All School News – January 26, 2017

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Kindergarten made the most of the short 3 day week. We continued our learning of the human body by studying more about bones and creating a skeleton out of pasta in the science lab! In language arts, we learned how to make our sentences more expressive by including exclamation marks/points when appropriate. We also focused on the letter f. Thus far we have learned how to write the lowercase letter and sound made for: m, a, t, s, n, p, c, d, o, r, i, g, k, and f. Be sure to review these letters with your kindergartners.

In math, we have been counting by 10s and composing larger numbers using “towers of ten” and single cubes. Did you know that a 65 is made of 6 towers of ten and 5 single cubes? Kindergartners played a game in which they looked at a number and built it using towers and cubes, or looked at a certain number of towers and cubes and wrote down the corresponding number.

In Hebrew, the children began learning the story of creation. They learned that the world was once a big balagan (tohu va’vohu), until God decided to organize it. Each day they eagerly come to class to learn about what God created…stay tuned!

Kindergartners were very excited to resume Mindfulness classes this past week, with a lot to share on how they are incorporating Mindfulness into their everyday lives. In class, we continue to navigate through our ever changing emotions, cultivating an awareness to all of our senses, bringing attention and intention to what is going on inside us and our environment outside us. Please encourage your children to share with you what they are learning in their Mindfulness classes. Ask them when it might be a good time to mindfully breathe and have them walk you through a few mindful breathes.

Warmly,

The Kindergarten Teachers
KINDERGARTEN

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 27th Klei Kodesh Room 5: Elad, Ted
  • January 27th Klei Kodesh Room 6: Philip, Rayna, Ryan
  • February 3rd Klei Kodesh Room 5: Jordan G.

STEAM Night | February 1, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary Building 
Join us Wednesday, February 1st for our Annual Family STEAM Night. The event is free, but there will be ticketed activities that require sign-ups. 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.
Sign up for ticketed events here.
Pre-purchase dinner here.
Visit our STEAM Night page here.


Dear 1st Grade Parents,

This week in 1st grade we continued to study the spelling pattern “qu.” We made a “qu”ilt and even learned a “qu” song. In math we are learning about length and measurement. We focused on words like longer, taller, shorter, longest, shortest.

First graders were very excited to resume Mindfulness classes this past week, with a lot to share on how they are incorporating Mindfulness into their everyday lives. In class, we continue to navigate through our ever changing emotions, cultivating an awareness to all of our senses, bringing attention and intention to what is going on inside us and our environment outside us. Please encourage your children to share with you what they are learning in their Mindfulness classes. Ask them when it might be a good time to mindfully breathe and have them walk you through a few mindful breathes.

Yesterday we had a blast dressing up like our favorite literary characters for Literary Tea. Thank you to everyone who helped make this special day a success!

Warmly,

The 1st Grade Teachers
1st Grade

STEAM Night | February 1, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary Building 
Join us Wednesday, February 1st for our Annual Family STEAM Night. The event is free, but there will be ticketed activities that require sign-ups. 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.
Sign up for ticketed events here.
Pre-purchase dinner here.
Visit our STEAM Night page here.


Dear 2nd Grade Parents,

Last week, the 2nd graders continued learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and his many incredible achievements. They focused on the multiple perspectives that occurred during the time of segregation as well as how, with the help of Dr. King, the laws changed over time. The students also learned about the life of Ruby Bridges and how she was the first black girl to help integrate schools.

In Hebrew, the students practiced a poem about the rain and wind. They also read a story about “Ba-eet” (Home), and they enjoyed creating a project to go along with their new vocabulary words.

In Judaic Studies, 2nd graders have been very busy continuing their study of what makes someone a hero. They have chosen someone who is a personal hero to them…someone in their life who has had a big influence on them. Using character traits and specific details that support the character traits, the students are writing a personal narrative that explains why they consider this person a hero. You will be surprised to hear who your child has chosen! Finished work will be on display at the 2nd grade Living Hero Museum.

Second graders were very excited to resume Mindfulness classes this past week, with a lot to share on how they are incorporating Mindfulness into their everyday lives. In class, we continue to navigate through our ever changing emotions, cultivating an awareness to all of our senses, bringing attention and intention to what is going on inside us and our environment outside us. Please encourage your children to share with you what they are learning in their Mindfulness classes. Ask them when it might be a good time to mindfully breathe and have them walk you through a few mindful breathes.

Warmly,

The 2nd Grade Teachers
2nd Grade

2nd Grade Shabbat Dinner | Friday, February 3rd | 6:15 p.m.
2nd Grade Family Shabbat Dinner is coming up on Friday, February 3rd! Please sign up here.

Tomorrow, Friday, January 27th: Please remember to send SOVA, Tzedakah, and have your child wear a white shirt.

Spelling test reminder for tomorrow, Friday, January 27th. 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 27th:

  • Room 34: Brooke (Challah), Liana (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Emily (Challah), Ella (Flowers)

Klei Kodesh for THIS Friday, January 27th:

  • Room 34: Madeleine and Yaroslav (tentative)
  • Room 36: Jacob

Shabbat Helpers for NEXT Friday, February 3rd:

  • Room 34: Bill (Challah), Logan (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Dustin (Challah), Emily (Flowers)

Klei Kodesh for NEXT Friday, February 3rd:

  • Room 34: Yaroslav (tentative)
  • Room 36: Jade, Emily, and Avery

STEAM Night | February 1, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary Building 
Join us Wednesday, February 1st for our Annual Family STEAM Night. The event is free, but there will be ticketed activities that require sign-ups. 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.
Sign up for ticketed events here.
Pre-purchase dinner here.
Visit our STEAM Night page here.


Dear 3rd Grade Parents,

In social studies, we have started learning about the Underground Railroad. We know that the Underground Railroad wasn’t really a railroad—it was a name given to one of the ways that people escaped slavery. No one is sure where it originally got its name, but the “underground” part refers to its secrecy, and “railroad” refers to the way it was used to transport people. The Underground Railroad used railroad terms in its organization, such as conductor, stations, cargo, and depots. We are using our newfound knowledge to write narratives in which we are taking on the persona of somebody affiliated with the Underground Railroad. We are looking forward to sharing our multiple perspectives!

In Hebrew, 3rd graders are working on their writing skills. They are making great progress in using correct sentence structure. Our students are also practicing the skill of asking questions. Soon they will begin a writing project about our wonderful school and birthdays using the vocabulary they have learned in class.

In Judaic Studies, 3rd graders have finally finished the first semester unit on the Introduction to the Bible. Now that they are so knowledgeable, the real Bible study begins! We are starting with the first story in the Book of Genesis, The Story of Creation. After hearing a few different versions of the story, students are writing first person descriptive essays about the first day of the world. What an imagination they have! Their writing will be supplemented with an art project….this will be something special to keep for posterity!

Third graders were very excited to resume Mindfulness classes this past week, with a lot to share on how they are incorporating Mindfulness into their everyday lives. In class, we continue to navigate through our ever changing emotions, cultivating an awareness to all of our senses, bringing attention and intention to what is going on inside us and our environment outside us. Please encourage your children to share with you what they are learning in their Mindfulness classes. Ask them when it might be a good time to mindfully breathe and have them walk you through a few mindful breathes.

Warmly,

The 3rd Grade Teachers
3rd Grade

STEAM Night | February 1, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary Building 
Join us Wednesday, February 1st for our Annual Family STEAM Night. The event is free, but there will be ticketed activities that require sign-ups. 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.
Sign up for ticketed events here.
Pre-purchase dinner here.
Visit our STEAM Night page here.

3rd Grade Basketball Friday Clinic | 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Faber Field | Co-ed
Winter Dates – 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.


Dear 4th Grade Parents,

This week in 4th grade we have our Word Wisdom test on Unit 4. We are very busy finding information to complete a multi-paragraph mission research report in which each student is assigned a specific mission. Students are working on note-taking skills and being able to pull out information from various sources. In math, we are learning about decimals!

Also, be sure to look out for the Sacramento Trip information packet and be mindful the payment is due March 1st!

In Hebrew this week, the 4th graders have begun to deepen their abilities to think critically using the Wise Learning Process. In their verbal responses during classroom discussions, they extracted information from a text and identified their relativity to the prompts of depth and complexity, focusing on details and multiple perspectives. They engaged in creative thinking skills while utilizing plural, single, male and female forms, both verbally and in writing.

In Judaic Studies, after completing our unit on Joshua leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, we are now exploring Deborah the judge and prophetess and connecting the Universal Concept of “power” seen in her leadership. This Friday we will be honoring the following students as Klei Kodesh leaders: Jonah Daneshgar, Eliana Schaffer, Mikey Kashfian, Daniel Abaian, Eli Farshi, Sophia Schaffer, Ryan Moss, Emily Kadosh and Emma Banafsheha.

Fourth graders were very excited to resume Mindfulness classes this past week, with a lot to share on how they are incorporating Mindfulness into their everyday lives. In class, we continue to navigate through our ever changing emotions, cultivating an awareness to all of our senses, bringing attention and intention to what is going on inside us and our environment outside us. Please encourage your children to share with you what they are learning in their Mindfulness classes. Ask them when it might be a good time to mindfully breathe and have them walk you through a few mindful breathes.

Warmly,

The 4th Grade Teachers

4th Grade

STEAM Night | February 1, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary Building 
Join us Wednesday, February 1st for our Annual Family STEAM Night. The event is free, but there will be ticketed activities that require sign-ups. 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.
Sign up for ticketed events here.
Pre-purchase dinner here.
Visit our STEAM Night page here.

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.


Dear 5th Grade Parents,

This week in 5th grade, we’re wrapping up Unit 3 in Word Wisdom, which has to do with thinking! Students are encouraged to use a variety of creative and critical thinking skills to prepare for the Unit 3 Test this Friday! And don’t forgot those analogies!

In history, students continue to look in depth at the first English colonies, and the lives of enslaved West Africans and white colonists. While the students’ creative slave ship narratives effectively captured the essence of life during the slave trade, they are now transferring that understanding to how the slave trade positively affected the lives of the white colonists. But through social banter in local taverns, the seed of modern democracy was born.

In 5th grade Hebrew, we continue to practice reading, with an emphasis on reading the Torah blessings that are recited before and after an Aliyah. The students are practicing the infinitive form, reinforcing allowed to… and forbidden to… Quizlet is a great tool to practice vocabulary and spelling. Within unit three in Chaverim Beivrit, some students have learned the song “I Will Always Be Me”, while the others are learning about the Midrash, of the close loving and caring relationship between Moses, the devoted leader, and the kid (a baby goat) who was lost because he was thirsty. Moses had a revelation with God about being a great leader for the Israelites. Hence, we are summarizing, in Hebrew, the qualities of what makes a good leader.

In connection with the recent Presidential Inauguration, in Judaic Studies students wrote and shared their own prayers for our country. They conveyed important values and big ideas that represent the Jewish community and our country. At our Thursday Shacharit service we honored Justin Tishbi, Maddie Noriani, Ashley Mahgerefteh and Dylan Siegel as Klei Kodesh leaders. This Friday we look forward to Jonah Pournazarian, Hayden Levy, Chloe Javidzad, Sophie Tenebaum and Michael Cohen sharing their D’var Torah in their classrooms.

Fifth graders were very excited to resume Mindfulness classes this past week, with a lot to share on how they are incorporating Mindfulness into their everyday lives. In class, we continue to navigate through our ever changing emotions, cultivating an awareness to all of our senses, bringing attention and intention to what is going on inside us and our environment outside us. Please encourage your children to share with you what they are learning in their Mindfulness classes. Ask them when it might be a good time to mindfully breathe and have them walk you through a few mindful breathes.

Warmly,

The 5th Grade Teachers
5th Grade

STEAM Night | February 1, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary Building 
Join us Wednesday, February 1st for our Annual Family STEAM Night. The event is free, but there will be ticketed activities that require sign-ups. 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.
Sign up for ticketed events here.
Pre-purchase dinner here.
Visit our STEAM Night page here.

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


Dear 6th Grade Parents,

In social studies, the students are beginning to work on their independent research papers on ancient Egypt. They are simultaneously learning about Egyptian social structure and relating bid ideas to this content.

Mrs. Tanner’s reading class is reading the novel Walk Two Moons. They are exploring the themes of the novel and the expression “don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.” They are connecting to the characters in the novel and their own lives.

In Hebrew, the 6th graders are finishing up book 5 in Chaverim B’Ivrit. All groups are getting ready to begin book 6. The students are reading aloud daily in order to improve accuracy and fluency. They have been learning the song “Ani Tamid Nishar Ani” (I am always myself) and are enjoying singing it. We are working on enriching our written expression by using vivid language.

In Judaic Studies, our students’ diligence is paying dividends, as their consistent work is leading them into the modern era this week! Students will begin to discuss the development of liberty in America and Europe, as well as its impact upon Judaism, including the birth of the Reform Movement.

Sixth graders were very excited to resume Mindfulness classes this past week, with a lot to share on how they are incorporating Mindfulness into their everyday lives. In class, we continue to navigate through our ever changing emotions, cultivating an awareness to all of our senses, bringing attention and intention to what is going on inside us and our environment outside us. Please encourage your children to share with you what they are learning in their Mindfulness classes. Ask them when it might be a good time to mindfully breathe and have them walk you through a few mindful breathes.

Warmly,

The 6th Grade Teachers

6th Grade

Miss Shpall’s Reading Class | QUIZ  | January 31st
Chapters 1-4 in The Watsons Go to Birmingham

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 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary Building 
Join us Wednesday, February 1st for our Annual Family STEAM Night. The event is free, but there will be ticketed activities that require sign-ups. 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.
Sign up for ticketed events here.
Pre-purchase dinner here.
Visit our STEAM Night page here.


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

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.

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
New menu items for Vicki’s Hot Lunch are available as of January 18th.

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].


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. Register HERE. Website: WiseLA.org/FamilyCamp. Contact: [email protected] or 310.889.2263

Kids Protection Plan Workshop | Marc Schwartz, Esq. | February 5th | 10:00 a.m.
In the workshop you will discover how to choose the right guardians for your children, how to make sure your assets are immediately available to the people you have named to care of your children and why a Will alone is not enough to make sure your kids are taken care of.

Raising a Jewish Teenager | Dr. Bruce Powell, PhD. | February 12th | 10:00 a.m.
Bruce Powell, Head of School at deToledo High School, inspires Jewish parents to become more effective in ensuring the teen years are filled with good decision-making and positive experiences. Not just for parents of teens, all of our families are invited to join this important session!


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

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.

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.

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.