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Posted Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 5:23:05 PM
Three Middle School students have submitted their approximately 2500 word carefully researched and annotated historical papers to be judged against peers throughout the city at New York City History Day, an educational project held at the Museum of the City of New York in affiliation with National History Day.
Posted Tuesday, Apr 2, 2019 4:00:00 PM
Thank you to Jane & Robert Katz for graciously opening their home and hosting the Freshman Parent Social II. It was a wonderful evening of connecting with our children's friends' parents.
Posted Monday, Apr 1, 2019 5:00:00 PM
Kol Hakavod to the more than 400 volunteers who helped prep 5,000 lbs. of fruits and vegetables for Masbia. Thank you to the Spodek family for generously sponsoring the event. Thank you chairs Jamie Chubak, Marian Gross, Elise Kassel, Susan Hecht and Sandy Dweck. For photos...
Posted Friday, Mar 29, 2019 12:38:00 PM
The 6th grade girls basketball team won a thriller 35-33 in OT against Yavneh. Olivia F. hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer in regulation to force overtime. Leila S. contributed with great shooting. Grace K. and Lindsey F. made key defensive plays in overtime to seal the victory.
Posted Thursday, Mar 28, 2019 3:56:02 PM
By Rabbi Justin Pines, MS Mashgiach Ruchani Sometimes - often - life imitates Torah. I was watching a big college basketball game last night, Duke against University of Central Florida (UCF). Duke, who has the best player in the country, Zion Williamson, and is considered to be one of the best teams, was losing at the end. The coach, Mike Krzyzewski, perhaps one of the greatest coaches of all time...
Posted Thursday, Mar 28, 2019 3:54:00 PM
By Ezra A. (Grade 6) At the beginning of the parasha, it says, "ויהי ביום השמיני קרא משה לאהרון ולבניו ולזיקני ישראל" and then Moshe says to Aharon, ​"קח לך עגל בן בקר לחטאת ועיל לעולה תמימים". Moshe wants Aharon to bring all of these sacrifices and gives him a list of what he needs to do. After, he tells him everything, it says: "ויאמר משה אל אהרון קרב אל המיזבח ועשה את חטאתך". Why does Moshe add this extra request of Aharon to approach to the מיזבח? Rashi says...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 4:08:00 PM
​RAMKind Parent - Child - Faculty schoolwide event ​for students in Nursery - Grade 12. All students, faculty, staff, parents, and families are invited to​​ help peel, chop, and prepare food for the Masbia Food Kitchen on Sunday, March 31, from 2-5PM in the Ramaz Middle School. This event is generously sponsored by the Spodek family. To sign up...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 3:40:00 PM
Congratulations to all the Ramaz Ultimate Frisbee Players who made the New York JCC Maccabi Ultimate Team. This summer they will travel to Atlanta to compete against teams from around the world in the 2019 JCC Maccabi games.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 9:37:00 AM
Even our youngest students were captivated by the amazing performances we had of Tubby the Tuba! The book Tubby the Tuba was written by Paul Tripp in 1954, and we are grateful that his son David Tripp narrated the book for us. If you aren't familiar with this classic story, it is about the adventures of a tuba named Tubby. "All day long Tubby plays oompah, oompah with his orchestra, but what he really wants is to dance with the pretty little tune. Tubby finds inspiration from a frog down by the river. He learns that everyone deserves to play his own melody..." To view the performance...
Posted Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 4:07:00 PM
Many Freshman parents were unable to attend the Freshman Parent Social in November due to the blizzard so Parents Council is organizing another opportunity for parents to meet. Please join us for a casual, social evening at the FRESHMAN PARENT SOCIAL II on Thursday, March 28, 7 - 9 pm to be graciously hosted by Jane and Robert Katz. Please RSVP to parentscouncil@ramaz.org
Posted Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 10:00:00 AM
In appreciation for all that the teachers, faculty, and staff do for our children, Parents Council prepared and hand delivered Mishloach Manot on behalf of all our parents and students. In the spirit of this year's menschlichKITE theme, the treats were packaged in kite-shaped boxes and purchased through Yachad, an organization dedicated to helping the needs of people with disabilities and ensures their inclusion in all aspects of Jewish life. A special thank you to the parent volunteers, and chair Elyse Efron, for their incredible talents and dedication in designing, ordering, packing, and distributing these special gifts with love and gratitude.
Posted Thursday, Mar 21, 2019 12:27:00 AM
Ramaz Team Shalva runners spent a whirlwind weekend in Israel. Upon arrival we toured the Shalva Center and danced with the Shalva kids. At night, there was a concert from the famous Shalva band and a big pasta carb-loading party before participating in Friday's Jerusalem Marathon and races. The races were great, Shabbat was memorable, but Sunday was a jam-packed day of chesed - Ramaz at its best...
Posted Thursday, Mar 21, 2019 12:05:00 AM
Lucy D., David G., Gabriel P. and Adam V., representing us all, went to the Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the UN to deliver a beautifully designed condolence card, thank you Meira W. and Aaron S. We were received warmly in the lobby of the mission, as only dignitaries, and there were many arriving, were given the security clearance needed to go to the offices. Lucy gave a small size lily plant to the Mission's representative, and the boys gave her our card and offered our condolences...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 1:54:00 PM
As previously reported in Zmail, The Lower School opened Women's History Month with an assembly for grades 1-4. Following are highlights of activities that have taken place in the classrooms this month.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 1:54:00 PM
Middle School students led by Rabbi Steinmetz, Rabbi Weinstock, Morah Sandy, and MRs. Kopel, delivered mishloach manot and offered condolences to students at the Islamic Cultural Center School after the massacre in New Zealand. Rabbi Steinmetz discussed the purpose of the visit and Eva G. (grade 7) shared her thoughts on the trip to the mosque. To read more...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 1:50:00 PM
Eighth graders continue celebrating Adar! This week the eighth grade Chesed elective students saw their hard work pay off. For weeks they have been planning a carnival for Yachad members. On Tuesday, they invited the rest of their peers to join them as they played games, made costumes and danced with Yachad participants! They also had a surprise visit from some ECC students who enjoyed all the games and activities.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 1:50:00 PM
The first graders read a book about Raye Montague, the female engineer who created the first computer-generated rough draft of a naval ship, and participated in an activity where they were able to design and build their own structures. After discussing the attributes of some flat (2D) and solid (3D) shapes, the students put their building skills to work as they designed and built their own 2D and 3D structures using chickpeas and toothpicks. It was amazing to see how well they worked together and how proud they were of their creations.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 1:35:00 PM
Environmental Club and Ms. Haham's Hebrew class united and were happy to host the Halachic and Environmental expert, Mr. Hody Nemes as a guest speaker. Mr. Nemes was an Environmental scholar at Yale University and is currently a Rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah who spoke about the significance of climate change and preserving and maintaining our planet in both Hebrew and English...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 1:25:00 PM
This week in advisory we welcomed back Kids Financial Literacy to teach the 7th and 8th grade students about money. Kids Financial Literacy is a nonprofit organization designed to educate children about fundamental financial skills and responsibility. The interactive program uses engaging multidimensional presentations and activity books. The students asked some amazing, thought provoking questions throughout the program!
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 11:43:00 AM
As part of their study of the city of New York and Women's History Month, the students in second grade learned about Emily Warren Roebling and the significant contributions she made to the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Connecting to their knowledge about the different types of bridges, they learned about a structure called "cantilever," where a beam or a plate extends from and is supported on one side. They saw pictures of cantilever bridges and buildings in New York City and then worked with partners to build their own cantilevers with base ten blocks. The students had so much fun figuring out how to build the longest cantilever- how many blocks to use, where to place them, how much weight was needed to support the extending side and whether to extend far out or a little at a time. It was wonderful to see our budding planners and engineers at work.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 11:02:00 AM
Sophomores Arielle B., Hannah D., Jacob D., David G., William K., Eitan L., Daniella N., Jonathan S., and Jacob S., took on the challenge to take part in an historical happening. They boarded our coach bus for Albany promptly at 6:30am, and didn't return to NYC until 8pm! They chose to join with 650 Yeshiva Day School students in the Teach NYS Mission to Albany to advocate for increased funding for nonpublic schools in the upcoming 2019 New York State budget, specifically targeting STEM programming, and security funding....
Posted Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019 4:17:44 PM
By Rabbi Justin Pines, MS Mashgiach Ruchani On a hot summer day, is the first bite of an ice cream good or bad? What about a new pair of Yeezys? Or hustling for a loose ball in a Ramaz 7th grade basketball semifinal game and calling timeout before you fall out of bounds ? Or working really hard on a project? Or successfully going to the bathroom?...
Posted Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019 9:00:00 AM
Students and their families and teachers enjoyed making hamentashen this week, Thank you to Rebecca Levin and Margalit Moche for chairing the grade 1 Hamentash Make and to Michelle Kamali and Daniela Niditch for chairing the grade 2 Hamentash Make. Thank you to Mrs. Lisa Steinmetz for leading everyone in making the Purim treats and helping them get into the holiday spirit. Chag Sameach to all!
Posted Monday, Mar 18, 2019 12:00:00 PM
SPRING REFRESH on Wednesday, April 3, at ​1010 Park Avenue 10am-6pm A mindful shopping and health event featuring guest speakers: Rebecca Kryspin, Yoga Instructor, ​Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, dermatologist, ​and Shana Pantirer, RD F-Factor nutritionist.Please join us and fill all your needs for fashion, table top, and health. A portion of proceeds from all sales to be donated to Parents Council. Details to follow soon!
Posted Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 10:51:32 AM
By Rabbi Justin Pines, MS Mashgiach Ruchani This Shabbat, the Shabbat before Purim, is Shabbat Zachor. We have a Torah mitzvah to remember Amalek and what they did to us, and, as a special maftir, our brothers and sisters around the world will publicly read of the mitzvah to remember and wipe out Amalek, as we prepare to read the story of Haman...
Posted Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 10:46:00 AM
By Avi F. (Grade 6) In this week's parasha, פרשת ויקרא, we learn all about the work of the כהנים, and how to bring korbanot. At the beginning of the parasha, we learn from what group of animals you have to bring the korbanot. It has to be tame animals, like a sheep or cow, and it could not be an animal that you set aside for Avoda Zara. We also learn about...
Posted Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019 12:50:00 PM
Students in grades 1 and 2 and their families are invited to a HAMENTASH MAKE with Mrs. Lisa Steinmetz in the Lower School. Grade 1 Hamentash Make on March 19 @ 4:30PM and Grade 2 Hamentash Make on March 18 @4:30 PM. No Charge. Pizza will be served. Please advise if your child has any dietary restrictions. Please RSVP to parentscouncil@ramaz.org...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 11:37:00 AM
All year, students in the Lower School have been learning to code and coding principles, which explore skills such as logical thinking, planning, creating, and design. Recently, second graders have been programming Mbots. They were given a few instructions, a challenge, and were then set on the task of completing that challenge. Students transferred the coding skills that they have been learning all year on other platforms in order to drive the robots. Students got to see how their skills and knowledge could be applied to a real-world, concrete problem or challenge. For photos...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 11:19:00 AM
Ms. Dashiff's Honors Biology class took a trip to the Harlem branch of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to perform an experiment on harmless E. coli to test their resistance to antibiotic ampicillin through exposure to the ampicillin-resistant plasmid pGFP. The students had the chance to work with sophisticated lab equipment, including pipets...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 11:10:00 AM
One of Dr. Rotenberg's 10th grade chemistry classes toured labs of the Microbiology Department at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine that specializes in viruses. In the lab they do basic research on viruses, work on vaccine development, and investigate the use of viruses for gene therapy. The visit began with an introduction from Dr. Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, the Director of the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute, who gave an overview of the research conducted there...
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