Stephen S. Wise Elementary School is busily observing the Jewish
holidays. Last week we celebrated Purim, and it is hard to describe the
joy we felt as students and teachers were dressed in costumes proudly
listening to our amazing 6th grade students read the Megillah. We
carried all of this positive energy into the weekend with us as we
braved the wind and rain to enjoy the Purim carnival. I want to thank
all of the dedicated parents and staff who put together such a fantastic
carnival, and all of us went home with smiles and goldfish (mine is
still alive and swimming in my kitchen)!
As soon as the graggers
and hamentashen were put away, we started preparing for the holiday of
Passover, such is the cycle of the Jewish calendar. Our Judaic studies
teachers are already busy diving into the haggadah to plan new and
exciting lessons for all of our classes. Soon we will be learning the
blessings, retelling the Exodus story, and modeling the Seder, and I am
looking forward to sharing this special time with our community..
Every afternoon our campus is buzzing with activities from our clubs and athletics. Right now the Odyssey of the Mind teams are busy preparing for their state competition next weekend, and I am excited to join them in Northern California to cheer as they share their knowledge and talent! Our athletic program is in high gear as the students are getting into volleyball and soccer teams, learning new skills, and preparing for their first intramural competitions. The orchestra and chorus students continue to practice and play, and this Tuesday they wowed us with an amazing concert. The spring musical, Cinderella, is extremely busy as cast and crew work on their parts, the staging, the music and so much more and I encourage you to go online and purchase your tickets now for a great show. We have students in the Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters program meeting with mentors from Milken High School every Tuesday and Wednesday. These kids have a chance to play basketball, do homework, and simply talk and hang out with a wonderful older role model. And on Wednesdays, our Lego Robotics club is hard at work creating and controlling robotic devices as seen in this picture. They will go to Long Beach next week to observe our middle and high school team in their competition, and I know this will be an exciting day. When I walk around the school at 4:30 I am amazed at the level of engagement and energy that is still going on, and I want to acknowledge the many students and staff who put in a long day to enrich their Stephen S. Wise Elementary education.