All School News – February 9, 2017

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Kindergarten continued their unit on dental health. Both classes welcomed dentists to their classrooms, as they learned how to think like a disciplinarian and use the language of the discipline. Our “wise” dentists showed the children how to properly brush teeth, and reminded us all to visit the dentist twice per year for a proper cleaning. We also wrote letters to the Tooth Fairy, using our newly learned interrogatives (question words) and punctuation: the question mark. Tooth pillows sewn by the students will be sent home soon, making the jobs of tooth fairies everywhere just a tad bit easier!

In Hebrew, the children now know what God created on day 5 (birds and fish) and day 6 (land animals and humans). They completed a lesson on photochemistry by placing an object on paper outside and then seeing the effect on the paper after it was exposed to the sunlight. They also learned the difference between oviparous and viviparous animals. Ask your kindergartners which group humans belong to.

When practicing Mindfulness, we have the chance to really slow down and appreciate everyday activities with new eyes and new senses. Every time we do this, we’re applying what we learn in our formal Mindfulness meditation practice to our everyday activities. The formal practice is about learning to pay non-judgmental and kind attention to whatever is going on in our mind, body and the world around us, moment by moment. We can then take this sharpened attention into our everyday lives, bringing a rich awareness to our experience of the world and the ways in which we interact with it. In our lessons, we continue cultivating this awareness, through isolated and full sensory integration, and our kindergartners continue to share how they are incorporating Mindfulness in their lives each and every day.

Warmly,

The Kindergarten Teachers
KINDERGARTEN

Camp Alonim Field Trip for Friday, February 10th is CANCELED DUE TO RAIN
Due to Friday’s storm, we must unfortunately cancel our trip to Camp Alonim. Even with the rain, we are planning special Tu B’Shvat nature celebrations at school. If you had ordered hot lunch for Friday, it has been reinstated. Students are invited to wear jeans with any Wise School shirt.

100th Day of School Reminders | Due by Wednesday, February 22nd
Please send in your child’s 100th Day of School collections in a Ziploc bag. Please continue to work on your child’s 100th Day of School shirt – students should come to school wearing their shirts on Wednesday, February 22nd.

Raising Smart, Ethical Children for Success in a Challenging World
Dr. Bruce Powell | Wednesday, February 22nd | 8:15 a.m. | Taub | RSVP HERE

In partnership with local synagogues and Jewish day schools, Dr. Bruce Powell, Head of School at de Toledo High School, inspires Jewish parents to become more effective in ensuring the teen years are filled with good decision-making and positive experiences. RSVP HERE.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | Submit Your PSA by Feb 24 | [email protected]
This week 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!

K-6 Yearbook Pre-Sale is Open | Pre-Sale Deadline: March 24 | $65 | ORDER HERE
Purchase your K-6 Wise School Yearbook and Lovelines now! Pre-sale cost is $65. After March 24th, yearbook cost is $90. Write your child a personalized message: Lovelines are $20 each. ORDER HERE. Questions? Email Negar Salim or Negin Gabayzadeh.

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


Dear 1st Grade Parents,

This week in 1st grade we began our new math chapter on graphing. We learned about picture graphs, bar graphs, and tally graphs. In phonics we learned about “l” blends, such as plate, block, and clamp.

We are busy learning about President Abraham Lincoln and President George Washington as we get ready to celebrate President’s Day. We are looking forward to celebrating our 100 days of learning on Thursday, February 16th – don’t forget to dress up like a 100 year old! 

Yesterday in Hebrew class, half of our 1st graders presented a Tu B’Shvat story to the kindergartners. The other half will present in their Hebrew class next week. We are so proud of our young Hebrew learners!

When practicing Mindfulness, we have the chance to really slow down and appreciate everyday activities with new eyes and new senses. Every time we do this, we’re applying what we learn in our formal Mindfulness meditation practice to our everyday activities. The formal practice is about learning to pay non-judgmental and kind attention to whatever is going on in our mind, body and the world around us, moment by moment. We can then take this sharpened attention into our everyday lives, bringing a rich awareness to our experience of the world and the ways in which we interact with it. In our lessons, we continue cultivating this awareness, through isolated and full sensory integration, and our 1st graders continue to share how they are incorporating Mindfulness in their lives each and every day.

Warmly,

The 1st Grade Teachers
1st Grade

Camp Alonim Field Trip for Friday, February 10th is CANCELED DUE TO RAIN
Due to Friday’s storm, we must unfortunately cancel our trip to Camp Alonim. Even with the rain, we are planning special Tu B’Shvat nature celebrations at school. If you had ordered hot lunch for Friday, it has been reinstated. Students are invited to wear jeans with any Wise School shirt.

100th Day of School | Thursday, February 16th
Next Thursday, February 16th, is the 100th day of school. Students are invited to dress like they are 100 years old or wear something that represents 100. All of the fun activities planned will be revealed to your children at Monday’s morning assembly – stay tuned!

Raising Smart, Ethical Children for Success in a Challenging World
Dr. Bruce Powell | Wednesday, February 22nd | 8:15 a.m. | Taub | RSVP HERE

In partnership with local synagogues and Jewish day schools, Dr. Bruce Powell, Head of School at de Toledo High School, inspires Jewish parents to become more effective in ensuring the teen years are filled with good decision-making and positive experiences. RSVP HERE.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | Submit Your PSA by Feb 24 | [email protected]
This week 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!

K-6 Yearbook Pre-Sale is Open | Pre-Sale Deadline: March 24 | $65 | ORDER HERE
Purchase your K-6 Wise School Yearbook and Lovelines now! Pre-sale cost is $65. After March 24th, yearbook cost is $90. Write your child a personalized message: Lovelines are $20 each. ORDER HERE. Questions? Email Negar Salim or Negin Gabayzadeh.

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


Dear 2nd Grade Parents,

Second graders have been learning about different kinds of maps and working hard on making their own map book. Last week they worked on making a map of their room as well as a map of their street. They also learned about urban, rural, and suburban communities and their different characteristics. The students then made a connection to their own community by creating a map key with different places that can be found around the area where they live.

In Hebrew, 2nd graders have been very busy continuing to practice their Hebrew letters and vowels. This week we are reading the story of “Shabbat” and discussing the holiday of Tu-B’shvat. We had a wonderful Shabbat dinner with our families and our 2nd graders were proud to lead the congregation with prayers and Hebrew songs.

In honor of Tu B’Shvat, 2nd graders are busy learning about trees. We are comparing and contrasting people and trees, finding our similarities and differences. We are also having ethical discussions about the importance of trees, the gifts of the trees, what trees do for people and what people do for trees! Our learning will culminate with our all-school field trip to Camp Alonim, in celebration of nature and Tu B’Shvat.

When practicing Mindfulness, we have the chance to really slow down and appreciate everyday activities with new eyes and new senses. Every time we do this, we’re applying what we learn in our formal Mindfulness meditation practice to our everyday activities. The formal practice is about learning to pay non-judgmental and kind attention to whatever is going on in our mind, body and the world around us, moment by moment. We can then take this sharpened attention into our everyday lives, bringing a rich awareness to our experience of the world and the ways in which we interact with it. In our lessons, we continue cultivating this awareness, through isolated and full sensory integration, and our 2nd graders continue to share how they are incorporating Mindfulness in their lives each and every day.

Warmly,

The 2nd Grade Teachers
2nd Grade

Camp Alonim Field Trip for Friday, February 10th is CANCELED DUE TO RAIN
Due to Friday’s storm, we must unfortunately cancel our trip to Camp Alonim. Even with the rain, we are planning special Tu B’Shvat nature celebrations at school. If you had ordered hot lunch for Friday, it has been reinstated. Students are invited to wear jeans with any Wise School shirt.

100th Day of School | Thursday, February 16th
Next Thursday, February 16th, is the 100th day of school. Students are invited to dress like they are 100 years old or wear something that represents 100. All of the fun activities planned will be revealed to your children at Monday’s morning assembly – stay tuned!

Shabbat Reminder: Please remember to send SOVA and Tzedakah tomorrow.

There is no spelling test this week.

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

Shabbat Helpers for THIS Friday, February 10th:

  • Room 34: Bella (Challah), Leo (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Bradley (Challah), Dustin (Flowers)

Shabbat Helpers for NEXT Friday, February 17th:

  • Room 34: Avvah (Challah), Joya (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Ryan (Challah), Bradley (Flowers)

Raising Smart, Ethical Children for Success in a Challenging World
Dr. Bruce Powell | Wednesday, February 22nd | 8:15 a.m. | Taub | RSVP HERE

In partnership with local synagogues and Jewish day schools, Dr. Bruce Powell, Head of School at de Toledo High School, inspires Jewish parents to become more effective in ensuring the teen years are filled with good decision-making and positive experiences. RSVP HERE.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | Submit Your PSA by Feb 24 | [email protected]
This week 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!

K-6 Yearbook Pre-Sale is Open | Pre-Sale Deadline: March 24 | $65 | ORDER HERE
Purchase your K-6 Wise School Yearbook and Lovelines now! Pre-sale cost is $65. After March 24th, yearbook cost is $90. Write your child a personalized message: Lovelines are $20 each. ORDER HERE. Questions? Email Negar Salim or Negin Gabayzadeh.

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


Dear 3rd Grade Parents,

Last week in 3rd grade, we started our new writing unit on Opinion Writing with Research. We know that the purpose of opinion writing is to share what we think about a specific issue. The issue we are going to be focusing on is “Should technology be a big part of classroom learning?” So far, we have read two articles that have information about how technology is used in classrooms and we have looked at the pros and cons each author presented in their article. We will be using our research to help us support our personal opinion on the issue. We can’t wait to share our ideas!

Third graders are excited to be learning about the holiday of Tu B’Shvat. They are enthusiastically reviewing the holiday songs in Hebrew. Students are also explaining to their “Skype” friend how to celebrate Tu B’Shvat using the verbs: give, eat, sing, learn, write, sit, play, say, plant.

Third graders have been inspired! They have all banded together, led by fellow students, to create two new Hesed projects in 3rd grade. The Mitzvah Girls, led by Emma, Chloe, Ashley and Sienna, are collecting gently used children’s clothing, toys and books, to be donated to the LA Family Housing Shelter. Team Ambulance, led by Noah, Kiley, Brian and Brandon, are collecting monetary donations to be put towards purchasing an ambulance for Magen David Adom in Israel. Both of these projects are now the official 3rd grade Hesed projects, and our tzedakah will go there as well. We are all so proud of the kind and giving spirit represented by these students and all the 3rd graders. Their excitement and enthusiasm is spreading throughout the whole school. Please support these worthy causes and help our kids do mitzvoth and tikkun olam…making great happen at Wise School!

When practicing Mindfulness, we have the chance to really slow down and appreciate everyday activities with new eyes and new senses. Every time we do this, we’re applying what we learn in our formal Mindfulness meditation practice to our everyday activities. The formal practice is about learning to pay non-judgmental and kind attention to whatever is going on in our mind, body and the world around us, moment by moment. We can then take this sharpened attention into our everyday lives, bringing a rich awareness to our experience of the world and the ways in which we interact with it. In our lessons, we continue cultivating this awareness, through isolated and full sensory integration, and our 3rd graders continue to share how they are incorporating Mindfulness in their lives each and every day.

Warmly,

The 3rd Grade Teachers
3rd Grade

Camp Alonim Field Trip for Friday, February 10th is CANCELED DUE TO RAIN
Due to Friday’s storm, we must unfortunately cancel our trip to Camp Alonim. Even with the rain, we are planning special Tu B’Shvat nature celebrations at school. If you had ordered hot lunch for Friday, it has been reinstated. Students are invited to wear jeans with any Wise School shirt.

100th Day of School | Thursday, February 16th
Next Thursday, February 16th, is the 100th day of school. Students are invited to dress like they are 100 years old or wear something that represents 100. All of the fun activities planned will be revealed to your children at Monday’s morning assembly – stay tuned!

Raising Smart, Ethical Children for Success in a Challenging World
Dr. Bruce Powell | Wednesday, February 22nd | 8:15 a.m. | Taub | RSVP HERE

In partnership with local synagogues and Jewish day schools, Dr. Bruce Powell, Head of School at de Toledo High School, inspires Jewish parents to become more effective in ensuring the teen years are filled with good decision-making and positive experiences. RSVP HERE.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | Submit Your PSA by Feb 24 | [email protected]
This week 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!

K-6 Yearbook Pre-Sale is Open | Pre-Sale Deadline: March 24 | $65 | ORDER HERE
Purchase your K-6 Wise School Yearbook and Lovelines now! Pre-sale cost is $65. After March 24th, yearbook cost is $90. Write your child a personalized message: Lovelines are $20 each. ORDER HERE. Questions? Email Negar Salim or Negin Gabayzadeh.

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


Dear 4th Grade Parents,

Our 4th graders are hard at work, gathering information for their mission essays. In addition, we are focusing on the different perspectives of the Spanish Padres and the Indians. Each experienced mission life from their own point of view. This discussion supports critical thinking and opens our children’s thoughts to the perspectives of others. We also continue to expand our vocabulary through Word Wisdom and various spelling patterns.

This week in Hebrew, through the Wise Learning Process, the 4th graders have been utilizing their critical and creative thinking skills. After being introduced to the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat, they have been using new adjectives to describe trees and the nature around them.

While looking at biblical texts that are connected to the environment, we are reminded that we are partners with God and that it is our responsibility to take care of the earth and use its resources respectfully and responsibly. We will be conveying this message when we go to Camp Alonim to celebrate Tu B’Shvat. We are looking forward to celebrating Tu B’Shvat with the entire school.

When practicing Mindfulness, we have the chance to really slow down and appreciate everyday activities with new eyes and new senses. Every time we do this, we’re applying what we learn in our formal Mindfulness meditation practice to our everyday activities. The formal practice is about learning to pay non-judgmental and kind attention to whatever is going on in our mind, body and the world around us, moment by moment. We can then take this sharpened attention into our everyday lives, bringing a rich awareness to our experience of the world and the ways in which we interact with it. In our lessons, we continue cultivating this awareness, through isolated and full sensory integration, and our 4th graders continue to share how they are incorporating Mindfulness in their lives each and every day.

Warmly,

The 4th Grade Teachers

4th Grade

Camp Alonim Field Trip for Friday, February 10th is CANCELED DUE TO RAIN
Due to Friday’s storm, we must unfortunately cancel our trip to Camp Alonim. Even with the rain, we are planning special Tu B’Shvat nature celebrations at school. If you had ordered hot lunch for Friday, it has been reinstated. Students are invited to wear jeans with any Wise School shirt.

100th Day of School | Thursday, February 16th
Next Thursday, February 16th, is the 100th day of school. Students are invited to dress like they are 100 years old or wear something that represents 100. All of the fun activities planned will be revealed to your children at Monday’s morning assembly – stay tuned!

Raising Smart, Ethical Children for Success in a Challenging World
Dr. Bruce Powell | Wednesday, February 22nd | 8:15 a.m. | Taub | RSVP HERE

In partnership with local synagogues and Jewish day schools, Dr. Bruce Powell, Head of School at de Toledo High School, inspires Jewish parents to become more effective in ensuring the teen years are filled with good decision-making and positive experiences. RSVP HERE.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | Submit Your PSA by Feb 24 | [email protected]
This week 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!

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.

K-6 Yearbook Pre-Sale is Open | Pre-Sale Deadline: March 24 | $65 | ORDER HERE
Purchase your K-6 Wise School Yearbook and Lovelines now! Pre-sale cost is $65. After March 24th, yearbook cost is $90. Write your child a personalized message: Lovelines are $20 each. ORDER HERE. Questions? Email Negar Salim or Negin Gabayzadeh.


Dear 5th Grade Parents,

Ellis Island, here we come! It’s 1910, and as hopeful immigrant families from France, Romania, and beyond, we’re ready to take the journey across the blustery Atlantic Ocean! This week and next, our immigrant “families” will research, create, and prepare a story that puts them in the shoes of families from the 1910 era. Bear with them as they ask questions about their ancestry, and as they rifle through your closets for shawls, vests, and other appropriate garb from that time. Our 5th Grade Immigration Simulation is on February 15th.

We’ll be jumping back into pre-Revolutionary War events later this week and next; no worries – Hakuna Matata – our little scholars won’t leave Wise without a clear picture of the events that led to the creation of our country!

In 5th grade Hebrew we are approaching the end of unit 3 in Chaverim Beivrit, and we are learning about the end of Tamar’s class trip. (Tamar is our main character who is describing her experiences). Our students will apply this experience and its big idea in a three paragraph assignment when they write about our school trip to Camp Alonim. In honor of celebrating Tu B’Shvat, we are learning the big idea of the holiday and its importance for us living on earth. We are also focusing on our responsibility to the earth as partners with God. The students will reinforce the infinity format by writing about the rules, customs, and traditions of Tu B’shvat. For example, they will write: On Tu B’Shvat, it is customary to eat fruit from the seven species that the lands of Israel were blessed with. Through a discussion, we dedicate a day to honor nature, trees, and mother earth.

While looking at biblical texts that are connected to the environment, we are reminded that we are partners with God and that it is our responsibility to take care of the earth and use its resources respectfully and responsibly. We will be conveying this message when we go to Camp Alonim to celebrate Tu B’Shvat. This Thursday at our Shacharit service we honored Amber Kleinman, Ryan Khalili and Jonah Pournazarian as Klei Kodesh leaders. Jonah Pournazarian shared his D’var Torah following services.

When practicing Mindfulness, we have the chance to really slow down and appreciate everyday activities with new eyes and new senses. Every time we do this, we’re applying what we learn in our formal Mindfulness meditation practice to our everyday activities. The formal practice is about learning to pay non-judgmental and kind attention to whatever is going on in our mind, body and the world around us, moment by moment. We can then take this sharpened attention into our everyday lives, bringing a rich awareness to our experience of the world and the ways in which we interact with it. In our lessons, we continue cultivating this awareness, through isolated and full sensory integration, and our 5th graders continue to share how they are incorporating Mindfulness in their lives each and every day.

Warmly,

The 5th Grade Teachers
5th Grade

Camp Alonim Field Trip for Friday, February 10th is CANCELED DUE TO RAIN
Due to Friday’s storm, we must unfortunately cancel our trip to Camp Alonim. Even with the rain, we are planning special Tu B’Shvat nature celebrations at school. If you had ordered hot lunch for Friday, it has been reinstated. Students are invited to wear jeans with any Wise School shirt.

100th Day of School | Thursday, February 16th
Next Thursday, February 16th, is the 100th day of school. Students are invited to dress like they are 100 years old or wear something that represents 100. All of the fun activities planned will be revealed to your children at Monday’s morning assembly – stay tuned!

Raising Smart, Ethical Children for Success in a Challenging World
Dr. Bruce Powell | Wednesday, February 22nd | 8:15 a.m. | Taub | RSVP HERE

In partnership with local synagogues and Jewish day schools, Dr. Bruce Powell, Head of School at de Toledo High School, inspires Jewish parents to become more effective in ensuring the teen years are filled with good decision-making and positive experiences. RSVP HERE.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | Submit Your PSA by Feb 24 | [email protected]
This week 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!

K-6 Yearbook Pre-Sale is Open | Pre-Sale Deadline: March 24 | $65 | ORDER HERE
Purchase your K-6 Wise School Yearbook and Lovelines now! Pre-sale cost is $65. After March 24th, yearbook cost is $90. Write your child a personalized message: Lovelines are $20 each. ORDER HERE. Questions? Email Negar Salim or Negin Gabayzadeh.

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


Dear 6th Grade Parents,

The 6th grade students continue to work on their informational writing essays. After receiving their rough drafts back, they will engage in peer editing. This is an opportunity for the students to have a “fresh pair of eyes” give them feedback on their work. Recent grammar lessons include capitalization, and fragment and run-on sentences. As the students practice and begin to master these skills, applying these conventions to their essays will come more naturally.

In Hebrew, the 6th graders are deepening their knowledge of Tu B’Shvat by examining the holiday from a variety of perspectives. In conjunction with the Wise Learning Process, they are thinking as disciplinarians such as religious leaders, farmers, and environmentalists. We are looking forward to conducting an interactive Seder in class.

In Judaic Studies, our students continue to deepen their understanding of the big idea of evolving Judaism in the modern world. Ask your child to tell you about important key figures who shaped Judaism at the time. One of our highlights in 6th grade is watching the students teach Parashat Hashavua – the weekly Torah portion – to the entire 5th and 6th grade community during services on Thursday. Kudos to the students who have already presented!

When practicing Mindfulness, we have the chance to really slow down and appreciate everyday activities with new eyes and new senses. Every time we do this, we’re applying what we learn in our formal Mindfulness meditation practice to our everyday activities. The formal practice is about learning to pay non-judgmental and kind attention to whatever is going on in our mind, body and the world around us, moment by moment. We can then take this sharpened attention into our everyday lives, bringing a rich awareness to our experience of the world and the ways in which we interact with it. In our lessons, we continue cultivating this awareness, through isolated and full sensory integration, and our 6th graders continue to share how they are incorporating Mindfulness in their lives each and every day.

Warmly,

The 6th Grade Teachers

6th Grade

Camp Alonim Field Trip for Friday, February 10th is CANCELED DUE TO RAIN
Due to Friday’s storm, we must unfortunately cancel our trip to Camp Alonim. Even with the rain, we are planning special Tu B’Shvat nature celebrations at school. If you had ordered hot lunch for Friday, it has been reinstated. Students are invited to wear jeans with any Wise School shirt.

100th Day of School | Thursday, February 16th
Next Thursday, February 16th, is the 100th day of school. Students are invited to dress like they are 100 years old or wear something that represents 100. All of the fun activities planned will be revealed to your children at Monday’s morning assembly – stay tuned!

Mandatory Grade 6 B’nai Mitzvah Family Informational Meeting
Thursday, February 16 | 7 p.m. | Plotkin Chapel
6 p.m. Wise Events Food Tasting & Social Justice Fair

This informational meeting will focus on the b’nai mitzvah process and answer all of your questions about mentoring, rehearsals, photography, catering, invitations, date or time changes, rabbi and cantor requests, continuing Jewish education, tikkun olam projects, and much more. Please RSVP here.

Raising Smart, Ethical Children for Success in a Challenging World
Dr. Bruce Powell | Wednesday, February 22nd | 8:15 a.m. | Taub | RSVP HERE

In partnership with local synagogues and Jewish day schools, Dr. Bruce Powell, Head of School at de Toledo High School, inspires Jewish parents to become more effective in ensuring the teen years are filled with good decision-making and positive experiences. RSVP HERE.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | Submit Your PSA by Feb 24 | [email protected]
This week 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!

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.


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NEW Parenting Center 6-Week Saturday Shabbat Class | SIGN-UP HERE
The Parenting Center will be offering a 6-week Saturday Shabbat class, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., beginning January 28th and running through March 4th. The class will have indoor and outdoor play, music, discussion, story time, Shabbat blessings and songs, and snacks. Space is limited and sign-up is required. Sign-up here.

Carpool: Morning drop-off and afternoon pickup
We would like to remind parents of our carpool procedures as stated in our Parent Handbook. Abiding by the rules will make our campus, safer, friendlier, and more efficient. If a member of our staff approaches you in order to enforce the rules, they will do so only with respect, professionalism, kindness, and courtesy. Please return the favor when speaking with them. Thank you for your help in keeping our Wise students safe.

Uniform Reminder: Please help us enforce our uniform policy by making sure your child is dressed in uniform each morning and, for students in 4th – 6th grades, brings proper uniform P.E. attire and shoes for P.E. class. If your child is not appropriately dressed, he or she will receive a uniform violation. As our Parent Handbook states, recurring infractions will lead to a family meeting with a school administrator.

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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WISE PARENTS ASSOCIATION
[email protected] | http://wise-school.org/parents/wpa/

WPA Breakfast & Meeting | Wednesday, February 15 | 8:00 a.m. | Zeldin-Hershenson
Join the last WPA meeting of the year for a delicious breakfast, meeting, and special guest speaker Bette Alkazian, LMFT, who will speak on Parental Anxiety. Bette has spoken at Wise before and she has always been so inspiring, leaving parents with lots of great tips and insight. Please RSVP via the Paperless Post invitation you received.

Wise Style | Shop Online HERE
It’s getting chilly outside, so stock up on your cold weather Wise Style gear – from beanies to sweatshirts! Shop Wise Style at our WPA meeting next week or by clicking HERE or http://mycart.wisela.org/wise-style/.

Purim Carnival 2017 | Sunday, March 12 | SAVE-THE-DATE!
Mark your calendars for another amazing Purim Carnival coming soon at Wise!

Wise School Gala | May 6, 2017 | SAVE-THE-DATE!
Save-the-Date for A Great Gatsby Affair and help us find great items for the auction: Event tickets, travel, luxury items, wine and dine, electronics and more. Any questions or ideas, please contact Paola Gancman [email protected].


CENTER FOR YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – AFTERSCHOOL ENRICHMENT
[email protected] | 310.889.2263

Camp Wise Registration and Calendar Available!
It’s time to start planning your summer! The field trip calendar and registration are now available! Sign up now to choose your favorite weeks! Website: campwisela.org. Contact: [email protected] or 310.889.2263

Spring Session for Afterschool Enrichment | Register HERE
Spring session for afterschool programming begins February 27! Registration is now open. Click here to check the schedule and plan your spring session: wisela.org/enrichment

Family Camp 2017 | March 24-26, 2017 | Camp Ramah, Ojai
Registration ends on February 17th! Family Camp is back in beautiful Ojai this Spring! Escape L.A. for a weekend away with your family, Temple community, Clergy, and friends this spring at Wise Family Camp! Join us for a relaxing weekend at Camp Ramah in beautiful Ojai, CA and experience a unique camp Shabbat evening, hiking, ropes course, sports, dancing, music, and much more. Register HERE. Website: WiseLA.org/FamilyCamp. Contact: [email protected] or 310.889.2263


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

Shabbat Shira and Scholar-in-Residence Weekend | February 10-11, 2017
Celebrate the “Shabbat of Song” with a very special Friday night service featuring the world premiere of Michael Isaacson’s “Ladorot Habaim” (“For Generations to Come”) and the voices of six congregations. All weekend we will welcome Rabbi, Dr. Michael Marmur, Provost of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, as our Scholar-in-Residence. Learn about the weekend’s events at WiseLA.org/ShabbatShira.

Never Judge a Book by its Cover | Rabbi Josh Knobel | REGISTER HERE
3 Tuesdays: February 14, 21 and 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.

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 WiseLA.org/WiseTravel to learn more.