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18 Nov

This week began with a change of seating. Children are getting a new perspective on the classroom with their new seats and new tablemates. Jacob and Michal D. have been leading us in Tefillah with great participation, and a special Thanksgiving treat will be coming to your inbox soon. 🙂 
We ended the week with a special guest! Mira (Mick’s Ima) came to share some stories in Hebrew with us. She would read a page in Hebrew and some of our Hebrew speaking students translated for the rest of us 🙂 Todah Raba Mira!
We would also like to thank everyone for coming to see us for a conference. It was so nice to be able to sit and talk about your children and all of the wonderful things we see from them on a daily basis. 
 
Some very important new Open Circle skills have been introduced this week. They are practiced and talked about every day and it would be of great benefit to your children if they are carried over into their home life as well. 
Double D behaviors are dangerous or destructive and require immediate grown-up attention. If a child is causing harm to themselves or another it should immediately be reported to a grown-up. With situations that are not Double D, we encourage the children to work on their problem solving skills at the Solution Station.  The Solution Station is a small area in the classroom that is equipped with a cozy place to sit, and posters that remind the children of how to handle a problem. 
There are 4 steps needed to solving a problem. 
1. Stay Calm; this may be done by counting to ten or deep breathing…or even both. 
2. Tell how you feel and why; I feel _____________, because, _______________. Any feeling we have is okay to express as long as we tell why we are feeling that way, and doing it in an appropriate manner. 
3. Think of possible solutions together. This ties into our cooperation unit and how it is important to listen to each other. 
4. Agree on a compromise. 
If children go to the solution Station and are unable to resolve their issues than teacher (or parent) can then be solicited for guidance. 
 
We have also introduced the “Response-Ability Mats” This is an area that children can go to when they make a poor choice and feel upset. When this happens they will sit on a red mat. They are encouraged to embrace their feeling for a bit. They can then show that they are thinking about their choice and how they could have made a better one by moving over to the yellow mat. Once they are ready to talk about the problem, and why they made the choice they did, they can move to a blue mat. When a child is on the blue mat the teacher knows that they are ready to take responsibility for their actions and talk about their plan so it does not happen again. 
 
We strongly encourage you to use these skills and techniques at home. The more connected home and school can be the more successful the children will be!
(please see attached photos for reference)
In Social Studies we have begun our Thanksgiving unit!!!! It is hard to believe that in only a few days we will be celebrating with our families in a variety of ways. The children were introduced to the meaning behind why we actually celebrate this holiday. They have an understanding of who the Pilgrims were and why they felt as though they needed to leave England (the king’s rules about religion/God)  and Holland (lots or hard work, little money, and afraid their children would forget their English and have to fight for Holland. 
Some vocabulary and important people fr you to ask your children about are…
Pilgrims: People who travelled on a long journey
Voyage: a long trip
Speedwell: One of the ships that was not able to make the voyage.
Mayflower: The ship that made the long voyage
Plymouth Rock: Where the Pilgrims settled.
Samoset: The Pilgrims first friend in the new land.
Squanto: The man who helped the Pilgrims survive.
Hebrew vocabulary continues to flow freely throughout the classroom. In addition to the previously mentioned vocabulary (body parts, left/right, run, walk, etc..) Things 2 have been given their 4th spelling list. Their new words are…
previous words are as follows…
Year     שָׁנָה   good      טוֹב    me   אֲנִי    Say    אָמַר    Life    חַיִּים   Shofar   שׁוֹפָר   Apple   תַּפּוּחַ  honey  דְּבַשׁ   eat    אָכַל   water    מַיִם   water    שָׁטַף   drink   שָׁתָה   write   כָּתַב      sentence  מִשְׁפָּט   happy   שָׂמֵחַ   baby fish    דָּגִיג   fish     דָּג    ice cream  גְּלִידָה   teacher    מוֹרֶה    child     יֶלֶד soup  מָרָק house  בַּיִת; grass  דֶּשֶׁא; shirt  חֻלְצָה ; squirrel   סְנָאִי ; painting  ציור ; Israel   יִשְׂרָאֵל; love  אָהַב ; kippa  כיפה ; clown  לֵיצָן    create    ברא   sky    שָׁמַיִם   earth   אֶרֶץ    light   אוֹר   darkness  חֹשֶׁךְ
no   לֹא   can  יָכֹל   pants   מִכְנָסַיִם    notebook  מַחְבֶּרֶת   wear  לָבַשׁ   fruit  פְּרִי    red   אָדֹם   hair   אָדֹם   tomato   עַגְבָנִיָּה
New words that have been introduced are as follows; 
letters    אוֹת     lions   אַרְיֵה     there and here    שם    Alphabet    אָלֶפְבֵּית    flag   דֶּגֶל
Reading groups are continuing in a variety of ways. This week children rotated through a variety of stations. While one group listened to a story on the iPad, another group worked independently, and another read with the teacher. Skills developed were, characters, setting, problem, and solution.
Children are practicing the appropriate expectations we have for each of these groups. (please see Rules for Reading photo.)
This weeks sight words were practiced with a fun memory game and a race to read. Children were placed in groups and each had an opportunity to take different leadership roles. Spelling words focused on /dr/, /gr/, and /tr/ consonant blends. Children worked through their workbook pages with games and lots of repletion. Things 2 are also learning about parts of speech. Nouns, verbs and pronouns have all been introduced. 
 
This week in math the Things 1 group continued to develop number order both forwards and backwards. 
Things 2 are continuing their unit on subtraction. Vocabulary such as; equation, sum, difference, part-part-whole are continuing regularly so children become familiar and comfortable using them. 
This week’s parsha: Vayera.  We watched the godcast and “I Love to Laugh”, and we read “Sarah Laughs”, “Lech Lecha”, “Who’s That Sleeping on my Sofabed”, and “Thidwick the ּBig-hearted Moose.  We did our role play, including the characters: Avraham, Sarah, God, Yitzchak, Lot, Lot’s Wife, all the evil people of Sodom, and 3 Angels.  

Parsha Vocabulary words:
Angel   מַלְאָךְ   Tent   אֹהֶל   I got old   זקנתי    Donkey   חֲמוֹר    Here I Am   הנני
And now for some Ezra fun for everyone!!!!

EZRA PARLOR MEETINGS ARE HERE!

Did you know that over 98% of Ezra families would recommend Ezra Academy to other Jewish Families?

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO HELP SPEARD TH WORD and recommend Ezra to young families who are looking for a great education and a warm, welcoming community.

Parlor meetings enable prospective families to meet current Ezra families and learn more about our Jewish day school.

As a part of our amazing community, we need YOU to reach out and spread the word!

  • Ezra Academy Parlor Meeting in WestvilleTuesday, Nov. 29th 7pm – 9pm
  • Ezra Academy Parlor Meeting in WoodbridgeSunday, Dec. 11, 7pm – 9pm

RSVP to Rachel Wiseman Gerber at wisemangerber@gmail.com or (203) 887-1182

PJ Library/Ezra Academy PAJAMA PARTY at the JCC

Join Ezra Academy and PJ Library as we work to bring our community together with this FUN AND FREE Event.

Free HANUKKAH CRAFTS, STORIES and FUN

MAKE A MENORAH OUT OF PASTA!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

10:30am – 11:30am during the Woodbridge JCC Holiday Craft Fair

Ages 2-8

Grandparents Welcome

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Shabbat Shalom
 
Beth and Miriam 🙂

 

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