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12 Feb

The Keshet class did something very special. They learned about the Kotel, saw it live on the computer AND each had the opportunity to write a note. Our wonderful emissaries, Vicki and Ron will deliver everyone’s note while thy are in Israel visiting their families. Thank you Vicki and Ron and we wish you a safe and wonderful trip. 
We were also FINALLY able to celebrate our 100th day of school!!!! Children brought in bags of “100 things” to share with the class. They were able to observe how 100 items can look very different and take up very different amounts of space. They also worked on a 100 board and skip counted, highlighting 2’s, 5’s , and 10’s in different colors. But by far, the most favorite activity was making out 100th Day snack mix. There were 9 food items and children had to figure out how to have 100 pieces in their mix using groups of 10, and… since we were already celebrating we had to add some sparkling cider and a L’Chiam!!!
Parashat Terumah is from the book of Shemot.

We learned that B’nai Israel needed a place to pray and worship G-d. G-d gave Moses a plan of how he would like the the Mishkan to be built. 
The Mishkan was a big tent with Bid boards that made up the sides. The top would be covered with cloth and skins, inside there would be the ark, table and a menorah. The Mishkan was a place that the Israelites could worship G-d together and use it in the wilderness. Moses asks B’nai Israel the make a Terumah (to donate gifts) such as gold, silver,copper, cloth, furs and jewels.
all the gifts would be used to build the Mishkan.  
Shabbat Table Question?
Why do you think Moses ask the B’nai Israel to make a donation to build the Mishkan?
For our morning circle we are continuing with our daily routine of calendar in Hebrew and English. We have also incorporated a “Morning Message”, where Morah Beth has forgotten letters and even some words. The children help her by filling in the blanks all while being mindful of upper case letters and punctuation. 
This week our center activity consisted of small group Writer’s Workshop, where children are continuing on their All About Me books, while using what they have learned about “pop out” words , complete sentences, uppercase letters, and details. Children also worked at a math station where they essentially played WAR with addition fact cards, as well as dice addition using a 100 board. The goal was to try and solve for as many of the numbers on the board, thus requiring them to use more than 2 digit addition. Morah Limor also had the children working on their Parsha page station in which children have been able to add another portion to their Torah scroll. 
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 worked through the same process. 
In this weeks math lesson the first grade began and completed their length unit. vocabulary such as tall, teller, tallest, long, longer, longest, short, shorter, shortest has been discussed. They also learned about standard and non standard units of measurement. The most fun was when they had the opportunity to measure their hands and feet with a non standard unit. From there they moved onto comparing numbers and creating addition/subtraction equations through number stories. They were asked to  observe a picture , create their own number story (word problem) and solve. As you can imagine there was a great deal of creativity put into their stories 🙂
Kindergarten children are leaning about more than, less than and equal too, and have also moved onto finding the 10 and numbers into the teens. 
This weeks ‘Word of the Day” writing consisted of the words “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 mixed vowel sounds. 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 each child has been working on their All About Me Book. Once the Table of Contents was completed the children were able to look at their chapters and begin focusing on each one. Children are learning to incorporate detail and write as though the reader knows nothing about the topic. We call this informative writing. 
This weeks Open Circle lesson focused on an introduction to Problem Solving. For the next few weeks the children will be learning different ways to solve problems. . Children were asked the question, What is a problem? We then discussed that a problem is something that has us worried or upset. It is something that goes wrong, or a situation in which we need to decide what we need to do. Children know that we all face problems and they were asked to think of problems that they have in Keshet. Each child was asked to draw a “Problem Picture”. This will be brought to our next Open Circle in order to continue the problem solving unit. The children also learned how to use the “Traffic Light Signal”. When in the midst of a problem the first step is to “Red Light” it. This means stop and use a calming techniques we learned earlier in the program. “Yellow Light”  means to slow down and think about ways to solve your problem. From there, we can then, “green light” it. We can begin to implement the solution we have thought about. These vocabulary words and techniques can be used at home as well as school. Please ask your children about the Traffic Light and how we use it in the classroom. Help encourage them to use it at home as well. 
In Social Studies, the Keshet class learned about Punxsutawney Phil and his weather predictions. They learned that Phil is a Groundhog from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania who makes predictions regarding the timing of the spring season. Be sure to ask your children why Gobblers Knob is an important place and if Phil is typically accurate with his predictions. After learning about Phil the children got to pair up and work through a Groundhog Day packet, that focused on a variety of skills. Word searches, word scrambles, word creations,mazes, a math secret message, and a crossword. In addition to having to follow directions the children also had to implement their Open Circle lessons in order to cooperate with one and other. 
The unit on President’s Day has also begun. This week children learned about George Washington. After hearing a short biography they each made a picture of a cherry tree and in each of their cherries they wrote a fact they had learned. 
As if that wasn’t enough….We have also begun to think about Science and the Invention Convention. Children are being asked to use their creativity to solve a problem. They each have specific framework to follow. They can work individually or with a partner and they have the opportunity to present their invention to the judges on March 30th!
There is NO school on Monday or Tuesday and we will NOT have a Wacky Wednesday upon our return. Instead on Friday February 26th it will be WEAR PINK DAY to show that we STAND AGAINST BULLYING!!!!!
Thank you and Shabbat Shalom!!!!


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