Welcome from Principal, Tami Weiser

11/16/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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One of my favorite programs in our school year is the wonderful day of Midor L'dor. It is magical to see our grandparents and special guests sharing time in the classroom with their children. I don't know who is more excited – and watching their faces light up with each interaction reminds me of the importance of sharing our stories. Next Wednesday we have a magnificent day planned for all of our families. Our guests will arrive to register at 9:00 a.m., join us for a cup of coffee and light breakfast, and then enter the sanctuary. Once the grandparents are seated, the students will come in to share songs, dances and videos with everyone. Then together they will go to the classrooms for an hour of learning and projects. At 12:30 our day will end and everyone can go home to prepare for their Thanksgiving holiday. This year promises to be extra special as we will all celebrate as one large community. Every child is encouraged to bring grandparents, aunts, uncles or parents with them. I am flying in my own two kids for the holiday and am hoping they can join me at school on Wednesday. The message I want them to know is that their great grandparents said "Hineini" when they left the Island of Rhodes to come to America, their grandparents say "Hineini" every time we celebrate Shabbat and holidays together, and I say "Hineini" by being here for them every day. Generations are an amazing thing and I can't wait to celebrate this with all of you.

Tami Weiser

11/9/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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The democratic process was in full swing throughout the United States on Tuesday, and Stephen S. Wise Elementary School was no exception. We had our student council elections, and sixth grade students responded to the call to action with a resounding “Hineini” as they created posters, planned their strategies and met their constituents. The candidates prepared a short speech about their visions for our school and what they would do as an elected officers. The speeches were passionate, humorous and inspiring, and left us with a very difficult decision to make. The 2nd – 6th grade students then returned to their classrooms to fill out their ballots and suggest ideas for future spirit days. Our students made us proud with the work they did, and reminded us that they are all winners for caring deeply about our school.

Tami Weiser

11/1/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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The campus is buzzing today with parent-teacher conferences, and I have truly enjoyed listening to the conversations on student learning and academic achievement. Each one of our students is demonstrating growth in so many areas, and the conferences really provided us with an opportunity to reflect on that development. Beyond the academic and social parts of our school life, we are also deeply engaged in social action and Tikkun Olam. This Tuesday we wore denim jeans and pink shirts, and every class collected money for breast cancer awareness. Our sixth grade recently went to Guide Dogs of America, where they adopted a puppy that they will financially support and look forward to seeing him as a full grown dog at their graduation. Each grade level has their own Chesed project, and the official kick-off of all of our work is this Sunday at our Mitzvah Day. Please join all of the classroom teachers on campus for a wonderful day of projects and community building. We start in the morning at 9:00 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, then you will go to Baron Field or Hershenson Hall for your grade level project, and we wrap up the day at 12:00 with the wonderful Fashion for Compassion show from Milken. I promise you will leave here on Tuesday feeling better about yourself and our world, and I can’t wait to share this experience with all of you!

Tami Weiser

10/25/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Right now we are very excited about the many opportunities we have to build our sense of community at Stephen S. Wise Elementary School. Last Saturday night our young Jedi Knights were in full force at our first annual Movie Night, where we watched Star Wars together and had lots of fun. I have already received emails requesting future movie nights, and the concession stand will be packed once again. To continue our community building I invite all of our Kdg – 2nd grade families to join us at the Family Fun Day this Sunday, October 28 at 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. There will be plenty of games and activities for students and parents, and I know you will have fun clowning around at this circus. For those of you who like a more serious event, we have our All-In Poker Tournament also this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Come and try your luck, it promises to be a great afternoon. I will look forward to seeing you at all of these special events, and I know that every time you attend you make one more important connection to our school!

Tami Weiser

10/18/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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A recent picture from out school newsletter shows our sixth grade students on the high ropes course, and it mirrors the personal “high” today I am feeling having just returned late yesterday afternoon from our class retreat. We spent two days at Camp Hess Kramer pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone into new physical, emotional and spiritual boundaries. At the retreat the students hiked, participated in team building challenges, danced, led the morning service, and wrote personal reflections on who they want to be at their graduation this June. Our theme of “Hineini” was woven throughout the two days, as each child and adult was personally fully present and had their own unique moment of showing up for something exciting. It was an experience I know that I will not forget, and one that all of our students and teachers have been changed by. 

Tami Weiser