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Posted Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 4:18:00 PM
It seems like each year around this time, the 4th graders feel a sense of extra excitement. You might say it is because we are days away from winter break. We like to believe it is because they are psyched for our Olive Oil and Chanukiyah Project. On Tuesday morning, the entire 4th grade got together to hear from the Tzivos Hashem Crafts Workshop, a Chabad-run educational program, about the importance of olive oil in the Chanukah story and the magic of the miracles that we celebrate. To top it all off, each student built their own chanukiyah to take home with them and light throughout Chanukah. We encourage the students to take pictures lighting their menorah and to send it us to put up around the school. Chanukah Samaech!
Posted Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 3:45:00 PM
This week, December 9-13, Ramaz is joining other schools across the world for Computer Science Education Week. Around the world, this event is known as the Hour of Code. Through a website www.code.org/learn, millions of students will be participating in tutorials, learning new apps and programs, which teach all different levels of coding and coding concepts. Our 2nd – 4th graders will get to choose which programs they want to try, tinker, and explore using iPads and Chromebooks. We can't wait to see what they come up with and hope this will inspire them to expand their computer science knowledge. We encourage students of all ages to check the link above and see what amazing things you can create and discover.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019 10:11:00 PM
The auditorium was buzzing with excitement and creativity as 1st and 2nd grade parents joined teachers and administrators for a special inside look into their children's classrooms. Parents enjoyed experiencing a Math, Reading, Ivrit/Kriyah and Chumash class as if they were students of Ramaz. Everyone had a chance to write letters in sand, roll a die to choose kriyah questions, and experience the playfulness of our Judaic Studies teachers as they learned about Chanukah...
Posted Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 10:48:00 AM
In the past few weeks, fourth graders have been learning about different forms of mechanical energy including elastic energy, gravitational/potential energy, and kinetic energy. To begin, students simulated the movement and energy transfer of a skateboarder on a variety of tracks using iPads. Next, inspired by the skateboarding simulation, they designed their marble runs on both the simulator and on paper...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019 4:20:00 PM
On Tuesday morning, we welcomed all of our students back from the long weekend to begin their day exercising their gratitude muscles. For the entire month of November, we have been talking about gratitude and how the more we practice this middah, character trait, the easier it is to see all the wonderful things that Hashem bestows on us each day. In this context, the Lower School is participating in Guard Appreciation Week...
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...
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