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Posted Friday, Nov 17, 2017 12:25:00 PM
We are happy to share with parents the Lower School Ivrit newspaper. Enjoy seeing your children learning, participating in fun and enriching activities, and sharing their thoughts...
Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 5:06:00 PM
Bright colors and bold patterns on hundreds of paper fish can be found lining the walls of our third floor. Lower School students have been hard at work creating their original fish, representing the individuality of each child. This project was based on the book Only One You, written and illustrated by Linda Kranz...
Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 4:20:00 PM
First graders listened to a story about a king who wanted to use ten bricks to build towers. He wanted each tower to be a different height. Each child worked with a partner and broke up ten cubes into towers with varied heights; they then recorded all their discoveries...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 3:57:00 PM
On November 6th, the Lower School had its first Coffee Talk entirely devoted to Mathematics. The Price-Stonehill Program Center was filled with parents who enjoyed the opportunity to hear from Temple Ary, Emily Viner and Risa Zayde; teachers discussed the exciting and engaging math learning that is taking place in their "thinking classrooms."...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 2:27:00 PM
Inspired by the New York City mayoral race, first graders have been learning about our country's democratic election process. We had our own classroom elections, where students voted on how to spend some free time: extra recess time or extra time using iPads....
Posted Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 6:07:00 PM
Our Ramaz LS STEAM team, Erika Brinzac and Naomi Riemer (Science), Monica Brandwein and Naomi Ickovitz (Technology), Beverly Lermer and Stephen Halpern (Art), and Temple Ary and Emily Viner (Math), met to collaborate and explore cross-curricular projects happening at the LS...
Posted Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 5:58:00 PM
Second graders have been busy learning all about different parts of speech! They learned that a noun is a person, place, or thing and that a proper noun is a name of a specific person, specific place, or specific thing...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 4:47:00 PM
The fourth graders have been hard at work, learning how to write about small moments in their lives -- such as a personal account of a meaningful memory or event. By using a mentor text in class, students discovered the elements of a personal narrative. After reading Wasn't That Fun?, a description of a small moment about riding a roller coaster, the students learned that a small moment is always written in the first person point of view and reflects the feelings of the author...
Posted Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 10:20:00 PM
More than 100 Lower School parents attended a presentation by mathematics educator and coach, Hoover Herrera, to learn about the implementation of Math in Focus (Singapore math) in grades 1-3. Mr. Herrera spoke for an hour and responded to parent questions about the philosophical underpinnings of Singapore Math and their alignment with the teaching methods that have historically been used in the Lower School...
Posted Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 10:10:00 PM
In reading, the third grade began the year concentrating on a variety of comprehension skills using text-rich picture books. The children discussed the importance of visualizing the text by looking at the author's use of descriptive language. The students greatly enjoyed analyzing the various character traits of the main characters in the book The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau...
Posted Sunday, Oct 8, 2017 10:09:00 PM
From 1st graders composing rhythm patterns and 2nd graders gearing up for Chumash celebrations to 3rd graders dabbling in the barred instruments and 4th graders learning about the C Major scale, all Ramaz LS students are enjoying the benefits of their musical education...
Posted Friday, Sep 29, 2017 12:02:00 PM
The LS is excited to provide its students many opportunities for interdisciplinary coursework and learning. Last week, the 2nd graders experienced the cross between their study of Manhattan and their preparation for Yom Kippur...
Posted Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 11:30:00 PM
What does 21st century research look like? If you stop by the Ramaz Lower School library it is clear that things have changed quite a bit since the parents of our students were in school! LS librarian, Ms. Peters, and instructional technology specialist, Ms. Brandwein, have joined forces for weekly library/tech sessions to guide fourth grade students as they navigate through the myriad information sources available...
Posted Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017 4:54:00 PM
Sometimes you pick up a book, and not only love the story, but can't stop looking at the fascinating illustrations! The LS students had a similar experience after reading "Only One You" by Linda Kranz, and are excited to create similar illustrations based on the book's fun artwork...
Posted Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017 4:54:00 PM
Just in case you were wondering why the decibel level in your house has gone up . . . 3rd graders participated in the Shofar Factory Workshop and made their own...
Posted Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 11:24:00 PM
In this year of HINENI and "Better Together," Dr. Schizer's remarks were particularly timely as Ramaz ECC and LS faculty look for more opportunities to make children feel included and appreciated in every part of their day...
Posted Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 9:23:46 PM
The space is meant to teach students the fundamentals of technology, including encouraging familiarity with Google chromebooks, coding, iPads, and robotics...
Posted Friday, Sep 15, 2017 2:23:00 PM
It was with an immense sense of HINENI, of being present in the moment of need, and answering the call to action, that our students, across all three divisions, packed boxes upon boxes of donated items to ship over to Houston last week...
Posted Friday, Sep 15, 2017 1:28:00 PM
Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead! Students are being encouraged to solve problems using multiple disciplines such as art and technology, making for deeper solutions...
Posted Sunday, Sep 10, 2017 1:52:00 PM
Dear Parents: Please note that the LS Parent Orientation will take place tomorrow, September 12, at 7PM in the LS Auditorium. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Posted Friday, Sep 8, 2017 3:06:00 PM
Time to brainstorm and collaborate! Grades 2-4 worked in small groups during this week's first science class, practicing elements of engineering...
Posted Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 12:47:00 PM
Second graders have ended the year in style! While completing an author study of Patricia Polacco, a prolific writer and illustrator of children's books, students published their own multi-page picture books.
Posted Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 3:03:30 PM
Third graders are concluding an extensive Science unit during which they have studied every biome -- from the dry desert to the frozen tundra. They have discovered how various plants adapt to survive in drastically different environments.
Posted Monday, Jun 12, 2017 2:33:34 PM
First graders worked hard studying the roles of community workers in various non-fiction books, and presented their detailed and informative magazines mirroring what they've learned!
Posted Wednesday, May 24, 2017 5:01:45 PM
Last week, fourth grade students visited the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights, which served as George Washington's headquarters during the 1776 Battle of Harlem Heights.
Posted Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:59:29 PM
Second graders were fortunate to extend their New York City landmarks project with a special guest visit from Mr. Tom Costigan. The native New Yorker has worked in construction his entire life!
Posted Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:55:21 PM
Over the past few months, the third graders have become a close-knit writing community, immersing themselves in the world of poetry!
Posted Monday, May 15, 2017 4:17:40 PM
Congrats to our students who have been coming extra early to school regularly throughout the year to study together. MAZAL TOV!
Posted Monday, May 15, 2017 4:11:53 PM
Over the past few months, second graders have been studying New York City landmarks. Prior to selecting a landmark to research, students participated in exciting field trips!
Posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017 4:39:52 PM
The students completed an author study about Mo Willems, discovering his craft as an author and illustrator. They were able to write and illustrate their own books featuring the famous Pigeon!
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