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Lower School Update 2.17.17

This was a particularly exciting week in Lower School; many of our students had the opportunity to work on a familiar curricular area in a new and different way.

Grade Five Students celebrated Tu B'Shevat by comparing the growth of a tree to their own growth as students. They made many poignant and insightful comments about how far they had come during the course of this year. Their Hebrew writing can be seen on the hallway bulletin boards.

On Tuesday fourth graders dressed up in character to become the immigrant they chose and wrote about over the past several weeks. They created characters from either Russia, Ireland, or Italy and gave those characters life by writing about why they left their home country and what their hopes and dreams for a new life were. They were given a passport and travelled together to Ellis Island where they went through a variety of stations and inspections just as their character might have done. They end this experience singing traditional songs and dancing traditional dances from those countries. And we are certain the children would want me not to forget that they each had a red, white, and blue cupcake!

Here is a link to the Ellis Island Experience:

Our third graders completed building their homes that they began planning last week. They worked beautifully in teams to create a home for their assigned environment and what they built is simply spectacular. They can be seen in the hallway across from the elevators on either the sixth or seventh floors. In conjunction with their art classes the third grade visited the Guggenheim Museum where they learned about the architecture of this famous Frank Lloyd Wright building and saw an exhibition of contemporary art from China.

Enjoy this link to the home building experience:

In second grade Judaic Studies, students have completed a unit on winter by writing stories and creating a field of snowmen. In General Studies, the second graders have begun preparing to work on writing a piece about their NYC landmark. They are learning how to write a persuasive paragraph that will make people want to visit their landmark.

Grade One students have begun learning about their school community and all the people who help our building to function smoothly and well. They will soon take a thorough tour and will interview a variety of school personnel. When this unit ends, the children will write about what they have learned. The children are wrapping up their study of geometry in a variety of ways. Students created geometric cloaks, made and played shape games and enjoyed working with Tangrams.

We wish you a wonderful Presidents' Week break and look forward to seeing your children when school resumes on the 27th.

Please remember that Lower School conferences are Tuesday, February 28th from 4:00 through 8:00 pm and Wednesday, March 8th, from 8:00am through 4:00pm.

Shabbat Shalom

Dina and Rivka