November 10

Structured Word Inquiry

One of my goals as a teacher is to help students see that WE ALL have areas where we shine, and areas where we may not be as strong.

One of those ‘not so strong’ areas for me is that I am a terrible speller. This can be pretty embarrassing as a Language Arts teacher. Fortunately, I’ve developed tools and strategies that work for me over the years. I know how important it is to ensure things are spelled correctly before pressing send or publish. So I read, and reread my work over and over, even for something as simple as a text. Spellcheck and predictive text have been blessings in disguise for me. I often know when something just doesn’t look right, and so I check dictionaries and definitions to make sure I’m saying just what I want to say.

You can imagine my excitement then, when Mrs. Reichstein, our director of Special  Education, told me that English spelling is not just a guessing game. There are rules and strategies, that if you know them, you almost always can spell a word correctly!

I needed to learn more.

I started working with her one on one last year, and began learning a few new rules that just BLEW MY MIND. I knew these invaluable strategies would be helpful to my students as well.

Last week, she started coming in to teach our class some of these rules, and the energy during her lessons is palpable. There were so many “Aha” moments, and we can’t wait to learn more!

Here are some of the rules we’ve learned so far through investigation:

We learned a few tips to help us as we go…

We’ve started a running record of prefixes and suffixes to help us as we write…

And we’re keeping track of questions we have so that student voice guides each lesson, showing that we own our own learning…

This past week we learned that to make the letter C say |s| it must be followed by an E. But as Mrs. Reichstein tells us, don’t take her word for it! Be investigators! Can you find words that don’t follow this rule? We already thought of “fancy” and “science”. Can you think of any more?

As you make discoveries, please comment below. Or if you have any questions, comment and let us know! We’ll add them to our question board and share our discoveries about why they may break the rule.

October 28

שיעורי בית בעברית Hebrew Homework

Shalom all,


Our current study unit is sentences based on infinitives (שם פועל), this sentence structure can allow large spectrum of communication and expressions even with a limited vocabulary.

We started with learning a list of infinitives 2 weeks ago. Last week we started practicing and refreshment of pronouns (שמות גוף), and today we added 4 verbs that all together can make the “infinitive-based” sentences.

Today the homework is two pages:

  1. practice pronouns (שמות גוף)
  2. choose the correct verb (according to the pronoun) to make the “infinitive-based” sentence

We will go on learning this point in the next weeks,


Good night,

Dr. Sagy


October 28

The Student Blogs Are Live!

Over the last 4 (short) weeks, our students have started learning about the different functions of their blogs. They’ve created avatars, started writing posts, embedded images, and have even gotten some comments from other students around the world!

We have been able to do all this because we are participating in the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge!

There are so many things I love about this program.

  1. Students are EXCITED to blog! Every day they come in asking me if we will be working on our blogs today. Imagine…they want to write…and document…and publish their work for a global audience!
  2. Students are learning important skills, such as keeping themselves safe online, interacting respectfully with others, editing their work to a point of being proud to share it with the world, and are making important decisions about what to share and why.

If you scroll down on the right hand side of this blog, you will see links to our student blogs.

Read them, comment on them! Here are some of the rules we’ve come up with when commenting that we’d like you to follow:

  • Address the author by their blogging name (that means use their alias if they are using one, even if you know their real name)
  • Be polite
  • Be appropriate
  • Agree or disagree with the blog and tell the author why
  • Add an opinion or thought that could help the blogger improve
  • Give details and ask questions
  • If you are a parent of the blogger, please comment with your first name only to help continue keeping our students’ identity safe.

Feel free to share these blogs with your family and friends. It is so exciting every time someone gets some love and attention on their blog 🙂

October 28

Adding Hebrew keyboard to computer system or mobile device

Shalom, all!
As we move forward we will be using electronic devices in Hebrew learning.
To add the Hebrew keyboard to the computer system or mobile device please follow these helpful instructions, kindly given by our outstanding computer expert  Josh Max.
If you want to buy stickers to put on a computer keyboard to show the Hebrew letters here is what we recommend:
As well, if someone wants to add the Hebrew keyboard to a computer system or mobile device here are the steps for each device type:
Installing Hebrew keyboard on iPad or iPhone:
  • Go to Settings –> General –> Keyboard –> Keyboards
  • Click “Add new Keyboard…”
  • Scroll down and select “Hebrew”
  • That’s it!  To use the keyboard:
    • When typing select the globe icon in the bottom-left corner of the English keyboard.
    • Push and hold the globe icon and you will be able to select the Hebrew keyboard.
    • To switch back to English, simply push and hold the icon again and select “English” .
    • If you want the nikkud/vowels push and hold on the Hebrew keyboard character and select the what you need.
Installing Hebrew keyboard on Mac
  • Go to Apple menu > System Preferences.
  • Click Language & Text, and then click Input Sources.
  • Select “Hebrew” ( or Ivrit).
  • Be sure to check the “Keyboard and Character Viewer” box as well.
  • At the bottom, select the “Show Input menu in menu bar” checkbox.’
  • To use the keyboard:  At the top-right of your screen, you should now see the Input Menu. Click on the “U.S. Flag” option, and choose “Hebrew/ Israeli flag”.
    • You should now be typing in hebrew
    • To switch back just click and choose the US Flag
    • You may also want to choose “Show Keyboard Viewer” from this menu to see what characters match each key in this keyboard layout.

Installing Hebrew keyboard on Windows

  • First, activate the hebrew keyboard through the Control Panel:
    • Click on the Start button > Control Panel > Clock, Language, and Region > Region and Language.
    • Click the Keyboards and Languages tab, and then click Change keyboards.
    • Under Installed services, click Add.
    • Double-click Hebrew/Ivrit, double-click “Keyboard,” and select the options you want. Then click OK.
  • Next, turn on the Language Bar:
    • While you still have the “Text Services and Input Languages” window open (or open again following steps 1-2 above), click on the Language Bar tab.
    • Make sure the “Docked in the taskbar” option is selected. Click OK to close all control panel windows open.
    • Use the Language Bar to select which language you want to type in:
    • The Language Bar should now appear in the lower-right corner of your computer screen.
    • Click on the language abbreviation – ENG or HEB/ענר – then select the language you want from the menu.
    • You can also use the keyboard shortcut ‘windows key + spacebar’ to quickly switch back and forth.
  • To see what characters are associated with each key:
    • Click the Start button > All Programs > Accessories > Ease of Access. (In Windows XP, it’s called Accessibility.)
    • Then click On-Screen Keyboard to open the On-Screen Keyboard.
    • The On-Screen Keyboard will show you what letters are associated with each key. You can type the letters with your keyboard, or you can click on the letters on the screen.  When you press/click Shift, Ctrl, Alt, etc., you’ll see what new characters can be typed by using these combination keys.


Thank you,

Dr. Sagy



October 28

A Full Week Full of Events!

Tomorrow, Tuesday October 29, we will be taking school photos. Please remember to wear your white uniform shirt!

geralt / Pixabay


Friday, November 1, is our first Grade 5 Family Kabbalat Shabbat at 2:30 pm in the chapel. We hope you will be able to come.

RJA1988 / Pixabay

Friday is also our first early Friday dismissal. The school day ends at 3:00 pm. Then, on Friday November 8, we move to our 2:00 pm Friday dismissals.