Welcome from Principal, Tami Weiser

11/18/2010 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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This week was the “Wide World of Sports” at Stephen S. Wise Elementary School. We had a few exciting days filled with basketball and football playoff games. Our sixth grade boys’ blue football team played an intense elimination game on Monday as a playoff qualifying round. The boys were strong both on offense and defense, and played with all of their heart and energy, but were not able to advance. In girls’ basketball, our sixth grade blue team and green team both had outstanding games this Wednesday, where they won the championship for the San Fernando Valley Private School League! Our other two sixth grade girls’ basketball teams made it into the competitive playoffs.

Beyond the trophies that we brought home yesterday, the feeling of accomplishment, teamwork, and athleticism were true gifts to our students. The kids showed good character and sportsmanship, as well as perseverance as they pushed through some great challenges. We continue to be proud of how well our students represent our school both on and off the field – our values in action as we “Celebrate what’s right!”

Tami Weiser

11/10/2010 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Our students love singing the song “Mitzvah Goreret Mitzvah” which means one mitzvah leads to another. We are making the concept of doing good deeds a part of who we are as a school community, and that value becomes engrained in who they are as people of the world. It was inspirational on Sunday to see our kids making blankets for the animal shelter, creating frames for senior citizens, decorating bags filled with supplies for homeless people, painting shirts and a canvas for the students at Dolores Street Mission, filling our new SOVA bins with food, making menorahs for Jewish soldiers and recording books in our computer lab for blind students. Each project was thoughtful, engaging and tied into the grade level curriculum and Hesed project. Additionally, the students understand that it’s not about one day of doing great activities. Every class will take a field trip or have a follow up to their project during the year. I want to thank the parents, teachers and students for their great participation in making this the most successful day ever.

This Thursday we will not have school as we take time to think about and share gratitude for the Veterans in our country. On Friday, our teachers become students as they attend an amazing day of professional development. We will have sessions on Cool Websites, Meeting the Needs of All Students, Student Talk, and Data Analysis. I look forward to sharing with you the professional growth that all of us as educators have to help enrich the daily experience for your children.

Tami Weiser

11/4/2010 - Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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On Tuesday, November 2, major decisions were made in Los Angeles, California, the United States and at Stephen S. Wise Elementary School. All across the country people were exercising their democratic rights as they went to the polls to select new leaders and laws. By participating in a similar process we are preparing our students for their role as a future voting citizen of our country. We selected our leaders at a wonderful assembly where the student council candidates delivered their speeches to a captive audience of 2nd – 6th grade students. Each candidate talked about why they would be a responsible officer and the ideas they had to improve our school. The speeches were well written and well delivered, and our students had the difficult decision of selecting the new officers. I want to congratulate Kayla Cohen (President), Pasha Rahimian (Vice President), Kobi Hekmat-Niaz (Treasurer), and Andie Gilder (Historian). In addition to school officers, each class voted for their student council representative and alternate. Following the intense vote, the students received an “I Voted” sticker and were excited for the final results.

While the election itself was a wonderful learning experience, what makes it unique at Stephen S. Wise is the opportunity it provided for integration with our Judaic values. We began the assembly with the “Shehehiyanu” thanking God for allowing us to reach this special day. We talked about how this was a “Kodesh Moment” and that we were elevating ourselves and our community by participating in the process. And finally, at the end of the day when we announced the winners, each candidate was gracious in both winning and losing, and made sure that all of the students felt good about their participation. I finished the day by thinking that our country could learn some life lessons by hanging out at our playground, because we are truly teaching our kids how to do things the right way.

Tami Weiser