Second Grade News


We hope you had a wonderful Passover! This was a very productive week of school.

In Jewish Studies, we prepared for Yom Ha’Atzmaut, by studying the date and traditions of the holiday. We compared and contrasted the birthday of Israel with our own birthdays.

We will be celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut next Thursday. Please have your child wear blue and white.

In Parashat Shemini, we discussed kosher and non-kosher animals. We also talked about the kosher symbols.

In Math class, we continued working on multiplication and division. The kids are doing a wonderful job of seeing the relationship between “families of numbers!” The students took a test, which is coming home today in their white folders.

Today, we discussed another way to write a division problem, and I explained that they will use that form in the future for long division. Then, we created a silly representation of that form, by having students become the divisordividend, and quotient!

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In Reading class, we learned about Helen Keller, and had a “word hunt,” searching for vocabulary words in the story.


We also studied poetry this week! Since it is National Poetry Month, we’ll continue to read, write, and enjoy poems throughout April.


Since there is no school on Monday, we look forward to seeing the students on Tuesday. If your child is in the Talent Show, please remember to send in any music they’ll be using on Tuesday! 

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Shalom, Families!

We were all so proud of the kids’ performance at the Passover Play on Tuesday! They worked so hard; and spoke and sang so beautifully in Hebrew! We hope you enjoy these video clips.

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In Reading class this week, we read a nonfiction story called “Frogs.” We studied vocabulary words, learned about baby animal and adult animal names, and had a fun discussion about frog facts.

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We also watched a fascinating video about the Glass Frog, which the students showed interest in, the day before. We discussed the words: transparent (able to be seen through), translucent (mostly clear), and camouflage (blending into the environment). We also shared facts about Benjamin Franklin, who invented (among many things) the “glass armonica,” which is a musical instrument featured in the video. You can enjoy the Glass Frog video here.

Have a wonderful Passover Break! Chag Pesach Sameach!

Ms. Stein

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This week in Parashat Tzav, we learned about the different laws of sacrifices. We discussed who teaches us laws in our lives today: our parents, Rabbis, teachers, the Torah, etc.

In Torah, we had already learned about Adam’s Creation. This week, we learned that Adam named the animals, and we studied the Creation of the first woman, whose name was not yet Eve.

The students studied the order of a seder and the foods on a seder plate. They have also been practicing very well for the upcoming Passover play! We hope you can be here this coming Tuesday, 3/31 from 9-10 am!

Passover play

In Reading this week, we enjoyed a nonfiction story called Life Cycle of a Pumpkin. We studied vocabulary words and Fact & Opinion. The students searched for facts and opinions in their own, personal books. We also reviewed capitalization & punctuation.

Word Study Skills Fact and Opinion

In Math, we continued to study multiplication and division. In our Centers, we enjoyed playing the games Multiplication War and Monsters of the Deep! You’ll see a multiplication test in your child’s white folder today.

Please remember to pack your child a cold lunch Mon-Thurs next week! The kitchen will be closed in preparation for Passover, and there is no school on Friday. Todah!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Today’s Spelling Lesson

Today, we studied short “u” words, and discussed the two sounds that are made from them. For example: jump and push both have a short “u,” but their sounds are different. Also, textbook makes a short “u” sound from its oo. The students are great at brainstorming words, based on the skill we’re studying, and we always seem to have more ideas than time in which to share them! 🙂

Short u Words

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Shalom, Families!

This has been a very productive week of testing! We are so proud of the students for working so diligently. We had a lot of fun recess time this week, both outdoor and indoor.


On Wednesday, we enjoyed reading a Scholastic News magazine about The Pony Express. We had a very nice discussion about different forms of communication and the geography of America.

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Scholastic News

In math class, we continued to study multiplication. We discussed turn-around facts, and how important it is to start memorizing the times tables.


The students each received a multiplication table to study, and then quizzed each other on the facts.

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 On Thursday, we celebrated Charlie’s special birthday!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein

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A Terrific Day of Testing!

The second graders did a terrific job taking the standardized tests today! They worked hard, stayed focused, and had a confident, positive attitude! We’re looking forward to a wonderful rest of the week.

Ms. Stein 🙂

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Shalom, Families!

This week, we studied two Parashot: Parashat Vayakhel and Parashat Pekude. We learned about the completion of the Mishkan and all of the things that were stored in it. Moses gave a report on the gifts that were given for the Mishkan, and how those gifts were used. We realized that when we do something, we need to follow the appropriate steps and double-check ourselves.

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We also began studying Pesach. Please mark your calendars because the students will be performing in a Pesach play on Tuesday, March 31st from 9-10 AM! 

In Torah, the kids learned that after God created the human being, He told them what to eat and what not to eat. They were allowed to eat every fruit or vegetable, except from the Tree of Knowledge.

In Art class, the students have been studying Vincent Van Gogh. Enjoy this slideshow and Pic Collage, created by Mrs. Gutterman!

Vincent Van Gogh

Today, the students strengthened their digital skills by choosing their own activities! Mrs. Freedman and I gave them five websites, covering four different topics (typing skills, math games, National Geographic info, and read aloud books)! Although they worked independently for most of the time, they had so much fun sharing and laughing at the end!

Digital 1 Digital 2

As you know, standardized testing begins next week. We discussed the 7 Top Test-Taking Tips. The main things to remember are: “Get a good night’s sleep. Eat a healthy breakfast. Read all answer choices before choosing one. Be confident and stay relaxed.” There will be no homework, and lots of fun next week!

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Rivka & Ms. Stein

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Shalom, Families!

This week in Jewish Studies, we studied the mitzvot of Purim. All of the mitzvot begin with a “Mem.” The following video is about those mitzvot.

In Parashat Tetzaveh, we learned that Moshe anointed the Cohen Gadol (high priests). We talked about the special clothing the Cohanim wore, and made comparisons to the different things that we wear today. For example, there are: regular clothes, Shabbat clothes, wedding attire, uniforms, and costumes.

In Torah, we studied the Creation of the human being. God created us from dust, and then breathed life into us.

As a reminder, if you would like to help us bake hamantashen on Monday, please contact Morah Rivka at

For Purim, we are going to fulfill the mitzvah of Mishloach Manot (exchanging gift baskets.) Please send in 13 identical items for the baskets we will create. You can send things such as: pencils, erasers, kosher candy or cookies, dried fruit, etc. Please send in these items by this coming Tuesday, March 3rd. 

Our special Mystery Reader today was Rabbi Rogozen!

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We hope you can make it to our Purim Festival on Sunday! We’re also looking forward to seeing the kids dressed up in their Purim costumes next Thursday! Have a great weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Rivka & Ms. Stein

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Chodesh Tov, Families!

Welcome to the Hebrew month of Adar! We have begun to learn about Purim! We talked about opposites and the story of Purim. On Thursday, we celebrated the start of this happy month by making fun masks.

Please save the date: On Monday, March 2nd, we will be baking hamantashen! Please email Morah Rivka at if you would like to volunteer to help.

In Torah, we studied Shabbat. In Parashat Terumah, God instructed Moses to collect donations, in order to build a Tabernacle (Mishkan). That was a portable synagogue that the people used while traveling through the desert.

Last week in General Studies, we learned even more about Presidents’ Day! Working in rotating small groups, we enjoyed many different activities: writing about our country, putting all of the presidents into ABC Order, writing the names of our 50 states on maps, and designing our own White Houses, using specific measurements for the windows and doors! We sent home the classwork on Friday, even if not all of it was completed. We also created a class board game last week called Add It Up! We worked in three groups, called Crews: the Rules Crew, the Layout & Measuring Crew, and the Symbols & Money Crew. This project was student-led, and it took a lot of conversation and negotiation to create our final product. Mrs. Freedman and I are so proud of how hard the kids worked, and how positively they participated!

In addition, Mrs. Hallett helped us record facts about President Washington and President Lincoln, as we took a “virtual tour” of the White House!

Our special Mystery Reader on Friday was Liza’s Aunt Yaffa!

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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This week in Jewish Studies, we studied the seventh day of Creation (Shabbat). We learned that it’s called Shabbat because God rested on this day. In Parashat Mishpatim, we talked about the laws that God gave to the Jewish people. For example: giving Tzedakah, taking care of orphans, and protecting each other from dangerous situations.

We’re continuing to create Tu B’Shevat projects using the app called Pixie. We finished studying the prayer, Ashrei. Next week, I’ll start testing the kids on this prayer, so please practice at home.

We also work in reading groups this week!

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This week in Math, we studied money, which tied in perfectly with Presidents’ Day! Please see Monday’s blogpost for more information.

We were all so proud of the kids’ musical performance Thursday night at Sea to Shining Sea! 🙂

Our Mystery Reader today was Blake’s mom! We loved having Blake’s sister spend time with us too!

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Next week, we will be doing some fun, hands-on, creative learning stations, in order to study Presidents’ Day! Here, Mrs. Freedman described the activities to the children, who seemed very excited!

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We also did a fun, Presidents’ Day activity today during Library class, with Mrs. Hallett. This research and technology-based project is ongoing, so we will give you more details soon.

This was an exciting Spirit Week! Thank you for all of your involvement and participation with the costumes!

Character Day

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein and Morah Rivka

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