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Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 8:54:00 PM
Third graders learned about Rashis' life, his contribution to the Torah, and even how to read his commentaries. Last Thursday, "Rashi" came to visit the 3rd graders and tell them all about his life and answer their questions. The kids truly enjoyed "meeting with him" and were curious to learn more details about him. Examples of questions asked by students include: what were the names of his daughters? How did he have all the answers?
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 8:53:00 PM
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math came alive this past week, as the entire LS took part in a wonderful collaboration of specialties in our Chanukah STEAM program. Each student had the opportunity to design his or her own wooden dreidels with unique markers and stickers. The students gathered in groups to enter the "Spin Zone" where they had the chance to test their dreidels on three different spinning surfaces. Afterward, they entered the "Black Light Spin Zone," where their dreidels came to life - shining in a variety of ways that could not be seen in regular light. Students had a chance to redesign their dreidels, based on what they observed in the Black Light Spin Zone and then come back to see them react again to the new environment.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 8:50:00 PM
Chanukah is a holiday that celebrates our dedication to our mesorah, our legacy and traditions, throughout the ages. The lights of the Chanukiyah remind us of the steadfast approach to Torah and mitzvot represented by the Maccabees which still rings true today. On Monday, we had the opportunity to embody that mesorah as the MS students, together with Ms. Sandy Dweck, built a Chanukah Carnival for the Lower School's first and second grade students. The MS students ran each station with joy and enthusiasm as they created a welcoming and warm environment for the LS children to have fun, explore, and enjoy the final day of Chanukah. It was a wonderful sight to see the two schools join together to celebrate the holiday and show their menschlichkeit towards each other.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 2:23:00 PM
Chanukah in the LS is in full swing. Daily we have been gathering for our legendary rendition of Hallel; the entire school gathers together to express gratitude and appreciation for the miracle of Chanukah through a musical experience led by our wonderful music teacher Moreh Edan....
Posted Monday, Nov 26, 2018 12:24:00 PM
Thanksgiving is a holiday when we try to come together and spend time with those who matter most to us – our families. Whether you weathered the frigid temperatures during the parade or you were part of a large meal, you will most remember those with whom you shared those experiences. In anticipation of Thanksgiving, the Lower School also gathered as a family and expressed how appreciative we are for the all that Hashem has bestowed upon us....
Posted Monday, Nov 26, 2018 11:57:00 AM
First Graders made slime in Science class to celebrate the culmination of our Matter: Solid, Liquid and Gas unit. This anticipated day came together as the students discovered, through observations and conversations during Science class, that often matter can present itself as a mixture of different states and substances. In this case, slime is a mixture of glue, baking soda, contact lenses solution (activator) and of course very festive and colorful glitter...
Posted Monday, Nov 26, 2018 11:37:00 AM
The first graders have been very busy these past few weeks in the Lower School Art Studio. After learning about and viewing the work of artist Wassily Kandinsky, the students were inspired to create their own masterpieces. Working on round circles, students used their knowledge of line and shape and created a composition that filled their space. Following this step, they were then guided to fill in the rest of their work with a variety of color. Jazz music was played throughout this process to motivate the artists!
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 1:36:00 PM
In the Library, fourth graders are preparing for their upcoming research about the Native Americans of New York State. Students started by reviewing how to access and locate books in the library. They then learned how to access vetted subscription databases, with a number of sessions devoted to practice using them. We are now focusing on skills and strategies to increase the accuracy of students' keyword searches. Students work independently on their iPads as they will when they begin their individual projects. The importance of citing sources and practice doing so, has been incorporated into these lessons as well.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 12:11:00 PM
The second graders started a new coding program this week called Scratch, Jr. which teaches coding principles such as algorithms, loop blocks, and is a wonderful app for students to use to tell stories. Once only available on the iPad, Scratch Jr. is now available as an Android app and can be used on a Chromebook in tablet mode. Students will learn how to create stories using different scenes and multiple characters. Stay tuned for more from the LS coding lab!
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 11:57:00 AM
One of my most favorite roles since joining Ramaz has been the opportunity to lead Hallel each month with the entire school. It is not only a wonderful experience, but is uplifting each time we get together and demonstrate our love for tefillah....By Mr. Jordan Silvestri, LS Dean of Students
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 11:15:00 AM
The Lower School Hebrew Department is happy to present to you its Hebrew newspaper that was distributed to students this week! In this paper, you can enjoy a variety of our students' writings and fun riddles about our teachers. To view the newspaper, please click..
Posted Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 9:53:00 AM
Inspired by the New York gubernatorial race, first graders have been learning about our country's democratic election process. Students had their own classroom elections where they voted on how to spend some free time: extra recess time or extra time using iPads...
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.
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