Welcome from Principal, Tami Weiser

11/23/2011 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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This week we are focusing in all grade levels on the Thanksgiving holiday. Students are writing poetry and essays about thanks, solving math problems and Venn Diagrams comparing and contrasting holiday information, discussing the explorers and geography of the first settlers, singing special tunes, and of course, eating! With all of the learning about the holiday, the true highlight was today at our M’dor L’dor event. It was really amazing welcoming grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and special friends to our campus to enjoy a day of talking about generations. Our choirs and orchestra performed magnificently, the classrooms were full of families conducting interviews and doing art projects, and the day culminated with a gorgeous luncheon outside. I want to thank the WPA and parent committees for all of their work and dedication to making this day a great success. Thanks also to the teachers, office staff and maintenance team that once again pulled off such a spectacular event. A special moment for me was sitting in a classroom with three generations in a family, each sharing their story, and letting the student know where they came from. As I visited classrooms I was still hearing the song from our cantors of “Ldor V’dor” and I truly understood the importance of passing down our heritage from generation to generation.

I want to wish all of you the blessings of a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I hope you have a magical weekend!

B’Shalom,
Tami Weiser 

11/17/2011 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Dear Parents,

In addition to the rigorous learning that is happening daily in classrooms, today we had a chance to enhance our school community with our first Spirit Day. The “fashion disasters” were all around, as students demonstrated their creativity in clothing, hair and accessories. The teachers, coaches and administrators were also quite unique with their outfits! We all enjoyed our Menchies yogurt treat at lunch, and the fun and spirited day was truly a success. I want to acknowledge the hard work of our student council leadership and class representatives as well as their amazing sponsor, Allison Bere.

B’Shalom,

Tami Weiser

 

11/10/2011 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Dear Parents,

We are nearing the end of our first sports season and things are very exciting on the courts and fields for all of our athletic teams! Coach Danny Herrold and his Championship 5th Grade Girls Basketball Team, won an exciting game at Curtis this Tuesday night. I just left another nail-biting game at Curtis where our 6th Grade Girls Basketball Team won, placing them in the playoffs next week. The boys are still in the race for flag football and we are waiting to hear about our final games next week. The entire season has been filled with examples of great teamwork, sportsmanship and lots of fun. I am proud of all of our athletes who represent our school, and want to thank Jason Kelly and his entire staff for their hard work with our students, as well as the supportive parents who are cheering in the stands with me every afternoon!

It was wonderful seeing so many of you last Sunday at our Mitzvah Day event, and all of the students really connected to their grade level Hesed projects and the idea that they are taking time to repair the world. The work continued this week as our second grade classes delivered their Thanksgiving baskets to the Ocean Park Community Center, and the other grade levels are planning their field trips connected to their Tikkun Olam projects.

To support all of our outstanding programs, our Annual Giving Campaign Committee is actively working to get 100% participation from all staff and parents. We are almost there, and this week we continue our work with our Annual Giving phone calls on Wednesday night. I truly appreciate everyone who has already made their donations, and encourage each family to answer the call this week and help us to reach our goal.

B’Shalom,
Tami Weiser

11/4/2011 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Dear Parents,

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.

B’Shalom,
Tami Weiser