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Friday, January 4

Welcome back and happy 2019! We’re still getting used to writing the new year on the top of our papers! 馃槈聽 On Monday we are going to have some special visitors, the acapella group called The Shabbatones. It will no doubt be an amazing experience!聽 Field Trips Update: Wednesday, February 27- we’re going to see a theatre company at Ovens Auditorium present Aesop’s Fables Wednesday, March 27-Thursday, March 28- Raleigh overnight field trip Other important January dates: Friday, January 18- 12:00 dismissal Monday, January 21- No School Wednesday, January 30- JIE evening event at Providence Day School- don’t forget to...

Friday, December 14

This week we read聽Beauty & The Beast聽in Junior Great Books. Students absolutely loved the story but were a bit disappointed with all of the liberties Disney took with it when they made the animated movie! Ask them about it!聽We are learning about water in PBL, finishing up unit 4 (decimals) in math, and working on sentence fluency in writing.聽 Next week is a 3 day week and the students are excited! We’ll also have a visitor from the City of Charlotte next week to present to us about water pollution.聽 There have been many students coming in without completed homework,...

Friday, November 30

Hello! We’ve been working so hard and having so much fun doing it! In art we have been working on Romare Bearden collages. In reading we’ve recently read Thunder, Elephant & Dorobo, and this week we read All Summer in a Day.聽In math we’ve been busy with decimals. In writing we finished our focus on voice and are currently focused on word choice. Ask your child about these things!!聽 Next week is Chanukah and the excitement is palpable! There will be no homework next week except for practicing spelling words for the test on Friday. Each afternoon we’ll have Chanukah...

Friday, November 2

Good morning! We’ve been reading great stories in Junior Great Books. The latest story was聽The Nightingale. Next week we’re going to read聽Thunder, Elephant, and Dorobo. I know the students will enjoy it! In writing we’re working on the trait of voice. Each 4th grader has been busy in art creating challah boards, a candle holder, and a tzedakah box for Shabbat. They have also been learning about art history including: cave paintings, hieroglyphics, Greek/Roman art, and now Medieval art! Today they “updated” a picture of the Mona Lisa! Ask your child about these things! Reader response journal homework has begun!...

Friday, October 19

What a great week we’ve had! This week we started art, and will continue to work with Mrs. Lerner through the beginning of December. We also read the story Prot and Krot in Junior Great Books. The students really enjoyed the story and had a great shared inquiry discussion about it this morning. Ask your child about it! Next week we’ll read Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat. In writing we’ve been working on the trait of organization.聽 Upcoming Important Dates: Tuesday, October 23- Curriculum Night for grades 3-5. I hope to see you! Friday, October 26- Teacher workday,...

Friday, October 5

Good Morning! The fall holidays have come and gone, and I know the students have had a great time learning about and celebrating them all. We’re back to a full week of school next week!聽 Currently we’re reading “Tuesday of the Other June” in Junior Great Books, and we’re about to start working on the organization trait of Write Traits in writing. In technology, students have been working on having a safe online footprint. Ask your child about these things! 馃檪 Upcoming important dates: Tuesday, October 9- school pictures- we are scheduled to take pictures at 10:55! Friday, October 19-...

Friday, September 21

Good Afternoon! We had a great time this week in Judaica creating sukkahs of our own and looking at sukkahs from around the world with Morah Yiska. We’re currently reading “The Gold Coin” in Junior Great Books and have enjoyed discussing the story together. Ask your student about these things!聽 Next week we’ll continue working on activities related to the story “The Gold Coin” as well as finish working on the trait of ideas in writing.聽 Don’t forget that there is no school on Monday and Tuesday in observance of Sukkot.聽 Be sure to check out the 4th grade instagram...

Friday, September 7

Good Afternoon! We had an amazing assembly today celebrating the world’s birthday! Ask your child about it!聽 We have been busy working hard, continuing to learn the school routines and schedule, and working together as a classroom community.聽 Next week we will have our first spelling posttest as well as take a quiz on the story聽Thank You M’am that we’ve been reading in Junior Great Books. Be on the lookout for Progress Reports to come home next Friday as well.聽 Wishing you and yours a Shana Tova- don’t forget to check out Instagram! See you Wednesday,聽 Mrs. Dranove聽

Welcome Back! August 27, 2018

Welcome back to school! 馃檪 We have been having a wonderful time getting back into the school routine. This week we’ll be working on beginning of year assessments and continue building our classroom community. Please don’t forget to follow our classroom on Instagram (cjdschool4). If you have a name on Instagram that I may not recognize, please send me an email and let me know it’s you so that I can approve it.聽 Remember to mark your calendar for Curriculum Night (Grades 3-5)- Tuesday, October 23. Best,聽 Mrs. Dranove    

Chanukah!

It has been SUCH a wonderful Chanukah in school! We are so lucky to have been able to celebrate together for so many days this year. Here are some photos of us enjoying reading Chanukah stories to our buddies in the library, and a special Chanukah Makerspace! We have enjoyed fantastic Chanukah assemblies every day, we have sung, we have eaten latkes and donuts, we played dreidle, and generally had an incredible time. Enjoy the photos! I hope you all have a wonderful winter break!    

PBL Final Project!

The children have been working hard on their final PBL project. The driving question posed to the children last week was: What can we do about water pollution? The 4th grade decided together which aspects of water pollution they wanted to investigate and research. The children will present聽 their information and research through a documentary that they will create, film and edit together! Here are some of our students carrying out their research: 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽聽 In other news, we have been focusing on reading fluency this week. Through a number of fun activities, children have been improving...

Water Cycle projects

This week has seen the 4th grade create a mini-PBL project on The Water Cycle. We have been learning about water for a few weeks now, so the children’s background knowledge was really thorough going into this mini-project. Their models show transpiration, evaporation, condensation and precipitation, all vital elements of the water cycle. Here are some photos of the process and their final models. 聽聽聽聽 They presented their models today to the 3rd and 5th grades.聽When we return from the break, we will complete our unit on water and begin our main PBL project! The children enjoyed a Makerspace with...

Judaica News

Yom Kippur

In Kitah Dalet the students each made a Yom Kippur guide, based on the following聽information:   Eat! On the afternoon before聽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鈥慸 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: 讘专讜讱 讗转讛 讛’ 讗-诇拽讬谞讜 诪诇讱 讛注讜诇诐, 讗砖专 拽讚砖谞讜 讘诪爪讜转讬讜 讜爪讜谞讜 诇讛讚诇讬拽 谞专 砖诇 讬讜诐 讛讻驻讜专讬诐 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.聽 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.聽 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.聽 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.聽 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!

Shabbat Candles Project

Our latest project is Shabbat candle lighting. The students are divided into groups and are researching the answers to 7 different questions they came up with.聽 We learned that it is customary to give tzedaka before candle lighting on Friday afternoon. The students are now working on a beautiful mosaic tzedaka box to complement the mosaic candles they made last year.  

Tefilla knowledge

This week started with a test on the song we sing each day before tefilla. Everyone did great! Ask your child to sing the song for you. Then we did a grand review of the tefillot that we already know.聽 The students were told about the content of a tefilla and they had to figure out what tefilla it was talking about and then they had to find it in their siddur. They were excited to see how much they already knew! We also learned a new tefilla: Mizmor Letoda, in which we thank Hashem for all the miracles He...

Sukkot Presentations

Kitah Dalet learned the rules of a sukkah. Then they were asked to each build their own sukkah according to what they learned. Enjoy these photos! Chag Sameach!  

Fourth Grade Students

Yuli Aizenberg

Sanya Bernstein

Ryan Cohen

Maddie Friedlander

Sephira Goldstein

Annie Herson

Rom Lasri

Mia Lumelsky

Sophie Manoim

Ruby Pesakoff

Lilly Ross

Erin Schulman

Eve Schulman

Alise Schwartz

Parker Serbin

Jack Stone

 

 

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