French Studies

Communication buddies are back and ROCK!

Salut les parents,

Another 2 and a half exciting weeks full of learning and fun is over.  The students proudly recited the poem “Braves soldats” during the Remembrance Day ceremony.  Apart from that, they also made cards with beautiful wishes. We continue practicing the sounds that are already taught and write small texts combining the vocabulary and simple grammar.These kids never cease to amaze me with their motivation and drive for learning.Not only are they capable to make wonderful presentations with older grades as you can see in the videos but they are also keen writers!They described beautifully pictures about Fall using different words and simple verbs.I am so proud of my rock stars and it’s only November!


French Studies

Tell me,and I forget,teach me,and I may remember,involve me and I LEARN!!!!

Salut les parents!

These past 2 weeks the students have been working on particular sounds such as OI,ON,OM,AI,ET,EI,OU. They practice reading words in class,play games,revise the fall vocabulary and practice writing complex sentences using already taught material and the verb EST(is)SONT(are).Regarding the reading,I am finding that there are still some difficulties with the prononciation of the vowels in French. The vowels sound very different than they do in English and it is very important that they be pronounced properly as a mispronunciation can completely change the meaning of a word, or simply make it extremely difficult to understand. As a result, I am assigning Je lis a bit later,for the time being,I want them to focus on the texts with the specific sounds in order to improve  their reading.

This week’s Challenge:learn the presentation “Tout sur moi”



Learning French is so much fun!

Salut les parents!

These 2 weeks we continued with our complex sounds. We have covered already ON,OM  and the students always read in class the words and sentences,make their own phrases with the vocabulary plus other useful expressions and verbs like  EST and do syllable recognition and spell the words.We continue with School vocabulary,meanwhile we revise the days,months and seasons of the year.In class I work with each one of them separately with the aim of assessing their reading and writing skills and identify the areas that need further improvement.The students benefit a great deal from Reading Buddies because not only do they read to each other but they also write some sentences and new words.At the end they always play Blooket revising every time the vocabulary taught during that period.The highlight of these 2 weeks was during Orange Dress Day when the kids learnt how to say in french”Every child matters””Chaque enfant compte”, Terry Fox Day when the kids explained why Terry is their hero and  of course our Communication buddies with older grades when my amazing grade 2 have the chance to practice short dialogues that we have prepared in advance.Talk,talk and more talk in French.Enjoy the pictures and the videos.

IMG_6275 Terry fox video

IMG_6288 (1)Chaque enfant compte

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Dear grade 2 parents!

Joyeux Yom Kippur!


Another 2 weeks of fun and educational activities for our kiddos.The focus during these 2 weeks was le son composé OM-ON and school vocabulary.We also talked about Rosh Hashanah and learnt some words associated with this important celebration as well as Yom Kippur.The students made beautiful paintings and they were excited to read small texts and say sorry to each other practicing the word “pardon”.Here are some of  the videos of the presentation for Rosh Hashanah.



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Hello OJCS parents and welcome to grade 2!


Can you believe another school year is upon us?If you don’t already know me, my name is Madame Efi Mouchou.This is my 2nd year at OJCS and I look forward to forming relationships with the new kids and continuing teaching your kiddos. It has been a pleasure working with your children and I have seen so much growth and learning already in the short amount of time we have had together. Last week we spent time getting to know our new friends,making them feel welcomed and establishing the classroom rules.We revised some of the things we learnt last year like sounds and various vocabulary,we read a lot and of course I insisted on their speaking french as much as possible.I look forward to meeting you all at back-to-school night on the 19th.


If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me through email or a phone call.


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Summer blog

Salut mes amis,

Here is the blog with many fun activities and games for the kids to do over the summer to revise everything they have learnt this year.I hope they enjoy the games.


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A journey to Ithaca never ends………..


My dear parents and students,


Our educational journey is almost coming to a close for this school year, with lots of positive moments and maybe a few challenging ones, at times. Speaking for myself, one of the greatest moments was when I joined the OJCS school, meeting such beautiful people and appreciating the Jews values and heritage that are celebrated. Being a diplomat’s wife, I am certainly used to developing an appreciation for different cultures and traditions and making lifelong friendships, but teaching in a school with a trilingual curriculum is unique. Shifting from “Good morning” to “Bonjour” and “Shalom” daily, opens a door to a whole new world not only for our kiddos but for us, the teachers as well. I don’t want to start listing the advantages of such education because; I am sure you all know them very well, and you can see the results everyday. However, I would like to stress  that as we all try to achieve our goals, it is important not to lose sight of the journey. Ithaca, in Homer’s Odyssey, symbolizes this idea of a destination as a long and winding journey, where the supreme aim is to find fulfillment, such as changing careers, getting a new job, passing an exam, coping with a serious health problem, moving to another country, or school, going through the loss of a parent, and so forth. Constantine Cavafy (one of the most renowned Greek poets) wrote the poem “Ithaca” in 1911, inspired by Odysseus’ journey home after the end of the Trojan War. Cavafy describes Odysseus seeing amazing things, without caring for the destination as he is, advised: “Do not hurry your trip in any way.” That’s what we should all pray for dear friends and students, a long trip full of adventures, difficulties that grow us, and numerous learning opportunities so that when we reach our destination, we will be rich in maturity, knowledge, and wisdom. No matter the hardships, never give up!

Now I would like you all to listen to the poem recited by the amazing Sean Connery and set to the music of Vangelis Papathanassiou. 


Sean Connery reads ITHAKA | Powerful Life Poem by C.P.Cavafy


French Studies

A school where fun never ends!

The school is buzzing right now! There has been so much activity lately at the school, and students are shining. Kids enjoyed spending a morning with their grandparents doing fun activities in all three languages, and they proudly showed them their work.In french they wrote a list poem about their favorite animal.For Mother’s Day, they wrote a recipe for a delicious smoothie. They love practicing their reading and writing skills through reading buddies and playing games so that they can review all the new and old vocabulary. We are currently learning about the different food categories such as poultry,red meat and seafood and this week they will be creating their own menus.. As the end of the school year is getting closer, I insist on them reading the Je lis books daily so they can finish Grade 2 positively and successfully.

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Le printemps est ici!

The last two weeks have been full of meaningful learning at the OJCS. We learned C’est and Ce sont. We learned where fruits and vegetables grow; on the trees, above the ground, and below the ground. The kids made presentations about what their families adore, aime, n’aime pas, et déteste. We celebrated the 75th anniversary of Israel by working in different stations, cutting veggies for the pitas and the falafel, and dancing traditional dances. Finally, they worked so responsibly on the project: Mon animal idéal. The students chose or made up their favorite animal. They described its appearance, character, its needs, and its talents. The presentations will take place on Tuesday the 2nd. During reading buddy time with grade 8 on Friday, the children talked with their buddies about their animals and made a list with eight adjectives. I am always impressed by their ability to switch from French to Hebrew and vice versa every time I walk into the class. At the beginning of the school year, I felt like the odd duck out, but now learning another language( I am already trilingual) is just a BEAUTIFUL thing!!!!!

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La beauté de la langue française!!!

Alors les amis, why celebrate la Francophonie? I can think of thousands of reasons why but it comes down to one thing: we love the french language because it is smooth, rich, and flowing: we love speaking french because, with its nasal vowels and melodious intonation, it sounds very musical to a non-native ear. We want to learn French because it is also called the language of love, cooking, fashion, theater, visual arts, dance, and architecture.

During la francofête at our school, we had the pleasure to admire all the students from JK-grade 8 sing, dance, act, and recite poems in french!!!! All the teachers worked hard to make that happen. The students were proud of themselves, and their energy and passion were evident throughout the afternoon. During the week of the francophonie, they read books, heard stories, watched movies, played games, learned the ten magic words, and tasted french treats. Alors mes amis as the legendary teacher Dorothy Grace Boyajian once said, “Let us keep the flame of knowledge alive so we can light the candle of our children.”

A très bientôt!