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Friday, February 7

What a storm yesterday! All students were wonderful during the tornado warning and shelter in place. Mariashi and Morah Yiska told us stories and everything was calm. The biggest complaint was being hungry and late for lunch! 🙂  We have a great week planned for us next week! Monday we’ll be celebrating Tu B’Shvat and going on a field trip. We will be heading to Anne Spring Close Park for a nature program. We will be leaving CJDS at 8:45 and returning to school around 2:15. Some students wanted to bring their own lunches. Please confirm with your child if...

January 24, 2020

We have had quite a week! We finished up mid-year assessments, had a visit from Mr. Kenneth Friday from Charlotte Stormwater, and are having lunch with our first grade buddies today! Ask your child about these things and of course see Instagram for pictures! 🙂 Our class is also going to be adopting a koala! More to come on that when we have more details. What we do know is our koala’s name is Paul and his paws were injured in one of the wildfires in Australia.  Progress reports will be coming home today. Please sign and return on Monday. ...

Friday, January 10

Happy 2020! We’ve had a successful week back to school after winter break. We’ve started working on vocabulary and begun our PBL unit on water. Today was Jewish Pride Day here at CJDS, ask your child about it! Snack shop will start on Monday. Please make sure to send money in with your child if they wish to purchase anything. Prices of items range from $0.05 to $1.50. It will take place during our recess time.  Don’t forget to purchase your ticket to Joined in Education on 1/29! It’s rumored that speaker Jessica Lahey is not to be missed! I...

December 6, 2019

It’s hard to believe that it’s already December! I know the students are looking forward to winter break in a few weeks, but we have a lot to do before then!  Next week we’ll continue reading and working with the story Beauty and the Beast, working on sentence fluency, working with Mrs. Gamlin in technology, and correctly using quotation marks in Daily Language Instruction. We will also be having lunch and recess with out first grade buddies next Friday– very exciting! 🙂  Be on the lookout for progress reports to come home on Thursday, December 19. December 20 we will...

Friday, November 15

We’ve had a great week at school! We’re working on word choice in writing and also took some time to make Thanksgiving Mad Libs. They are very funny and now on our bulletin board. We can’t wait for you to read them when you come for conferences soon (or before if you’re around!). We have started technology classes with Mrs. Gamlin and students are learning all about using Google Classroom. Today we are having lunch and recess with our first grade buddies- ask your child about it!  Wishing you a great weekend! Stay warm!  Mrs. Dranove 

Friday, October 25

Good morning! Today students are going to receive their first grade buddies- make sure to ask them about it. We have some super excited 4th graders!  On Monday we will be having preliminary elections for those running for student council positions. Don’t forget to have your child bring their speeches if they’re running! In art we’ve been working on challah boards, tzedakah boxes, and candlesticks to be used at the 4th grade Shabbaton in the spring. They are truly works of art! Thank you to those who have signed up for conferences on Sign Up Genius. If you haven’t yet...

Friday, October 11

Good morning! We had a great assembly on Monday to prepare for Yom Kippur. I hope you had a chance to ask your student why we shined pennies! Make sure to check out Instagram for pictures if you haven’t already.  Remember that there is no school Monday and Tuesday (October 14-15) in observance of Sukkot. Next week we’ll have a very exciting 3-day week which will include lunch in the sukkah, helping preschoolers make “cookie sukkies”, and an awesome assembly with the whole school on Thursday afternoon. Students are VERY excited to be making sukkahs of their own with Morah...

Thursday, September 26

This week we read Prot & Krot in Junior Great Books. Students really enjoyed this Polish Folktale! We began art with Mrs. Lerner and have been working with compasses and many different colors to create some nice, creative pieces. Today students were introduced to Prodigy, which will be replacing First in Math this year. A letter was sent home with each child including information, usernames and passwords. Everyone seemed very excited about the new program and eager to play!  Tomorrow we will be participating in some awesome Rosh Hashanah activities in the afternoon. Make sure to ask your child about...

Friday, September 13

We’ve had another great week in 4th Grade! We read the story “The Gold Coin” and had a great shared inquiry discussion about the question “Why did Juan give back the gold coin?” Students were also working on filming a play in Judaica with Morah Yiska. Ask your child about it! 🙂 Today progress reports will be coming home. Be on the lookout for a black folder that contains the general studies progress report, Judaica progress report, and graded work. Please sign and return the progress reports ASAP and keep the graded work at home.  Upcoming important dates: Tuesday, September...

August 30, 2019

What a great first full week of school we’ve had! I hope that you’ve all been able to see the pictures that we’ve taken either on the website or on Instagram. This week we’ve been very busy getting to know our classroom and 4th grade rules and expectations. We also completed beginning of year assessments, and I know that students are thrilled that those are over!! Next week we’ll begin having some homework and all curriculum will begin. We have some great Junior Great Book Stories to read, some spelling to begin, and writing to get working on. I look...

Monday, June 3

Good morning! It’s hard to believe it’s the last week of school! Today students will be receiving yearbooks, which will no doubt be a huge hit! We are looking forward to a great field trip to Kinetic Heights on Wednesday. I’ll make sure to post pictures! 🙂 Barnes and Noble has a summer reading program. According to the Barnes and Noble website kids can “simply read a designated number of books – library books, books borrowed from friends or books bought at Barnes & Noble – write about their favorite part in our Reading Journal, and bring a completed Reading...

Friday, May 17

Good morning! Ask any 4th grader and they’ll be happy to share that there are 13 days of school left! However, we’ve still got plenty to do before the year ends!  Today students are finishing PBL projects about regions of the United States and will present next week. Ask your child about it! Looking ahead to next week: Progress Reports will be coming home Thursday we will celebrate Lag B’Omer with a day full of fun! Friday is a noon dismissal in honor of teacher appreciation It was a pleasure to have a beautiful Shabbat dinner as a class last...

Judaica News

Sukkot is in the air!

As a quick review of the mitzvot of Sukkot, we played a game in class to see who could come up with as many Sukkot related words as possible in ONE MINUTE! The students showed that they know all about the three special Sukkot mitzvot: Sitting in the sukkah Shaking the lulav Being happy In Kitah Dalet we learned the laws of what makes a sukkah kosher.  Now every student will show that they understand the rules by creating their own sukkah, following a rubrik. They are all very excited about the project and judging by the diverse materials they...

Kitah Dalet Update

We have had a great first week in Kitah Dalet!  Being that we say Tefillah every morning, we made sure we remember what Tefillah should look, sound and feel like. We also played some review games to make sure everyone remembers what each Tefillah is about. No worries there – everyone did great! We spent a few days working with partners to create a poster of what Tefillah is all about. These kids are so creative! Make sure to follow us on Instagram so you don’t miss out on our frequent postings! Shabbat Shalom!

Yom Kippur

In Kitah Dalet the students each made a Yom Kippur guide, based on the following information:   Eat! On the afternoon before Yom Kippur, we eat a festive meal. There is a beautiful custom to request and receive a piece of honey cake, so that if, G‑d forbid, it was decreed that we need be recipients, it be fulfilled by requesting honey cake and being blessed with a sweet year   Light Candles Girls and their mothers light candles. These are the brachot: ברוך אתה ה’ א-לקינו מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו להדליק נר של יום הכפורים Baruch Atta Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu...

Shana Tova

Kitah Dalet has done a lot of experiments and activities in class to learn some deep concepts about Rosh Hashanah. They are bringing home their work to share with you. The following are some prompts to help you review the concepts with your fourth grader: Rosh Hashanah What does Rosh Hashanah mean? The Head of the Year. Just like the head controls the body, Rosh Hashana controls the days of the year   Yom HaDin Rosh Hashanah is also called Yom HaDin, Day of Judgement. On Rosh Hashana Hashem decides what kind of year we will have. Why specifically on...

Final Shabbat Projects

With our Shabbaton coming up on May 11, we are working on our final research projects about Shabbat.  The students wrote questions and facts about each of the topics. They chose which one of the topics they wanted to research and were divided into groups accordingly. Now each group is researching the answers to all the questions on their topic. In the process they are realizing that some questions are repeated a lot and some questions may not really be questions after all. As they research they may be coming up with additional questions. After all their research they will...

Pesach Expert Projects

The mitzvah on Pesach is Vehigadeta Levincha – to teach the children. Being that there is so much to learn, the students were divided into 5 groups. Each group became an expert in one aspect of Pesach. They then taught the other students what they learned. Below is a synopsis:   Calendar Comandos Leah, Nechemya and Noga gave us an overview of all the important days related to Pesach. They made a large calendar poster and gave out smaller copies to each student. They made an adorable 3D version of the splitting of the Yam Suf which took place on...

Model Seder Kitah Dalet

Our class enjoyed a model seder this past Thursday. We started with candle lighting and ended at Nirtza, the 15th step of the Seder. Thank you Ms. Schultz for these wonderful pictures, they captured the fun and excitement as well as the seriousness with which the students participated. [su_slider source=”media: 20071,20184,20183,20182,20181,20180,20179,20178,20177,20176,20175,20174,20173,20172,20171,20170,20169,20168,20167,20166,20165,20164,20163,20162,20161,20160,20159,20158,20157,20156,20155,20154,20153,20152,20151,20150,20149,20148,20147,20146,20145,20144,20143,20142,20141,20140,20139,20138,20137,20136,20135,20134,20133,20132,20131,20130,20129,20128,20127,20126,20125,20124,20123,20122,20121,20120,20119,20118,20117,20116,20115,20114,20113,20112,20111,20110,20109,20108,20107,20106,20105,20104,20103,20102,20101,20100,20099,20098,20097,20096,20095,20094,20093,20092,20091,20090,20089,20088,20087,20086,20085,20084,20083,20082,20081,20080,20079,20078,20077,20076,20075,20074,20073,20072,20184,20183,20182,20181,20180,20179,20178,20177,20176,20175,20174,20173,20172,20171,20170,20169,20168,20167,20166,20165,20164,20163,20162,20161,20160,20159,20158,20157,20156,20155,20154,20153,20152,20151,20150,20149,20148,20147,20146,20145,20144,20143,20142,20141,20140,20139,20138,20137,20136,20135,20134,20133,20132,20131,20130,20129,20128,20127,20126,20125,20124,20123,20122,20121,20120,20119,20118,20117,20116,20115,20114,20113,20112,20111,20110,20109,20108,20107,20106,20105,20104,20103,20102,20101,20100,20099,20098,20097,20096,20095,20094,20093,20092,20091,20090,20089,20088,20087,20086,20085,20084,20083,20082,20081,20080,20079,20078,20077,20076,20075,20074,20073,20072,20071″ limit=”92″ width=”380″ height=”260″ title=”no” pages=”no” class=”float_right”]

Tu Bishvat

Today is Tu Bishvat, the Rosh Hashana for trees. Why are we celebrating this day? Because the Torah compares people to a tree. We can learn many lessons from a tree: Just as a tree always grows, we should always continue to become better people. Trees provide oxygen, shade, fruit, and much more. We should also spread goodness and kindness to others.  Mitzvot are compared to fruits. Just like a tree gives fruit, we should perform mitzvot. The stronger the roots, the bigger and stronger the tree can grow. Jewish children need a strong Jewish education to become proud Jews....

Kitah Dalet Update

In Kitah Dalet we are studying Lecha Dodi, the song we sing on Friday night to welcome Shabbat.  We learn about different communities around the world and listen to a tune to Lecha Dodi that is used in each place. There is so much interesting information coming our way, that we end up discussing each place longer than we planned. The children are making fantastic connections to other things they have learned over the years and they see how everything is interconnected. For example: today we visited The Great Shul of Baghdad. We made connections to the Euphrates and Tigris...

Chanukah research

In honor of Chanukah each student was assigned a different topic to research. Everyone has become more knowledgeable in their specific topic. They are now writing up what they learned to share with each other as well as with their parents.  Some of the topics include: Is Chanukah in the Torah? What was the miracle of the oil really about? Why do we eat foods fried in oil? Where, when and how do we light the Chanukia? Is there any deeper significance to the dreidel game? All this and more will be coming your way in the beginning of next...

Shabbat Candles presentations

The students spent the week working hard on their research projects. We are looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labor on Monday! The tzedaka boxes have been grouted and painted. They look amazing! Thank you to our fantastic Mrs. Donna Lerner!

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Fourth Grade Students

Samantha Cohen

Gavi Delfiner

Ella Friedlander

Gabi Gordon

Ayla Hoody

Ava Martin

Benjamin Miller

Tom Nachshon

Reuben Lissek Nerenberg

Liran Reichenthal

Justin Sokolowicz

Shaina Vorst




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