2A, 2B, General Studies

Angela Dominguez Visits Grade 2!

What a fantastic way to end our week! 

We started our journey with Stella in October 2019. As a class we read Stella Diaz Has Something To Say for the Global Read Aloud! We totally fell in love with Stella (and not just because the cover of the book is Morah Lianna’s favourite colour). 

 

After connecting with Angela Dominguez on Twitter a few times, we saw that she was releasing a second Stella Diaz Book! We were so excited that she replied to our tweets!

 

Jumping into Distance Learning in the middle of March, Morah Lianna decided this was a perfect time to read Stella Diaz Never Gives Up! Over the last month and a half, the students in Grade 2 listened to Morah Lianna reading this Stella Diaz book chapter by chapter. We fell more in love with Stella  (is that even possible?!). We did some awesome activities as “chapter follow ups”… we explored the Shedd Aquarium via Twitter and we even made tote bags to help follow Stella’s pledge! 

After sharing a picture of the DIY tote bag & tweeting back and forth with the incredible author (Angela Dominguez), Morah Lianna decided to direct message (DM) and ask for a virtual author visit! Angela Dominguez was so quick to reply and set up this visit! WE ARE SO LUCKY!

We spent this week brainstorming questions on Jamboard and preparing for the big visit!

Having Angela Dominguez join us was incredible! She answered all of our questions, introduced us to her favourite animal (her dog, Petunia), and shared some wisdom about reading, writing, and believing in yourself!

 

 

 

We can’t wait for Stella Diaz Dreams Big to come out in January 2021!

We are also crossing our fingers and toes that some of our names show up in book #4!

 

Grade 2 Parents: If you have any pictures or videos from this incredible author visit, please send them my way so I can add them to this blog post!

2A, 2B

#OJCSEarthDayChallenge

Hello Grade 2! 

Knesset has put together an OJCS Earth Day Challenge. Can you try to complete all 10 challenges?! CAN YOU DO IT BEFORE THE END OF APRIL?!

Knesset is asking families that are comfortable to share photos and videos of themselves completing any of the challenges using #OJCSEarthDayChallenge. If you’d like to, you can even e-mail photos and videos from this challenge to Morah Lianna and she will share them on the class twitter accounts!

2A, 2B, General Studies, Reminders

Innovation Day!

Hello Grade 2 Parents!

We are so excited for Innovation Day (formerly known as STEAM Fair) on Thursday, March 5th!

You are all invited to join us on Thursday from 8:45am-9:25am in the Grade 2 classrooms.
You will be able to see the finished projects that the Grade 2 students have built for our Marble Movement Challenge!

We are looking forward to sharing our work with you!

 

Student Blogger

Guest Blogger – My Vacation

Hi, my name is Lily and I’m in the Grade 2 class.

On my vacation, I went to Texas. I visited family that I didn’t know and they were Holocaust survivors. I spent time with Bill Morgan. He was my mom’s Zaidie’s first cousin.

I went to the Holocaust Museum and I got scared when I saw butterflies and what they represented. I learned a lot about the Holocaust and Nazis. I bought a book called The Whispering Town and shared it with the class when I got home. 

I wanted to share this on the blog because it was very special to me. It was special because my brothers weren’t there. I was with just my mom. It was special to learn about my family’s history. 

 

2A, 2B, Reminders

Student Blogfolios

Hello Grade 2 Parents,

The day has come….we are ready for a soft launch into student blogfolios! In your child’s note tote, there should be a letter explaining student blogfolios and all the different options of privacy. In case it gets lost on the way home, here is a digital version. (blog post continues after the embedded document)

The student blogfolio will follow your child through their years at OJCS. Their blogfolios will develop into so much more than just a digital portfolio. The students will be learning to communicate online, reflect on their work, and develop their digital citizenship skills (including online safety). 

If you are curious about the various privacy options, here are some live examples:

Public Blogfolio  – This student has been blogging since Kindergarten. It’s wonderful to see how her learning has grown and developed over time.

Public Avatar Blogfolio – This student has just begun her blogging journey and has chosen to keep her name and identity private. We are still able to see her growth and interact with her on her journey. Notice how students have learned to respect her privacy by using the alias in the comments as well.

Password Protected Blogfolio – This student has shared her name and is open to leaving some posts public, however when she shares pictures or videos, she has password protected the post. Only those who have been approved by her or her parents are allowed to know the password.

Private Blogfolio – This blog is completely private. Unless you have an Edublogs account and have been granted access to this blog, you will not be able to see the content.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out so we can discuss. Please remember to fill out and sign the blogfolio permission form and return it to school by Friday, March 6. 

Shabbat Shalom!

2A, 2B, General Studies, Homework

General Studies Homework

As mentioned yesterday, this week’s homework is all about preparing for Innovation Day (STEAM Fair). Today, the students started designing their projects for our Marble Movement Challenge! 

The homework is to gather materials to use for building their projects. We talked about gathering ONLY recycled materials (toilet paper rolls, juice/soda bottles, paper towel rolls, old shoe boxes, etc.). Your child can bring in these items all week long. 

Thank you!

2A, 2B, Reminders

Welcome Back!

We hope you had a lovely February break! 

Just a few notes and reminders for this week…

  • General Studies homework this week will be focused on preparing for Innovation Day (formerly known as STEAM fair). More information on this will come tomorrow… today was just about building excitement!
  • Mark your calendars to join us on March 5th for first period to see our projects. I will share out more information next week. 
  • This Wednesday (Feb. 26) we will be having a special Parsha and Pancakes for Kindergarten to Grade 2 at 8:00am in the Maker Space! We will have Rabbi Kenter as a special guest parent teaching the Parsha. Please sign up here
2A, 2B, General Studies

World Read Aloud Day meets JDAIM meets The OJCS Makerspace

The day has finally come! We can share our big secret with our followers!

You may have seen on Morah Lianna’s Twitter that we have been working on a secret project in the OJCS Makerspace! 

                          

We are so excited to share this video with you today, on February 5th! 

Below is our video project that we have created in order to celebrate World Read Aloud Day (which is today!) and Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month, also known as JDAIM, (which takes place through the whole month of February).

We hope you enjoyed our project! Special thanks to Madelaine Werier, co-founder of JOIN,  for the book recommendation and another special thanks to Josh Max, our IT Specialist, for filming and editing the video with Morah Lianna.

 

2A, 2B, General Studies, Homework

General Studies Homework – Week of Feb. 3

Wow! I cannot believe it is already February. This will be our last week with homework until after the February break (due to a short week next week). 

New homework tasks went home today. 

Science: Giving an example of one reversible and one irreversible change to the state of matter (the reversible example we discussed was how water can freeze to become a solid and then melt back to being a liquid). 

Math: Calculate the perimeter of the swimming pool (image and dimensions in homework folder).

Social Studies: Compare and contract activities we do in the winter and summer using a Venn diagram.