All School News – March 23, 2017

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Keep your eyes on the road for Wise School kindergarten drivers, as the students have completed our Speedometry unit! Speedometry is a kindergarten unit that uses Hot Wheels to teach the Next Generation Science Standards. It was developed at the University of Southern California and sponsored by The Mattel Children’s Foundation. The unit of study is a compliment to a 4th grade unit that is already available to students and school districts. The major purpose of the unit is to teach students the concepts of push and pull in an inquiry-based manner. The lessons allowed students to participate individually and in small groups to develop scientific principles.

In order for mindfulness to take root in our lives and to receive its full range of benefits, it needs to be infused with whole-heartedness – what we call “heartfulness” at Wise. The qualities that comprise heartfulness – kindness, gratitude, and generosity – are beneficial states in and of themselves, leading to greater well-being and happiness, as well as essential supports for mindfulness practice. The quality of mindfulness itself is as much an embodied awareness as anything mental. To be heartful while being mindful means that our attention is not relegated to a cold, observing distance, but rather includes a warm, heartfelt relationship with whatever is happening in our experience, internal or external. It means that we are developing the capacity to regard life with a sense of empathy and kindness. Wise kindergartners continue to raise awareness to empathy and heartfulness!

Our field trip to the LA Zoo is coming up on March 28th. Please see below for details.

Warmly,

The Kindergarten Teachers
KINDERGARTEN

Passover SOVA Drive Kick-Off | March 27 | Music Assembly | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary
SOVA Market will be at afternoon carpool on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29. Additional information forthcoming from WPA.

LA Zoo Field Trip | March 28 | Arrive at School by 8:00 a.m. in Full Uniform
Students should: wear sunscreen, bring a sweatshirt, bring a water bottle. Do not bring money. Please send your student with a snack and a lunch in separate paper bags (those who receive hot lunch will receive a different lunch from Vicki’s).

Camp Wise Spirit Day | Wednesday, March 29
Come to school in your favorite Camp Wise t-shirt (with uniform pants/shorts/skirts). If you do not have one, you may wear your uniform.

Animal Exhibits in the Classrooms | March 31 | 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Please plan on having at least one parent attend.

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 are reviewing our sh, th, and ch blends in phonics and spelling. Our spelling words for the week are:

List A: this, thank, chick, such, shop, wish, whiz, whisk

List B: children, teach, shrub, smash, sixth, together, whistle, thirty

Sight Words: one, two

In math, now that we have completed our unit on counting coins, we are money experts! We are beginning to learn double digit addition with and without regrouping. In social studies, we learned all about The White House. We were so shocked to learn that there are 28 fireplaces, 3 elevators, 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, and many fun activities to do in The White House.

In order for mindfulness to take root in our lives and to receive its full range of benefits, it needs to be infused with whole-heartedness – what we call “heartfulness” at Wise. The qualities that comprise heartfulness – kindness, gratitude, and generosity – are beneficial states in and of themselves, leading to greater well-being and happiness, as well as essential supports for mindfulness practice. The quality of mindfulness itself is as much an embodied awareness as anything mental. To be heartful while being mindful means that our attention is not relegated to a cold, observing distance, but rather includes a warm, heartfelt relationship with whatever is happening in our experience, internal or external. It means that we are developing the capacity to regard life with a sense of empathy and kindness. Wise 1st graders continue to raise awareness to empathy and heartfulness!

Warmly,

The 1st Grade Teachers
1st Grade

Passover SOVA Drive Kick-Off | March 27 | Music Assembly | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary
SOVA Market will be at afternoon carpool on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29. Additional information forthcoming from WPA.

Camp Wise Spirit Day | Wednesday, March 29
Come to school in your favorite Camp Wise t-shirt (with uniform pants/shorts/skirts). If you do not have one, you may wear your uniform.

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


Dear 2nd Grade Parents,

In order to strengthen reading comprehension, 2nd graders have been learning about cause and effect. Through reading a variety of texts, we are focusing on how to identify the cause and the effect. In groups, students examined a picture that represented an effect, such as a person riding a bicycle or putting on a jacket, and then brainstormed ideas of what could have caused the person in the picture to ride a bike, put on a jacket, or another activity portrayed in the picture. Each group then presented their unique and creative ideas to the class.

In Hebrew, the 2nd grade students completed the unit on Shabbat and started a new story about our class. The students will read the story, study the vocabulary, and discuss in Hebrew what their own class looks like. We also started practicing the Haggadah for Pesach. The children will be able to help in leading their own Seder with their families and friends.

Second graders have been very busy during Judaic Studies getting ready for Passover! We are practicing reading from the Haggadah, understanding the order of the Seder, saying the blessings, singing the songs, and practicing the customs. We are reading the stories of Moses and his sister Miriam, and understanding why we consider them heroes of our people. Making a connection to the 2nd grade universal theme of “Power Leads to Change” is very evident during this holiday! Ask your child: Who had the power in the story of Passover? How did this person get his/her power? Who thought he had the power, but he really didn’t? What changes were made with this power? What power do we have to make changes? We are honing our skills on asking the Four Questions and soon we’ll be ready to lead our family Seders!

In order for mindfulness to take root in our lives and to receive its full range of benefits, it needs to be infused with whole-heartedness – what we call “heartfulness” at Wise. The qualities that comprise heartfulness – kindness, gratitude, and generosity – are beneficial states in and of themselves, leading to greater well-being and happiness, as well as essential supports for mindfulness practice. The quality of mindfulness itself is as much an embodied awareness as anything mental. To be heartful while being mindful means that our attention is not relegated to a cold, observing distance, but rather includes a warm, heartfelt relationship with whatever is happening in our experience, internal or external. It means that we are developing the capacity to regard life with a sense of empathy and kindness. Wise 2nd graders continue to raise awareness to empathy and heartfulness!

Warmly,

The 2nd Grade Teachers
2nd Grade

Passover SOVA Drive Kick-Off | March 27 | Music Assembly | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary
SOVA Market will be at afternoon carpool on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29. Additional information forthcoming from WPA.

Camp Wise Spirit Day | Wednesday, March 29
Come to school in your favorite Camp Wise t-shirt (with uniform pants/shorts/skirts). If you do not have one, you may wear your uniform.

2nd Grade Praying with Parents | Friday, March 31 | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary
Please join us for a light breakfast following the service.

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

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

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

Shabbat Helpers for THIS Friday, March 24th:

  • Room 34: Sasha (Challah), Bill (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Talia (Challah), Savannah (Flowers)

Shabbat Helpers for NEXT Friday, March 30th:

  • Room 34: Michael (Challah), Bella (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Michael (Challah), Talia (Flowers)

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 writing, 3rd graders worked on their independent study project about their wild animal. So far, the students have used their sources to find information about their animal’s physical characteristics and habitat, as well as unique or interesting facts about their animal. They have categorized and organized their findings, which they will include in their final report. They have also generated critical thinking inquiry questions, which they will use to guide them as they continue their research. Requiring 3rd graders to use many of the research and writing skills they have acquired throughout the year, this project has turned them into independent thinkers and problem-solvers. We are very proud of their work and look forward to the final products.

In 3rd grade Hebrew, students are working diligently on their conversation and reading skills, and they are role-playing the stories they learn in class. We enjoyed our Purim celebration and, practicing in groups and in pairs, explained to a friend how to celebrate Purim. This week we will jump right into our study of Passover, read in the Haggadah, and explain to our friends how to celebrate the holiday…all in Hebrew!

Third graders have been learning about the story of Moses and how he led the Jews out of slavery. Making a self-to-text connection, each student has interviewed someone they know about their personal path to freedom. Using the notes taken from this interview, students are writing stories of journeys to freedom. These meaningful projects will be on display after the 3rd grade performance of The Pesach Miracle, on Friday, April 7th at 8:00 a.m. in the Main Sanctuary. Please SAVE THIS DATE…after the performance, guests are invited to join the 3rd graders for some light refreshments, experiencing the sights, smells and tastes of Passover together as a community. All 3rd graders have a role in the performance and are expected to be present. Looking forward to sharing this special Passover experience together!

In order for mindfulness to take root in our lives and to receive its full range of benefits, it needs to be infused with whole-heartedness – what we call “heartfulness” at Wise. The qualities that comprise heartfulness – kindness, gratitude, and generosity – are beneficial states in and of themselves, leading to greater well-being and happiness, as well as essential supports for mindfulness practice. The quality of mindfulness itself is as much an embodied awareness as anything mental. To be heartful while being mindful means that our attention is not relegated to a cold, observing distance, but rather includes a warm, heartfelt relationship with whatever is happening in our experience, internal or external. It means that we are developing the capacity to regard life with a sense of empathy and kindness. Wise 3rd graders continue to raise awareness to empathy and heartfulness!

Warmly,

The 3rd Grade Teachers
3rd Grade

Passover SOVA Drive Kick-Off | March 27 | Music Assembly | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary
SOVA Market will be at afternoon carpool on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29. Additional information forthcoming from WPA.

Camp Wise Spirit Day | Wednesday, March 29
Come to school in your favorite Camp Wise t-shirt (with uniform pants/shorts/skirts). If you do not have one, you may wear your uniform.

3rd Grade Pesach Performance | Friday, April 7 | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary

3rd Grade P.E. | P.E. Swim Started Week of March 20th 

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

End-Of-Year Grades 3-6 Youth Event: Wet ‘n Wild Extravaganza!
Sunday, May 7 | 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for the last Camp Wise Youth Event of the year. We’ll have water slides, water balloons, slip ‘n slide, an outdoor movie screening and many more activities, including pizza lunch and fun concession stands. Early Bird deadline is April 7. Early Bird Price: $35. Regular After April 7: $45. Register HERE!


Dear 4th Grade Parents,

In 4th grade, we have just wrapped up our unit of study on California missions and we are now moving on to learning more about ranchos. Between 1784 and 1821, to encourage the settlement of California, Spanish and Mexican governments gave prominent men large land grants, known as ranchos, that were devoted to raising cattle and sheep. To demonstrate how these land grants were designed and distributed, students will be working in partners to start their own business and write land grants. We are very excited to see their plans! To accompany our social studies curriculum on ranchos, all 4th graders are reading Esperanza Rising.

In math, 4th graders continue their unit on geometry, studying the different types of lines and shapes. Please make sure your students review their blue booklets of geometry words and definitions, as it is a resource to supplement our class discussions.

The 4th graders where introduced to the coming holiday of Passover. They extracted vocabulary from the Haggadah, used the vocabulary to create sentences, and conversed in Hebrew about what they do during the Seder.

As Passover is quickly approaching, we are delving deep into the values learned from the narrative of Passover. One of the values, Ha lachma anya (bread of affliction), is about the commitment to provide for the less fortunate. We will soon have information for you about our special grade level Passover experience.

In order for mindfulness to take root in our lives and to receive its full range of benefits, it needs to be infused with whole-heartedness – what we call “heartfulness” at Wise. The qualities that comprise heartfulness – kindness, gratitude, and generosity – are beneficial states in and of themselves, leading to greater well-being and happiness, as well as essential supports for mindfulness practice. The quality of mindfulness itself is as much an embodied awareness as anything mental. To be heartful while being mindful means that our attention is not relegated to a cold, observing distance, but rather includes a warm, heartfelt relationship with whatever is happening in our experience, internal or external. It means that we are developing the capacity to regard life with a sense of empathy and kindness. Wise 4th graders continue to raise awareness to empathy and heartfulness!

Warmly,

The 4th Grade Teachers

4th Grade

Passover SOVA Drive Kick-Off | March 27 | Music Assembly | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary
SOVA Market will be at afternoon carpool on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29. Additional information forthcoming from WPA.

Camp Wise Spirit Day | Wednesday, March 29
Come to school in your favorite Camp Wise t-shirt (with uniform pants/shorts/skirts). If you do not have one, you may wear your uniform.

4th Grade Sacramento Field Trip | Final Payment Due | Click HERE
The final payment for our upcoming Sacramento field trip was due 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.

4th Grade Yom Ha’Atzmaut Performance | Tuesday, May 2 | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary

End-Of-Year Grades 3-6 Youth Event: Wet ‘n Wild Extravaganza!
Sunday, May 7 | 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for the last Camp Wise Youth Event of the year. We’ll have water slides, water balloons, slip ‘n slide, an outdoor movie screening and many more activities, including pizza lunch and fun concession stands. Early Bird deadline is April 7. Early Bird Price: $35. Regular After April 7: $45. Register HERE!


Dear 5th Grade Parents,

Time for independence! We’ve wrapped last week’s persuasive essays from the perspective of Loyalists and Patriots, and are now ready to study and analyze the Declaration of Independence! Using the language of the discipline, we will delve into multiple excerpts taken from the Declaration, determining their meanings and relevance today. A formal assessment will follow on Wednesday, March 29th.

Measurement! That’s what Word Wisdom Unit 5 Part 1 is all about. Using our understanding of prefixes, Greek and Latin roots, and suffixes, students analyze and evaluate the words in different contexts; through this practice, they build their critical and creative thinking skills. We will keep you posted about a possible test before Pesach Break.

And of course, where would we be without writing?! We continue to develop and hone our formal writing skills through multiple types of practice, both in class and at home.

Passover is not only a major holiday in Judaism, but it is also the origin of the Jewish people’s history. The very first holiday that the Israelites celebrated after they went through Exodus from Egypt, it is actually the “Biblical Rosh Hashanah.” In 5th grade Hebrew, we are looking at its celebration and one of the big ideas that claims: “free people ask questions.” Through the creative lenses of depth and complexity, we are looking at the Haggadah and we are deepening our ability to converse in Hebrew about Pesach. Using the infinitive form, we are learning about the customs, rituals, and traditions of Pesach. We will soon send you more details about our class Passover experience.

As Passover is quickly approaching, by looking at the Haggadah and exploring texts to help find meaning, students are focusing on the big idea of understanding how our ancestors went from slavery to freedom. Sydney Greenberg, Peter Tevonyan, Alexander Bani-Esraili, Aaron Moradi, and Dylan Siegel shared their D’var Torah last week in their respective classes. At our Thursday morning service we honored Michael Cohen, Sophie Tenenbaum, Hayden Levy and Gaddiel Noveck as our Klei Kodesh leaders.

In order for mindfulness to take root in our lives and to receive its full range of benefits, it needs to be infused with whole-heartedness – what we call “heartfulness” at Wise. The qualities that comprise heartfulness – kindness, gratitude, and generosity – are beneficial states in and of themselves, leading to greater well-being and happiness, as well as essential supports for mindfulness practice. The quality of mindfulness itself is as much an embodied awareness as anything mental. To be heartful while being mindful means that our attention is not relegated to a cold, observing distance, but rather includes a warm, heartfelt relationship with whatever is happening in our experience, internal or external. It means that we are developing the capacity to regard life with a sense of empathy and kindness. Wise 5th graders continue to raise awareness to empathy and heartfulness!

Warmly,

The 5th Grade Teachers
5th Grade

Passover SOVA Drive Kick-Off | March 27 | Music Assembly | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary
SOVA Market will be at afternoon carpool on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29. Additional information forthcoming from WPA.

Camp Wise Spirit Day | Wednesday, March 29
Come to school in your favorite Camp Wise t-shirt (with uniform pants/shorts/skirts). If you do not have one, you may wear your uniform.

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

End-Of-Year Grades 3-6 Youth Event: Wet ‘n Wild Extravaganza!
Sunday, May 7 | 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for the last Camp Wise Youth Event of the year. We’ll have water slides, water balloons, slip ‘n slide, an outdoor movie screening and many more activities, including pizza lunch and fun concession stands. Early Bird deadline is April 7. Early Bird Price: $35. Regular After April 7: $45. Register HERE!


Dear 6th Grade Parents,

In 6th grade math, students are learning the formulas for finding the area of parallelograms, triangles, trapezoids, and volume. They are also learning about surface area and how it applies to everyday life – from construction to manufacturing to design and more!

As a culminating project, the students in Miss Shpall’s reading class are working on creating time capsules for their historical fiction book clubs.  In addition to providing items from the time period, the students are also creating a playlist of 6-10 songs from the same era. They will make a visual presentation to share their projects with their classmates.

Passover is just around the corner and 6th graders are practicing reading the Haggadah and learning its teachings in Hebrew, integrating the Wise Learning Process, and applying the prompts of depth and complexity. In Judaic Studies, our students continue to deepen their understanding of the big idea of evolving Judaism in the modern world. Our 6th graders are going to explore the practice of Seder Passover at different historical times. We will send the room parents an email next week with further details about our Passover experience.

In order for mindfulness to take root in our lives and to receive its full range of benefits, it needs to be infused with whole-heartedness – what we call “heartfulness” at Wise. The qualities that comprise heartfulness – kindness, gratitude, and generosity – are beneficial states in and of themselves, leading to greater well-being and happiness, as well as essential supports for mindfulness practice. The quality of mindfulness itself is as much an embodied awareness as anything mental. To be heartful while being mindful means that our attention is not relegated to a cold, observing distance, but rather includes a warm, heartfelt relationship with whatever is happening in our experience, internal or external. It means that we are developing the capacity to regard life with a sense of empathy and kindness. Wise 6th graders continue to raise awareness to empathy and heartfulness!

Warmly,

The 6th Grade Teachers

6th Grade

Passover SOVA Drive Kick-Off | March 27 | Music Assembly | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary
SOVA Market will be at afternoon carpool on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29. Additional information forthcoming from WPA.

Camp Wise Spirit Day | Wednesday, March 29
Come to school in your favorite Camp Wise t-shirt (with uniform pants/shorts/skirts). If you do not have one, you may wear your uniform.

End-Of-Year Grades 3-6 Youth Event: Wet ‘n Wild Extravaganza!
Sunday, May 7 | 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for the last Camp Wise Youth Event of the year. We’ll have water slides, water balloons, slip ‘n slide, an outdoor movie screening and many more activities, including pizza lunch and fun concession stands. Early Bird deadline is April 7. Early Bird Price: $35. Regular After April 7: $45. Register HERE!


WISE SCHOOL
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Wise School Musical: The Lion King | Box Office Opens March 8th at 8:00 a.m.
www.showtix4u.com and enter Wise School, or (866) 967-8167
Performances: Saturday April 1st @7pm, Sunday April 2nd @3pm, Tuesday April 4th @7pm
Adult Tickets: $20, Child Tickets (blue seats in front): $15

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. Loveline deadline is March 30ORDER HERE. Questions? Email Negar Salim or Negin Gabayzadeh.

67th Annual Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair | March 25
Come see 12 of our 6th Grade Science Fair Projects this weekend at the 67th Annual Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair! Open to the public from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25th. There will be amazing interactive exhibits for all ages presented by NASA, California Science Center and many more! Visit https://lascifair.org/ for more information!

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
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Another Pre-Gala Auction Opportunity – Bidding Closes Friday at 3:00 p.m.
We are offering another exclusive pre-Gala auction opportunity for Wise School Musical – The Lion King walk-on roles and Wise School Reserved Parking! Bidding began March 21 at 8 a.m. and ends on Friday, March 24 at 3 p.m. Online advance bidding only! There will be a full silent auction the night of the Gala. More Gala ticket information is coming soon!
Register: https://wisegala2017.auction-bid.org/microsite/


CENTER FOR YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – AFTERSCHOOL ENRICHMENT
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Camp Wise Registration and Calendar Available!
Sign up now for Camp Wise for a summer of fun! The field trip calendar and registration are now available! Website: campwisela.org. Contact: [email protected] or 310.889.2263


STEPHEN WISE TEMPLE
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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.