May 28

Too Soon to Say Goodbye

It’s hard to believe that the year is almost done and we will soon be saying goodbye to our AMAZING shinshinim, Liam and Inbar.

While we will be having a smaller, more intimate goodbye at school (on their last day with us) there is also a community-wide farewell party that we are all invited to at the JCC. We encourage you all to come and join us, as part of our OJCS family, to show our appreciation and support for this wonderful program, which continues to inspire our Jewish journey and provides a direct and meaningful connection to Israel.


Please RSVP to Kara Goodwin


Hope to see you all there!

May 28

A Class Full of Bloggers … and you’re invited to join us!

Our student blogs have been launched and are well on their way! Students have been busy customizing, personalizing, and populating their blogs. They’ve also started to read and comment on each other’s blogs. Please make sure to use the links in the side menu to see what your children and their classmates have been up to. It helps add value for them if you comment, following our commenting rules.


And as always, blogging is not for naught. Please read the letter below, mark your calendars, and let me know if you’ll be able to join us. Don’t worry if not! We will find alternate ways for you to participate and share with us.



May 22

Kosher Food Bank Collection


OJCS is collecting kosher, non-perishable foods to be donated to the KFB at our Shavuot assembly on Friday, June 7th. Please send in items any time before then. Thank you very much!

Also, if you have an empty shoe box laying around, please send in for an activity we are doing with Morah Batya’s group.

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May 13

Grade 5 Book Club!

Last week, each student had a look at various book choices in class, and wrote down three options of books they wanted to read. Today they found out which book they will be reading over the next 4 weeks.

In addition to reading, each student will also have a “job” that will rotate each week:

  • Discussion Director: write down 4 open-ended questions about that week’s reading to discuss with your group
  • Passage Finder: Write down 2 interesting/funny/important passages that you’d like to share with your group
  • Word Wizard: Write down 6 new vocabulary words, their definition, part of speech, and use in a sentence.

All this information is explained in more detail in the package the students received today. They have decided how much needs to be read each week, and they have decided which job they will be responsible for each week. It is important that each student stay on top of their reading and job, as the rest of their group is relying on them! We will be meeting with our groups EVERY MONDAY. So by next week, students will need to have finished their first week of reading and complete their job for the week so they are ready for their group discussion Monday afternoon.

We are in the process of locating audiobooks for all the novels, to help make the reading easier. However, in the meantime, here are some links to YouTube. Although they are not the best, they are better than nothing 🙂


Bridge to Terabithia


Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (starts about 1 minute in)

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

I Am David


Please let me know if you have any questions!

May 6

Blogging Bingo!


Here is our newest Blogging Challenge. Students will add to their personal blogs, and are challenged to complete as many of these challenges as they can! We will also continue adding work based on other activities we are doing in class. Students are always allowed, and encouraged, to post about things they are doing in school, in all subjects.

It is my hope that we will have a mini student led conference, where you will come into school and your child will walk you through their blog, including all the artifacts of their learning. More information on this to come.

Please continue to check your child’s blogfolio and comment! Remember to leave your last name off when commenting to help keep the privacy of your child. Asking questions, adding information, and offering suggestions are all great things to include in your comment.

And as always, if you have any questions or comments for me, please leave them below 🙂