Welcome from Principal, Tami Weiser

3/15/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Don’t miss out on a good old fashioned Family Fun Day for all, featuring silly games, a DJ, arts & crafts, munchies, and so much more! An afternoon of excitement and laughs with tons of great activities for the whole family awaits!Buy your tickets at www.WiseElementary.org/FamilyFunDay. $45 for a family of 4; $15 adult|$12 child; Children 2 years and younger are free. Enjoy!

B’Shalom,

Tami Weiser
 

3/8/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Chag Purim Sameach! This week has been a wonderful celebration of the joy of Adar at Stephen S. Wise Elementary School. Students have been exchanging beautiful Mishloach Manot baskets, they brought in SOVA items for those that are hungry, we danced and sang at the Dance Party Celebration last night at the Temple, and today we had our Purim service. It was wonderful to hear our sixth graders read from the Megillah, and they truly shared their knowledge of Hebrew and their work they have done with Cantor Feldman. We made lots of noise booing Haman, and had great cheers for Esther and Mordecai, in a fun-filled learning environment. Finally, each grade participated in the Purim costume parade, and it was great to see the beautiful queens (including Mrs. Biller), the many super-heroes and Marios, and of course our entire staff of cowboys and cowgirls. Today was a reminder of why it is so wonderful to be at an elementary school, that positive energy is truly the best in the world!

B’Shalom,
Tami Weiser

3/1/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Roll out the red carpet, or the yellow brick road, because we are getting ready for our spring musical, “The Wizard of OZ”! Tickets are now on sale for the play, and this year we have four performances: Sunday, March 25 and Tue – Thursday, March 27 – 29. Get your tickets today:  click here. (WOW so far we sold 300 tickets) We are also selling Wizard of Oz t-shirts, gift bags and bookmarks. The actors and actresses are busy learning their lines, the stage crew is creating their props, and we even have a Toto to train. If you have ever attended one of our school plays you know the high level of our productions, and if you haven’t had the opportunity you are in for a real treat! I look forward to seeing you at each of the performances.

B’Shalom,
Tami Weiser

2/23/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Wow – it is already the 100th day of school and we are 100 days smarter! Students in kindergarten and first grade celebrated this milestone with many learning activities. The kids made 100 day hats and crowns with 100 tallies, participated in 10 sets of 10 exercises for physical education, in math they brought in objects and sorted them by 10, 25 and 50, and for snack they had 100 tasty treats and made trail mix with 10 different ingredients. Students were excited to reach this day and were very proud of the work they have done thus far in the school year. At the same time, the adults are amazed at how quickly time flies and all of the great learning we still have ahead. Before we know it we will be preparing for our 6th grade graduation and hearing their memories of their 100 day celebrations in the past.

B’Shalom,
Tami Weiser

2/16/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Patriotism is alive and well at Stephen S. Wise Elementary with our students decked out in red, white and blue and proudly singing classic American songs. Yesterday at our Patriotic Assembly we talked about why we celebrate President’s Day, and we discussed two quotes from Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. The students really understood the importance of being responsible and moral citizens, and how that creates a sense of community. It was heart-warming to hear the kindergarten students singing “This Land is Your Land” and exciting to hear all grades share the songs of our branches of the military, “You’re a Grand Old Flag”, and America the Beautiful.” The celebration continues today with our sixth grade Oratorical Contest, where students are delivering excerpts from famous speeches. The theme of this year’s contest is “A Leader for Our Time” and students will deliver content from Barack Obama, David Ben Gurion, Maya Angelou, Ronald Reagan, as well as many other great orators. It is always impressive to hear our students share why they selected their particular speech, and then to deliver that speech with great passion. I leave the Patriotic and Oratorical assemblies with a reassuring sense that our students will be well-informed, positive contributors to our local, state, and global societies and that is something we can all be proud of. Enjoy!

B’Shalom,
Tami Weiser

2/9/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Coming to school at Stephen S. Wise Elementary really is a family affair, and we often include all members of our family in the educational process. The first grade has been studying community workers, and each class has had the privilege of visiting guest speakers to teach us about their job. Students really light up when their mom or dad comes in to the classroom and shares the tools of their profession, the education they needed to get that job, why they chose their line of work, and what their favorite part of the job is. As the visiting lectures have progressed we are learning some common themes. One of the biggest lessons is that no matter what the job is – artist, chef, architect – the idea of teamwork and working with other people is so important. This directly ties into the Judaic values that they students are currently studying. Other key learnings have been how important it is to practice at something when it is really hard and how important it is to ask for help when you need it. Our first grade students are walking away with a great sense of understanding that our community goes beyond the classroom and school walls to include our houses and the larger world. Thank you to all of the parents who have taken time out of their busy work schedules to join us.

B’Shalom,
Tami Weiser

2/2/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Our grade level Chesed projects are in full swing, and each grade is actively involved in learning about social action. Our fourth grade has selected Sova as their project, and throughout the year they work on collecting Sova, gathering Passover items and visiting the Sova pantry. Last week the fourth grade students, with the help of our art teacher Jan Navah, repainted the old wooden Sova box in the lobby of the Sanctuary and brought it to life with their positive energy. As students from all grades dropped off their cans of food I overheard their comments about how beautiful this box now looks; I invite you to stop by the Sanctuary and see it for yourself. Other recent field trips around Chesed projects were our third grade trip to Tree People and their dedication of an amazing mural, and our fantastic kindergarten trip to the zoo this week to see their adopted animals. This is another example of taking curriculm and Judaic values and bringing them to life with meaningful experiences, and I am so proud of all of our students!

B’Shalom,

Tami Weiser
 

1/26/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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“We’ve got spirit - yes we do! We’ve got spirit – how about you?” Today was a super student council spirit day as we celebrated “Jersey Thursday” with cheers, games, sports videos of our Wildcats teams and, of course, great game-day snacks. I am always impressed with the leadership of our students who plan and implement these fantastic days. The students come up with the ideas, plan with teachers and administration to work out the logistics, and then promote the events to our community. All students and staff look forward to participating in the spirit days with a true sense of joy that is felt throughout the campus. Thanks to everyone for another successful event!

B’Shalom,
Tami Weiser

1/19/2012 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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One of the things I truly look forward to each month is the first Friday night for our Stephen S. Wise Family Shabbat. Together with the clergy we have created a meaningful service for all Elementary students to participate with the visual T’fillah, M’Shoririm singers and added comments from our own kids. While each Friday has a specific grade level focus, the entire school is invited to every Family Shabbat and I encourage you to make this ritual a part of your lives. Following the service, we have brought back the Shabbat dinner which provides us with an opportunity to continue the celebration with a wonderful dinner, singing, and dancing. By the end of the night we all really “have that Shabbat feeling deep in our toes” and we leave with a glow of the candles and the sense of community. I hope you will join me next Friday, February 3, at 6:15 p.m. for the service, followed by our 4th grade dinner.

B’Shalom,
Tami Weiser