Dear Wise Parents,

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend with your families. On Tuesday, our faculty had a very productive Professional Development Day featuring our work with Dr. Sandra Kaplan from USC. Each grade level reviewed their first semester Wise Learning Process goals with an administrator, demonstrating ever higher levels of critical and creative thinking skills. We look forward to sharing our new learning with you and your students in the upcoming months.

This week we have one all-school email. Please be sure to read for important updates from both your grade level as well as Wise School. It’s getting to be a busy time of year: Yearbooks are on sale, the Purim Carnival is approaching, and mark your calendars for Parent/Teacher Conferences (sign-ups coming Monday).


Tami Weiser
Head of School


LA Zoo Field Trip | March 28th | Permission slips due by February 24th

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

1st Grade

1st Grade Shabbat Dinner | Friday, March 3rd | RSVP HERE
Services at 6:15 p.m. | Dinner in Zeldin-Hershenson following Services

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

2nd Grade

Whale Watching Field Trip | Tuesday, February 28th
Permission slips went home yesterday.

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

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

Shabbat Helpers for THIS Friday, February 24th:

  • Room 34: Adin (Challah), Jake (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Ashton (Challah), Ryan (Flowers)

Shabbat Helpers for NEXT Friday, March 3rd:

  • Room 34: Yaroslav (Challah), Ivy (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Sharlene (Challah), Ashton (Flowers)

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

3rd Grade

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

4th Grade

4th Grade Sacramento Field Trip | Final Payment Due | Click HERE
The final payment for our upcoming Sacramento field trip is due, at the latest, on March 1, 2017. Please click here to make your final payment of $350. If you have not yet paid your deposit, there will be a selection on the form that allows you to pay the full amount due of $400.

5th Grade

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

6th Grade

6th Grade Praying with Parents | Thursday, March 2nd | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary

WISE SCHOOL | 310.889.2300

Mindfulness and Meditation Course | Spring 2017 | Sign Up Here
Dates: February 24th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st
Time: 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Location: Wise Temple, Chapel Study | Cost: $200

Course Instructors: Ian Hoge M.A. Clinical Psych. and Jennifer Waldburger MSW
Each class will consist of learning a new Mindfulness concept, a Meditation practice, and a group discussion with practical application. This course is designed to teach and practice the fundamentals of Mindfulness. Open to all levels. Come learn or deepen your practice. Click here to sign up online. For more information contact Jillian Moore: [email protected] (310) 889-2300.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | Submit Your PSA by Feb 24 | [email protected]
Earlier this month we launched our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Campaign, focusing on how we can eliminate waste at Wise School. With the help of our WPA Tikkun Olam Committee, we will be equipping each classroom with a properly labeled paper and plastic recycling bin for our students to use. We are also making recycling fun! We are calling on our Wise students to make and submit a 30 second Public Service Announcement (PSA) about how you and your family Reduces, Reuses, and Recycles at home. We will feature the Wise PSAs during a Monday morning assembly in March (date TBD). Please send your PSAs to [email protected] by Friday, February 24th. We can’t wait to see all the ways in which you and your family are helping to make our world a cleaner, more sustainable environment!

Parent/Teacher Conferences | March 14 and 15 | Sign-Ups Coming Soon
March 14 – 12:30 p.m. Dismissal | ES Conferences 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
March 15 – No School | ES Conferences 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

K-6 Yearbook Pre-Sale is Open | Pre-Sale Deadline: March 24 | 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. ORDER HERE. Questions? Email Negar Salim or Negin Gabayzadeh.

Mindfulness: Walking
While usually an established and habituated action that requires very little concentration, walking is a great way to integrate Mindfulness into your everyday life. Over the past couple of weeks, many classes have gone on Mindful walks, cultivating present awareness to movement. Students have enjoyed taking their Mindfulness practice out of the classroom and into the great outdoors. The students have come to realize how Mindful walking can strengthen concentration and focus, and how it can help release worries or concerns about the past and future. Some were even inspired by creativity and new ideas. Mindfulness practice continues to deepen from the environment within and without.

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.

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Lost & Found | Friday, February 24 | Carpool Circle
Lost a sweater or a jacket? Stop by the Lost & Found tables this Friday, February 24 at the carpool circle to find your lost items. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity.

Party Book | Passover Cooking Class | Thursday, March 16 | Register here
We are thrilled to report that our Party Book parties in February are sold out, but don’t miss out on an amazing Passover Cooking Class on Thursday, March 16! Click here to register now!

Wise Style | Shop Online HERE
The rain is coming, so stock up on your cold weather Wise Style gear – from beanies to sweatshirts! Shop Wise Style by clicking HERE or

Purim Carnival 2017 | Sunday, March 12 
Mark your calendars and join us on Sunday, March 12 for our annual Purim Carnival! Purchase tickets here. Sign up here to be a volunteer. Click here to be a sponsor. Questions? Contact Makize Zarabi at [email protected].

[email protected] | 310.889.2263

Camp Wise Registration and Calendar Available!
Sign up for Camp Wise by March 1 and receive the early bird discounted price! The field trip calendar and registration are now available! Website: Contact: [email protected] or 310.889.2263

Spring Session for Afterschool Enrichment | Register HERE
Some classes still have space! Click here to check the schedule and plan your spring session:

STEPHEN WISE TEMPLE | 310.476.8561

Never Judge a Book by its Cover | Rabbi Josh Knobel | REGISTER HERE
One remaining session: February 28 | 7:00 p.m.

Discover what the most unlikely disturbing of Biblical tales can teach about the foundations of Judaism, from its beginnings until the present day. REGISTER HERE.

Jesus, Judaism, and Jewish-Christian Relations with Dr. Amy Jill Levine
Monday, March 6, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

How might understanding the New Testament in its historical context not only provide a corrective to anti-Jewish teaching but also offer a productive approach to Jewish-Christian relations? Dr. Levine is a professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt.

Rabbi Yoshi Trip to Israel | July 10-20, 2017
Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback and Jacqueline Hantgan will lead a family trip to Israel suitable for all ages. This 10-day adventure will include visits to historical sites, arts and entertainment, meetings with soldiers, and trips to explore Israel’s natural wonders. Join your friends from Wise and make new ones during what is sure to be an incredible summer experience! Visit to learn more.