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100 Days of School in the Bank!

Reading In reading, the students are practicing using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words. For example, in our read aloud book today, the students heard the word fatigue. The author gave them a lot of clues about this word, like the character wanted to take a nap and he went into his “sleeping chamber.” Using these clues, the students were able to determine that fatigue meant tired or sleepy. They will have chances to practice this skill in their own books next week! Spelling For several weeks, the students have been studying how to make words plural....

Happy February! (Hurry Up Spring!)

Reading and Vocabulary Wow! The class has really grown as readers! I have completed another round of reading assessments that require each student to read to me one-on-one. I am excited to say that the students have shown improvement in their phonics and fluency skills, mastery of sight words, and overall comprehension of text. In order to be ready for third grade, the students should continue reading at home each day. Some great questions to ask your child are: What is the main character trying to do? Or What is the main topic of your book? What do you predict...

Kleenex and Clorox and Lysol oh my!

We are disinfecting everything and telling those germs to hit the road! I missed everyone who wasn’t feeling well this week and hope you are able to rest up this weekend. Reading The students are working on reading fluently and with expression. Some of the tricks they are learning to help them are: 1. Reading forward- if there is one tricky word, do your best to sound it out and keep going. 2. Speak like the character- should you sound scared? Excited? Tired? 3. Ask yourself, “What makes sense?” Use the context clues in the sentence to figure out a...

What’s ahead for 2019?

We have had an amazing beginning to our school year! I am so impressed with the way the students have mastered our classroom routines. They are so independent during literacy centers and are able to think deeply about what they are learning! I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing winter break!! Below are some of the new topics the students will study in 2019. Reading and Vocabulary In the new year, our big focus will be on reading for meaning. The students will be asked what they learned from the passages they read and will need to provide evidence...

Another Awesome Week!

Reading and Vocabulary The students found cause and effect relationships in the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series this week. The students hunted for “if, then statements” like if you give you give a moose of muffin, then he’ll want a napkin for the crumbs. Next week, the students will begin writing their own Hanukkah themed “if/then” stories, like If You Give a Giraffe a Dreidel or If You Give a Lion a Latka! The students also began working on story structure in our reading series with the funny story Teacher’s Pet. When thinking about story structure it...

Happy Thanksgiving

Reading and Vocabulary The students have studied how to look for the cause of story events and their effects on the characters. In our reading curriculum, the students read the funny story The Diary of a Spider and found cause and effect relationships between what the characters did and what happened next. After Thanksgiving, the students will study story structure and think about the ways that characters grow and change. The students will also begin studying singular and plural nouns, like fox- foxes and child- children. Our vocabulary words are: Arrive, clear, enormous, exactly, float, midnight, rainbow, snowstorm, weekend, and...

November already?!

Reading and Vocabulary The students have studied how to identify the author’s purpose for writing and how to compare and contrast characters in their stories. These strategies help the students pay closer attention to what they are reading. Our next reading strategy asks the students to look for the cause of story events and their effects on the characters. In vocabulary the students learned about synonyms, words that mean the same, and antonyms, words that mean the opposite. Next week, our vocabulary words are beach, center, finally, idea, ocean, seashell, stack, tiny, wave, and wonder. Spelling The students reviewed short...

Happy Fall!

Thank you so much for your fabulous attention and support at Curriculum Night! Please let us know if you have any questions about homework, reading expectations, or anything else! 🙂 Reading and Vocabulary This week the students continued visualizing, or make mental movies in their minds as they read. We also began comparing and contrasting the characters in our books. Next week, the students will work on finding the author’s purpose for writing (To entertain? Inform? Persuade? Teach? Give directions? Give feelings like in a poem?) We will review the last two vocabulary units and learn about synonyms and antonyms....

Second Grade Update

We are working so hard in second grade and excited for our five day week next week! Gratitude Journals Today, the students began our Friday ritual of reflecting in their gratitude journal. In this journal the students record their high point and low point for the week, share something they are grateful for, and note something they had to work hard on. They also have a spot where they can share anything with me that they might not have had a chance to tell me yet. This journal gives the students a weekly chance to think about how they are...

Happy Holidays!

I hope your holidays are going well! Your children have been working very hard and I am excited to share with you what they are studying! Reading and Vocabulary At the beginning of second grade, the students are assessed on their phonological awareness and phonics (the essential early reading skills), ability to read sight words, fluency, and overall comprehension of texts. These assessments give me the information I need to plan instruction on each students’ reading level. While I am administering these one-on-one assessments, the students are hard at work on their literacy centers! They have read stories from our...

Welcome to Second Grade!

Welcome to CJDS second grade! We are off to an amazing start. The students have begun learning the classroom rituals and routines, worked on teamwork and treating others with empathy, and gotten to know their new teachers a little better. This is going to be a wonderful school year. Please don’t heistate to email if you have any questions. 🙂

Week 34

The students worked very hard on the CTP4 test! Next week, they will take their final reading, spelling, and math assessments. We will also complete our final vocabulary unit and study rocks and minerals in Project Based Learning.  Today, each Judaica class presented projects to the rest of the school. We had a great time teaching and learning with our siblings and friends!    

Judaica News


Sukkot: There are three mitzvot on Sukkot: To sit in the sukkah. We say a bracha. To shake the Arba’a Minim (Lulav, Etrog, Hadasim and Aravot). We say a bracha. To be happy! A special project is coming home today, please check your child’s backpack! Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!

Yom Kippur

In Kitah Bet we have learned all about Yom Kippur and the preparations for this holiest day of the year. We focused on the following concepts:   Aseret Yemei Teshuva: There are 10 days from Rosh Hashana to Yom Kippur. During these days we concentrate on Teshuva, Tefilla and Tzedaka.   Teshuva: we ask forgiveness from family and friends. Keyword: Slicha. Tefilla: We ask for a good year for everyone. In class we also sang Avinu Malkeinu during these special days. Tzedaka is more than putting money in the tzedaka box.  We do good deeds everywhere.   Yom Kippur: The...

Shana Tova

In class we have been getting ready for Rosh Hashanah. We focused on the following:   Getting ready for Rosh Hashanah: What do we prepare to get ready for Rosh Hashana and why? Apples in honey – for a year sweet as honey Shana Tova cards – we wish friends and family a good year Round Challot – for a good year all year long Machzor – because it has all the prayers for Rosh Hashana Pomegranate – the many seeds remind us of a year of many good deeds   All these things are important but most important is to...

Chagigat Siyum

Thank you all for coming to celebrate with us!                              

Eretz Yisrael

Have you ever heard a land tell its own history? Kitah Bet is! We are learning all about the history of Eretz Yisrael, from the beginning of time until now. The children will have a memento of what they learn in the timeline that they will create. Our centers in the classroom also revolved around Eretz Yisrael this week: the children wrote places on the map, did a difficult map puzzle, played Hebrew grammar games on the computer (shh, they think they are just earning points in a fun game!) and read a song about what it would be like...

Chag Pesach Kasher veSameach

We have been very busy preparing for Pesach. This week the children were very busy creating a mini book about getting rid of chametz. They took a lot of pride in this book and were really excited to bring it home.     We played a chametz / lo chametz game in class, it was very easy for Kitah Bet to know which foods are chametz and which ones we can eat on Pesach:   Did you know that Kitah Bet students make excellent cleaning helpers? They each cleaned their cubby, desk and chair till they were sparkling! And they...

Oasis game day

Today Kitah Bet had the honor of visiting Oasis! We sang Tu Bishvat songs and palyed lots of fun games. Enjoy the pictures!

Tu Bishvat

Today it is Tu Bishvat, the Rosh Hashana for trees. In Kitah Bet the students made flowers out of fruit roll ups!

Havdallah Social

Thank you all for joining us at the Havdallah Social. It was an amazing event! Enjoy these photos! [su_slider source=”media: 19291,19372,19371,19370,19369,19368,19367,19366,19365,19364,19363,19362,19361,19360,19359,19358,19357,19356,19355,19354,19353,19352,19351,19350,19349,19348,19347,19346,19345,19344,19343,19342,19341,19340,19339,19338,19337,19336,19335,19334,19333,19332,19331,19330,19329,19328,19327,19326,19325,19324,19323,19322,19321,19320,19319,19318,19317,19316,19315,19314,19313,19312,19311,19310,19309,19308,19307,19306,19305,19304,19303,19302,19301,19300,19299,19298,19297,19296,19295,19294,19293,19292″ limit=”92″ width=”380″ height=”260″ title=”no” pages=”no” class=”float_right”]

Virtual Chanukah Day

Yesterday the students of Kitah Bet came to school dressed as children from the times of the Chanukah story. They entered the dark cave in our room with a secret password and said tefilla quietly with their sevivon ready in case there would be Yevanim. We even learned some parsha in the cave until we were interrupted by a messenger from Yehuda Hamacabee. His message was written in code but we were able to figure out what it said. Enjoy winter break and have a nice last day of Chanukah!


Chanukah is here and we are very busy enjoying it! We learned the story, the laws and the customs.  Each student chose a Chanukah topic to become an expert in. After they learned all about their topic they created something to present to the group and teach everyone about their topic. See the photos below.   On Monday we will have our long awaited Virtual Chanukah Day!! All the students are asked to come dressed as a child in the Chanukah story. A letter went home yesterday with dress up suggestions. We are very excited!      

Dress up

This week we dressed up as students in the virtual Morah Ziva’s class.  The children wrote riddles and actually drew the characters they were dressed up as. The results are great! When you come in for conferences, check out our bulletin board right outside the Judaica classroom.    

Second Grade Students

Zoe Abas

Sholom Dovber Cohen

Sarah David

Xander Driskill

Emma Gelbard

Alexa Geller

Mendel Levin

Rachel Moran

Benjamin Osovski

Liam Rivas Zucker

Avi Stone

Israel Stone

Emily Vining

David Waizman

Heidi Zielinski


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