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Posted Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 4:05:00 PM
As everyone turned back their clocks this week, students began to notice many changes going on outdoors! The weather has been a bit colder, the nights begin a bit earlier, and there are beautiful and exciting colors all around. The fall season provides us with so many wonderful learning opportunities. First graders brought their learning to Central Park -- our extended classroom...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 9:39:00 PM
Yesterday, the Ramaz Lower School welcomed visiting principals from China! They enjoyed observing our classes, teaching methods, and hearing about our school community from Rabbi Steinmetz and Ruth Gafni. The visit was an opportunity for education professionals from China to share their challenges, accomplishments, and best practices of K-12 education. With the massive needs in globalization and international education exchanges, this visit was meant to establish sister school relationship and long-term cooperation among our schools as well as promote mutual understandings and benefits in increasing students' global awareness and cross-cultural competency in education.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 1:48:00 PM
Rain or Shine - That was the theme this past Thursday as 3rd and 4th grades spent the day in their teachers' sukkot celebrating the final day of Chol HaMoed at school. Students had a blast visiting their teachers, playing sports in the park, and learning Torah! They especially enjoyed "meeting" all of the Ushpizin (Avraham, Yitzchak, Yaakov, Yosef, Moshe, Aharon, and David), the seven guests that we symbolically welcome to the Sukkah each year! Students learned about these special guests while enjoying holiday themed snacks and pizza - a great meal to say "leyshev b'sukkah" over...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 1:25:00 PM
The musical and magical recitation of Hallel by students in grades two, three, and four, brightened even yesterday's gray skies! In celebration of Chol HaMoed Sukkot, we joined together in the main sanctuary of KJ to sing and dance, accompanied by Moreh Ben and Mr. Check. Many students brought their own lulav and etrog and did the "lulav shake" led by Mr. S. The fourth graders had their very first opportunity to go on the bimah and lead the school in Pitchu Li with all the dance moves involved. (Please ask your child what that is all about.) Students raised their voices to the heavens in a beautiful expression of joy and praise. We cannot wait for today's Hallel!
Posted Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 10:05:00 PM
Teaching tefillah is one of the cornerstones of Jewish education. Yet, developing meaning and inspiration in tefillah is one of the hardest goals of an educator. Tashlich, the tefillah said between Rosh HaShanah and Hoshana Rabba, to wash away our sins, is one example of a tough tefillah. First and fourth grade teachers came up with a beautiful idea of creating community and meaning all at once. First and fourth graders paired up as they left the lower school on Monday to head to the Central Park Reservoir...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 9:47:00 PM
This past Friday, the students of 4-Degania led Oneg by sharing their class' experience as they design new ways of participating in their own morning meeting. The students reflected on their process, explaining the details of "Project Morning Meeting." Students began their deep dive of research by first interviewing each other and discovering the needs and wants of their classmates. Important interviewing skills were learned as each student gained true insight into what other people's needs were...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019 9:13:00 PM
Hands-on learning could be seen in classrooms and in the auditorium last week as students prepared for Rosh Hashana. Third grade classes came together to gain a deeper understanding of the symbolism of the shofar. Together with Rabbi K. and his "Shofar Factory" crew, the students learned which animals' horns could be used for a shofar and the process in which they are made and then began fashioning their own...
Posted Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 3:08:00 PM
As we approach Rosh HaShanah, all eyes are on the preparations we undergo in order for these days to be most meaningful. While some years we reach this goal, others years fall short of the mark. Then comes Kitah Gimmel. This year, the entire third grade took time to reflect, look to the future, and reach for the stars. They made goals for themselves and set academic, social, and emotional benchmarks to reach over the course of the next nine months...
Posted Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 4:19:00 PM
One can't walk the hallways, stairwells, or even the lunchroom without noticing the Rams' Rules stickers and the students who have received them - all brimming with excitement to let Mr. S, Ms. Laitman, or Ms. Gafni know what special deed led to these stickers. "Talking kindly to my friends," "helping to clean up the lunchroom," and "saying thank you and please to those who help us in the building" are just some of the amazing ways that Lower School students have been rising to the occasion and showing what responsibility, respect, and kindness is all about...
Posted Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019 4:43:00 PM
The beginning of the year started off with a bang as second through fourth graders cheered for their teachers, welcomed the new administrators, and built our school community through movement! The excitement and joy permeated throughout the building as everyone anticipated the first oneg of the year...
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