All School News – September 20, 2016

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

This week we read two books by Kevin Henkes, Wemberly Worried and Chrysanthemum. These two stories captured the characters’ true feelings of the beginning of school and the challenges of meeting new people and making friends. After reading Wemberly Worried, students were able to make text-to-self connections as they thought about a time in their life when they were worried about something. After reading Chrysanthemum, we discussed as a class about “put-ups” and “put-downs.” Students were given examples such as “I like your shoes” or “your shoes are ugly” and had to decide if it was a “put-up” or “put-down.” Students agreed that it felt better to receive “put-ups” from their friends than “put-downs.”

Next week we will jump into starting our letter of the week and begin learning all about apples! Please see below for more information on the upcoming week in Kindergarten.

Warmly,

The Kindergarten Teachers
KINDERGARTEN

No school Monday, September 19th – Professional Development Day

Letter of the week begins!

Kindergarten Shabbat Service and Dinner | October 14th | 5:30 p.m. | Zeldin-Hershenson
Online RSVP form coming soon

Music: Spaces for afterschool music lessons and performance programs are going fast – sign up now: http://mycart.wisela.org/wma


Dear 1st Grade Parents,

We enjoyed seeing all of you at Back to School Night and we’re looking forward to a wonderful year with you and your children. This past week, by utilizing the Wise Learning Process frame, we focused on “all about me.” In Judaic Studies, students have begun learning about Rosh Hashanah. They are also attending the shofar blowing each morning before the school day begins.

This week we will be focusing on the short “e” sound in phonics and spelling. We are also beginning our social studies unit on citizenship, which includes “the golden rule”, sportsmanship, and responsibility.

Please continue to have your child read to you from books in your child’s reading bag. We encourage you to read to your child as well.

Please remember to go through your child’s homework folder and return the items in the “return to school” side. Please remove the items in the “keep at home” side.

Below are some additional reminders for the upcoming week in 1st grade.

Warmly,

The 1st Grade Teachers
1st Grade

No school Monday, September 19th – Professional Development Day

1st Grade Morning Social: Tuesday, September 20th at 8:00 a.m. in Taub

Please send your child with 2 snacks and lunch every day.

Don’t forget to be reading each night and filling out your reading calendars!

Primary Choir begins Tuesday, September 20th (Grades 1-3). Sign up HERE.

Music: Spaces for afterschool music lessons and performance programs are going fast – sign up now: http://mycart.wisela.org/wma

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 digging deeply into the study of character traits. Starting their study with themselves, they also studied Olympians, fictional characters in our text, and even proved with evidence their own character traits as they tossed the “Nice Dice” during Kabbalat Shabbat (ask your child about Kabbalat Shabbat). As part of our Wise Learning Process, the 2nd graders have taken part in a lesson using inductive reasoning to sort and classify outer/physical characteristics and inner/character traits. With the high holidays fast approaching, the 2nd graders will soon be learning about their religious, cultural, and historical significance, starting with Rosh Hashanah.

Please see below for more information on the upcoming week in 2nd grade, including homework and spelling assessment reminders.

Warmly,

The 2nd Grade Teachers
2nd Grade

Tomorrow, Friday, September 16th: Please remember to send SOVA, Tzedakah, and have your child wear a white shirt.

Our first spelling assessment is tomorrow, Friday, September 16th. Please remember to review the spelling words with your child each week in preparation for the Friday assessments.

No school Monday, September 19th – Professional Development Day

2nd Grade Morning Social: Tuesday, September 27th at 8:00 a.m.

Nightly homework schedule:

  • Mondays – Spelling (Starting on the week of Sept. 12)
  • Tuesdays – Integrated Studies (I.S.)
  • Wednesdays – Math
  • Thursdays – Hebrew, Study for Spelling, Sova, Tzedakah, White Shirt
  • Fridays – No Homework

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

Shabbat Helpers for this Friday, September 16:

  • Room 34: Avvah (Challah), Joya (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Jonah F. (Challah), Sharlene (Flowers)

Shabbat Helpers for next Friday, September 23:

  • Room 34: Adin (Challah), Jake (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Savannah (Challah),  Jonah F.  (Flowers)

Klei Kodesh: Information on Klei Kodesh went home at Back to School night.  Please make a note of this and, if for any reason this date does not work for you, please rearrange with someone else on the schedule and contact Mrs. Volterra with the new date that you have arranged. This is a very special moment for every student at Wise School and we are all looking forward to sharing it during services.

Primary Choir begins Tuesday, September 20th (Grades 1-3). Sign up HERE.

Music: Spaces for afterschool music lessons and performance programs are going fast – sign up now: http://mycart.wisela.org/wma

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


Dear 3rd Grade Parents,

It was a pleasure to see everyone at Back to School Night. We are really looking forward to working with all of you as the year progresses. In 3rd grade this week, we learned about the four sentence types: declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory. These sentence types focus students on proper punctuation and sentence variety, which will enhance their grammar skills and enrich their writing.

In social studies we continued to study the land forms of Los Angeles. Soon students will be taking this knowledge and making a topographical map of Los Angeles in Project Studio.

Next week we will be writing poems inspired by “Appelemando’s Dream,” which we all read in our reading groups. We can’t wait to see the children’s creativity shine through!

Please see below for more information on the upcoming week in 3rd grade.

Warmly,

The 3rd Grade Teachers
3rd Grade

No school Monday, September 19th – Professional Development Day

Primary Choir begins Tuesday, September 20th (Grades 1-3). Sign up HERE.

Music: Spaces for afterschool music lessons and performance programs are going fast – sign up now: http://mycart.wisela.org/wma

Wildcat Athletics 3rd Grade Basketball Clinic: We are excited to announce our new co-ed Basketball Clinic on Fridays after school during the fall and winter seasons. We want to encourage and prepare our students for 4th Grade when they have the opportunity to participate in the Wildcats Athletics Program. The clinic will include skill work, fun games, learning the rules of the game, and scrimmages.
Fridays | 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Faber Field | Co-ed | $100 | Maximum 20 participants
Dates: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, and 11/4
Register: Please click HERE to register.

Wildcat Athletics: P.E. swimming classes have started this week and we are excited to have so many kids in the pool!

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


Dear 4th Grade Parents,

Fourth grade is off to a great start! Besides focusing on science, math, reading, social studies, writing, art, and music, we are also continuing to work on rules and procedures inside our classrooms. Our students are very motivated to learn and are determined to succeed on whatever task they are trying to accomplish.

Over the past two weeks, we started  our social studies unit on geography and “Moving to California.” We first started last week by focusing on “Thinking Like A Disciplinarian- Geographer” and discussing what tools, skills, and language geographers use on a daily basis. We then created a person with speech bubbles that focused on why people move to California for geographical reasons (examples: being close to the beach, being able to visit cities like Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and San Diego). As we continue our unit in social studies, we will begin to learn about different regions in California and the themes of geography.

Over the next week, we will continue to learn about the various themes of geography and regions in California.

Please see below for more information on the upcoming week in 4th grade.

Warmly,

The 4th Grade Teachers
4th Grade

No school Monday, September 19th – Professional Development Day

Music: Spaces for afterschool music lessons and performance programs are going fast – sign up now: http://mycart.wisela.org/wma

Wildcat Athletics: P.E. swimming classes have started this week and we are excited to have so many kids in the pool!

Wildcat Athletics Reminders: Afterschool practices have started for Swim Team, Boys Flag Football, and Girls Basketball.

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


Dear 5th Grade Parents,

For the next few weeks, reading classes are focusing on a variety of genres! In Mrs. Itri’s class, students are focusing on historical fiction, specifically the Spanish Inquisition. Tall tales are what’s happening in Mrs. Gabay’s class, taking a look at the legend of Maniac Magee. In Mrs. Burch’s class, the year’s starting off with No Talking, a great realistic fiction selection. In all classes, students will incorporate the Wise Learning Process. Additionally, students will practice various metacognitive strategies, including one-sentence focused summarizing.

Upcoming:

  • Word Wisdom – Unit 1
  • History Alive – Chapter 1 – moving from geography to Native Americans and their lands
  • Math Chapter 1 – Unit 1 test (about a week and a half away)

Please see below for more information on the upcoming week in 5th grade.

Warmly,

The 5th Grade Teachers
5th Grade

No school Monday, September 19th – Professional Development Day

5th Grade Praying with Parents | Thursday, September 22nd | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary

Music: Spaces for afterschool music lessons and performance programs are going fast – sign up now: http://mycart.wisela.org/wma

Wildcat Athletics: P.E. swimming classes have started this week and we are excited to have so many kids in the pool!

Wildcat Athletics Reminders: After school practices have started for Swim Team, Boys Flag Football, and Girls Basketball.

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


Dear 6th Grade Parents,

Our 6th graders have been digging deep into math, using balance scales to understand equivalence and patterns. They are working with the associative and commutative properties of addition and multiplication, and have moved on to creating algebraic equations, evaluating the expressions and their variables, and finding solutions. In writing, the students are now getting ready to write their personal narratives. They are learning what types of personal stories make for a good narrative and how to generate those ideas. In social studies, our 6th graders are completing a unit on the disciplines of geography, archaeology, and history in relation to analyzing artifacts and cave art.

Coming up next week…early humans! And most importantly, our 6th grade retreat – please see below for retreat reminders and other information on the upcoming week in 6th grade.

Warmly,

The 6th Grade Teachers
6th Grade

The retreat permission slip, release form, and check are due tomorrow, Friday, September 16th! If you haven’t already, please send them in!

No school Monday, September 19th – Professional Development Day

6th Grade Retreat: September 22nd – 23rd at Camp Hess Kramer

6th Grade Shabbat Service and Dinner | October 21st | 6:15 p.m. | Sanctuary
Online RSVP form coming soon

Music: Spaces for afterschool music lessons and performance programs are going fast – sign up now: http://mycart.wisela.org/wma

Wildcat Athletics: P.E. swimming classes have started this week and we are excited to have so many kids in the pool!

Wildcat Athletics Reminders: After school practices have started for Swim Team, Boys Flag Football, and Girls Basketball.

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)
K-6 Rosh Hashanah Assembly | September 30th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
K-6 Yom Kippur Assembly | October 11th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Pre-K-6 Simchat Torah Assembly | October 25th | 9:15 a.m. | Sanctuary

Family Friendly High Holy Day Temple Services
Erev Rosh Hashanah Family Soulful Service | October 2nd | 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Sanctuary
Birthday of the World Rosh Hashanah Service | October 3rd | 4:00 p.m. | Sanctuary
Yom Kippur Family Service | October 12th | 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Skirball Center
Simchat Torah Service | October 24th | 6:15 p.m. | Sakler Plaza

Shofar Blowing – Beginning September 6th at 7:50 a.m. – According to tradition, the shofar sound in the month of Elul “wakes us up” in preparation for the High Holy Days. Come join us every morning at 7:50 am on Faber Field for a short shofar blowing ceremony. If your child has a shofar and would like to blow it, please send it with him or her. Ask your child’s teachers to keep the shofar in class or, if you prefer, your child can bring it home every day.

Mazal Tov to our 6th Grade Wise Delegates participating in this year’s Twinning Program co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The delegates from Elharizi School, our partner school, in Tel Aviv are excited to visit us during Sukkot from October 19, 2016 – October 27, 2016. Wise Delegates will visit Israel for Yom Ha’Atzmaut (dates to be announced soon).

K-6 Picture Week is September 26th – September 29th – Specific class dates and times will be announced soon.

Science – All Grades: Join California’s largest annual volunteer event! Saturday, September 17th is Coastal Clean-Up Day! If you have some time in the morning, spend it making our beaches and waterways cleaner by participating in this event to remove trash from the ocean. Find more information and locations where you can help out on Coastal Cleanup Day HERE.

Magnus Health Forms: Please make sure you have completed and turned in all forms on the Magnus Health Portal. Click HERE to log in. If you have any questions, please email Nurse Gail or call her at (310) 889-2215.

WiseFit | http://wise-school.org/wisefit/
Yoga/Pilates classes began this week!  If participants wish to add to a class, click HERE for registration.


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

September Party Book Events – register online at wiseschool.onlinepartybook.com

  • Thursday, September 15: Discovering and Exploring with Jen Shankman (EC)
  • Monday, September 19: Play like a Pro: Basketball Edition (1-6)
  • Friday, September 23: CPR Certification Class (Adults)
  • Sunday, September 25: Backyard Family Movie Night

Class Funds due September 30th: Click HERE to contribute today.


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

Typing Class for Grades 3-5 | Tuesdays 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Register online HERE
Typing is an essential skill for 21st century learning. Children who learn to type acquire important communication skills and gain the ability to access the limitless information offered by the World Wide Web. Typing now is a skill that will benefit your child as soon as they are required to start using a computer for homework at Wise School. In this class, students will learn how to type properly, practice their speed and efficiency, and learn keyboard shortcuts.


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

Erev Rosh Hashanah Family Service | Sunday, October 2nd at 5:00 p.m. | Sanctuary
Our FREE Family Soulful Service on Erev Rosh Hashanah is the perfect way to kick off the High Holy Days with your whole family! Join our Clergy and community on Sunday, October 2nd at 5:00 p.m. in the main Sanctuary for an all-ages service that features contemporary music by our energetic band.

Taschlich | Sunday, October 9th at 3:00 p.m | Santa Monica Beach Tower 24
Bring the kids to Santa Monica Beach for our cherished Tashlich tradition on Sunday, October 9th at 3:00 p.m. – an uplifting gathering of song and inspiration as we prepare for the coming of the New Year.

Free child care is available during High Holy Days services at both the Wise Sanctuary and the Bel Air Presbyterian Church. Registration is required by September 30th. Click HERE to sign up.

Center for Jewish Life | The Purpose, Meaning and Beauty of Living a Jewish LifeAn evening for men and women in their 30’s and 40’s to study and grow.
Rabbi David Woznica | Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. |  Stephen Wise Temple
For information: 888.380.9473 | [email protected] | RSVP online HERE.