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19 May

We began the week without Morah Miriam… and while we missed her terribly we were lucky enough to have Morah Shira join us. We began Monday morning with a joint Tefillah with Babaganoush, where we shared out Tefillah knock knock joke 😂. Morah Jacqui really appreciated it! On Thursday the 5th grade students came to share Hebrew stories that they had written. Three stories were shared with all of the Keshet class! After reading the stories the authors asked questions to see if the children understood what they had heard. 
Don’t forget about Sprit Week starting on Monday!!! The class with the highest average participation will receive an ice cream paid for by the Student Council on Friday….and we LOVE ice cream!
Monday: Sports Day ⚽⚾
Tuesday: Crazy Hair Day 
Wednesday: Disney Day  
Thursday: Rainbow Day  
Friday: Pajama Day ($1 charge for students to wear pajamas instead of Ezra Uniform) 
 
Secular Studies:
This week in Science learned about Jupiter and Saturn. Here are some facts you can ask your children about. 
JUPITER
Jupiter has rings, but they are very difficult to see.– Jupiter is made of liquid and gasses. – Jupiter’s clouds move in opposite directions and cause the wind to blow VERY fast (240 miles per hour) – Jupiter is the 5th planet from the sun. – Jupiter is the largest planet. – All of the planets in the solar system together could fit inside Jupiter. – 1, 400 earth’s could fit inside Jupiter. – There is a giant red spot that is a storm, on Jupiter that is bigger than our entire planet! – Jupiter has 63 moons.
SATURN
Saturn’s rings orbit around the planet. – The rings are made of ice, dust and dirt  – There are about 10,000 rings around Saturn. – There are 30 moons orbiting Saturn. – Saturn is the 6th planet from the sun. – It is the second largest planet. – The wind on Saturn blows faster than a tornado. While Saturn is very large it is one of the lightest planets.
 
Reading groups  began on Monday with many small groups. Each group reading a book appropriate for their rising reading levels. Teachers rotated throughout each group supporting and assessing each group’s reading while assisting with the skills work when necessary.Some children continued to read about the solar system while others were provided engaging stories where we were able to focus on cause and effect, common/proper nouns, and writing in complete sentences.
Things 1 have been reviewing their sight words and doing their best to incorporate them into their writing!  Things 2 were given their new Spelling words that focused on long vowel sounds. (double vowels, silent e, y at the end of a word. ) Again, former lists were provided but the children did not know which words would be chosen for Friday’s quiz!. 
 
This week in math the Things 1 and Things 2  began their units on money. Things 1 learned  the names and values of coins, as well as some of their traits. Size, color, texture of the sides…) While this was a review for Things 2, who had been previously introduced to money earlier in their education careers, they were then able to show different ways to make change. The week ended with mixed groups working together to display how many ways the amounts given could be showed. 
 
Judaics/Hebrew:
Parshiyot Behar/Behukotai: we watched the godcasts, and talked about .  We discussed the Shnat Shmita (sabbatical year — every 7th year, rest the land) and the Shnat Hayovel (every 50th year — everyone goes free!).  We discussed the Maasar — tithing — which is giving away 1/10th of what you have.
 
This is the verse on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia — directly from this week’s parsha, Leviticus 25:10, see here: 
  וְקִדַּשְׁתֶּם, אֵת שְׁנַת הַחֲמִשִּׁיםשָׁנָה, וּקְרָאתֶם דְּרוֹר בָּאָרֶץ, לְכָל-יֹשְׁבֶיהָ; יוֹבֵל הִוא, תִּהְיֶה לָכֶם, וְשַׁבְתֶּם אִישׁ אֶל-אֲחֻזָּתוֹ, וְאִישׁ אֶל-מִשְׁפַּחְתּוֹ תָּשֻׁבוּ. 10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof; it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.
This is the last parsha in Vayikra; on to Bamidbar next week!
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