Weekly Update


As you know, we began our week in a very somber mood. On Monday, after some journaling and a gentle class discussion about Esther and Orly, Ms. Wulbern and I asked the students to make cards for Orly. Even though most of the kids did not seem to know her, they related with either the experience of being in the hospital or just being sick. While I anticipated cute creativity, I did not expect such sensitivity, maturity, and compassion.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Orly

With Morah Rivka in Israel this week and next, the students have been working hard with Morah Ilana. On Tuesday, they helped decorate our school’s Sukkah!

Sukkah 1 Sukkah 2 Sukkah 3Some of the kids even built their own, mini Sukkah!

Sukkah 4 Sukkah 5 Sukkah 6

This week, we studied some new and important concepts. The first one comes from the book The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey. As a school-wide program, we are introducing these seven habits to our classes, one at a time. This month, we are learning about being proactive. I read aloud the first story from the book, which is called “Bored! Bored! Bored!” During a great class discussion, we learned that everyone needs to take responsibility for their own lives, including making their own FUN! We also talked about doing the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

7 Habits of Happy Kids!!

The second new concept we studied was called an “Ally” lesson. We began by reading aloud the book How Leo Learned to Be King by Marcus Fpister.


We discussed treating others respectfully instead of in a bossy way. We learned that it’s better to be an ally instead of just a bystander.

Ally Lesson

We worked through a lunchtime scenario and a recess scenario. Then, we  did some role playing, where the students were either the bossy one, the targeted one, or the ally!

Role Playing 1 Role Playing 2.1 Role Playing 3 Role Playing 4 Role Playing 5 Role Playing 6

Mrs. Teitelbaum joined us for one of our three lessons, and we learned a lot of practical information! We would like to thank her for her time.

Mrs. T 1 Mrs. T 2 Mrs. T 3 Mrs. T 4

In Math class, we began Unit 2. The students wrote in the Math Notebooks about number bonds and the part/whole relationship. We worked with number families as we wrote addition and subtraction equations. Next week, we will focus on subtraction and place value.

I can hardly believe all that we accomplished in just two and a half days! Have a wonderful Sukkot!

Chag Sameach,

Ms. Stein

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Weekly Update

Shalom, Families!

What a wonderful week this has been!

In Jewish Studies, we learned all about Yom Kippur. We discussed how to ask for forgiveness for things that we did wrong in the past year. Here are some students role-playing a few scenarios.

We also learned about the tradition of fasting (when we fast and who is allowed to fast). We learned about wearing white and non-leather shoes on Yom Kippur. The students also enjoyed a story about a second grade girl who wanted to fast. Her mother explained that there is a certain age when it is most appropriate to fast, which is after your Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

In General Studies this week, we were very productive! Four groups of students rotated through different Center activities: reading with Ms. Wulbern, doing a problem-solving math activity on place value with Ms. Stein, writing an outer space story, and working independently. The students also worked individually with Mrs. Gutterman on an artistic iPad activity.

In Math class, we compared and ordered numbers, using greater than/less than/equal to symbols. One day, we wrote our answers on mini white boards, and had the chance to write on the Smartboard!

Math 1  Math 2 Math 3  Math 3-1 Math 4

As a whole class, we talked about and brainstormed New Year’s Resolutions. In honor of Rosh Hashanah, we then wrote our own. Please ask your child to tell you about their personal resolution(s).

New Year_s Resolution Ideas

One day this week, Ms. Wulbern read aloud a very funny story called Piggie Pie! It showed us that we can be creative when writing our own stories, by bringing in characters from other books we’ve read.

Piggie Pie 1 Piggie Pie 2  Piggie Pie 3Our new student, Andrea shared her interest in home design and architecture by introducing us to HGTV. It was great to hear her explain the features of a “Smart Home” and to watch some interesting videos.

Andrea 1  Andrea 2

I will send home today’s Spelling test and yesterday’s Math test on Monday, along with some other classwork to show you.

We are looking for shoe boxes (or other similar boxes), wrapping paper, ribbon, buttons, pipe cleaners, and other small decorative objects. If you can donate any of these items for a special class project in General Studies, that would be great!

Shana Tovah ve’ Gmar Chatima Tovah,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Wonderful Wednesday!


Today, the students, Ms. Wulbern, and I had a brief and gentle talk about September 11th. I let the kids direct the discussion, based on what they already knew and questions that they had. We sang the Star Spangled Banner and listened to a patriotic march. We also focused on the idea that positive things can come from negative experiences. Here are our thoughts:

9_11In the early afternoon, at the end of our time together, we played a really fun, educational online game! It ties together our weekly theme of outer space and astronauts, along with some great nutrition data. The students learned about: the food groups (fruits, vegetables, protein, grains, and dairy), the meals of the day, the importance of physical activity, the many different ways to get exercise, and the concept of calories. The students were quite excited for me to post this link today, and to not wait until Friday’s Weekly Update! Have fun, Junior Astronauts!

My Plate Spaceship

Finally, I wanted to let you know that, following an in-depth review, we will be having our Unit 1 Math Test tomorrow.

As you can see, it was a Wonderful Wednesday!

Ms. Stein

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Spelling Information

Shana Tovah, Families!

I wanted to take a moment to clarify our Spelling program. Each Monday (or Tuesday after a holiday), we will take a Pretest to determine which spelling list is the most appropriate for each student. The words on the Pretest come from the “Green List.” After reviewing and assessing your child’s work, I will assign either the “Green List” or the “Blue List” for that week. The list that your child studies can change each week.

Your child will be coming home with a copy of their list, stapled to a homework packet that is due by Friday. I’ll also send home the Pretest so you can see how your child performed. I’ve noticed that sometimes kids who struggle with the words on the Pretest, perform very well on Friday’s actual test. I also reflect upon previous weeks’ scores. Therefore, as I get to know your child better, I will assign whichever list seems to be the most appropriate.

Both lists will be posted here on our blog all week long. The Bonus Words can only help the grade on your child’s test. Spelling them incorrectly will not count against their grade. The children had a lot of fun playing games and taking practice tests on SpellingCity.com two weeks ago, so I’m happy to continue that activity this week! Please let me know if you have any questions.


Ms. Stein :-)

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Weekly Update

Shalom, Families!

In Jewish Studies last week, the students began practicing their Hebrew reading and cursive Hebrew writing. Please review this reading material with your child each night, and remember to sign the card on the cover of the book.

We started preparing for Rosh Hashana by discussing the symbols and items of the holiday (new years cards, apples and honey, pomegranate, machzor, and round challahs).

Rosh Hashana 1 Rosh Hashana 2

We enjoyed singing a Rosh Hashanah song!


The students also learned that MOST IMPORTANTLY of all is to do תשובה and to say “סליחה”. We read three books about how to do תשובה and when to say “סליחה.”

We had a lot of fun baking honey cakes last week!

 Honey Cakes 1 Honey Cakes 2 Honeycakes 3 Honeycakes 4

In General Studies last Monday, we celebrated a special birthday!

Jett 1 Jett 2 Jett 3 Jett 4

 In Math class, we continued studying place value and number bonds.

Place Value Chart

We also worked in groups for Spelling and Reading practice.

Group Work

Before beginning to use laptops last week, we watched this funny video to remind us how to properly take care of our devices.

Taking Care of our Laptops

We’re looking forward to a fun, although very short, 1.5-day week of school!

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka


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Spelling Homework Info

Good Afternoon!

This morning, we took our first Spelling Pretest. Based on the kids’ performance, I assigned them to either the Blue List or the Green List. I reviewed each list with each group, and explained the homework. While I still need to give the Math homework day by day, I am giving the Spelling homework as a packet, which is due back by Friday. I don’t need the list or the pretest returned, just assignments 1, 2, & 3. I hope that having a packet makes it easier with your busy schedule. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Ms. Stein

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Our First Weekly Update!

Hello, Families!

This was such a fun-filled, first week of school! In Jewish Studies and General Studies, we have enjoyed getting to know your children and starting our school routine.

On Monday in General Studies, we made a bar graph to learn how many syllables are in our names.

Bar Graph

Here we are, exploring our new classroom, and getting to know one another better.

Exploring 1 Exploring 2 Exploring 3 Exploring 4

In Math class, we reviewed place value by grouping objects into tens and ones; writing two-digit number words; and skip counting by ones and tens. We played a dice game as a whole class, and also studied number bonds.

Lesson 1.1b Dice Activity Math class Number Bonds

We even began working in small groups. One group worked with Ms. Wulbern, who taught students to play a fun card game called Turnover Ten. Another group worked with Ms. Stein, building numbers using base-10 blocks. A third group did independent practice work.

In Reading class, we read a story called “Iris and Walter.” We learned about urban and rural environments, and created this Venn Diagram.

Iris and Walter Venn Diagram

Here, we’re just having fun during some free time!

Group Work

The students have weekly behavior charts taped to their desks. This helps them keep track of their behavior in both General Studies and Jewish Studies. I put these behavior charts into their Friday folders today so that you will know how their week went. If a student ever flips their card to red, Morah Rivka and I will send home a note that day to be signed and returned the next day. We’ll talk more about this at Back-to-School Night.

We celebrated two special birthdays this week!

Bday 1 Bday 2

Bday 3 Bday 4

In Jewish Studies this week, Morah Rivka emphasized ברוכים הבאים וברוכות הבאות (Welcome, boys and girls). Here are the students singing a welcoming song.

The students received a reading book in which they read a few pages in class, and practiced them again at home that night. This reinforces the day’s reading skills. Please sign the card each night to show that your child accomplished their assignment.

The students learned about the Hebrew months, and when they begin and end (Tishrei and Elul). They also prayed with Kitah Gimmel in the Chapel.

Kitah Bet will be baking honey cakes on Wed, 8/28 at 1:30pm. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Morah Rivka at rivka.cohen@mjgds.org.

As you can see, it was a busy and productive week! We’re looking forward to many more.

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Rivka & Ms. Stein

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A super first day of school!

Good Afternoon, Families!

We had such a great first day in second grade! In General Studies, we began by discussing the classroom rules, hand signals, our behavior chart, and the Great Behavior Jar. In Science class with Mrs. Jaffa, the kids did some scientific exploration outside! We continued this idea of exploration by doing a get-to-know-you activity in our classroom. Even though most of these kids have been in school together for years, some of them discovered new things about one another! As a whole school this morning, we enjoyed a Havdalah assembly. During snack time, Ms. Wulbern read aloud a funny book called My New Teacher and Me.

In Jewish Studies (just as in General Studies), we went over classroom rules and consequences for poor choices. Next, we learned to welcome each other, using the singular/plural and male/female grammar. We listened to a welcome song and played a game too. Then, we talked about classroom supplies, and played a game to name them in Hebrew. There is no homework tonight.

The only homework in General Studies tonight is to read anything your child chooses for at least 15 minutes. In their backpack, there is a homework folder with an assignment sheet. Beginning tomorrow, the students will be responsible for writing down some of their nightly work, so please keep this sheet in their homework folder so that it returns to school each day. I post homework assignments here on our Kitah Bet (Second Grade) blog, where you will also find lots of information, including the classroom procedures. Please check this blog at least every Friday for the General Studies/Jewish Studies weekly update. Have a great night!

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka : )

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Welcome to 2nd Grade!

Welcome and ברוכים הבאים!

Hello, Second Graders & Families!

This is Ms. Stein, Ms. Wulbern, Morah Rivka, and Morah Ilana. We welcome you to a new and exciting Second Grade school year! This is our first blog post of the year, and we will be using this communication platform to let you know what’s happening in each of our classrooms.  Please remember to bring a kosher morning snack and your Shabbat Siddur for Jewish Studies class.

We would like to let you know that our weekly schedule has changed this year! Here is a simplified version of the schedule. We will post and send home on Monday a more detailed version.

Mon, Wed, & Fri – General Studies in the morning, Jewish Studies in the afternoon

Tues & Thurs –  Jewish Studies in the morning, General Studies in the afternoon

It was very nice to see you at “Meet and Greet” yesterday. We are looking forward to seeing your smiling faces on Monday! Please remember that our school-wide pool party will take place this Sunday at 2:00.

Shabbat Shalom!

Kitah Bet Teachers

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For the Fantastic Fathers!

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