Krieger Schechter News

12/23/2010

MS Wellness and Sex Education

Most of the time, adults reserve talking about sex for whispered tones shared between only the best of friends or spouses.  While we may consider having “the talk” with our children when the latest commercial for contraception comes on, sometimes we find it a difficult subject to bring up or we fear the inevitable eye … Continue reading MS Wellness and Sex Education

12/23/2010

8th Grade “Wizard of Oz” – Huge Success!!

The Class of 2011 took us over the rainbow and back again with their phenomenal performance of “The Wizard of Oz” – entirely in Hebrew! The singing, dancing and stage performances captivated two nights of sell-out crowds, as well as a matinee for KSDS lower grades. We loved watching the fun and excitement on stage, … Continue reading 8th Grade “Wizard of Oz” – Huge Success!!

12/23/2010

3rd Graders Publish Hebrew Newspaper

An exciting example of curriculum integration here at Krieger Schechter is the creation of a Hebrew newspaper by our third graders. Following a unit on newspapers in their General Studies classes, our third graders, with the help of their Judaic Studies teachers, compared American and Israeli newspapers. Incorporating many of the same components found in these publications, … Continue reading 3rd Graders Publish Hebrew Newspaper

12/23/2010

2nd Grade Puppet Shows!

The lower school librarians offered the use of a new “professional-looking” puppet theatre to the second graders this year. Our wonderful art teacher, Mrs. Pintzuk, helped each child fashion a puppet out of Model Magic. Each of our five reading groups practiced a different play with their reading teacher. Then the performances began! Each group put on a show … Continue reading 2nd Grade Puppet Shows!

12/17/2010

Safety Induction

On Monday, December 13, 2010, the new 2nd trimester Lower School safetiesrecited their pledge before the Lower School student body.  These 4thgraders were selected because they are responsible and show leadership.These children work hard and we appreciate their help at throughout theday,including arrival and dismissal times.  First trimester safeties werehonored with a special pizza lunch … Continue reading Safety Induction

12/17/2010

Kindergartners Prepare for their Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Dinner

Our kindergartners have been hard at work learning about Shabbat and preparing for their Kabbalat Shabbat program, which was held on Friday, December 10th.  The children created aleph bet centerpieces, designed their own challah covers, and learned the art of braiding challah. Our kindergarten families came together to celebrate Shabbat on a snowy evening, participating … Continue reading Kindergartners Prepare for their Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Dinner

12/17/2010

Revealing our Writing Talents

The sixth grade writing workshop students have proven themselves to be true writers with passion, enthusiasm, and creativity. Over the course of the past few weeks, the students have been exploring the structure and components of a short story.  They began by examining the elements of a plot structure, including exposition, rising action, climax, and … Continue reading Revealing our Writing Talents

12/17/2010

We’re off to see the Wizard!

We hope that you are planning on joining us for this year’s 8th grade play, The Wizard of Oz. Students have been hard at work for weeks now perfecting choreography, learning the music, and practicing their lines and are now putting the final pieces together in each of the play’s many scenes. Putting on this … Continue reading We’re off to see the Wizard!

12/10/2010

MS Student Hanukkah Bazaar

KSMS hosted its first student Hanukkah bazaar this week, during lunch. Students sold crafts that they had created themselves, including jewelry, edible dreidels, duct tape wallets, teddy bears, crocheted items, hair accessories and more! All items ranged between $.25 and $5.00, with each student donating their profits to a charity of her choice, including Toys for Toys, Darfur, … Continue reading MS Student Hanukkah Bazaar

12/10/2010

Hanukkah in the Lower School

We have had a week filled with learning, celebration, and mitzvot in the Lower School.  Students have created art projects, eaten sufganiyot (jelly donuts), enjoyed videos, participated in a Hanukkah sing-along, and played with s’vivonim(dreidels).  Many of our classes had the opportunity to reach out to the community, engaging in g’milut hassadim (acts of loving … Continue reading Hanukkah in the Lower School

12/10/2010

2nd Grade Toy Drive

The KSDS 2nd Grade Annual Toy Drive included GECEC and RRS this year. It was the most successful collection of gently used toys we have ever had! The donations filled two vans and part of a large truck, and were sent to the Community Assistance Network, which will distribute the toys, books, and electronics to children who … Continue reading 2nd Grade Toy Drive

12/10/2010

8th Grade Hanukkah Game Contest

8th Graders learned about the origins of the Hanukkah dreidel game, and then worked in groups to create their own new idea of a game of chance for Hanukkah. Groups then presented their imaginative, fun game prototypes before a panel of judges. Games were judged on creativity, educational value (how does the game help teach … Continue reading 8th Grade Hanukkah Game Contest

12/03/2010

7th and 3rd Grade Friend to Friend – Hanukkah and Spanish!

As part of KSDS’s “Friend to Friend” activities, during which an older grade and a younger grade pair together for holiday learning and celebrations, 7th and 3rd graders participated in their annual Hanukkah activity. This Friend to Friend program combines Hanukkah singing, dreidel-playing and snacks, with an exploration of Spain’s Jewish heritage and history, and the … Continue reading 7th and 3rd Grade Friend to Friend – Hanukkah and Spanish!

12/03/2010

6th Grade Hanukkah Singing at Nursing Homes

Hanukkah is about joy, light, celebration, and the togetherness of the Jewish community. Our 6th graders put all of these into practice on December 2nd, as they traveled to local nursing homes to sing Hanukkah songs, visit with the residents, and perform deeds of loving-kindness (gemilut hasadim). The 6th graders reflected that they really enjoyed … Continue reading 6th Grade Hanukkah Singing at Nursing Homes

12/03/2010

1st Grade Makes Olive Oil

As part of our study and celebration of Hanukkah, our first graders participated in an olive oil-making demonstration. Students donned the costumes of Matthathias (the High Priest from the Temple) and those of a Syrian/Greek soldier. Together, the story of Hanukkah was reviewed. As they worked to operate an olive press, the first graders discovered that it takes many … Continue reading 1st Grade Makes Olive Oil

12/03/2010

Senator Zirkin Visits 4th Grade

On Tuesday,  November 23rd , Senator Bobby Zirkin visited the fourth grade. During his visit, Senator Zirkin explained what he does as a Senator and how the Senate votes on bills to become laws. The students were given the opportunity to act as State Senators and vote on bills that have come to the Senate. One bill … Continue reading Senator Zirkin Visits 4th Grade

11/24/2010

MS Tefillah and Technology

Throughout this trimester, some 7th and 8th grade students have participated in a prayer (tefillah) elective called “Tefillah and Technology.” Through the use of Twitter and Powerpoint, students have selected various prayers from the siddur and expressed the main ideas and personal connections they feel to these prayers through these technology formats. Students’ powerpoint presentations … Continue reading MS Tefillah and Technology

11/24/2010

MS PE Classes – Hoops For Heart

KSMS will be participating in the Hoops for Heart event. This is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. The money our school raises will help fund potentially lifesaving research on heart and blood vessel diseases including stroke. It also supports the development of educational materials that teach the importance of heart health and staying … Continue reading MS PE Classes – Hoops For Heart

11/24/2010

Book Fair Success and Thank You!

Our heartfelt thanks to our amazing Book Fair team, capably led by Rona London, Jan Fabiyi, and Donna Friedman, on another fabulous event.  There was lots of excitement about the varied selection of books, both Judaic and general.  The Esterson Auditorium looked inviting, and the competence and professionalism of all the volunteers made everything run … Continue reading Book Fair Success and Thank You!

11/24/2010

3rd Grade “Immigrant’s Trunk”

In preparation for a field trip to the Jewish Museum of Maryland, our third grade Judaic Studies classes were visited by Mrs. Ida Rehr, an early 20th century Jewish immigrant to the U.S., who was portrayed by the actress Katherine Lyons.  Mrs. Rehr shared her experiences, both the joys and the hardships, making her story … Continue reading 3rd Grade “Immigrant’s Trunk”

11/19/2010

6th Grade Pirke Avot Community Presentation

Earlier this month, representatives from the 6th Grade took part in the Global Day of Jewish Learning. This program was a worldwide Jewish celebration of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s finishing writing his decades-long Talmud commentary project. To join in this event, the Baltimore community held a “siyyum” – a learning celebration – during which 6th graders from … Continue reading 6th Grade Pirke Avot Community Presentation

11/19/2010

5th and 6th Grade Veterans’ Day Cards

Last week, to commemorate Veterans’ Day, some 5th and 6th grade LA/SS classes discussed the day, watched a video about Veteran Affairs and the efforts they take to help veterans. The students also shared some stories/newspaper articles, and made cards to be sent to the Baltimore Veterans Medical Center. The students came up with creative designs and … Continue reading 5th and 6th Grade Veterans’ Day Cards

11/19/2010

Shinshinim from Israel Visit 4th Grade

What is a “shinshin”? “Shin Shin” stands for “Sh’nat Sherut” or “Year of Service.”  Shinshinim are Israeli high school graduates who defer their military service for one year in order to do volunteer work.  Dor Trainic and Ronit Pinsky are two such volunteers who have been specially selected and trained to work in our community.  … Continue reading Shinshinim from Israel Visit 4th Grade

11/19/2010

1st Grade Visit to Sinai Hospital

The First Graders visited Sinai Hospital on Monday, November 15th.  The children toured the kitchen and the Kosher kitchen.  “It was so neat to see the gigantic soup pots!” Some of the groups were able to see the chef decorating cupcakes, and others had a chance to see the robot pharmacists delivering medication. The students enjoyed … Continue reading 1st Grade Visit to Sinai Hospital

11/11/2010

MS Music Ensembles

If you were to walk by the music room on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, you might hear the melodious sounds of the “Crazy Train” guitar theme or possibly some Red Hot Chili Peppers or Green Day. Welcome to the 6th, 7th and 8th grade MS Music Ensemble electives! This year’s groups feature numerous guitars, bass, … Continue reading MS Music Ensembles

11/11/2010

MS Herb Garden Harvesting

Last spring our current 8th graders planted an herb garden near the  preschool playground. Annie (the Chizuk Amuno chef!) has been using the fresh herbs in the kitchen all summer, but this week we brought in our first big “harvest” in advance of the coming cold weather. Students helped pick gallons of fragrant rosemary, basil, lavender, sage, … Continue reading MS Herb Garden Harvesting

11/11/2010

LS Student Council Elections

November 2, 2010 was election day throughout the nation and also at KSDS Lower School. The nominees for LS Student Council from grades 3 & 4 spoke to the entire student body in the main sanctuary. The children spoke with poise that was beyond their years. All of the nominees  displayed derekh eretz and supported each other. All … Continue reading LS Student Council Elections

11/11/2010

LS Commemorates Kristallnacht

On Tuesday, November 9, the Lower School commemorated Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, which took place in Germany and Austria on November 9 and 10, 1938.  Morah Madoff told the story, Best Friends, by Elizabeth Reuter, to Kindergarten and first graders. This story illustrates how the laws made by the Nazis changed friendships and … Continue reading LS Commemorates Kristallnacht

11/05/2010

1st Grade Trip to Flag House

First graders enjoy learning and being patriotic! First graders were thrilled to see the large glass window display of the Star Spangled Banner flag with fifteen stripes and fifteen stars at the Flag House in downtown Baltimore. The children excitedly went on a scavenger hunt, identified artifacts, played with toys from the 1800″s, and visited … Continue reading 1st Grade Trip to Flag House

11/05/2010

Third Graders Taste the “Biblical Lentil Soup”

Our third graders recently read the story about how Jacob bought the birthright from Esau for the price of a bowl of lentil soup and bread.  This transaction enabled Jacob to become the leader of his family and of the Jewish people following the death of Isaac.  In class, we have discussed what qualities would … Continue reading Third Graders Taste the “Biblical Lentil Soup”

11/05/2010

7th Grade Jewish History – Examining Letters from the Past

Students in 7th grade Jewish History have studied the difference between primary and secondary source materials. Inspired by letters written during Medieval times relating to the lives of Jews in the communities of Europe, students created their own letters from the Middle Ages by employing an aging technique. These letters describe living conditions that existed … Continue reading 7th Grade Jewish History – Examining Letters from the Past

11/05/2010

MS Geography!

What do you think of when someone says to you, “Define geography?” The most common responses, of course, relate to where something is.  In effect, this is only one of five ways that geographers define geography. In the 6th Grade Social Studies classes we have wrapped up our introduction to the Five Themes of Geography: … Continue reading MS Geography!

10/28/2010

3rd Grade Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch is one of the exciting opportunities offered to third graders.  The students volunteer to be part of a group led by Dr. Suzy Saltzman, Lower School Psychologist. The group consists of approximately ten students, drawn from all three classes, and meets six times. The children eat lunch and play together on Mondays during … Continue reading 3rd Grade Lunch Bunch

10/28/2010

Kamishibai: A New Hebrew Enrichment Program for Grade 4

Our fourth graders recently had the opportunity to learn about the Japanese story-telling format called Kamishibai.  Mr. Daveed Korup from Port Discovery visited our school and presented several different stories using Kamishibai.  A group of 15 fourth graders has been selected to be part of our Kamishibai Hebrew enrichment program.  Over the course of the … Continue reading Kamishibai: A New Hebrew Enrichment Program for Grade 4

10/28/2010

Award-Winning Israeli Woodshop Teacher Visits KSMS

Our school had the privilege of hosting Mr. Rafi Sulam on Thursday, October 14th as part of a special visit arranged by the World Zionist Organization to honor six teachers voted the best in Israel. A woodshop instructor at the ORT high school in Ashkelon, Rafi spent the day at KSMS designing and constructing Hanukkiot … Continue reading Award-Winning Israeli Woodshop Teacher Visits KSMS

10/28/2010

8th Grade Math – Graphing Technology

8th grade Algebra 2 students are learning and using new technology skills to implement the new graphing concepts.  Using the calculator, we plotted 2 points and found the equation of the line that joins them.  We can even find the equation of points that do not lie in a straight line.  Using one of the … Continue reading 8th Grade Math – Graphing Technology

10/21/2010

MS Focus – Choosing Civility

As caretakers of children, we are constantly trying to keep up on the latest information on teaching methods, trends in education, and advances in technology.  Academic journals, instruction manuals and professional conferences give us the newest and most applicable information possible. However, we didn’t need to look very far to find this gem. Choosing Civility, The Twenty-Five … Continue reading MS Focus – Choosing Civility

10/21/2010

MS New 6th Graders – It’s Never Too Late to Learn Hebrew

For several years now our middle school has offered a new track in Hebrew Language and Judaic Studies for new, incoming students who have had limited exposure to the language.  This program aims to advance students’ knowledge of Judaism and Hebrew, and it forms students’ connection to the State of Israel.  These students join our … Continue reading MS New 6th Graders – It’s Never Too Late to Learn Hebrew

10/21/2010

Kindergarten Interactive T’fillah

What a wonderful way to start our day!At KSDS our kindergartners participate in morning t’fillah (prayer) through song, dance, and hands-on experiences.This week the children learned about t’fillin and how they originated from the words of the Shema.The children participated in a discussion about the importance of “light” in our world and ways in which we … Continue reading Kindergarten Interactive T’fillah

10/21/2010

2nd Grade Parade of States

The second grade students celebrated their annual “Parade of States” on Friday, October 15th. Each child completed research on a separate state. The students shared their facts (state name, nickname, capital, flower, and bird) while dressed in patriotic hats and state banners. It was so interesting to learn two facts about each state!  Now, the flags they created … Continue reading 2nd Grade Parade of States

10/14/2010

Kindergarten Yom Aleph-Bet

Kindergartners and their families celebrate “Yom Aleph Bet” The day of an average kindergartner is filled with building blocks. Some of these building blocks are tangible and some are not. There are wooden blocks, Lincoln logs, and legos with which our children play, create, and develop fine motor coordination.  On the less tangible side, there are … Continue reading Kindergarten Yom Aleph-Bet

10/14/2010

5th Grade Language Arts

In Language Arts, the fifth grade students have been analyzing root words such as trans- and inter-. Be sure to ask your child the meanings of “interactive” and “transfusion.” The students have been introduced to the five elements of plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution) and have identified each element in their … Continue reading 5th Grade Language Arts

10/14/2010

Cain & Abel through art – 8th grade Bible class

In 8th grade Bible, students explore the characters, themes and issues raised by the stories in the Book of Genesis. One powerful story is that of Cain and Abel – a story which exemplifies issues of sibling rivalry, competition for “favorite” status, and the expression of anger and violence. One 8th grade Bible class has explored … Continue reading Cain & Abel through art – 8th grade Bible class

10/14/2010

4th Grade at Camden Yards!

On Tuesday, October 5th, the fourth grade visited Oriole Park at Camden Yards, as part of their studies of Maryland history. During the tour, students learned about the history of the park as well as interesting facts. They were able to go in the dugout and sit on the benches where the actual players sit … Continue reading 4th Grade at Camden Yards!

10/07/2010

KSDS Anniversary Pep Rally!!

This year is KSDS’s 30th Birthday!! To “kick-off” our year of anniversary celebrations, the entire school came together this week for a rocking pep rally! All of the students and teachers wore their brand-new KSDS 30th Anniversary t-shirts, generously donated by a KSDS family, as we cheered on the KSDS Lion mascot, clapped along to … Continue reading KSDS Anniversary Pep Rally!!

10/07/2010

The “Book Doctor” visits Lower School Minyan

Dr. Arnold Feiner, aka “The Book Doctor,” visited our Lower School minyan this week.  Chizuk Amuno’s very own volunteer “Book Doctor” demonstrated how he repairs damaged Siddurim (prayerbooks) and Humashim (Bibles).  To date, over 1,500 books have been repaired.  Dr. Feiner also reviewed the importance of handling sacred books with the utmost care and enlisted … Continue reading The “Book Doctor” visits Lower School Minyan

10/07/2010

Fire Prevention Week

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company visited KSDS this week to observe and monitor our safety practices.  In addition, the Fire Company held a special program for the kindergarten students reviewing safety rules and showing the children some special equipment that firemen use.  The highlight of the morning was seeing … Continue reading Fire Prevention Week

10/07/2010

7th Grade Interfaith Program

In conjunction with the 7th grade Jewish History curriculum, which begins with a unit  on the outgrowth of Christianity from Judaism and its position as the preeminent religion of Europe during the Middle Ages, the 7th grade visited the St. James Episcopal Church School in Monkton, MD. during Hol HaMoed Sukkot. Interacting in a variety … Continue reading 7th Grade Interfaith Program

09/29/2010

Alumni Prize Drawing!

Alumni and Alumni Parents: All KSDS alumni are eligible for an Apple ipad Drawing! Please send the following information to Mrs. Kiner or Mrs. Abarbanel by September 30th: Alum’s name, KSDS year graduated, email address, current phone no., current address, parent mailing address, and if applicable spouse and child’s name(s). The drawing will take place … Continue reading Alumni Prize Drawing!

09/29/2010

5th and 6th Grade Sukkot Trips

Students in grades 5, 6 and 7 went on some great field trips this month! 5th grade students just returned from a day at the Genessee Valley Outdoor Learning Center, where they worked in groups to complete team-building challenges. The light rain added to the sense of adventure, and by afternoon, the sky cleared and … Continue reading 5th and 6th Grade Sukkot Trips

09/29/2010

LS Celebrates Sukkot!

As part of our celebration of the holiday of Sukkot, our fourth graders, with lulav and etrog in hand, led the Lower School in the recitation of “Hallel”, songs of praise.  2nd graders took a “walking” field trip, and visited the sukkah at the nearby home of Gillian B. Stories, games and a special sukkah … Continue reading LS Celebrates Sukkot!

09/29/2010

Lower School Student Corner!

3rd grade stuents think that KSDS is great! Here are some of their responses to the prompt: “My favorite…” Emma W:. –  My favorite thing is to  learn. Julia L.-  My favorite part of the day is math.  I love my math teacher. Zachary W. –  My favorite thing is gym. Sophie G. -My favorite part … Continue reading Lower School Student Corner!

09/16/2010

MS Science is “Hands-On”

MS Science classes are hands-on! 5th graders are exploring homeostasis and the fight-or-flight response, and students are writing adrenaline-rushed, fight-or-flight stories to understand the process the body goes through. Grade 6 is concentrating on learning how to approach experiments using inquiry based methodology.  This method, which is used by all grades, will be very helpful … Continue reading MS Science is “Hands-On”

09/16/2010

MS Fall Sports

The Fall sports season began with a tremendous turnout of students interested in playing soccer and running cross country. There are 96 students playing soccer and 35 students running cross country. The boys and girls have been put through some tough practices for the past two weeks as the coaches evaluated their skills to place … Continue reading MS Fall Sports

09/16/2010

Kindergarten “Fish” Stories

Something “fishy” is going on in our Kindergarten as we prepare for Yom Kippur!  Morah Reznik and Morah Ina shared the exciting Bible story of Jonah and the Big Fish.  The children particularly enjoyed hearing how Jonah exited the fish’s belly.  The story was followed up with a discussion about what it means to be … Continue reading Kindergarten “Fish” Stories

09/16/2010

LS “Rocks The Vote!”

As Marylanders participated in our statewide primary election, so too did KSDS Lower School children.  All students learned how to complete a “KSDS voter registration” form.  The forms varied from grade-level to grade-level, including information from learning to write your name, to stating your birth year, to writing your full address etc.  The children registered … Continue reading LS “Rocks The Vote!”

08/31/2010

Second Grade Field Trip to Shofar Factory

In preparation for the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, our second graders traveled to a “Shofar Factory” in Columbia, MD. Upon their arrival, the students were seated in an outdoor classroom where Rabbi Baron began a discussion of which animals are considered kosher, permitting their horns to be used as a shofar. The children learned that … Continue reading Second Grade Field Trip to Shofar Factory

08/31/2010

MS Mezuzah Hanging

What a wonderful way to begin the new year! On the first day of school, MS students participated in the ritual of hanging a mezuzah, affixing the mezuzot to the doorposts of their classrooms. The 8th grade graduating class of 2010 generously gave a gift to…

08/31/2010

Eno, Eno, Everywhere!

LS and MS teachers and students have been thrilled to use the new interactive eno boards that were installed this summer in almost all of our classrooms! We hope your child has excitedly shared information about the ways that our new eno boards are being used…

08/29/2010

LS Safety Patrol Sworn In

A highlight of being in 4th grade is that you can serve on the safety patrol to promote a safer environment for Lower School students during arrival, lunch/recess and dismissal times.  The first trimester Safety Patrols were sworn in at the first Lower School Minyan on Monday, August 30.  Students are recommended to serve on … Continue reading LS Safety Patrol Sworn In