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Posted Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 1:26:00 PM
The fourth graders have been busy in social studies reviewing the landforms and important landmarks of New York State in preparation of answering the bigger question of, "What is the importance of geography?" They each created their own physical map of the state, using a large floor map and other materials for reference. This will be an important reference as they begin their unit on the Native Americans of New York, the Iroquois and Algonquin....
Posted Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 12:12:00 PM
Each day, Lower School students come to Ramaz and head back home without a second thought about what it takes to keep them safe. This is due in part to the amazing security personnel that ensure our students' safety at all times. This week is Ramaz's Guard Appreciation Week, and our LS students took part in expressing their gratitude, hakarat Hatov, towards our building's guardian angels. Students decorated the LS lobby with a Guard Appreciation Wall, leaving post-it notes of thanks and gratitude for our devoted security personnel, and many students even hand delivered thank you cards as well. If you haven't yet, please come by to check out the wall, and say thank you to your favorite guards!
Posted Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 9:29:00 PM
This past Sunday was truly Mensch Magic! Close too 100 students and parents came into school to decorate the building with messages of kindness and love. Even in times of tragedy, we must continue to do mitzvot and teach our children about the importance of menschlichkeit, which above all, requires us to choose kindness. As we pray for the families in Pittsburgh, we also plan to demonstrate how we are #StrongerThanHate. Ramaz stands with Pittsburgh and advocates for a world of love, tolerance, and unity.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 9:59:00 AM
The students in second grade are learning about three-digit numbers. They practiced breaking up numbers into hundreds, tens, and ones, and enjoyed playing a partner game that reinforced this skill. As the classes discussed how the value of a digit changes based on its place in a number, they worked together to solve riddles about three-digit numbers.
Posted Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 3:19:00 PM
Currently in the Lower School Art Studio, first graders are viewing various pieces of work by artist Wassily Kandinsky. The artist's use of lines and bold colors are the inspiration for the masterpieces that our students are working on. The children are painting on circular discs based on Kandinsky's recurring theme of concentric circles. To promote movement in their work, Jazz music is played while the children create.
Posted Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 3:45:00 PM
With the start of Mensch Madness on the horizon it is time for LS students to show their mensch spirit and get the school building ready for the upcoming mensch magic! This Sunday, October 28, from 10:30AM to 12PM, all LS parents and children are invited to join Mr. Silvestri and his family as they go floor to floor, office to office, and spread some Mensch fever throughout our building -- it's time to decorate! The LS students should be excited to see some pretty big surprises when they arrive to school on Monday morning!
Posted Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 10:49:00 AM
Second graders just went on their first field trip of the year! To enhance students' ongoing Social Studies exploration of Manhattan as an island, they visited both the East and Hudson Rivers. The idea of Manhattan as an island can be quite an abstract concept; it is proven via maps and photographs of the borough situated in the midst of its surrounding rivers to the east and west, the Spuyten Duyvil Creek to the north, and New York Harbor to the south...
Posted Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 10:35:00 AM
This week, second graders worked in groups to build three-dimensional structures with a variety of everyday materials like water bottles, cork, aluminum foil, pipe cleaners, bottle caps, and clay, etc. Teachers challenged students to experiment with the engineering design process and to create a structure that would balance under different constraints...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 11:44:00 AM
This week marks the kick-off to this year's LS menschlichkeit initiative, Mensch Madness. Each month, we will choose a different Jewish value to highlight that exemplifies the mensch mentality that we strive to imbue in each one of our students.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 11:22:00 AM
Second graders have started the month of October by working on their soccer skills. The students are working hard on their dribbling, passing, and shooting. Each class is finishing their skill work with various fun activities.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 11:16:00 AM
Third graders have immersed themselves in reading a variety of picture books while learning various reading comprehension skills. While reading the book, The Quilt Maker's Gift, by Jeff Brumbeau, the students analyzed the character traits of the quilt maker and the king, based upon the characters' actions, thoughts, and words...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 3:50:00 PM
Students in the Lower School have been engaged in singing, playing instruments, and musical games. English, Hebrew and World Music repertoire have been the focus of their singing. First and Second Grade students are busy learning new and exciting Oneg songs. Third and Fourth Graders have enjoyed reconnecting with the Orff and classroom instruments, as they've learned about song form through Polynesian and Hebrew song.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 12:47:00 PM
Fourth graders are busy authors! During this past week, students completed paragraphs about a goal they would like to accomplish in fourth grade. To introduce the assignment, students read Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go. Although many students are familiar with the book, they discussed the deeper meaning of the story and how to apply the lesson of not giving up when confronting challenges. Students enjoyed analyzing this book and made great insights...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 11:01:00 AM
Lower School students wrapped up their first two chesed drives of the year, this month! Along with the Middle School students, Lower Schoolers completed their City Harvest Food Drive and their Ohel School Supplies Drive. The 3rd and 4th grade also decorated original Shana Tova cards as a final personal touch to add to the items they collected during the holiday season...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018 10:43:00 PM
Students in the third grade investigated a visual pattern of quadratic growth, then shared their observations and hypotheses. Ultimately, they used pictures, concrete models, and numbers to describe the growth, and built the next stage of the pattern.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018 10:38:00 PM
Tomorrow, October 5, marks the first day of Oneg Season at Ramaz! This year's Onegs ​center around the value of respecting tradition while exploring new horizons and frontiers. Together with the music team, Mr. Silvestri has reimagined Oneg as a space that will highlight the beautiful ways in which our students express their Jewish identity and values here at Ramaz....
Posted Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018 3:26:00 PM
Lower School had a special Oneg Kumzitz last week. Dimmed lights piqued the students' interest and they were eager to see what was going to happen. Our amazing music teachers Edan Tamler and Amanda Saperstein, Mr. Silvestri, and the entire LS embarked on a journey of celebrating achdut, the unity of the school, which has grown each day.
Posted Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018 2:54:00 PM
To start an exciting year of math, the students in first grade really enjoyed playing the "Snake" game with the Stern Blocks they had used in kindergarten. The students reviewed the relative sizes of numbers and proudly used their math skills during the whole class discussion.
Posted Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018 11:44:00 AM
As is the custom during the period between Rosh HaShanah and Succot, our students have been involved in a variety of practices that help them self-reflect and consider how they can improve themselves in the year to come. One such event is Tashlich, literally meaning to send off, which is the practice of symbolically "sending off our sins." As water is known to be a cleansing source, it is customarily done by a body of water...
Posted Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018 11:07:00 AM
The LS educational technologists are excited to welcome all of the 2nd graders to the computer lab for the first time this year and to welcome back the 3rd and 4th graders! This year, 2nd graders will become familiar with using both Chromebooks and iPads. They will also learn about the keyboard and will soon begin learning to code...
Posted Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018 3:06:00 PM
New beginnings can be a bit frightening at first, often fraught with anticipation and fear of the unknown. However, here at the Ramaz Lower School, teachers and administrators channeled that energy into some amazing first few days of school! As soon as school started, Ms. Kessler and Mr. Silvestri introduced themselves to students and reviewed school rules through fun live action skits...
Posted Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018 1:47:00 PM
To kick off the school year, students jumped right into their first project in the Lower School Art Studio. Using their knowledge of the elements of art, students designed clothes pins which included a word that described something special about themselves. These small works of art will be added to a series of colorful disks to create beautiful circular pieces.
Posted Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018 1:44:00 PM
The Ramaz Lower School Library is in full swing! Lower School students have already begun to check out books, many from the brand new additions to our collection. Over the summer, we added over 120 exciting new fiction and nonfiction titles in both English and Hebrew. The Library is open from...
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....
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