All School News – March 9, 2017

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

In writing, students learned the basic conventions of writing a letter. Students wrote letters to family members or friends which included a greeting, body, and closing.

In phonics, students studied the letter v. Please note that v does make the sound “vuh”. A v is voiced, and is made by lightly pressing one’s top teeth to one’s bottom lip, pushing out air as the vocal chords vibrate.

In math, students studied ordinal numbers and the sequencing of events. What does it mean to be first, second, or third? What steps are needed to complete tasks? Please ask your kindergartner to describe the steps needed to complete everyday tasks such as getting dressed, brushing their teeth, or eating a meal: What do you do first?…What happens next?…What happens last?

In Hebrew, kindergartners continued to learn the story of Purim. They determined the character traits of King Ahasuerus, Vashti, Haman, Mordechai, and Queen Esther. Students then discussed and wrote about times when they may have behaved in a similar manner. Students also made clowns and learned a funny song and dance about leytzan (clown). Won’t you please practice the song and dance with us before Purim?

Purim Celebration on March 10. Students may wear an appropriate costume to school. No weapons or masks. Proper shoes for P.E. Please send a change of clothes (free dress–K has permission for free dress–or uniform) in their backpacks in case they would like to change. In kindergarten, mishloach manot are made in school. There is no need to send a basket.

Mindfulness creates space to let new information in and to allow us to see how it relates to what we already know. So while we are all learning all the time, mindful learning cultivates insightful knowing rather than just a brain overloaded with information. We continue to bring awareness to this space to Wise students and, in return, students are continuing to recognize the importance of this space. With our continued practice, kindergartners are becoming more observant, witnessing and thinking about what happens next, rather than just reacting.

Warmly,

The Kindergarten Teachers
KINDERGARTEN

Parent/Teacher Conference Information: 12:30 dismissal on 3/14, no school on 3/15

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

Shoe Drive | Thursday, March 16 – Friday, March 17 | Carpool Circle All Day
Wise Alum Jordan Shak will be collecting new and gently used shoes for his Tikkun Olam project benefiting Soles4Souls. Please bring your new or gently used shoes to donate on March 16 and March 17!

LA Zoo Field Trip | March 28th | Details to come

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 have been learning about words with “sh” and “wh” blends at the beginning and ends of the words, such as: shelf, trash, wheel, and white. We are also continuing our work on identifying and counting coins. Try taking some coins out at home and counting them together!

In social studies we began our unit on American Symbols. We are learning about the president and his various jobs.

In grammar, we continue working on sentence structure and identifying naming parts in sentences. Can you find the naming part in the following sentence? Freddy can kick the ball in the goal. Answer: Freddy!

At the dinner table tonight, ask your child what types of books he or she enjoys reading. You can also read the Poem of the Week together: Can you spot the rhyming words?

I like books
I really do.
Books with stories
And pictures too.
Books of birds
And things that grow.
Books of people
We should know.
Books of animals
And places too.
I like books
I really do!

First graders are having a wonderful time learning about Purim, the Hebrew songs, and the mitzvot connected with the holiday. In preparation for Purim, we had so much fun baking hamentashen together. A special thank you to the parents who helped us make these yummy treats that we will be sharing with our families!

Mindfulness creates space to let new information in and to allow us to see how it relates to what we already know. So while we are all learning all the time, mindful learning cultivates insightful knowing rather than just a brain overloaded with information. We continue to bring awareness to this space to Wise students and, in return, students are continuing to recognize the importance of this space. With our continued practice, 1st graders are becoming more observant, witnessing and thinking about what happens next, rather than just reacting.

Warmly,

The 1st Grade Teachers
1st Grade

Purim Celebration | Tomorrow, Friday March 10th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Students may wear an appropriate costume to school. Please send a change of uniform in their backpacks. Please help your child prepare a small Mishloach Manot (edible gift offering) to exchange with a classmate tomorrow. The gift exchange should have no more than 5 edible treats.

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

Shoe Drive | Thursday, March 16 – Friday, March 17 | Carpool Circle All Day
Wise Alum Jordan Shak will be collecting new and gently used shoes for his Tikkun Olam project benefiting Soles4Souls. Please bring your new or gently used shoes to donate on March 16 and March 17!

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 are continuing to identify important information in a non-fiction text. Last week they finished reading and writing short biographical summaries about different presidents of the United States. They highlighted and took notes on the important information they found detailing the early life, mid-life, and important accomplishments of the presidents. We are in the process of choosing the heroes who the students will be representing at the Living Heroes Museum in May. The skills we are learning in class now will help them as we read biographies and write reports on people who have made a difference in the world.

In Hebrew, the students focused on their story of Shabbat. We discussed how to set the table for Shabbat and who sits around the table. The children enjoyed role playing and leading this conversation in Hebrew. With Purim right around the corner, we are preparing ourselves with Purim songs, Purim vocabulary, and of course with a Purim story.

In Judaic Studies, 2nd graders have been working hard as they retell the story of Purim. Using a graphic organizer called a Body Biography, students are retelling the story sequentially in four events. They also state the values the story teaches, the key phrase in Hebrew and English, and make pictorial connections. The heart of the story is the lesson that the story teaches us: stand-up for what you believe in, don’t let yourself be bullied, and have the wisdom to seek help when you need it. Remember to send in the mishloah manot this Thursday and to send students to school in costume on Friday. The Purim Carnival is on Sunday!!! Happy Purim!

Mindfulness creates space to let new information in and to allow us to see how it relates to what we already know. So while we are all learning all the time, mindful learning cultivates insightful knowing rather than just a brain overloaded with information. We continue to bring awareness to this space to Wise students and, in return, students are continuing to recognize the importance of this space. With our continued practice, 2nd graders are becoming more observant, witnessing and thinking about what happens next, rather than just reacting.

Warmly,

The 2nd Grade Teachers
2nd Grade

Purim Celebration | Tomorrow, Friday March 10th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Students may wear an appropriate costume to school. Please send a change of uniform in their backpacks. Please help your child prepare a small Mishloach Manot (edible gift offering) to exchange with a classmate tomorrow. The gift exchange should have no more than 5 edible treats.

Shabbat Reminder: Please remember to send SOVA and Tzedakah 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 10th:

  • Room 34: Sophia (Challah), Caleb (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Jonah F. (Challah), Sharlene (Flowers)

Shabbat Helpers for NEXT Friday, March 17th:

  • Room 34: Shai (Challah), Brooke (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Savannah (Challah), Jonah F. (Flowers)

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

Shoe Drive | Thursday, March 16 – Friday, March 17 | Carpool Circle All Day
Wise Alum Jordan Shak will be collecting new and gently used shoes for his Tikkun Olam project benefiting Soles4Souls. Please bring your new or gently used shoes to donate on March 16 and March 17!

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, we concluded our unit on opinion writing with resources with an assessment. As a class, we read two articles regarding school uniforms and discussed all the steps in the writing process for opinion writing. Third grade students then moved through the writing process at their own pace. The students were presented with the question: Should schools require students to wear uniforms? Our 3rd graders showed a great deal of thoughtfulness and creativity in writing their opinions as they state their claim and support it with details. We look forward to sharing your child’s writing with you at Parent/Teacher Conferences next week.

In 3rd grade Hebrew, our students are singing Purim songs, practicing reading the blessings before the Megillah reading, and some students are actually reading from The Megillah! Students are reviewing the costumes of the holiday and are explaining to their friends (all in Hebrew of course!) how to celebrate Purim.

In Judaic Studies, 3rd graders are reviewing the Purim story by making a movie filmstrip. Using the transitional phrases first, next, then, and finally, students retell how Queen Esther saved the Jews from evil Hamen! We also discuss the values the story represents and the lessons we can learn from the story. Don’t forget to send in mishloah manot and wear costumes on Friday. The Purim Carnival is on Sunday! Happy Purim!

Mindfulness creates space to let new information in and to allow us to see how it relates to what we already know. So while we are all learning all the time, mindful learning cultivates insightful knowing rather than just a brain overloaded with information. We continue to bring awareness to this space to Wise students and, in return, students are continuing to recognize the importance of this space. With our continued practice, 3rd graders are becoming more observant, witnessing and thinking about what happens next, rather than just reacting.

Warmly,

The 3rd Grade Teachers
3rd Grade

Purim Celebration | Tomorrow, Friday March 10th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Students may wear an appropriate costume to school. Please send a change of uniform in their backpacks. Please help your child prepare a small Mishloach Manot (edible gift offering) to exchange with a classmate tomorrow. The gift exchange should have no more than 5 edible treats.

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

Shoe Drive | Thursday, March 16 – Friday, March 17 | Carpool Circle All Day
Wise Alum Jordan Shak will be collecting new and gently used shoes for his Tikkun Olam project benefiting Soles4Souls. Please bring your new or gently used shoes to donate on March 16 and March 17!

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


Dear 4th Grade Parents,

Students are busy finishing their personal narratives of “A Day In The Life” of a Padre or a Native American. In math, all classes are working on geometry and learning about the different types of lines and shapes. Their blue booklets of geometry words and definitions serve as a resource to supplement our class discussions. In reading classes, using two resources, the students are reading side by side articles so they are able to compare and contrast content. This serves to strengthen our reading skills while advancing our writing skills.

In Hebrew, the 4th graders used concentric circles to sort information about their Purim celebration. They incorporated details, patterns, and relationships over time, helping them both in conversation and to compose short written paragraphs.

Fourth graders are preparing to celebrate Purim at school on Friday! In class, students are in the process of writing letters to their favorite Purim character. Every week, students enjoy a lively discussion about the weekly Torah portion while exploring their unanswered questions.

Mindfulness creates space to let new information in and to allow us to see how it relates to what we already know. So while we are all learning all the time, mindful learning cultivates insightful knowing rather than just a brain overloaded with information. We continue to bring awareness to this space to Wise students and, in return, students are continuing to recognize the importance of this space. With our continued practice, 4th graders are becoming more observant, witnessing and thinking about what happens next, rather than just reacting.

Warmly,

The 4th Grade Teachers

4th Grade

Purim Celebration | Tomorrow, Friday March 10th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Students may wear an appropriate costume to school. Please send a change of uniform in their backpacks. Please help your child prepare a small Mishloach Manot (edible gift offering) to exchange with a classmate tomorrow. The gift exchange should have no more than 5 edible treats.

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.

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

Shoe Drive | Thursday, March 16 – Friday, March 17 | Carpool Circle All Day
Wise Alum Jordan Shak will be collecting new and gently used shoes for his Tikkun Olam project benefiting Soles4Souls. Please bring your new or gently used shoes to donate on March 16 and March 17!


Dear 5th Grade Parents,

As Patriots, we continue our struggle for freedom. To illustrate our beliefs in fighting for our independence, we will write opinion paragraphs outlining the differences in the views of the Patriots and the Loyalists. Prior to paragraph writing, we will review the necessary steps to conduct appropriate and effective research. Moving forward, our next social studies unit is an in-depth study of the Declaration of Independence, where we are truly free from Great Britain!

Our next Word Wisdom unit is Unit 5: Measurement. We will start next week, as we have just completed Unit 4.

We can’t wait to see you next week at conferences; please make sure you have signed up only for your child’s homeroom teacher(s).

We are having an exciting week in Hebrew as we are learning about Purim and the customs, Mitzvot, and rituals, that are related to the holiday. Not a Biblical (God given) holiday such as Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, and Pesach, Purim was declared a holiday by our sages. The students are speaking in the infinitive form about rules and celebration rituals of Purim. For example, “On Purim it is a Mitzvah to give and receive Mishloach Manot.” We are practicing the three blessings of the Megillah, the scroll of Esther. In our effort to improve reading skills, we also practicing reading Purim songs. We are looking forward to seeing all the students dressed up in creative and interesting costumes for our Purim celebration at school. This is a great childhood memory to hold and to cherish. Happy Purim to all of You!

In Judaic Studies, 5th graders are preparing to celebrate Purim at school on Friday! We were examining the text of Purim and the connection between Deuteronomy and the Book of Esther. Last Friday, Zoe Ducorsky, Sean Pourmorady, and Nour Javaheri shared their D’veri Torah in their respective classrooms.

Mindfulness creates space to let new information in and to allow us to see how it relates to what we already know. So while we are all learning all the time, mindful learning cultivates insightful knowing rather than just a brain overloaded with information. We continue to bring awareness to this space to Wise students and, in return, students are continuing to recognize the importance of this space. With our continued practice, 5th graders are becoming more observant, witnessing and thinking about what happens next, rather than just reacting.

Warmly,

The 5th Grade Teachers
5th Grade

Purim Celebration | Tomorrow, Friday March 10th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Students may wear an appropriate costume to school. Please send a change of uniform in their backpacks. Please help your child prepare a small Mishloach Manot (edible gift offering) to exchange with a classmate tomorrow. The gift exchange should have no more than 5 edible treats.

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

5th Grade B’nai Mitzvah Study Session | Thursday, March 16
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Sanctuary Building | RSVP HERE

It is with excitement and pleasure we invite you to the second in a series of four B’nai Mitzvah study sessions that will take place over the next two years. You will be learning together with your children, the entire clergy team, educators, and other parents in your child’s grade. Together, we will journey through the next two years and look at the exciting benchmarks awaiting us. We are here to help you coordinate all the pieces of your B’nai Mitzvah event, including family education, mentoring, Hebrew tutoring, and Tikkun Olam projects. We are also here to ensure you have a significant, successful, and memorable experience for the entire family. We ask that at least one family member attend this study session as this is an important step in the path towards your child becoming a bar/bat mitzvah. Please RSVP HERE.

Shoe Drive | Thursday, March 16 – Friday, March 17 | Carpool Circle All Day
Wise Alum Jordan Shak will be collecting new and gently used shoes for his Tikkun Olam project benefiting Soles4Souls. Please bring your new or gently used shoes to donate on March 16 and March 17!

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


Dear 6th Grade Parents,

Mrs. Tanner’s reading class has begun the novel The Outsiders. The class is examining the social structure of teenagers in America in the 1960’s of various socio-economic levels, and how the characters handle both struggles and successes. As they continue to read, they are making connections to their own personal journeys.

In Hebrew, 6th graders are getting ready to celebrate the holiday of Purim. Representing the entire grade, 12 of our 6th graders will chant from Megillat Esther on Thursday during the morning Minyan, on Friday during our school assembly, and on Sunday morning during our carnival’s opening ceremonies. Mazel tov to our fabulous readers!

In Judaic Studies, our 6th graders continue to dive headlong into modern Jewish history. While one of our sections is enjoying a study in modernity, including the development of Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox Judaism, another is studying the evils of modern anti-Semitism in Europe, including the Holocaust, its causes, and its aftermath. Our last section has begun studying the birth of Zionism and modern Israeli history. Each section will enjoy different, yet, meaningful ways of exploring their eras, including videos, essays, and lesson plans of their own, before moving onto the next section.

Mindfulness creates space to let new information in and to allow us to see how it relates to what we already know. So while we are all learning all the time, mindful learning cultivates insightful knowing rather than just a brain overloaded with information. We continue to bring awareness to this space to Wise students and, in return, students are continuing to recognize the importance of this space. With our continued practice, 6th graders are becoming more observant, witnessing and thinking about what happens next, rather than just reacting.

Warmly,

The 6th Grade Teachers

6th Grade

Purim Celebration | Tomorrow, Friday March 10th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Students may wear an appropriate costume to school. Please send a change of uniform in their backpacks. Please help your child prepare a small Mishloach Manot (edible gift offering) to exchange with a classmate tomorrow. The gift exchange should have no more than 5 edible treats.

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

Shoe Drive | Thursday, March 16 – Friday, March 17 | Carpool Circle All Day
Wise Alum Jordan Shak will be collecting new and gently used shoes for his Tikkun Olam project benefiting Soles4Souls. Please bring your new or gently used shoes to donate on March 16 and March 17!


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

Beit Issie Shapiro Farmers Market | Friday, March 10 | 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Come visit us in our two locations, Witzman Court and the carpool circle, to purchase healthy snacks, hamentashens, Shabbat treats, flower arrangements, baked goods, gift baskets and different children’s items to support our friends at Beit Issie Shapiro in Israel.

Parent/Teacher Conferences | March 14 and 15 | SIGN UP HERE
March 14 – 12:30 p.m. Dismissal | ES Conferences 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
March 15 – No School | ES Conferences 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sign-ups close today, Thursday, March 9th

You received an email from Pam Kleinman on Monday, February 27th with full details.

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

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

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.

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/

Purim Carnival 2017 | This Sunday, March 12
The best Purim Carnival in town is THIS Sunday, March 12 at Wise! You won’t want to miss this day full of fun, games, rides, food, and community. Click on the following links to purchase tickets, volunteer, or be a sponsor or find us at carpool in the circle! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday! Questions? Contact Makize Zarabi at [email protected].

Party Book | Not Your Bubby’s Cooking Class | Thursday, March 16 | Register here
Trying to figure out how to reinvent your Passover recipes? Check out this incredible Party Book Passover Cooking Class on Thursday, March 16! Just a few spots left, so click here to register now!


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

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

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


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

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.