Welcome to Second Grade!

It was very exciting to see all of the sweet and smiling faces at the Meet and Greet.  We are looking forward to a wonderful year full of learning and fun.  Our classroom blog will be a great place to catch up on everything we will be doing throughout the year.  Check out our classroom procedures link to get an idea of what our daily routine is like and what to expect in our backpacks at the end of the day.  Let the learning begin!!!!!


Mrs. Kaplan and Morah Rivka

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Second Grade News

Shalom, Families!

I hope you are having a great summer so far! About a week ago, the 2nd graders and 6th graders participated in a fun mitzvah project! We cleaned up trash from Crown Point Rd!

Crown Point Cleanup 1 Crown Point Cleanup 2 Crown Point Cleanup 3 Crown Point Cleanup 4 Crown Point Cleanup 10 Crown Point Cleanup - whole group

During our Morning Meeting on the last few days of school, we enjoyed singing along with these fun versions of Modeh Ani!

Last week, we celebrated the summer birthdays of Blake, Brian, and Noam! We also said goodbye to Owen and his family.

Owen 1 Owen 2 Owen 3 Owen 4 Owen 5

Enjoy the rest of your summer!


Ms. Stein 🙂

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Reminder for Monday

Hello! This is a reminder to have your child wear pajamas for School Spirit and sneakers for our Crown Point Rd Cleanup on Monday! You may also want to apply sunscreen at home. We will be having a small, end-of-year celebration Monday afternoon.

Also, you do not need to return the white folder or homework folder to school. Do send your child’s backpack, because we will be sending home even more paperwork on Monday! 🙂

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein

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Second Grade News

Happy Friday!

In Jewish Studies this week, we studied Torah and learned that Adam and the woman (whose name was not yet Eve) ate fruit from the forbidden tree. God confirmed with them what they had done, and then punished the woman and the snake. We then had a great discussion about taking responsibility and not blaming others for our mistakes.

We finished studying Shavuot by singing a song about Mount Sinai and the receiving of the Torah.

We also reviewed the Hebrew names for our school supplies, and learned to use verbs to describe how we use them.

In Math this week, we studied different ways to organize data: pictures, tally charts, tables, and picture graphs. We studied lots of picture graphs, comparing and contrasting the information. We also examined real fruit, in order to create this graph.

Picture Graph - Fruit

Like last week, we caught another moment of spontaneous reading! 🙂

Hallway Reading

Today, we discussed Memorial Day, watched a short video, and had a nice discussion.

Memorial Day

We had so much fun celebrating Shavuot, with our Bikkurim Festival today!

Shavuot 1 Shavuot 2 Shavuot 3 Shavuot 4 Shavuot 5

Have a safe and fun Shavuot and Memorial Day!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Final Spelling List

For our last spelling list of the school year, we are studying the syllables -tion and -ture. The students brainstormed lots of wonderful words this morning!

Spelling List #19

There are two, special Bonus Words on this week’s list. I explained to the students that they can only help your score, not hurt it. Enjoy the challenge!

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Second Grade News

Shalom, Families!

This week in Jewish Studies, we read two Parashot, Parashat B’har and Parashat B’hukotai. We talked about giving the land and crops a rest every seven years; the Jubilee tradition every 50 years; and the benefits and punishments of following God’s rules.

We digitally “visited” the Kotel and wrote notes about our wishes.

Shavuot is coming soon! We studied the different names for the holiday, and read a story about receiving the Torah. Remember that our Bikkurim Celebration is taking place next Friday, 5/22. Please have your child wear all white, and bring a small basket of fruits and/or veggies. If you would like the basket returned to you, please label it with your name! 

In Math class this week, we studied fractions in a group.

Fractions in a Group 1 Fractions in a Group 2 Fractions in a Group 3 Fractions in a Group 4 Fractions in a Group 5

After a math test this week, we enjoyed a spontaneous moment of reading together!

Reading Together

In Library with Mrs. Hallett and Mrs. Freedman, the kids have been doing biography research, using books and kid-friendly websites. After gathering their information, they have begun writing their reports in General Studies. Here are some of the students sharing their Biographies with their classmates.

Biography 0 Biography 1 Biography 2 Biography 3

We enjoyed meeting with you during our conferences today, and look forward to meeting with the rest of you next week!

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Rivka & Ms. Stein

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Second Grade News


In Jewish Studies this week, we studied places in Yerushalayim, such as: the Kotel, museums, and the Supreme Court. We discussed what we would do day-to-day, if we were living there.

In Parashat Emor, we studied holidays that are in the Torah (Sukkot, Pesach, etc), and others that are not (Chanukah, Purim, etc). During holidays that are found in the Torah, we are not allowed to do any work. During the other holidays, we can still do our normal activities.

On Thursday, we had so much fun celebrating Lag B’Omer!

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This week, we enjoyed reading and discussing a story called Red, White, & Blue – The Story of the American Flag.

Red, White, & Blue Flags Red, White, & Blue

We studied some challenging vocabulary words, and practiced our dictionary skills too!


Have a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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This Week’s Spelling Skill

This week, we are revisiting an earlier skill that we studied. It’s called Inflected Endings, and it’s where we add -ed  and –ing to base words. We practiced the skill this morning.

List #18 Inflected Endings -ed & -ing

Have a wonderful week!

Ms. Stein

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Second Grade News

Shalom, Everybody!

We studied two Parashot this week. In Parashat Ahare Mot, we discussed how the Cohen Gadol asks for forgiveness from God on Yom Kippur, on behalf of the nation of Israel.

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photo 3In Parashat Kedoshim, we talked about what makes us holy. We keep Shabbat, help poor people, help old people, are nice to one another, etc.

We studied the history of the Jewish people and the land of Israel.

In Torah, we learned about the sin of the woman (whose name was not yet Eve) in the Garden of Eden. We discussed the conversation between the woman and the snake. The kids shared their thoughts about the Garden in today’s world. They had very insightful ideas about protecting the environment and enjoying what we have.

In Math class this week, we continued to study fractions. The students worked in rotating Centers, creating fraction art, doing independent work, playing a Fraction Pizza app on our iPads, playing a Hershey chocolate bar game, and also reviewing counting money and telling time.

Fraction practice Fractions 1 Fractions 2 Fractions 3

Today, we had a Mystery Reader named Ms. Pulley. She is a Librarian at the Mandarin Library. She also hosts an Art Club every other week. Ms. Pulley gave us a virtual tour of the library blog, and then read us three fun books. We learned that you can get a library card when you are born, so there is no minimum age! There are so many wonderful resources at the library, such as: books, ebooks, magazines, and movies. This was such a special visit!

Mystery Reader 0 Mystery Reader 1 Mystery Reader 3 Mystery Reader 4

We have actually been using one of the public library’s amazing resources during our Reading Centers. It’s called TumbleBooks, and it allows students to read, listen to, and interact with online books. There are games and activities that go along with the stories too. Some of the kids have written letters to characters, and I’ll send that work home soon. The students who have not yet had a turn to explore this site in Mrs. Freedman’s group are very excited!

Please stay tuned for lots of fun events happening in May! From Lag B’Omer to the Art & Talent Show, and swimming in P.E. to our Shavuot Bikkurim Festival, it will be an action-packed month!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Second Grade News

Shalom, Families!

This week in Jewish Studies, we learned about the Israeli flag, symbols, and national anthem (Hatikva). On Thursday, the whole school celebrated Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel’s 67th Birthday)!

Here is a Yom Ha’Atzmaut video for your enjoyment!

We studied Parashat Tazria and Parashat Metzora this week. They both discussed leprosy and purification rituals. The lesson we learned is about Brit Milah and keeping ourselves healthy.

In Math class, we began studying fractions!

Lesson 10.1 Halves & Quarters Lesson 10.1 Halves and Quarters

Here, the students were folding rectangles and circles into halves and quarters.

Fractions 1 Fractions 2

Samantha and Zoe, from middle school, taught us two, fun lessons this week! We learned more about Synonyms and Making Predictions. Thank you, Samantha and Zoe!

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Zoe 1 Zoe 2 Zoe 3 Zoe 4

Our Mystery Reader today was Rabbi Tilman! He read us The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss, and then we had a great discussion!

Mystery Reader 1 Mystery Reader 2 Mystery Reader 3 Mystery Reader 4 Mystery Reader 5

 We hope to see all of you at Community University on Sunday!

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Rivka & Ms. Stein

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