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May 26, 2017

6th Grade News: 5/22 – 5/26/17

REMINDER: Please join us at the 6th grade “Greek Symposium,” from 9 – 10am on June 13th. Students will be sharing speeches, essays, and artwork they created related to their ancient Greece research topics, and we’d love for you to celebrate their hard work with us! HUMANITIES This week in History class, the students learned about the famous conqueror “Alexander the Great.” His name and legacy led us to questions such as: “What does it mean to be great?” and “What kind of person deserves this title? Did Alexander deserve it?” Students then prepared for our history test on ancient Greece by reviewing...
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05/22/17-05/26/17

Humanities: Literature: This week, we started our final unit, during which we are examining how theme is portrayed through children’s literature. We defined theme as the universal message or underlying idea that a writer wishes to convey to readers. We examined theme using several pieces of multicultural literature. As independent practice, students perused other children’s books and defined the theme in each by analyzing tone, characters, and pictures. On Thursday, we took a break from this study to work on our IBP projects, and will continue working on them next Tuesday. Projects are due on June 5, so students should...
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Learning about Shavuot, coins and writing books!

Dear Kindergarten Families, We had a fun and busy week in Kindergarten learning about Shavuot, counting coins, and writing fun books about animals. In Language Arts, we were learning about expository or informational writing. We even had three writers visiting our classroom as Mystery Guests – Simone and her parents! We talked about differences between fiction and nonfiction writing. We discussed how we can do research, explored dozens of books about animals to get inspired, and chose our favorite animals. Then, the students began writing nonfiction pieces about the animal of their choice. The books are called “Who Am I?”...
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Directing Philanthropy Where It’s Needed Most: Inspired Tzedakah at Hannah Senesh

Directing Philanthropy Where It’s Needed Most: Inspired Tzedakah at Hannah Senesh by Judy Schoenberg, Senesh Board member, Senesh parent and Giving Circle Co-Chair “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -Anne Frank Hannah Senesh’s Giving Circle experienced a second successful year thanks to the parents who participated in this innovative, educational, and philanthropic program. The Circle’s members had a unique opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the School’s finances and strategic priorities, to create their own mission and values, and to allocate funds through a collaborative process. Eleven...
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June is Coming Soon…

Hello Third Grade Families! Third Graders have begun rehearsals for their end of the year performance on June 13. We hope that we will see you all there to celebrate the year of excitement and growth with our students! A reminder to parents that next week, we have Monday, Memorial Day off, as well as Wednesday and Thursday for Shavuot. Shabbat Shalom, and enjoy your long weekend! -The Third Grade Team UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS: Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, SCHOOL CLOSED Wednesday, May 31-Thursday, June 1 – Shavuot, SCHOOL CLOSED Monday, June 5 – Ellis Island Field Trip Thursday,...
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Week 20: 5/22-5/26

Humanities: This week, we finished Fitzgerald’s poignant, but tragic novel, The Great Gatsby. For me, the week was immensely satisfying, as each component of our Humanities classes merged together as a cohesive, cross-curricular study. In History, we studied the Roaring 20’s, as students moved through stations to learn about various topics, including flappers, the Lost Generation, Modernist literature, and the 1920’s economy, to name a few. In Literature, we discussed important  themes and symbols from the novel, particularly my personal favorite topic, color symbolism (is Gatsby’s car yellow because yellow is a fake gold, like his fake wealth? What does Fitzgerald want to show...
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Seventh Grade, Week 31

Seventh graders learned this morning about the sudden and unexpected passing of a former classmate, Senesh Magill.  Amid feelings of shock and sadness, students found ways to comfort each other and to be comforted.  Many hugs were exchanged and happy stories about Senesh were shared; we especially recalled her sweet smile.  It was pretty amazing to see students come together to support each other. May Senesh’s memory be a blessing. HUMANITIES Seventh graders have been very busy these past two weeks: ERBs are now behind us! We visited Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and we read books to and led...
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First Grade News: 5/22-5/26

First graders participating in a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) challenge this week. Each first grader picked a STEAM task car and had to decide how to complete it. Tasks included “build a maze,” “build a chair,” and “build the tallest tower you can.” We talked about the importance of exercising our STEAM muscles to strengthen our problem solving skills. If their first attempt to complete the task didn’t work out, first graders had to persevere and try new solutions. We hope to do more STEAM challenges as we finish this year. First graders began writing poems this...
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Chumash Play

Chumash Ceremony The children did a fabulous job at the ceremony, and the excitemnt from the event carried through the whole week. Student’s enjoyed exploring their chumashim throughout the week, and Helene even said that she read hers for her reading log homework on Wednesday night! On Thursday we watched the video of the play as a class, and the children got to relive the excitement together! We are so proud of them and all their hard work this year!   Maya and Hannah Exploring their New Tanachim after the Chumash Ceremony! from Hannah Senesh on Vimeo. Second Grade Chumash...
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June Comes Soon!

Hello Fourth Grade Families! We’re only three weeks away from the last day of school, and only two weeks away from our end of the year performance! We can hardly believe it! This week, the fourth grade rehearsed a great deal for the performance, and walked to Kane Street Synagogue for a special morning Tefilla. Please enjoy these pictures from that morning: Shabbat Shalom! -The Fourth Grade Team PEEK AT NEXT WEEK: Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, SCHOOL CLOSED Wednesday, May 31-Thursday, June 1 – Shavuot, SCHOOL CLOSED JUDAIC STUDIES with Aliza: This week in Chumash was a very eventful one:...
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