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Welcome


Shalom! Aleph Bet Jewish Day School is often described as a tiny treasure within the area’s private school community. Located not far from the center of Annapolis, for over two decades Aleph Bet has been teaching writing and respect, vocabulary and values to elementary school children from all over Anne Arundel County. The texts and traditions of Judaism are interwoven with twenty-first century skills and information in an academic program that has earned certification from the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) and approval by the Maryland State Department of Education.

News / Information

Summer Reading

Dear Parents,

Welcome summer! We hope this letter finds you well. In an effort to keep all of our students reading over the summer months – We are happy to announce that we will continue our program from last year that will help us achieve this goal. Reading outside of the classroom is critical for maintaining and expanding a child's literacy skills especially over the extended summer break. In fact, research suggests that students should spend a minimum of 20 minutes a day reading outside of the classroom.

We're pleased to announce the launch of our new Summer Reading Program. Summer Reading Bingo! The guidelines of this program are simple:

  • We have a total of three cards your K-3 child can choose from or they may fill in all three. Grades 4-5 have a fourth option that they must choose first. They must complete two bingos on that card. They can score 5 diagonally, up, or down. They also may fill in any other additional cards.
  • When your child has completed a square, they simply cross it out.
  • They have to complete at least one card.
  • You will need to sign the card for verification. You can complete any activity with your child. This will allow you the opportunity to spend quality time with your child while also strengthening his or her reading comprehension, vocabulary, critical thinking, and conversation skills.
  • When school begins, they will return the cards and then be eligible to participate in an all-school bingo game with cool prizes.
  • Finally, using the book list of required reading for each class is not only acceptable but also encouraged.
  • All bingo cards are posted on the website if needed.

Have fun reading!
Aleph Bet Staff


 

SUMMER READING BING0 CARD 1

READ A LIBRARY BOOK READ ON A RAINY DAY READ IN A SWIMSUIT READ UNDER THE TABLE READ TO MOM OR DAD
READ ON A WEDNESDAY READ AT THE PARK READ IN THE SUNSHINE READ BEFORE DINNER READ A SILLY BOOK
READ IN A BLANKET FORT READ IN A SILLY VOICE   READ A BOOK TO A FRIEND READ WHILE LYING DOWN
READ IN YOUR CLOSET READ WITH A FLASHLIGHT READ IN A FORT READ POETRY READ YOUR FAVORITE BOOK
READ SOMETHING THAT CAME IN THE MAIL READ TO A STUFFED ANIMAL READ ON THE PORCH READ WHEN YOU WAKE UP READ ON YOUR PILLOW

 

SUMMER READING BING0 CARD 2

READ OUTSIDE

READ TO A STUFFED ANIMAL

READ TO SOMEONE ELSE

READ WHILE WEARING A HAT

READ UNDER THE COVERS

READ ON A BEACH TOWEL

READ ON A FRIDAY

READ IN A CAR

READ A NON-FICTION BOOK

READ WHILE EATING BREAKFAST

READ AFTER DINNER

READ UNDER A TREE

 

READ ON A COUCH

READ SITTING ON THE FLOOR

READ IN A SWIMSUIT

READ WITH A FLASHLIGHT

READ IN A FORT

READ POETRY

READ TO SOMEONE ON THE PHONE

READ YOUR FAVORITE PICTURE BOOK

READ TO A PET

READ IN SOMEONE ELSE'S BED

READ IN YOUR PAJAMAS

READ A BOOK ABOUT ANIMALS

 

SUMMER READING BING0 CARD 3

READ A MENU

READ ON A PICNIC

READ A RECIPE AND MAKE IT

READ TO A FRIEND OR SIBLING

READ ROAD SIGNS ALL DAY

READ ON A SATURDAY

READ WHILE HAVING A SNACK

READ IN A COZY CORNER

READ TO SOMEONE SPECIAL

READ IN THE BATHTUB

READ A MAP

READ A CHAPTER BOOK

 

READ IN THE CAR

READ UNDER THE TABLE

READ WEARING SOMETHING BACKWARDS

READ WITH A FLASHLIGHT

READ BEFORE LUNCH

READ A FUNNY BOOK

READ A MAGAZINE

READ A NON-FICTION BOOK

READ AT DINNER

READ IN YOUR BED

READ IN THE GRASS

READ TO THE WALL

 

SUMMER READING BING0 CARD 4 GRADES 4 & 5

Read a book with a main character opposite of your gender

Read a book written over 100 years ago

Read a book you think is boring

Read a book that is a true story

Read a book with someone's name in the title

Read poetry

Read a book that is the first in series

Read to someone else

Read on a beach towel

Read in your pjs

Read a historical fiction novel

Read a book displayed at the bookstore or library

 

Read a book you have always wanted to read

Read your favorite book again

Read a book that is funny

Read a book that a friend has read

Read in a swimsuit

Read a book from the view point of an animal

Read an Andrew Clements book

Read a book by Roald Dahl

Read on a Friday

Read while eating breakfast

Read after dinner

Read in the sun

 

 

Reading List

First Grade Reading List - select at lease two

Book Title Author
Frog and Toad are Friends Arnold Lobel
Nate the Great Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Young Cam Jansen and the Lost Tooth David A. Adler

Second Grade Reading List - select at lease two

Book Title Author
Mr. Putter & Tabby Cynthia Ryland
The Littles John Peterson
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa Erica Silverman

Third Grade Reading List - select at lease two

Book Title Author
Island: A Story of the Galapagos John Chin
The Crazy Case of Missing Thunder Tony Abbott
Heroes of the Surf Elisa Carbone

Fourth Grade Reading List - select at least three

Book Title Author
Time Cat Lloyd Alexander
Bunnicula Meets Edgar Alan Crow James Howe
Any of the books from the "I Survived Series" Lauren Tarshis
Stuart Little E.B. White
The Lightening Thief Rick Riordan
Shiloh Phylis Reynolds Naylor
Hank Zipzer: Niagra Falls or Does It? Henry Winkler

Fifth Grade Reading List - select at least three *

Book Title Author
The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks
Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson
BFG Roald Dahl
The Tale of Despereaux Kate DiCamillo
Al Capone Does My Shirts Gennifer Choldenko

 

* Students must read The Indian in the Cupboard and then will need to choose one other books from the list.

2017-18 Calendar

Date Description
Aug. 28- Sept. 1 (M – F) Pre-Service Days for Teachers
Sept. 4 (M) NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
Sept. 5 (T) First Day of School for Students Gr. 1-5;  Coffee for Parents 8:30-9:30
Sept. 6 (W) First Day of School Kgn.; Coffee for Parents 8:30-9:30
Sept. 7 (Th) Coffee for Parents 8:30-9:30
Sept. 12 (T) Back to School Night 7 p.m. 
Sept. 13 (W) Grow Your Own Lunch
Sept. 20 (W) Tashlich 12:15 Dismissal
Sept. 21, 22 (Th & F) NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashana
Sept. 29(F) 12:15 DISMISSAL - Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre  
Sept. 30 (S) Yom Kippur
Oct. 5,6 (Th & F)  NO SCHOOL - Sukkot
Oct. 12 (Th) NO SCHOOL - Shemini Atzeret
Oct. 13 (F) NO SCHOOL - Simchat Torah
Oct. 19 (Th) Picture Day
Oct. 24 (T) Barnes & Noble Night
Oct. 30 (M) 12:15 Dismissal– Parent/Teacher Conferences 1:00 – 6:00
Nov 3. (F) Vision & Hearing Screening
Nov. 10 (F) 12:15 Dismissal – Teacher Tech Training
Nov. 21 (T) Thanksgiving Feast
Nov. 22 - 24 (W-F) NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 8 (F) 12:15 Dismissal End of Marking Period 
Dec. 12 – 20 (T-W) Hanukkah
Dec. 14 (Th) Math Night
Dec. 19 (T) Hanukkah Program
Dec. 25 –  Jan. 1 (F – M) NO SCHOOL – Winter Vacation
2018  
Jan. 2 (T) Classes Resume
Jan. 15 (M) NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Observed
Jan. 16 -19 Spirit Week
Jan. 31 (W) Tu B'Shevat
Feb. 13 (T) Empty Bowls Night
Feb. 16 (F) NO SCHOOL for students - Teacher Professional Day 
Feb. 19 (M) NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day
Feb. 20 - 23 (T – F) Book Week
1-Mar Purim celebration
12:15 DISMISSAL Teacher Tech Training
March 9 (F) 12:15 DISMISSAL – End of Second Grading Period
March 26 (M) 12:15 Dismissal – Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00 – 6:00
March 28 (W)  Seder 2:00
March 30 (F) Pesach begins – First seder
March 29 – April 6 (Th – F) NO SCHOOL – Pesach Vacation
April 9 (M) Classes Resume
April 12 (Th) Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day
April 18 (W) Yom HaZikaron – Israel's Memorial Day
April 19 (Th) Yom HaAtzmaut – Israel's Independence Day
April 20 (F) Celebrate Earth Day
April 26 (Th) School Play
April 27 (F) 10:30 School Opening
May 2 (W) Lag B'Omer  Field Day, Cookout Lunch   
May 3 -4 (Th – F) No School (Tentative Professional Development)
May 7 – 10 or 14 - 17 Tentative TEVA dates for fifth grade
May 7 – 10 or 14 -17  Testing Week (whichever one is not TEVA)
May 21 (M) NO SCHOOL - Shavuot
May 23 (W) 12:15 Dismissal Blue Angels
May 28 (M)  NO SCHOOL –Memorial Day 
May 31 (Th) First Grade Kabbalat Siddur Ceremony 7 pm
June 1 (F) 12:15 DISMISSAL-Dor L'Dor Grandparents/Special Friends Day
June 5 (T) Volunteer Tea 2:30 p.m.
June 11 (M) Grade 5 Promotion 7 p.m.
June 12 (T) 1:30 p.m. dismissal - Picnic - Last Day for Students
June 15 (F) Last day for Teachers

Supply list

Aleph Bet Jewish Day School Supply List 2017 - 2018.

Under each grade heading you will find two categories. The first includes items that will be used only by your child and should be labeled with his/her name. We have found that classroom routines progress more smoothly if some other items are shared communally. A few more items may be requested as the school year progresses.


The following items are to be labeled with your child's name.

Backpack (large enough for lunchbox and folder) Kipah (required for boys, optional for girls)

The following items will be shared communally. Do not label with child's name.

6 small glue sticks 2 packs fat markers- washable (8 box)
2 boxes tissues (pop-up box) 2 bottles Elmer's glue
4 rolls paper towels 1 pkg. 3x5 index cards
1 box (64) crayons 1 pkg. paper napkins
1 pair scissors (Fiskars- kid size) 1 box Ziploc sandwich bags

The following items are to be labeled with your child's name.

backpack 6 pocket folders w/prongs (blue, yellow, orange, green, purple, black)
2 composition books (marble, bound) kipah required for boys, optional for girls
1 composition book with a picture top  

The following items will be shared communally. Do not label with child's name.

2 fat glue sticks 2 rolls paper towels
2 doz. #2 pencils, sharpened 1 box tissues
2 pkg. fat makers (8 count) 1 2x2 pad sticky notes
2 boxes of 24-48 crayons 1 pkg. dry erase markers (not Crayola brand)
1 bottle liquid school Elmers glue 1 pkg. dry erase black markers
1 pkg. colored pencils 1 pair scissors

The following items are to be labeled with your child's name.

backpack siddur (your child's own)
kipah required for boys, optional for girls 2 composition books (marble, not spiral)
6 pocket folders w/prongs (blue, yellow, orange, green, purple, black) 1 composition book with a picture top

The following items will be shared communally. Do not label with child's name.

3 doz. sharpened #2 pencils 3 pkg. 3x5 index cards
4 pkg. glue sticks 4 roll paper towels
4 boxes tissues 1 pkg. colored pencils (Crayola)
2 pkg. markers (Crayola, 10 Pack) 1 4-pack dry erase markers (EXPO
1 box of 24 crayons (Crayola) 2 pads sticky notes 2x2
1 pair full-sized pointed scissors (not safety)  

The following items are to be labeled with your child's name.

backpack 6 composition books (marble, bound)
kipah required for boys, optional for girls nylon pencil pouch 3 ring
siddur (your child's own) 2 pack 3x5 lined index cards
1 2-inch 3-ring binder 1 pack tab dividers for 3-ring binders
6 pocket folders w/prongs (blue, yellow, orange, green, purple, black)  

The following items will be shared communally. Do not label with child's name.

3 dozen sharpened #2 pencils (Ticonderoga) 1 pair of full-sized pointed scissors
3 pkg. glue sticks 4 ct. stick not liquid 1 box of 24 crayons (Crayla)
2 pkg. markers (Crayola 10 pack) 1 pkg. dry erase markers (EXPO)
2 pink rubber erasers (not pencil toppers) 1 pad sticky notes
1 white gum eraser 3 rolls paper towels
4 boxes of tissues (no Aloe) 1 pkg. colored pencils (Crayola)
1 pkg. wide-ruled writing paper 1 blue highlighter

The following items are to be labeled with your child's name.

backpack 2 packs tab dividers
kipah required for boys, optional for girls 7 composition books (marble, bound, not spiral)
siddur (your child's own) 6 pocket folders w/prongs (blue, yellow, orange, green, purple, black)
2 3-ring binders  

The following items will be shared communally. Do not label with child's name.

3 dozen sharpened #2 pencils (Ticonderoga) 2 pair of full-sized pointed scissors
4 pkg. glue sticks 4 ct. 3 4-pack dry erase markers (EXPO)
3 packs index cards 2 highlighters
2 boxes crayons (Crayola) 3 boxes tissue
3 rolls paper towels 2 pkg. of 4 page marker sticker notes