January 16

A special request – בקשה

Dear Parents,
 Purim is coming up soon and Middle School is preparing a carnival and we are looking for small prizes to provide students. If you have any gently used toys, small gifts, “chachkas” or anything that you think a child would enjoy to choose as a prize, please send in your items to your child’s homeroom teacher. We thank you for your support and help in making this year’s Purim festival the best ever!
Grade 5 teachers
January 14

Core French: Dictee #1: La mode

Bonjour les amis!

Voici les mots que les étudiants doivent savoir pour vendredi, le 18 janvier. Nouveau pour cette semaine, nous aurons une phrase bonus secret!

J’ai aussi envoyé des copies à chacun des élèves par courriel.

*N’oubliez pas que vous n’avez pas besoin de savoir comment écrire les mots. Vous avez besoin de les traduire. 

Dictée #1: La mode

  1. Une jupe (a skirt)
  2. Un pantalon (pants)
  3. Une chemise (a shirt)
  4. Un veston (a jacket)
  5. Des chaussures (shoes)
  6. Des chaussettes (socks)
  7. Une robe (a dress)
  8. Un manteau (a coat)

January 11

Mission: Possible

On Wednesday we had our second session with Mrs. Bertrand and Ms. Levalley to work on our social skills and cooperative engagement with our peers.

First we looked at “blame shifting” and how taking responsibility for our actions is an important step in resolving conflict quickly and maturely.

Ms. Levalley introduced us to the amazing power of “mindsight” where you can look inside your own brain to examine how you’re feeling, and also look into the brains of others to try to empathize with them. By doing this, followed by a final self-reflection, you can ensure that the ways you handle and approach conflict are done with a focus on finding a resolution.

We then put these skills to the test with Mission:Impossible –> Can you get all your teams members across the gym using only a mat and a scooter…without ever touching the floor?

I have to admit, I had NO IDEA how the students would pull this off. However, through perseverance, cooperation, productive listening and team work, all teams successfully made it to the other side!


In grade 5, nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m Possible.


January 8

Ivrit – Grade 5 Guest post by Ben C.

After learning about places in Jerusalem 0ur grade 5 Ivrit class is building a model of Jerusalem made out of cardboard boxes. We are in need of small boxes and different recycled materials to make our model of Jerusalem. Please, if you have paper towel rolls or empty kleenex boxes and/or any other boxes we would appreciate if send it to us.

Have a great rest of your week!


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December 21

“Chez Thompson”

On Wednesday, we had our very first Book Tasting (thanks to Joanne Miller for the great resource!)

Chef Thompson welcomed everyone in based on their reservation and showed them to their table. Students got to taste 5 different genres or types of books: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction/Novels, Fantasy, and Graphic Novels. As any good critic would do, they wrote down their first impressions and initial thoughts after their first bites. They then gave each book a rating on a scale from 1-10. Finally, any books worth revisiting were written down on a bookmark so they could remember their top picks.



Students realized that some books that they may not have been attracted to at first were in fact appealing. Others discovered genres they never knew they were interested in. I get asked so often for book suggestions, and so I also introduced the students to two different resources. This is a book list with some suggestions for age-appropriate books, organized by category.

Another option, with many more titles, is to use the Accelerated Reading Bookfinder site.  Using the advanced search option, you can select the interest level (I recommend Middle Grades for grade 5), the ZPD range as recommended by Star Reading (which I will email privately to each family) and any specific genre or topic, fiction or non-fiction. Here’s a quick ‘how to’ video walking you through the process.

It is recommended that students read for AT LEAST 30 minutes each day, and they should keep track of the books they read for our OJCS Reading Challenge. They can always add their book reviews to our Flipgrid or to the Library Website.

Wishing you all a restful, rejuvenating break and a Happy New Year. See you in 2019!