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Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 3:23:00 PM
The children in kindergarten have been counting the days of school since day one. In celebration of the much anticipated 100th day that arrived this week, all four kindergarten classes started their day together...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 2:41:00 PM
With an interest in transportation, K-Tcheylet chose to learn about trains. First, they visited the subway on 86th street, where they saw the ticket booth, signs, tracks, and the trains....
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 2:25:00 PM
Sixth graders participated in the first of a three-part workshop dedicated to Opera music presented by the Manhattan School of Music.The workshop supports their music class where they have learned opera terms an analyzed a few famous arias. To listen...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 1:40:00 PM
The Upper School was honored to host doctorate candidates this week. Dr. Moshe Sokolow, Associate Dean, Fanya Gottesfeld-Heller Professor, at Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education & Administration, summed up the visit. "Twenty students at Yeshiva University's Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration spent a day at the Ramaz Upper School experiencing the quality of instruction and learning in both Judaic and general studies. These students are enrolled in an executive doctoral program in preparation for assuming administrative positions in American day schools and are currently concentrating their studies on learning and cognition and instructional leadership, which they found to meet the highest professional standards at Ramaz. They are grateful to Mr. Jonathan Cannon, Rabbi Shlomo Stochel, Rabbi Kenny Schiowitz, departmental chairs, faculty, and students for their hospitality and insights."
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 1:20:00 PM
Eighth graders have begun two initiatives to collect needed items for the winter and Purim. Please send in used or new coats to be donated to those in need and used or new costumes to be donated to Neve Michael, a children's home in Israel. The costumes will be delivered within the next two weeks for children to use for Purim. Please donate costumes by March 14 and please donate coats by March 20.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 1:19:00 PM
Our third grade mathematicians are hard at work! As they continue to practice their multiplication facts through games, flashcards, and online tools, such as Xtra Math, the students are well-prepared to master division.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 12:58:00 PM
Our 4th Grade Degania students tasted sweet victory as they savored every bite of their special snack treats earned from our Rosh Chodesh Adar 1 MS Basketball game....
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 12:48:00 PM
Save April 16 for the Middle School performance of Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Students participated in a character development workshop last week and have weekly rehearsals. Cast members and their families came together on Sunday to prepare the technical aspects and enjoyed painting sets, trying on costumes, and gathering props. Special thanks to our parent volunteers for helping to make the afternoon safe, fun, and educational for our students.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 10:07:00 AM
Seventh and Eighth Graders in the Public Speaking elective welcomed teachers and administrators to watch their "Passion Projects." Students selected and researched a topic, transferred the information to bullet points and added pictures, photos, slides, and charts to enhance their presentations. Subjects included places to visit (The Netherlands, Ireland, South Africa, Israel, London, Los Angeles, and Hawaii); hobbies (sewing and baking); and sports (baseball, basketball, tennis, and soccer). One presentation focused on North Korea as a fascinating country, but suggested skipping a visit. Students practiced speaking loudly, slowly, clearly, looking at the audience and of course, remembering to smile!
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 5:32:00 PM
Eighth grade students have been learning about Asirei Zion in their Hebrew class. They learned about the struggles of Jews in the Soviet Union and how Jewish organizations and individuals around the world held protests for their release. In addition, they learned about the protests that were held around the United States every Sunday in which protesters wore wristbands with the names of Asirei Zion...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 4:02:00 PM
In Art class, 6th grade students learned about the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her vast number of self portrait paintings. Inspired by Kahlo, students spent the last two months drawing their own self portraits! Learning about the artist's work helped sixth graders see how self portraiture can be used to tell their personal stories...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 4:00:00 PM
The first grade theme in the Lower School Art studio this month has been the season of winter. Students learned color theory, watercolor technique and guided drawing to create beautiful penguins! Each and every one had its own unique spin. In second grade, students are currently continuing their unit on New York City...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 3:58:00 PM
Since January, the Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots have made 2 appearances in STEAM class. The connection between science and technology continues to develop for our curious 4th graders. As an extension to Sound and Light units, the student-scientists programmed special sensors attached to the robots. Testing the accuracy of the ultrasonic sensor, students programmed the robot to stop at a certain distance...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 3:51:00 PM
The French Culture Club had the honor to present fashion historian, author and expert, Ms. Caroline Rennolds Milbank. Ms. Milbank spoke about French culture in the 18th century, when Napoleon III branded Paris as the location of luxury. An era of extreme opulence and public social flaunting, it would be common for the French to parade extravagant gowns and stroll through a park, simply for others to see...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 3:25:00 PM
This week, BIC heard from Mr. Berndt Perl, a Ramaz parent who was raised in Germany and later went on to Duke and Harvard Business School. He, along with a partner, Kenneth Aschendorf, started APF Properties Company which focuses mainly on buying real estate such as office buildings with retail stores. He explained how real estate is a broad industry with many different aspects to it, and that you do not need much experience to be in the business...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 2:25:00 PM
In Math 501, students applied their knowledge of area to design an apartment floor plan. After creating their blueprints, they selected and calculated the cost of the flooring for each room with a budget of $5,000. The students considered the real life implications of their design choices, created reasonable scales for their drawings, and wrote advertisements describing their apartments.
Posted Thursday, Feb 7, 2019 3:05:00 PM
This week's parasha, Parashat Terumah, discusses the keilim in the Mishkan. The Torah is very specific in describing how they must look and from what material they are to be made. First, the text discusses the Aron...
Posted Thursday, Feb 7, 2019 12:20:13 PM
Sunday night was a cool night to be a Jew in America. As far as I can tell, for the first time, the star of the Super Bowl halftime show was Jewish, and the MVP of the game identifies as Jewish. In addition, as some of you may know, the owner of the winning team, Robert Kraft, is not only Jewish, but a pillar of the Jewish community...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 9:29:00 PM
Adar is coming - we're so happy! Well, at least that is the song that plays in our heads every time that Rosh Chodesh Adar arrives. The excitement around Purim, the Megillah, costumes, Mishloach Manot and Matanot L'evyonim, sweeps students up the first time they hear a song with Adar in it. This year, double dipping is allowed! Students get to enjoy two months of Adar...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 9:23:00 PM
First graders love to play games! This week in math the students had so much fun playing different math games to practice addition and subtraction facts as well as their logical thinking. Whether playing by themselves or with a partner, math games are a great way to practice the math skills we are learning in school. Ask your children about the math games they enjoy the most!
Posted Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 9:13:00 PM
Mishe Nichnas Adar Marbim B'Simcha! The Middle School students took it upon themselves to spread the Adar cheer! On Tuesday, some fifth graders returned to the Lower School and sang and danced with the third grade and ECC students....
Posted Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 9:04:00 PM
"Which winter sport would you like to try?" That was the question of the day - for Pre-K Lavan - on a frigid cold morning! The ECC children put their names in the column for the sport that they were interested in trying including: skiing, sledding, ice hockey, and snowboarding. This led to fun conversations about different winter sports...
Posted Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 3:41:00 PM
Last week, five students -- Sydney E. '22, Jonathan S. '21, Finley H. '22, Levi L. '21, and Sally N. '22, -- supervised by Dr. Nironi, went to Yeshiva University to compete in the first ever CIJE-Tech (Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education) Hackathon...
Posted Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 3:33:00 PM
To complete their study of urban planning, second graders had a visit from their classmate's father, Mr. Jed Resnick, who works in real estate development. He showed the students graphs that predicted the expected growth of NYC in the next 20 years and charts that taught the students how many buildings in Manhattan are older than their grandparents and how many are younger than the students themselves...
Posted Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 1:55:00 PM
Grade 3 students, teachers, parents, and siblings participated in the mitzva of Hafrashat Challah and enjoyed preparing and eating their very own challah. Thank you to chairs Liat Bengio and Marian Gross.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 1:50:00 PM
Last chance to claim items in the Middle School Lost and Found. Please check out items in the Lower Level 1 of the Middle School to see if your child has lost something. Items will be donated after Friday, February 8.
Posted Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 4:03:00 PM
In this week's parasha we learn about the 53 mitzvot commanded to Bnei Yisrael. Twenty-three of them were "asseh" and thirty of them were "loh ta'asseh." Some of these prohibitive mitzvot included not being allowed to murder, kidnap, or to mix milk and meat...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 10:07:00 PM
Fourth graders have been learning about the first people to live in New York State – the Iroquois, or Haudenosaunee, and the Algonquin. Students engaged in the research process both in class and during Library/Technology. They researched and wrote about various topics including Native American homes, food, clothing, school, jobs, sports, and government. Students presented their findings to parents during a special performance....
Posted Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 9:53:00 PM
Even following two intense weeks of final exams, students signed-on to support the Upper School's efforts in making MLK Day of Service, a Day ON, Not a Day off. Students came by subway, by foot, by car and with sheer determination to reach the different destinations, regardless of the hour or location, ready to give their time and energy, to be helpful, no matter the task...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 9:40:00 PM
Fourth graders took part in an interactive workshop entitled "Mommy - What's Wrong With That Lady?" Presented by Mrs. Chava Willig Levy, the children had an opportunity to learn firsthand about the life of an accomplished person in a wheelchair. Mrs. Levy explained that she contracted polio at a young age, and how that has changed her life. She demonstrated how she can tackle many "daily activities" - some independently and many with assistance, and taught the children about independent dependence...
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