This week in addition to all of the learning going on within our classrooms, many of our students are extending their learning on field trips throughout the city. Each grade level has a Hesed project that they are focusing on this year, and as a part of their project students are visiting organizations that make their lessons come alive. Our second grade visited the Ocean Park Community Center, where they delivered the bags of toiletries, stuffed animals and journals they created at Mitzvah Day. Our first grade students wrote letters and decorated picture frames for senior citizens, and they are off to sing at the Jewish Home for the Aging to brighten up their day with Hanukkah songs. The fourth grade students went to SOVA to see the food collection organization, and they continue to fill the bins outside of their classrooms with needed food items. And our third grade is learning about Los Angeles history. As a part of their unit of study they visited Olvera Street and the Avila Adobe this week, and will soon meet their partners at the Dolores Street Mission School. All of these field trips go along with our belief that learning needs to be experiential and meaningful, and the walls of our classroom must be expanded to include the boundaries of our city. I encourage you to ask your student about their field trip, what they found new and interesting, what was exciting about the day, and a highlight they will always remember. In January we are planning a school-wide field trip for all students, kindergarten – sixth grade, and I am excited to share more information on this with you next week.