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Posted Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 5:49:00 PM
Last Friday the LS celebrated its last Oneg for the school year. Like all of the Onegs, it was very special. Much of it was devoted to honoring Rabbi Koslowe and Andrew Leibowitz for all they have done at Ramaz to inspire our students to be menschen and to love learning and doing mitzvot and acts of chesed...
Posted Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 3:42:00 PM
Over the past few months, the third graders have become a close-knit writing community, immersing themselves in the world of poetry! The children have learned many different poetic devices, such as imagery, simile, metaphor, alliteration, onomatopoeia, and personification. They have read a multitude of poems from revered poets, such as Langston Hughes, Kristine O'Connell George, Valerie Worth, and many others...
Posted Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 3:27:00 PM
The LS wrapped up an incredible year in the Art Studio! 1st Graders completed their detailed, paper mache community workers, as part of their grade's study of our local community. Grade 2 finished their intricately designed paper mache buildings as part of their grade's study of New York City. In celebration of their study of Japan, 3rd Graders learned the art of kirigami. The 4th Graders had a great time creating their own unique optical illusions. We wish everyone a wonderful summer!
Posted Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 2:20:00 PM
The 3rd and 4th Grade Lower School Choir and the 5th and 6th Grade Junior Chorus put on a fabulous performance for family and friends this week in the Middle School Auditorium. The atmosphere was cheery and the students sounded beautiful as they sang the songs they had performed throughout the year! Congratulations to all performers on a wonderful Friends and Family Concert!
Posted Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 12:57:00 PM
As you may know, throughout this year, 4th Grade students have been connecting with children from Israel. Both groups of children have enjoyed sending letters (in the actual mail!) to one another, as well as sending video clips. The children from Israel shared a video of their Yom HaZikaron program and our children shared videos from the recent 4th grade Zimriah...
Posted Sunday, Jun 3, 2018 11:18:00 PM
Kol HaKavod to all students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and families who marched, cheered, and celebrated Israel at last week's annual Celebrate Israel Parade. For photos of the parade, please click...
Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:09:00 PM
First grade students have been studying nonfiction books to learn about the different workers in our community. This unit of study integrated portions of the first grade's reading, writing, social studies, art and technology curricula. The children created beautiful figurines of their community workers in the art studio. In technology, they learned to record each other on the iPad as they spoke about what they had learned through their research....
Posted Thursday, May 24, 2018 1:37:00 PM
Ramaz Lower School and Middle School Choirs joined together at the annual KJ Intergenerational Lunch and Learn. The audience that gathered together comprised KJ seniors and Holocaust survivors, and the children had the special opportunity to perform a repertoire of Hebrew & English songs for them. Following the performance, everyone took part in some intergenerational mingling where children and seniors had the opportunity to converse with each other...
Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:16:00 PM
The 4th grade students delivered a beautiful and unforgettable performance at their 4th grade Zimriah last week. The theme of the Zimriah was "New Beginnings," which reflected both upon their personal journey from the Lower School to the Middle School as well as their recognition and celebration of 70 years since the new beginning of the State of Israel....
Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:34:00 PM
​The third graders are hard at work learning about graphing in math. Students are learning how to read, interpret, and create various types of graphs to solve real-world problems. Students are understanding that bar graphs are used to compare data, while line plots show how the data is grouped, compared, and spread...
Posted Thursday, May 10, 2018 12:06:00 AM
Over the past few months, second graders have been studying New York City landmarks. Prior to studying a specific landmark, students participated in exciting field trips! They began the year by visiting both the East and Hudson Rivers, where students appreciated Manhattan's existence as an island surrounded by water and connecting bridges...
Posted Wednesday, May 2, 2018 1:19:00 PM
To support their penguin study in science, first graders visited the Central Park Zoo to observe the penguins first-hand. After learning about different adaptations that help penguins survive in their extreme habitat, students acted out how penguins avoid predators in the icy waters and created different species of penguins....
Posted Monday, Apr 23, 2018 3:06:00 PM
As a prelude to their picture book writing unit, second grade students participated in choosing the outstanding picture book of the year in Bank Street College of Education's annual Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature. This award, given to an outstanding book for young children, is noteworthy in that children are the final judges of the winning book...
Posted Monday, Apr 23, 2018 3:05:00 PM
Lower School and ECC students finished their hockey unit before Pesach break. They became proficient with the skills of stick-handling, shooting, passing, and goal-tending in order to participate in hockey tournament-style games. After the holiday break, students began their baseball unit. The children have practiced throwing, catching, batting, base-running, and have enhanced their knowledge of the game through various activities in the gym....
Posted Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018 10:34:00 AM
Third graders have been working hard studying fractions. To help the children learn more about equivalent fractions, they placed fractions on a "human-sized" number line! This over-sized number line allowed the students to manipulate the different fractions and conceptualize the equivalent proportions...
Posted Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 4:24:00 PM
Ever wonder what it is like to be in a third grade STEAM class? Imagine this....You are preparing for your seder and the box of matzah you just opened has only two full pieces. The seder is tonight and there is a matzah shortage. You are tasked with creating packing for a single piece of matzah that will have to be sent through the United States Postal Service to make it to your seder on time...
Posted Monday, Mar 12, 2018 4:31:00 PM
"You have eight daisies and three vases: one big, one medium and one small." This is the scenario first graders were given in math last week. "The big vase has to hold the most flowers and the small one, the fewest." Working with a partner, the children used connecting cubes to model the problem, explore all the combinations that were possible, and record their ideas...
Posted Monday, Mar 5, 2018 4:33:00 PM
Third graders have been working hard studying division. To help the children conceptualize the process, they began by using concrete materials. Next, they built on that concrete understanding and moved to pictorial representations. The unit concluded with the long division algorithm, where students applied their knowledge of place value and division concepts to solve longer division problems...
Posted Monday, Mar 5, 2018 4:33:00 PM
Second graders launched their New York City Landmark study! A representative from Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District visited each classroom to teach the children about the important work that the organization does. The Friends of the Upper East Side work to protect and gain landmark status for buildings and special places all around the Upper East Side of Manhattan....
Posted Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 6:15:00 PM
As a culminating activity to the units on circuits and light, the fourth graders had the opportunity to experience STEAM in the outside world by visiting the Brooklyn Robot Foundry. At the Brooklyn Robot Foundry students participated in a workshop where they made their own glow pets. The robots were built by creating a parallel circuit using a battery pack, two LEDs (lights), and two tilt switches...
Posted Monday, Feb 5, 2018 4:20:00 PM
Fourth graders have been learning about the first people to live in New York State – the Iroquois, or Haudenosaunee, and the Algonquin. As the fall term began, the students began building research skills that they would apply as they progressed with their study of New York State and its indigenous Native Americans...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 3:15:00 PM
Second graders had the opportunity to participate in an amazing hands-on Urban Planning workshop at The Museum of the City of New York. The children already learned that urban planners decide where and what types of buildings and spaces should be built in a community to make it an enjoyable place to live, work, and play; second graders were super well-prepared to map out a city on a giant grid...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 5:12:00 PM
This week the 3rd-8th grade students were privileged to hear from A.J. Edelman – the first Orthodox Jewish male Olympian who will be representing Israel in the 2018 Winter Olympics! For the past five years, A.J., a Boston native and MIT graduate who made Aliyah, has been training, in the hopes of gaining a spot to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics. A.J. just learned last Wednesday that he is Pyeongchang-bound!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 3:14:00 PM
Students learned that urban planners decide what types of buildings and spaces are needed in a community to make it an enjoyable place to live, work, and play. Students determined which places were needed in an urban community to keep people safe and healthy and which places were wanted to make daily life more fun...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 1:29:00 PM
Inspired by the works of pop artist Andy Warhol, the third graders designed original compositions using the letters of their English or Hebrew names. They learned color theory in choosing a pair of complementary colors to render their work...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 5:26:00 PM
The 4th graders were tasked with thinking about ways that the Ramaz Lower School could save energy in the school building. This challenge was part of their energy study in STEAM. Before putting their ideas to the test they had the opportunity to FaceTime with and Environmental Engineer from Israel. Benjamin Brandwein, Ms. Brandwein's brother, is an Environmental Engineer, LEED GA...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 4:47:00 PM
Mazal Tov to our LS Ramaz students who participated in and won the Congressional Classic in Washington DC!
Posted Friday, Jan 5, 2018 10:44:00 AM
In the weeks before winter break, Lower School students learned various basketball skills and applied them in game-like situations. They completed rounds of stations and relays where they practiced dribbling, passing, and shooting. Each activity challenged the students' strength, accuracy, and precision...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018 3:12:00 PM
The 3rd grade recently learned about the biblical commentator Rashi who lived almost 1000 years ago in France and contributed a lot to the Torah and Talmud. Students learned about Rashi's life, family, and work. Before winter break, Mr. Kenny Rochlin, Head of Institutional Advancement, visited the 3rd grade dressed as Rashi and acted out his life in Hebrew and with a French accent!
Posted Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 10:03:00 PM
From dancing their feet off at the Shlock Rock concert and building their own wooden menorahs, to learning about pressing olive oil like the ancients to getting competitive with the Chanukah Brain Challenge, the LS students had an amazing first few days of Chanukah last week...
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