November 19

Science exploration update: SOUND!

We started our new Science unit of Sound. Our focus looks at properties of sound, sound movement through different mediums and an exploration of the sound vibration through the ear.

At the start of class 4B, we had a special guest teacher… Morah Kayla! She took her learning beyond the classroom and brought in filters to show the class:

November 19

Great Lakes of Canada Project

In Grade 4 social studies, we have been learning about the great lakes across Canada. Students in Ms M’s social studies class have been hard at work building replica’s (please proceed with imagination!) From Lake Erie (with added Niagra Falls!) to Lake Superior, Lake Ontario and Lake Michigan and not forgetting Lake Lake Huron, we will tie this directly into our final project in which we learn about the physical regions of Canada.

We will be testing soon and video recordings uploaded to individual blogs…Watch this space…

November 18

You should buy a book and you should buy a book…. everyone should buy a book!

If you follow our school’s social media accounts, you’ve probably heard the news that we are indeed having a Scholastic Book Fair this year.  It will be held in person for our students, and virtually for their parents and other family members and friends.

In-person for STUDENTS: November 22-26th

Virtual for PARENTS, FAMILY MEMBERS, and FRIENDS OF THE OJCS: November 22-December 3rd.  The virtual link is HERE!

I will be in touch to let you know the specific date of your child’s visit to the fair so that they can be prepared.

There will also be teacher wish lists shared out so that parents can purchase books for their child’s teachers or send their child to school with extra money to pick out a wish list item for their teachers.

These fairs are very important fundraisers for the school and the goal this year is to use the funds to purchase important French teaching materials and books.

Thank you for supporting The OJCS!

November 11

Instructions for November’s final project

Dear parents, as you already know, this months’ project is on the topic of food. Today we explained to the students how they should start working on their food related project. While all of the explanations were given in class, we feel that the best results will be achieved if you guys are onboard. The following are the outlines of the entire project as they were given to the kids:


  • The entire duration of the presentation must be under 5 minutes. Should you need more, ask one of the teachers and explain why.
  • All presentations must include as much Hebrew as possible, each student is expected to include content in Hebrew in accordance to their own ability.  
  • The topic of the project is a food that has some special meaning to you and your family members. It doesn’t have to be traditionally Jewish/Israeli, but it would be better if it was. 
  • The kids can pair up, no more than two in a group. If they work as a duo, they can do a presentation about the same food, or two separate presentations, their choice.
  • The presentation must contain the answers for the following questions:
    • What food did you choose? ( I chose to do my project about Hummus)
    • Why did you choose it? Or why does this food mean something to you and your family members? (My bubby used to make my mom latkes on rainy days, my mom makes me latkes on rainy days, so every rainy day I think about latkes, and so on.)
    • What is the history of this food in general, and what is its history within your family? (for example: Chumentash symbolizes Haman harasha’s ears, they come from ancient Persia, my zeidi always brought us a box of Chumentash on Purim)
    • What is it made of? Where can you find the food itself? (grocery stores, in the wild, restaurants, etc.)
  • After gathering the information from the question above, the kids will have to decide on a method of delivery for their project, this is the part where they get to be as original as they can. Just off the top of my head, they could do:
    • A presidential debate between two politicians arguing which food should be the national food? Couscous or Burekas?
    • A skit about a Canadian going to an Israeli restaurant asking what’s in every dish.
    • A slide show about the food the kid chose.
    • A large plack with cutouts, texts and pictures on it.
    • A news article covering a huge accident on the Ottawa river causing a mass spill of lucky charms into the lake. 
    • The sky’s the limit, any idea the kids have that cover all the materials gathered in the last section is perfect. 
  • The presentations need to be ready for the week of 29.11-3.12, we won’t have all presentations done in a row, but will spread them out throughout the week. We’ll give each student a more specific date after reviewing their progress at the end of next week.
  • Have fun, push your kids to explore your background and culture, inspire them to be as imaginative as they can!!!