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10 Jun

The Keshet class had a really wonderful week. On Monday almost everyone clipped up to blue!!!!!! Tuesday the school had the privilege of being run my Gabrielle H. (as Jackie for the day) and myself (as Head of School for the day). I may have had a bit of fun with it. Let’s just day that Dr. Waynik is a VERY GOOD sport! (see photos).  Wednesday began with a beautiful Tefillah with Ilanot. The ruach of the children was simply infectious! Thursday we had a fun, Shavout celebration with Vicki and Ron, where we made a very tasty treat, and Friday needed with our last Whole School Kabbalat Shabbat, outside in the courtyard on an absolutely perfect day!

SECULAR with Morah Beth 

This week our center’s consisted of a rousing game of monopoly! Children have been learning all about money and Monopoly was a great way for them to implement the skills they learned. The second center was writing. Children have been learning about Shavuot and the 10 Commandments. Each child was asked to make their own tablets with commandments that are important for them.

During “reader’s workshop“, children of all ages were grouped with their appropriate reading peers.Groups were engaged in a variety of different literacy activities. Some children read  independently (Read to self), while some are “read to someone”. Each group reads on their appropriate level and then focuses on comprehension as well as language skills. This weeks skills were as follows; recognizing the setting changes and being able to write about them descriptively, identifying the problem and solution, positional words, ad main idea and supporting details. Children worked quietly in their small groups while I rotated to each group listening to them read and assisting when necessary.

In this weeks math lesson the children learned all about money! The names and values of the coins as well as different ways to make the amounts given.

Kindergarten children also began a money unit with the same skills and a more age appropriate skill set.

This weeks ‘Word of the Day” writing consisted of a word the children chose. There was a list of words related to Shavuot. Each child chose two words and write a sentence for each! (uppercase, punctuation, and a complete thought in between). Each sentence required a noun, adjective, and verb. After writing their were asked to illustrate one or both sentences.

Spelling and sight words This week’s spelling words focus on review words. they are expected to know for second grade.  Another surprise quiz was given….and yes, they were surprised again!

In Writer’s Workshop children are finishing up their “How To” writing. Children were encouraged to think about something they can do confidently. They were then asked to write a few chapters explaining to the reader “how to” do their activity. There is a wide variety of topics that are being explored.

In Social Studies, we travelled home! After all of our flying about the world it was time to come back to the United States. We learned about three different children who live in three very different areas of the United States. we were able to compare where and how the children live with where and how we live!We also had an all American treat… Apple Pie!!!!!

JUDAICS with Morah Limor

This week’s centers consisted of creating an Aron Kodesh for the Torah your children have been working on all year! The second center focused on Hebrew reading and Hebrew hangman!


In class we learned that Shavout in Hebrew means “weeks”. Since Passover we have been counting the Omer for 49 days, or 7 weeks. On Passover we welcome the beginning of spring and now we celebrate the beginning of summer. Back in ancient times the Israelites brought their harvest the G-d to show thanks.

Shavout is also a double Holiday:

  1. We celebrate the cycle of nature.
  2. Receiving the Torah (The Ten Commandments from G-d as a sign of Covenant) at the foot of Mount Sinai. The Torah tells us who we are and it tells us how to live.

Shabbat table talk:

If you could add a new Jewish Holiday, what would it be and why?

Be sure to ask your child what they learned, the stories they heard, and the activities they participated in.

Shabbat Shalom Everyone!

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