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Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2019 4:51:00 PM
DONATE YOUR HAIR at the Zichron Menachem Hair Drive. Hair will be made into wigs for children battling cancer. Drive will be Thursday, May 30, at Eli's Hair Salon located at 243 East 84th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). For many who battle cancer, there is little that friends and family can do to assist in their medical care. However, there is much we can do in supporting their mental health and well being. Students, parents, and teachers are all invited to join us to donate their hair. Please rsvp for a time slot by emailing Mr. S. at silvestrij@ramaz.org. HaKARAT HaTOV TO ELI'S SALON WHO ARE DONATING THEIR TIME AND SERVICES TO THIS IMPORTANT MITZVAH.
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2019 1:45:00 PM
Celebrate Israel with Ramaz! PRE-PARADE FUN on Sunday, June 2, from 10:00-11:30 AM. Ramaz and community families with preschool-age children ​are invited for face painting, arts and crafts, and more!​ FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, please bring official identification for admittance. To RSVP or volunteer...
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2019 1:35:00 PM
We are looking for volunteers to join the committee for Family Fun Day for the 2019-2020 school year! Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, September 22. To assist with planning, contacting vendors, and/or communications, please contact Parents Council at PC@Ramaz.org to get involved. We look forward to working with you!
Posted Friday, May 24, 2019 9:47:00 AM
Don't miss CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS - visual, literary, and performing arts on June 5. Doors open at 5:30PM in the Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz in the Morris & Ida Newman Educational Center - 60 East 78th Street, NYC. Art by Meira W. '19. To understand the inspiration and process of her work...
Posted Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:00:00 PM
Fifth graders used Oreos to demonstrate phases of the moon and also began their final unit on engineering design, which involved an egg drop project. The kids had so much fun!
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2019 10:29:00 PM
Fourth and fifth graders took part in a wonderful program by the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute called Link Up. They joined close to 2,000 other students from around the tri-state area in a highly participatory concert, in which they sang with and enjoyed listening to The Orchestra of St. Lutes with different soloists, in one of the most famous concert halls in the world...
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:28:00 PM
K-Tcheylet learned all about Eilat, which included doing research, writing a brochure, and recreating the city in their classroom. After learning about Eilat, the children had many questions about sea life. Their questions helped to propel the class to learn more about it. They learned that there are different levels of the sea and made three areas of the class to represent each layer. They figured out how to make fish to scale and then compared them both to each other and to themselves. They decided they wanted to figure out how to make their own aquarium. Luckily, Audrey's grandparents have an amazing fish tank in their apartment. The children gleefully went over to see this firsthand. They had questions for Audrey's grandparents and they were able to see a real eel, gorgeous fish, and beautiful coral. Thank you to the family for opening their home and extending our learning! K-Tcheylet is ready to take on the challenge of building an aquarium and transforming their room into an ocean!
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:27:00 PM
The children of Nursery Adom are learning about transportation. In conjunction with this unit, the class went to visit the fire station on 85th Street. The children wanted to thank the firefighters for all of their hard work, so they baked them a cinnamon bun cake. The firefighters taught the children so much about what their job entails and gave them safety tips on what to do in the event of a fire and to discuss it with their parents. Here are the safety tips: call 911, don't worry about your pets, when leaving, close the door, check your smoke detectors twice a year, and have a meeting spot arranged prior so that everyone knows where to go. Everyone had a wonderful time!
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:25:00 PM
K-Segol has been very interested in animals, which led to learning about the rainforest. In order to conduct good research, the class headed out to the Central Park Zoo. Before they went they discussed and predicted what they would see, hear, and smell. When they were at the Zoo, they noticed the temperature, sounds, mist, and beautiful colors of the trees and the animals. A peacock greeted them and showed off its beautiful feathers. The class learned so much and will apply it to their study of rainforests.
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:03:00 PM
Teen Scene is a new program that started this year. Teenagers, regardless of their "abilities," have very particular needs, unlike their younger or older friends or relatives. Teen Scene is done in partnership with Friendship Circle and meets every Thursday, as a club of sort. We bake cookies, do craft projects that address an American or Jewish holiday, but the Ikkar is we Talk Teen Talk. "How was your day today" begins every session, and no holds barred. Tough exams are noted, unfair grades, a disagreement with a friend, a happy moment, or a scary one too...
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 3:54:00 PM
Kol hakavod to students and faculty members who participated in Sunday's Friendship Walk & Carnival for Friendship Circle and showed their support for children with special needs. They walked the walk, but most important, did the mile TOGETHER with their special friends at the carnival and beyond. Laughter and cheers were heard throughout the day's events. Rabbi Albo and his family deserve a special Hakarat Hatov. Lying flat down on the hard cement with the trust that the bikes would jump high over him, a test of emunah for sure!! But it was the spirit of doing good that the Rabbi and all participants added. Taking the time to offer friendship is what the Circle is all about. M'chayil L'chayil!
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 2:22:00 PM
Congratulations to Josephine S '20 on being awarded the Bronfman Fellowship. Josephine is one of 26 fellows, chosen from over 230 applicants, who will participate in a transformative five-week program of study and travel in Israel, followed by a dynamic year of programming centered around pluralism, social responsibility and Jewish texts.
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 1:58:00 PM
This year's Friday Oneg has included many unique ways of connecting to each of our students at their own age and developmental level. Our newest addition has provided 4th graders with a chance to bring art, technology, and parasha into the same room. The Oneg team, including our Technology Teacher, Andy Greenspan, and our director extraordinaire, Morah Hadas, are guiding 4th graders in creating weekly Parasha videos, in which they are the stars! Each week, a topic in the parasha is imparted with a modern twist. Students practice their lines, choose their costumes and backgrounds, and then film their movie. This new addition has become a highlight of our Onegs and the audience loves seeing classmates up on the big screen while getting a new perspective on the parasha. For details and a sample video...
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:42:00 AM
4th grade students visited the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights, which served as George Washington's headquarters during the 1776 Battle of Harlem Heights. They were fascinated to walk on the original floorboards that several of our very first presidents also stepped upon on over 200 years ago, such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson...
Posted Monday, May 20, 2019 6:17:00 PM
The third grade classrooms have been transformed into close-knit writing communities where we have immersed ourselves in reading and writing poetry. The students have learned many different poetic devices such as similes, metaphors, alliteration, repetition, onomatopoeia, and personification. For details and great photos...
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:18:00 PM
Don't miss CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS - visual, literary, and performing arts on June 5. Doors open at 5:30PM in the Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz in the Morris & Ida Newman Educational Center - 60 East 78th Street, NYC. Art by Meira W. '19. To understand the inspiration and process of her work...
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:55:27 PM
By Alex S. (Grade 6) In this week's parasha, parashat Emor we learn about numerous laws dealing with ritual purity and what makes a kohen tameh (impure) and tahor (pure). The parasha starts off with the laws of kohanim interacting with the dead. Kohanim are generally not allowed to go near the dead or they will become tameh. However, there is an exception...
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:27:04 PM
By Rabbi Justin Pines, MS Mashgiach Ruchani From the Second night of Pesach until Shavuot, we count 7 weeks, 49 days, the Omer. This should be an exciting time. A count up to Matan Torah (the receiving of the Torah at Har Sinai). Yet today, the Omer is designated as a time of communal mourning. We don't make weddings...
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 5:34:00 PM
As a culminating project in their 8th grade history class, the students researched an important figure in modern Israeli history. After learning how to use Adobe Illustrator in Computer Literacy, the students designed a Vanity License Plate describing the historical (or current) figure.
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 5:10:00 PM
In the past few weeks, the first graders went on neighborhood walks! The students, accompanied by parents and teachers, walked up and down 85th Street exploring all the different places where people can purchase goods and services. They kept track of their observations using a checklist. The neighborhood walks are part of the students' year-end study of community workers. Students are already hard at work writing their nonfiction community worker magazines, which they will present to their parents in June...
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:52:00 PM
Seventh grade girls and boys teams traveled to the Westchester Day School to compete in our first-ever flag football games! It was an enjoyable morning for all the students followed by a nice lunch where Ari G. led the benching prayers. GO RAMS!
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 15, 2019 4:49:00 PM
The 8th grade attended the last of the Jazz concerts from Lincoln Center Jazz in Education. The general theme of the three concerts was "Let Freedom Swing" and the final concert highlighted the connection between jazz and the Civil Rights Movement...
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:40:00 PM
RamCorps students worked at The Bronx Choice Pantry. As Choice Pantry volunteers they helped provide free grocery packages for food-insecure families. The word choice took on new meaning as they chose products that complemented their cultural preferences and to "choose" underscores independence. Our students gained a new appreciation for the precious freedom to choose at the Pantry...
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11:37:00 AM
Mummies and Masterpieces focused on Israel this month highlighting Yoram Gal who used watercolors for a fun take on cities in Israel and portraits of people and Dale Chihuly who made a special installment of his work in Jerusalem in 2000. A special project that Chihuly made for this exhibit included tons of ice shipped from Alaska that he colored and made into a wall, similar to the Kotel. For our project, we took big ice cubes and used water droppers with liquid water color...
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11:09:00 AM
Israel's 71st birthday celebration was sababa! All of the children in the ECC learned about Israel, its topography, food, attractions, art, and so much more. They visited a kibbutz, Tel Aviv, Tzfat, Eilat, the Kotel where they milked a cow, created candles and mosaics, tasted olives, enjoyed mud baths and the beach, hiked, went through an obstacle course and had fun. The learning throughout this process was amazing! The math, science and literacy opportunities were part of each and every stop. For details and great pictures...
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2019 11:37:00 PM
Sixth graders just finished their year-long participation in Sweet Readers with adults who have dementia. Students and their elder friends were filmed for a documentary about the importance of young people engaging with adults living with Alzheimer's...
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2019 11:28:52 PM
By Mordechai S. (Grade 5) Parashat Kedoshim starts by telling us that we should be holy because Hashem is holy. Then it starts telling us to do some halachot or laws. Two of the many halachot are the laws of Peah and Leket (19:9-10). Peah is the law in which you leave the fallen twigs and the fallen fruit for the poor people and converts. Leket is ...
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2019 6:14:00 PM
When you enter the ECC, it's hard to know if you are in NYC or Israel! The excitement of celebrating Israel's 71st birthday is palpable.The children have been working on building and creating different cities in Israel, researching each city along the way....
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:41:00 PM
Upper School students offered chizuk by sending cards and Rabbi Mayer Moskowitz's book I Have A Friend to Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and Chabad of Poway....
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