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29 Jan

The Keshet class was so thrilled to FINALLY be able to celebrate their Siddur Ceremony and Art Show! All of their hard work paid off and they presented everything so beautifully! Children have been learning the meaning of the tefillot, why we say them and how to pronounce them  (with a fabulous Israeli accent thanks to Morah Limor!) The Art unit was definitely a favorite of the children. They learned about a variety of famous artists, their styles, and the medium that liked using. A grandparent asked me how I chose the artists we studied and I have no other answer other than they are my favorite artists! Luckily the children felt the same way and created their own masterpieces that were then sold at a fabulous art show. We cannot thank you enough for all of your generous donations! We were able to raise $915.00 and we are not done collecting yet!!!!  
This week’s Parsha is Yitro. Yitro was the father of Moses’ wife Ziporah. Yitro heard the news about all that G-d had done for Moses and his people. He brought Moses’ wife and son to join him.
Yitro told Moses that he needed help judging and leading the people. Moses led the people to Mount Sinai (the same place where he sew the burning bush). The children of Israel getting ready to receive the Ten commandments.
Shabbat Table Questions?
1. Why was it important to give the Israelis laws (rules)?
2. if you could add a new law (rule) what would it be?
3. Do you have rules at you house?`
This week began with a celebration of the trees! In honor of Tu B’Shevat the entire school took part in  rotating stations. Each station focused on the holiday and the Shevat Hamanim! It was a wonderful way to begin the week. 
This week our center activity time was designated to Siddur Ceremony rehearsals! The children went to the B’nai Jacob Chapel and practiced their little hearts out!!! Other classes and faculty members were able to attend in order to be a part of this wonderful event. And boy did it pay off! They did the most amazing job and we are so incredibly proud of them!
This week for “reader’s workshop“, Morah Limor worked with the Kindergarten students on Hebrew, the first graders rotated through the different stations. Guided reading station with Morah Beth, read to self station, in which children quietly read a book, on their level, independently. They also spent time at the read to someone station, where 2 children took turns reading to each other. The next day while Morah Limor worked on Hebrew with the first grade, the kindergarten children will work through the same process. 
In this weeks math lesson the Kindergarten children worked on completing their length and measurement unit while first grade developed an understanding on 2 and 3 dimensional shapes. Stacking, sliding, rolling, sides and angles are all vocabulary used to describe the shapes and their properties. 
This weeks ‘Word of the Day” writing consisted of the words “into” and “our”. The children were given the words and asked to write two complete sentences, (uppercase, punctuation, and a complete thought in between). After writing their were asked to illustrate one or both sentences.
Spelling and sight words This week’s spelling words focus on the long /e/ sound. 1st graders were given activities in their spelling books as well as hands on homework activities. The Kindergarten children were provided with their sight words (some of which were in Hebrew as well) and asked to practice them with their families. They too have hands on homework that allows them to become more familiar with reading and writing these words, in a fun and sometimes silly way.
In Writer’s Workshop the children have begin their All About Me Books. Each child made a table of contents. They have 5 chapters to their books and have begun with an introduction the tells the reader a bit about themselves. Children know that “When you think your done…you’ve just begun. As writers there is always more we can add to our stories!
NEXT WEEK THERE WILL BE NO WACKY WEDNESDAY HOWEVER, on Friday please wear red and bring in $1.00 to show your support for Women’s Heart Health. All donations will go to American Red Cross. 
Thank you and Shabbat Shalom!!!!
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