Krieger Schechter News

12/22/2011

Spectacular Schechter Science Showcase

Over two hundred people came to KSDS on a Sunday to explore science in 18 18-minute presentations (on 12/18) led by parents, alumni and faculty. Kicked off by a presentation from the Maryland Science Center, participants then attended three sessions filled with demonstrations and hands-on activities. Bouncing balls, bubbles and fans helped students understand how … Continue reading Spectacular Schechter Science Showcase

12/22/2011

6th Grade Visits Senior Centers

On Friday, December 16, 6th graders from Krieger Schechter Middle School paid visits to Weinberg Park Assisted Living and Milford Manor Nursing Home to sing Chanukah songs and bring the joy of the holiday to the residents. At Milford Manor, the students played dreidel with the residents, sang songs and delivered Chanukah cards. At Weinberg … Continue reading 6th Grade Visits Senior Centers

12/22/2011

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

12/16/2011

Lower School Olive Oil Making

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 that of a Syrian/Greek soldier.  Together, the story of Hanukkah was reviewed.   As they worked  to operate an olive press, the first graders discovered … Continue reading Lower School Olive Oil Making

12/16/2011

8th Grade Visits US Holocaust Museum

The 8th grade visited the USHMM (US Holocaust Memorial Museum) on Wed., Dec. 14 as  they culminate their study of The Shoah. We are extremely proud of the respect and dignity displayed by our students throughout the day. As they viewed  the exhibits, students observed the realities of the atrocities of the Nazis against Jews, … Continue reading 8th Grade Visits US Holocaust Museum

12/16/2011

Ravens Day!

It’s Ravens Day! Can you make a five-digit number using Ed Reed’s, Joe Flacco’s and Ray Rice’s jerseys?  Our second graders were able to mix football, fun and learning while studying place value this week.  Using the numbered jerseys, the students practiced creating numbers odd and even, and big and small.  Here’s one for you … Continue reading Ravens Day!

12/16/2011

KSMS Hanukkah Bazaar a Success!

The Middle School Hanukkah Bazaar has been a wonderful success. Middle Schoolers were able to browse and purchase hand-made crafts during lunch time ranging in cost from $.50 to $5.00. All money collected from our students was given as tzedekah to numerous charities of the student’s choice, including the Berry Kids Foundation, the Ronald McDonald … Continue reading KSMS Hanukkah Bazaar a Success!

12/09/2011

KSMS Student Council Happenings

The Krieger Schechter Middle School student council has been working hard since the beginning of the school year!  First, we held our fantastic movie night on Sunday October 30, 2011 where the 5th and 6th graders watched “Night at The Museum” and the 7th and 8th graders watched “School of Rock.” A wonderful time was … Continue reading KSMS Student Council Happenings

12/09/2011

8th Grade HeLa Integrated Curriculum Project

8th Graders are taking the first steps into the wondrous world of Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta Lacks was a courageous woman whose family stood tall against the medical world in their pursuit of treatment for her illness and in speaking out about the effect that it had on them as a family. Her story changed how … Continue reading 8th Grade HeLa Integrated Curriculum Project

12/09/2011

Hebrew Letters Out of Thin Air

Kitah Alef students can make Hebrew letters out of thin air! Our first grade students, with the guidance of their teacher, are tracing the Hebrew letter “gimmel”  in the air.  Excitement is building as the children are getting ready to complete their first Hebrew primer, having learned to read and write almost all of the … Continue reading Hebrew Letters Out of Thin Air

12/09/2011

LS Making the World a Better Place

What do our Lower School students do during recess time on a rainy day?  This week, we found a group of students making posters and cards for veterans returning home for the winter holidays, others gathering new and gently-used toys for donation to the annual Toy Drive, and others collecting the recycling from the bins … Continue reading LS Making the World a Better Place

12/02/2011

MS November Commemoration of Kristallnacht

KSMS commemorated Kristallnacht on Nov.10. Students in 5th and 6th grades spent time in Judaics classes discussing the distressing events that occurred on Nov. 9-10, 1938. The seventh and eighth graders met with Mrs. Ruth Goldschmidt, grandmother of Miriam G., who spoke eloquently about her life as young girl in Germany, Belgium and France during … Continue reading MS November Commemoration of Kristallnacht

12/02/2011

7th Grade Visits the U.S. Capitol

How do you feel about creating a Federal law prohibiting texting while in a vehicle (even if you’re not the driver)?  What about removing the word “God” from the national motto, “In God We Trust” due to separation of church and state?  These questions and more came up when the 7th grade met with Senator … Continue reading 7th Grade Visits the U.S. Capitol

12/02/2011

4th Graders Explore Government

How does an “idea” become law?  KSDS 4th graders had the opportunity to learn from Senator Bobby Zirkin this week when he visited their classrooms!  Senator Zirkin explained how bills are brought before the Senate for consideration and debate, and how the bills passed become law.  The students debated the best age to acquire a … Continue reading 4th Graders Explore Government

12/02/2011

3rd Grade Visit to Jewish Museum

Our third graders visited the Jewish Museum of Maryland, focusing on the Lomard Street exhibit about life in East Baltimore, the Lloyd Street Synagogue (Maryland’s oldest synagogue building) and the B’nai Israel Synagogue building, original home to Chizuk Amuno Congregation. Students were engaged and very polite as they explored Baltimore’s early Jewish history. We appreciate … Continue reading 3rd Grade Visit to Jewish Museum

11/18/2011

Welcoming Shabbat – from 2yr olds to 8th graders

For the first time ever, all students in the Chizuk Amuno building got together this morning for a pre-Shabbat celebration. Led by singing with Isaac Woloff, students from GECEC, KSDS Lower School and Middle School, our students and faculty welcomed Shabbat together through ritual, song, stories, and of course, a pre-Shabbat taste of challah! Hinei … Continue reading Welcoming Shabbat – from 2yr olds to 8th graders

11/18/2011

Try It, You’ll Like It! Adult Learning at the Stulman Center

Sumo wrestling?  Mostly for males in the prime of life Nursing babies?  Mostly for women in the prime of life. Adult Education?  For everyone of every age Where did the erroneous rumor begin?  We hear it all too frequently. “Stulman Center for Adult Education offers great programs and courses, but they are only for older … Continue reading Try It, You’ll Like It! Adult Learning at the Stulman Center

11/18/2011

Kindergarten Yom Aleph-Bet

The day of an average kindergartner is filled with building blocks, some tangible, others 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 the building blocks of learning.  In our Kindergarten program, these building blocks include both … Continue reading Kindergarten Yom Aleph-Bet

11/18/2011

LS Student Council Elections

What makes a good leader? This question was on the mind of each KSDS lower schooler this week as KSDS voted to select the Lower School Student Council officers for the coming year. In their speeches before parents, teachers and classmates, the candidates articulately demonstrated their creativity, independent thinking, confidence, integrity and sense of responsibility. … Continue reading LS Student Council Elections

11/13/2011

KSMS Teacher Partners with Ashkelon

Ellen Friedman, a KSMS Judaics teacher, spent the last week of October in Ashkelon, Baltimore’s sister-city in Israel, as part of a teacher exchange program. The program, called Gesher Chai, is sponsored by the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership, and its purpose is to establish lines of communication between students in Ashkelon and students in Baltimore, so that … Continue reading KSMS Teacher Partners with Ashkelon

11/11/2011

5th Grade Poetry in Mr. Thaler’s Class

In Mr. Thaler’s Language Arts class, the fifth graders are working on composing poetry. Each month, Mr. Thaler introduces a different kind of poetry. So far, the students have studied cinquains, limericks, and tankas. In each case, students learn about rhyme, rhythm patterns, syllables, and word choices. Mr. Thaler challenges his class to write poems … Continue reading 5th Grade Poetry in Mr. Thaler’s Class

11/11/2011

LS Kristallnacht Commemoration

On Thursday, November 10, 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 … Continue reading LS Kristallnacht Commemoration

11/11/2011

LS Dress As Your Favorite Book Character Day

Thing 1? Present!  Thing 2? Here! Thing 3? …  Unusual visitors were spotted in Lower School this week as we celebrated reading by dressing up as some of our favorite literary characters.  Superheroes studied math while seated next to Little Red Riding Hood, Pippi Longstocking learned about Veterans’ Day with the Cat in the Hat, … Continue reading LS Dress As Your Favorite Book Character Day

11/04/2011

8th Grade Language Arts – Gender in Literature

“All children, except one, grow up” begins J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. How does Peter’s eternal boyhood, and Wendy’s pretense as his mother, shape our expectations of what is means to be a boy or a girl? These are the cirtical thinking questions Ms. Puleo’s students tackle in “Little Women and Lost Boys,” one of three … Continue reading 8th Grade Language Arts – Gender in Literature

11/04/2011

Support Innovation In Memory of KSDS Alumnus Daniel Siegel ’03

The Sparks of Change Foundation, created in memory of Daniel Joseph Siegel, is a foundation dedicated to giving great ideas a chance to ignite change.  Its mission is to encourage change by providing seed money to young people with the integrity, spirit, and drive necessary to set their ideas in motion and create a better … Continue reading Support Innovation In Memory of KSDS Alumnus Daniel Siegel ’03

11/04/2011

Moses’ Heroines in 4th Grade Humash

Who are the heroines in Moshe’s life? Just ask one of our 4th graders!  As part of their Humash (Bible) studies, the students identified four heroines in the life of Moshe. The  children were then divided into four groups: Miriam (Moses’ sister), Jocheved (Moses mother), Pharaoh’s daughter, and the two midwives. Each group was given the responsibility … Continue reading Moses’ Heroines in 4th Grade Humash

11/04/2011

3rd Graders Study Remarkable Women

Our third graders have been studying famous women this fall as part of an integrated unit in language arts, reading, art and social studies. Two of the women studied are Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller. This week, the students were treated to a visit from Mrs. Melissa Riccobono. Mrs. Riccobono, a blind woman, shared with the children the … Continue reading 3rd Graders Study Remarkable Women

10/28/2011

7th and 8th Grade Sukkot at Hershey Park!

KSMS 7th and 8th graders joined the mid-Atlantic Jewish community in spending a day at Hershey Park to celebrate Sukkot! At this private event, sukkot are put up around the park, kosher food is available, and the students had a great day enjoying the rides, the chocolate, and the fun of each other’s company! What … Continue reading 7th and 8th Grade Sukkot at Hershey Park!

10/28/2011

5th & 6th Grade Outdoor Learning

During Sukkot, 5th and 6th graders participated in outdoor learning trips. 5th graders spent a day at Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center, in activities which helped with team-building, group problem-solving, confidence-building and trust development. And, they were a lot of fun as well!! 6th graders spent a day at Kayam Farm at the Pearlstone Retreat … Continue reading 5th & 6th Grade Outdoor Learning

10/28/2011

Learning Hebrew with a Taste of Milk and Honey

Our kindergarten students are learning Hebrew through Chalav U’Dvash,  an exciting, innovative Hebrew language program.  Bentzi, the turtle puppet, (with the help of our fabulous teachers), “teaches” conversational Hebrew by engaging the children in  dialogue, games, songs, movement, and dance. 

10/28/2011

4th Graders Tour Camden Yards

KSDS 4th graders toured Oriole Park at Camden Yards this week as part of their baseball-themed literature and reading units.  While on tour, the students learned about the history of the park, and were able to test the view of the field from several exciting perspectives including the press box and the Orioles dugout!  Next … Continue reading 4th Graders Tour Camden Yards

10/19/2011

KSDS Celebrates Gilad Shalit’s Homecoming

KSDS students, in Lower School and Middle School, joined with Jews around the world in celebrating the safe homecoming of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Singing, dancing, readings and discussions marked the day as we followed the joyous news of his safe arrival home. Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh BaZeh – All Jews are responsible to … Continue reading KSDS Celebrates Gilad Shalit’s Homecoming

10/19/2011

Hoshana Rabbah in the Middle School

Middle School students joined together on Wednesday to observe and celebrate Hoshana Rabbah – the final day of Sukkot. In addition to leading the prayer service, singing Hallel and completely running the Torah service, students had a chance to do a “hakafah” – a parade with lulav and etrog, as well as to participate in … Continue reading Hoshana Rabbah in the Middle School

10/19/2011

LS Celebrates Sukkot

Fulfilling the mitzvah to be joyous on Sukkot, each KSDS Lower School student had the opportunity to visit Chizuk Amuno’s beautiful sukkah this week.  While enjoying the magnificent day, the students ate cookies, listened to stories and sang songs.

10/19/2011

Everyone Is “ABUZZ” in the Lower School

The New Year has begun and Krieger Schechter’s Lower School is celebrating with an exciting cross-curricular program about honeybees.  Our students have been learning about the role that honey plays in the fall Jewish holidays, the various jobs bees do to support a hive, and the geometric shape and dimension of honeycomb cells.  As a … Continue reading Everyone Is “ABUZZ” in the Lower School

10/06/2011

5th & 6th Grade Tashlich Field Trips

During this Rosh HaShanah season, our 5th and 6th graders have walked to a local stream in order to do Tashlich – the symbolic throwing away of our “sins” by casting bread crumbs into the water. Students have reflected on their growth in the past year, and looked ahead to the positive changes they want … Continue reading 5th & 6th Grade Tashlich Field Trips

10/06/2011

KSMS Fall Sports are Warming Up!

This year KSMS is excited to announce the addition of another soccer team. Team Lions, coached by Ms. Thiry, is a co-ed team that works on their skills during practices and scrimmage games with other KSMS teams. The Boys and Girls A and B soccer teams are playing well as they advance into the last few … Continue reading KSMS Fall Sports are Warming Up!

10/06/2011

4th Grade Mud Brick Activity

In conjunction with their Humash (Bible) studies, our 4th graders had the opportunity to reenact “avodah b’farech” (hard labor).  The children made mud bricks and experienced a taste of how our ancestors felt when they were slaves in Egypt.  After a brief orientation, where Pharaoh (Morah Berman) introduced the activity, the children proceeded outside to … Continue reading 4th Grade Mud Brick Activity

10/06/2011

2nd Grade Parade of States

What do you get when you combine “50 Nifty United States” with 36 adorable second graders?  A spirited Parade of States!  Our second graders showcased their research skills, presentation skills and listening skills this week as each student went on stage to teach the entire grade about his or her assigned state.  Clearly, the future … Continue reading 2nd Grade Parade of States

09/23/2011

MS Shofar Sounders

For the entire month of Elul, KSMS students have been sounding shofar to start the school day. Their shofar notes give us a daily wake-up call in preparation for the High Holidays, to think about how we can make our world a better place. We say “yasher koach” and thank you to all of the … Continue reading MS Shofar Sounders

09/23/2011

KSMS – A Video Profile!

Last year, KSDS alum Blake Pruitt spent two days in the Middle School, filming student life at our school. Blake then created a profile video of what is special about KSMS. Article Link Click here to watch the KSMS Video!

09/23/2011

2nd Grade Field Trip – Shofar Factory

In preparation for the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, our second graders traveled to a “Shofar Factory” in Columbia, MD.  Upon their arrival, Rabbi Baron began a discussion of which animals are considered kosher, permitting their horns to be used as a shofar.  The children learned that in order for an animal to be kosher it … Continue reading 2nd Grade Field Trip – Shofar Factory

09/23/2011

LS Snapshots

Lower school students treated their classmates and teachers to an impromptu concert on the playground Wednesday as they enjoyed a beautiful afternoon.  We are very grateful to our wonderful PA which provided the teachers with pocket-sized cameras, allowing the faculty to capture these special moments!

09/16/2011

8th Grade Talmud Gallery

Students in Morah Blum’s 8th grade Rabbinics class used their creativity and understanding of symbolism to represent the various volumes and topics covered in the Talmud. As students begin their introductory studies of Talmud, each student was assigned a set of “tractates” or volumes to make connections to through bringing in an object that could … Continue reading 8th Grade Talmud Gallery

09/16/2011

MS 9/11 Commemoration

On Monday September 12, Middle School students gathered together to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Through a meaningful ceremony compiled by Rabbi David Greenspoon, students listened to readings, sang songs, and heard the sounds of the shofar. Memory, honor and tribute were hallmarks of this moving ceremony. Article Link Click here to watch … Continue reading MS 9/11 Commemoration

09/16/2011

A Wake-Up Call

In the month of Elul, we sound the shofar, awakening us to the importance of preparing for the coming New Year.  Each morning at Krieger Schechter, our Lower School students gather around Morah Berman as she sounds the shofar.  This Monday morning Morah Berman was joined by Clara, one of our 2nd graders.

09/16/2011

Lower School 4th Grade Safeties Inducted

During minyan on September 12th, KSDS lower schoolers paused to thank those who work to protect our nation’s safety.  Fittingly, our new 4th grade safeties officially assumed their responsibilities that same morning.  They were honored by the presence of Myra Wieman of AAA of Maryland, Officer Matthews of the Baltimore County Police Department and his … Continue reading Lower School 4th Grade Safeties Inducted

09/09/2011

KSDS Faculty Win Curriculum Innovation Awards

KSDS faculty members were recently honored for their innovative curriculum work. Awards went to the following two new curricular units: 3rd Grade 21st Century Skills – The Life of an Owl (Amanda Levine) This project utilized 21st Century skills as students were challenged to create a short movie about the life of an owl.  This … Continue reading KSDS Faculty Win Curriculum Innovation Awards

09/09/2011

Middle School Renovations – a bright start to the year

Students and faculty have loved the newly-renovated spaces in the Middle School! From the brand-new middle school stairway, to the brightly painted lockers and hallways, from the fun new floor tiles to the brand-new science labs, the bright spaces have made the start of the school year even more exciting. We look forward to a … Continue reading Middle School Renovations – a bright start to the year

09/09/2011

1st Graders – Beginning to Read Hebrew

There is much to celebrate here at Krieger Schechter, as yet another group of Jewish children are beginning to learn to read Hebrew! Although the school year has just begun, our first graders have already learned two consonants and three vowel sounds, and are well on their way building a connection to the language of Torah, … Continue reading 1st Graders – Beginning to Read Hebrew

09/09/2011

Kindergarten Teamwork!

It’s a delight each morning to watch our kindergarteners hurry into the building, eager to begin the day with their new teachers and new classmates. The kindergarteners have already learned an important lesson: when building towers or building friendships, teamwork builds success! 

09/02/2011

8th Grade First Day Minyan – a special prayer service

On the first day of school, it is tradition for 8th graders to gather as a group for a special opening tefillah (prayer service). Dr. Schneider presented each student with his or her own pocket siddur, which that student will use throughout the school year and then take on the 8th Grade Israel trip. Following … Continue reading 8th Grade First Day Minyan – a special prayer service

09/02/2011

KSMS – Hitting the Ground Running!

Did you know that the first day of school can never be cancelled? Even when there is no power for two days, and no school at the original start date, whatever day school starts will always be the “first day of school!” Middle School students were ready and eager to come back to school as … Continue reading KSMS – Hitting the Ground Running!

09/02/2011

The “Lights” Are Back On At KSDS

How wonderful it is to be reunited with “old” friends after the long summer break and to welcome Shabbat together! Our fourth graders celebrated their first Kabbalat Shabbat of the school year, singing from theSiddur and snacking on challah and juice.  We look forward to a year filled with much learning and celebration.

09/02/2011

Lower School – First Day Excitement!

KSDS students are thrilled to be back in the building! Today in the lunchroom, fourth graders already were talking about what they have been enjoying this year.  Some of their responses were:  “Being the oldest in the school!”, “Gym!”, “Matching rules into categories!”, “Being in fourth grade!”, “My teachers!”, “Art!”, “Doing a We Fit Together … Continue reading Lower School – First Day Excitement!

06/03/2011

5th Grade State Fair

5th graders have been studying about the 50 states! Each student researched information, history, traditions and contributions from their state. Then, students created an interactive display booth for our state fair, showcasing their research and presenting visitors with games, food, costumes and more – all related to their state. Students from various KSDS grades visited, … Continue reading 5th Grade State Fair

06/03/2011

Mazel Tov to our 8th Grade Graduates!

8th graders and their families celebrated a lovely graduation evening this week. The culmination of the students’ years at Krieger Schechter was marked by student speeches, laughter, song, presentations to every student, and a general wonderful feeling of joy and pride in all that our students have accomplished. Mazel tov to all!! Thank you to … Continue reading Mazel Tov to our 8th Grade Graduates!

06/03/2011

Lower School Has Spirit!

Students in grades K-4 participated in a fun-filled Spirit Day sponsored by the Student Council. This year’s theme was Krieger Schechter’s 30th birthday.Divided into 4 teams: red, blue, green, and purple – the children rotated through a variety of activities, such as field games, relay races, moonbounce, snowball stand, and water play. Points were awarded to winning … Continue reading Lower School Has Spirit!

06/03/2011

Traveling Around the World with First Grade

With the use of technology as well as live stage performance, first graders taught and entertained the children in our school as well as parents, friends, and relatives.  We traveled around the world using poetry, acting, song, dance, and art to teach everyone about what we learned in our Social Studies unit about the continents … Continue reading Traveling Around the World with First Grade

05/26/2011

2nd Grade Visits Washington, DC

Second grade students and their parents visited Washington, DC on Wednesday, May 25th. The first stop was at the Museum of the American Indian where they were introduced to three Native American tour guides. These guides helped them relate the information they had learned in class about the culture of the Indian tribes from the past to … Continue reading 2nd Grade Visits Washington, DC

05/26/2011

Thank you KSDS PA and Chizuk Amuno

Thank you!  Thank you!A sincere thank you goes to the KSDS PA and Chizuk Amuno Congregation for their generous support of Faye Pollack’s well deserved Retirement Celebration!  It warms our hearts to have experienced the outpouring of love everywhere in this building for our 30-year KSDS educator and friend, Faye Pollack! We all love you, Faye!Your … Continue reading Thank you KSDS PA and Chizuk Amuno

05/26/2011

6th Grade “Teva” Nature Retreat

The KSDS 6th graders spent a soggy but wonderful week at the Pearlstone Center, learning about environmentalism from a Jewish perspective through the TEVA program. Despite nearly constant rain, the students hiked, went stream-walking and worked on Kayam Farm. They learned about cycles of growth and decay, and about choices they can make in their own lives … Continue reading 6th Grade “Teva” Nature Retreat

05/26/2011

Keep the Dream Alive – 3rd grade play

We gathered in the Sanctuary to celebrate Jewish learning, as our third graders marked the occasion of Siyyum Sefer B’reishit, the completion of the study of the book of Genesis. The children, under the guidance of our talented and dedicated Judaic Studies teachers – Ann Berman, Daniela Eyal, Tzeira MInka, and B’racha Lang, along with our equally … Continue reading Keep the Dream Alive – 3rd grade play

05/20/2011

7th Grade Trip to New York City!

What an amazing trip the 7th graders, their teachers and chaperones had in NYC.  From Ellis Island, seeing Spiderman (WOW, what technology!), the Tenement Museum, our change of plans that got us to Toys ‘r Us, in Times Square, the Intrepid and every other part of it, we had a fantastic time together. We laughed, played, … Continue reading 7th Grade Trip to New York City!

05/20/2011

5th Grade Philadelphia Trip

After studying about the Declaration of Independence and the colonists’ path to independence, the Fifth Grade took a field trip to Philadephia. They were first treated to a program at Congregation Mikveh Israel Synagogue, one of the oldest congregations in the United States. Then, KSMS parents and students continued on their own to tour Philadelphia’s … Continue reading 5th Grade Philadelphia Trip

05/20/2011

Krieger Schechter Cares

As our Lower School Head Faye Pollack has always described us, “Krieger Schechter is the school of caring and sharing.” One only has to see our Lower School tzedakah program to see this in action. The program in the Lower School is run by our third graders under the guidance of the third grade teachers. Each trimester … Continue reading Krieger Schechter Cares

05/20/2011

3rd Grade Biome Day!

3rd graders experienced and learned about 6 biomes in a unique way. Each of  6 classrooms contained a snack, several science experiments and an art project that was pertinent to the biome. For example, the children made snow in the tundra, created a paper rainforest by adding plant life and animals, cleaned feathers from an … Continue reading 3rd Grade Biome Day!

05/13/2011

Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) Observance

On Monday morning, the entire KSDS community gathered to remember the lives of Israeli soldiers and civilians lost in wars and terrorist attacks. This Yom Hazikaron service included songs of remembrance and hope, as well as written passages that paid tribute to lost lives and yearned for peace. Everybody stood with respect as the Israeli flag was … Continue reading Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) Observance

05/13/2011

MS Spirit Day & Yom HaAtzma’ut

The Middle School Spirit Day and Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration was a rousing success on Tuesday, May 10th. The weather was gorgeous and the students had fun competing in a friendly manner as they represented the 12 Tribes of Israel. Tribes rotated around 6 stations that included: Gaga, Apache Relay, Israeli dancing, Speed Puzzles, Cake decorating … Continue reading MS Spirit Day & Yom HaAtzma’ut

05/13/2011

Lower School Yom HaAtzma’ut

Our Lower School marked Israel’s 63rd birthday with an afternoon of celebration, touching on all five senses and employing multiple modalities. Each grade level created an art project on the theme of Israel, participated in Israeli dancing in our outdoor courtyard, took a virtual trip to Israel via the computer and interactive white board, and dined … Continue reading Lower School Yom HaAtzma’ut

05/13/2011

LS Students Publishing Books!

May is the time for  KSDS’s 2nd annual book publishing event, a very successful program which reinforces the writing process. Every student in Lower School participated. Each class created and illustrated a book related to something that the children studied. Kindergarten children wrote about “My Favorite Things To Do and Learn About in Kindergarten.” Grade … Continue reading LS Students Publishing Books!

05/06/2011

MS Observes Yom HaShoah

Middle School students commemorated Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) in many ways this week. On Monday, 8th graders presented original artwork and poetry from their year-long visual journals as they studied the Shoah and visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. MS Choir also sang moving songs which helped set the tone for the day. … Continue reading MS Observes Yom HaShoah

05/06/2011

Middle School Instructional Showcase

This week, Middle School parents and students visited our Instructional Showcase. At the evening’s “fair,” projects and learning assignments from all subjects in Middle School were presented. As guests explored the tables of science fair projects, language arts essays and projects, math projects, Spanish family trees, Hebrew skits, powerpoint presentations, Jewish History family museum boards, … Continue reading Middle School Instructional Showcase

05/06/2011

Lower School Yom HaShoah Commemoration

The Lower School commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) was conducted by our 4th grade students. The program included essays in Hebrew written by our 4th graders, from the perspective of the Jewish partisans who fought against the Nazis. There was a particular focus on Hannah Senesch. The children lit six memorial candles, representing the six million … Continue reading Lower School Yom HaShoah Commemoration

05/06/2011

4th Grade Mother’s Day Plant Sale

Fourth graders set the goal of raising enough money by selling plants in honor of Mother’s Day to fund their Living Classrooms trip – a day of sailing and learning on the Chesapeake Bay. Our future entrepreneurs were very serious about this undertaking as they discussed percentage and profit in math classes. The children polished their salesmanship and … Continue reading 4th Grade Mother’s Day Plant Sale

04/29/2011

6th Grade Science Fair Experiment Projects

The sixth grade has gone on a wonderful journey through the world of scientific investigation. Using the scienctific method,  the children were involved in experimental projects at home.  They formed hypotheses, collected materials, ran procedures, collected data, graphed independent and dependent variables and made conclusions based on the data. The conclusion stated whether the hypothesis … Continue reading 6th Grade Science Fair Experiment Projects

04/29/2011

Author Elisa Carbone visits KSMS

Author Elisa Carbone was the guest author-in-residence prior to break.  Middle School students listened raptly to Ms. Carbone describe the intensity with which she recreates experiences as she writes her historic fiction novels. In turn, Ms. Carbone was impressed by our children and the thoughtful questions they posed.  We are thrilled that two of her … Continue reading Author Elisa Carbone visits KSMS

04/29/2011

LS Pre-Passover Model Seder

It was obvious from the delight on the childrens’ faces, from the moment they entered the Stulman Auditorium, that their everyday cafeteria had been transformed into a very special place! The tables were beautifully set with white table cloths and seder plates. The chairs of the first graders were decorated with the  the handpainted pillow cases that … Continue reading LS Pre-Passover Model Seder

04/29/2011

1st Grade – Caldecott: We Love Illustrations!

Ask any first grader to look at a Caldecott Award Winning Book, and they will be able to tell you the type of illustration. For example, if you read the book, The Emperor and the Kite, the illustrations are in the style of paper cut. Where the Wild Things Are is done in the style of a … Continue reading 1st Grade – Caldecott: We Love Illustrations!

04/15/2011

8th Grade Meets Israel’s Diller Fellows

Normally, when we have guests at school, teachers try to quiet our students down so that they can listen to the guest speaker and behave in a way that demonstrates the importance of derekh eretz. Last week, however, when we gathered our 8th graders together to meet a new group of guests, we were excited … Continue reading 8th Grade Meets Israel’s Diller Fellows

04/15/2011

7th Grade Gettysburg Trip

On April 6th, the entire 7th grade went to The Gettysburg National Military Park to re-enact the famous last day of the battle, called “Pickett’s Charge.” Students received soldier identities, examined primary source documents, got to see what a musket ball looked like, and experienced the beautiful and haunting Cyclorama. Below are some student comments. … Continue reading 7th Grade Gettysburg Trip

04/15/2011

Passover Preparation in the Lower School

As you walk down the Lower School hallways at Krieger Schechter, signs of Passover preparation are everywhere! Kindergarteners are listening attentively to a live performance of a Passover story. Children in grades 1-4 are reciting from the Hagaddah with enthusiasm. First graders are designing and painting pillow cases for their seats at the seder table. Second … Continue reading Passover Preparation in the Lower School

04/15/2011

4th Grade Traveling Science Program

The children sat mesmerized watching the stage as the guests from from the Traveling Science Program of the Maryland Science Center shared how vibrations can make different sounds, how heat or cold can chage the size of certain objects and many other exciting experiements. During this interactive informative program, safety measures were emphasized. The children were heard … Continue reading 4th Grade Traveling Science Program

04/08/2011

5th Graders Learn Torah Trope

5th grade students have been introduced to the art of Torah reading. Throughout the year, students have learned the names and the musical series of sounds of each of the “trope” symbols which determine how the words of Torah are chanted. Through continued practice and individual work, students have taken on the responsibility of chanting … Continue reading 5th Graders Learn Torah Trope

04/08/2011

7th Grade Meets Senator Ben Cardin

During the Middle School Learning Festival this year, the Seventh Grade paid a visit to the Capitol in Washington, DC and to Senator Ben Cardin. The visit dovetailed well with the 7th Grade curriculum which includes a unity on Civics. Senator Cardin specifically made time in his busy schedule, and met the 7th Graders at the Russell … Continue reading 7th Grade Meets Senator Ben Cardin

04/08/2011

LS Meets a Sofer (Torah Scribe)

Did you ever wonder why the letters in the Torah appear to shine? Just ask one of Krieger Schechter’s Lower School students! After attending a workshop with Rabbi Druin, the sofer who is helping to write Chizuk Amuno Congregation’s new Torah, our Lower School students can answer this question and many, many more. They can tell you … Continue reading LS Meets a Sofer (Torah Scribe)

04/08/2011

4th Grade Bridge Builders

Fourth grade scientists built fantastic bridges as a culmination to their buildings and structures unit. They learned about the strength of structures, what shapes are stronger and the different  types of bridges that can be constructed. Using mostly recyclable materials, fourth graders chose the type of bridge to create, made a plan and executed it. … Continue reading 4th Grade Bridge Builders

04/01/2011

8th Jewish History – Towson University Research Project

Students in Morah Plaut’s 8th grade Jewish History class conducted a simulation of the first Zionist Congress held on August 29, 1897 in Basle which featured Herzl introducing his platform for the creation  of a Jewish State, a most revolutionary, prophetic and visionary plan for the future of the Jewish people. Students represented the spokespeople … Continue reading 8th Jewish History – Towson University Research Project

04/01/2011

Science Fair Projects

The 8th grade science fair projects allow the students to pursue questions that are relevant to them.  From topics as varied as phantom limb syndrome, personalized medicine, molecular gastronomy, roller coaster physics, Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii and fetal alcohol syndrome, these projects actively involve the children in their own science learning. After completing a research … Continue reading Science Fair Projects

04/01/2011

3rd Grade Challah Braiding

As part of a yearlong study of Kabbalat Shabbat, our 3rd graders each designed a silk challah cover.  But what good is a challah cover without the challah?  Last Shabbat every Krieger Schechter 3rd grade family had the opportunity to begin their Shabbat meal with fresh baked challah that was braided by their child(ren).  Our … Continue reading 3rd Grade Challah Braiding

04/01/2011

Fourth Grade Maryland Play – a Smashing Success

Fourth graders were stupendous as they embarked on a magical mystery… we mean, history, tour of Maryland. They began a journey at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, where the new Beatles exhibit was reported missing. Grade 4 students taught Lower School children about Maryland history as they continued on a humorous journey to find the missing Beatles. Fourth graders … Continue reading Fourth Grade Maryland Play – a Smashing Success

03/25/2011

Middle School Purim Fun!

To celebrate the holiday of Purim, KSMS students participated in several long-standing school and holiday traditions. 8th graders learned to sing from the Megillah, and chanted readings from the Book of Esther for the entire school. 8th graders also dressed in character costumes, bringing smiles and fun to students from KSDS and from the preschool. … Continue reading Middle School Purim Fun!

03/25/2011

8th Graders “Meet” with Geologist

Last Thursday, Dr. Aron Meltzner joined two 8th grade science classes to answer questions about the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. What made this visit different from other scientists and experts that have spoken to KSMS students is that Dr. Meltzner joined us via Skype from California. Using a classroom LCD projector and a … Continue reading 8th Graders “Meet” with Geologist

03/25/2011

Lower School Purim Celebration

Our in-school celebration of the holiday of Purim occurred this year on Shushan Purim, which is celebrated the day after Purim. With great excitement, students and faculty arrived at school in costume and gathered together as a full school to hear the reading of Megilat Esther by our 8th graders. Following the reading of the … Continue reading Lower School Purim Celebration

03/25/2011

4th Grade “Freedom Train” at Goucher

Our fourth grade joined classes from all over Baltimore to watch a production of “Freedom Train” at Goucher College. The wonderful actors portrayed Harriet Tubman and her family, their master, the overseer and Quakers helping slaves to escape. The children left the play with a better understanding of the hardships of slavery as well as … Continue reading 4th Grade “Freedom Train” at Goucher

03/18/2011

8th Grade Bible – Abraham’s Greatest Hits

8th Graders in Morah Blum’s Bible class culminated their in-depth studies of the Abraham stories in Genesis with a performance of original re-workings of popular songs, re-telling key moments from the Abraham narrative. New lyrics were written and sung by the students, to “Cherry Tree,” “We’re All in this Together,” “Forget You,” “In the Jungle” … Continue reading 8th Grade Bible – Abraham’s Greatest Hits

03/18/2011

Middle School Celebrates “Pi” Day

Middle School Math classes celebrate “Pi” Day on March 14 (3/14 on the calendar, as in 3.14, the beginning of the equivalent of the “pi” measurement in geometry). All classes enjoyed a slice of actual fruit “pie” and participated in activities about the geometric “pi,” which makes up so much important mathematics studies throughout the … Continue reading Middle School Celebrates “Pi” Day

03/18/2011

Kindergarten Classes Perform to a Standing-Room-Only Crowd

This week our kindergarteners performed two Hebrew playlets, Eliezer V’haGezer (Eliezer and the Carrot) and Simlat haShabbat shel Hannale (Little Hannah’s Sabbath Dress).  The plays, which were performed entirely in Hebrew, featured singing and dancing in addition to outstanding (and adorable) acting performances.  After the performances, the audience, which was comprised of parents, grandparents, and … Continue reading Kindergarten Classes Perform to a Standing-Room-Only Crowd

03/18/2011

New Lower School Safeties Inducted

Fourth graders, who will serve as safeties during the last trimester, were sworn in at Minyan on Monday March 14 in the presence of the entire Lower School.  A police officer from Baltimore County and ‘McGruff” the police dog were on hand to listen to the students’ pledge to the school and congratulate these responsible … Continue reading New Lower School Safeties Inducted

03/11/2011

Learning Festival – 8th grade “Hesed” ‘Speed-Dating’

As part of the Middle School Learning Festival, 8th grade students presented to 5th, 6th and 7th graders about the various community service (hesed) projects that they have been involved in over their middle school years. Set up in a “speed-dating” style, the younger students rotated from 8th grader to 8th grader every 3 minutes … Continue reading Learning Festival – 8th grade “Hesed” ‘Speed-Dating’

03/11/2011

Middle School Learning Festival – Community Service

In recognition of our school’s 30th anniversary we are celebrating one of our core values – tikkun olam – through service to our planet, our country, our community and our school. The Learning Festival takes place over the course of three school days – two days of workshops and one day of trips when we … Continue reading Middle School Learning Festival – Community Service

03/11/2011

When We Enter the Month of Adar, Our Happiness Increases

This week our second grade classes led a weekday morning Rosh Hodesh service, ushering in the Hebrew month of Adar. The children were the hazzanim, leading all of the prayers and reading from the Torah. At the conclusion of the Torah service, there was a short presentation discussing the history of the observance of Rosh Hodesh followed … Continue reading When We Enter the Month of Adar, Our Happiness Increases

03/11/2011

Third Graders Go Westward with the Pioneers

As part of the 3rd grade social studies curriculum, third graders came to school with their new “identities” carrying slates, wearing long dresses or knickers and ready to learn (without electricity in the classroom) during Apple Valley Days  – March 7, 8 & 9.  The children had the opportunity to do activities in the covered … Continue reading Third Graders Go Westward with the Pioneers

03/04/2011

7th Grade Language Arts

March 4th is National Grammar Day! Our 7th grade will celebrate in their Language Arts classes. Students will demonstrate grammar skills, share food, play grammar games, watch Schoolhouse Rock, and sing “Happy Birthday” to Mrs. Puleo! This day is fun interlude in the 7th grade’s rigorous Language Arts curriculum. Our students have been working hard … Continue reading 7th Grade Language Arts

03/04/2011

6th Grade Family Shabbat Celebration

Last Friday night, 6th graders and their families gathered together for a beautiful Kabbalat Shabbat service and Shabbat dinner. The sense of community and celebration was terrific, and the students and families brought enormous Shabbat “ruach” (spirit) to the Shabbat table. A special thank you to the parents who helped organize the event, including the … Continue reading 6th Grade Family Shabbat Celebration

03/04/2011

“And To Think That It Happened on Krieger Schechter Street!”

As part of our Lower School celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, teachers, students, parents, and special guests read aloud from many of the author’s wonderful childrens’ books. Here at Krieger Schechter, our students had the opportunity to hear Dr. Seuss stories in English, Hebrew, and in one first grade class, in Yiddish! We paired our celebration … Continue reading “And To Think That It Happened on Krieger Schechter Street!”

03/04/2011

3rd Grade Recycling Play

Third graders performed a musical extravaganza for the Lower School with the important message of why Schechter students and families need to reduce, reuse, and recycle to help save the earth for future generations. As they prepared their catchy songs and worked on their wonderful costumes, the children learned how important it is to continue to … Continue reading 3rd Grade Recycling Play

02/25/2011

8th Grade – Who am I?

Who are our eighth graders? We have Rebecca and Micah and Dylan and Marina, but who are they really? Do we know? Do they know? On Thursday, February 17th, our eighth graders participated in a program with eighth graders from Beth Tfiloh and Baltimore Hebrew Day Schools. This program, entitled, “When I Grow Up, I Want to Be…” was an … Continue reading 8th Grade – Who am I?

02/25/2011

Middle School Spirit Week – a success!

KSMS’s first-ever Spirit Week got off to a fantastic start on Monday, Jan. 31st. Each grade was awarded Spirit Points based on student participation and Derech Eretz points based on the grade’s overall kindness and respect for each other and teachers. After a close race, the 5th grade pulled ahead of the 8th grade by 100 … Continue reading Middle School Spirit Week – a success!

02/25/2011

Kindergarten Torah Stories

Week by week, our kindergarten classes have an opportunity to hear to and to discuss stories from the Torah. They are currently following the story of Joseph. Today they listened with great interest, as Joseph, with God’s help, was able to interpret the dreams of the cup bearer, the baker, and Pharoah himself.

02/25/2011

2nd Graders Enjoy Their Visit to the Aquarium!

After studying about whales and dolphins, second graders had a wonderful time visiting the National Aquarium on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. The children loved walking through the “Rainforest” looking for birds and insects in their natural habitat, as they identified the bird with the loudest birdsong and even saw a tarantula. The Australian exhibit also was exciting … Continue reading 2nd Graders Enjoy Their Visit to the Aquarium!

02/17/2011

Boys Basketball – Tzedakah to Help Coach’s Family

One recent week’s tzedekah collection in the Middle School was coordinated by the boy’s basketball team. They met, assigned tasks, wrote announcements, collected the tzedekah, and counted the money, all to raise money to give to their coach’s son’s family, whose home was recently destroyed by a fire. The tzedakah money collected allowed the team to … Continue reading Boys Basketball – Tzedakah to Help Coach’s Family

02/17/2011

A Marathon of Hebrew Learning

This past week, the Middle School Hebrew department, once again, had the privilege and honor to study and learn with the author and head of the NETA (Hebrew Curriculum) program, Mrs. Hilla Kobliner. The Hebrew teachers underwent an intensive three days of classroom observations, one-on-one learning sessions, and faculty workshops with Mrs. Kobliner. Learning is a continuous, … Continue reading A Marathon of Hebrew Learning

02/17/2011

What’s Growing in our Kindergarten Garden?

It’s a giant carrot planted by Saba Eliezer! Our kindergarten classes are excitedly preparing for their upcoming production of two Hebrew playlets: Eliezer V’HaGezer (Eliezer and the Carrot) and Simlat Shabbat shel Hannahle (Little Hannah’s Shabbat Dress). Kindergarten parents will be joining us for the premier performance  on Tuesday, March 15th. Our kitah aleph (First Grade classes) will … Continue reading What’s Growing in our Kindergarten Garden?

02/17/2011

4th Grade Wonders of the World Project

For this project, the fourth graders studied each of the four categories of the Wonders of the World, including Ancient, Modern, Natural, and Medieval Wonders. Each student researched one wonder and learned about its unique aspects. By the end of the research, they became experts on their wonders. In-school activities included library and internet research, note-taking, outlining, … Continue reading 4th Grade Wonders of the World Project

02/10/2011

7th Graders Begin Study of Rabbinics

7th Grade students have now begun their semester of studying Rabbinics with an introduction to the format, scope, structure and content of the Mishnah. Students use critical thinking skills to interpret, categorize and make sense of the flow and sequence of a rabbinic argument. The material also makes for meaningful, important conversations in class to … Continue reading 7th Graders Begin Study of Rabbinics

02/10/2011

6th & 7th Grade Math – Percentages

6th and 7th grade math students are currently studying percentages. Learning about percents enables students to understand discounts, commission and interest, to name a few applications. Students are, or shortly will be, consumers. Their knowledge of “real life” math (or as every math teacher is asked, when am I ever going to use this?) will grow in each … Continue reading 6th & 7th Grade Math – Percentages

02/10/2011

Kitah Bet Bible Scholars

As part of our Humash (Bible) curriculum our second graders were actively engaged this week in biblical commentary, as they compared and contrasted God’s commandment to Avraham in parashat Lech L’cha to the commandment in parashat VaYera.  Using the interactive whiteboard, teachers engaged their students in a stimulating discussion looking for parallels and distinctions within … Continue reading Kitah Bet Bible Scholars

02/10/2011

Kindergarten – Exploring “Living” Things

Kindergarten has exciting news. In conjunction with “L” week, the children are learning about living and non-living things.  Mrs. Trattner, the science teacher,  brought each “K” class a fish.  The children are learning that all living things need, food, air, and water– even fish. The children are watching the fish swim, eat, and use its … Continue reading Kindergarten – Exploring “Living” Things

02/03/2011

The Maryland Ravens Night at KSMS

On Saturday night at Krieger Schechter Middle School, the Maryland Ravens hosted the Delaware Destroyers. These teams are part of a wheelchair basketball league. The Ravens won both games, 65-11 and 38-17. It was truly amazing to watch the competition between these two teams. This was a fun night for the families that came out to … Continue reading The Maryland Ravens Night at KSMS

02/03/2011

Israeli Firefighter Visits KSDS

Last week, an Israeli firefighter who helped fight the disastrous fire near Haifa, came to KSDS to tell our students about his experiences. Moshe Gefen, the firefighter, came as a representative of the JNF to thank KSDS students and families for their generous donations in the wake of the fire. Mr. Gefen talked to the … Continue reading Israeli Firefighter Visits KSDS

02/03/2011

2nd Grade Fairy Tales Play

Once upon a time in Schechterland, the beautiful children of 2nd grade performed masterfully an original musical called “Fractured Fairy Tales.” They creatively changed some of the characters and settings in “Sleeping Beauty” and “Red Riding Hood,” and also cleverly intertwined some classic elements of other fairy tales. The weather cooperated, which seemed like magic! What a fantastic … Continue reading 2nd Grade Fairy Tales Play

02/03/2011

1st Grade Celebrates Siyyum HaSefer

There was much to celebrate on a cold and icy evening, as yet another group of children marked their learning to read in Hebrew. On Tuesday, February 1, the students of kitah Aleph celebrated this important accomplishment  with a short presentation emphasizing the letters of the alef-bet and with sayings well known in our tradition.  … Continue reading 1st Grade Celebrates Siyyum HaSefer

01/28/2011

6th Grade Great Fruit Debate

What better way to celebrate Tu B’Shvat than with the annual 6th grade “Great Fruit Debate?!” 6th graders learned about the traditional species of fruit grown in Israel, mentioned in the Torah, and then worked in teams to select and promote a new “8th fruit” which they felt should be part of the Tu B’Shvat … Continue reading 6th Grade Great Fruit Debate

01/28/2011

Middle School Arts Coffee House

On a wintry January night, Middle School families came to an evening in celebration of the arts at KSMS – the annual KSMS Coffee House. While sampling refreshments prepared by MS cooking classes, families and students enjoyed the displays from woodshop and art classes, and the musical and dramatic presentations from the MS Music Ensembles, 5th … Continue reading Middle School Arts Coffee House

01/28/2011

LS Family Shabbat Experiences

Neither snow, nor ice, nor cold can interfere with a very special Krieger Schechter Shabbat: Our 3rd graders are looking forward to welcoming Shabbat, as they lead their families in a Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday evening, January 28th. The following morning, our 4th graders will be leading t’fillah and reading from the Torah. Shabbat will … Continue reading LS Family Shabbat Experiences

01/28/2011

3rd and 7th grade Friend to Friend Activity

To celebrate Tu B’Shvat (the new year for the trees), students from 3rd and 7th grades got together for a artistic (and culinary!) Friend to Friend activity. The 3rd graders warmly welcomed the 7th graders to their classrooms, where “buddies” worked together on art projects related to trees, flowers and nature, explored poems and texts … Continue reading 3rd and 7th grade Friend to Friend Activity

01/20/2011

7th Grade Jewish Family History Night

7th grade students and their families celebrated their research on their roots with an exhibition of their findings, including the family tree, the town report, an interview of a family member and a story to share, all during the Family History Museum night on Thursday, Jan. 13th. In addition, many photos, certificates,  documents including ship … Continue reading 7th Grade Jewish Family History Night

01/20/2011

5th Grade MLK Program

On January 14th, the fifth graders led the Martin Luther King Day assembly for the middle school. Each class contributed songs and skits to a video presentation of “Martin Luther King: The Musical.”  Mrs. McCann, Mrs. Hicks, Ms. Steinig, and Mr. Thaler supervised and directed the fifth graders as they were broken up into groups … Continue reading 5th Grade MLK Program

01/20/2011

Lower School Tu B’Shevat

In honor of Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of the Trees, the students of the Lower School learned about seasons in Israel and discussed the importance of trees in the Torah and in our world today. Our students discovered ways in which we benefit from trees, as well as ways in which human beings can … Continue reading Lower School Tu B’Shevat

01/20/2011

Lower School Students Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Thursday, January 13th, First Grade sponsored a program in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. We listened to a dynamic storyteller, Miss Lynne Distance, who through literature and music presented information about the life of Dr. King. We learned about the importance of equality. The first graders presented a poem to the audience. The next … Continue reading Lower School Students Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

01/14/2011

Pikesville High Band (with KSDS Alumni!) Visits KSMS

Middle School students were treated to a band and choir concert from Pikesville High School. The band included several KSDS alumni. We are always thrilled when our alumni get to come back to KSDS and showcase their talents, and this performance was no different! Students particularly enjoyed the amazing songs from the percussion band, and … Continue reading Pikesville High Band (with KSDS Alumni!) Visits KSMS

01/14/2011

Middle School Geography Bee

Every year the National Geographic Society sponsors a national geography bee contest.  In the Middle School, every Social Studies class conducts a classroom bee to generate interest and excitement for geography. Each classroom winner then competes across the Middle School grade levels to determine the school champion.   This past Wednesday, the Middle School held its elimination … Continue reading Middle School Geography Bee

01/14/2011

4th Grade “Middot” Plays

As part of their unit on “Middot” (Jewish Values), our 4th grade Judaic Studies students wrote Hebrew playlets, created their own props and  costumes, and performed the playlets for our 2nd graders. The values adddressed were: “Matan B’Seter” (giving charity anonymously), “Bikur Cholim” (visiting the sick), and “Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim” (prevention of cruelty to animals).  

01/14/2011

4th Grade Visits Homewood House

In conjunction with their study of Maryland history, the fourth grade visited the Homewood House on the Johns Hopkins campus. The house was a wedding gift from Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a wealthy landowner and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, to his son, Charles Carroll, Jr. and his bride, Harriett Chew in the early … Continue reading 4th Grade Visits Homewood House

01/06/2011

8th Grade visit to US Holocaust Museum

The 8th grade visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday, January 5th as a culmination to their study of the Holocaust in Jewish History. Many parents accompanied their children as we viewed the exhibits and tried to understand the incomprehensible – the worst tragedy of humankind’s inhumanity. Under the guidance of Mrs. Brina Pintzuk, students have … Continue reading 8th Grade visit to US Holocaust Museum

01/06/2011

7th and 8th Grade Spanish classes

After a restful winter break, students and teachers of seventh and eighth grades are back to Spanish classes with enthusiasm. In seventh grade, we are finishing our unit on telling time, and learning to describe people by combining adjectives with the verb SER. While we have fun looking for opposites and synonyms in this vocabulary, … Continue reading 7th and 8th Grade Spanish classes

01/06/2011

1st Grade Family Havdalah Program – 1/29/11

Our first graders are busy preparing for the First Grade Family Havdalah Service coming up on Saturday, January 29th at 6 p.m. The students are learning to recite the blessings and will soon be busy braiding their havdalah candles and preparing their spice packets. We look forward to a fun, wonderful evening with all of our … Continue reading 1st Grade Family Havdalah Program – 1/29/11

01/06/2011

Technology in Kindergarten – Eno Board Activities!

It was exciting for Kindergarten students to become active community planners using technology in the classroom. Each child added an element to the created community on the eno board and then the class discussed if there were enough play areas, enough parking areas, or whether the streets were far enough from the homes to be safe. The … Continue reading Technology in Kindergarten – Eno Board Activities!