Dear Wise School Parents,

Wow! The end of the year is almost here and we have been busier than ever! I want to congratulate our Debate Team on their awesome performance at the final competition of the year last weekend, where they won Individual Speaker, Team, and Tournament awards. I also want to congratulate our 6th Grade Boys White Soccer Team for their championship win over Heschel on Monday. Last, but certainly not least, our Odyssey of the Minds teams are in Michigan right now competing in the World Finals – we wish our Wildcats the best of luck!

If you haven’t already, please take a few moments to fill out our short survey and tell us how we’re doing: Wise School End of Year Survey 2016-2017. It is important that everyone participates. Your input is valued and appreciated. Thank you.

This email is packed with information and should serve as your go-to guide for the remainder of the year. We have a few grade level updates and then very full Wise School, Summer (a new section!), WPA, and Temple sections. Please take the time to review this email because it contains important information on the following:

  • Library Book Awards Assembly – TOMORROW
  • Upcoming school closure dates next week
  • Camp Wise T-Shirt Day
  • School Shavuot Celebration
  • Wildcats Sports Banquet
  • Maccabi Games and last chance to purchase shirts and spirit packs
  • Mindfulness Summer Course
  • Millswear Summer Uniform Sale
  • Wildcats Fall Pre-Season Camp
  • Debate Camp
  • Camp Wise
  • Wise Style Sale
  • Lost & Found
  • Shavuot Services on Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31

It is a busy time of year and we’ve done our best to put everything in one place for you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to stop by or call the school office at (310) 889-2300.


Tami Weiser
Head of School


Reusable or Paper Bag Labeled with your Child’s Name
Please bring a big reusable or paper bag labeled with your child’s name next week. We will be using it to send home a variety of items from class.

Kindergarten Hagigat HaTorah | Friday, June 2 | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary
Please have your child dressed in Shabbat clothes – white or pastel colors.

Kippah for Hagigat HaTorah
Reminder to decorate your Kippah for our beautiful Hagigat HaTorah! Please return them to school as soon as they are completed.

1st Grade

No updates this week.

2nd Grade

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 26:

  • Room 34: Jake (Challah), Sasha (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Jonah E. (Challah), Joelle (Flowers)

Shabbat Helpers for NEXT Friday, June 2:

  • Room 34: Ivy (Challah), Michael (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Jade (Challah), Jonah E. (Flowers)

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Open House Slide Show | CLICK HERE TO VIEW
We would like to thank everyone who stopped by Open House last week. The children had a great time sharing all of their accomplishments with their guests. Please enjoy the slideshow that was playing in both classrooms during Open House at the following link: Wise 3rd Grade 2016-2017.

4th Grade

No updates this week.

5th Grade

Word Wisdom Unit 7 | Assessment Soon | Details Coming Soon
Unit 7 is all about literature. We will have an assessment to wrap up the unit. The assessment will not have an analogies section.

5th Grade Judaic Studies
This week we honored Aiden Yedidsion, Bianca Dardashti, and Noah Gordon as Klei Kodesh leaders at our Thursday Shacharit service. Last week Sophia Morovati and Jonathan Bani-Esraili shared their D’var Torah in their class. Eli Pournazarian, Ryan Bakshian, and Ryan Khalili will share their D’var Torah in their respective classes.

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].

6th Grade

6th Grade Class Gift
We are in the final stages of meeting our class gift goal! Please remember to send in tzedakah with your child these last few weeks of school. We really want to meet (and exceed) our goal!

Graduation Brunch Tickets & DVDs | Place Orders by Friday, June 2 | CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE to order tickets for the graduation brunch and/or your DVD. All orders must be placed no later than Friday, June 2.

Pool Party | June 7 | Mossighi Home | More information to follow
A big thank you to the Mossighi family for hosting our pool party on Wednesday, June 7! Permission slips and more information to follow soon.

WISE SCHOOL | 310.889.2300

Wise School End of Year Survey 2016-2017
Please take a few moments to fill out this short survey and tell us how we’re doing: Wise School End of Year Survey 2016-2017. We value and appreciate your input. Thank you.

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.

SCHOOL CLOSED: 5/29 – 5/31 | SCHOOL RESUMES: Thursday, June 1
Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 30 – Staff Professional Development Day
Wednesday, May 31 – Shavuot

Camp Wise T-Shirt Day | Thursday, June 1
Be sure to wear your Camp Wise t-shirts with uniform bottoms!

Shavuot | Friday, June 2 | Dress in White or Light Pastel Color
Please send a fruit and a vegetable to school as Bikurim, and please wear a wreath. A letter with details and 3 pipe cleaners to make the wreath went home with your child yesterday.

Wildcats Sports Banquet | Thursday, June 1 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | ZH & Temple
4th – 6th Grade Athletes
$45 per person (including athletes)
$55 per person starting Friday, May 26
Please join us to celebrate our 4th to 6th grade Wildcats athletes! Dinner will be served and there are some great raffle prizes as well as a surprise guest speaker. Bring the whole family! Buy tickets online or at carpool before they sell out. Goooo Wildcats!

Maccabi Games | Tuesday, June 6 | 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Woodley Park
This year’s games will take place on Tuesday, June 6 at Woodley Park in Van Nuys (same location as previous years). Please arrive between 7:40 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Games begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Click here to purchase your child’s t-shirt or spirit pack, or visit us at carpool! Deadline to order t-shirts and spirit packs is tomorrow, Friday May 26.

Mindfulness & Meditation Course Summer 2017 | CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
Dates: June 26th, July 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st, and August 7th
Time: 10am-11:30am
Cost: $200
Location: Wise Temple: Chapel Study
This course is designed to teach and practice the fundamentals of mindfulness. Open to all levels. In this 6-week series, you will learn to bring mindfulness into your everyday life with concepts including: mindful breathing, body awareness, mindful listening, mindful emotions. This course will help you: reduce pain, improve impulse control, improve communication, decrease judgmental thinking, improve focus, deepen family relationships. Each class will consist of learning a new mindfulness concept, a meditation practice, and a group discussion with practical application. Click here to sign up online.
Course Instructors: Ian Hoge, M.A. Clinical Psych. and Jennifer Waldburger, MSW
Questions? Please contact Jillian Moore.


Millswear Summer Uniform Sale | CLICK HERE 
Millswear summer sale! Buy uniforms for next year at a discount: 10% off everything and 25% off other select in-stock items. Use code: GCMSUMMER2017 at checkout. This offer is valid in-store, online, and over the phone from June 15-24, 2017.

WILDCATS Fall Pre-Season Camp for Incoming Wildcat Athletes in Grades 4-6
August 21 – August 25 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | SIGNUP HERE
Flag Football: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the AJU, 12 athlete minimum.
Girls Basketball: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Faber Field, 12 athlete minimum.
Boys & Girls Swim Team: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the pool, 5 athlete minimum.
ALL Camp Participants: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – Cool off from camp and enjoy the pool.
*1 snack and water will be provided each day. Cost: $250.
Deadline for minimum of each sport: Friday, June 9

Debate Camp | August 14 – August 18 | 9am – 12pm | Room 47 | SIGNUP HERE
Led by Mrs Coatney, debate camp students will learn how to conduct research on current topics, form arguments, and practice refutations in a supportive, fun atmosphere. Debate Camp is open to incoming 5th and 6th graders interested in joining the Debate Team during the school year. Cost: $150. Questions? Contact Alexandra Coatney.

Camp Wise is 4 weeks away!
There are seven awesome weeks to choose from, but groups are filling up! Each week will be filled with your favorite camp activities like swimming, cooking, sports, science, music, dance, and more! Check out the calendar to choose your favorite field trips, special guests, and dress-up days. Also, sign up for swim lessons or music lessons after camp! Website: Contact: [email protected] or 310.889.2263

Technology K-5 Summer Practice
Summer is a great time to practice your keyboarding skills. If you practice every day for 5-10 minutes, you will ready for the beginning of school. Log on to Wise School’s online typing club: Student usernames are their first initial and last name and the password is wise2017 (unless the student has previously changed it). If you have any questions, please contact Judy Hoffman.

[email protected] |

Wise Style Blow Out Sale | Thursday, June 1 | 2:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Stock up for next year with the greatest deals on all our fabulous Wise gear.

Lost & Found | Thursday, June 1 & Friday, June 2
Last call for items in the Lost & Found! Come claim your missing items before it’s too late. Items will be on display in the Parking Garage in front of the Handicapped Parking near the Lost & Found Bin. Clothes will be left in the bin until Wednesday, June 7 at noon, after which any unclaimed items will be donated to those in need. As you look towards next year, order your custom Mabel’s Labels at so that we can return lost clothes to your child’s class and raise money for Wise School. Just click on “SUPPORT A FUNDRAISER” and then find WISE SCHOOL WPA (LOS ANGELES) in the drop down menu!

STEPHEN WISE TEMPLE | 310.476.8561

Community Tikkun L’eyl Shavuot | Tuesday, May 30 | 7 p.m. | Valley Beth Shalom
Join the Stephen Wise Temple clergy and our friends from 8 other Jewish organizations as we gather for an evening of learning and action in celebration of Shavuot. In addition to learning with our clergy and clergy members from all over Los Angeles, guest Mark Hetfield (President of Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) will speak about how to provide aid for refugees worldwide.
7:00 p.m.: Blintzes and Nosh
7:30 p.m.: Conversation with Mark Hetfield
9:15 p.m.: Breakout Study Sessions with Clergy
10:15 p.m.: Dessert followed by Late Night Study

Shavuot Morning and Yizkor Service | Wednesday, May 31 | 10:00 a.m.
Led by Rabbi Josh Knobel, Cantor Nathan Lam, and Cantor Emma Lutz, celebrate the Feast of Weeks at our morning Shavuot Service. We will also recite Yizkor prayers and remember our loved ones with kavod and meaning.

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