Last week the sense of school spirit was alive and well at Stephen S. Wise Elementary School! We started the week with a pep rally for all of our 4th – 6th grade students at Milken Community High School. The kids arrived at the school and had their faces painted, hair sprayed, and were ready to cheer for the JV Basketball team. It was an exciting game, and we were especially happy to celebrate a hard-fought Milken victory. This event was a great bonding experience as we created a sense of our school community that was truly K-12th grade.
Two days later we had our first Student Council Spirit Day when we celebrated Twin Day on campus. The students came dressed up with their groups of friends, and we had a wonderful morning assembly to recognize their creativity. Young and old, including the staff, were excited to show their school spirit with creative outfits that were matching from hair to jerseys. Again we strengthened our community with a wonderful day, and we are all looking forward to our next student council event.
This week we have been busy with lots of learning activities, assessments, basketball team workouts, play practices, and much more. It is hard to see that our vacation is soon here, but I am confident we are all eager for a well-deserved break. I hope you all have time to relax, reconnect as families, celebrate the New Year, and then come back ready to get back into action.
Happy New Year!
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.
It is hard to believe that just last week we were preparing for our Thanksgiving feasts and our wonderful M’dor L’dor event, and tonight we are already lighting Hanukkah candles! I guess this really goes with our theme of celebrating what’s right, because we are certainly celebrating at Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School.
Last week was truly magical as our students shared their learning and love with their special guests. By walking through the classrooms and listening to the exciting activities, meaningful stories, and songs and presentations I got a picture of why we do this important day. As I shared with the grandparents and guests last week, we teach all of the content at school, and the families and generations give that content meaning. I want to thank all of the parent volunteers, teachers and staff for providing us with this outstanding experience.
Today I had the pleasure of singing the blessings over the candles in many of our classrooms and with the Temple staff. Each room had its own magical light, and together they filled our school with a great feeling. I know that you will now have that light in your homes, and I want to wish you a happy holiday with time to express your gratitude to one another.