All School News – May 8, 2017

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Our spring unit continues this week as we focus on ladybugs. Students listened to the story The Grouchy Ladybug and then connected the story to a time in their own life when they were feeling grouchy. They learned about the life cycle of a ladybug and the names of each stage of growth. We have also been closely observing our caterpillars – this week they have turned into a chrysalis! Students are eager to come to the classroom each day to check their progress.

In math, kindergartners have been working hard to compose and decompose numbers to 20 using five and ten frames. Students also used a number line and counted on from a given number. They combined two sets to find how many more for sums through 15. Ask your child: if you have 5 flowers, how many more to make 15? We will soon begin our next chapter, where we will learn about length and height.

With the ERB’s around the corner for our 3rd through 6th graders, the Mindfulness Team has presented students and teachers with a “Pre-testing” calming script. This script is intended to bring students into the moment, providing them with Mindfulness and calming tools before, during, and after testing. Our kindergarten through 2nd graders are benefiting from the strategy, as the script is also bringing them into the moment. Students noted how calm they felt after the script was read and added their own personal twists to keep them anchored in the moment. They were able to bring an awareness to physical sensations in their bodies where they felt stress, nervousness, and anxiety before test taking. Students were guided to breathe in calm sensations and breathe out uncomfortable sensations. Some even gave these positive and negative sensations colors. Your children are learning to feel the feelings without becoming the emotion! Please continue to ask questions to your children about Mindfulness. Many students have been leading Mindfulness classes in opening exercises and they have become quite the Mindful teachers!

Warmly,

The Kindergarten Teachers
KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarten T-Shirts
Please send in cash or a check for the purple kindergarten t-shirts. Shirts are $16. Checks may be made out to cash or Diamond Summerville (NOT Wise School).

Underwood Family Farms Field Trip | Thursday, May 11 | Details Below:

  • Please return permission slips by Friday, May 5.
  • Children wear full uniform (or possibly purple Kindergarten t-shirts if they arrive beforehand).
  • Pack snack and lunch separately in disposable bags.
  • Those who order Vicki’s will be given a lunch. If your child is a picky eater and you feel they won’t like the school lunch, please send them with a lunch from home.
  • Send a plastic water bottle.
  • Do NOT send your child with money.

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.


Dear 1st Grade Parents,

This week in 1st grade we are studying the phonics pattern of R-controlled vowels…and we are finding that it is fun to say these words like pirates! Please see the spelling lists below and try saying them in your best pirate voice.

In math, we are learning about subtraction with and without regrouping. We have learned a poem to help us remember: “More on top-no need to stop. Need some more-go next door.”

In writing, we are learning about small moments and how to expand a story that focuses on a small moment in time. We are excited to begin our American Symbols research project and we can’t wait to share them with you at Open House on May 17th.

Our students are looking forward to welcoming their mothers on Thursday, May 11th at 8:15 a.m. for our 1st Grade Mothers Day Tea!

This week’s Spelling Lists:

List A: star, shark, barn, storm, fort, yarn, park, born

List B: barnyard, smart, torch, important, sport, inform, scarf, artist

Sight Words: mother, father

With the ERB’s around the corner for our 3rd through 6th graders, the Mindfulness Team has presented students and teachers with a “Pre-testing” calming script. This script is intended to bring students into the moment, providing them with Mindfulness and calming tools before, during, and after testing. Our kindergarten through 2nd graders are benefiting from the strategy, as the script is also bringing them into the moment. Students noted how calm they felt after the script was read and added their own personal twists to keep them anchored in the moment. They were able to bring an awareness to physical sensations in their bodies where they felt stress, nervousness, and anxiety before test taking. Students were guided to breathe in calm sensations and breathe out uncomfortable sensations. Some even gave these positive and negative sensations colors. Your children are learning to feel the feelings without becoming the emotion! Please continue to ask questions to your children about Mindfulness. Many students have been leading Mindfulness classes in opening exercises and they have become quite the Mindful teachers!

Warmly,

The 1st Grade Teachers
1st Grade

1st Grade Mother’s Day Tea | Thursday, May 11 | 8:15 a.m.

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.

1st Grade Technology Update
We are continuing to work on our American Symbols slideshow using the Pixie application. In addition, we are using an iPad app called Green Screen to take photos of ourselves and add them to images of American symbols. This work is for the American Symbols Project we are working on in class.


Dear 2nd Grade Parents,

Second graders have been working very hard studying their heroes: They have been reading biographies and taking notes on the important information they need to write about that person’s life, character traits, discipline, and the impact they made in the world. The students have also been working in their map books, identifying where each state is located and learning different facts about the United States.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our Living Heroes Museum and Performance on Wednesday, May 17th at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Students must be in costume in the Sanctuary by 5:15 p.m.

In Judaic Studies, 2nd graders are hard at work learning about Israel in honor of Yom Ha’Atzmaut. Israel is only 69 years old! Such a young country with so much history! We have also been integrating our Hebrew vocabulary and reading skills into our Judaic studies lessons about Israel.

With the ERB’s around the corner for our 3rd through 6th graders, the Mindfulness Team has presented students and teachers with a “Pre-testing” calming script. This script is intended to bring students into the moment, providing them with Mindfulness and calming tools before, during, and after testing. Our kindergarten through 2nd graders are benefiting from the strategy, as the script is also bringing them into the moment. Students noted how calm they felt after the script was read and added their own personal twists to keep them anchored in the moment. They were able to bring an awareness to physical sensations in their bodies where they felt stress, nervousness, and anxiety before test taking. Students were guided to breathe in calm sensations and breathe out uncomfortable sensations. Some even gave these positive and negative sensations colors. Your children are learning to feel the feelings without becoming the emotion! Please continue to ask questions to your children about Mindfulness. Many students have been leading Mindfulness classes in opening exercises and they have become quite the Mindful teachers!

Warmly,

The 2nd Grade Teachers
2nd Grade

Heroes Museum Projects due Wednesday, May 10th

2nd Grade Heroes Performance | Wednesday, May 17th | 5:30 p.m. | Sanctuary
Costumes and props must be brought to school by Tuesday, May 16th for the dress rehearsal. Costumes will be sent back home on Wednesday, May 17th. Students will need to arrive back at school no later than 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17th, fully dressed in costume for their presentation.

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.

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

Spelling Test Reminder: Please remember to review the Spelling words with your child in preparation for tomorrow’s spelling test.

Reminder to please check your students’ homework planners every night.

Shabbat Helpers for THIS Friday, May 5:

  • Room 34: Logan (Challah), Sophia (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Avery (Challah), Joseph (Flowers)

Shabbat Helpers for NEXT Friday, May 12:

  • Room 34: Leo (Challah), Shai (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Noah (Challah), Avery (Flowers)

2nd Grade Technology Update 
Students are using Pixie to create slideshows on a variety of topics that include graphics, text, transitions and sound (both background tracks and narration). They have learned to take screen captures of images and use editing tools, such as the crop tool. Our 2nd graders are learning to download their projects so they can be printed as booklets.


Dear 3rd Grade Parents,

This week we officially started our Mystery Narratives writing unit! The students have picked a prompt and have started to plan their narratives by brainstorming about the setting, the characters, and the clues that will be a part of their mystery. The students have learned that to craft an interesting mystery, they need to include intrigue and to find ways to keep their readers guessing. We can’t wait to see where our mysteries go!

In honor of Israel’s Independence Day, 3rd grade Hebrew students are reading a story in our keshet book about Eithan, who travels to Israel to meet his friend Shlomo. The students are exploring different cities in Israel and using maps to learn the geography of Israel. In addition, they are reviewing and singing Israeli Independence Day songs.

In Judaic Studies, 3rd graders have read the Bible story Abraham Finds His Way. In this story, Abram’s strong moral compass guided him to share, to be welcoming, and to speak for what he believes is right. Abram’s moral compass guided him to be honest, kind, make good decisions and to behave in an ethical manner. Third graders were asked to think of someone who behaves ethically and is a good role model for others. They then wrote about why that person deserves to get the Moral Compass Award.

With the ERB’s around the corner for our 3rd through 6th graders, the Mindfulness Team has presented students and teachers with a “Pre-testing” calming script. This script is intended to bring students into the moment, providing them with Mindfulness and calming tools before, during, and after testing. Students noted how calm they felt after the script was read and added their own personal twists to keep them anchored in the moment. They were able to bring an awareness to physical sensations in their bodies where they felt stress, nervousness, and anxiety before test taking. Students were guided to breathe in calm sensations and breathe out uncomfortable sensations. Some even gave these positive and negative sensations colors. Your children are learning to feel the feelings without becoming the emotion! Please continue to ask questions to your children about Mindfulness. Many students have been leading Mindfulness classes in opening exercises and they have become quite the Mindful teachers!

Warmly,

The 3rd Grade Teachers
3rd Grade

ERB Testing Week | 3rd – 6th Grades | Begins Monday, May 8th 

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.

3rd Grade Technology Update
Third graders are continuing to complete challenges in our robotics units. We are using the Mindstorms EV3 software to program rovers to move forward, move backward, turn, loop, and use a touch sensor.


Dear 4th Grade Parents,

We’ve been busy in 4th grade! The students’ independent study projects on the Gold Rush require them to hone their research skills as they delve deep into researching 3 different topics (one tool, one entrepreneur, and one impact). Additionally, students are working on a project that involves Esperanza Rising in their reading classes. In math, we are learning various skills in geometry and coordinate planes.

In Hebrew, the 4th graders are going to engage in conversation about friends. Then they will compose paragraphs about the ways they spend time with their friends. In their short essays they will use new verbs and adjectives in Hebrew.

Our 4th graders did an outstanding job representing the State of Israel with their performance on Yom Ha’Atzmaut. Students are working on a Judaic Studies independent study project on an area of interest about Israel. They will be presenting their research through a slide presentation.

With the ERB’s around the corner for our 3rd through 6th graders, the Mindfulness Team has presented students and teachers with a “Pre-testing” calming script. This script is intended to bring students into the moment, providing them with Mindfulness and calming tools before, during, and after testing. Students noted how calm they felt after the script was read and added their own personal twists to keep them anchored in the moment. They were able to bring an awareness to physical sensations in their bodies where they felt stress, nervousness, and anxiety before test taking. Students were guided to breathe in calm sensations and breathe out uncomfortable sensations. Some even gave these positive and negative sensations colors. Your children are learning to feel the feelings without becoming the emotion! Please continue to ask questions to your children about Mindfulness. Many students have been leading Mindfulness classes in opening exercises and they have become quite the Mindful teachers!

Warmly,

The 4th Grade Teachers

4th Grade

ERB Testing Week | 3rd – 6th Grades | Begins Monday, May 8th 

ERB Prep with Learning Encounters: Students are practicing various questions and test-taking skills in the green booklet from Learning Encounters. ERBs begin Monday, May 8th.

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.

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.


Dear 5th Grade Parents,

This week was our final ERB prep week with Learning Encounters. We reviewed skills and concepts taught all year, and practiced test-taking strategies in language arts and math. Encourage your children to go to bed early, eat a good breakfast, and be on time for school so they can let their knowledge shine!

In Integrated Studies, we continue compiling our Founding Mothers and Fathers notes gleaned from various resources during Pesach Break, and we have begun writing our two-paragraph essays about our historical figures. Next steps: accompanying original artwork to support students’ writing. Further information will be shared with students.

In Mrs. Burch’s math class, we have completed our teacher-supported, student-led lessons of chapter 8; they have been thoughtful and thorough! This Friday marks the chapter 8 test. Students can use their notes and online resources to prepare.

Our 5th graders enjoyed a meaningful Shabbat experience at Camp Alonim last weekend during their Shabbaton. In their Judaic Studies classes, students will be writing poems that reflect their Jewish Identity. This week we honored Ethan Dardashty as our Klei Kodesh leader.

In 5th grade Hebrew, we learned about Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom Hazikaron, that commemorates the fallen Israeli Soldiers and victims of terror. As we finished 24 hours of commemoration, we made a transition to the happy Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration.

With the ERB’s around the corner for our 3rd through 6th graders, the Mindfulness Team has presented students and teachers with a “Pre-testing” calming script. This script is intended to bring students into the moment, providing them with Mindfulness and calming tools before, during, and after testing. Students noted how calm they felt after the script was read and added their own personal twists to keep them anchored in the moment. They were able to bring an awareness to physical sensations in their bodies where they felt stress, nervousness, and anxiety before test taking. Students were guided to breathe in calm sensations and breathe out uncomfortable sensations. Some even gave these positive and negative sensations colors. Your children are learning to feel the feelings without becoming the emotion! Please continue to ask questions to your children about Mindfulness. Many students have been leading Mindfulness classes in opening exercises and they have become quite the Mindful teachers!

Warmly,

The 5th Grade Teachers
5th Grade

ERB Testing Week | 3rd – 6th Grades | Begins Monday, May 8th 

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.

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 Technology Update 
Fifth graders are in the final stretch of our art/technology integration project and they are creating promotional videos of their prototypes. In groups of three, students filmed a live endorsement with each group member taking on the roles of camera operator, actor, and director. When the endorsements and remaining scenes are filmed, we will be moving on to the next step of editing the footage.


Dear 6th Grade Parents,

This week in Social Studies, the students are beginning their final unit on ancient Greece. They are in the process of comparing the four types of government for which ancient Greece is known, as well as evaluating their effectiveness and lasting impacts on future civilizations.

Miss Shpall’s reading class has started reading Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki. Before beginning, they explored the events that led up to the internment of Japanese-Americans. As they continue to read this memoir, the students will explore the historical connections over time within our country.

In 6th grade Hebrew, following the unit about the star of the month in our textbook, each student became the “star of the day” in class. In Hebrew, through games and PowerPoint presentations, they shared topics of their interest. The students also created commercials about Manna, the magic food the Israelites ate while they were in the desert. The students enjoyed watching each other’s commercial video. For Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, and Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, students worked on a KWL form: They wrote what they know about Israel, what they wanted to know, and what they learned.

With the ERB’s around the corner for our 3rd through 6th graders, the Mindfulness Team has presented students and teachers with a “Pre-testing” calming script. This script is intended to bring students into the moment, providing them with Mindfulness and calming tools before, during, and after testing. Students noted how calm they felt after the script was read and added their own personal twists to keep them anchored in the moment. They were able to bring an awareness to physical sensations in their bodies where they felt stress, nervousness, and anxiety before test taking. Students were guided to breathe in calm sensations and breathe out uncomfortable sensations. Some even gave these positive and negative sensations colors. Your children are learning to feel the feelings without becoming the emotion! Please continue to ask questions to your children about Mindfulness. Many students have been leading Mindfulness classes in opening exercises and they have become quite the Mindful teachers!

Warmly,

The 6th Grade Teachers

6th Grade

ERB Testing Week | 3rd – 6th Grades | Begins Monday, May 8th 

Bar Mitzvah Learning Session | Tuesday, May 15 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | ZH
We ask at least one parent to attend with their 6th grader.

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.

6th Grade Science | Future Cities Model
Students are asked to collect clean, recycled materials to be used on their Future Cities model. Students should label their materials and bring them to the science lab.


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

Spring Music Festival | Monday, May 15 | 7:00 p.m. | Zeldin-Hershenson

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.

Library Book Awards Assembly | Friday, May 26 | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Our Book Awards Assembly will be held on Friday, May 26, at 8:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Parents of students who have completed the required reading will be receiving an invitation to the Assembly.

Library News and Reminders
Our Library is closed during summer break.  All of the books should be returned to the Library by May 15. Many thanks go to the following families who have donated to the Library in honor of their students’ birthdays: Daniel B., Luke B., Laila J., Gaddiel N. Happy reading!

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/

Claim Your Lost and Found TODAY | Thursday, May 4
Stop by the Lost & Found tables underneath the Parking Structure today, Thursday, May 4. Items will be on display all day. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity by Friday afternoon.

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. Please 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 Volunteer Recognition Breakfast – Save-the-Date
Tuesday, May 16 | 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Save-the-Date for the WPA Volunteer Recognition Breakfast in your honor! We will celebrate all our volunteers and show our appreciation for all you have done this year. Invitations coming soon.


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

Camp Wise weeks are filling up!
Register online now to save your spot at camp! There are seven awesome weeks to choose from, but groups are filling up! Website: campwisela.org. Contact: CampWise@WiseLA.org or 310.889.2263


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

“And I Am a Stranger”: Becoming Ruth The Unknown Woman Destined to Become the Mother of Royalty
Dr. Avivah Zornberg | Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Ruth is a stranger in more senses than one. Who is this unknown woman who is destined to become the mother of royalty? How does she find her way into a foreign and unwelcoming culture and religious tradition? How does destiny come about? Dr. Zornberg’s book Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis won a National Book Award.
Register at www.WiseLA.org/CJL

CYE Graduation Shabbat | Friday, May 19 | Dinner: 6:30 p.m., Service: 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate our WTY high school graduating class as well as all other graduating seniors in our community at this special Shabbat service. We will also honor and show our gratitude for Andrea Gardenhour and her years of service to our Center for Youth Engagement.
REGISTER FOR DINNER HERE

Balfour Declaration Centennial Trip to Israel and London
October 23 — November 3, 2017
Led by Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback and President Steven Fishman

“His Majesty’s government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people,” begins the momentous Balfour Declaration (November 2, 1917), making world history and changing the story for future generations of Jews. Commemorate the Declaration’s centennial in Israel and in London with your Stephen Wise Temple community.
Register at WiseLA.org/WiseTravel