Our kindergarten class has been learning their ABCs this year. After they learned the last letter, Mrs.Lichter, our kindergarten teacher, decided to put on an alphabet fashion show. To begin with, each kindergartener was given three letters to make vests for; they ended up only wearing one of these. On their vests, there were either pictures of items that started with the letter or a word starting with the letter they were given. Finally, all of the kids got a turn walking down the runway strutting their stuff. We even had some kids from first, second, and preschool help out. You’re never too old for a fashion show! Learning the alphabet as a young child is important because you learn how to read by putting letters together to create words. Mrs. Lichter told the school news, “We use a Letter Factory song. We have hand motions and symbols for each letter. For example, A, ah, B, bbb, C, ccc. We practice writing each letter by using Writing Without Tears.” Yaakov, one of our kindergarteners, told the school news team, “Turtle, turkey, ten, tea, top, toilet, two, tap, tippy-toes, and tie are all words that start with the letter T.” In addition to learning the alphabet, the kids learned how to have confidence in front of a group of people by walking down the runway. Coming from my experience in performing, it is not always easy to perform in front of a group, especially when you are young. When the kids walked down the runway they had to be brave and learn to believe in themselves. Ask your child what they discovered from learning the alphabet and from being in the fashion show, you might be surprised. *Thank you Jennifer Jacobs for volunteering to cut out the vests.

Hello Mornings By: Annette Lichter

My previous principal always stated that the first thing a child should hear in the morning is a greeting and something kind and positive.

Happenings in Hebrew Class By: Sari Menaker

A part from all the fun, we are also learning the old fashion way by practicing our grammar and reading by reading interesting Judaic stories in Hebrew.

The Science Method By: Annette Troxell

At N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, we learn science by doing science.

News from the Art Room By: Claire Rottembourg

Picasso, Dubuffet, Vasarely, Escher, Matisse, Klee, Hundertwasser, are some of the artists who inspired us this first trimester in all grades.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle By: Doug Hocutt

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. The students at the NEMJDS take these three words very seriously. They have a passion for doing their part in preserving our environment and they are willing to do the work too.

Lady Liberty By: Janet Gresham

If you came into the school during the month of November, you may have noticed the display depicting New York Harbor.  This was a combination of work, not only across the curriculum, but also across grades!  In Humanities class, the sixth Grade read Emma’s Poemby Linda Glaser.  

Second Grade Superstars By: Julie Crapia

November and December have been a busy two months for 2nd grade.

Pausing to notice and appreciate By: Dovrat Duvdevani

Gratitude doesn’t just feel good. Like other positive emotions, feeling grateful on a regular basis can have a big effect on our lives. Brain research shows that positive emotions are good for our bodies, minds, and brains (like boosting the production of the feel good neurotransmitter dopamine).

Happenings in Hebrew By: Dani Kahn-Krell

We have had a wonderful year so far in the Upper School Hebrew classroom. Here’s some of what we’ve accomplished