This is “Y” Moments of the Week
Kitah Alef Superheroes
The Kitah Alef/1st Grade Superheroes had a fun day preparing themselves to do tug-a-war against Mr. Doug. They did several trials during the morning recess and won 3/4 games against other classes. The older kids were very impressed!
After the competition, the Superheroes reflected and noted ways we could improve to beat Mr. Doug. The class came up with strategies to win next time by examining their defeat against the middle-aged students and videos of the tug-of-war against Mr. Doug and other students.
Future Superhero Strategies:
- Confuse him by zig-zagging
- Stay focused, no giggling
- Use your heels, don’t fall
- If you fall, pull yourself up quickly
- Friends need to space out
- Strongest footing in front (Lihi)
- Strongest footing in the back (Eli)
Principal Doug demands a rematch by the end of the school. Superheroes said they are ready anytime!
8th-Grade Contributing to JSV Community Mural
A few 8th-grade students were asked to be involved in the beautiful Jewish Silicon Valley community mural that has been in progress for the past few weeks next door at the APJCC.
From the artist:
“Once upon a time – actually at the beginning of January – I was commissioned by @jcclosgatos and @jewishsiliconvalley to make a community mural. 👨🏻🎨 The idea was to involve community members in the process, so I divided it into 2 phases – the first one was to create a background that would represent 5 congregations, 7 organizations, Jewish symbolism, 14 organizations representatives on ONE WALL 😱 and it has to be abstract and modern … the second phase was to involve the members of the community to come and pose as actual silhouettes making the interwoven web of human connections and actually get their hands dirty”
Gan Color Monsters
Gan/Kindergarten monster projects are coming along beautifully!
Second Grade STEAM 🔥 Integrated with Upcoming Milestone
During STEAM time with Kitah Bet/2nd Grade, the class learned about the science of fire. This unit is integrated with the learning the students are doing for their Havdallah milestone; fire is a big part of the ceremony.
During the lesson, students are focused on understanding:
- The three components that we need to create fire
- The fact that fire is a chemical reaction, so we can change the color of it by adding to the “fuel” some chemicals
- How to extinguish a fire by removing one or more of the three components
The class did safe experiments with Morah Vanina around each understanding.
Kitah Gimel Projects
Kitah Gimel/3rd Grade finished the first draft of their student-created myths and started to build their dolls.
In class, they are learning about the Ohlone people and how they used natural resources from their environment to create artifacts used for daily living. They also learned that tribe members from different regions of the United States use natural resources from their home to create dolls that represent their tribes.
The class also learned about the process of grinding acorns into acorn flour this week and got a hands-on experience of this process.