Wonderful First Day of School!

Shalom, Families!

Today was such a great first day of school! We did a lot of Community Building activities to get to know one another. You can ask your child to describe this team-building hula hoop activity!

Hula Hoop 1 Hula Hoop 2

We also enjoyed Science class with Mrs. Jaffa and P.E. with Coach today.

Please sign the Homework Calendar inside the Homework Folder, in order to show that you saw your child’s “behavior colors” for the day. This calendar will be used each day as a way of communicating between home and school, so please keep it inside the folder. We are so proud of our class, and are looking forward to tomorrow!

Just a reminder that the Daily 5 fee was due today. Thank you for helping to strengthen our reading/language arts program!

Ms. Stein

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Welcome Back to School!

Good Afternoon, Families!

We are so excited to welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year! If you were able to make it to Meet and Greet on Thursday, then we hope you enjoyed seeing your new classroom. There are some fun additions you’ll see tomorrow morning! Here are some pictures from that day.

Meet & Greet 1 Meet & Greet 2 Meet & Greet 3 Meet & Greet 4 Meet & Greet 5 Meet & Greet 6.1 Meet & Greet 7.1 Meet & Greet 8 Meet & Greet 9

If you are going to the pool party today at 2:00, have a great time! We will see you about 8:00 tomorrow morning for a super first day of second grade!

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

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Weekly Update

Shalom, Families!

For the past few weeks, we have been busy finishing projects and units of study. In Math class, we finished studying bar graphs.

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We recently began using a bar graph for Daily 5 to track our progress. While there is not much data on this graph, I am proud of the kids for taking ownership of their educational choices. I sent the graph home, and the students may continue to fill in the graph through the summer, if they like!

In Jewish Studies last week, the students concluded Parashat B’resheet in the Book of B’resheet.

We have celebrated a lot of birthdays during the last few weeks! Take a look:

Andrea 6 Andrea 5 Andrea 3  Andrea 4 Lucy 1 Lucy 2 Lucy 3 Elli & Maya 1 Elli & Maya 2 Elli & Maya 3 Elli & Maya 5 Jacob M & George 1 Jacob M & George 2 Jacob M & George 3 Jacob M & George 4 Jacob M & George 5 Jacob M & George 6

On Monday, we had our end-of-year party!

Party 1-1 Party 2 Party 3 Party 4 Party 5 Party 6

On Tuesday, we celebrated Shavuot!

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We are looking forward to a fun-filled half-day of school tomorrow! We are so proud of our almost-3rd graders!!!

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka :-)

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Weekly Update

Shalom, Families!

In Torah this week, we talked about the punishment that God gave to Adam and the woman for eating the forbidden fruit; and to the snake for convincing them to do it.

We continued our unit on Yom Ha’Atzmaut by studying the special prayer for Israel, singing songs, and discussing what we could be doing if we were living in Israel.

This week in Math class, we began studying Picture Graphs and Bar Graphs. We learned that there are different ways that data can be displayed.
Picture Graphs 1

Picture Graphs 2

Picture Graphs 3

Picture Graphs 4

Picture Graphs 5

This week, we studied our final Wordly Wise lesson! The students should be proud of how hard they worked, and of all the new vocabulary words they learned!

In Language Arts, we have finished our narrative writing, and have moved on to expository writing. Ms. Wulbern and I modeled the prewriting and drafting of a sample report on leopards, and now the students are working on their own animal reports.

Here is a Science update from Mrs. Jaffa:

We have been working on different land formations, and how weathering and erosion create the types of land we find on Earth.  On Monday, to finish our studies, we went over composite, shield, and cinder volcanoes.  Each student was asked to make a type of volcano with all of its parts. After asking each student about their volcano, we simulated an eruption. Here are some pictures from that day.

Science 1 Science 2 Science 3

Our Mystery Reader today was Maya’s dad! Not only did he read us two fun books, he also demonstrated his ability to mimic the voices of characters like Mickey Mouse, Popeye, and Cookie Monster!

MR 1 MR 2 MR 4 MR 5

We would like to acknowledge that tomorrow will be Armed Forces Day.

Armed Forces Day History

There will be no school on Monday due to a Professional Development Day for the teachers. There will also be no school next Friday due to Parent/Teacher Conferences. We will enjoy some fun and educational activities during our upcoming three-day week!

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Rivka & Ms. Stein

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Weekly Update


In Parashat B’har this week, we learned that “God tells Moses to instruct the people in the laws of the Sabbatical and Jubilee years.” We are supposed to give the land a rest every seventh year. We should allow hired laborers to go free after six years of service. Also, the 50th year is called a Jubilee year because it is sacred.

In Torah, we talked about Adam and the woman eating forbidden fruit. When God found out, they blamed one another. We discussed how we should each take responsibility for our own actions.

On Tuesday, we celebrated Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) with fun stations around the school! We took a virtual trip to Israel, visiting these cities and participating in these activities:

Hertzelia/Masadah – We chopped and ate Israeli salad in a “restaurant!”

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Tel Aviv – We shopped for snacks at a Shuk!

shopping 1 shopping 2 salad 2 salad 3

Eilat – We danced to Israeli music!

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Tzfat – We made Israeli artwork!

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Haifa/Maccabiah – We ran through an obstacle course!

Jerusalem – We visited a beautiful model of the Kotel, where we wrote and placed prayers and wishes!

Western Wall 1 Western Wall 2 Western Wall 3 Western Wall 4

That afternoon, we also participated in an environmental Mitzvah, cleaning up trash from Crown Point Rd and the back of our school’s property!

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Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Crown Point Cleanup Mitzvah!

On Tuesday afternoon, Kitah Bet will be participating in a cleanup of a small section of Crown Point Road. Since we “own” part of this road and are responsible for keeping it clean, this is a special mitzvah activity. Please have your child wear good sneakers and sunscreen, if you like. We will only be outside for a maximum of 45 minutes. The 2nd graders, and 6th graders who are helping us, will each be wearing a bright safety vest. The students will be organized into small groups, and will be accompanied by either a teacher or a parent volunteer.

Also, since we’ll be celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut in the morning, please have your child wear BLUE AND WHITE dress-down clothes.

It should be an active and very fun-filled day!

Ms. Stein :-)

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Weekly Update


This week in Torah, we began Perek Gimmel. We learned about the conversation between the snake and the woman, regarding eating from the forbidden tree. The snake tried to convince her to eat the forbidden fruit.

In Parashat Emor, we learned about: Shabbat, Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot; and how we are not allowed to do any work during these holidays. We also talked about counting the Omer from the second day of Pesach until Shavuot.

As we’re approaching Yom Ha’Atzmaut, we’re studying the history of Eretz Israel (the land) and Am Israel (the nation). We are discussing key events, and how the land and the people felt during each of these events. The map of Israel tells the story of what the people went through, from the time of our ancestors until the United Nations voted to make Israel the homeland of the Jewish people.

In Math this week, we continued studying capacity. We practiced identifying gallons, quarts, pints, and cups. Several students helped the class estimate and measure amounts of water. By experimenting like this, we discovered that the liter has a slightly larger capacity than a quart.

Lesson 12.3a Lesson 12.3b 1-1 Lesson 12.3b 2 Capacity Drawing 1

Next, we reviewed other units of measurement that we studied in the past. Meters and centimeters measure length; kilograms and grams measure weight; and hours and minutes measure time.

On Thursday, we enjoyed a hilarious puppet show, performed by Lily and her grandmother! We thank them for all of their energy and creativity!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Dress Down Day

This is a reminder that tomorrow is a dress down day, in honor of Rosh Hodesh Iyar! :-)

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Weekly Update

Shalom, Families!

In Math this week, we began studying capacity! The students learned to estimate capacity by comparing containers of different sizes.  Then, we discussed how, just like with the measurement of length and weight, it’s important to measure capacity in standard units. The students were introduced to the liter as a standard unit of capacity. Next week, we will study: gallons, quarts, pints, and cups.

Lesson 12.1 Capacity Lesson 12.1 Capacity 2 Lesson 12.1 Capacity 3 Lesson 12.2a part 1 Lesson 12.2a part 2

 Today, we celebrated a special birthday!

Evan 1-1 Evan 2 Evan 3 Evan 4

Have a wonderful weekend! Shabbat Shalom!

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Weekly Update

Happy start to your Passover Break!

Yeladim, we are so proud of your performance in your Passover play! You are great actors, actresses, and singers. We know you worked very hard, rehearsing for this day, and we hope you are proud of yourselves too!

This week, we studied Earth Day, which will take place on Tuesday, April 22nd. We learned about the history of this important day, watched a short video, and sang a fun song called “What Can I Do About Pollution?” We will continue doing some fun Earth Day activities the week we return to school.

Earth Day

In math class, we finished studying fractions.

Fraction Square 1 Fraction Square 2

In Wordly Wise, our story was called Castles of Sand, and we learned about an annual sandcastle and sculpture day every August on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Check out these great pictures of real sand creations that we found!

sand castle lit up sand fish sand Jeep sand people Sand Shark

We’ve been continuing to observe the eagles in Davenport, Iowa. We were so excited to see the mom feeding the baby this morning!

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You can visit this site and scroll down to see a tree top view and a nest view.

Our Mystery Reader today was Jacob G.’s dad!

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 Have a safe, relaxing, and delicious Passover Break!

Chag Pesach Sameach,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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