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  • Today Ms. Jensen and Ms. Kim waived goodbye to the slide! Playground renovations are getting more exciting by the day!
  • Tonight your favorite teachers and administrators met up to celebrate the 2018-2019 school year! Thank you @wonderfulworldofwisner for hosting us in your lovely home!
  • Playground renovations are underway. School starts in 20 days, and we can’t wait to see our friends!
  • Learning is a life-long quest! This week our Kinder Expert, Nelly Wisner, engaged in an intensive study led by Lucy Calkins at Columbia University to refine her practice and engage with the most recent research on best practices in phonics instruction. @wonderfulworldofwisner
  • We are incredibly honored to wish these kiddos all the best in middle school. They have made us so very proud in countless ways!
  • We ended our last day of school with the Talent Show! Hoping everyone has a wonderful Summer!

Our Inclusive Community

In our tight-knit community, every child is acknowledged and celebrated on a daily basis and has the opportunities to form deep friendships that will last throughout his/her life. The small community breads confidence as well as opportunities for leadership. Our students enter middle school understanding that they are agents of change while knowing who they are and the values they hold true.

Morning Meeting

Every day begins with a 30 minute Morning Meeting, one of the tenets of Responsive Classroom. During this time, students greet each other, do an activity together, share news and read a morning message. Through this Morning Meeting, students’ sense of belonging, significance, and fun are targeted. Once these three feelings are ignited, students are prepared for a day of learning.

Responsive Classroom

We recognize that a child’s social and emotional growth is just as important as his/her academic growth. The Responsive Classroom approach is a widely used, research-backed approach to elementary education that increases academic achievement, decreases problem behaviors, improves social skills, and leads to more high-quality instruction. Through opportunities for autonomous choice-making, logical consequences and positive teacher language, classrooms become a place where students are challenged to grow their academic, social and emotional competencies on a daily basis.

Bucket Filling

Based on the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud, students learn a tangible metaphor for doing kind deeds for others. Through individual student buckets and classroom buckets, students are able to both give recognition to others who fill their buckets and receive recognition for kind deeds they have done. Bucket filling provides a simple language that all students can use to speak and think about the ways they treat others.

Public Speaking

Every child at Beth Hillel Elementary has many opportunities to speak in front of large groups on a regular basis. Whether it is a class presentation, leading Tefillah or facilitating the Morning Assembly for the school, Beth Hillel Elementary students learn public speaking skills starting in Transitional Kindergarten.

Student Buddies

Every child in Transitional Kindergarten through second grade is assigned a buddy from third through sixth grade. The buddy relationship blossoms throughout the year by joining together in Tefillah, celebrating holidays and creating a special friendship. Their partnership builds leadership skills for the older students while building the confidence of the younger students.