Posted in Special Events

A Wonderful Winter Fun Day!!!

What a wonderful day JK & SK had celebrating Winter Fun Day!!  We started the day playing outside in the sunshine and then headed inside for some winter-themed activities.  We visited the library where Brigitte read some stories about yetis and had some fun yeti games to play and we visited the Makerspace where each child created their own edible snowman.  After snack and little free play time, we ventured outside again for a special Treasure Hunt.  The kids were split into 4 teams and each team had to solve 6 clues to find a variety of outdoor locations where they could collect their team’s colour ice cube gems.  Each team completed their quest and found their gems!!  After lunch, we cozied up for a special movie afternoon.  It was really special to have the whole school to ourselves today and many kids were overheard saying, “Best Day Ever!!”… how can we not agree!!!  Check out the photos below of some highlights…

An update on our Tu B’Shevat-inspired science:

Over the past 3 weeks, we have observed how our little seeds have rooted in their bags, sprouted and then grown in their planters into little plants (or in some cases, not).  As with all science experiments, we have had varying results: some plants have not grown since transferring whereas others have multiple blooms.  Today, the plants will be coming home where we hope the kids will continue to care for them and observe their growth…. and if they end up “getting lost” along the way that’s okay too 😉

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

Friday, Feb. 16 – PD Day – NO SCHOOL

Monday, Feb. 19 – Friday, Feb. 23 – NO SCHOOL for Family Day and Reading Week

Friday, Mar. 1 and Friday, Mar. 8 – 3:00 pm Dismissal

We hope you all have a lovely Family Day and a great February break!!

Posted in General Studies, Math, Reminders, Special Events

Today is the 100th Day of School and Winter Fun Day is Coming!!

Today was the 100th day of school and SK spent the day celebrating in many different ways!! We started by reading a story called “William’s 100th Day of School” and then we did a special 100 Day workout – we warmed up by running on the spot for 100 seconds and then did 10 different exercises 10 times each…. Phew!! It was a great way to work out our bodies and our minds, never mind that it helped us practice counting by 10s!  We spent the rest of our time together counting, measuring and comparing 100 different objects.  Did you know that 100 marbles are heavier than 100 cotton balls? Or that 100 chain links are longer than 100 unifix cubes?  SK does!!  We made 100 Day crowns and ended off with a 100 Day parade, counting 100 steps around the hallways and showing off our counting skills.  What a day!! Check out the pictures below from our celebrations….

This Thursday, February 15th is Winter Fun Day at OJCS… Woohoo!!  We are looking forward to a fantastic fun-filled day, but we wanted to let you know about a few important things….

Please ensure that your child is dressed warmly!! Students do not need to wear uniforms – comfy, cozy clothes and layers are encouraged.   We highly recommend sending an extra set of clothes, especially extra socks, to school as it will likely be wet outside and the kids will need to change.  Extra mittens or gloves and snowpants if you have them would also be helpful!! Aside from our usual outdoor play periods, SK will be starting the day with drop-off outside, so please make sure they are dressed properly when they arrive at school and meet us on the red playground between 8:30 and 8:45 am.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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to Ivri in SK-A who turned 6 on February 12th

to Hannah in SK-A who turns 6 on February 21st

and to Isabella in SK-A who turns 6 on February 22nd!!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

Thursday, Feb. 15 – Winter Fun Day

Friday, Feb. 16 – PD Day – NO SCHOOL

Monday, Feb. 19 – Friday, Feb. 23 – NO SCHOOL for Family Day and Reading Week

Friday, Mar. 1 and Friday, Mar. 8 – 3:00 pm Dismissal

Posted in General Studies, STEAM

Tu B’Shevat-inspired Science… Phase 2

In case you have not been hearing about the progress of our little bean plants at home, here’s an update on our progress so far… After SK germinated their beans, we began to notice some changes over the last week.  At first, the beans cracked open and then the roots began to pop out and grow longer.  Over the past week, the kids have been drawing their observations as the plants have changed and we have been learning about the different parts of a plant.  Today was planting day!!!  Each child took their rooting beans and transferred them into soil… Now we are going to watch and wait to see if they sprout and grow stems, leaves and maybe even flowers!! Stay tuned for the results…

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to Neta in SK-B who turns 6 on February 5th!!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

Fridays (from now until early March) – 2:00 pm Dismissal

Thursday, Feb. 1 – NOON DISMISSAL for P/T Conferences

Friday, Feb. 2 – NO SCHOOL for P/T Conferences

Thursday, Feb. 15 – Winter Fun Day

Friday, Feb. 16 – PD Day – NO SCHOOL

Monday, Feb. 19 – Friday, Feb. 23 – NO SCHOOL for Family Day an

Posted in General Studies, STEAM

A little Tu B’Shevat-inspired Science…

As the SK students are learning about Tu B’Shevat in Jewish studies, we took this cross-curricular opportunity and we’ve been talking about how trees and plants grow in Science.  Today, the kids began a seed germination experiment that will allow them to observe what happens to the seeds they “planted” over the period of a week or two and, if the experiment works, what will happen when we transfer the seedlings to soil…. Check out the photos below of the beginning of our experiment and stay tuned for the results in an upcoming blog post….

This, Friday, January 26th, is Dress Down Day.  We will be collecting tzedakah in support of JNF.  Don’t forget to bring your loonies and toonies!!

As part of their Rabbi Bulka Kindness Project, the Grade 6 students have been making bracelets and will be selling them to raise money for the Magen David Adom. Each bracelet will be sold for $5. Bracelets will be sold during the first and second recesses outside of the chapel.

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to Tamara in SK-B who turned 6 on January 17th!!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

Fridays (from now until early March) – 2:00 pm Dismissal

Friday, Jan. 26 – Dress Down Day

Thursday, Feb. 1 – NOON DISMISSAL for P/T Conferences

Friday, Feb. 2 – NO SCHOOL for P/T Conferences

Thursday, Feb. 15 – Winter Fun Day

Friday, Feb. 16 – PD Day – NO SCHOOL

Monday, Feb. 19 – Friday, Feb. 23 – NO SCHOOL for Family Day and Reading Week

Posted in Reminders

Pyjama Dress Down Day is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Friday, December 22nd, is a special Pyjama Dress Down Day.  We will be collecting tzedakah in support of Biking for Bubbies and programs at Hillel Lodge.  The kids are welcome to wear their jammies to school (though we ask they wear warm pyjamas or have an extra layer as we will still be going outside for recesses) and we ask that they bring a stuffy for a special Show & Share activity. Please ensure that whatever they bring, it fits in their backpack!!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

Fridays (from now until early March) – 2:00 pm Dismissal

Friday, Dec. 22 – Pyjama Dress Down Day

Monday, Dec. 25-Friday, Jan. 5 – WINTER BREAK!!

Monday, Jan. 8 – School Resumes

Wishing you all a restful and relaxing Winter Break!! See you in 2024!!

The SK Team

Posted in General Studies, Reading

Introducing Amplify Reading!

Did you know that we have a new reading program at the OJCS this year?  The kids in SK have begun to explore Amplify Reading (or Boost as they know it) over the last month and we thought we’d share some important information (thanks Mrs. Reichstein and Mrs. Thompson!) about how we are using it at school and how you can use it at home as well…

What is Amplify Reading?

Amplify is the new reading platform (the umbrella company) that the OJCS purchased licences for this year to use as a pilot project to enhance our current reading programs. We bought three programs for our school through Amplify, each explained below.

1. mClass – DIBELS 8 Assessment

2. Boost Reading

3. Boost Close Reading

Why did we choose Amplify? 

It is the platform that most closely aligns with the evidence-based body of research referred to as the ‘Science of Reading’. The Science of Reading research shows the need for students to have word recognition skills (such as phonemic awareness, decoding skills through phonics, and reading fluency) and language comprehension (including knowledge of vocabulary, morphology, and syntax) in order to read and comprehend text. 

1. mClass is the system that allows us to run the DIBELS 8 Assessment with all of our students in Grades K-3.

What is DIBELS?

DIBELS ® (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) is a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of literacy skills. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures that can be used to regularly detect risk and monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills. In SK, the DIBELS 8 assesses different skills such as, Phonemic Awareness, Sound Isolation, Decoding, and Word Reading. These results help us identify who is below, at, or above grade level in each skill and then target instruction (i.e. with small groups, resource support, etc.) accordingly. This is an assessment that is completed in class with the teacher and it should also be noted that the DIBELS assessments are all timed tasks.

2. Boost Reading is the reading program licence we purchased for our students K-5. Boost Reading is a literacy acceleration and remediation program that uses adaptive technology to deliver personalized learning instruction for K–5 students. The engaging world of Boost Reading adapts to each unique reader. Boost Reading was authored with experts in literacy, cognitive science, learning, and instruction. It builds on well-established principles of effective instructional design and delivery, as well as new and cutting-edge research on how students learn to read.

Can my child use this program at home?

Yes, please!!! We will be sending a handout with your child’s log-in information (in your child’s Note Tote) home today!!  Get your child set up to use Boost Reading at home by making sure they have a set of headphones and a quiet place to play. Boost Reading is personalized to your child’s needs, so you don’t need to and you should NOT assist them with their learning. Once they log in, they’re ready to start using the program. Some students will begin with a placement activity that helps the program match them to the best content. To ensure the most accurate placement, it’s important that students complete each activity independently. It’s always helpful to encourage your student/child to have fun and do their best!

3. Boost Close Reading is the reading program licence we purchased for our students in Grades 6-8.  You will receive more information about this as your child approaches those grades.

What will I see as a parent on report cards?

For K-5 students, on the report card, teachers will share how a student is performing in various strands related to reading, including letter names and sounds, decoding and fluency. With data from the DIBELS assessment, the report cards will indicate whether the student is performing above grade, at grade or below grade level in each specific skill assessed. They will also share next steps to target skills that are still developing. 

Any questions?? Please feel free to reach out to Morah Andréa.  Perhaps you can take some time over the winter break to try this out at home!!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

Fridays (from now until early March) – 2:00 pm Dismissal

Friday, Dec. 22 – Dress Down PJ Day – all are encouraged to bring a favourite stuffy to Show & Share with their friends

Monday, Dec. 25-Friday, Jan. 5 – WINTER BREAK!!

Monday, Jan. 8 – School Resumes

Posted in Chagim, STEAM

The Miracle of the Oil

Our Chanukah celebrations in SK started with a Science spin as both classes experimented and created with one of the symbols of this chag – oil!!

First, we got all the kids together and did an experiment with water, oil and food colouring.  Be sure to ask your child if the water and oil mixed together or stayed separate and what happened to the food colouring…. feel free to put their responses in a comment on this post!

Then they had the opportunity to craft a Kad Shemen (oil jug) using liquid watercolours, oil and eyedroppers.  Once again, they got to see the magic the oil created.  Check out the pictures below for the results!!

We are hoping you will all be able to join us this coming Tuesday Dec. 12th for the OJCS Family Chanukah Celebration at 6:30 pm.  There will be class performances, candle lighting, and some sweet treats to enjoy!!

For those attending, please bring your child to the SK classrooms no later than 6:30 pm and then you can go find yourselves seats in the gym.  We will bring the kids to the gym for the performance and help them find you afterwards.
We ask that each child pick their favourite colour of the rainbow (please not black, white, grey or brown) and wear entirely that colour for their performance.
If you are not planning to attend, please do let us know so that we are aware of who to expect on Tuesday evening.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

Fridays (from now until early March) – 2:00 pm Dismissal

Tuesday, Dec. 12 – OJCS Family Chanukah Celebration @ 6:30pm

Friday, Dec. 22 – Dress Down PJ Day (more details coming soon!)

Monday, Dec. 25-Friday, Jan. 5 – WINTER BREAK!!

Monday, Jan. 8 – School Resumes

Wishing you and your families a Chanukah filled with laughter, love and light… Chag Sameach!!

The SK Team

Posted in General Studies, Math

Introducing IXL

IXL Online Math Forum

IXL is an online forum that provides diagnostics of learning skills, promotes review, mastery and extensions of skills through practice, as well as providing students, teachers, and parents valuable information on student’s progress through grade data points.  We have just introduced IXL in the classroom and there will be a handout in your child’s backpack today that explains how to log in with your child’s login and password; if you need a reminder or have not received the handout, please contact Morah Andrea.  The program can be accessed through either the link above or by downloading the app for Apple or Android products, though it tends to work better through the website.

We will continue to use this program in class, but practice time at home is also encouraged! However, please ensure that your child is working on this as independently as possible. If a teacher or parent helps out, especially during the Diagnostic process, the recommendations and next steps will be biased and not as authentic for the students to monitor their own growth, be confident in their abilities as well as provide authentic feedback to the teacher on his or her personalized math journey. For a more in-depth tutorial on how to set up the program for your child as well as highlights of the program, check out these past blog posts from our Math specialist, Mrs. Cleveland:

IXL: Online Math Forum for Personalized Learning

IXL: Four Highlights to Understand

Please comment on this post or feel free to reach out if you have any questions!!

Posted in Reminders

Coming Up: Dress Down Day and Book Fair!!

This Thursday, November 30th is Dress Down Day!!  This month, we are collecting tzedakah in support of the Royal Canadian Legion in honour of Remembrance Day.  Don’t forget to bring your loonies and toonies!!

Next week, the OJCS Scholastic Book Fair begins!!  SK-A will be visiting the Book Fair on Wednesday, December 6th and SK-B will be visiting on Thursday, December 7th and the kids will have a chance to purchase some books.  We have already sent home a flyer in your child’s Note Tote; if you would like to go through it with your child and pick a few options, it will give you a sense of how much money to send to school.  We ask that you send your child’s money in a ziploc baggie with their name on it and the total amount you are sending.  You can also send a list of preferred books with your child, though we cannot guarantee that every title will be available.  Parents are also welcome to visit the Book Fair during the designated times as outlined on the poster below.  Any questions?  Feel free to comment on this post!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

Fridays (from now until early March) – 2:00 pm Dismissal

Thursday, Nov. 30 – Dress Down Day

Tuesday, Dec. 5 – Thursday, Dec. 7 – OJCS Book Fair

Tuesday, Dec. 12 – OJCS Family Chanukah Celebration @ 6:30pm

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to Joey and Liv in SK-A who turn 5 on December 6th!!

Posted in General Studies, Reminders

In November, we remember…

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…..

SK spent some time over last week learning about Remembrance Day and why it is such an important day.  We read stories about being brave and courageous, we talked about the men and women who made sure and continue to ensure that Canada is safe and free, and we learned why we wear poppies as a symbol on this day.  Of course, we crafted poppies of all kinds!!

At our Remembrance Day assembly, the kids recited a poem called “Little Poppy” and they did an incredible job both performing and showing respect for their fellow students.  Check out the video below:

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

Fridays (from now until early March) – 2:00 pm Dismissal

Thursday, Nov. 23 – Dress Down Day

Friday, Nov. 24 – PD DAY – NO SCHOOL

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to Joshua in SK-B who turns 5 on November 14th!!