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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...

Friday, April 12

Hello! What a week we’ve had! We have finished with our CTP5 testing and have had special programming each afternoon filled with different Pesach activities! Ask your child about what they’ve been participating in and don’t forget to check out the pictures that Gale has posted on Facebook.  Next week we’ll be finishing up The Secret Garden and watching the movie. I also hope to be able to listen to some of the songs from the Broadway play.  Progress Reports will be coming home next Thursday- please sign and return them after spring break. Spring Break begins Friday 4/19 and school...

Friday, March 29

Good morning! WE’RE BAAAACK! We had a more than amazing trip to Raleigh and I have no doubt that students shared so  much with you! We were able to do everything on our itinerary and even got home a bit earlier than we expected yesterday. The painting activity was a highlight for me. It really gave the students a chance to unwind after a long day of walking and touring- and they were so excited to keep their masterpieces! I hope you were able to see all of the pictures that were taken and posted to Instagram. 🙂 Next week...

Friday, February 15

This week started with Mrs. Dranove finding the missing 3rd grade hamster, Rosie, in our 4th grade classroom. Luckily it ended on a less exciting note! 😉 We read The Enchanted Sticks in Junior Great Books, learned 12 new vocabulary words, wrote stories about an enchanted object with a partner, practiced for Special Friend’s Day (NEXT FRIDAY!), and so much more….ask your child about it!  Starting the week of March 4, we will have a schedule change on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please check your email for an updated schedule.  Upcoming Dates: Monday, Feb. 18- No School Thursday, Feb. 21- Progress Reports...

Friday, February 1

Good morning! It was nice to see some of you at Joined in Education (JIE) on Wednesday night! I hope you enjoyed hearing Dr. Mogel as much as I did. Teachers attended workshops yesterday during the teacher workday, and we heard Dr. Mogel again. What a treat! If you see Gale anytime soon, please thank her for all of her amazing work with JIE! We have finished our Water Cycle Projects in PBL. We have presented them to each other, and today will present to some peers in other classes. We look forward to presenting to parents next Friday. An...

Friday, January 4

Welcome back and happy 2019! We’re still getting used to writing the new year on the top of our papers! 😉  On Monday we are going to have some special visitors, the acapella group called The Shabbatones. It will no doubt be an amazing experience!  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 Beauty & The Beast 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! We are learning about water in PBL, finishing up unit 4 (decimals) in math, and working on sentence fluency in writing.  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.  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. 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!!  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 The Nightingale. Next week we’re going to read 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.  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!  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! 🙂 Upcoming important dates: Tuesday, October 9- school pictures- we are scheduled to take pictures at 10:55! Friday, October 19-...

Judaica News

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!

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.  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.  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!  

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Fourth Grade Students

Samantha Cohen

Gavi Delfiner

Ella Friedlander

Harel Gercsak

Gabi Gordon

Ayla Hoody

Ava Martin

Benjamin Miller

Tom Nachshon

Reuben Lissek Nerenberg

Liran Reichenthal

Justin Sokolowicz

Shaina Vorst




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