep playing for a bit!

Friday we were busy!  We started with our spelling review word search and then we were off to library.

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When we came back, we got to enjoy snack and a Magic School bus episode!  Ms. Lewis started giving us our spelling tests.  While Ms. Lewis continued giving out spelling tests, Mrs. Mcvearry did a weekly reader with us!  We learned about service animals.  Mrs. Mcvearry also did some handwriting with us.  We did a review page and we also focused on the letter ‘k’.  When we were finished, we got to go outside for recess until lunch!

When we came back from lunch, we had a mystery reader!  We had great clues and we were excited to welcome……………

IMG_6239 IMG_6241 IMG_6244 Meme!!!!!  Sam’s Grandma read us a story about Groundhog’s day!! She even made a chart for us so we could predict if there will be a shadow or no shadow!!  We cannot wait to find out :)

We played Homeworkopoly, and did chatter prizes before it was time to get our folders and pack up for Jewish studies.

COMING SOON TO 1st GRADE………………………..

We will get a new homework packet with spelling and math.  Be on the lookout for reading group homework.

On Tuesday, we will find out together if the groundhog showed his shadow or not!

WEDNESDAY IS THE 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!  WE WILL CELEBRATE ALL DAY WITH FUN CRAFTS, COUNTING, AND MORE!!  *****EVERYONE WILL GET TO WEAR A T-SHIRT WITH 100 OF SOMETHING ON IT.  YOU SHOULD CREATE THIS AT HOME AND WEAR IT ON WEDNESDAY.  IT CAN BE 100 BUTTONS, 100 TALLY MARKS, 100 OF ANYTHING!!!! WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE CREATIVITY ON WEDNESDAY!!!!!********

On THURSDAY, at 2:00, there is a dress rehearsal for our Haggigat Hasiddur!  We are so proud of our kiddo’s on this important milestone!

Shabbat Shalom!

שבת שירה Shabbat Shira…. come sing along!!

January 27th, 2015

Since this special Shabbat (Shabbat of Song)  is all about singing….. please check your VOICETHREAD and sing for our new letter ע    (and review old letters as well)

AND   a song for Tu B’Shevat  מה יש לעץ  Ma Yesh LaEtz?    It’s so fun to see the parts of the tree and  to search for that part that we can’t see!!!

ALSO, on Friday 1/30,  we will have special guests from NYC,  the Jewish a capella group from New York University.  They will be in our class singing with us and also for Kabbalat Shabbat at school.  They will also be davening Shabbat morning here at the JJC with us and performing on Saturday night as well.  ENJOY!!!

21st Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

January 26th, 2015

*******I apologize for the late post and abrupt ending to this post!!  Since I was sick, I wasn’t able to finish.  Stay tuned for the usual post on Friday of this week :) Thanks!*********

We were a bit confused starting our week on a Tuesday, but we powered through!!  We started our morning by doing a weekly reader all about MLK day!!  We learned about segregation and about integration.  We even learned about the march that Martin Luther King Jr. organized.  When we were finished, we got to o read to self with our own books and then we did reading groups with a teacher, too!  We were excited to have Mrs. Teitelbaum join us again, so everyone got to meet with a teacher.  When we finished, it was time for PE.

When we came back from PE we got to celebrate Lizzie’s birthday!!!! Her birthday was over the weekend, but we enjoyed a sweet treat today :)

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When snack was over, we started math.  We took a test!  We still have some homework about length, but we took a test, too.

IMG_6061 We are really working on checking our work before we turn in our test to Ms. Lewis or Mrs. Mcvearry.  We are also working on taking our time!

Before we knew it, we were off to lunch and then straight up to music.  When we got back, we got our folders and packed up for Jewish studies.

On Wednesday we had such a busy morning!!!  We warmed up our brains with a math problem review and then we were off to celebrate Rosh Chodesh!

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Then we were right off to science! We piggy-backed off of our MOSH field trip and continued to learn!  We had a blast discovering about the phases of the moon.

IMG_6095 IMG_6097 IMG_6101 IMG_6100 IMG_6099 IMG_6098 IMG_6096 When science was over we were headed to PE.  When we came back, we got to enjoy snack!  We had our skinny cow treats and brrrrrrrrrr was it cold in our classroom!!!  So, we went outside to enjoy snack :)

IMG_6079 IMG_6081 IMG_6080 After a bit of play time, it was time to come inside and start math.  We started a new unit, weight, and we had some fun with it!! After we finished in our textbook, we got to experiment with some weighing of our own!!

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When we finished, it was time for lunch.  When we got back from lunch we did word work.  We added our words to our word bank and we even did rainbow writing or pyramid words!

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When we were finished with word work, it was time to pack up and get our folders.  Off to Jewish studies we went!

Unfortunately, Ms. Lewis was sick on Thursday and Friday.  We still had great learning though, thanks Mrs. Mcvearry!!!!

We loved having our mystery reader on Friday, too!

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Week of January 26–Jewish Studies ע

January 25th, 2015

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See BELOW for extra credit!!!

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A secret surpise happened this past  Thursday afternoon. We were almost finished with the letter ס Samech when…..

סבא וסבתא של אלי—ה Saba V’Savta Shel Elie   (Elie’s grandparents)  came to our class!!! It was a great secret!!      איזה סוד   Aizeh sode!!!!

And    they read to us a fun book about trees              עץ גדול עץ קטן  etz gadol  etz katan

about a Big tree and a little tree and their respective fruits.  Thanks for coming to surprise all of us!!!

 

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טו בשבט Tu B’Shevat  the 15th day of the month of Shevat .  We are singing and enjoying fun projects for the tree’s birthday.  Thanks to our librarian, Ms. Hallett, and to our art teacher, Ms. Gutterman, for their help in getting us ready for this holiday!!

 

*********TO OUR REGULAR READERS***************

Please see below for an extra credit fun activity for your child! It’s for everyone!!!

אריאות Ariyot brings us a new letter

ע Ayin with words like:

ענן עננים anan ananim cloud clouds

עין עינים ayin aynayim eye eyes

עיגול עיגולים eegool eegoolim circle circles

מעיל עם כובע meh-eel im kovah coat with a hat (hood)

נעל נעלים na’all nalayim shoe shoes

עוגה oogah cake

Notice that this letter is as quiet as the Alef!

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If you are reading this, thanks for doing so!! Your child can get extra credit in Jewish Studies if they draw a picture of CLOUDS עננים ananim that they see in the sky. Maybe a cloud looks like something special to them. Please send the sketch in sometime this week!!! :)

The portion of the week פרשת השבוע Parshat HaShavua is בשלח Beshallach about the Israelites leaving Egypt and the Red Sea parting.  It is a special Shabbat as well ….. called

שבת שירה  Shabbat Shira   Shabbat of Song as the Israelites sang a song of thanksgiving after getting to the other side safely.  You’ll hear lots of singing this week!!!

AND we’re getting closer to our BIG SHABBAT  2/7/15!!!   We’re ready, are you??

Week of January 19–Jewish Studies–FAQ’s about Haggigat HaSiddur

January 18th, 2015

We are so excited about our Haggigat Hasiddur, 2/7/15 …  (It’s soon!! ) and hope that you are excited too.  It will be great!!

Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

1. When do we have to be there?     On Shabbat morning, Feb. 7th,  we will meet your children at 11 AM in the Youth Lounge. (by the maintenance office).   Please drop them off and return to your seats to enjoy.  We encourage all to come earlier (especially if you have a part in the service) so that you can sit with your child until 11 AM in the main sanctuary.  And the whole family can kvell (be proud) of the adult’s participation in our service!!

2. What to wear?? Shabbat clothes are appropriate!!!

3.  How long is the presentation?  Our presentation should take about 1/2 hour  and then there will be a light kiddush afterwards.  ENJOY!  There is free babysitting for the littler ones if needed during services.

4.  Can we take pictures/videos???     NO!!!    BUT SAVE THE DATE!!!!    Our FINAL REHEARSAL will be on Thursday, February 5th  at 2PM in the sanctuary.  IT’S A KODAK MOMENT!!!  Please bring cameras and videos on Thursday as there will be no pictures taken on Shabbat.    Uniforms are worn on Thursday!

5.What part do I have?

Adult Parts in Service:  (Aliyot and the Torah service should begin a little before 10 AM!!)  SO FAR we have:

Aliyot     Colman Brodsky, Jon Hill, Tracy Hilbert, Scotty Schwartz

Torah Reading    Howie Wolpoff (thanks for your help in coordinating!!)  , Simon Schuster, Todd Werwa

Haftarah  Jon Mitzmacher

Open Ark for Taking out Torah     Marc Kaye and        ????

Hagbah  (Lift Torah)–  Daniel Jaffa       Galila    (Tie Torah)  -?????

Prayer for our Country– in English   Naida Gould & ???

Prayer for Israel– English – Frannie  & ????

Open Ark for Return of Torah–Amanda Watsky and Jill Sadowsky

Eyn Keloheynu– older siblings of our students (Please inform your older kids !!!)

Adon Olam–Kitah Alef!!!

Kitah Alef students don’t have to be nervous for any of this because we are well prepared.   Neither does an adult!   If a parent needs to practice their part in the service, we will be happy to help you on Thursday or anytime. Let us know!!

6. What about the  new Siddur (prayerbook)  and the covers?

Siddur covers must be at school by Monday, February 2nd.  They are beautiful and unique.  WOW!! Thanks to all who did great work in getting these decorated!! THANKS to all the talented parents who helped!

PLEASE NOTE:     When you enter the synagogue on  that Shabbat morning , you can pick up your child’s siddur from the table in the Main Lobby and take it with you to your seat.  Towards the end of the service, the Rabbi will ask you to stand at your seat and give the siddur to your child.   Hugs and kisses after the parents’ blessing will be perfect!   The new siddurim will NOT be going home with you.  We will collect them after services and they will be happily used each Friday for Kabbalat Shabbat at school!!!

Mazal Tov again on this wonderful simcha.  We are so proud of your (our) children!!  If there are any questions, please let us know.  SEE YOU FOR THE FINAL REHEARSAL ON THURSDAY, FEB. 5TH AT 2PM FOR PHOTOGRAPHING!!

 

AND now back to our regularly scheduled class….. The new letter is…..

ס   Samech  (don’t get it confused with the final Mem!!!)  With words like:

סבא Saba    grandfather

סבתא  Savta    grandmother

סוד    sode    secret

כיסא kee-seh  chair

סלט חסה salat chasah  lettuce salad

סנאי  s’nah-ee  squirrel

סוס   soos     horse

By the way,  just like in the word

טו Tu

in our upcoming holiday

טו בשבט  Tu B’Shevat (15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat) ,

we have learned a new vowel that makes the sound  u or ooo

ו  imagine the letter vav with  a dot in the middle OR 3 dots on an angle underneath a letter.

פרשת השבוע בא  Parshat HaShavuah Bo We learn about the end of the ten plagues in Egypt.

We had a special reader today in our classroom….. Sydney Teitelbaum  שיינה לייאורהה

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and as her 8th grade mitzvah project , she works in our classroom from time to time and today she read to us a great book about this week’s portion…. Green Plagues and Lamb by Kathleen Long Bostrom.

 

20th Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

January 16th, 2015

What a productive Monday!!  We started our morning reviewing math and we moved right along to do our morning meeting.  Then, we got ready for daily 5!  Everyone got to meet with a teacher for small groups on Monday–what a treat!!  Ms. Lewis had a group, Mrs. Mcvearry had a group, and we even had a special guest teacher–Mrs. Teitelbaum–take a group, too!!!  Everyone had so much fun with their teacher and their story.  We met back to reflect and then we moved on to work on writing.  Ms. Lewis did one more example on the board and then we got to start our own letters to a pen-pal in 4th grade!!!

IMG_5772 We will finish our letter this week and then we will anxiously await a response :)

When we finished writing, it was time for snack.  We love reading with Mrs. Mcvearry!  We started math after snack was over.  During math, we started a new unit in our textbook.  We are excited to start our length unit!  Towards the end of the week, we have some fun stuff to do–tracing, and something with paper-clips!  We had some time before art, so we got play a round or two of freeze dance!!

After art we went to lunch and then we came back to pack up.  We got to play in the hallway for recess, since it was so rainy!

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Then we were off to Jewish studies.

Tuesday was a busy day! We could also feel the excitement for our upcoming field trip :) we jumped into our day with daily 5.  We did reading groups again for the first part of read to self and then during the second part, we got to read our own good fit books!  Again, everyone got to meet with a teacher!!!  We met with different teachers than we did on Monday, but what a treat!! Then we started word work; we added our new words to our word bank and then we got to pick our own activity!  We love that Ms. Lewis is letting us have some choice…we must be getting ready for 2nd grade ;)

We were off to PE and then back for snack.  We started math after snack.  We continued with our measuring!  Today, we got to learn about units–different things can be used to measure!  We can use popsicle sticks and paper clips.  We each got paper clips to put together in a chain–then we counted to see how many units were in our chain!

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Then, we used our chain to see how many units our hand was…and how long our foot was!!! How fun :)

IMG_5786 IMG_5787 IMG_5788 IMG_5789 IMG_5790 When we finished working together in our textbook and measuring our units, we started some independent work in our workbook.  We got to play outside when we finished our work; we even got to play until lunch!! When lunch was over we went right to music and then back to our classroom to pack up and get our folders.

Wednesday it was field trip time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Click HERE to see the learning and fun!

Thursday we were back in class.  We started our morning with Coach at PE and then enjoyed an early snack!  We were cut short by a fire drill and when we came back inside it was time to start daily 5.  We did work on writing and read to self at the same time!!  We were able to do read to self while waiting for a conference and then we got to finalize our post cards!! We are so excited to await letters back from our pen-pals in 4th grade :)

We moved on to take our AR quizzes.  We took our quiz with Ms. Lewis and then went to the library to meet Mrs. Mcvearry and Mrs. Hallett–we got to get our new AR book and our next quiz will be Thursday, January 22nd.  We had time to play a round or two of freeze dance before we went to lunch.

When we came back from lunch, it was time for math!  We worked independently in our math workbook.  When everyone was finished, we got to have indoor recess!!  We got to play games, do puzzles, and draw.  When recess was over, we packed up and went to Jewish studies.

Friday morning we enjoyed our word search and then we were off to library with Mrs. Hallett!!

FullSizeRender We enjoyed snack after library and got to watch our Magic School Bus episode!  Ms. Lewis started the spelling tests, too.  (PS-Ms. Lewis still has the spelling tests because she forgot to send them home…so sorry! Keep an eye out–they will be in our folder on Tuesday!)

We got to do show and tell with Mrs. Mcvearry while Ms. Lewis continued the spelling tests.  Unfortunately, we have had behavior problems several times during show and tell, so next week we’ve lost our privilege to do show and tell :( There will be NO SHOW AND TELL next week.

We moved on to do something new!  Since we have been learning about length, we measured the length of our bodies and we turned them in to something……check out the hallways above our cubbies :)

We were off to lunch!! When we came back, we sat on the carpet anxiously awaiting our mystery reader.  We had good clues and we were excited to welcome…………

IMG_5909 IMG_5911 Dr. Mitzmacher!!!!!! He read us a very silly book.  Ask us what it was called :)

Then we packed up and got ready for Israeli dancing.

COMING SOON TO 1st GRADE………………………..

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 19th.

We will have a 4 day week next week so be sure to check the folders on Tuesday for homework packets and general announcements!  If your child’s folder is full, feel free to empty it out :)

Report cards will be sent home on Friday, January 23rd.

Week of January 12–Jewish Studies

January 11th, 2015

שלום Shalom!!!  Thanks to all who are helping us get ready for our big day, Feb. 7th!!  If you haven’t responded to Howie Wolpoff or us about a part in the service for one parent of each child, please do it now!!!   It will be great for the students to see your participation that Shabbat morning!!

The students’ parts for חגיגת הסידור  Haggigat HaSiddur have been distributed. These Hebrew and English  parts are being practiced daily at school —-so don’t worry!!!  It will be great!!    NO STRESS!!  The children don’t need to memorize anything!

אריאות  Ariyot is still teaching us about:

Nun and Nun Sofit נ ן

מנגן menagen   plays an instrument for a boy

מנגנת  menagenet  plays an instrument for a girl

שכן  shachen   boy neighbor

שכנה  sh’chenah  girl neighbor

שכנים   sh’chenim  neighbors

כלי נגינה  k’lay neginah   musical instruments

נדנדה  nadnayda   swings (on the playground)

שולחן  shulchan  table

גן  gan   garden

Check out Videothread to sing along!!

שלום בבית ובחוץ  Shalom Babayit U’VaChutz    In the House and Outside.

In this new workbook, we talked about how who wakes us up in the morning!!!  (Mom, Dad, a Clock, the sun ???)  We are also learning parts of our body.  Many of us are losing teeth…. so fun in kitah Alef!!

טו בשבט  Tu B’Shevat   the 15th day of the month of Shevat is Jewish Arbor Day. This year it falls on the secular calendar on February 4.     WE LOVE TREES!!  We are  starting to sing and talk about trees!!!

עץ  אילן  etz   ilan      two words for tree

עצים  etzim   trees

אילנות  ilanot  trees

פרשת השבוע  Parshat HaShavuah  The Torah portion this week is:  וארא  Vaera  All about

משה  Moshe.  Moses.

19th Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

January 9th, 2015

Welcome back and Happy New year!! We are back and ready to get busy :)

We started our morning back by reviewing our math problems!  We did an adding one and a minus problem.  Then we had our morning meeting and started daily 5!  We jumped right into read to self.

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Since it had been so long, we took our time making sure we had a right fit book, then we started!  We completed 10 minutes with great stamina!!  When we finished reading, we met up for some reflection and a review of all the skills we have learned!  We talked about character traits, setting, main idea, rhyming words, realism and fantasy, and more!

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Next we started work on writing.  We started something new!!  Instead of working on narrative writing, we are starting to write a letter!!  We are learning now…and there are a lot of similarities in writing a letter and a narrative!!  Ms. Lewis modeled some letters for us today, and hopefully by early next week we will be writing our own!!  We are going to have pen-pals in 4th grade!!

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We took a break for snack and then started math. We worked in our workbook independently.  We are still working on our shapes unit!  We worked on counting corners and sides, we also worked on stacking objects and sliding them!

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After math we had time to play freeze dance before heading off to art!!  We sure did miss freeze dance :) We had lots of fun in art!

IMG_5712 IMG_5713 Then we were off to lunch! When we came back from lunch, we got to play outside for recess until it was time for Jewish studies.

Tuesday morning we jumped right into our day!  We started our morning with warm up math problems and then we started daily 5 after our morning meeting.  We started daily 5 with word work!  We added our new words to our word back, then we were able to write our words any way we want–we did rainbow writing, pyramid words, and even combined some of the writing!!

IMG_5716 IMG_5717 IMG_5718 IMG_5719 IMG_5720 When we were finished with word work, we started read to self.  During read to self we had small groups (finally!!).  Ms. Lewis and Mrs. Mcvearry met with a group of us–there are 3 groups!  Next week we will start having two groups meeting a day and one group reading independently.  During reading groups we are able to hone in on special skills, like sequencing, authors purpose, and even work on grammar skills! Before we knew it, it was time for PE.  When we got back, we enjoyed snack time and a story! We also changed the desks.

IMG_5721 We are sitting like we are in college (say the kids!).

We worked independently in our workbooks and are almost finished with our shapes unit!  We also enjoyed reviewing patterns. We were off to lunch next, and then right to music!  We are practicing hard for the Sea to Shining Sea performance…we hope to see you there!!!  Permission slips went home on Monday.

We came back from music and packed up for Jewish studies.

Wednesday morning we had a surprise!!!  We went to library!!  Mrs. Hallett will not be at school on our usual library day, so we rescheduled our class to go today!  So, we had a busy morning as we went to library, then right to PE, and finally back for snack.

After snack, we got to work.  We took a math test!  Ms. Lewis went over the test with us before we took it, and then we were on our own.  As we finished, we were able to go outside for recess.  We went to lunch and then came back for read to self.  Ms. Lewis and Mrs. Mcvearry met with another reading group! When we were finished with read to self, we reflected and then packed up for Jewish studies.

Thursday morning we were off to PE first thing in the morning!  When we came back, we got to celebrate Remy’s birthday with a delicious treat!!!

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After snack we took a math test.  It was a review and we did great!  We moved on to word work; we did two rotations!  We had lots of fun activities happening all at once!  We had stamping, magnets, iPads, play-dough, and even rainbow or pyramid writing!!  What a treat to have so much choice :)

Before we got new AR books, we had time for some recess!  Ms. Lewis gave us several options–indoor free time with games, freeze dance, or outside.  Well…..Ms. Lewis made a rookie mistake……so we piled on our jackets and braced ourselves for the cold and we went OUTSIDE for recess…yikes!!! ;)

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When we came back in and thawed out, we took an AR quiz from Ms. Lewis’ library, if we had one, and then we went to get an ‘actual AR book’ from Mrs. Hallett’s library.  We will have AR quizzes next Thursday, as usual.  We were off to lunch!

After lunch, we did read to self.  Ms. Lewis and Mrs. Mcvearry met with another reading group.  Now all groups have met with us at least once!  We are excited to continue our reading groups and get more into our routine next week.  After reflecting, it was time to pack up and go to Jewish studies.

Friday was fun!!! We started our morning with a spelling review word search.  We had our morning meeting and started our day.  We did something different this morning since we didn’t have library–we learned about synonyms!!  We watched a few videos about synonyms and we also discussed it on our own!  Then, everyone got to pick one word and come up with synonyms!

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We talked about how synonyms are similar meaning words.  We were able to visually see this by using paint swatches from Home Depot!

FullSizeRender(2) We saw that the yellows are all similar yellows and the blues are are similar, too.  We used the paint swatches to write our synonyms on!  Be sure to check out our work on the bulletin board.

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We did a weekly reader when we finished; it was all about bats!  Then, during snack, we watched a Magic School Bus episode all about bats!!  We started show and tell after snack.  Ms. Lewis got to listen to show and tell today–what fun!!!

We braved the cold, yet again, and went outside for recess.  Ms. Lewis finished up the spelling tests while we played.  We came back in to get ready for lunch and off we went.  When we came back, we got ready for mystery reader.  We were all thrilled to welcome……….

IMG_5755 FullSizeRender_1 FullSizeRender_2 Rabbi Lubliner!!!  Instead of reading a story to us from a book, he told us a story that he remembered.  We were all captivated.

When our mystery reader left, it was time to pack up for Jewish studies and go do some Israeli dancing!!!

COMING SOON TO 1st GRADE……………………………….

Our big news for next week is our field trip on WEDNESDAY to MOSH.  We will be leaving school PROMPTLY at 9:15.  We have a 10am planetarium show and will explore the rest of MOSH afterwards.  We will also be enjoying lunch at MOSH!!  Make sure to BRING YOUR DAIRY LUNCH IN A PAPER BAG!!  We will be back at school by 1:15 for Jewish studies.  Any parents who would like to join us on our trip are very welcome!! Just an FYI-the kindergarten class will be joining us on the field trip. You must drive yourself and pay for yourself, but we would love to have you :)

We will get a new homework packet on Monday which will include spelling and math homework.  Be on the lookout for homework from our reading groups–it is light, don’t worry!

Looking a little more ahead into January, there is NO SCHOOL on Monday the 19th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

We are happy to be back at school with our favorite first graders :) Have a great weekend and Shabbat Shalom!!

Week of January 5, 2015!!! Jewish Studies

January 4th, 2015

Welcome Back!! Hope everyone enjoyed their vacation and now we’re back in full swing!!

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When we finish all of our questions and answers for the letter mem, we will begin:

נ  Nun

ן   Nun Sofit   Final nun         With words like:

מנגן menagen   plays an instrument for a boy

מנגנת  menagenet  plays an instrument for a girl

שכן  shachen   boy neighbor

שכנה  sh’chenah  girl neighbor

שכנים   sh’chenim  neighbors

כלי נגינה  k’lay neginah   musical instruments

נדנדה  nadnayda   swings (on the playground)

שולחן  shulchan  table

גן  gan   garden

Check out Videothread and sing along!

We will be finishing the first book of the Torah בראשית B’reisheet  Genesis and begin the next    שמות Sh’mot Exodus.   Here comes Moses & Etc.   When finishing a book of the Torah we say:

חזק חזק ונתחזק  Chazak, Chazak, V’Nitchazek   Be strong and let us be strengthened as we continue to learn!!

Lots of information will be coming your way about our big event on 2/7/15.   Your parts in the service for  our Haggigat HaSiddur  need to be distributed.  Once again, PLEASE let us know what one parent per family would want as a part in the service.  We have Hebrew parts, English parts, and non-speaking parts.  First come … first serve!!  Let us know ASAP and we can help you practice and learn your part.  We already have a Haftarah chanter (thanks,  Dr. Mitzmacher!!) and now there are 14 more to be heard from.  Email us and we can help you find the perfect part for you!!!