Welcome from Principal, Tami Weiser

10/11/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Our reading and math groups are in full swing as students are engaged in their differentiated instructional levels. Today I had the opportunity to visit all classes, Kindergarten – sixth grade, and I observed pairs of students in deep conversations about their novels, whole class lessons on the author’s purpose in writing, a small group of students predicting what the story would be about in their new book, a class of students digging into dictionaries to find vocabulary words from their reading, and much, much more. Every minute is filled with exciting lessons and it is always interesting to walk through the halls and classes to see what our kids are doing. I encourage you to ask your child about the book they are reading in class. Find out what the setting of the story is. Who are the characters? What was the problem of the story, the climax, the solution? Ask them if they would recommend the book to a friend, if they would make the book into a movie, or if they could rewrite the book how they would change the ending. I know you will be as impressed with their work as I am, and I marvel that we are only in October and have so much learning still to go. I can’t wait to share some of the specifics of your child’s progress at our upcoming parent conferences on October 31 and Nov. 1.

Tami Weiser

10/4/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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One of the pleasures of my office is the large windows I have that overlook our entire campus. I keep the window open and throughout the day I can hear kids playing on the yard, PE instruction, classes moving, and the sounds of an elementary school in full action. Today I had an additional sound that really brought a smile to my face. Each hour I heard children's voices in song as they celebrated the joy of being in our Sukkah. Every grade level went to the sukkah to sing, dance and chant blessings. When I heard their singing I often ran over to join them, and a particular highlight was seeing the kindergarten students with their sixth grade buddies. The older kids taught their younger partners how to sing the songs, and it was magical to see the little guys looking up with such awe at their buddies. In addition to the kids enjoying our sukkah, today we had moms in the fourth grade sitting out there for breakfast, talking and blessings. We had some WPA leaders meet for a blessing and lunch together. A dad came by to say his own blessings. I invite any of you who haven't had a chance to enjoy the mitzvah of dwelling in a sukkah to stop by and shake the lulav with us – it is a great feeling!

Chag Sameach,
Tami Weiser

9/27/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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“Just as a person is commanded to honor his father and hold him in awe, so, too, is he obligated to honor his teacher and hold him in awe.”

 

These words from the Talmud are something we truly believe in at Stephen S. Wise Elementary, and last week we had the opportunity to put our beliefs into action. Our own 5th grade teacher, Mary Itri, was selected as a winner of the Milken Family Foundation Jewish Educator Award!  Mrs. Itri has been a teacher her for 26 years, and in this time she has influenced generations of students.  She embodies the school’s mission of recognizing each child’s unique gifts, nurturing creativity, encouraging individual development, and inspiring a love of learning.  Beyond the classroom, Mary is the Director of our Spring Musical, where she transforms our students into actors, musicians, stage crew, and so much more.  We are lucky to have Mary Itri on our staff and so pleased that the Milken Foundation selected her for this amazing honor.  Mary will be recognized on December 13 at the Milken Foundation Luncheon, and we look forward to sharing this spe cial day with her.  


Tami Weiser

9/20/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Go Wildcats! As our own sports teams are preparing for the start of their seasons, tonight we are on our way to cheer the tackle football team from Milken High School for their Homecoming game. This afternoon the varsity players and cheerleaders came to campus to get our school spirit going, and it was a wonderful pep rally to prepare for the fun tonight. I hope you will join me at Birmingham High School at 6:00 p.m. for all of the festivities. 

As we celebrated our athletic gifts we also took time today to acknowledge our students’ gifts of creativity. The projects that came in for Caine’s Arcade were really magnificent – it is amazing what our kids can do with some cardboard boxes and duct tape! We will judge the final results tomorrow, and all of our Tzedakah from this week will go to support this important project. We also took time to recognize our performing gifts with our orchestra and jazz band concert this afternoon. The students displayed great talents with their instruments, and all parents are invited next Monday night at 6:00 p.m. for an informational orchestra/band assembly. 

At this time of year we take stock of our many blessings, and today reminded me of why I love being principal of this Elementary School – all of the gifts and talents our students possess are a blessing to our community!


Tami Weiser 

 

 

 

 

9/13/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Our Science Lab is up and running with all classes visiting for exciting lessons. Today I watched the first grade students learn about recycling as they created signs for our campus on the correct use of recycling bins. The fifth grade students were actively engaged in an experiment with colored water that was different temperatures. They discovered that the red hot water floated, while the cold blue water sank, and tied this all into the scientific principles of density. Second grade is experimenting with sound and hearing by designing their own instruments and manipulating them to change the pitch of the sound. Sixth graders are learning about heat and they tested solar ovens, which we will tie into Jewish World Watch later this year. The students also were outside the lab finding out that black cloth absorbs light and converts it to heat, while white cloth reflects light – it’s a good thing our uniform shirts are white! I hope you will ask your child what they are doing in Science this year, and we look forward to sharing many future lessons with you.

 

Tami Weiser

9/6/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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“Our hot lunch program has started with great success, and we hope you are all enjoying the new entrée options from Vicki’s lunch box. If you are bringing a lunch from home, please remember our school policy of adhering to the Temple’s Kashrut guideline that no lunch will contain pork or shellfish products. Also, please be aware if there is a peanut allergy in your classroom so that we don’t have any students placed at risk."


Today is the 19th day of the month of Elul, and Stephen S. Wise Elementary School is busy preparing for the high holidays. Every morning we begin our day with the blast of the Shofar, and this morning we had the additional presence of Cantor Lam and some of the Thursday morning minyan participants. It was a powerful start to the day for all students and adults.

We then carried this spiritual feeling into our Judaic studies classes as students are learning the prayers for the holidays and writing their personal hopes and reflections to add to the jars in their classrooms. Our school-wide Rosh Hashanah service will be on Friday, September 14 at 8:15 a.m., and all students will wear white this day for our special celebration. The following Sunday, September 23, we will gather as a community at Santa Monica Beach at 1:00 in the afternoon for Tashlich. All families are invited to bring a lunch, beach equipment, and your bag of bread crumbs as we toss our sins into the ocean, sing songs together, and once again here the Shofar. You will receive further information in an evite, a flyer, and bag for your crumbs. I truly hope you will put these events on your calendar and add to the meaning of Elul and the holidays with all of us.

Tami Weiser