What a busy week we have had at school this week! I truly enjoy seeing all of the parents at the parent-teacher conferences, and it especially rewarding to hear about the progress our students are making across the grade levels and curricular areas. Teachers were really able to paint an accurate picture of how each student learns, and through work samples and anecdotes, we all engaged in rich conversations about individual student goals for growth this year.
While parents did hear about language arts, math and Hebrew/Judaic studies, they don’t always get the information regarding our outstanding specialist programs. The picture above illustrates the exciting work being done in our Science lab, with our wonderful Science teacher, Polly Kim. Students in 1st – 5th grade have all learned about metric measurement and the tools scientists use including graduated cylinders, beakers, flasks, thermometers, and balances. First graders are learning about solids, liquids, and gasses, and have started planting and tending the Peah Community Garden. Second graders are experimenting with sound and hearing. Third graders are experimenting with light and vision. Fourth graders are learning about magnets and made pins into magnets and used them to make compasses. Fifth graders are learning about the states of matter at the molecular level and chemistry. And at any given recess or lunch, it is always exciting to see Mrs. Kim on the yard with a new discovery of a praying mantis or some other interesting insect. Our students really enjoy their connection with Science, and I encourage you to ask them what they are doing in the lab this week.
Tonight we have our first Family Shabbat at 6:15 p.m. and I am looking forward to praying with our school community. Following the service, our kindergarten families will continue our celebration with a Shabbat dinner, singing and dancing. Then on Sunday we will all be here for Mitzvah Day. Each grade level will be participating in their own special project, and all of the teachers will be here to share this with their students. Don’t forget to set your clocks back on Saturday night, and then I will see you here at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.