All School News – May 15, 2017

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

This week we have continued our study of metamorphosis by learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. Just like a ladybug, butterflies also go through metamorphosis. The stages are egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly. Students are eagerly waiting for our class caterpillars to turn into butterflies! Additionally, our radish and sunflower plants have been going through many changes and they also are growing fast! Students are excited to go to the farm today, where we will learn more about plants and get up close and personal with a variety of vegetable plants.

In math we have been comparing the length and height of different items around the classroom. To compare, students have been using vocabulary such as longer, longest, shorter, shortest. We have also been using a variety of non-standard units, such as cubes, to measure objects and compare their length.

In mindfulness, we are practicing to S.T.O.P.:
S: Stop. Children drop whatever they are doing.
T: Take three deep, belly-filling breaths with long inhales and exhales.
O: Observe. Tune into physical sensations, surroundings, and emotions. Notice what you see, hear, feel, and taste. Label emotions (without judging them). Identify your thoughts.
P: Proceed. Now you can carry on with more awareness.
Creating space in the day to stop, come down from the worried mind, and get back into the present moment has been shown to be enormously helpful in mitigating the negative effects of our stress response. When we drop into the present, we’re more likely to gain perspective and see that we have the power to regulate our response to pressure. As a fun project, ask your children to help you create a few S.T.O.P. signs to place around the house. Family members can agree to S.T.O.P. when they run across the sign. Every week or so, move the signs to keep family members on their toes!

Warmly,

The Kindergarten Teachers
KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarten Hagigat HaTorah | Friday, June 2 | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary

Kippah for Hagigat HaTorah
Reminder to decorate your Kippah for our beautiful Hagigat HaTorah!

Kindergarten T-Shirts
Please send in cash or a check for the purple kindergarten t-shirts. Shirts are $16. Checks may be made out to cash or Diamond Summerville (NOT Wise School).

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.
Be sure to stop by the Tyberg Lab during Open House to see the beautiful art display. Every student K-6th grade will have a piece on display.

Special Request from Science Teachers: We are collecting clean half-gallon milk or juice cartons for a project. Please have your student bring them to the Science Lab. Thank you!

Dear 1st Grade Parents,

This week 1st grade continued to work on our “ar” spelling pattern. We had so much fun talking like pirates and even making “ar” word pirates! We also began our unit on time. We studied clocks and discussed their details. We learned this cute poem to help us remember:

The big hand is busy,
The small hand has power.
The large one counts the minutes,
The little one says the hour.
When both hands stand at the top together
It is sure to be twelve o’ clock,
But whether that’s noon or midnight
Depends on if it’s dark or light!

This week we were very busy finishing our research reports on American symbols. We learned all the steps that a researcher takes to complete a research report, and then we acted like researchers to finish our work. We hope you enjoyed your morning in the classroom with us – we were so excited to share Mother’s Day with you in our classes!

First graders had a wonderful time celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut! We started with the very beautiful assembly last week. We then continued with a simulated Israel trip in the classroom where we “visited” the wall in Jerusalem (complete with notes!), visited an aquarium in Eilat, and had a lovely snack in a Tel-Aviv cafe. Of course we also had Hebrew conversation, sang Hebrew songs and had a lovely, meaningful celebration for Israel’s birthday!

In mindfulness, we are practicing to S.T.O.P.:
S: Stop. Children drop whatever they are doing.
T: Take three deep, belly-filling breaths with long inhales and exhales.
O: Observe. Tune into physical sensations, surroundings, and emotions. Notice what you see, hear, feel, and taste. Label emotions (without judging them). Identify your thoughts.
P: Proceed. Now you can carry on with more awareness.
Creating space in the day to stop, come down from the worried mind, and get back into the present moment has been shown to be enormously helpful in mitigating the negative effects of our stress response. When we drop into the present, we’re more likely to gain perspective and see that we have the power to regulate our response to pressure. As a fun project, ask your children to help you create a few S.T.O.P. signs to place around the house. Family members can agree to S.T.O.P. when they run across the sign. Every week or so, move the signs to keep family members on their toes!

Warmly,

The 1st Grade Teachers
1st Grade

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.
Be sure to stop by the Tyberg Lab during Open House to see the beautiful art display. Every student K-6th grade will have a piece on display.

Field Trip: Kidspace | Tuesday, May 23 | Details to follow

Special Request from Science Teachers: We are collecting clean half-gallon milk or juice cartons for a project. Please have your student bring them to the Science Lab. Thank you!

Dear 2nd Grade Parents,

Second graders have been learning about North America and all of the wonderful sights and activities on our continent. They now know the three countries that make up the continent of North America and the bodies of water that border us. We’ve also been very busy preparing for our wonderful Heroes Museum.

In Hebrew, 2nd graders continued working with the stories in the Keshet book. The students are engaged in conversations about their own rooms at home using our new vocabulary in their speech. In addition, the children are working on their project about a visit in Israel. The children are having fun and showing great progress.

In Judaic Studies, 2nd graders have been very busy preparing for the Living Heroes Museum. They have been putting the final touches on their personal hero essays, practicing the songs for their performance, and studying their lines. They read the story of Samson and Delilah, and discussed how Samson should not have shared his secret with anyone! See you next Wednesday, May 17th, at our Living Heroes Museum and performance. After the show, you will be able to see all the hard work that the 2nd graders have accomplished this year!

In mindfulness, we are practicing to S.T.O.P.:
S: Stop. Children drop whatever they are doing.
T: Take three deep, belly-filling breaths with long inhales and exhales.
O: Observe. Tune into physical sensations, surroundings, and emotions. Notice what you see, hear, feel, and taste. Label emotions (without judging them). Identify your thoughts.
P: Proceed. Now you can carry on with more awareness.
Creating space in the day to stop, come down from the worried mind, and get back into the present moment has been shown to be enormously helpful in mitigating the negative effects of our stress response. When we drop into the present, we’re more likely to gain perspective and see that we have the power to regulate our response to pressure. As a fun project, ask your children to help you create a few S.T.O.P. signs to place around the house. Family members can agree to S.T.O.P. when they run across the sign. Every week or so, move the signs to keep family members on their toes!

Warmly,

The 2nd Grade Teachers
2nd Grade

2nd Grade Heroes Performance | Wednesday, May 17th | 5:30 p.m. | Sanctuary
Costumes and props must be brought to school by Tuesday, May 16th for the dress rehearsal. Costumes will be sent back home on Wednesday, May 17th. Students will need to arrive back at school no later than 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17th, fully dressed in costume for their presentation.

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.
Be sure to stop by the Tyberg Lab during Open House to see the beautiful art display. Every student K-6th grade will have a piece on display.

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, May 12:

  • Room 34: Leo (Challah), Sophia (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Noah (Challah), Avery (Flowers)

Shabbat Helpers for NEXT Friday, May 19:

  • Room 34: Joya (Challah), Shai (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Joelle (Challah), Noah (Flowers)

Special Request from Science Teachers: We are collecting clean half-gallon milk or juice cartons for a project. Please have your student bring them to the Science Lab. Thank you!

Dear 3rd Grade Parents,

This week our 3rd graders experienced taking the ERBs for the first time! They did a fantastic job and we are so proud of their hard work and dedication. In math, students have been working hard to deepen their knowledge and understanding of area and perimeter. We are excited to showcase one of their area and perimeter projects at Open House next week!

In 3rd grade Hebrew, students recently learned new vocabulary through our lessons and celebrations: Celebrating Israel’s Independence Day, exploring different cities in Israel, and reading a story about Ethan traveling to Israel. Now, our 3rd grade students are diligently writing a project about an imaginary trip to Israel using this new vocabulary.

In Judaic Studies, 3rd graders are continuing to read the stories of Abraham. After learning how God changed his name from Abram to Abraham, we investigated the concept of having a “moral compass.” Our next story takes us to Sodom and Gomorrah, where we will again discuss our ability to make choices and behave morally. See you at Open House next Wednesday, where we can admire all the hard work that the 3rd graders have accomplished this year!

In mindfulness, we are practicing to S.T.O.P.:
S: Stop. Children drop whatever they are doing.
T: Take three deep, belly-filling breaths with long inhales and exhales.
O: Observe. Tune into physical sensations, surroundings, and emotions. Notice what you see, hear, feel, and taste. Label emotions (without judging them). Identify your thoughts.
P: Proceed. Now you can carry on with more awareness.
Creating space in the day to stop, come down from the worried mind, and get back into the present moment has been shown to be enormously helpful in mitigating the negative effects of our stress response. When we drop into the present, we’re more likely to gain perspective and see that we have the power to regulate our response to pressure. As a fun project, ask your children to help you create a few S.T.O.P. signs to place around the house. Family members can agree to S.T.O.P. when they run across the sign. Every week or so, move the signs to keep family members on their toes!

Warmly,

The 3rd Grade Teachers
3rd Grade

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.
Be sure to stop by the Tyberg Lab during Open House to see the beautiful art display. Every student K-6th grade will have a piece on display.

Special Request from Science Teachers: We are collecting clean half-gallon milk or juice cartons for a project. Please have your student bring them to the Science Lab. Thank you!

Dear 4th Grade Parents,

Students have been working on their social studies research project about the Gold Rush. They are studying the various technology, entrepreneurs, and impacts the Gold Rush had on California. Our 4th graders are conducting their research independently and will create a tri-fold presentation on their findings. We are looking forward to seeing the final products!

In Judaic Studies, 4th grade students are busy creating a Kindness Quilt. Each square represents an act of Hesed that is meaningful to each student.

In mindfulness, we are practicing to S.T.O.P.:
S: Stop. Children drop whatever they are doing.
T: Take three deep, belly-filling breaths with long inhales and exhales.
O: Observe. Tune into physical sensations, surroundings, and emotions. Notice what you see, hear, feel, and taste. Label emotions (without judging them). Identify your thoughts.
P: Proceed. Now you can carry on with more awareness.
Creating space in the day to stop, come down from the worried mind, and get back into the present moment has been shown to be enormously helpful in mitigating the negative effects of our stress response. When we drop into the present, we’re more likely to gain perspective and see that we have the power to regulate our response to pressure. As a fun project, ask your children to help you create a few S.T.O.P. signs to place around the house. Family members can agree to S.T.O.P. when they run across the sign. Every week or so, move the signs to keep family members on their toes!

Warmly,

The 4th Grade Teachers

4th Grade

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.
Be sure to stop by the Tyberg Lab during Open House to see the beautiful art display. Every student K-6th grade will have a piece on display.

4th Grade Sacramento Trip | May 22

2017-2018 5th & 6th Grade Debate Teams | Mock Debate | May 17 | 8:15 – 8:45am
We are excited to launch our Debate Teams for next year, coached by Mrs. Weiser, Miss Bolkin, and Mrs. Coatney, and would love to have new incoming 5th and 6th graders join us! Please come to a Mock Debate on May 17th from 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary where our current debaters will present a brief debate. The Debate Team is a wonderful opportunity for your student to learn public speaking, research, and time management skills, which are beneficial in middle school and beyond. Participation in Debate requires both student and parent involvement – come see what we are all about! If you have any questions, please email Miss Bolkin at [email protected] or Mrs. Coatney at [email protected].

Special Request from Science Teachers: We are collecting clean half-gallon milk or juice cartons for a project. Please have your student bring them to the Science Lab. Thank you!

Dear 5th Grade Parents,

This week in 5th grade, we’re continuing with the ABCs of the American Revolution and Constitution. So far, students have almost completed the entire writing process, from research and organized note-taking to the revision and editing of their rough drafts. In addition to the written portion of this project, students have been working on their original artwork; this visual will show their Founding Mother or Father in action. In other words, it’ll show the impacts they made in the Revolutionary War or the US Constitution. We can’t wait for you to see their final projects during Open House!

In other news, we’re learning the US states and capitols via song, being introduced to the art and style of poetry, and creating mathematical gardens, showcasing concepts and skills taught and practiced throughout the year.

All reading groups will culminate the year with Jump Ship to Freedom by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier; please make sure these books are in the classrooms ASAP!

In Judaic Studies, 5th graders are working on some culminating projects. On Friday, Alejandro Rivera will share his D’var Torah in his homeroom class.

In 5th grade Hebrew, students are writing about our Shabbaton experience. We have also started exploring the topic of after school activities in our conversations and writings. Some students are also reading a text about the establishment of the State of Israel and the 1947 vote in the United Nations.

In mindfulness, we are practicing to S.T.O.P.:
S: Stop. Children drop whatever they are doing.
T: Take three deep, belly-filling breaths with long inhales and exhales.
O: Observe. Tune into physical sensations, surroundings, and emotions. Notice what you see, hear, feel, and taste. Label emotions (without judging them). Identify your thoughts.
P: Proceed. Now you can carry on with more awareness.
Creating space in the day to stop, come down from the worried mind, and get back into the present moment has been shown to be enormously helpful in mitigating the negative effects of our stress response. When we drop into the present, we’re more likely to gain perspective and see that we have the power to regulate our response to pressure. As a fun project, ask your children to help you create a few S.T.O.P. signs to place around the house. Family members can agree to S.T.O.P. when they run across the sign. Every week or so, move the signs to keep family members on their toes!

Warmly,

The 5th Grade Teachers
5th Grade

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.
Be sure to stop by the Tyberg Lab during Open House to see the beautiful art display. Every student K-6th grade will have a piece on display.

Tel Aviv Twinning Program
We were so delighted to share some highlights from our transformational Tel Aviv Twinning Program with you. If your child wishes to be considered for our 2017-2018 Israel Twinning Delegation, please apply online here (Student Application Form) and here (Parent Application Form). Of course, if you have additional questions, do not hesitate to ask us at [email protected] or [email protected].

2017-2018 5th & 6th Grade Debate Teams | Mock Debate | May 17 | 8:15 – 8:45am
We are excited to launch our Debate Teams for next year, coached by Mrs. Weiser, Miss Bolkin, and Mrs. Coatney, and would love to have new incoming 5th and 6th graders join us! Please come to a Mock Debate on May 17th from 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary where our current debaters will present a brief debate. The Debate Team is a wonderful opportunity for your student to learn public speaking, research, and time management skills, which are beneficial in middle school and beyond. Participation in Debate requires both student and parent involvement – come see what we are all about! If you have any questions, please email Miss Bolkin at [email protected] or Mrs. Coatney at [email protected].

Special Request from Science Teachers: We are collecting clean half-gallon milk or juice cartons for a project. Please have your student bring them to the Science Lab. Thank you!

Dear 6th Grade Parents,

Mrs. Tanner’s reading class is reading the book Witness by Karen Hesse. Written in narrative verse, it tells the story of six characters in Vermont in 1924 when the Ku Klux Klan was reaching the height of its power. The students will be learning about how different groups of people coped at this time and learned to live cooperatively.

In math, the students have just finished honing their skills of dividing fractions. They have now moved on to multiplying and dividing decimals. This real-life skill can be used when when they are out shopping and figuring out unit prices!

Sixth grade students are welcoming back their friends from Israel by sharing their findings from a 2-week long research project into different eras of Israeli history. Meanwhile, our student delegates are making preparations to share their insights from living in Israel during Yom Ha’Atzmaut and Yom HaZikaron so that the entire grade can benefit from their experiences!

In mindfulness, we are practicing to S.T.O.P.:
S: Stop. Children drop whatever they are doing.
T: Take three deep, belly-filling breaths with long inhales and exhales.
O: Observe. Tune into physical sensations, surroundings, and emotions. Notice what you see, hear, feel, and taste. Label emotions (without judging them). Identify your thoughts.
P: Proceed. Now you can carry on with more awareness.
Creating space in the day to stop, come down from the worried mind, and get back into the present moment has been shown to be enormously helpful in mitigating the negative effects of our stress response. When we drop into the present, we’re more likely to gain perspective and see that we have the power to regulate our response to pressure. As a fun project, ask your children to help you create a few S.T.O.P. signs to place around the house. Family members can agree to S.T.O.P. when they run across the sign. Every week or so, move the signs to keep family members on their toes!

Warmly,

The 6th Grade Teachers

6th Grade

Bar Mitzvah Learning Session | Monday, May 15 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | ZH
We ask at least one parent to attend with their 6th grader.

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.
Be sure to stop by the Tyberg Lab during Open House to see the beautiful art display. Every student K-6th grade will have a piece on display.

6th Grade Science | Future Cities Model
Students are asked to collect clean, recycled materials to be used on their Future Cities model. Students should label their materials and bring them to the science lab.

Special Request from Science Teachers: We are collecting clean half-gallon milk or juice cartons for a project. Please have your student bring them to the Science Lab. Thank you!

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

Spring Music Festival | Monday, May 15 | 7:00 p.m. | Zeldin-Hershenson

Wise School K-6 Open House | Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 p.m.
Be sure to stop by the Tyberg Lab during Open House to see the beautiful art display. Every student K-6th grade will have a piece on display.

Library Book Awards Assembly | Friday, May 26 | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Our Book Awards Assembly will be held on Friday, May 26, at 8:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Parents of students who have completed the required reading will be receiving an invitation to the Assembly.

Library News and Reminders
Our Library is closed during summer break.  All of the books should be returned to the Library by May 15. Many thanks go to the following families who have donated to the Library in honor of their students’ birthdays: Daniel B., Luke B., Laila J., Gaddiel N. Happy reading!

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/

Gala Auction Continues until Friday with 50% Off Discounts
This just in! The SILENT AUCTION IS BACK FOR A LIMITED TIME – WITH DISCOUNTS UP TO 50% OFF. This special offer ends this FRIDAY AT 3:30 p.m. You can bid now and instantly buy your favorite items. Click on the Silent Auction Gala Website to bid and buy today!

WPA Volunteer Recognition Breakfast – Save-the-Date
Tuesday, May 16 | 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

By now, we hope you have received your invitation to the upcoming WPA Volunteer Recognition Breakfast in your honor! We will celebrate all our volunteers and show our appreciation for all you have done this year. We hope you can join us for some or all of this beautiful morning to thank you!

Save-the-Dates
6/1 Wildcats Sports Banquet
6/6 Maccabi Games

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

Camp Wise weeks are filling up!
Register online now to save your spot at camp! There are seven awesome weeks to choose from, but groups are filling up! Website: campwisela.org. Contact: [email protected] or 310.889.2263

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

CYE Graduation Shabbat | Friday, May 19 | Dinner: 6:30 p.m., Service: 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate our WTY high school graduating class as well as all other graduating seniors in our community at this special Shabbat service. We will also honor and show our gratitude for Andrea Gardenhour and her years of service to our Center for Youth Engagement.
REGISTER FOR DINNER HERE

Balfour Declaration Centennial Trip to Israel and London
October 23 — November 3, 2017
Led by Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback and President Steven Fishman

“His Majesty’s government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people,” begins the momentous Balfour Declaration (November 2, 1917), making world history and changing the story for future generations of Jews. Commemorate the Declaration’s centennial in Israel and in London with your Stephen Wise Temple community.
Register at WiseLA.org/WiseTravel