All School News – October 25, 2016

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

A couple of weeks ago we concluded our apple unit of study by taking a closer look at the structure of an apple. As part of the Wise Learning Process, each grade level has a universal concept for the year. For kindergarten our universal concept is structure, which is defined as a whole made or connected by parts. Students were able to see how an apple is made up of different parts. Students also realized that we see structures all around us. We see structures in numbers, shapes, and buildings. Students will continue to learn about structures throughout the year.

We have started learning about the season of fall and what happens to the leaves during this time of year. Students studied the letter “t” and were introduced to the sight word the. Students also formally learned how to write a lowercase “t” and practiced writing letters they have learned already: “m” and “a.”

In math, students finished learning all about the numbers 6-10. They were introduced to new math vocabulary of one more, one less, and the same number. We concluded chapter 2 by having students pair up sets of objects with other sets of the same quantity and practice their one-to-one correspondence. Our next chapter is ordering by size, length, and weight.

In Hebrew students continued to learn the names of a variety of body parts. In Judaic studies we learned about Yom Kippur and saying “I’m sorry.” Students were also introduced to the holiday of Sukkot.

Warmly,

The Kindergarten Teachers
KINDERGARTEN

NO SCHOOL Monday, October 24th – Shemini Atzeret

Kindergarten Praying with Parents | Friday, October 28th | 8:00 a.m. | Sanctuary

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.

  • October 21st Klei Kodesh – Audry, Bennett, and Halston
  • November 4th Klei Kodesh – Charlyze, Chloe, Isa, and Jordan G.

Carpool Procedures: As much as we all love to kibbutz with one another, for the safety of our children and the flow of carpool, we ask that parents, staff, and administrators not kibbutz in the carpool lines. Parents must remain in the car during morning carpool drop-off and afternoon carpool pick-up. Children must exit and enter the vehicle through the passenger side. Our staff is out at carpool in the mornings to assist your children getting out of the car with their backpacks and lunches. If the passenger side is blocked (i.e. by a car seat) and your children must exit the drivers’ side, please quickly assist them safely to the curb, give them a quick kiss goodbye, and send them on their way. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – You received an email on October 10th with sign-up information and instructions. Sign-ups will close on October 25th. Please note the NEW schedule for conferences:
Tuesday, November 1st | NO SCHOOL – Conferences all day
Wednesday, November 2nd | Early K-6 Dismissal 12:30 p.m – Conferences after dismissal

Technology: Kindergarten technology classes have been rather artistic lately. We are learning about drawing tools using an app called Pixie (Tech4Learning). We are learning to create digital art using shape tools, blur tools, and lines of symmetry.


Dear 1st Grade Parents,

This week in 1st grade we are focusing on the letter sound for short “u.” This was reinforced by creating short “u” umbrellas and bunnies, and by practicing the short “u” with our spelling words. In math, we are finishing up our unit on number bonds and are utilizing these bonds to create number sentences.

We are excited to begin our Social Studies unit on colonial times. Please remember that Colonial Day is on October 31st. If you need help with a colonial costume, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

Warmly,

The 1st Grade Teachers
1st Grade

NO SCHOOL Monday, October 24th – Shemini Atzeret

Klei Kodesh Reminder: Sign-ups will be done through schoolbookings.net. Use code ak2ymand please select a day for your child that you will be able to attend!

Carpool Procedures: As much as we all love to kibbutz with one another, for the safety of our children and the flow of carpool, we ask that parents, staff, and administrators not kibbutz in the carpool lines. Parents must remain in the car during morning carpool drop-off and afternoon carpool pick-up. Children must exit and enter the vehicle through the passenger side. Our staff is out at carpool in the mornings to assist your children getting out of the car with their backpacks and lunches. If the passenger side is blocked (i.e. by a car seat) and your children must exit the drivers’ side, please quickly assist them safely to the curb, give them a quick kiss goodbye, and send them on their way. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – You received an email on October 10th with sign-up information and instructions. Sign-ups will close on October 25th. Please note the NEW schedule for conferences:
Tuesday, November 1st | NO SCHOOL – Conferences all day
Wednesday, November 2nd | Early K-6 Dismissal 12:30 p.m – Conferences after dismissal

1st Grade Colonial Day is October 31st – Please look in your child’s folder for information on our Colonial Day, which will take place on October 31st.

Technology: First grade students are learning about stop animation. We are using the LEGO Movie app and a box of plastic dinosaurs, animals and LEGO minifigs (that’s LEGO lingo for “miniature figurines made from LEGO parts”) to create mini-movies. Once we get our iPad camera technique down, we will incorporate green screen technology.

Project Studio is on Twitter. For the latest Project Studio happenings, follow us at: https://twitter.com/ProjectStudioLA


Dear 2nd Grade Parents,

Second graders have been working on identifying different icons of depth and complexity while reading the story of “Mr. Peabody’s Apples.” They identified the big idea along with the details, ethical issues, and multiple perspectives regarding the story. In addition, they continued to review the concepts of main idea and details, along with identifying the different types of sentences and their corresponding end marks.

In Judaic Studies, the students worked on self-reflection and teshuvah in preparation for Yom Kippur.  In Hebrew, the 2nd graders continued to practice some of the letters and vowels while learning new vocabulary. They learned about the holiday customs and the four different species that we use during Sukkot. Soon we will be snacking and having music in the school Sukkah.

Warmly,

The 2nd Grade Teachers
2nd Grade

NO SCHOOL Monday, October 24th – Shemini Atzeret

Tomorrow, Friday, October 21st: Please remember to send SOVA, Tzedakah, and have your child wear a white shirt.

Spelling test reminder for tomorrow, Friday, October 21st. 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, October 21st:

  • Room 34: Sasha (Challah), Avvah (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Zoe (Challah), Michael (Flowers)

Klei Kodesh for this Friday, October 21st:

  • Room 34: Shai and Sophia
  • Room 36: Ashton and Ella

Shabbat Helpers for next Friday, October 28th:

  • Room 34: Michael (Challah), Bill (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Joseph (Challah), Zoe (Flowers)

Klei Kodesh for this next Friday, October 28th:

  • Room 34: Adin and Liana
  • Room 36: Jonah E. and Savannah

Carpool Procedures: As much as we all love to kibbutz with one another, for the safety of our children and the flow of carpool, we ask that parents, staff, and administrators not kibbutz in the carpool lines. Parents must remain in the car during morning carpool drop-off and afternoon carpool pick-up. Children must exit and enter the vehicle through the passenger side. Our staff is out at carpool in the mornings to assist your children getting out of the car with their backpacks and lunches. If the passenger side is blocked (i.e. by a car seat) and your children must exit the drivers’ side, please quickly assist them safely to the curb, give them a quick kiss goodbye, and send them on their way. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – You received an email on October 10th with sign-up information and instructions. Sign-ups will close on October 25th. Please note the NEW schedule for conferences:
Tuesday, November 1st | NO SCHOOL – Conferences all day
Wednesday, November 2nd | Early K-6 Dismissal 12:30 p.m – Conferences after dismissal

Technology: Second grade is exploring animation and cartoon creation with the slideshow feature in Tech4Learning’s PIXIE app. Last week we learned how to import backgrounds and clip art. This week we are focusing on adding motion to the project to create our very own cartoons.

Project Studio is on Twitter. For the latest Project Studio happenings, follow us at: https://twitter.com/ProjectStudioLA


Dear 3rd Grade Parents,

We hope the new year is off to a wonderful start for everyone!

In 3rd grade Social Studies, we are now learning about the Tongva people, Native Americans who inhabited the Los Angeles Basin. Last week, the children looked at pictures to help spark unanswered questions they had about the Tongva people. Next, the children categorized the questions into those about food, jobs, tools/materials, religion, and living environment/culture/appearance. The children have now broken off into groups and each group is doing research in order to answer the questions in their category. We can’t wait to see what they discover!

Warmly,

The 3rd Grade Teachers
3rd Grade

NO SCHOOL Monday, October 24th – Shemini Atzeret

Please make sure your child brings their homework folder and agenda to school every day.

Your child should always have a chapter book at school.

Carpool Procedures: As much as we all love to kibbutz with one another, for the safety of our children and the flow of carpool, we ask that parents, staff, and administrators not kibbutz in the carpool lines. Parents must remain in the car during morning carpool drop-off and afternoon carpool pick-up. Children must exit and enter the vehicle through the passenger side. Our staff is out at carpool in the mornings to assist your children getting out of the car with their backpacks and lunches. If the passenger side is blocked (i.e. by a car seat) and your children must exit the drivers’ side, please quickly assist them safely to the curb, give them a quick kiss goodbye, and send them on their way. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – You received an email on October 10th with sign-up information and instructions. Sign-ups will close on October 25th. Please note the NEW schedule for conferences:
Tuesday, November 1st | NO SCHOOL – Conferences all day
Wednesday, November 2nd | Early K-6 Dismissal 12:30 p.m – Conferences after dismissal

Technology: Third graders are beginning to learn how to use Google Docs as a word processing app to create acrostic poems. This involves learning to properly format a document and select varied fonts, sizes, colors and effects.

Project Studio is on Twitter. For the latest Project Studio happenings, follow us at:https://twitter.com/ProjectStudioLA


Dear 4th Grade Parents,

Last week, we learned about Mr. Banning and the Los Angeles harbor to prepare for our field trip this past Tuesday. We had a fantastic time at the Banning Museum – you can see all the pictures on the 4th Grade “Class of 2019” Facebook Group page.

We have continued our work on our region letters and have been working with the writing process. In math, we are working on multiple digit multiplication and subtraction.

Warmly,

The 4th Grade Teachers

4th Grade

NO SCHOOL Monday, October 24th – Shemini Atzeret

Homework has been light this week due to Sukkot. We will be back to normal next week.

Carpool Procedures: As much as we all love to kibbutz with one another, for the safety of our children and the flow of carpool, we ask that parents, staff, and administrators not kibbutz in the carpool lines. Parents must remain in the car during morning carpool drop-off and afternoon carpool pick-up. Children must exit and enter the vehicle through the passenger side. Our staff is out at carpool in the mornings to assist your children getting out of the car with their backpacks and lunches. If the passenger side is blocked (i.e. by a car seat) and your children must exit the drivers’ side, please quickly assist them safely to the curb, give them a quick kiss goodbye, and send them on their way. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – You received an email on October 10th with sign-up information and instructions. Sign-ups will close on October 25th. Please note the NEW schedule for conferences:
Tuesday, November 1st | NO SCHOOL – Conferences all day
Wednesday, November 2nd | Early K-6 Dismissal 12:30 p.m – Conferences after dismissal

4th Grade Morning Social is being rescheduled. Stay tuned for the new date!

Technology: Fourth graders are gearing up for some challenging programming lessons. Last week students received their username and password for Code Studio and this week we are continuing our lessons. Students work individually on some of the lessons and in programming pairs for the others.

Project Studio is on Twitter. For the latest Project Studio happenings, follow us at: https://twitter.com/ProjectStudioLA


Dear 5th Grade Parents,

Last week in 5th grade, we began our investigation of the Native American cultural regions and how, using their natural resources, each Native American tribe adapted to their specific environments. As in the previous week, we continued to prove the Big Idea: Conflict Between Man and His Environment Create Change. Throughout this chapter, we have been and will continue to practice the art of expository writing, starting with “hooks,” or interesting introductions.

Warmly,

The 5th Grade Teachers
5th Grade

NO SCHOOL Monday, October 24th – Shemini Atzeret

Word Wisdom Test | Friday, October 28th | Unit 1, Lessons 1-3
Next week in 5th grade, we have our first Word Wisdom test!! Unit 1, Lessons 1-3 will be tested on Friday, October 28th. This test will also include analogies, or the relationships between word sets. To prepare, students should review their Quizlet sets, as well as their analogy packets (coming soon).

Burch Math Test | Friday, October 28th | Chapter 2
Students in Burch Math – Be prepared for the Chapter 2 Test on Friday, October 28th. While we will review for this test in class, please review nightly, and keep up on homework!

Keyboarding Practice: As our laptops and the ability to effectively communicate through written word is essential, all 5th grade students are encouraged to practice keyboarding skills at least twice a week for 10 minutes each session!

Carpool Procedures: As much as we all love to kibbutz with one another, for the safety of our children and the flow of carpool, we ask that parents, staff, and administrators not kibbutz in the carpool lines. Parents must remain in the car during morning carpool drop-off and afternoon carpool pick-up. Children must exit and enter the vehicle through the passenger side. Our staff is out at carpool in the mornings to assist your children getting out of the car with their backpacks and lunches. If the passenger side is blocked (i.e. by a car seat) and your children must exit the drivers’ side, please quickly assist them safely to the curb, give them a quick kiss goodbye, and send them on their way. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – You received an email on October 10th with sign-up information and instructions. Sign-ups will close on October 25th. Please note the NEW schedule for conferences:
Tuesday, November 1st | NO SCHOOL – Conferences all day
Wednesday, November 2nd | Early K-6 Dismissal 12:30 p.m – Conferences after dismissal

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

Project Studio is on Twitter. For the latest Project Studio happenings, follow us at:https://twitter.com/ProjectStudioLA


Dear 6th Grade Parents,

We’ve been keeping busy in 6th grade! In Mrs. Tanner’s reading class, students have been discussing The Giver and the concept of “Elsewhere”. Aside from trying to figure out what it is, the conversations are centered around whether or not “Elsewhere” is good or bad.

In writing, students are knee-deep in their personal narratives. They turned in their rough drafts and have received them back with edits and suggestions for their next draft. Their second drafts are due either Tuesday, October 25th or Wednesday, October 26th (depending on their class). After revising the first draft, they will be peer editing in class.

In Social Studies, the students have completed their unit on early humans, and will now begin the Neolithic Revolution. We will emphasize causes and effects of the advent of farming.

Student Council is also beginning! Any students interested in running for a position must turn in their intent-to-run forms, signed by a parent, by this Friday, October 21st.

Warmly,

The 6th Grade Teachers

6th Grade

NO SCHOOL Monday, October 24th – Shemini Atzeret

6th Grade Shabbat Service and Dinner | October 21st | 6:15 p.m. | Sanctuary
An email with the online RSVP link was sent on Friday, September 30th.

Student Council Intent-to-Run Forms – Due Friday, October 21st and must be signed by a parent.

Personal Narratives second drafts due Next Week! – Due Tuesday, October 25th or Wednesday, October 26th, depending on class.

Science Fair Reminder: Please go to the Science Fair Weebly page to see information about the Science Fair and locate the directions, due dates and rubrics for each specific class.

Yearbook Photo Reminder: You received an email from the historians and yearbook chairs. Please turn in your yearbook photos by October 31st. For more information, please email Negar Salim.

Carpool Procedures: As much as we all love to kibbutz with one another, for the safety of our children and the flow of carpool, we ask that parents, staff, and administrators not kibbutz in the carpool lines. Parents must remain in the car during morning carpool drop-off and afternoon carpool pick-up. Children must exit and enter the vehicle through the passenger side. Our staff is out at carpool in the mornings to assist your children getting out of the car with their backpacks and lunches. If the passenger side is blocked (i.e. by a car seat) and your children must exit the drivers’ side, please quickly assist them safely to the curb, give them a quick kiss goodbye, and send them on their way. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – You received an email on October 10th with sign-up informationand instructions. Sign-ups will close on October 25th. Please note the NEW schedule for conferences:
Tuesday, November 1st | NO SCHOOL – Conferences all day
Wednesday, November 2nd | Early K-6 Dismissal 12:30 p.m – Conferences after dismissal

Project Studio is on Twitter. For the latest Project Studio happenings, follow us at: https://twitter.com/ProjectStudioLA


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

All School High Holy Day Services (Parents Invited)
Pre-K-6 Simchat Torah Assembly | October 25th | 9:15 a.m. | Sanctuary

3rd Grade Sukkot Exhibit | Tuesday, October 25th | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Taub
Come marvel at the miniature Sukkot created by our 3rd graders.

Family Friendly High Holy Day Temple Services
Simchat Torah Service | October 24th | 6:15 p.m. | Sakler Plaza

Elharizi Delegation | October 19th – October 27th
Wise School is excited to host the 2nd delegation from Elharizi School in Tel Aviv, our partner school in the twinning program through the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

Wise School Prospective Parent Open House
Thursday, October 27th | 9:00 a.m. | Taub Annex

We know that the best recommendation for a school is one that comes from a current family. We hope that you will all tell your friends about our upcoming Open House. This event is the perfect opportunity for parents to learn more about the Elementary School’s curriculum, faculty, administration, athletics, extracurricular activities and more. They will hear from our head of school, administration, current parents and students about their experiences at Wise will have the opportunity to ask questions. Please click here to register.

Mitzvah Day | November 6th
Our 21st annual Mitzvah Day, where we will make meaning and change the world together as a community, is on Sunday, November 6th. We need your help in the next few weeks to make Mitzvah Day a success. We ask that students bring the following items (listed below) to help with our projects. Items can be brought to the ES Office, the Temple office, or dropped off in the canvas SOVA bins around campus during morning and afternoon carpool. For more information, please visit www.wisela.org/mitzvahday or email [email protected].

  • Hygiene Kits benefitting SOVA: We are collecting TRAVEL SIZE Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Deodorant and Lotion.
  • Welcome home baskets for newly housed Veterans as part of Homes for Heroes:We are collecting kitchen supplies such as bowls, plates, cups, placemats, dishtowels in sets for 4, dish soap, laundry detergent, trash bags, all-purpose cleaner, and rubber gloves.
  • Gently Used Clothing & Toy Drive: We ask that you clean out your children’s closets as well as your own to be able to donate gently used clothing to organizations including Baby2Baby, National Council of Jewish Women, Dress for Success and more!

Midor L’Dor | Wednesday, November 23rd
You should have received an e-mail yesterday regarding our upcoming Midor L’Dor event. Please be sure to RSVP HERE for each of your child’s guests by November 2, 2016.

Annual Giving – We are excited to announce that we have already raised over $185,000 for our Wise School Annual Giving Campaign, putting us 37% of the way to our goal with 30% participation so far! Thank you to the many families who have already donated. We want 100% participation. We are publishing our first in honor roll in a few weeks and hope to include everyone! To donate now please click here or contact Jessica Lebovits at [email protected] or 310.889.2276.

The Diener & Kadner Families Library
Mondays – Wednesdays | 7:45 a.m to 3:45 p.m.
Come visit the Library and check out some books about the important upcoming election!
Book Fair – The Book Fair is fast approaching! Located in Zeldin-Hershenson Hall, our Book Fair opens on Mitzvah Day, November 6th, and will close on Thursday, November 10th. You received an email on Tuesday detailing the exciting events planned to celebrate our love of books – we look forward to seeing everyone there!

Open Swim: Come and join us in our beautiful pool for OPEN SWIM!!! You will be able to swim laps, walk in the shallow end, play basketball, work on your diving, and even play water polo. There are two days available (Tuesdays and Sundays) to give everybody an opportunity to come and enjoy our wonderful pool on site! A lifeguard will be on deck during all of the Open Swim days and times.

Open Swim – Staff, Parent & Temple | http://mycart.wisela.org/open-swim/
Tuesdays | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dates: 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, and 12/13
Parent/Temple Member – $25 per person, drop-in rate
Staff – $10 per person, drop-in rate *staff discount
$200 package with all dates included (save $75)

Open Swim | http://mycart.wisela.org/open-swim/
Sundays | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dates: 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, and 12/11
$25 per individual/family, drop-in rate
$200 package with all dates included (save $50)
*all kids must have adult supervision, and absolutely NO food/drink on the pool deck.


WISE PARENTS ASSOCIATION
[email protected] | http://wise-school.org/parents/wpa/

October Party Book Events – Party Book is off to an amazing start and October’s events offer something for everyone! Check them out and register today at wiseschool.onlinepartybook.com to secure your spot.

  • October 22nd: Wine Tasting with the Lams
  • October 24th: Rolling Robots
  • November 5th (NEW DATE): Girls’ Spa Party

Wise Style Pop-up Sale | Wednesday, October 26th
Get ready to get in Wise Style at our pop-up sale at carpool!

EC Beit Issie Shapiro Farmer’s Market | Friday, October 28th

Mitzvah Day and Launch of 2016 Book Fair | Sunday, November 6th
Mitzvah Day – our community-wide day of social justice – is on November 6th. Join us for a wonderful day of tikkun olam and the launch of the 2016 Book Fair! The Book Fair will begin on this day and will run through Thursday, November 10th.

WPA Meeting with Guest Speaker Betsy Brown Braun
Wednesday, November 9th | 8:00 a.m. 

EC and K-6 parents are invited to our WPA Meeting on Wednesday, November 9 at 8 a.m. featuring the incomparable child development specialist and author Betsy Brown Braun. Betsy will be speaking on raising a self-reliant child – not only why you should want your child to be self-reliant, but she will give you specific tips for cultivating this character trait that will put your child on the path to being an independent and competent adult. Note: Early drop-off childcare will be available for EC families.

Wise Holiday Boutique | Thursday, November 17th
Get ready to shop ’til you drop at our Annual Wise Holiday Boutique on Thursday, November 17th! We’ll be featuring some of the best vendors in home goods, clothing, jewelry, accessories, kids’ items, and more!

SOVA Update: Thank you to everyone who participated in our High Holy Days SOVA Food Drive. We had such an incredible show of support for this drive and appreciate how our community came together to help others.


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

The Purpose, Meaning, and Beauty of Living a Jewish Life | Rabbi David Woznica
A Series of Gatherings for Men and Women in their 30s – 50s
Kickoff: Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m.
Our first topic: Extraordinary Jewish Teachings that can Elevate and Shape Your Marriage.
Learn more at WiseLA.org/CJL | RSVP online HERE.

Rosh Hodesh Minyan | Wednesday, October 26th at 8:00 a.m.
Join us to celebrate Rosh Hodesh at Stephen Wise Temple—a beautiful experience of prayer for women, by women, filled with Torah, poetry, song, love, community, and friendship. Led by Cantor Emma Lutz, Andrea Gardenhour, MAJE, and our amazing Rosh Hodesh lay leadership.

Celebrate Sukkot at Wise
This year, Sukkot at Wise will focus our attention on the world refugee crisis. Along with our partners from IsraAID, we will raise awareness of the needs facing refugees, especially children in need of school supplies and basic hygiene products. You can help by making a donation to ensure that these children receive a backpack full of necessities.