Our 100th Day of School Celebration!

We had so much fun celebrating the 1ooth Day of School today!

100th Day of School! 100th

We sang a cute song about this special day!

We made estimates about how many times we could do certain activities in 100 seconds, like: clapping, saying the alphabet, and writing our names. Then, we calculated the actual times, and reflected on what we learned. Here, we are jumping for 100 seconds!

We also had free choice time, where the students could solve 100 basic facts, stretch their minds with tricky story problems, draw a portrait of themselves as a 100-year old, write an acrostic poem, and other fun activities. What a fun day! ūüôā

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Groundhog Day!

Today, we had a wonderful discussion about Groundhog Day! We read aloud a book called Groundhog Gets A Say, we explored this website, and each student made a prediction about an early spring or six more weeks of winter!

Groundhog Day


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Second Grade News


Last week, we enjoyed reflecting upon our special CritterKin project. Here is a wonderful video, made by Mrs. Gutterman!

In Math last week, we continued measuring in standard units, especially meters and centimeters.

Measure 1 Measure 2 Measure 3 Measurements in the Classrooms

We even measured how far we can reach!

Measuring 1 Measuring 2 Measuring 3

We had two special Mystery Readers last week! Here are pictures from the first one, Rabbi Lubliner!

Mystery Reader 1

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

Here are pictures from the second one, Charlie’s dad!

Mystery Reader 2 1

Mystery Reader 2 2 Mystery Reader 2 3 Mystery Reader 2 4

February is going to be a very busy month, full of fun activities, such as Spirit Week! I will post reminders here, since it’s a lot to remember.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Ms. Stein

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Second Grade News

Shalom, Families!

Mrs. Gutterman is working on a recycled art project for Tu B’Shevat. She is asking for donations of empty and washed 2-liter soda bottles by January 31st. Thank you!

This week in Jewish Studies, we learned about the structure of trees. We discussed the different kinds of branches, leaves, flowers, and fruits. Also, we talked about how trees can look very different during each season. Using an app called Pixie, we are designing trees of our own, and naming the parts in Hebrew!

In Parashat Bo, we studied the last three plagues (locusts, darkness, and the death of the first born son). From this Parashah, we learned what the mezuzah represents.

In Torah, we learned about the Creation of the human beings and the animals. People were created in God’s image, and they are the “king” of the animal kingdom. We should appreciate and use what God has given us (intelligence, resources, etc).

In Math this week, we began studying Length. We learned about measuring in Non-Standard Units, such as: paper clips, footprints, and arm spans. While this was fun, we saw that these units wouldn’t be¬†understood by everyone in the world, and that they can change over time.

Non-Standard Units  Measuring 1 Measuring 2 Measuring 3

Next week, we will study Standard Units!

As you know, we worked on a project this week called CritterKin! We learned about rescuing animals, accepting differences and imperfection, and being kind to all creatures. You will see the notes that we took in class arriving home today in your child’s white folder. We enjoyed doing two Google Hangouts with author and illustrator, Jena Ball! Here are two videos from the first one.

We also enjoyed making dog toys from the T-shirts you generously sent in!

Dog Toys 1-1 Dog Toys 2 Dog Toys 3

We were so grateful to have¬†Morah Eta’s sister, Ms. Osher and her dog, Gypsy visit our classroom!

Dog 1 Dog 2

We learned a lot about Greyhound dogs, and everyone had the chance to pet her. We even examined Gypsy’s toes, mouth, and toothbrush!

Dog Toes Dog_s mouth Dog Toothbrush

Our¬†Mystery Reader today was Efrat’s¬†Safta!

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

She read us a beautiful book, completely in Hebrew, and Efrat translated!

Stay safe and dry this weekend!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Second Grade News

Happy Friday!

In the white folders today, I sent home the Thanksgiving story that your child wrote. It had been hanging on our Sharing Wall, and I’m excited to now share it with you!

On Monday, we celebrated a special birthday!

Efrat 1 Efrat 2 Efrat 3 Efrat 4 Efrat 5

Today, we celebrated a special HALF-birthday!

Zoe 1    Zoe 2 Zoe 3 Zoe 4

This week, we studied Martin Luther King, Jr. and delicately discussed how he changed the world. The class discussions and questions that the kids asked were wonderful! We read a Scholastic News magazine (which we’ll finish next week), and we watched a video about Dr. King’s childhood, experiences, and beliefs; as well as the laws at that time in history. We also¬†talked about big words, like segregation and integration. Here are some images from that video.


Have a relaxing three-day weekend!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Mrs. Freedman

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Second Grade News

Happy 2015!

Last week, in Parashat Sh’mot, we discussed the beginning of the Israelites’ slavery. We also talked about the birth of Moses and the burning bush. We celebrate Pesach in order to remember the hard lives that the Israelites lived¬†in Egypt. The bitter herb reminds us of their bitter lives.

In Torah, we learned about the fifth day of Creation. God created the birds and the animals from the ocean.

We had fun¬†naming the items in our pencil boxes by their Hebrew names. We played a game to practice these new vocabulary words. Next week, we will begin studying Tu B’Shevat!

In Math class last¬†week, we continued to¬†study subtraction with regrouping. Problems such as 600 – 182 were really tricky because the kids had to regroup twice, changing the tens place first to a 10, and then to a 9. Not only can¬†this be¬†a challenging skill for kids at first, but sometimes they regroup when they don’t need to. We talk about whether or not the place value positions are “happy.” If we’re able to subtract without doing anything, then the place is happy. If regrouping is necessary, then it’s not happy until we do the work. We will continue to practice in class.

The students are doing very well with our Word Work routine. Using their spelling words, they create flash cards, put them into ABC Order, and write sentences. For some lessons, there are sorting or matching games. Many of the students also enjoy practicing their words in the iPad app DoodleBuddy.

Word Work 1 Word Work 2 Word Work 3

During Daily 5, the students make choices on what they need to do. Here, you see students listening to read aloud stories, reading to themselves, taking an A.R. quiz, and publishing their writing. We love to see the kids gaining more and more independence!

Daily 5

 On Friday, we had a much-needed desk cleaning party!

Desk Cleaning 1 Desk Cleaning 2 Desk Cleaning 3 Desk Cleaning 4 Desk Cleaning 5

We had a special Mystery Reader on Friday!

MR 1 MR 2 MR 3 MR 4

We’re looking forward to a wonderful week!

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka


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Tonight’s Math Homework

Today in Math class, we continued to study subtraction with regrouping. The problems were more challenging than before because the students needed to regroup the tens place twice, making it 10 tens, and then 9 tens. For an example, try the problem 600 – 182. For tonight’s homework, (Workbook p.63) do your best, and don’t worry if it’s tricky! We will go over the answers tomorrow, and we’ll keep practicing. Practice makes permanent!

Ms. Stein ūüôā

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Spelling Lesson

In Spelling class this morning, we began studying the Long e  sound. Instead of a Pretest this week, we brainstormed Long e words together, and noticed the different ways to spell them.

Long e Long e & i Before e Rule

The students will still be bringing home spelling lists, and as usual, there will be a test on Friday.

Ms. Stein

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Second Grade News


We hope you had a wonderful Chanukah, and are enjoying your Winter Break! Last week in Jewish Studies, we reviewed the Chanukah blessings. We discussed what to do in order to remember the miracles: lighting the Chanukkiah, playing with dreidels, and eating latkes and sufganiyot!

JS 13 JS 12 JS 11 JS 10 JS 9 JS 8 JS 7 JS 6               JS 5 JS 4 JS 3 JS 2 JS 1

We also learned about three Parashot last¬†week: Miketz, Vayigash, and Vayechi! We talked about preparing for the future, helping our families, and how it’s a custom for parents to bless their children every Friday.

We celebrated a special birthday last week!

Owen 1 Owen 2 Owen 3 Owen 4

During that birthday celebration, we watched a wonderful Chanukah video!

In Math class, we began subtracting with regrouping. After practicing several mental math strategies, we learned the traditional method of renaming tens into ones and subtracting downward in straight columns. The students enjoyed coming up to the Smartboard to help us solve these problems.

Efrat Blake

We had two special Mystery Readers last week!

Here were the clues for the first one:

1. Has lots of cats, although they’re not real ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 2. Traveled a long way to be here ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 3. Wears lots of rings

We were so happy to have Owen’s grandmother visit us!


These were the clues for our second Mystery Reader:

Mystery Reader 2.1¬†We were also grateful to have Morgan’s¬†sister, Rebecca visit us!

M R Mystery Reader 2.2 Mystery Reader 2.3 Mystery Reader 2.4

Last Friday, we had a great time celebrating Chanukah with the whole school!

Chanukah 1 Chanukah 2 Chanukah 3 Chanukah 4 Chanukah 5 Chanukah 6 Chanukah 7 Chanukah 8

We would all like to thank you very much for your thoughtful holiday gift! Have a great New Year’s, and we’ll see you in 2015!

Morah Rivka, Morah Ilana, Morah Mazal, Ms. Stein & Mrs. Freedman

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Today’s Math Lesson

Good Afternoon, Parents!

Today in Math class, we¬†learned about mental subtraction skills. From First Grade work, and from lessons earlier this year, we reviewed number bonds and making numbers more “friendly.” ūüôā While these were called mental math activities, we also wrote down our brainwork, in order to help us keep track of information, as the numbers got bigger. You can see here how the information from one problem prepared us for the next.

Subtracting Mentally 1

We talked about how different strategies work better for different people. Since some kids were familiar with the traditional algorithm of writing the numbers vertically, I did give a little preview of tomorrow’s lesson, where we’ll be learning to regroup when subtracting! However, for tonight, I’ve asked the kids to try to use the strategies we practiced in class. Here is more of what we worked on:

Subtracting Mentally 2

Mrs. Freedman and I even modeled this lesson by sitting on the floor with the kids, breaking apart¬†a 10 into ten ones, and then subtracting. We called this making an exchange at the bank! We’ve played several games this year that help the kids practice this hands-on skill with concrete objects. Tomorrow, we will learn what Singapore Math calls the abstract method of subtracting, where we rename tens and ones. Kids grasp these concepts at different rates, so please assure your child that it will all come together. Also, please continue to practice the basic subtraction facts through 20 with your child so they have faster recall. We always allow the kids to use hundred charts and addition charts; and we’re going to give them subtraction charts as well!

Thank you!

Ms. Stein

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