First Grade Self-Portraits

First graders looked for clues about Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Khalo in their self-portraits. Vincent Van Gogh never smiled in his self-portraits.

Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat. Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise).

Autorretrato con Bonito – Frida Kahlo. 1941Frida Khalo was known for painting self-portraits with animals and curtains of leaves as the background. First graders created self-portraits in the style of Frida Khalo.

First Grade: Color Poetry

In language arts, first grade read a book entitled “Hailstones and Halibut Bones” by Mary O’Neill.  It contains works of poetry about the colors of the spectrum. Students chose a color and wrote sensory poems.  They described how the color sounds, smells, tastes, looks, and feels.

In visual arts, first grade learned about the color wheel, tints and shades. A tint is when white is added to a color. A shade is when black is added to a color. They mixed paint to create tints and shades and created a background for their poems.

First Grade: Stop Motion Animation

First graders created a stop motion animation using their 3D printed bookmarks.

3D Printed Bookmarks: Students drew themselves and then they were introduced to the app, Morphi. Morphi allows the user to take a drawing and turn it into a 3D picture.

The 3D picture was imported into Simplify. Simplify gets the 3D picture ready to print.

Stop Motion Animation: Students had different jobs to create their stop motion animation. The jobs were;

Car mover #1 moved the car into the frame.

Car mover #2 moved the car out of the frame.

People mover moved the bookmark to the door.

Director: Pressed the button and checked each frame.

First graders came together as a team to create their animations.

Yom Haatzmaut

Hadassah University Medical Hospital is home to the Chagall stained glass windows. The windows represent the twelve tribes of Israel.

“This is my modest gift to the Jewish people who have always dreamt of biblical love, friendship and  of peace among all peoples. This is my gift to that people which lived here thousands of years ago among the other Semitic people.” Marc Chagall, February 6, 1962

In celebration of Yom Haatzmaut, all classes got a chance to create their own version of stained glass windows, that currently decorates the hallway.


Mandarin Art Festival

Congratulations to the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School in the Mandarin Art Festival!

Eli won second place for grades K-2 .

Elliana won second place for grades 3-5.

Masha got an honorable mention.

Madison                                         Eli                                             Aaron


Kyra,                                                          Andrew                 Sophia


Sadie                                             Morgan


Elliana                                                                    Masha