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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...
Posted Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 6:02:00 PM
Albert Einstein understood that a creative imagination is key to stimulating the minds of scientists and that fairy tales can encourage and help develop that creativity. As budding readers and scientists, first graders spent a good part of the first term in the LS Library studying fairy tales...
Posted Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 4:56:00 PM
Need something to read with your children while away on vacation? Can't carry enough books? Capstone Books has offered free access to its 3,200 interactive collection of ebooks from now until January 15...
Posted Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 12:34:00 AM
Congratulations to our second graders on receiving their Chumashim last week and for their wonderful performances and aliyot. May this be the beginning of a wonderful Torah journey! Thank you to all parents, grandparents, siblings, and extended family who came in to cheer on the second grade.
Posted Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 11:16:00 PM
Fourth graders took a field trip to Inwood Hill Park. The students had a walking tour, led by Urban Park Rangers, and learned about the indigenous people who inhabited "Manhatta," the island of Manhattan. These first inhabitants, called the Lenape, were part of the Algonquin group of Native Americans, who shared a common language. Our guides explained how the Lenape revered the land and depended on it to survive...
Posted Friday, Dec 1, 2017 1:31:00 PM
Over the past two weeks, faculty, administrators, and Ramaz guests have been marveling at our 4th graders as they presented their STEAM Tank inventions to fellow classmates and mock business investors. What started with a unit on electromagnetism, quickly turned into an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and thoughtful journey into an engineering design project that challenged students across a range of disciplines....
Posted Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 4:44:00 PM
In third grade, the students recently completed their unit on addition and subtraction. They began the unit by using hands-on materials such as base ten blocks to model addition and subtraction computation, with a focus on showing the meaning of regrouping...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 1:39:00 PM
Fourth Graders are about to begin their study of the Native American groups who settled New York State - the Iroquois, also known as the Hodenausaunee, and the Algonguin. On Tuesday afternoon, the students were treated to a special presentation by Perry Ground, a member of the Hodenausaunee confederacy, Onondoga nation, and turtle clan...
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...
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