Dear Kitah Aleph (Kitat Se’orah) Families,

We have had a wonderful first couple of weeks of school together!  It has been wonderful getting to know your children as we build our classroom community!  

Shana Tova,

Shai and Rina


First Grade Experts!

We have been working hard at becoming experts on our new first grade classroom.  We are learning all about our classroom routines and expectations.  After sharing our Hopes and Dreams for the school year, we discussed the type of classroom community we need to have in order to accomplish our Hopes and Dreams.  Through that discussion, we were able to create and agree on our class rules together.  Our rules are:

Be safe.

Take care of our things and our environment.

Take care of our friends and our community.

Be kind and respectful.

Do your best work.

Have fun.

We created a sign for our classroom to help remind us of our class rules.

We are a community of readers and writers!   We have been learning all about what Reading and Writing Workshop looks like and feels like in first grade.  We are reading independently and look forward to beginning reading with partners.  We are starting to learn about phonics, handwriting, and more with Echo and Baby Echo, our owl puppets.We are also working hard to write our own stories and are enjoying reading interesting books.

In Math Workshop, we have been practicing our addition skills and “showing what we know” by recording our work through the use of various math games including, “Mystery Bags,” “Build It” and “Draw 20.”  We have also been exploring various mathematical tools and manipulatives that we will be using throughout the year, including pattern blocks and Unifix cubes.

We jumped right into Hebrew learning experiences with much joy and excitement!  We began with a treasure hunt where we searched the room for the Hebrew phrase “Shalom Kitah Alef.”  We started to learn to read and write in Hebrew and started learning the letters alef and shin.

We continued growing in our learning of Hebrew language through storybooks, puppetry, songs and more!  

We have been having a wonderful time exploring different symbols, sounds, and experiences of Rosh Hashana!  We have been reading stories in English and Hebrew about Rosh Hashana.  We also observed and sketched an apple, a jar of honey, a pomegranate (which we also tasted!), and a shofar.  We discussed the connections and meanings behind those objects to Rosh Hashana.   


Looking Ahead

We will continue our study of the holidays with Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah, and will continue to learn more Hebrew letters and new Hebrew words.

In reading, students will learn how to find books at their “just right” level, and we will begin to work in small guided reading groups.

In math, we will learn more about addition and learn many more addition games!

We will also be continuing our exploration of playgrounds in STEAM.  We will practice our scientist skills of observing, recording, and measuring in the classroom and on the playground.


Coming Up:

September 10 -Happy birthday, Ohev!

September 20- Happy birthday, Yadin!

September 24- Happy birthday, Noa!

October 10- Happy birthday, Eitan!

Wednesday, Sept. 20- Friday, Sept. 22: NO SCHOOL – Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, Sept. 27: Curriculum Night 7:00p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 29: NO SCHOOL — Erev Yom Kippur

Wednesday, Oct. 4: 12:00 p.m. dismissal – Erev Sukkot

Thursday, Oct. 5 – Friday, Oct. 6: NO SCHOOL – Sukkot

Wednesday, Oct. 11 — 1:30 dismissal – Erev Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah

Thursday, Oct. 12- Friday, Oct. 13 — NO SCHOOL Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah