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.

2A, 2B, General Studies, Homework

General Studies Homework – Week of Jan 27th

Hello Grade 2 Students and Parents,

This week’s homework is a little different…

You are being tasked with creating a Flip Grid Introduction video for our pen pals! You can download FlipGrid as an app on your device or you can simply use the FlipGrid website on a laptop/computer. Here is a link to our grid with our PenPals or you can use the QR code below.

NOTE: You will be asked to login using a google account. This can be done on a personal google account or with your child’s account (log in information was posted last week).  

We have used FlipGrid in class (and reviewed the steps today) so everyone should remember how to create a video and post it. However, if you have any issues, please reach out to me.

2A, 2B, General Studies

Mixing Liquids & Solids

As you know, we have been exploring matter in Science class. Today we experimented with mixing liquids with different solids. 

You may notice that some of the items we used are not be kosher. I want to reassure you that we were working as scientists… NOT AS CHEFS! We were very careful not to put any of the items in our mouths. 

Milk + Chocolate Powder

Water + Sprinkles

Water + Flour

Water + Jello Powder


Of course, it wouldn’t be a science activity with out a little bit of a mess….