Happy Hanukkah!

 Brilliant Book in 6th Grade by: Lily D.

This week in Language Arts, we finished our book. The book is called The Night of the Burning. It was written by Linda Press Wulf. It is about two sisters in Poland, who are living after WW I.  The Night of the Burning was a Russian pogrom (racial riot) that happened in 1920. Jewish people were killed, and their property was burned. The older sister Devorah has frequent flashbacks to before and during the Night of the Burning. Months after the pogrom, the girls are living in an orphanage in Pinsk, Poland, where Jewish philanthropist Isaac Ochberg comes to relocate two- hundred children to South Africa. At the time, South Africa was a safe, populous Jewish nation.

We are also finishing our grammar unit on fixing run-on sentences. The phrase run-on sentence is misinterpreted . Most people think it is a sentence that goes on and on. It is actually just a sentence that isn’t properly punctuated. Here is an example:

I went to the pharmacy to pick up my medicine but the pharmacy was closed.

This is a run on, because it needs to have a comma in between medicine and but. There are two other ways to fix a run on, besides a comma. You can alter the sentence a little, by taking out the word but and adding a semi-colon.

I went to the pharmacy to pick up my medicine; the pharmacy was closed.

You can also add a period:

I went to the pharmacy to pick up my medicine. The pharmacy was closed.


Congratulations to Talia Z. for winning the GeoBee for the school!  Way to go!

Also congratulations to our other middle school students for making it to the finals: Sam K., Yosef B., Aidan K., Julia D., and Ben D.



7th Grade Hanukkah Fun! by: Ava J.

This week the 7th Grade finished reading the book The Outsiders. Everyone, but two people, in the 7th Grade enjoyed the book. The people who didn’t enjoy the book said it was because it was too sad.  On Tuesday, we had to complete chapters 11 and 12 vocabulary before we finished the book The Outsiders. One of our words was roundabout: many people got confused because they thought that it meant the street definition for roundabout. Actually, the definition  Mrs. Teitelbaum was looking for was the adjective. The adjective definition for the word roundabout is: not following a short direct route; circuitous. To use roundabout in a sentence you could say: The roundabout taxi driver made turns I never knew of, and we got home 15 minutes later than needed.

Not only did the 7th graders finish The Outsiders, they finished their unit on semicolons (;) and colons (:).  We learned that semicolons stop and then connects and that colons stop then introduces something. Because we finished the semicolon and colons unit on Monday, we had a quiz on semicolons and colons on Tuesday. We had to know all of the rules for semicolons and colons. Semicolons have 3 rules:

  • Join two independent clauses.
  • Separate items in a series with commas.
  • Join two independent clauses with a transition.

Colons also have 3 rules:

  • Introduce a list
  • Introduce a quotation
  • Introduce another summary or sentence

8th Grade

The 8th grade is continuing to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  After winter break, the class will be starting the big trial and actually get to act out some of the testimonies.  The class will finish the novel at the end of January.  The class has been learning over 100 vocabulary words with this novel.  It is a vocabulary “RICH” novel.  Everyone in the class is anxious to find out what will become of Scout and Jem, as well as, what will happen to Tom Robinson and the mysterious Boo Radley.


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