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Posted Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 10:14:00 AM
In this week's parasha, פרשת בשלח, many important things happen. Bnei Yisrael finally leave Egypt. They start heading into the desert toward the ים סוף. After three days, when Pharaoh realizes that the Jews will not return to Egypt he chases after them with his army. That night the עמוד הענן went behind Bnei Yisrael to protect them from the Egyptians' encampment...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 9:32:00 PM
In conjunction with learning about transportation, Pre-K Tzahov had the privilege of seeing a real Hatzolah ambulance! Mr. Leo Esses (Elias' father) gave the class a tour of the ambulance. Students learned about the blood pressure machine, checked out the walkie talkies, tried on helmets, saw the stretcher, and were fascinated by the Band Aids -- the most used material on the ambulance...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 9:26:00 PM
Pre-K Yarok has been studying their favorite animals. In order to see them first hand, students went on a field trip to the Central Park Zoo! What a fun trip it was! First, the children followed the maps (that they made themselves!) to see the sea lions -- which were swimming around and around...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 3:51:00 PM
In honor of Tu Be'Shevat, the 5th and 6th graders had the opportunity to go across the street and plant with the senior citizens from KJ's Lunch and Learn program. The students and seniors sang songs together, decorated planters, and planted beans! It was wonderful to see the generations connect in such a meaningful way.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 10:26:00 AM
Last week, a dozen students from the Ramaz Political Club (aka, "Rampo") met to discuss the Government Shutdown and its impact on the political scene. As usual, it was a rousing and raucous good time, in finest tradition of American politics (think a classic New England Town Hall, but with more junk food). While we did not resolve the shutdown, in all fairness, neither have our nation's leaders. Rampo will also be briefly shutdown, but will re-open promptly in the new semester.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 2:53:00 PM
Tu B'Shevat celebrates the "birthday of the trees" and all of the amazing miracles that take place each day with the thriving agriculture of Medinat Yisrael, the land of Israel. Second and third grade teachers have planned two amazing programs to help students learn the importance of the day and its meaning for the Jewish people...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 1:39:00 PM
With Martin Luther King Jr. Day around the corner, fifth and sixth graders watched a live performance about the different African American experiences of fighting for rights to equality and liberty. The story follows Peter Freeman, a free black man in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1770s. When the colonial conflict with the British government reaches Freeman's town of Concord, he and his family find themselves at the heart of the battle...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 1:33:00 PM
As a culmination to their immigration study, the third grade students visited the Tenement Museum on the Lower East side. The students traveled back in time as they explored tenements from the 1800's and 1900's. They learned about the families that lived there and explored the different living conditions and objects they had in their homes during those times. Students were able to demonstrate their knowledge through their thoughtful questions and responses during the tour. As part of this study, the third graders read historical fiction and non-fiction texts related to immigration and Ellis Island. In addition, each student interviewed someone who immigrated to this country. The third graders wrote 2-paragraph essays about these experiences which are on display on the 8th floor.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 1:32:00 PM
In science, second graders have been working diligently on building model race cars in order to experience Newton's Laws of Motion. During the process, the students surpassed several design challenges. They had to keep the wheels (recycled bottle caps) on the cars, using clay and wooden sticks. This proved to be the source of many revisions and test trials as the children worked in teams. A balloon would propel the cars forward. Working together to attach the balloon with straws, as well as to agree on the best angle of the straws to propel the car forward, proved to be more challenging than the children had originally predicted. For this activity, the students succeeded at designing, creating, and revising- all parts of the design process - their race car prototypes.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 1:27:00 PM
Please enjoy this video-recording of this year's Legally Blonde musical performance. Kudos to our exceptionally talented students! To watch, please click...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 1:24:47 PM
This week we read of how Hashem split the sea and brought our ancestors across the dry land, where they thanked Him by singing Shirat HaYam, the Song of the Sea. One of the first lines of the song is Zeh Kehli V'Anvehu / This is my God and I will beautify Him / Elokhei Avi V'Aromemenhu / my father's God and I will elevate Him.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 1:16:00 PM
We're excited to share this fascinating article by Rabbi Yigal Sklarin, Inter-Disciplinary Studies Coordinator in the Upper School, on the new Jewish works acquired in recent years by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and how they paint a fuller picture of medieval Jewish life and the ways Jewish art developed in a larger historical and artistic context. Throughout the years Rabbi Sklarin has taken students and community members to view many of these items on exhibit! To view the article,please click...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 11:31:00 AM
The Ramaz Middle School hosted the National Geographic Geography Bee before winter break. During the preliminary round of the bee, history teachers administered either an oral or written bee composed of 35 questions to eager geography buffs. Then, the winners in fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades returned for the final and championship rounds. We are proud of our Geo Bee champions: First Place- Benjamin B.; Second Place- Gianna G.; Third Place- Jack F. Congratulations!
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 11:28:00 AM
NYS Assemblyman Dan Court and members from Teach NYS visited the Upper School to see the STEM program. They visited two junior TEC classes, a ninth grade biology class, and a tenth grade math class. They met with members of the administration and members of the RamTEC faculty to discuss the new TEC department in the school. Lastly, they visited a science lab where they saw presentations given by the three captains of the engineering club: Daniella F. '20, Josephine S. '20, and David A. '19. They were accompanied by former charter trustee and co-chair of Teach NYS, Neil Cohen, and current Ramaz treasurer Jimmy Haber.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 11:21:00 AM
Mr. Jay Klotz's senior astronomy class made their annual pilgrimage to the planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Students viewed the space show, a multimedia presentation on the Big Bang, and the halls of earth and of space. It was a great opportunity for the students to see visual presentations of what they have been learning in class and to solidify and extend their knowledge of astronomy. A great time was had by all!
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 11:18:00 AM
Ms. Barak's junior honors Hebrew class went to see the play Grey Rock at the La MaMa Theater on East 4th Street. The play tells the story of a Palestinian man who wants to build a rocket to go to the moon, and the five actors in the show are all Palestinians. In addition to the main plot about building the rocket, the play focuses on human relationships - between a father and a daughter, between a woman and her fiance...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 11:10:00 AM
The French Culture Club celebrated the life and career of song stylist, lyricist, composer, actor and entertainer, Charles Aznavour. Aznavour entertained audiences for more than half a century and was favorably compared as an international star to Frank Sinatra. Students were entertained by his music via audio and video clips. In reviewing his background, it was noted that during his formative years, during World War II in France, Aznavour's parents were instrumental in hiding and protecting Jews from certain extermination by the Nazis...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 9:33:00 AM
Come join us at our first RAMkind Parent- Child Chesed event for Tu B'Shevat Monday, January 21, 3:30-5PM in the Ramaz Lower School There will be age-appropriate art activities Learn about JNF Chesed with a life-sized interactive map of Israel Enjoy a Tu B'Shevat seder with Rabbi Meyer Laniado Have the opportunity to plat trees in Israel Join the fun! Please RSVP to www.ramaz.org/tubshevat
Posted Thursday, Jan 10, 2019 10:10:00 AM
In this week's Parasha, Parashat Bo, Bnei Yisrael receive their first mitzvah as a nation from Hashem - the mitzvah of Rosh Chodesh, marking the beginning of the new month based on the moon cycle. This seems very strange! Why, out of all of the 613 mitzvot, is Rosh Chodesh chosen to be the first mitzvah?
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 11:52:00 PM
While it has only been a week since students have returned from break, they are back in full swing! The first few days back were like the first days of summer, where students spent time reconnecting with their friends and teachers. As Mr. Silvestri opened his email, he was so happy to receive many emails of #MenschMoments that took place over break! Seeing the stories that parents shared of their children exemplifying the warmth and mission of Menschlichkeit while on break was truly heart-warming! Lower School students are making a difference and positive impact - proof that the Mensch Madness is here to stay! The second half of the year is is about to start and LS students have more menschly work to do!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 11:43:00 PM
Nursery Varod has been immersed in a unit on different artists and their famous works of art. In order to help the children connect to this topic, the teachers read the book The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle. This book explains that a person can paint or draw an object in any color...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 3:42:00 PM
Seventh graders put their finishing touches on a collaborative and meaningful mural they've been working on! With professional guidance from the Jewish Museum, students first learned about Russian avant-garde artists, Chagall, Lissitzky, and Malevich. Seventh graders were interested in learning about the artists' works, which were displayed publicly to celebrate the revolution in the town of Vitebsk, and the rise of the Soviet Union in general. Artists would showcase modernist murals on trains and on the sides of buildings to voice their important message of the rise of artistic freedoms (or so they thought). To connect with these revolutionary works, students decided to depict an important value from our own school mission statement -- the value of Menschlichkeit, to be represented in a collaborative and celebratory mural. Seventh graders began by making prints of pictures representing acts of kindness - these were then combined into one large mural that will soon be hung in the lobby of the Middle School! Stay tuned!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 3:31:00 PM
Tu B'Shevat Higiya Chag La'ilanot! Despite the cold weather, fifth graders enjoyed getting into the spirit of Tu B'Shevat! Students gathered on the terrace to sing songs about the upcoming holiday, and participate in environment-themed art project! Fifth graders painted planters, while planting beans and squash seeds (straight from the a butternut squash). Students will tend to these plants throughout the coming weeks, while they keep in mind that it will soon be springtime in Israel, a special time to celebrate the blooming of the trees!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 2:28:00 PM
Juniors were treated to a special performance by Alkemie, an early music ensemble specializing in Religious and Folk music of the Medieval and Renaissance. Students in the Junior Music curriculum were treated to live performances of some of the pieces they have studied in class. The audience also learned about early music instruments and how they differ from their modern counterparts. This program was sponsored by the Martin and Susan Sanders family foundation for classical music enrichment at Ramaz.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 11:20:24 AM
The following is inspired by a dvar Torah I heard at my Shabbat table from Rabbi Aaron Potek. This week we enter the third week of the epic battle between Pharaoh and Moshe. Pharaoh and Moshe represent two very different types of people. Pharaoh is focused on himself and thinks he is perfect. Who is this 'God' you are talking about? I don't know him. I'm god. Moshe is the opposite...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 11:13:00 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!! Ramaz is very proud to congratulate Yaara K. '20 on reaching the FINAL ROUND of The 5779 Ulpaniada Mathematics Competition! Among the hundreds of girls from all around the world who participated in the second round, Yaara excelled in the second round paper and has qualified for the final round! The Final Round will take place at Michlalah Jerusalem College in February, followed by the closing ceremony of The Ulpaniada where a representative of the Ministry of Education will be attending and will be giving out the winner's prizes. In addition to the competition, Yaara and the other qualifying-overseas students will have the opportunity to participate in activities offered by Michlalah including trips, workshops, speakers, fun programs, and training for the Final Round of Ulpaniada.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 10:55:00 AM
Fourth-grade students are focusing on singing American folk songs which incorporate grade-level rhythmic patterns. Students are formally identifying the patterns that they sang and applying their knowledge through performance on rhythmic sticks and orff instruments. In preparation for the upcoming recorder unit, students learned the Kodaly stick notation system that isolates rhythm from pitch. Fourth Graders also had fun playing "Teacher Mistake" which reinforced their audiation skills!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 10:36:00 AM
Writing and reading are a crucial part of the Middle School student experience. Students widened their cultural and historical horizons when they heard the author Ms. Veera Hiranandani speak about her new novel, The Night Diary. The main protagonist in the book, ten-year-old Nisha, writes a diary about the perilous journey undertaken by her Hindu family in 1947 when they had to travel from Muslim Pakistan to mainly Hindu India. This journey was based on the experiences of Ms. Hiranandani's father. The author showed family photos and historical pictures taken during the partition of India. She also shared insights about her writing methods, and answered a wide variety of questions from our students. Her intriguing presentation was enthusiastically received by students and faculty.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019 5:00:00 PM
Special Motzei Shabbat ​Skating, Snacking, Socializing on ​Saturday Night, January 26, at ​7:30-9:30pm at ​Wollman Rink. For details and to sign up...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019 4:29:35 PM
Grade 4 students and their families are invited to the GRADE 4 SHABBATON on SHABBAT, JANUARY 26 for Davening - Lunch - Singing - Fun with Mr. S. in the Ramaz Middle School in the Gottesman Education Center - 114 E 85th Street, NYC. Click for details and to RSVP...
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