N3 Students enjoying Tricycle Express
N3 Students enjoying Tricycle Express
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, gratitude will once again take its place at the center of our tables, right between the turkey and latkes! We are busy teaching the concepts of Thanksgiving in both our social studies and Judaic studies curriculum. I recently read an article from the “Association of Supervision and Curriculum” about tapping into the power of gratitude. The article reviewed research that showed that “grateful youth have higher GPAs; experience more positive emotions; and, ultimately, go on to live more meaningful lives.” In addition, “gratitude among middle school students can foster an increased sense of hope and trust in others and fuel a desire to give back to their community.” I am witnessing this desire to give back every day at Wise School as students get out of the car with money in their hand to send to Guatemala for Light Up Literacy. The article goes on to explain that at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, findings were presented that “Practicing gratitude at young age promotes later development of self-control and self-regulation, which are resources for lifelong success.”
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Party Book “Dinner with the Principal,” and at the end of the wonderful meal, we each went around the table and reflected on one of our favorite moments at Wise School. While I have many moments each week, I immediately thought of our Thanksgiving celebration where we share our learning of gratitude at Midor L’dor. It is a powerful morning for me to see the generations coming together to celebrate one another. Many of our guests came through tremendous hardship to be in Los Angeles, and their gratitude and pride is palpable on days like this. Seeing a grandmother or grandfather with their arms around their grandchildren is truly magical, and I can’t wait to share this special time with you next week.
On a personal note, I am grateful to all of you for being key members of our Wise community. To our amazing teachers, staff and administration team – thank you. To the parents who are generous with their time, energy, money and support – thank you. And to the beautiful students who light up my life every day – thank you. I wish all of you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah!
November 27| Generation’s Day, Midor L’dor
November 27| 12:30 p.m. Early Dismissal
November 28-29| No School, Thanksgiving Break
December 4| Grade 4 Parent Social, Off Site
December 6| Grade 2 Family Shabbat Dinner
The Jewish Lens – A Photography Program With a Focus on Jewish Values
Fifth Graders at Wise School are being introduced to the world of photography next week, in a pilot program based on The Jewish Lens. This innovative curriculum was developed by Zion Ozeri, world-renowned photographer and educator. Over one hundred schools and community centers across the US and Israel have adopted this program, which has made a positive impact on thousands of students. Our Wise School team, consisting of Art, Project Studio, and Technology Specialists, as well as Judaic and General Studies teachers, have met with Mr. Ozeri and have adapted his curriculum to fit our Fifth Grade students. The WPA has generously provided a class set of Canon Point and shoot cameras, with high-quality digital photography and video capabilities, as well as two Canon Rebel digital single lens reflex cameras. This will enable our students to become more proficient in the art of photography.
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Early Childhood Events
November 24| 9:15-10:45 a.m. Daditude, Witzman Yard
November 27| School Closed, Pupil Free Day
November 28-29| School Closed, Thanksgiving Break
December 3| N3 Hanukkah Parties
December 4| N1/ Transition Hanukkah Parties
December 5| N2 Hanukkah Parties
Thanksgiving/Hanukkah Celebrations: When Holidays Collide – It’s finally arrived!
Thanksgiving: Just wanted to send a general email reminder to make sure to check with your child’s teacher for your family’s contribution for the upcoming Thanksgiving feast. These feasts are for the children only. Hanukkah: Separate reminders will also be sent for your child’s classroom Hanukkah party the week of December 2nd. Please join your child as we celebrate the miracle of the Festival of Lights. All class parties will be enjoying the traditional Hanukkah foods in addition to lighting the hanukkiah, playing dreidel games and singing special holiday songs!
Light Up Literacy – Now through December 5
This program is a beautiful and heartwarming initiative that Malka Clement, the Wise School Director of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, brought to our school a few years ago. Since 2007, Reading Village has been empowering young leaders to eradicate illiteracy and break the cycle of poverty in rural Guatemala. To date, they have reached more than 3,500 children through more than 9,000 hours of reading activities. Each year, during Jewish Book Month, we introduce to all of the children how meaningful giving can be. Just $2 buys a book for these children and, in return, all Wise School students will receive a hand-woven friendship bracelet as a token of appreciation. This year’s drive runs through December 5 and you can either send in $2.00 to your child’s classroom, or any donation will be greatly appreciated on our website: www.WiseElementary.org/Literacy.
Baby And Me/Parenting Class Registration for Spring Session 2014
This week begins the enrollment period for our next series of Parenting classes. Priority enrollment is given to our continuing families and enrollment to the public begins on Friday, December 6, 2013. Please know that we are always available to assist you in any way in the Wise School office.
Room 25 enjoying a “Mom’s Night Out.”
Shabbat Havurah joy with Room 15
Come in and check out our Light Up Literacy candles in the Wise School Office.
Wise Parent Association Events
November 27| Generations Day, Midor L’dor
To the AMAZING Beit Issie Team that created our incredible first ever Farmer’s Market and braved the cold last Friday, Lisa Arasheben, Sally Banafsheha, Aram Binafard, Doris Daneshgar , Sigalit Kahlili, Natalie Rice, Emmanuelle Schwartzman, Arlen Yomtobian, Natalie Zarabi and our incredible chairs, Rama Fakheri and Hofit Kahn, Thank You! You helped raise over $1,100 to benefit Beit Issie and you also created an amazing experience for our children and community. Thank you to all of you for the tireless energy and dedication you invest in our Community, School and for Beit Issie!
The Party Book’s Gentlemen’s Poker was a “full house”! Thank you to our amazing hosts: Albert Cohen, Ron Farhadi, Dustin Glodney, Frank Kohanim, and Ronen Levy for rallying the men in our community to come together and have fun around the poker table.
To Rebecca Brown, thank you for treating our N2 parents to a lovely morning at this week’s N2 Social.
Light Up Literacy
Please don’t forget to send your child in with a minimum of $2 to donate toward Light Up Literacy. Every $2 raised buys one book for our Guatemalan friends through Reading Village. If you’ve already made a donation, please consider increasing it as they need all the help we can offer. Last year we raised $3,000. This year, let’s strive to double that! Together we can make it happen!
Don’t forget to register for Midor L’dor! If you haven’t done so already, please click here.
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Celebrate with Nate and Friends at Our Jubilee Kickoff Concert
Wednesday, December 4| 7 p.m.| Sanctuary
Join the entire Wise community and Cantor Nathan Lam, along with other cantors, singers, musicians, and composers who have contributed to the musical legacy of Wise, at our first event celebrating Stephen S. Wise Temple’s 50th Anniversary. This will be an unforgettable concert with a full orchestra that you won’t want to miss!
Cost: $18 in advance, $36 at the door
To register, visit www.WiseLA.org/Jubilee or contact Jubilee@WiseLA.org or 310.889.2234.