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28 Apr

We began the week with a very somber mood. We spoke with the children, in an age appropriate manner, about Yom Hashoah. After reading Terrible Things An Allegory of the Holocaust, by Eve Bunting, and The Number on My Grandfather’s Arm by David A. Adler, and The Araboolies of Liberty Street by Sam Swope. We took this opportunity to talk about acceptance of others, how we want be treated, and how we should treat others. Children also had the opportunity to create beautiful butterflies that represent hope and honor those who had suffered and passed. With serious listening and some wonderful questions and comments the children learned some very valuable lessons that we hope will stay with them for a lifetime. 
Secular Studies:
Mid-week brought some light back into the class. While our trip to Massaro Farm had to be cancelled due to weather…. AGAIN… we were lucky enough to have them come to us.  Two sessions,run by different Massaro staff members taught the children a variety of things about seeds, plants, roots, etc.
Ask your child…
Q. What are the parts of the plant? A. roots, stem, seeds, leaves, flowers, fruit
Q. What do each of these things do for the plants? 
Q. Can you give examples of flowers (cauliflower/broccoli), seeds (peas/sesame), stems (celery/chard), and roots (carrots/potatoes) that we eat?
Q. What parts of the plant do we NOT eat? 
Children had the chance to act like seeds and grow into plants and trees. They also heard a story about seeds. 
The morning ended with a special treat… baby chick fro the farm!!!!!
This week in Science we learned about the planets Mercury and Venus.
Q. Can you sing on Mercury? A. No, because there is no air. 
Q. Where is Mercury in relation to the sun? A. It is the closest to the sun.
Q. How big is Mercury? A. Mercury is the smallest planet. 
Q. How long does it take Mercury to orbit around the sun? A. only 88 days when it takes Earth 365 days. 
Q. How long does it take Mercury to change from day to night and why? A. It takes 59 days to go from day to night on Mercury because it turns soooooo slowly on it’s axis. 
Q. Why is there no possibility of life on Mercury? A. Because it is so close to the sun, it is covered with raters, and is COMPLETELY dry. 
Q. How do we know facts about Mercury? A. Because of the Mariner 10, a space probe. 
* You can actually see Mercury , but only at sunrise or sunset. 
Q. Why is Venus called the Morning Star/Evening Star? A. Because it is at it’s brightest at sunrise/sunset.
Q. Why is Venus called Earth’s sister? A. because it is similar in size, gravity, and surface to the earth. They also both have clouds and are made of rock and metal. 
Q. Is Venus actually similar to Earth? A. No. it is the hottest planet in the solar system. There are no oceans because of it’s heat, and it is difficult for scientists to explore and gather information on the planet. 
Q. How is Venus’ rotation different from Earth’s? A. It spins slower and backwards compared to the Earth. 
Reading groups  are back to normal. Each group was provided with a book on their level and skills to work on as well. Skills covered varied from venn diagrams, main idea/details, chronological order, and cause and effect. After taking turns reading aloud each group worked through these skills in a variety of ways.
Things 1 spent time with a review of sight words and were asked to continue to practice their list. Things 2 were given their new Spelling words that focused on homophones. This was a challenging but fun unit!!! 
This week in math the Things 1 began learning about clocks and time. New vocabulary includes; digital, analog, face, hands. They learned how to tell time to the hour and the half hour. They all know how many seconds are in 1 minute, how many minutes in an hour, and how many hours in a day. We then took things a step further and talked about how many days in a week, weeks in a month, months and weeks in a year. These facts also tied into our solar system unit and we will be getting into more detail next week when we discuss the Earth!
Things 2  began a unit on estimation. as well as number order and comparing numbers. New vocabulary; estimate, more than, less than, greater than >, less than <, equal to =.
Parshiot Tazria Metzora: we watched the godcasts.  We talked about Lashon Hara — which rabbinic commentary connects to this parsha.  We played whisper down the lane to demonstrate how words can get changed and misunderstood so easily.  

We continued counting the Omer and preparing for Yom Haatzmaut.  We are learning songs and reading books about Israel, and will focus our Yom Hatzmaut activity on Jerusalem, and the Kotel and adjacent Western Wall Tunnels.  We are singing the songs Kachol veLavan, Sisu Et Yerushalayim, and Yerushalayim Shel Zahav — and more.
I am attaching photos that I gathered to use in a circle game “I am going to Israel…and I am going to visit…”; you may wish to review them with your child.  We have also been tracking the 8th grade Ezra trip to Israel, including in particular…my son Noam.  They got to say Hello to him today when he briefly called (each 8th grader gets a brief Friday phone call home).  
We celebrated Rosh Hodesh Iyar with a long Whole School Tefillah — which the children participated in nicely.
purify   טִהֵר  shave   גִּלּוּחַ  lamb   כֶּבֶשׂ  oil   שֶׁמֶן  dove   יוֹנָה
Hebrew Vocabulary for this week included the following words.

notebook   מַחְבֶּרֶת  Torah   תּוֹרָה  duck  בַּרְוָז  bathtub  אַמְבַּטְיָה  chicken   תַּרְנְגֹלֶת 

Attention Ezra Families with kids ages 2-8:
Join PJ Library and B’nai Jacob at a wonderful, interactive musical family Kabbalah Shabbat with a special appearance by BJ Cantor Malachi!
Date: May 5th 
Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm 
Location: B’nai Jacob
Cost: Free
All families welcome but RSVP is required.  Please RSVP to Stacey Battat at (203) 387-2424 or sbattat@jewishnewhaven.org
All children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Bring a friend!

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