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Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:29:00 PM
The Lower School welcomed visitors from ACHI – American Communities Helping Israel – who introduced a chesed program to help Israel. This was also done in connection with Hineni Day, as we are HERE to do. As part of the KLEE challenge, our students will be creating decorative bowls with Israeli themes to fill with Israeli made products in an effort to support and encourage others to support Israel's economy. These bowls will be brought home to showcase on families' dining-room tables, kitchen counters, or anywhere in their homes where guests and visitors will notice....
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:29:00 PM
It's so much fun to learn about money! As the second graders practiced counting dollar bills and coins and using the $ and ¢ symbols to record the total amounts, they loved visiting the (fictional) Ramaz Diner. Working with a partner, the students took turns being waiters and customers. They chose food items they wanted to order from the menu, recorded their selections, and used the addition algorithm they learned earlier in the year to find the total cost.
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:02:00 PM
Grade 5 read the classical Hebrew story הביצה שהתחפשה. In the story, the main character, an egg, is not happy with her appearance. Throughout the story, the egg dresses up as different objects in search for a new identity. As a final project, students in Morah Rinat's class dressed up eggs into an object not mentioned in the book. Some students dressed up their egg as a porcupine or a doorknob, and more. Then using the ChatterPix app students recorded their egg speaking in Hebrew about its experience and feelings with its new identity. This was a wonderful way to incorporate educational technology that is regarded a powerful vehicle to motivate students to speak Hebrew. Morah Gila's classes created their own eggs in costume too. They honed their verbal and presentation skills ...
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:26:00 PM
Four students visited one of the corporate offices of WeWork, a successful startup that is revolutionizing the current office real estate market. Arash Gohari '91, a co-head of WeWork Real Estate in the US, Israel and Canada, met with us. He described in detail WeWork's business plan, the entrepreneurial aspect of the business and the model... Jacob D. '21
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2019 6:06:00 PM
Congratulations to the Ramaz Ultimate Frisbee team. They defeated league powerhouse East Side Middle School 8-7 on universe point. With the score tied 7-7 and the game on the line, the team showed tremendous poise as they worked the disc up the field and into the endzone. Go Rams!
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2019 4:16:10 PM
By Rabbi Justin Pines, MS Mashgiach Ruchani I was planning to talk to you today about Yom HaShoah, one of the many ways in which we remember and learn from the Holocaust. Unfortunately, though we say never again, and never forget, this past Shabbat, our brothers and sisters were attacked, in a Shul, for being Jewish...
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2019 4:12:00 PM
By Ezra A. (Grade 6) The Torah introduces the service of Yom Kippur by saying that G-d spoke to Moshe after the death of Aharon's two sons Nadav and Avihu. This means that there is a connection between this tragedy and the Yom Kippur service. In addition, the pasuk adds a new dimension...
Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2019 8:51:00 AM
First graders participated in the Polar Expedition program at the Central Park Zoo (CPZ). This trip was the culminating activity for our Adaptations and Habitats Unit. This experience was guided by a CPZ penguin expert who shared with us the fascinating adaptations penguins have which help these amazing birds survive in often inhospitable climates: webfeet, streamlined bodies, wings shaped like flippers, blubber (fat), thick skin and tightly packed overlapping feathers. The live (and very cold!) exhibit displayed four types of penguins at their best. We were delighted to see Chinstrap, Marconi, Gentoo, and King penguins whooshing and racing underwater. The first graders experienced first hand how the penguins' adaptations helped them swim fast to catch food and survive in their habitats.
Posted Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 1:13:00 PM
Middle School students, faculty, and parents are invited to MAKE CHALLAH on Thursday, May 2. Study Hall for grades 5 and 6 4-4:35 in L1 classroom. Challah making for grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 at 4:35 in the Rabbi Haskel Lookstein Middle School of Ramaz. Parent volunteers needed to prepare dough at 1PM, to supervise Study Hall at 4PM, and assist with challah making at 4:30PM. No charge. Pizza will be served. Please advise if your child has any dietary restrictions. Please contact PC@ramaz.org to volunteer and RSVP. Together we will do the mitzvah of hafrashat challah and shape the dough. Challah will be sent home to bake. Thank you to chairs Deborah Zimbler and Bonnie Silvera.
Posted Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 7:19:00 PM
Parents Council continues to team up with Fairway. Every time you shop, please swipe the card or give the Ramaz code and Fairway will donate 3% or more of your purchase to Parents Council. Click headline for more and to download a copy of the card or scan bar code when you shop. Everyone has the same Ramaz number. This is good at ALL FAIRWAY LOCATIONS and when you shop INSTACART.
Posted Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 2:37:00 PM
Mabel's Labels are offering their popular camp label combos! Until April 30th, their Camp Label Packs will be available at early bird prices! Get $5 off our Sleepaway Camp Label Pack and $2 off our Day Camp Label Pack . A portion of your purchase will be donated to Parents Council Please choose Ramaz PC when you click on "Support a Fundraiser".
Posted Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 2:37:00 PM
In commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Ramaz is proud of its students' participation in WiTNESS THEATER. Selfhelp Community Serices, UJA-Federation of NY, KJ, and Ramaz present Witness Theater at 7:30PM on Wednesday, May 1, and at 7PM on Thursday, May 2, in the Ramaz Upper School. For details and to RSVP...
Posted Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 2:36:00 PM
We thank EL AL for partnering with Ramaz. You can join the EL AL Matmid Frequent Flyer Club and accumulate points from flights and enjoy benefits and exclusive deals. There is no cost to join. To join, please click headline for details...
Posted Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 2:35:00 PM
NEW RamazWear available now. Please visit our website www.ramaz.org/RamazWear and show your #RAMPride!
Posted Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 2:35:00 PM
PESACH PREP - Communal Seder - 4/19 at 8:00PM. Click for details and to sell your chametz...
Posted Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 4:58:00 PM
By Avi F. (Grade 6) In this week's parasha, we continue to learn about the process for purifying the person who has צרעת (leprosy). We are told about the ritual the Kohen has to perform on the day a person becomes טהור, pure. The ritual requires two birds, a cedar stick, hyssop, a string of red wool, and shaving of the person's head. Afterward, the Torah tells us...
Posted Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 4:55:48 PM
By Rabbi Justin Pines, MS Mashgiach Ruchani "Mah Nishtana Ha Lila Hazeh Mikol Haleilot?' Why is this night different from all other nights? Why is the seder so focused on questions? We have a mitzvah from the Torah for parents to teach their children about yetziat mitzrayim. It doesn't say anything about questions. So why is there such a large focus on questions?...
Posted Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 12:38:00 AM
Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel's Permanent Representative to the United Nations invited us to attend the opening exhibition, Israel's Humanitarian Aid Around the World. Although it was a late evening event, freshman Shira S., sophomores Charles S., and Adam V., juniors Gail H., and Ella R. and senior Ilan S. signed on without ever expecting to have such an eye-opening, informative and impactful experience. All too often, we view Israel only through the lens of military operations as the imperative need for the IDF to keep Israel secure and safe is on-going and essential. Most of us do not know about the humanitarian efforts that the IDF extends to countries around the world when disaster strikes. We listened in awe as we heard about the 2010 delegation to Haiti following the mega earthquake where Israel treated over 1100 patients, the 2013 delegation sent to the Philippines to set up a field hospital following the typhoon strike, and in 2016 as part of "Operation Good Neighbor,"...
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 11:42:00 PM
Hocus Focus, Chewing Your Way to an A, That Rings a Bell, and Molecular Gastronomy were some of the titles of the 7th-grade projects the students have been working on for months by following either the scientific method or the engineering design process. Their fascinating, informative, and fun projects were presented at the Science Fair to their classmates, fellow middle schoolers, family, and friends. Kol HaKAvod to all our scientists. For the list of winners, to view pictures of the students and projects...
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 4:38:00 PM
The whole room felt the love as The Lion King roared onto stage at the Upper School. With only two months left in their high school careers, the seniors strengthened their bond as they performed their Senior Play for a packed auditorium. We're overcome with PRIDE!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 4:15:00 PM
9th and 10th graders participated in this semester's "Percussion Week," a curricular unit where they learn about improvisation in music through performance with various percussion instruments from different cultures and contexts. To view photos and video...
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 2:10:00 PM
The 5th grade enjoyed making their own pages of the Haggadah Shel Pesach this past week using Google Slides. We hope they will feel more vested in the seder experience using their own version of the Hagaddah. What a bunch of chachamim and chachamot - the SMART sons and daughters!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 1:56:00 PM
In the midst of their New York City Landmarks study, second graders participated in a series of four workshops with a representative from the Friends of The Upper East Side Historic District. Students learned about the many distinguishing architectural features often found on Landmark protected buildings, such as pediments, lintels, bay windows, and cornices. They learned of a real case when an Upper East Side building was being nominated for landmark status and had the chance to design a building with their newly acquired architectural knowledge. This week they walked around our neighborhood. Next time you see a second grader, ask him or her to tell you about The Park Avenue Historic District and the important preservation work accomplished by the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 1:46:00 PM
Throughout the year, the children in the ECC collect tzedakah. We work on making it meaningful and concrete for the children, for example, the children have used their tzedakah money to buy food and toys for those who are less fortunate. Before Pesach, it is a great treat to do the mitzvah of Maot Chitim with Rabbi Lookstein. All of the ECC classes brought their tzedakah to Rabbi Lookstein who will distribute it to help others enjoy Pesach. The students and the Rabbi sang the songs they learned in school; it was a beautiful and memorable moment for all involved.One class even taught Rabbi Lookstein an English addition to the Seder song Kadesh, orchatz... He said he was going to add it to his Seder! In addition to learning the importance of tzedakah, we also use it as a teachable moment. The children sort and count the tzedakah before they give it away. It is also exciting to see how our coins can add up!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 1:34:00 PM
The entire ECC gathered in celebration of Rosh Chodesh Nissan. The teachers put on a funny play inspired by the book Too Many Cooks by Edie Stoltz Zolkower. It tells the story of a Bubby who was making charoset when she was distracted by the phone. The entire family decides one by one that they will make the charoset even better and keep adding ingredients. The outcome is less than delicious. It was fun to watch and was performed in both Hebrew and English. Morah Amanda, Moreh Edan and Moreh Ben joined our celebration, played our favorite Pesach songs and the kindergarten treated everyone to a moving rendition of Ya'aleh V'yavo. Pesach is definitely in the air in the ECC!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 1:32:00 PM
There are four questions in the Haggadah, but the children in the ECC had many more than four questions after learning the story of Pesach. The kindergarten children had so many questions, and they wanted some answers. They emailed Rabbi Weinstock to see if he could shed light on some of the more difficult questions. Rabbi Weinstock then came to the classes to answer those questions in person. Some of our questions were: "How did Paroh know the Jews were Jewish?" "Why is Matzah called Matzah?" "Did Hashem save Batya, because she saved Moshe?" These thoughtful questions and answers will be added to our Haggadot. They will inspire us to continue to ask questions at the Seder.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 1:29:00 PM
This week, the children are busy baking their own matzah with Rabbi Fried from the Chabad Matzah Factory. They saw how wheat berries are ground into flour, then how the flour is mixed with water to make dough. All of the children were given a chance to help grind the flour and then each child rolled out their own matzah. They also learned that no more than 18 minutes may pass from the time the flour and water are combined until the matzah is baked. If it does, it is considered chametz and cannot be used for Pesach. In the classroom students practiced doing activities with the number 18. Can we finish cleaning up in 18 seconds – no, can we finish a puzzle in 18 minutes, maybe? After baking the matza (in 18 minutes) each child took home their own matzah.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 12:27:00 PM
Lucky for our 4th graders, the Brooklyn Robot Foundry has a location on the Upper East Side! In connection with our STEAM curriculum, students created and decorated their own electronic glow pets. The children were able to activate their newly gained knowledge of electronic circuitry; they wired two LED lights with tilt switches into unique pets that they will bring home. The students came away with a greater understanding of what trans-disciplinary learning is all about.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 11:46:00 AM
Following the footsteps of the 5th and 6th grade chorus, the 7th and 8th grade chorus visited the UES Rehabilitation and Nursing Center to brighten the day of the seniors there. They performed songs from The Greatest Showman, tefillah, and Hamilton!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 11:45:00 AM
Our Math team participated in an online Math contest sponsored by Jewish High School Math League. Over 50 schools and more than 1000 students from 6 continents participated in this contest. Ramaz finished 5th in this international contest. The team score was calculated by adding the 4 highest scores. The 4 students whose scores were used were Elan A., Natalie K., Finley H., and Ben C. We are so proud of their achievement. The contest was administered online, unusual for math. No handwriting or transmission issues though. To read about Elan A.'s '21 experience...
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