The National Jewish History Museum, Rooms 213 and 212

Today was the perfect, sunny, Fall day to visit the National Jewish History Museum. We toured The Art of Rube Goldberg, where we learned about his iconic invention drawings and got to build our own simple machines!
We also explored other parts of the museum. We saw primary sources and original artifacts, helping us better understand the Jewish immigration experience in America.

Two quotes from the museum that hit a chord:
“Happily the government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” George Washington, 1790

“The creative process is a cycle of trial and error. Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin, If you feel like you’re spinning your wheels keep cranking away. Don’t give up! Before you know it, your thoughts will gain momentum. You may switch directions or feel like you are sliding backwards. And just when inspiration seems to have kicked the bucket, an idea shines brightly. Now you’re ready to put pen to paper.” -Rube Goldberg

Here are a few photos from the trip!

Koresh!

We can add “dancers” to our ever growing list of descriptors.
Today we had our first dance class with Miss Lindsey, a professional dancer with the Koresh Dancing company. Koresh Kids Dance program brings arts education into our class and the 5th grade by providing free weekly dance classes, promoting creativity as a conduit for non-violence and achieving life goals.
Today we started learning the choreography to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, fitting for this time of year!

Warm up!

Conference Sign Ups

Hello Parents and Guardians!

I can’t believe the time is already here for conferences! Please click the link below to sign up for a time that works for you. If no times work, email me at mmerlini@philasd.org or leave a comment, and we will find a time outside conference hours that accommodates both of our schedules.

I look forward to seeing you and talking about your amazing kids!

Best,
MM
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Adios Jeff!

Today we said goodbye to our classmate, Jeff (Jeffe.) I’d like to give a shout out to Ms. Hantman who graciously gave us Jeff so we could watch his metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. We said our goodbyes with a special morning meeting outside.

We wish you a beautiful, safe journey to Mexico Jeff- we will miss you!

Welcome to our 21st Century Classroom

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I began the switch to flexible seating by incorporating yoga balls, mats and wobble seats two years ago. My students’ ability to use the classroom in the ways they needed to accomplish the learning goals I set for them as modern learners was stifled, however, by the desks. I am beyond thrilled to report this is no longer true!

I want to give a huge shout out to all the parents and guardians that donated some sweat equity to assembling our brand new tables and benches! Not only has our classroom transformed into a beautiful space the kids look forward coming to each day, but I am able to utilize student voice and collaborative learning in ways I could only dream about before!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

MM