Standardized Testing begins tomorrow. I have discussed with the students how important it is to sleep well each night, eat a healthy breakfast each morning, bring a healthy snack to school, be on time each day, and have a very positive attitude. Please remind your child at home that these things will help them be fully prepared to do a great job on these tests, and to show the school all of the wonderful things they know!
The crumbs from the hamentaschen have barely been swept away, but we are ready to prepare for Pesach! We began learning the Hagaddah last week, and look forward to showing off all we have learned at our Model Seder on April 2nd at 1:30 PM. Mark your calendars to join us!
We will need a plain white pillow case from each student for a special project we will be doing. Please WRITE YOUR CHILD’S NAME on the tag or some VERY visible spot. The pillow case is due by this Tuesday, March 20th.
In addition to many other wonderful activities in General Studies last week, we learned about Helen Keller in Reading class. Beginning with six “Research Questions” that were written on the whiteboard, the students were introduced to this famous and brave woman’s life journey. We read a story about an experience she had as a little girl where she was very frightened when stuck outside during a big storm. We also watched a video that explained how she was born healthy; developed a terrible fever which led to her becoming blind and deaf; learned to communicate with the help of Annie Sullivan; and grew into an amazing and inspirational public figure! Helen Keller published 12 books, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Lyndon B. Johnson, introduced the Akita dog to the United States after visiting Japan, and became an advocate for people with disabilities! She is definitely an inspiration to me! After all of this study and discussion during class, I was thrilled on Friday to see that many students chose, on their own, to check out books from our library on Helen Keller! This is what it’s all about – motivating students to be self-directed learners and to go deeper in their studies. I am very proud.
We’re looking forward to a wonderful week!
Morah Rivka and Miss Stein