Welcome from Principal, Tami Weiser

3/3/2011 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Stephen S. Wise Elementary School is able to provide the outstanding educational program we do because of the involvement of our supportive parent community. You give both your time and money to make sure we have all the necessary resources, and the funds provided through our annual giving campaign truly make a difference each and every day. I want to thank the staff and parents who have already generously contributed to this year’s successful campaign, and you can see those names through these attached links. If you haven’t had the opportunity to give yet, I strongly encourage you to make your donation soon, as the campaign is drawing to a close.This week many of our grade levels are sharing culminations of high level learning activities from various curricular units. In Kindergarten the classes were transformed into Arctic zones when parents visited to learn about penguins. The students were docents in their classrooms, expertly telling us about the types of penguins, predators to penguins, the importance of blubber and wax for warmth and feathers, and so much more. The integration of math, science, language arts and fine arts was really wonderful, and I am now a real penguin expert! In the fourth grade our students have been working in cooperative groups on missions as part of their California history curriculum. The students made presentation boards with creative writing showing the different perspective of missions from the padres and the Native Americans, pictures of their mission, and the location of their mission on the trail. In sixth grade each class is beginning the experience of their biomes as they retrace the steps of our Paleolithic ancestors and discover what it takes to advance a civilization. The first step is to determine the climate of their biome and the natural resources that are available. You will be learning more about all of the classroom activities, and your individual student progress, next week at our parent conferences.

Tami Weiser

2/24/2011 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Today (Wednesday, February 23)I am writing this as I prepare to leave for Camp Hess Kramer and our grade 6 retreat. I am excited to spend the evening and day tomorrow with our students as we continue to develop our sense of community and start preparing for their culmination. The process of planning this retreat is indicative of what an integrated day school experience truly is. We are working with the Fulcrum Company to provide rigorous team building activities and ropes course challenges, with our students in groups on cooperation, friendship, communication, support, community and respect. Tonight our kids will share their talents in “Wise got Talent” and their fun talent show and campfire. Tomorrow we start our day with a beautiful Shacharit service, where the students will pray, discuss the weekly Parsha, and sing both modern and Judaic songs. This service will frame the work for Thursday as we reflect on how we want to “celebrate what’s right” at our culmination. The students will discuss what they want to celebrate about their K-6th grade experience at Stephen S. Wise Elementary as well as what they want to celebrate about themselves. We then take a long hike from Hilltop to the beach where we will have a moment to breathe, talk about our unique characteristics and marvel at the beauty of nature. We end with a BBQ lunch, a few more sports and art activities, and the ride back to campus. The retreat promises to be both fun and educational and I can’t wait to get there and join our students and staff. I know we will come back a bit tired, a bit dirty, and hopefully a bit more connected than when we started, and I look forward to sharing pictures and stories with the rest of our school community.

Tami Weiser

2/17/2011 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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The past two days have been an amazing experience of patriotic learning and celebration at Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School. Yesterday we had our 6th grade Oratorical Contest. Every 6th grade student wrote and delivered a speech on the theme “A Call to Action.” The students selected a speech from an American leader, wrote an introduction explaining the significance of the speech, shared an excerpt from the speech, and then wrote a conclusion tying their speech to the theme. There was tremendous learning in many content areas, and after each classroom listened to their own speakers, we were down to the final 12 students. In our assembly the finalists shared their speeches to our school audience and a panel of judges. The students spoke with clarity and passion, and every one of the speeches was magnificent. While we officially had four winners, I know that all of the finalists, all of the grade level, and all of our audience were winners for sharing this experience.

Today our excitement and celebration continued with our Patriotic Music Assembly for kindergarten – 4th grade. The students came in with flags, song books, hats and streamers to proudly wave their red, white and blue spirit. Faye Jeser and Randy Weinstein led a rousing song session, and interspersed were visuals and quotes projected on the screen by Judy Hoffman. The children had a lot of fun, woven together with a great deal of learning, and now they truly understand why we have Monday off to honor our current government and past presidents.

Tami Weiser