All School News – January 12, 2017

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

After two weeks off, kindergarten jumped right back into the swing of things! We began our unit on health and the human body. What can happen when we get a cut on our skin? What are the different food groups and how do they keep us healthy? How often are we eating foods from all of the different groups during meals?

In math, we compared numbers by looking at objects, towers, and number lines. The number 17 is greater than 12, therefore a tower of 17 cubes will be taller than a tower of 12 cubes, and the number 17 will come later than 12 on the number line. For additional practice, please ask your child: “Is ____ greater than or less than _____?” Or, “Name a number greater than ____ and less than _____.”

In Hebrew, the children have been learning vocabulary and songs related to winter weather and clothing. They are using their knowledge of body parts to converse about wearing jackets, mittens, hats, and every kindergartners’ favorite…rainboots!

Warmly,

The Kindergarten Teachers
KINDERGARTEN

Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Monday, January 16th | NO SCHOOL

Professional Development Day | Tuesday, January 17th | NO SCHOOL

Klei Kodesh Reminder: Parents of Klei Kodesh children should meet in Plotkin Chapel at 9:00 a.m. These students are to wear appropriate formal clothing, which they may remain dressed in all day.

  • January 13th Klei Kodesh Room 5: Mason, Mischa
  • January 13th Klei Kodesh Room 6: Jayden, Julian
  • January 20th Klei Kodesh Room 5: Jordan O., Shane, Sky
  • January 20th Klei Kodesh Room 6: Justin O., Leah, Makayla

Kindergarten Evening Social | Tuesday, January 24th
By now you should have received an invitation to this event. Please RSVP at your earliest convenience. We hope to see you there!

STEAM Night | February 1, 2017 | SAVE THE DATE!
Join us Wednesday, February 1st for our Annual Family STEAM Night. The event is free, but there will be ticketed activities that will require sign-ups. A link to sign-up will be sent out soon. We can’t wait to see you all there! In the meantime, check out our video from last year’s successful event: STEAM Night 2016.


Dear 1st Grade Parents,

We are excited to be back in 2017, with many teeth lost and many inches grown!

Last week in math we learned about ordinal position. We learned positioning from the left and from the right. We also expanded our vocabulary with phrases such as “fifth from the right.” The focus in spelling and phonics this past week was on words ending in double consonants: zz, ff, and ll.

This week in math we are learning about place value of numbers up to 20. We are talking about tens and ones. In phonics this week we are focusing on words with ending blends, such as words that end in lk, nd, and mp.

In honor of a very important upcoming birthday, we have begun talking about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and what it means to treat all people equally. Please note that we have no school on Monday, January 16th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, followed by a pupil free day Tuesday, January 17th.

Warmly,

The 1st Grade Teachers
1st Grade

Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Monday, January 16th | NO SCHOOL

Professional Development Day | Tuesday, January 17th | NO SCHOOL

STEAM Night | February 1, 2017 | SAVE THE DATE!
Join us Wednesday, February 1st for our Annual Family STEAM Night. The event is free, but there will be ticketed activities that will require sign-ups. A link to sign-up will be sent out soon. We can’t wait to see you all there! In the meantime, check out our video from last year’s successful event: STEAM Night 2016.


Dear 2nd Grade Parents,

Last week, 2nd graders worked very hard on their New Year’s Resolutions for themselves, their home, school, and the world. They also wrote similes about winter using different vocabulary words having to do with the season. In addition, the students began learning about Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and achievements. They even identified various character traits that Dr. King displayed throughout his lifetime.

In math, the students have been working on multiplication and division. Make sure to have your students continue practicing their math facts at home.

Second graders have been working hard on the study of heroes. We integrate the Judaic Studies theme of Bible heroes with the general studies theme of People Who Make a Difference in the World. This will culminate with our Living Heroes Museum…information to come! We have been investigating…What qualities does a hero have? What are the similarities and differences between real life heroes and super heroes? How many heroes can you name and why do you consider them a hero? Who is your personal hero, someone who has influenced you in your life? These are some of the concepts we are discussing in 2nd grade!

Warmly,

The 2nd Grade Teachers
2nd Grade

Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Monday, January 16th | NO SCHOOL

Professional Development Day | Tuesday, January 17th | NO SCHOOL

Tomorrow, Friday, January 13th: Please remember to send SOVA, Tzedakah, and have your child wear a white shirt.

Spelling test reminder for tomorrow, Friday, January 13th. 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, January 13th:

  • Room 34: Ivy (Challah), Michael (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Jacob (Challah), Jade (Flowers)

Klei Kodesh for THIS Friday, January 13th:

  • Room 34: Michael and Ivy
  • Room 36: Michael and Talia

Shabbat Helpers for NEXT Friday, January 20th:

  • Room 34: Caleb (Challah), Madeleine (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Ella (Challah), Jacob (Flowers)

Klei Kodesh for NEXT Friday, January 20th:

  • Room 34: Jake and Brooke
  • Room 36: No Klei Kodesh this week

STEAM Night | February 1, 2017 | SAVE THE DATE!
Join us Wednesday, February 1st for our Annual Family STEAM Night. The event is free, but there will be ticketed activities that will require sign-ups. A link to sign-up will be sent out soon. We can’t wait to see you all there! In the meantime, check out our video from last year’s successful event: STEAM Night 2016.


Dear 3rd Grade Parents,

Last week in 3rd grade we started our informative writing unit. We know that the purpose of informative writing is to inform the reader—that is, to teach the reader something. We are currently developing a short writing piece about a topic in which we are experts. Some of the expert topics include: how to make Jell-O, tips for dancing, and how to play a game called Two Touch. We can’t wait to read each other’s completed work and learn from our experts!

In 3rd grade Hebrew, students continue to develop all 4 skills: speaking, phonetic reading, comprehension, and writing. This week they are strengthening their writing skills as they work on writing projects about birthdays and our very own Wise School. Students are also practicing their phonetic skills and working on their reading accuracy and fluency. For more reading practice at home, please click here: http://www.behrmanhouse.com/click-and-read-free. For practice reading prayers and blessings, please click here: http://www.behrmanhouse.com/click-and-pray-free

In 3rd grade Judaic Studies, we are culminating our unit on Introduction to the Bible. We have been learning about customs and traditions that have to do with the Torah, what books are in the Bible, how we show respect for the Torah, the parts of the Torah, and how a sefer Torah is written. A lot to learn! Third graders are true Torah scholars!!!

Warmly,

The 3rd Grade Teachers
3rd Grade

Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Monday, January 16th | NO SCHOOL

Professional Development Day | Tuesday, January 17th | NO SCHOOL

3rd Grade Basketball Friday Clinic | 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Faber Field | Co-ed
Winter Dates – 01/13, 01/20, 01/27, 02/03 | Max. 20 Participants | $100
http://mycart.wisela.org/wildcat-grade-3-fall-basketball-clinic/
We are excited to announce that we will be continuing the Basketball Clinic on Fridays after school during the winter season. We want to encourage and prepare our students for 4th grade when they will have the opportunity to participate in the Wildcats Athletics Program. The Clinic will take place from 3:30-4:30 pm on Faber Field for any 3rd grade boys and girls interested in participating. The coaches will put them through some skill work, fun games, learn the rules of the game, and scrimmages.

STEAM Night | February 1, 2017 | SAVE THE DATE!
Join us Wednesday, February 1st for our Annual Family STEAM Night. The event is free, but there will be ticketed activities that will require sign-ups. A link to sign-up will be sent out soon. We can’t wait to see you all there! In the meantime, check out our video from last year’s successful event: STEAM Night 2016.


Dear 4th Grade Parents,

In 4th grade, we are moving along in Social Studies to our Mission Unit. We have started our introduction on El Camino Real to learn the purpose of it and how it changes over time. After gathering information from various articles, students will write a paragraph about El Camino Real.

Next week, we will continue our studies on Missions. Students will study and conduct a research essay on a specific mission. They will learn how to use multiple sources to gather data and prove evidence.

In Hebrew the 4th graders completed reading the sixth and seventh stories in their Hebrew book. These stories concentrated on the big idea of our actions during a birthday party. They used patterns of speech and new vocabulary to converse in Hebrew and created short stories to describe in writing what they do during the party.

Last week and this week in Judaic Studies, we are focusing on the leadership of Joshua. We are investigating Joshua’s leadership and how it impacts the Israelites journey into the Promised Land. This Friday we will honor the following students as Klei Kodesh leaders: Eytan Zakai, Logan Gabbay, Michael Kashfian, Aidan Altman, Leah Namvar, Oliver Sharafian and Alexa Shadgou.

Warmly,

The 4th Grade Teachers

4th Grade

All Classes: Word Wisdom Quiz this Friday (pink cards) 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Monday, January 16th | NO SCHOOL

Professional Development Day | Tuesday, January 17th | NO SCHOOL

4th Grade Morning Social | Wednesday, January 18th | SAVE THE DATE
Details coming soon.

STEAM Night | February 1, 2017 | SAVE THE DATE!
Join us Wednesday, February 1st for our Annual Family STEAM Night. The event is free, but there will be ticketed activities that will require sign-ups. A link to sign-up will be sent out soon. We can’t wait to see you all there! In the meantime, check out our video from last year’s successful event: STEAM Night 2016.


Dear 5th Grade Parents,

This week in 5th grade, we’re leaping from the 13 colonies, and honing in on the feelings, perspectives, and impacts of slavery in the study of the Triangular Trade. As their assessment for this chapter, students will write a narrative in the perspective of a slave ship during the harrowing Middle Passage.

Next week, we’ll continue on to daily life Colonial Williamsburg. Here, students will begin to see the bigger picture that puts all elements studied in our social studies content together.

All classes are continuing with Unit 3, Part 2 in Word Wisdom; expect a Unit test (plus analogies!) after Part 3. 

In 5th grade Hebrew we have been practicing and reinforcing the form of infinitive. This is also strengthening the skill of using a rule format as in “need to…”, “allowed to…”, “customary to…”, etc. Along with learning about “Neot Kedumim” in Israel, and how visitors make olive oil there, we are also referring to the Biblical source of the olive branch in the narrative of Noah’s Ark and the Emblem of the State of Israel, which has two olive branches. These details are tied together as we weave the thread of the olive oil and olive branch and the pattern of Change Over Time in the history of Judaism and the Israeli culture.

Last week in Judaic Studies, students focused on learning the big ideas of the weekday morning service. This week, we returned to researching about the 3 movements within Judaism and about Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews. On Friday, we will look forward to hearing Katie Frohlich, David Tishbi and Noah Gordon share words of Torah when they present their D’var Torah in each of their classes.

Warmly,

The 5th Grade Teachers
5th Grade

Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Monday, January 16th | NO SCHOOL

Professional Development Day | Tuesday, January 17th | NO SCHOOL

Reminder for this Friday, January 6th: We have our 13 colonies quiz this Friday. Students are required to know the location and spelling of the 13 colonies, the Great Lakes, and the Atlantic Ocean. There are plenty of online resources students can utilize in addition to the classroom resources and review.

STEAM Night | February 1, 2017 | SAVE THE DATE!
Join us Wednesday, February 1st for our Annual Family STEAM Night. The event is free, but there will be ticketed activities that will require sign-ups. A link to sign-up will be sent out soon. We can’t wait to see you all there! In the meantime, check out our video from last year’s successful event: STEAM Night 2016.

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


Dear 6th Grade Parents,

The 6th graders are learning about informational writing. They are starting to learn the differences between narrative, informational, and opinion writing. Soon, the students will be embarking on a new informational writing project. Meanwhile, they are still building their grammar knowledge, most recently learning about how to correctly use an apostrophe.

In Hebrew, we are continuing to improve phonetic reading skills while reading prayers and blessings. We are also reading text from Chaverim B’Ivrit; asking and answering explicit and implicit questions, talking about the content and applying it to our own lives, all in Hebrew.

In Judaic Studies, our 6th graders are continuing their study of the history of the Jewish people. Thinking like a historian, the students are exploring the universal concept of Change Promotes Additional Change. Kol Hakavod to Gil, Jaden, and Levi, who presented their creative interpretation on Parashat Vayigash last week at our 5/6 Tfillah.

Warmly,

The 6th Grade Teachers

6th Grade

Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Monday, January 16th | NO SCHOOL

Professional Development Day | Tuesday, January 17th | NO SCHOOL

6th Grade Science Fair Reminder: Students are working on their science fair boards in class. Please make sure all students print their information in color ink at home to bring to school. We look forward to the completion of their projects and seeing everyone’s presentations at STEAM Night on February 1st. Please contact us if you have any questions: Miss Bolkin or Mrs. Coatney.

STEAM Night | February 1, 2017 | SAVE THE DATE!
Join us Wednesday, February 1st for our Annual Family STEAM Night. The event is free, but there will be ticketed activities that will require sign-ups. A link to sign-up will be sent out soon. We can’t wait to see you all there! In the meantime, check out our video from last year’s successful event: STEAM Night 2016.


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

Annual Giving – We are excited to announce that Wise School’s Annual Giving Campaign is 95% of the way to reaching our financial goal with 85% participation. Thank you to the many families who have already donated. The campaign closes tomorrow! We strive for 100% participation, so with 24 hours left we need your help to put us over the top and reach our financial and participation goals. Help us make great happen and donate today: Click here or contact Jessica Lebovits at [email protected] or 310.889.2276.

Wise School Developmental Kindergarten Breakfast
Wednesday, January 18th | 9:30 a.m. | Udko Annex | RSVP Required – RSVP 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.

Guardianship Nomination Workshop with Wise School Parent Rozita Yacobi
Wednesday, January 25th | 6:30 p.m. | Plotkin Chapel

Wise School Parent and LA attorney Rozita Yacobi will be hosting a FREE parent education workshop where you will learn the easy, but little known steps you must take to ensure the well-being and care of your children. Unknowingly, most parents have not adequately protected their children if the unthinkable happened to them, either by never naming guardians or by making at least one of the 6 common mistakes. With a parent’s and expert’s perspective, Rozi will help you understand why naming guardians for your children is so important and guide you to avoid making the 6 common mistakes that parents often make when naming guardians. Through the workshop, you will legally document successor guardians for your minor children. The event is limited to 20 couples. RSVP REQUIRED – RSVP HERE. Please note: The workshop focuses on guardianship for minor children only and not for the estate.

The Diener & Kadner Families Library Annual Breakfast
Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. | Zeldin-Hershenson
Dr. Marc Milstein, “How to Keep Your Memory Working Better, Longer.” 

How does our memory really work? Dr. Marc Milstein will speak on the impact of modern technology and what is real and what is hype in terms of improving memory with computer and brain games. Dr. Milstein is a scientist, researcher and professional speaker who makes cutting-edge health and wellness research approachable, and empowers his audiences to apply these vital findings to their work and daily lives. He earned his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry and his Bachelors of Science in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from UCLA. SIGN UP HERE. Questions? Please email Paola Gancman at [email protected].

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.

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

Vicki’s Hot Lunch | Frozen Yogurt and Challah
New menu items for Vicki’s Hot Lunch will be available starting January 18th.
The new semester for Frozen Yogurt and Challah begins on January 27th. All orders for Frozen Yogurt and Challah orders are due by January 20th. Click here to place your Frozen Yogurt and Challah order.

Party Book | WISE SCHOOL 7th ANNUAL POKER TOURNAMENT
Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Wise School, Zeldin-Hershenson Hall

Hosts: Sean Namvar, Siamak Okhovat, Marc Tavakoli, Babak Bamshad, Mike Lam, Alan Fattal
Admission: $180 for Tournament Players. $100 for Non-Players.
Sign Up: https://wiseschool.onlinepartybook.com/catalog.php
FULLY CATERED WITH OPEN BAR!!!!! FANTASTIC PRIZES FOR THE TOP FINISHERS!!!!!

Wise School Gala | May 6, 2017 | SAVE-THE-DATE!
Save-the-Date for A Great Gatsby Affair – MAY 6, 2017 – A celebration of a wonderful year in our community. 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]. If you are interested in joining the committee, our next meeting is on January 13th.


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

Family Camp 2017 | March 24-26, 2017 | Camp Ramah, Ojai
Registration is Open! 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. Family Camp is open to any Wise family with children of any age. Special programs will occur for parents, elementary school age kids, and teens as well as care for toddler campers. Parents and young children will stay in comfortable rooms and kids in grade 2 through high school will spend the weekend in cabins with trained Camp Wise staff.
Register HERE. Website: WiseLA.org/FamilyCamp. Contact: [email protected] or 310.889.2263

Master Chef Competition | 3rd & 4th Grade | Sunday, January 29 | 12:30 – 4:00p.m.
Bring your culinary creativity, chef skills, and teamwork to this gastronomic competition. You and your friends will compete for the Master Chef title by using mystery ingredients to whip up unimaginably eccentric meals for your Camp Wise judges to taste. Extra points for a blind taste test! Bring your own apron, chef’s hat, or other cooking outfit! Sign up here now! This event fills up! Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 25th. $30 per participant includes all supplies, staff, and lunch. Contact: [email protected] or 310.889.2263

Big Bear Snow Day & Sleepover | 5th and 6th Grade
Saturday, February 4 – Sunday, February 5 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. the next day

The Big Bear Snow Day is back! Join Tati and the Camp Wise staff for a day playing in the snow, riding innertubes and the alpine slide, and a sleepover at the temple, Camp Wise style! Meals and snacks provided. Bring all your snow gear and sleepover stuff! Space is limited! Register online now! Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 25th. $175 includes mountain-certified charter bus, snow play activities, staff, four meals, snacks, and sleepover entertainment! Contact: [email protected] or 310.889.2263


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

Lunch-And-Learn Talmud Study Class with Rabbi Yoshi | Wednesdays | 12:00 p.m.
Catch Rabbi Yoshi as he prepares for his new weekly Talmud class! Then join him on Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. for a study session that’s open to all. Lunch is available. RSVP required: Email Arlene Spiegelman or call 310.889.2272

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.

Women’s Rosh Hodesh Minyan | Wednesday, January 18th | 8:00 a.m.
Join the women of Wise on Wednesday, January 18 at 8:00 a.m. to celebrate Rosh Hodesh at Stephen Wise Temple—a beautiful experience of prayer for women by women filled with Torah, poetry, song, love, community, and friendship.

2nd Annual Men’s Ski Trip to Mammoth Mountain | January 20th – 22nd
Join fellow Wise dads on our 2nd annual Men’s Ski Trip to Mammoth Mountain. Only 20 spots are available! Learn more on Facebook.

Cantor Emma Lutz Installation | Friday, January 27th | 6:30 p.m. Dinner
Welcome the newest member of the Stephen Wise Temple clergy team, Cantor Emma Lutz, as we celebrate her installation on Friday, January 27, with a very special dinner, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and musical Shabbat service, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Register HERE for dinner.