All School News – April 6, 2017

Dear Wise School Families,

Our school has been filled with great joy this past week, from the inspiring performances of our students in The Lion King to the myriad of Passover experiences that our students and families have enjoyed around campus. Tomorrow, you are invited to join all of our students and our 3rd grade families as they enjoy an uplifting presentation by our 3rd graders on the modern story of the miracle of Passover during our Friday morning service at 8:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

We look forward to seeing you and your children upon return, when we will spend a very busy and exciting last 7 weeks of the school year sending our delegates to Israel, celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut, and preparing for Open House. Please review this all-school email for your grade-level updates and important all-school, WPA, and Temple updates and reminders for the coming weeks.

As you sit at your Seder table on Monday night, I know you will share my pride in the depth of knowledge your children will bring to this evening. They have explored the Exodus story over time, looked at ethical issues in the ten plagues, debated the multiple perspectives of Moses and Pharaoh, and learned the Hebrew of the Haggadah. Our students will go beyond the four questions, adding their own unanswered questions and knowledge of the story, and I know your Seder will be enriched. Wishing all of you a wonderful chag sameach!

Warmly,

Tami Weiser

 

KINDERGARTEN

Underwood Family Farms Field Trip | Thursday, May 11
Details to come.

Wise Aquatics | K-3 | Spring Swimming Lessons | REGISTER HERE
Register now for Spring 2017 K-3 swimming lessons. Register here.


1st Grade

SPRING BREAK JOURNAL
We are sending home a Spring break journal to document all the fun activities you will be doing!

Phonics: This week we learned all about hard and soft “g”. We learned that soft “g” makes a j sound when followed by the letters y, i, or e, like in the words gem, gym, and giant.

Math: In math we learned about double digit addition with regrouping. Regrouping means to make a group of tens out of the ones.

American Symbols: This week we  learned all about the Statue of Liberty. Did you know it takes 354 steps to climb to the top?

Passover: We had so much fun in class as we decorated and ate chocolate covered matzah. Yesterday we reenacted the story of Exodus. We dressed like slaves in Egypt and walked all around Wise for 40 years (minutes!) until we reached the promised land where we sang songs and celebrated. Today we were so lucky to have a Passover Seder with all our friends in 1st grade.

Wise Aquatics | K-3 | Spring Swimming Lessons | REGISTER HERE
Register now for Spring 2017 K-3 swimming lessons. Register here.


2nd Grade

Shabbat Reminder: Please remember to send SOVA and Tzedakah and have your child wear a white shirt tomorrow.

Shabbat Helpers for THIS Friday, April 7:

  • Room 34: Madeleine (Challah), Avvah (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Zoe (Challah), Michael (Flowers)

Shabbat Helpers for Friday, April 28:

  • Room 34: Liana (Challah), Adin (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Joey (Challah), Zoe (Flowers)

Wise Aquatics | K-3 | Spring Swimming Lessons | REGISTER HERE
Register now for Spring 2017 K-3 swimming lessons. Register here.


3rd Grade

3rd Grade Pesach Performance | Friday, April 7 | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary

3rd Grade Student Passover Seder | Friday, April 7

MYSTERY BOOK READING OVER SPRING BREAK
As you know, our next writing unit will be a mystery narrative. In order to become acquainted with this genre, your child will be reading one of the following mystery books over Spring Break. Please support your child in selecting a book that is appropriate for him or her. Once students return to school after Spring Break, we will be discussing and drawing upon their knowledge of their book to help guide our next writing unit. Thank you for your support!
Room One A Mystery or Two, by Andrew Clements
Mysteries According to Humphrey, by Betty G. Birney
Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery, by David A. Adler
Bunnicula a Rabbit-Tale of Mystery, by Deborah and James Howe

Wise Aquatics | K-3 | Spring Swimming Lessons | REGISTER HERE
Register now for Spring 2017 K-3 swimming lessons. Register here.

End-Of-Year Grades 3-6 Youth Event: Wet ‘n Wild Extravaganza!
Sunday, May 7 | 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for the last Camp Wise Youth Event of the year. We’ll have water slides, water balloons, slip ‘n slide, an outdoor movie screening and many more activities, including pizza lunch and fun concession stands. Early Bird deadline is April 7. Early Bird Price: $35. Regular After April 7: $45. Register HERE!


 

4th Grade

2017-2018 5th & 6th Grade Debate Teams | Mock Debate | May 17 | 8:15 – 8:45am
We are excited to launch our Debate Teams for next year, coached by Mrs. Weiser, Miss Bolkin, and Mrs. Coatney, and would love to have new incoming 5th and 6th graders join us! Please come to a Mock Debate on May 17th from 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary where our current debaters will present a brief debate. The Debate Team is a wonderful opportunity for your student to learn public speaking, research, and time management skills, which are beneficial in middle school and beyond. Participation in Debate requires both student and parent involvement – come see what we are all about! If you have any questions, please email Miss Bolkin at mbolkin@wise-school.org or Mrs. Coatney at acoatney@wise-school.org.

4th Grade Yom Ha’Atzmaut Performance | Tuesday, May 2 | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary

End-Of-Year Grades 3-6 Youth Event: Wet ‘n Wild Extravaganza!
Sunday, May 7 | 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for the last Camp Wise Youth Event of the year. We’ll have water slides, water balloons, slip ‘n slide, an outdoor movie screening and many more activities, including pizza lunch and fun concession stands. Early Bird deadline is April 7. Early Bird Price: $35. Regular After April 7: $45. Register HERE!


5th Grade

Research Project: The ABC’s of the American Revolution and Constitution
We started our research before break to determine an important person on which to focus our investigation and select reputable sources for information. During Spring Break, students need to continue gathering information about their selected person. When we return, we will instruct students on how to compile the research into mini essays.

Word Wisdom | Unit 5 Test | After Spring Break – Date TBD
Please review each lesson’s words on Quizlet over break so they’re not forgotten!

Tel Aviv Twinning Program
We were so delighted to share some highlights from our transformational Tel Aviv Twinning Program with you. If your child wishes to be considered for our 2017-2018 Israel Twinning Delegation, please apply online here (Student Application Form) and here (Parent Application Form). Of course, if you have additional questions, do not hesitate to ask us at mclement@wise-school.org or jknobel@wise-school.org.

2017-2018 5th & 6th Grade Debate Teams | Mock Debate | May 17 | 8:15 – 8:45am
We are excited to launch our Debate Teams for next year, coached by Mrs. Weiser, Miss Bolkin, and Mrs. Coatney, and would love to have new incoming 5th and 6th graders join us! Please come to a Mock Debate on May 17th from 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary where our current debaters will present a brief debate. The Debate Team is a wonderful opportunity for your student to learn public speaking, research, and time management skills, which are beneficial in middle school and beyond. Participation in Debate requires both student and parent involvement – come see what we are all about! If you have any questions, please email Miss Bolkin at mbolkin@wise-school.org or Mrs. Coatney at acoatney@wise-school.org.

5th Grade Shabbaton will be April 28th – April 29th, 2017. Please mark your calendars and save the date.

End-Of-Year Grades 3-6 Youth Event: Wet ‘n Wild Extravaganza!
Sunday, May 7 | 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for the last Camp Wise Youth Event of the year. We’ll have water slides, water balloons, slip ‘n slide, an outdoor movie screening and many more activities, including pizza lunch and fun concession stands. Early Bird deadline is April 7. Early Bird Price: $35. Regular After April 7: $45. Register HERE!


 

6th Grade

Miss Shpall’s Reading Class | Farewell to Manzanar
Miss Shpall’s reading class must purchase the book Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki by Monday, April 24.

6th Grade Judaic Studies
In preparation for Passover, our students prepared 3 historical Seders, examining Judaism in Europe in 1943, in Israel in 1949, and in the United States in 1965 in order to fashion Seders that reflect the very different needs and hopes of these historical Jewish communities. The students selected new items for the Seder plate, a fifth question, new liturgical pieces, and a new historical guest to present to one another today as part of our historical Passover experience. It has been a meaningful and creative venture.

End-Of-Year Grades 3-6 Youth Event: Wet ‘n Wild Extravaganza!
Sunday, May 7 | 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for the last Camp Wise Youth Event of the year. We’ll have water slides, water balloons, slip ‘n slide, an outdoor movie screening and many more activities, including pizza lunch and fun concession stands. Early Bird deadline is April 7. Early Bird Price: $35. Regular After April 7: $45. Register HERE!


WISE SCHOOL
http://wise-school.org/ | 310.889.2300

EARLY DISMISSAL TOMORROW: 12:30 p.m. dismissal on Friday, April 7

Spring Break | April 10 – April 21
School resumes on Monday, April 24.

K-6 Yearbook Sale | ORDER HERE
All 6th graders will receive a FREE yearbook from the WPA as a graduation gift, but you must still purchase your Lovelines. Write your child a personalized message: Lovelines are $20 each. Loveline deadline is TODAY, Thursday, April 6th. Deadline to order yearbooks is Monday, May 1stORDER HERE. Questions? Email Negar Salim or Negin Gabayzadeh.

Library News
Spring Break: Make sure your students continue reading during this Spring Break. While our library will be closed, go and visit our numerous public libraries bursting with resources for the entire family.  If your students will be participating in the Book Awards Assembly on May 26, Spring Break is a great time to catch up on the reading requirements for each grade.
Birthday Books: Thanks go to the following students and their families for participating in the Birthday Book Club: Eli E., Abrial N., Eva R., Logan S., Max S., Liana S.
California Young Reader Medal: Read our blog post HERE

Mindfulness
As observers of the world in which we live, we are each like a carefully crafted camera. By adjusting the focus, we can see things more clearly. By changing the lens, we can choose to see the world from a broader point of view, or zoom in from afar to examine minute details. With certain filters it is even possible to see dimensions of “what is” that are ordinarily invisible to the naked eye. It is possible to view the same objects, relationships, choices, or challenges more clearly, from a different perspective, or with higher definition and better resolution, when we adjust our instrument of observation. Mindfulness can help make those adjustments in our minds, our hearts, our nervous and endocrine systems, our emotions, our thoughts, and ultimately, our souls. We continue to bring ways of cultivating our awareness through our lenses with Wise students, bringing new perspective to a deeper and broader understanding of our connectedness to ourselves, each other, and the universe. Chag Sameach!!!

SCIENCE UPDATE | April is Earth Month!
April is Earth Month! How do you help the Earth? How do you show love for our Earth? We want to share some meaningful events happening in our community:
April 2 – Children’s Earth Day Festival, STAR Eco-station https://www.childrensearthday.org
April 8 – LA County Sanitation District Earth Day Festival http://www.lacsd.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=8902
April 9 – Beverly Hills Public Works’ at Farmers Market http://www.beverlyhills.org/living/recyclingandconservation/earthday/
April 15 – Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup https://healthebay.org/event/nothin-but-sand-4/
April 22 – California State Parks Restoration and Cleanups http://www.calparks.org/help/earth-day/
April 15, 22 and 29 – The Great LA River Cleanup https://folar.org/cleanup/

A Message From Nurse Gail re: Magnus Emails – It has come to our attention that Magnus emails may be going to your junk mail. Please check your junk mail – if you have not completed your Student Health Tracker, it must be done immediately.

Project Studio is on Twitter. For the latest Project Studio happenings, follow us at: https://twitter.com/ProjectStudioLA


WISE PARENTS ASSOCIATION
wiseparentsassociation@gmail.com | http://wise-school.org/parents/wpa/

Wise School Gala | Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. | Click Here for Tickets
Join us for live music, dancing, silent and live auction, dinner, fabulous raffle prizes, plus more surprises! Get ready to party Gatsby style! Purchase your tickets today: wisegala2017.auction-bid.org

Mother’s Day Baskets Toiletry Drive | Help Collect Items!
The Tikkun Olam Committee is collecting toiletries and personal care items to make gift baskets that will be donated to local and well deserving mothers in need. While you’re traveling over spring break, don’t forget to collect new/unused travel size toiletry items such as: shampoo, conditioner, soap, body or hand lotion, shaving cream, deodorant, basic cosmetics, small brush/comb, hair bands, toothpaste, toothbrush and mouthwash. Kindly drop off your donations in the Wise School office by Wednesday, May 10. We hope you can join us Thursday, May 11 to help assemble these baskets together as a community with our children! Please do your part to truly make it a happy Mother’s Day for these women. For more information, contact Lori Tyberg at lori@sienawolf.com.

WPA Board 2017-2018 Nominations
What do Yom Hamoreh, Holiday Boutique, Purim Carnival, Maccabi Games, Book Fair, Pre-K Celebration and Yearbook all have in common? They are all Wise Parents Association (WPA) Committees in need of good parent leadership. It’s time to make your nominations for these, the Executive Board, and other WPA leadership roles. Nominate yourself and others by April 28. Taking a volunteer position with the WPA is a great way to meet other Wise parents, while giving back to your community and showing your children how important their school is to you. You might even have fun! For more information about the different committees and to submit your nominations, click here.


CENTER FOR YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – AFTERSCHOOL ENRICHMENT
EBroberg@WiseLA.org | 310.889.2263

Camp Wise Registration and Calendar Available!
Sign up now for Camp Wise for a summer of fun! The field trip calendar and registration are now available! Website: campwisela.org. Contact: CampWise@WiseLA.org or 310.889.2263


STEPHEN WISE TEMPLE
http://www.wisela.org/ | 310.476.8561

Passover Morning Service | Tuesday, April 11 at 10am
Led by Rabbi Ron Stern and Cantor Emma Lutz
Celebrate the season of freedom with your friends in the Wise community. Oneg to follow.

Second Night Passover Seder | Tuesday, April 11 at 6 p.m.
Celebrate Passover with your friends in the Wise community! Bring your family and visitors to join us for a service led by Rabbi Joshua Knobel and Cantor Emma Lutz, filled with music, fellowship, and fun. This Passover we also seek to raise awareness and advocacy for the world’s refugee crisis. You can help make a difference for refugees around the world in myriad ways — join our Seder to learn how.
Cost: $65 for Wise members, $75 for non-members, $30 for children.
Includes 4-course dinner, ritual foods, and wine.
REGISTER BY APRIL 7. Click here to register.

Passover Yizkor Service | Monday, April 17 at 10am
Led by Rabbi David Woznica and Cantor Emma Lutz
Remember loved ones with meaning and kavod during our Yizkor service. Oneg to follow.

Passover Refugee Awareness and Aid
Zachor! Remember! By remembering our own collective stories of enslavement, oppression, exile, and return we become that much more sensitive and responsive to the experiences of others. Our helpful guide to offering aid and raising awareness in support of the world’s refugees can be used for discussion around your Seder table.
Download our Hagaddah Supplement
Learn more at WiseLA.org/Passover