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Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:51:00 PM
Israel is always in our hearts and our students have been taking the KLEE challenge over the past few weeks. They have made creative and uniquely designed bowls that will be used to help support Israel's economy Buy, Display and Support...
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:29:00 PM
The Lower School welcomed visitors from ACHI โ€“ American Communities Helping Israel โ€“ who introduced a chesed program to help Israel. This was also done in connection with Hineni Day, as we are HERE to do. As part of the KLEE challenge, our students will be creating decorative bowls with Israeli themes to fill with Israeli made products in an effort to support and encourage others to support Israel's economy. These bowls will be brought home to showcase on families' dining-room tables, kitchen counters, or anywhere in their homes where guests and visitors will notice....
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:29:00 PM
It's so much fun to learn about money! As the second graders practiced counting dollar bills and coins and using the $ and ยข symbols to record the total amounts, they loved visiting the (fictional) Ramaz Diner. Working with a partner, the students took turns being waiters and customers. They chose food items they wanted to order from the menu, recorded their selections, and used the addition algorithm they learned earlier in the year to find the total cost.
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2019 8:51:00 AM
First graders participated in the Polar Expedition program at the Central Park Zoo (CPZ). This trip was the culminating activity for our Adaptations and Habitats Unit. This experience was guided by a CPZ penguin expert who shared with us the fascinating adaptations penguins have which help these amazing birds survive in often inhospitable climates: webfeet, streamlined bodies, wings shaped like flippers, blubber (fat), thick skin and tightly packed overlapping feathers. The live (and very cold!) exhibit displayed four types of penguins at their best. We were delighted to see Chinstrap, Marconi, Gentoo, and King penguins whooshing and racing underwater. The first graders experienced first hand how the penguins' adaptations helped them swim fast to catch food and survive in their habitats.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 1:56:00 PM
In the midst of their New York City Landmarks study, second graders participated in a series of four workshops with a representative from the Friends of The Upper East Side Historic District. Students learned about the many distinguishing architectural features often found on Landmark protected buildings, such as pediments, lintels, bay windows, and cornices. They learned of a real case when an Upper East Side building was being nominated for landmark status and had the chance to design a building with their newly acquired architectural knowledge. This week they walked around our neighborhood. Next time you see a second grader, ask him or her to tell you about The Park Avenue Historic District and the important preservation work accomplished by the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 1:32:00 PM
There are four questions in the Haggadah, but the children in the ECC had many more than four questions after learning the story of Pesach. The kindergarten children had so many questions, and they wanted some answers. They emailed Rabbi Weinstock to see if he could shed light on some of the more difficult questions. Rabbi Weinstock then came to the classes to answer those questions in person. Some of our questions were: "How did Paroh know the Jews were Jewish?" "Why is Matzah called Matzah?" "Did Hashem save Batya, because she saved Moshe?" These thoughtful questions and answers will be added to our Haggadot. They will inspire us to continue to ask questions at the Seder.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 12:27:00 PM
Lucky for our 4th graders, the Brooklyn Robot Foundry has a location on the Upper East Side! In connection with our STEAM curriculum, students created and decorated their own electronic glow pets. The children were able to activate their newly gained knowledge of electronic circuitry; they wired two LED lights with tilt switches into unique pets that they will bring home. The students came away with a greater understanding of what trans-disciplinary learning is all about.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 5:00:00 PM
Fourth Grade students are very excited to be engaged in their new recorder unit! Students are reviewing basic rhythmic patterns by rote and reading. They've learned their first three notes which will soon lead to the performance of simple songs. They are excited to be able to apply their reading skills and play on a brand new instrument which features fun (and sometimes squeaky) sounds. Fourth graders are looking forward to their May trip to Carnegie Hall where they will sing and play with children from across the city in the Link Up program.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 2:01:00 PM
It's wonderful to see students grasping new concepts and ideas in school but it is a whole other level when they take important values and put them into practice. During the weeks before Purim, we collected tzedaka in school and earmarked it for Od Yosef Chai, an organization that supports poor families in Israel. In addition, a few of our second graders - Murray K., Avi E., Zachary S. and Andrew P. - collected tzedaka on their own through donations and food stands.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 1:53:00 PM
In math, fourth grade students are engrossed in their study of fractions. The students have built on their knowledge of equivalent fractions and have learned to compare and order fractions, identify the relationship between mixed numbers and improper fractions, and add and subtract fractions with both like and unlike denominators. They have also learned how to find the fractional amount of a whole number. As we complete our unit, the students will be asked to apply what they have learned about fractions to solve a variety of word problems.
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