Krieger Schechter News
Join us for a Mommy and Me Rhythm and Movement Class! A true first introduction to dance – our youngest new dancers are introduced to creative movement, rhythm, self-expression and fundamental dance tools. We use fun props, age appropriate music and positive reinforcement. This class is about discovery. Children should be accompanied by an adult … Continue reading KSDS Mommy and Me Rhythm and Movement Class!
The following article was featured on Cool Progeny. Parents have many different reasons for wanting their children to learn multiple languages — better career opportunities, more flexibility in an ever-growing global economy… but what if we told you that language learning has important cognitive benefits too? Benefits that will help children now, as well as … Continue reading Dual-language Programs Enhance Executive Function
On March 5th and 6th, KSDS held our 26th annual, all-Hebrew musical, Mulan. Over 1,300 people attended the Gordon Center performances and were amazed by the talent and Hebrew-speaking acumen of our students. This production is the culmination of years of study and preparation. We are indebted to our phenomenal Hebrew teachers, staff, administration, parents … Continue reading KSDS Announces 8th Grade Play Fund Following Mulan
Thank you to all of our donors for participating in KSDS PRIME Day on 3.7.19! The support from our community is the PRIME reason KSDS is able to thrive. Our initial goal was set at $3,719 and was raised to $5,779 but we surpassed these amounts! We raised $5,863 online and $686 offline for a … Continue reading KSDS Community Spurs Prime Day Campaign Success!
These are exciting times at KSDS! We are in the midst of a strategic planning process that will allow us to create a future vision for the school that helps us prepare students for an increasingly complex global community. We are inviting active members of the KSDS community to play an important part in this … Continue reading Community Strategic Planning Day: Help Design our Future!
Krieger Schechter Day School is thrilled to announce the establishment of the KSDS Raffel Family Hebrew Fund, generously given by Lorraine & Earl Raffel and Shuli & Gary Raffel. Lorraine grew up in Washington, DC and met and married Baltimorean Earl Raffel in 1954. They have been married for 65 years. Together since the early … Continue reading Announcing the KSDS Raffel Family Hebrew Fund
Our annual, 8th Grade, all-Hebrew play is a special event for the entire KSDS community! Join us at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts for this year’s performance of Mulan! Students in the Class of 2019 will share their love of Hebrew language, song, and dance in this classic story of a Chinese peasant girl … Continue reading Tickets on sale now for our 8th Grade, all-Hebrew play, Mulan!
Krieger Schechter Day School is delighted to announce the establishment of the KSDS Forrest and Miriam Foss Family Charitable Fund. Forrest shared his thoughts and motivation for this gift to our school: Miriam (z”l) and I joined Chizuk Amuno in the early 1980’s. We had two young children and were searching for a place that … Continue reading The KSDS Forrest and Miriam Foss Family Charitable Fund
Our first semester of Enrichment was fantastic, and we are ready for another semester of fun! This year, we are reverting back to the semester model (two sessions – fall and spring) this year and going forward. Spring Enrichment Offerings are detailed here To register: Review the Class Descriptions then use the Google Form to make your selection(s). … Continue reading Spring 2019 After School Enrichment Programs
Krieger Schechter Day School invites parents of K – 8 students to join us for an informative parent seminar featuring Executive Function expert, Dr. Elana G. Spira. This event is complimentary and open to the community. RSVP below. Executive function is the ability to organize, plan and execute a set of tasks in an efficient … Continue reading KSDS Hosts Parent Education Seminar on Executive Function
Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) is thrilled to announce that Drs. Donald and Lauren Small have significantly grown their existing scholarship fund to ensure that KSDS remains accessible and affordable to those desiring a stellar Jewish education. Their story and reason for giving is best told in their own words: We were both born in … Continue reading The Small Family Grows The KSDS Small Scholarship Fund
On Monday, December 10th, 5th Graders and 6th Grade lateral entry students presented their finished tallitot to their parents as they concluded a five-part tallit workshop. The workshop, which began in October, is the result of a community partnership with the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS). It was designed to give students a deeper … Continue reading 5th Grade Students Wrap Up Tallit Workshop
The following article was features in the December issue of JMore. Read the full article here. “Paying it forward and multiplying the impact.” That’s Jodi Wahlberg’s credo in her role as director of bridges and community partnerships at Krieger Schechter Day School. A Stevenson mother of five and KSDS teacher for two decades, Wahlberg, 43, … Continue reading KSDS Teacher and her Commitment to the Community
Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) is thrilled to announce that Lainie and Lou Gitomer have established the KSDS Gitomer Family Learning Festival Fund to endow the Middle School Learning Festival. This treasured, three-day festival is a highlight of the academic year when students break from their regular curriculum to take a deep dive into a … Continue reading Announcing the KSDS Gitomer Family Learning Festival Fund
It’s a Krieger Schechter Day School tradition to spend the day before Thanksgiving helping others in our community. Lower School students created crafts for Meals on Wheels, the Maryland SPCA & Tudor Heights Assisted Living, baked cookies for military members, and made thank you cards for local first responders. Middle School students volunteered at ShareBaby, … Continue reading KSDS Students Participate in Annual Day of Service
Reposted from JMore; written by Aliza Friedlander, a Baltimore-based freelance writer. Photo by Steve Ruark. When 9-year-old Ryan Bailey and his little brother, Caleb, 6 came to visit family in Baltimore last week for Rosh Hashanah, little did they know they would stay longer than anticipated. Because of Hurricane Florence, Ryan and Caleb — who live in … Continue reading KSDS Comes to the Aid of Young Hurricane Refugees
On Sunday, June 10th, following the annual Schechter on the Move 5K and Fun Run, Krieger Schechter Day School announced a new school logo to an eager crowd of students, families and other community members. KSDS spent the 2017-18 school year celebrating the school’s 36th – double chai – anniversary. We recognized the school’s history … Continue reading KSDS Reveals a New Logo and New Look!
Krieger Schechter Day School was voted the best Jewish Day School in Baltimore by the Baltimore Jewish Times! We are proud of this honor and thank the community for the recognition! Krieger Schechter Day School is Baltimore’s only co-educational, K – 8, independent Jewish day school offering exceptional academics and a dual-language curriculum within a … Continue reading KSDS Voted Best Jewish Day School in Baltimore!
On Friday, June 1st, 28 alumni from the Class of 2014 (and 16 alumni parents) gathered together to celebrate their recent high school graduations and upcoming adventures. They spent the afternoon enjoying the water and reminiscing about their days at KSDS. We wish these alumni the best of luck at the following colleges and universities: … Continue reading KSDS Class of 2014 Reunites to Celebrate Success
On May 23 BGE surprised students at Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) by awarding $10,000, along with a trophy, to Mr. Alex Thaler and his class for creating the grand prize-winning video in the company’s Wires Down Video Challenge. The annual contest encourages elementary schools to create their own version of BGE’s popular “Wires Down” electric … Continue reading KSDS Wins BGE’s Wires Down Video Challenge Grand Prize
Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) is thrilled to announce that 7th Grade Student, Ezra G., won first place in the national 2018 Better 2 Write Contest. Ezra’s essay recounting his recent Better Together program experience exhibited a high quality of writing and earned him a scholarship towards an overnight summer camp as well as a … Continue reading 7th Grade Student Wins First Place in National Writing Contest
On Sunday, May 6th, over two dozen KSDS students participated in the Mid-Atlantic Mini & Junior Maccabi Games. The games were hosted by the JCC of Greater Baltimore and co-chaired by KSDS parents, Randy and Stacey Getz. Congratulations to all of our students who participated and the following students who placed: Noa R. … Continue reading Students Participate at the Mid-Atlantic Mini & Junior Maccabi Games
This past year, the Middle School at Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) partnered with JMore magazine to add a new and exciting elective for 6th and 7th Grader students. In addition to art, cooking, woodworking, and sewing, journalism officially joined the list of electives, and our young KSDS writers have been working tirelessly ever since. … Continue reading Middle School Students Conclude First Journalism Elective
On April 20th , 7th grade students from Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) and senior citizens from the Edward A. Myerberg Center (Myerberg Center) presented oral histories to families and peers as they concluded an eight-month collaborative project. The culminating project is part of an intergenerational program that started in September when 7th graders were introduced … Continue reading 7th Graders Conclude Intergenerational Project
Join a school-wide chesed project and plant 36 Trees commemorating 36 Years! While our 8th grade students are in Israel, they will visit the JNF forest and plant 36 trees in honor of KSDS’s 36th anniversary. Support this mitzvah by ordering plants from our spring plant sale. All proceeds will go toward purchasing the 36 … Continue reading School-wide Chesed Project
The following article is from The Jewish Times. You’ve probably heard “Tomorrow” or “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” from the musical “Annie” countless times. But have you heard them in Hebrew? For the 25th anniversary of the school’s annual eighth-grade musical, Krieger Schechter Day School students performed the musical fully in Hebrew, making them one of … Continue reading 8th Grade Students Perform Annie on Stage
Krieger Schechter Day School is proud to present our 25th annual, all-Hebrew, 8th Grade musical – Annie! Students in the KSDS Class of 2018 bring their love of Hebrew language, song, dance and performance to the stage in this rags-to-riches tale of a lovable, Depression-era orphan. Hebrew speakers and non-Hebrew speakers alike will delight in … Continue reading KSDS Presents the 8th Grade Play – Annie!
Krieger Schechter Day School and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore (JCC) have partnered to offer an exciting new edition to the J Camps line up this summer. For two weeks in July, J Camps will be running two STEM-Plus camps in our very own Abramoff MakersSpace where children will engineer, explore, build, and invent … Continue reading KSDS Will Host J Camps This Summer
On Monday, December 18th, 5th Grade students from Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) presented their finished tallit to parents and peers as they concluded a five-part tallit workshop. The workshop, which began on October 17th, is the result of a community partnership with the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and KSDS. It was designed to give … Continue reading Students Complete Hand-Crafted Tallitot
Krieger Schechter Day School alumni are nearly 1,000 strong and can be found throughout the world in almost every profession including Jewish life, the arts, medicine, business, law, and public policy. They are dedicated to making the world a better place through professional leadership and volunteerism. On Sunday, December 10th, seven alumni came back to … Continue reading KSDS Alumni Talks Event Celebrates Alumni
From January through June, Krieger Schechter Day School, Goldsmith Early Childhood Center and the Jewish Community Center will be holding Body Combat fitness classes in Krieger Auditorium. No registration required. Drop off your student and come get a workout! The Body Combat class is inspired by martial arts – karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi and … Continue reading Body Attack Classes at KSDS
KSDS will be sponsoring 36 Families for Hanukkah this year and our collection begins on November 13. In keeping with our mission to incorporate hesed in our 36th celebration, KSDS will be sponsoring 36 families for Hanukkah. We are thrilled to be partnering with Jewish organizations in our community — Jewish Volunteer Connection, Jewish Community Services, and CHANA — to support … Continue reading KSDS Sponsors 36 Families for Hanukkah
Krieger Schechter Day School and Chizuk Amuno Congregation are organizing a family-focused trip to Israel in December 2018. The trip is intended for those who have never been to Israel and/or those who have never traveled there as a family. The journey will be an opportunity to explore our homeland and experience all that Israel … Continue reading KSDS and CAC Host Family Trip to Israel
Join us for the 7th Annual Schechter Steam Showcase! Engage your curiosity as KSDS community members teach fun, interactive, age-appropriate projects in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Kids ages 4 – 11 are invited. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sunday, November 12 1:00 – 3:30 pm Register below by Sunday, November … Continue reading Schechter STEAM Showcase – November 12
Menashe, set within the Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, is a warm, life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son. The movie played at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and features actor, Ruben Niborski, who attended KSDS as a 3rd and 4th grader from 2013 – 2015 before moving to Israel. The … Continue reading KSDS Co-Hosts Menashe Film at Gordon Center
Krieger Schechter Day School has been selected to participate in the Legacy Heritage Better Together Program. The Legacy Heritage Better Together Program is a two-year program designed to encourage meaningful interaction between young and old. Grade 7, under the direction of Ellen Friedman, is participating in the program with Myerberg Center. KSDS is grateful for … Continue reading KSDS/Legacy Heritage Better Together Program
Become part of the biggest school-wide event connecting KSDS families for a home-based Shabbat meal. Choose to be a guest or a host, and we will match up families with similar age children. The PA will provide everything you need: delicious dinner catered by Yaffa, materials for Shabbat rituals, and hosting ideas to create a meaningful, relaxing and social Shabbat experience. Date: October 27 Cost: $18/adult … Continue reading Join Us for Shabbat Share 2017
On September 11th, 4th grade students from Krieger Schechter Day School participated in a moving 9/11 ceremony with the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Baltimore at the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company (Station 32). This public event was held in coordination with the Embassy of Israel and remembered those first-responders who were killed on 9/11 and after … Continue reading 4th Graders Participate in 9/11 Ceremony
Learn more about KSDS at one of our admission events! Drop In Days allow you to tour KSDS in small groups during school hours. Dates are listed here and do not require registration. Drop In Days: October 24 at 9:00am November 14 at 9:00am December 13 at 9:00am January 9 at 9:00am Our Open House will be held on November … Continue reading Open House and Drop In Days
The 2017-18 academic year marks a special time for Krieger Schechter Day School as we celebrate our 36th anniversary. KSDS was founded in 1981, as part of the The Solomon Schechter Day School Association, and named in recognition of major benefactor, the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund. Over the years, the school has grown in … Continue reading KSDS Celebrates 36 Years of Excellence
As I reflect on recent events, I am reminded of a seemingly obscure story from this week’s Torah portion of Shoftim that describes what to do when a corpse is found in the countryside and the identity of the slayer is unknown. The Torah commands the elders and judges to measure the distance to the surrounding towns, … Continue reading Reflections from Rabbi Moshe
Following a string of police fatalities over the summer of 2016, students from Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) wanted to show their support for their local law enforcement officials, particularly those from Precinct 4 in Pikesville. Reaching out to the Pikesville Schools Coalition, a program of CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc., they decided to partner … Continue reading KSDS Partners with Milbrook for Police Mosaic
Krieger Schechter Day School is thrilled to announce the creation of the Abramoff MakerSpace which will be constructed over the summer and completed this fall. This new and exciting development will bring heightened opportunities to the learning potential of our students and will further aid in the school’s vision of offering a dynamic educational experience … Continue reading KSDS To Add Abramoff MakerSpace in August
Once again, KSDS will be participating in the Weekend Backpack Program. We will be packing food into backpacks to be sent to two city schools: Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School and Collington Square Elementary/Middle School. During the week, these schools feed the children–many of whom are homeless–a breakfast, hot lunch, healthy fruit, and a sandwich before … Continue reading Weekend Backpack Program
The Spring session of enrichment will be running from March 13th through May 26th. The complete calendar is available HERE. Sessions include: Club SciKidz! programming will again be running Lego Robotics and Young Scientist classes. These sections will feature brand new content. Repeat students will experience fresh material. Irvine Nature Center’s EcoExplorers Club is a … Continue reading Sign Up for Spring Enrichment!
The 8th Grade Play is a huge event for the entire KSDS community as it represents the culmination of our students’ experience at Krieger Schechter Day School. Parents and alumni join us to watch students perform a musical entirely in Hebrew. This year’s production will be ‘Aladdin’. Tickets are on sale now in the Middle … Continue reading 8th Grade ‘Aladdin’ Tickets on Sale Now!
Our annual Middle School Learning Festival took place Tuesday, February 14th through Thursday, February 16th. The Learning Festival is a three-day experience – a break from the regular curriculum – during which students and faculty immerse themselves in thematic and Project Based Learning (PBL) activities. This year’s theme was “The Brain” and students studied the … Continue reading Middle School Learning Festival Success
In keeping with our commitment to tikkun olam, the second graders at Krieger Schechter Day School participated in the Weekend Backpack Program on January 23, 2017. Working with our partner, Sandie Nagel, students packed food into 43 backpacks that will be sent to two Baltimore City schools: Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School and Collington Square Elementary/Middle School. … Continue reading Students Donate 43 Food-Filled Backpacks to Baltimore City Schools
Krieger Schechter Day School won the BGE Wires Down Video Challenge grand prize for a second year in a row. Baltimore Gas and Electric announced Krieger Schechter Day School as a repeat winner of the fifth annual BGE Wires Down Video Challenge at a lower school assembly on January 18, 2017. The yearly contest encourages elementary schools to create … Continue reading KSDS Wins BGE’s Wires Down Video Challenge for Second Straight Year
Again this year, KSDS will be participating in the Weekend Backpack Program on January 23rd. We will be packing food into backpacks to be sent to two city schools: Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School and Collington Square Elementary/Middle School. During the week, these schools feed the children–many of whom are homeless–a breakfast, hot lunch, healthy fruit, … Continue reading Weekend Backpack Program – Donations Requested
The amazing PA-sponsored Shabbat Share will take place on Friday, March 3! Become part of the biggest school-wide event connecting KSDS families for a home-based Shabbat meal. Choose to be a guest or a host, and we will match up families with similar age children. The PA will provide everything you need: delicious catered dinner, materials for Shabbat … Continue reading KSDS Shabbat Share
Sally Grobani, a Hebrew and Judaics teacher at Krieger Schechter, performed an amazing mitzvah by donating her kidney to a colleague’s ailing husband. Read the full article, featured by the Jewish Times, here: Teacher Donates Kidney to Colleague’s Ailing Husband
Sponsored by the KSDS Athletics Department Students in Grades K-6 are invited to join in on the fun! Monday, December 5 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The day will include games & activities. The cost is $40/student, with a $75/family max. (Cost includes pizza lunch and snacks.) RSVP by Friday, December 2. (Space is limited) … Continue reading KSDS Conference Day Fun
Please join us on Tuesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. for our Winter Open House! We look forward to seeing you! Register Now!
November 7 – 11 ( 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Extended hours until 9 p.m. Monday Come to our annual Book Fair and support the library serving Chizuk Amuno schools. There will be a great selection of Jewish books for all ages as well as a variety of authors and artists connected to the Chizuk … Continue reading Book Fair – Get Hooked on a Book
KSDS is continuing their Bunches of Lunches and Beyond collection project this year. Families donated 152 lunches at the first lunch collection on September 28. The next collection will take place on November 3, and more collections are planned for later in the school year. After the lunches are collected at KSDS, they are delivered … Continue reading KSDS Bunches of Lunches Project–Off to a Great Start
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It’s here! Please visit our wonderful new playground and outdoor amphitheater! DONATE ONLINE VIA CREDIT CARD: www.tinyurl.com/playgroundfund DONATE VIA CHECK Write check payable to Chizuk Amuno Congregation; in memo line indicate Playground Fund Mail check to Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208; Attn: Playground or Liz Minkin Friedman LIKE US ON FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/playgroundforourkids/ … Continue reading Yes, We Went and Built a Playground!
The Fifth Annual Schechter on the Move 5K Race and Family Fun Mile was a great success! More than 700 people attended the event; of those, 615 were registered participants. Please join us on June 4, 2017 for the Sixth annual race! Sponsorships for the 2017 race are available. For more information, please contact the … Continue reading Fifth Annual Schechter on the Move 5k Race
Thanks to an Innovative Educator Grant from Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO), Krieger Schechter students in grades 5-8 had the unique opportunity to meet Dr. Terrence Roberts on Wednesday, April 6. In addition, our students also hosted 6th grade students from Roland Park Elementary/Middle School (RPEMS) as part of this experience. In 1957, Terrence Roberts, just … Continue reading Dr. Terrence Roberts Visits KSDS Middle School
In celebration of their study of Maryland history, the Fourth Grade performed The Maryland History Show for the whole school, during which they gave awards to distinguished Marylanders, including Benjamin Banneker, Harriet Tubman, Peter Cooper and Governor Hogan. The show delighted the audience with compelling lyrics and creative choreography.
The 3rd Graders Performed We Come From Everywhere for a gathering of Lower School students and parents. The play was a culmination of a 3rd grade unit on American Immigration that included a look at immigration in our own time. Through songs, dancing, and storytelling, the students celebrated the idea that though we all come … Continue reading Third Grade Play Celebrates the Human Mosaic That Is America
What’s in a word? KSDS’s Grade 3 and 4 WordMasters can help you unlock a word’s hidden mystery and meaning! The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those … Continue reading KSDS Students Compete to Become Wordmasters
Krieger Schechter’s Half Day of Giving on Wednesday, November 26, was a tremendous success. During that morning all students took part in service projects, both inside the building (six service projects in-house done by our Lower School students) and out in our community (with our Middle School students visiting 3 different Weinberg facilities and weatherizing the homes of … Continue reading Giving Back
Mr. Thaler and our Grade 4 students put together an amazing video for the BGE “Wires Down” Challenge, which promotes electrical safety. Our video is now up on the BGE website, where we are competing against other schools’ submissions for a chance to win $10,000 for KSDS! We need you, our KSDS community, to show your … Continue reading Wires Down Challenge
On Sunday, November 16, Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) hosted its 4th Annual STEAM Showcase. KSDS community members came together to teach fun, interactive, age-appropriate projects in the core areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/design, and Math) to nearly 200 attending students and family members. Some session highlights included (but were not limited to) making … Continue reading Krieger Schechter Day School Hosts 4th Annual STEAM Showcase
Today, many KSDS students had the honor of hearing from Tal Brody, the current Goodwill Ambassador of Israel and famed American-Israeli Basketball star. Tal spoke to our students about growing up playing basketball in the US at the high school and collegiate level, and his decision to pass up an NBA career to play for … Continue reading Tal Brody Visits KSDS
It is always a treat when KSDS alumni visit our classrooms to share their passions and enrich our students’ learning. Last week, Abby Grobani ’08, daughter of KSDS teacher Sally Grobani, joined Grade 7 Hebrew classes to talk about her recent volunteer experience in South Africa. A recent college graduate with a degree in Captive … Continue reading Enriched by Our Alumna
Leah Smith (Class of ’12) recently was featured in the Baltimore Sun for her Op Ed entitled “At Camp and Under Fire”. We are so proud to see one of our alumni sharing her experience in Israel this summer with the wider communuty. To read Leah’s story, please click the link. Article Link “At Camp … Continue reading KSDS Alumna featured in Baltimore Sun
Our 2014-2015 School Supply Lists is now available. Please click below to view. Lower School Supply List Middle School Supply List
Two students from Towson University spent the day with our lower school students and teachers to help raise awareness to individuals in our community who have physical disabilities. The students from Towson University conducted workshops with our teachers and went into classrooms to talk to students about the deaf community and sign language. Pictured here: … Continue reading Deaf Awareness Program
Miriam Trinh Niborski, visiting scholar at JHU and parent of Schechter students, Ethel, Dina and Ruben, has given so generously of her time by meeting with each of four sections of Grade 8 Jewish History to teach an important lesson about life during the Holocaust. A professor in Israel at the Hebrew University, Miriam has … Continue reading Grade 8 Learns from KSDS Parent
In HaMorah Raffel’s Grade 5 Hebrew class, the students completed a learning activity paralleling a modern census versus a Biblical one. Students began by studying chapter one in Numbers (BaMidbar) and discussing the mifkad, which is the poll or census God commanded Moshe to take. Moshe was instructed to count the number of males above … Continue reading Grade 5 Makes Sense of the Census
The Kindergarten recently visited and explored the farm at Pearlstone Center with hands on agricultural activities. Students visited the goats and hens, learned about the milking and laying process, and analyzed different types of seeds and plants. The field trip emphasized shmirat hatevah, our responsibility as humans to guard and protect nature. The farm at Pearlstone uses only sustainable farming … Continue reading Kindergarten Field Trip
We welcome our Israeli shlichim, Yarden Vilchik and Noy Schwartz, who deferred their army service for one year to immerse themselves in the Baltimore Jewish community. The Shinshinim program is developed and facilitated by the Jewish Agency for Israel, through which they receive extensive training. Yarden and Noy will be part of the KSDS community … Continue reading Welcome to our Israeli Shinshinim (Ambassadors)
Over the summer, Grade 6 students read the book “Rules” – the story of a boy with autism told through the lens of his younger sister. The book has then been the focus of Grade 6 Language Arts classes for the beginning of this school year. 6th graders also had a wonderful opportunity last month … Continue reading Grade 6 Studies Autism
This past Wednesday, Grade 1 and Grade 5 students worked together in a Friend-to-Friend activity. First the students listened to a story read by Mr. Thaler. Each page of the book depicted a different country from around the world and a sentence with opposite words, such as weep and laugh. Grade 1 students were then … Continue reading Friend-to-friend Brings Students Together
Middle School students are on the move for Sukkot!! During the intermediate days of the holidays, MS students participate in some fabulous sukkot-themed field trips: Grade 5 students spend a day at the Genesee Valley Retreat Center, learning about trust and community, and building their grade-level’s relationship with each other. Grade 6 students learn about … Continue reading Middle School on the Move for Sukkot
Mrs. Frisby’s Grade 6 Language Arts class completed a long-term written and oral presentation project about the books they read this summer. Each student gave a “gift” to the main character of their book and justified their choice of the gift by sharing character traits, themes, and specific textual examples from their book. The day … Continue reading Summer Reading Comes Alive for Grade 6
How can lower school and middle school students load trucks with Georgian peaches, mine for Idaho gold, and participate in an Alaskan dog race, all in one morning? By visiting the Fifth Grade State Fair! Each fifth grader created a detailed exhibit about one of the fifty states. Together, these exhibits showcased our country’s history, … Continue reading Grade 5 State Fair
As a sequel to “Apple Valley Days” when Grade 3 simulated life in an 1865 school house, our students traveled to Oregon Ridge to participate in a simulation of walking the Oregon Trail. In preparation, Mrs. Goldstein and Mrs. Hellman helped the children to refit and decorate toy wagons, transforming them into Conestogas. Once the … Continue reading 3rd Graders Walk the Oregon Trail
The Lower School celebrated Earth Day this week learning about many of nature’s gifts: clean water, fertile soil, the ability to harness the wind’s power and the sun’s energy, and the creative force and reflective nature of humankind. Throughout the day, the students participated in hands-on learning activities that integrated art, literature, science, prayer, and … Continue reading Earth Day Celebrations
On Wednesday morning, Morah Vered’s 6th grade Language Arts students had the unique opportunity to meet a young, Jewish woman who is both deaf and legally blind. Accompanied by Jax, her service dog, and Dr. Sheryl Cooper, her interpreter, Sarah joined our class to tell her inspiring story of adversity, resilience, and triumph. Her visit … Continue reading A Lesson in Strength and Spirit
Passover is just around the corner and this is quite evident as you walk the halls of Krieger Schechter’s Lower School and hear selections of the Haggadah being recited in every classroom. In fact, our kindergartners have been busy creating their very own Haggadot to use at both their model seder here at school and … Continue reading Passover is in the Air in Krieger Schechter’s Lower School
As part of our “Friend to Friend” program, Krieger Schechter 1st graders and their 5th grade “friends” went to Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital to share in the joy of Purim. The children paraded through the residential floors dressed in Purim costumes and singing holiday songs. Following the singing, they spent a few minutes … Continue reading Friends Sharing the Joy of Purim
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 as well as 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
There was much to celebrate at Krieger Schechter, as yet another group of children marked their learning to read in Hebrew. On Tuesday, February 5, the students of Kitah Aleph celebrated this important accomplishment with a short presentation emphasizing the letters of the alef-bet with sayings well known in modern Hebrew and in our tradition. Each child was presented … Continue reading First Graders Celebrate Siyyum HaSefer
Award-winning author Doreen Rappaport challenged KSDS students to find their voices as writers as she related her own experiences in becoming a published author. Her enthusiasm for the writing process and the research involved captivated students, who shared interesting insights and asked thoughtful questions. Many thanks to the Silverman/Brown families, whose generosity made this program possible.
In honor of Tu B’Svhat, the 6th graders presented the annual “Great Fruit Debate.” Through speech, art and song/dance, each team showed creativity, profundity and talent in trying to persuade our judges to select that team’s fruit as a new 8th fruit to celebrate on Tu B’Shvat. As 5th graders in the audience cheered them … Continue reading Great Fruit Debate
What’s in a Shabbat Box? Just ask our kindergartners who have been very busy preparing for their upcoming Kabbalat Shabbat program. The children have decorated a Kiddush cup, candlesticks, and a challah cover. They have made Shabbat candles out of beeswax. This week the students braided and baked challot to be served at our kindergarten family Shabbat dinner. Shabbat Shalom!
Last week Morah Vered’s sixth grade Language Arts students taught a grammar lesson to Mrs. Baylin’s first graders. This undertaking began with four sixth graders, including Sarah H., Morgan S., Sarah R., and Amanda T., who volunteered to work during lunch/recess to create a PowerPoint presentation, an interactive ENO board activity, and a handout that … Continue reading Student Grammarians
KSDS Lower School celebrated the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week by hearing stories, watching videos, and participating in simulations that shared Dr. King’s message of courage, respect, equality and peace. In each classroom, the children discussed how Dr. King’s dream lives on through our actions and deeds. At the end of … Continue reading Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration
It’s cold and flu season, and KSDS 1st graders have turned this into an opportunity for community service. Their research taught them that the best way to prevent the spread of germs at school is by thoroughly washing hands. Each student designed and created a decorative poster for our school’s bathrooms that explains when and … Continue reading All Hands on Deck for Health!
What It Means To Be A Jew. Many a person has tried to answer that, but no one has done it in quite the manner as our visiting slam poet, Andrew Lustig. Last week, Andrew Lustig began his poetry session by performing his original poem I Am Jewish. Andrew led the eighth grade students through … Continue reading Slam Poet Workshop with Grade 8
Krieger Schechter was honored to welcome two Israeli scouts, bringing with them the torch and flame from the graves of the Macabees in Israel, to help the school celebrate the last days of Chanukah! With singing, spontaneous dancing, questions and answers, we celebrated with our friends from Israel, and saw our chanukiyah be lit with … Continue reading The Light of Chanukah
The second graders want to thank you for all of your donations to our annual Toy Drive!! We just completed our mitzvah and loaded the truck to capacity! Please see all of our smiling faces in the photo! We can only imagine the smiling faces of all of the children who will be recipients of … Continue reading Second Grade Toy Drive
Friends come in many forms at Krieger Schechter– from classmates, to reading partners, to teammates and playground companions. Throughout the school year, Lower School and Middle School students are partnered in our Friend to Friend program. By learning, playing and celebrating together, our students learn that another opportunity to make a new friend is always … Continue reading Building Community
“You are my witness”. These words are engraved into the wall at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In early December, as our 8th graders walked through the permanent exhibit at the museum, they expressed the feeling of being overwhelmed by all of the images, the voices, the names, the stories. Despite class readings, discussions, … Continue reading 8th Grade Holocaust Studies
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 that it takes many … Continue reading Grade 1 Celebrates Hanukkah
Please check out this video with highlights from “Green Day” made by our Lower School technology teacher, Mrs. Levine.
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.
Krieger Schechter’s Lower School celebrated Green Day this week as part of a week-long focus on Appreciation. During the celebration, the students rotated through stations where they focused on learning about the natural world and what they can do to help protect it. The children participated in sessions including a playground simulation about the scarcity … Continue reading Green Day Celebration
Why did the turkey cross the road? To join the Pilgrims and American Indians at a Thanksgiving Feast! KSDS Lower School students joined together at a Thanksgiving Feast to celebrate the holiday in true Krieger Schechter style — with friends, with song, and with opportunities to give back to our community. At the Feast, the students sang … Continue reading Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving
Students wore blue and white on Monday to show support for the land and people of Israel. As we gathered for a group photo, everyone burst out in a round of Hebrew song. The message was clear, we stand proudly with Israel. עם ישראל חי
Well over 200 people – parents, students from K-8th grade and friends – attended our 2nd Annual Schechter Science Showcase, as families experienced, learned and explored science throughout the afternoon. Each family rotated through specific sessions facilitated by teachers, parents and alumni, built on various topics within the disciplines of science, math, engineering and technology. … Continue reading Schechter Science Showcase
Our first graders had a great time participating in November’s Apple Investigation Day. In a science experiment, the students had the opportunity to test various liquids and their effects on the browning of apples. In addition, they measured and weighed, wrote poetry describing apples using their senses, made apple patterns, graphed, and of course, sampled several varieties of … Continue reading Apple Investigation!
As a wrap-up to their unit on Civics and the Election, the 7th Grade recently visited the Capitol in Washington, D.C. for a tour and a private meeting with Senator Ben Cardin. The Senator, addressing the entire class, discussed the issue of separation of church and state in relation to how he views his role as … Continue reading Grade 7 Visits the Capitol
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 them come … Continue reading “The Immigrant’s Trunk”
We are honored to have had a special guest with us in 7th grade morning minyan on Monday – Senator Ben Cardin received an aliyah to celebrate his recent reelection to the U.S. Senate. In addition to being one of our U.S. senators, Senator Cardin is also the grandfather of two KSDS students, one of … Continue reading Senator Cardin Davens with Grade 7
On Friday, November 9, we commemorated Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, which took place in Germany and Austria on November 9 and 10, 1938. These events mark the beginning of the Holocaust. In grades 2-4, there was a short program led by our librarians, Sonia Kozlovsky and Laurie Margolies. The children listened to the … Continue reading Kristallnacht
Students across all middle school grades participated in learning activities in Social Studies classes to prepare for, and follow along with, Election Day. 5th graders designed their own candidate, complete with a particular stand on key issues, and examined political cartoons related to the presidential candidates. 6th graders used a sample ballot as the means for discussing important issues in … Continue reading Middle School Covers the Elections!
What makes a good leader? This question was on the minds of KSDS lower schoolers this month as they learned about the candidates running for national, local and school offices. The students learned about positive and negative campaign strategies, studied issues and debates, and participated in an exciting simulation that demonstrated how the popular vote and … Continue reading Leaders We Believe In
With thoughts of Superstorm Sandy flooding our memories, it’s hard to remember that just last week we were enjoying beautiful 80 degree days! On one of these extraordinary afternoons, our 2nd grade math team took advantage of the balmy weather by taking the learning outside, allowing the students to explore their environment using metric and standard measures of … Continue reading How did Mother Nature Measure Up?
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”
Israeli teacher, Ronit Lugasi, who is a winner of this year’s “Teacher of the Country” recognition, visited KSDS to share about the joys and challenges of teaching in Ashkelon (Baltimore’s sister city in Israel). Ronit spoke in Hebrew to the students, discussing schooling in Israel, the challenges of teaching under the threat of missiles. Ronit’s … Continue reading Grade 8 Learns from “Teacher of the Country”
7th graders met with a guest speaker from the Israeli Defense Forces who had lived in Baltimore his entire life until he went to Israel for a post-high school trip. Chaim Ani travelled to Israel and realized that he wanted to stay and join the army. He is back in Baltimore now for a short time, … Continue reading Grade 7 Meets with Israeli Soldier
4th Graders recently completed reading Yang the Youngest and his Terrible Ear by Lensey Namioka, and explored the music and sports themes introduced in the book throughout this week. The students participated in a book chat where they discussed the traits of various characters, and worked collaboratively to create Character Posters which depicted those traits. They investigated how … Continue reading Grade 4 is On the Ball!
Here at Krieger Schechter our curriculum is often enhanced by the contributions of our parents. Following the study of “The Story of Creation” in Humash, our first graders under the direction of a first grade parent, created colorful murals depicting their interpretations for each day of creation.
Today in Kindergarten we brought our bears on a “Bil” hunt. He wasn’t in the book room. He wasn’t near the bathroom. He wasn’t near the basketball nets. He wasn’t in the Berman lobby. We found him in his office. He joined us in the Berman Lobby and brought a basket with baggies containing blueberries … Continue reading Kindergarten Hunts for Bil
KSDS Lower Schoolers celebrated American tradition, innovation and achievement this week as they celebrated the school’s first USA Day. From a historical perspective, the students learned about the symbolism of the American flag and other American icons, and then created their own personal flags. Integrating physical education and music, the students square danced to Turkey in the … Continue reading Hooray! Hooray, for the USA!
Our third grade Judaic Studies classes recently read the Humash story about how Jacob bought the birthright from Esau for a bowl of lentil soup and bread. This sale enabled Jacob to become the leader of the family upon the death of Isaac. In class, the students discussed which qualities would make a good family leader … Continue reading Grade 3 Tastes “Biblical Lentil Soup”
Everything is viewed as an opportunity for learning at KSDS, and that includes this week’s visit from the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Department. After the older students returned to their classrooms following a scheduled fire drill, the Kindergartners had the opportunity to meet with several firefighters to learn about fire fighting equipment and to discuss fire safety. Our youngest students were able … Continue reading Fire Fighting Friends
7th graders explored the Sukkot concept that a temporary, fragile structure must be treated as our permanent, strong home for the week of the holiday. To reinforce this idea, student teams competed in games designed to make fragile things seem more strong. Teams received points for how tall they could build a lego tower, how … Continue reading Fragility Games
“This was our best day ever!” These words echoed through the first grade hallway at Krieger Schechter the other day. The children had just returned from a “Sukkah Hop” where they visited the sukkot of two of their classmates. In each sukkah various aspects of the holiday were discussed. The discussions were followed by a healthy snack. In addition to visiting the … Continue reading The Best Day Ever!
On October 4, the fifth grade visited the Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center. The games we played relied on teamwork and communication, as small groups took on tasks such as crossing an imaginary spider web or rescuing a rubber chicken. The students also cheered each other on during individual “challenge by choice” climbing activities. The … Continue reading Genesee Valley
On Thursday, the second day of Hol haMo’ed Sukkot, KSDS 6th graders and our visitors from Ashkelon experienced the harvest festival at Kayam Farm at the Pearlstone Center. The students participated in a variety of activities that illustrated the mitzvot pertaining to the harvest, such as the rule that farmers must leave the corners of … Continue reading The Mitzvah of The Harvest
What do you get when you combine “Fifty Nifty United States” with 36 adorable second graders? A spirited Parade of States! Krieger Schechter’s second graders showcased their research skills, presentation skills and listening skills this week as each student addressed the entire grade about his or her assigned state. Clearly, the future of our nation is in … Continue reading Parade of States
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 Learning Through First Hand Experiences
Mrs. Nesky’s 8th grade Algebra 2 students produced original works of digital art to explain different types of lines and slopes. In this photo, her class is participating in a Gallery Walk of these original creations. Students are completing a peer review worksheet which will assist them in the revision process.
Having begun the study of the book of Breishit, Genesis, with the Jewish story of creation, we approached the the season of the New Year with its many themes focusing on trying to better understand our relationship with God. Comparing the Hebrew words for creation Vayivra and Vayezer, with the Piyut, the liturgical poem read … Continue reading Are We Indeed Like Clay?
Middle School students have begun a great soccer season – having a blast as they are learning, developing and competing as a team. Good games have been played by all teams, and we are proud of all of their accomplishments! Go Lions!!
If you had one wish to grant, and a friend who really needed some important gifts, what would you wish for her? KSDS first graders pondered this very question as they celebrated the Earth’s birthday in anticipation of Rosh HaShanah. “If I could give the World a birthday gift,” they wrote, “I would give it…clean … Continue reading One Wish
The 8th grade was happy to welcome Ariel Kotler, a representative from the Jewish National Fund (JNF), to give our students an update on current JNF projects in Israel. Our guest helped the students learn more about the current water and weather situations, and discussed ways that Jews around the world can make a difference. … Continue reading 8th Grade Speaker from Jewish National Fund
Our fourth graders recently had the opportunity to learn about the Japanese story-telling format called Kamishibai. A group of 10 fourth graders were elected to be part of our Kamishibai Hebrew enrichment program. Over the course of the school year, these students will meet weekly with Morah Ann Berman during recess and exchange drawings and … Continue reading It’s a Small World After All
After days of clues and games, the 8th graders learned the selection for their 8th grade all-Hebrew musical – Oklahoma!! The year “1907” was posted around the middle school (the year that Oklahoma became a state!) and 8th graders received packets of grits (southern/western food) as they came into school on Thursday. After making their … Continue reading O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A!
Middle School students prepared for the commemoration of the 9/11 attacks by conducting oral history interviews with their parents and grandparents, reflecting on their experiences from the event. Excerpts from some students’ interviews were shared over the loudspeaker in the morning in a beautiful presentation. A moment of silence and a reading of Sim Shalom … Continue reading MS Commemorates 9/11
In preparation for the holiday of Rosh Hashana, our first and second graders learned first-hand about the process of making a shofar. The program, which was conducted by Rabbi Baron from the Lubavitch Educational Center, began with a discussion about which animals are considered kosher, permitting their horns to be used as a shofar. The … Continue reading First and Second Graders Learn to Make a Shofar
Team spirit filled the halls of Krieger Schechter this week as students dressed in their favorite teams’ colors in celebration of the Orioles’ Race for 1st Place. Although the students donned the colors of their favorite teams — the Orioles, the Mets, the Red Sox and even the Yankees — they were united in their … Continue reading Orioles Magic!
5th grade students have already begun to learn the “trope” – the special notes – for chanting directly from the Torah during prayer services. This amazing skill is something that all 5th graders will have gained by the end of the year, growing in confidence, leadership and responsibility for taking care of that part of … Continue reading 5th Graders Begin Learning Torah Trope
8th graders have begun to explore the world of motion and physics, beginning with concepts related to speed (as a function of distance and time). One recent lab activity had students discovering the effects of small changes in one’s walking pace on one’s overall speed.
Advancing to the next grade at Krieger Schechter isn’t just about acquiring new skills in academic areas such as Reading, Math and Hebrew, it’s also about growing as a community member. Since the beginning of the school year, our incoming 4th grade safety patrollers have been learning about respect, responsibility and effective leadership with Dr. … Continue reading Preparing our Patrols
Smiles, friends, hugs, high-fives and general all-around excitement were the themes of the first day of school for the Middle School. From our brand-new 5th graders, to the 8th grade new “seniors” of the school, Middle School students eagerly greeted their teachers and classmates, and excitedly set up their lockers, binders and school supplies. After … Continue reading Middle School – First Day
On the first day of school, the 7th graders who will become bar mitzvah this semester began wearing tefillin, to gain practice, comfort and expertise in the mitzvah. One of the most visible differences once someone becomes bar mitzvah is the wearing of tefillin; students who had already learned how to “wrap” tefillin worked with … Continue reading A New Year, A New Mitzvah
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.
Congratulations to the newest members of our KSDS community – the Kindergarteners of 2012-2013. In less than one week, these remarkable children have begun to form their own community, making new friends and learning to work together to face new challenges, under the leadership of a dedicated team of educators. Look out, Krieger Schechter – these … Continue reading Welcome to Kindergarten!
It has been a wonderfully celebratory week for our 8th grade students! Following their joyful return from Israel earlier in the week (and some much-needed rest and laundry!), 8th graders put on their finest and danced the night away together at the 8th Grade Dinner Dance. After a night of music, food and dancing, students … Continue reading 8th Grade Graduation and Celebrations
5th graders culminated their study of the United States of America by presenting an interactive, fun and educational State Fair to the school! Each student researched a different state, and created a “booth” with information about that state, and fun activities and food related to that state’s history and culture. Lower School and Middle School … Continue reading 5th Grade State Fair
Our fourth graders had the opportunity to learn about the Japanese story-telling format called Kamishibai. A group of 15 fourth graders elected to be part of our Kamishibai Hebrew enrichment program. Over the course of the school year, these students met weekly during recess and exchanged drawings and written Hebrew compositions with students from an elementary school … Continue reading Skype with Israel – It’s a Small World After All
What’s the most beautiful sound in the world? It just might be children’s voices joined together in song. So imagine the school’s delight this week, as we had the opportunity to hear our Lower School Choir performing at their Spring Concert. Nearly 50 3rd and 4th graders, under the direction of Sara Fuld, shared traditional songs and contemporary hits, incorporating … Continue reading Lower School Choir Concert
Our 8th grade students are coming to the close of their two-week visit to Israel. The students have had a blast, touring the country, hiking, meeting people, learning Israeli history, experiencing Shabbat and daily prayer in our ancient homeland, and living in the land that is our heritage. We await their return next week to … Continue reading 8th Graders in Israel
We are very proud of the KSMS students who competed at the Jr. Maccabi regional games in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania two weeks ago. Congratulations to our students, who participated in games and competition with other Jewish pre-teens in the Mid-Atlantic area, in these sports – basketball, soccer, tennis and swimming!
KSDS first graders learned about the rich history of illumination, the art of decorating literary works and Jewish religious texts. The children learned about this rich history through the KSDS Parent Association-sponsored “Picture Parent Program.” Our first graders were taken on a special tour of the Hendler Learning Center at Chizuk Amuno Congregation to view examples … Continue reading Everything is Illuminating – 1st Grade Picture Parent
4th Graders explored the Chesapeake Bay this week aboard two of the Living Classrooms Foundation’s floating classrooms, the Lady Maryland and the Sigsbee. As part of an ongoing study of Maryland this year, the students learned about the Chesapeake’s economy and ecology, and participated in activities designed to help them understand the impact of humans on … Continue reading 4th Grade Afloat!
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, and B’racha Lang, along with our equally talented music … Continue reading “Keep the Dream Alive”
It has been a thrilling week as the 3rd grade hosted 2 very special events — Biome Day and a visit from the Baltimore Zoo’s ZooMobile. During Biome Day, the students traveled the world, visiting grasslands and tundra, deserts and marshland. In each center, the students conducted experiments to better understand the conditions under which the … Continue reading 3rd Grade Endangered Species Programs
5th graders and their parents spent a day last week in the heart of Philadelphia – touring sites related to early American history and early Jewish history in America as well. Parents, students and teachers all enjoyed the day trip (as you can see in this picture of Ben Franklin’s carriage)!
7th graders spent three glorious days last week in New York City! Connected to their social studies and Jewish history classes about the growth of cities and Jewish immigration to the United States, this trip gave students the opportunity to learn, explore, and have a tremendous amount of fun together! Highlights included: a Broadway show, … Continue reading 7th Grade New York Trip
This year’s theme? A surprise! Students dressed and ready for a traditional Spirit Day Color War quickly discovered that MS Spirit Day had become the Hunger Games! Working in teams, our “districts” competed in games and contests, showing which district was most worthy of being the champion. A fun time was had by all thanks … Continue reading Middle School Spirit Day!
Our 6th graders have returned (a bit tired!) from their 4-day, 3-night nature retreat at the Pearlstone Center. As part of the Teva program, our students went on hikes, learned about conservation,and explored our environmental responsibilities, all from a fun, Jewish, spirit-filled perspective! Campfires, group sing-a-longs, great counselors and more filled the days with fun … Continue reading 6th Grade Teva Overnight Trip
Our second grade Humash (Torah) curriculum focuses on the life of Abraham with an emphasis on Abraham’s connection to God and to the Land of Israel. By looking at his positive character traits, the students come to view Abraham as a role model. As a culminating activity this week, the students enjoyed an interactive white board lesson … Continue reading 2nd Grade Humash Study
Guten tag! Hoy! Konichiwa! Bonjour! This week, our First Grade hosted the 1st Annual KSDS World’s Fair as a culmination of their study of Communities Around the World. In school, each student had the opportunity to research one of the world’s nations, studying its geography, economy and national symbols, as well as aspects of its traditional … Continue reading 1st Annual 1st Grade World’s Fair
To celebrate Lag Ba’Omer and the traditional lighting of bonfires (symbolizing the light of Torah study, even in the face of persecution), 5th and 6th graders made creative (non-fire) bonfires out of craft and natural materials. Students “earned” different types of materials by answering questions about Torah verses that they studied, and worked together to … Continue reading 5th & 6th Grade Lag Ba’Omer “Bonfires”
What a celebration! The entire KSDS community – students, parents, teachers and guests – joined together for an evening of singing, in honor of Dr. Schneider. The evening included songs sung by each grade-level in the school, and featured some of Dr. Schneider’s favorite songs, along with songs about Israel (his favorite place!). What a … Continue reading Erev Zemer – Evening of Song
This week our first graders and their parents celebrated “Yom Sh’ma,” an afternoon of exploration, learning, creating and, of course, eating. The program focused on the Sh’ma prayer, which is the central prayer in the Siddur and is recited every morning and every evening. The first paragraph of the Sh’ma commands us: V’Shinantam L’vanecha, and you shall … Continue reading First Grade Yom Sh’ma
It was Teacher Appreciation Week this week, and each day our dynamic Parents Association members treated the KSDS faculty to wonderful surprises. The teachers felt appreciated, and also took time to treasure some of the other gifts received this year: Bright, inquisitive students who eagerly enter the school each morning, Creative, caring faculty members and … Continue reading Teacher Appreciation Week
During the Middle School Instructional Showcase, guests were treated to great entertainment from our 5th grade Recorder Ensemble, and the 6th, 7th and 8th grade Music Ensembles. Playing instruments new to many students this year, these mini “garage-bands” performed current radio hits as well as traditional and modern Hebrew songs. We are so proud of … Continue reading MS Music Bands Rock It Out!
Middle School parents and students joined together to celebrate the innovative, creative and high-level learning that has taken place throughout the school year. Families browsed through tables of project displays, writing samples, art and woodshop creations, video productions and more, reflecting a year of learning in all of the disciplines. Thank you for a great … Continue reading Middle School Instructional Showcase
Imagine my delight at having the opportunity to share dinner conversation with Louisa May Alcott, Wanda Gag, Georgia O’Keefe, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Helen Keller and Ella Fitzgerald at the 3rd grade’s recreation of the Judy Chicago Dinner Party this week. At the dinner table, the famous female artists and authors, played by the students who … Continue reading 3rd Grade Judy Chicago Dinner Party
Middle School students experienced the emotional highs and lows that occur in Israel over the two days this week including Memorial Day for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers (Yom HaZikaron) and Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzma’ut). Students participated in a moving ceremony honoring Israeli soldiers, including some members of our school’s own families. The next day, we … Continue reading MS Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzma’ut
As a culminating program for our 8th grade year-long integrated curricular exploration of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, we were privileged to hear the author, Rebecca Skloot, speak to a large audience at Essex Community College. Our students heard insights directly from the author about her experience with this amazing story and Henrietta Lacks’ … Continue reading 8th Grade HeLa Author Chat and Hopkins Visit
Our Lower School marked Israel’s 64th 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, viewed a video on Israel, and dined at the “Krieger Felafel Cafe.” Our afternoon of fun culminated in … Continue reading LS Celebrates Israel Independence Day
Do you remember the very first time you were able to balance in a headstand? The thrill of crossing the balance beam without assistance? The exhilarating feeling of climbing to the top of gymnasium? While developing their self-confidence, coordination, strength and balance, KSDS Lower Schoolers are celebrating their achievements this week in tumbling and gymnastics.
Middle School students honored the memory of those who had to endure the horrors of the Holocaust. 8th grade students presented images from their visual journals, reflecting on their studies of the Holocaust and their visit to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. 7th and 8th grade choir students evoked feelings and meaning through their beautiful … Continue reading Middle School Yom HaShoah Commemoration
On April 17th, the 7th grade enjoyed a day of discovery at The Gettysburg National Military Park. Students were led through the re-enactment of “Pickett’s Charge” in conjunction with the Gettysburg Park Ranger program. During the program, students received soldier identities, marched a mile across an open field, examined primary source documents, got to see … Continue reading 7th Grade Gettysburg Field Trip
The Lower School commemoration of Yom HaShoah for grades 2-4 was conducted by our 4th grade students in the chapel on April 19. Emphasis was placed on the positive impact that we can have as human beings, even in the midst of tragedy. Last year, the program included essays in Hebrew written by our 4th … Continue reading Lower School Commemorates Yom HaShoah
As part of ongoing friendship groups occurring throughout the Lower School with Dr. Buck, Morah Reznik’s kindergarten class participated in a group about respect. Respect was defined as treating someone the way you want to be treated and being considerate of other people’s feelings. Dr. Buck presented different situations and potential conflicts in which students … Continue reading Friendships
Kol HaKavod (all the honor) to the fantastic students in the 8th grade class – your production of Peter Pan, entirely in Hebrew, wowed three straight sold-out audiences, and your matinee revue for the K-5th grade students was a wonderfully fun, interactive theater and learning experience. We are so proud of the students’ dedication to … Continue reading Peter Pan – An Amazing 8th Grade Hebrew Musical!
The grade 6 scientists have just completed their science fair projects. After learning the scientific method (hypothesis, variables,materials, procedure, data, graph, and conclusion), the young scientists performed their experiments at home. They presented their findings to their classmates with a tri-board display. The students enjoyed using scientific inquiry to solve problems, and we loved the … Continue reading 6th Grade Science Fair Projects
As you walk down the Lower School hallways at Krieger Schechter, signs of Passover preparation are everywhere! Kindergartners 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. … Continue reading Passover Preparations in the Lower School!
KSDS 4th graders spend much of the year learning about Maryland’s natural resources, geography, government, history, famous citizens and … food! Last week, the 4th graders shared their knowledge by inviting the entire Lower School to the Maryland Awards, where achievement awards were presented to innovators Benjamin Banneker and Peter Cooper, human rights activists Thomas … Continue reading 4th Grade Maryland Memories
Many Krieger Schechter Middle School helped make phone calls on behalf of the JNF (Jewish National Fund) last month at the organization’s “Green Sunday.” KSMS students helped raise money and awareness for continuing ecological needs in Israel, and worked together with adult volunteers from across the community. Kol HaKavod (Great Job!)! Image from: support.jnf.org
On any Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, the sound of the KSMS rock bands – our music ensembles – can be heard in the hallways. Playing a wide array of instruments, from piano to drums, from viola to guitar, KSMS students learn to perform modern songs, complete with vocals. We love the spirit and talent of … Continue reading Middle School Music Ensemble Rocks!
A small group of Krieger Schechter parents gathered on a beautiful spring evening for a “behind the scenes” session on the teaching of Passover. The workshop was led by representatives from our Lower and Middle School Judaic Studies faculty. The teachers presented a Kindergarten through 8th grade view of our Passover curriculum, which was followed … Continue reading Passover Parent-Teacher Workshop
This past Thursday, eighteen ESOL students from Patterson High School visited Krieger Schechter. Hari and Bhola, Bhutanese refugees who lived in Nepal, Lisbeth from the Dominican Republic, and Marvin from the Philippines shared personal stories with the 6th and 7th graders. They spoke about life in their native countries, and their lives now in the … Continue reading Teen Immigrants Visit 6th and 7th Grades
8th graders have been rehearsing for the past months, getting ready for their upcoming all-Hebrew musical production of “Peter Pan!” With everyone’s hard work, scenes, dances and songs are almost ready for opening night! We look forward to welcoming KSDS families at one of our three performances – Monday 3/26, Tuesday 3/27 or Wednesday 3/28 … Continue reading 8th Grade Play Rehearsals
In preparation for our upcoming visiting author Debbie Waldman, her beautifully illustrated book, A Sack Full of Feathers, was read to each class in the Lower School. In this adaptation of an old Jewish folktale, a young boy learns a valuable lesson about lashon ha’ra (gossip). The book was read and discussed during Judaic Studies and … Continue reading What Do Feathers and Gossip Have in Common?
Our first graders made many new friends this week as they immersed themselves in their study of geography and world cultures. ESOL students from Patterson High School, trained in storytelling by KSDS parent and professional storyteller Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff, traveled to KSDS to share stories of their families and their homelands. The children were enchanted by … Continue reading Storytellers Travel to KSDS
It was a wonderfully fun Purim day at KSDS! 8th grade students proudly chanted from the Megillah, according to traditional Megillat Ester trope, and helped the entire K-8 school fulfill the mitzvah of hearing the Megillah on Purim. While all of our students were dressed in fun, creative costumes, larger-than-life costumed characters roamed the Sanctuary … Continue reading Purim in the Middle School!
At a time when we face political and religious extremism in our society and in the world at large, it is so encouraging and gratifying to meet Mr. Mamoun Asady of Deir Al-Assad, Israel. This week, Mr. Asady, a friend of Krieger Schechter Day school parent, Dr. Desmond Kaplan, met with the eighth grade class … Continue reading 8th Grade Learns About Israeli Arab Perspective
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 middle school students. Following the reading of the Megilah, it was time for “Bargain Baffle,” a Purim lottery where students have the opportunity to win prizes donated by faculty … Continue reading Lower School Celebrates Purim
KSDS Lower School joined the 3rd grade wagon train last week as the pioneers led us westward on a fun-filled, musical adventure. Traveling by wagon, by river and by rail, we encountered many challenges along the trail as we pursued land, opportunity and gold! For more pictures from the 3rd grade play, please click the link … Continue reading Wagons, Ho! – the 3rd Grade Play
Our 4th grade students created an art project in the style of Yaakov Agam’s lenticular printing. Each student juxtaposed two images, a hand-drawn depiction of one or more of the Ten Plagues from their Humash studies, alongside a photo of a site or scene in modern Israel with that child’s photo superimposed, placing him/her at the … Continue reading 4th Grade Judaics Classes Create “Agam-ographs”
Thank you to all of our 6th grade families for a wonderful, warm and fun Shabbat evening last week. Our 6th graders led us in Friday night davening (communal, “in-the-round style), and then we all joined together for a fun and spirited Friday night dinner. The evening included a strong sense of community, Jewish celebration, … Continue reading 6th Grade Family Shabbat Dinner and Service
Monday night saw an amazing KSMS experience – students and parents from the 8th grade participated in an inter-disciplinary book chat evening, discussing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, from three curricular lenses: literature/language arts, science, and Rabbinics/ethics. We were so pleased to be joined by many members of Henrietta Lacks’ family as … Continue reading 8th Grade HeLa Parent-Student Book Chat
KSDS Lower Schoolers springboarded their learning as they incorporated Leap Day activities into their week’s experiences. In math class, the students measured their own leaps, and used their data to discuss units of measurement and data analysis. Fourth graders found friends in Kindergarten and helped them make origami frogs. Students made weekly “jumps” on the calendar, … Continue reading Learning By “Leaps” and Bounds
To celebrate the beginning of the month which includes the holiday of Purim, KSMS students enjoyed “Crazy Hat Day” on Rosh Hodesh Adar! Creativity and fun abounded, as we welcomed the month of Adar with all of the fun and silliness that it deserves! If Rosh Hodesh Adar was this much fun, then we can … Continue reading MS Crazy Hat Day – Rosh Hodesh Adar
We are very lucky to have so many of our alumni who choose to come back to KSDS to teach, intern or otherwise help in many capacities. Many of our alumni, now students at Beth T’filoh High School, ho choose to come back to KSMS on Wednesday mornings to lead our middle school students in … Continue reading KSDS Alumni Back at School
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 … Continue reading When We Enter the Month of Adar, Our Happiness Increases
As a culmination of their study of astronomy, 3rd and 4th graders were treated to a visit to Towson University’s Mobile Planetarium this week. Inside the inflatable dome, the students used the Big Dipper to locate the North Star, Polaris, and witnessed, in “quick time,” how the stars appear to revolve around Polaris throughout the … Continue reading Starry, Starry Afternoon?
The middle day of our Learning Festival takes us out of the school building – and what an amazing day it was! The entire Middle School spent the day at the JCC, participating in sports races, games and friendly competitions as part of our Olympics celebration. Students signed up in advance for the sports and … Continue reading Learning Festival Olympics Day at the JCC
This week is our annual Middle School Learning Festival – a 3-day period when we take a “break” from the regular curriculum and give students the chance to explore a theme or topic throughout the disciplines, in hands-on workshops and activities, while learning from the expertise of outside presenters. This year’s Learning Festival is a … Continue reading MS Learning Festival – Let the Games Begin!
In the Lower School we offer a Hebrew Homework Room at no charge on Monday – Thursday afternoons from 3:30pm – 4:00pm. One classroom is staffed by Judaic Studies teachers who provide assistance in the completion of Judaic Studies homework for grades 1 and 2 and a second room is staffed by Judaic Studies teachers … Continue reading LS Hebrew Homework Room
To a first grader, what is a rectangle? A three syllable word? A two-dimensional geometric figure? In art class, our students viewed rectangles as raw material to create wintertime collages. The first graders observed themselves in mirrors, then unlocked the potential of each rectangle to represent human forms, jackets and sleeves, boots, scarves and hats. … Continue reading 1st Grade – Cutting Edge Creativity
In honor of Tu B’Svhat, the 6th graders presented the annual “Great Fruit Debate.” Through speech, art and song/dance, each team showed creativity, profundity and talent in trying to persuade our judges to select that team’s fruit as a new 8th fruit to celebrate on Tu B’Shvat. As 5th graders in the audience cheered them … Continue reading 6th Grade Great Fruit Debate
As we get excited for next week’s annual basketball tournament, KSDS students came to a fabulous, fun pep rally to support our teams! Led by the KSMS cheerleaders and the KSDS Lion mascots, the entire school cheered for students on the Boys’ and Girls’ A and B teams. The highlight of the Pep Rally was … Continue reading KSMS Pep Rally!
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 Celebrates Tu B’Shvat
Krieger Schechter Lower School experienced the glamour and excitement of the red carpet this week as celebrity 3rd graders presented the annual Womemmy Awards to 8 famous women from all walks of life. Among this year’s honorees were Julia Child, Eleanor Roosevelt, Beverly Cleary and Betsy Ross. The achievement awards were accepted by hard-working students … Continue reading 3rd Grade “Womemmy” Awards
On Monday, students from the 8th grade and KSMS Chamber Choir presented a beatiful, artistic program in honor of the life of Shoshana S. Cardin. Through music, drama, symbolism and story, the students retold key moments from the life of this amazing Jewish communal leader, emphasizing the importance of learning, respect, Jewish community and love … Continue reading KSMS Presentation of Shoshana Cardin: A Life’s Journey
On Wednesday, January 24th our 6th and 7th grade student council representatives attended the AIMS Leadership Conference at Garrison Forest School. The conference consisted of a hands-on workshop about leadership styles and how that translates into working collaboratively with others. Through a series of simulations, our student council reps learned how to build strong teams with … Continue reading MS Student Council at AIMS Leadership Conference
There was much to celebrate at Krieger Schechter, as yet another group of children marked their learning to read in Hebrew. On Thursday, February 2, 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. Each child was presented with … Continue reading First Graders Celebrate Siyyum HaSefer
The world is full of wonder, and humans have been cataloguing the Wonders of the World since ancient times. Our 4th graders had the opportunity to learn about the Wonders as an extension of their Social Studies unit on Ancient Greece. Each student collected information from print and digital sources, producing a research paper and … Continue reading Our Wonderful World – 4th Grade Wonders!
6th grade students in Morah Yehudit’s Tuesday tefillah class have been making mezuzot, in conjunction with their study of the Shema and the commandments in it. Working with a parent from the class, students first learned how to tie a set of tzitzit with the proper number of twists and knots, and explored the symbolism … Continue reading 6th Grade Tefillah – Mezuzah Project
It was a wonderful evening celebrating KSMS students’ accomplishments in the arts! At our annual Coffee House on Thursday night, the packed audience of parents and students were treated to performances from the Middle School music ensembles, choir, drama class scenes, 5th grade recorder group and 8th grade shadow puppet art/drama class. In addition, there … Continue reading Middle School Arts Coffee House
At Krieger Schechter writing is integrated across the curriculum. In their Judaic Studies classes, our 3rd graders have just completed a long-term project, incorporating recently acquired vocabulary to write short Hebrew stories about themselves. These stories were assembled by the children into attractive booklets and were shared with a 3rd grade class in Israel where … Continue reading 3rd Grade Writing in Hebrew
There are many storytellers and many stories, but did you know that our 2nd Graders are some of the most talented storytellers in town? On Wednesday, the 2nd Grade culminated their literature unit on Fairy Tales by entertaining the Lower School with a musical presentation of multiple versions of the Cinderella story. Cinderellas joined us … Continue reading Read Me a Memory, Tell Me a Tale – 2nd Grade Fairy Tales Play
Each week, 5th graders work with Dr. Moshe Shualy to learn the art and skill of chanting directly from the Torah, according to the traditional trope. Students approach their study with awe and great spirit, understanding the importance of the task they are undertaking; they stand in front of the Torah with care and diligence, … Continue reading 5th Graders Learning Torah Trope
2..4..6..8…Who Do We Appreciate…. Yes, this year KSMS has incorporated a Cheerleading Team into the After-School Sports program. The Coach and inspiration for this idea is Mrs. Gitomer. There are 18 girls that practice twice a week and cheer for our basketball teams every Thursday. The team really does a great job keeping the spectators … Continue reading KSMS Brand-New Cheerleading Team!
Everyone knows that children are a blessing. In the Lower School at Krieger Schechter Day School we are blessed with 181 children. But we are also blessed with parents. Our parents volunteer throughout the school year in many capacities, enhancing and enriching our program. This week, parent volunteers assisted in the kindergarten to braid and … Continue reading The Blessing of Parents
Amid a sea of purple, some of our youngest students participated in Fantasy Training Camp activities in Phys Ed class this week. The first graders practiced passing and receiving, and simulated agility drills using hurdles and tires. Everybody agreed that you can “have a ball” while getting great exercise!
Several 8th grade students have been working for the last weeks toward a creative presentation of the life story of Shoshana S. Cardin. In collaboration with a dramatist, a Jewish History teacher, and Mrs. Cardin, the students have learned about oral history and creative retelling of someone’s life. All parents of K-8 students are invited … Continue reading 8th Graders Prepare “Shoshana S. Cardin: A Life Journey”
Through song, poetry and an amazing self-made video production, our 5th graders presented a moving tribute to the life and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The students’ creative and meaningful presentation raised everyone’s awareness of continuing issues of tolerance, inequality and prejudice in our world, while emphasizing the ability that each of us … Continue reading 5th Grade MLK Program
What’s in a Shabbat Box? Just ask our kindergartners, who have been very busy preparing for their upcoming Kabbalat Shabbat program. The children have decorated a Kiddush cup, candlesticks, and a challah cover. They have made Shabbat candles out of beeswax. Next week the students will braid challot to be baked and served at our … Continue reading Kindergarten Shabbat Box
The Lower School students were entertained and inspired this week by a touching and thought-provoking program produced by our first graders. The young actors introduced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s values of respect, brotherhood, and peace, and applied those ideals in The Land of Many Colors, where the inhabitants of The Land learned that communication, … Continue reading 1st Grade MLK Play
Congratulations to the 7th grade and their families. We are so very proud of you and of your deep committment to the Family History Night program. Students, parents and grandparents shined as they told many fascinating stories reflecting the hardships, pride and connections to their past. Family origins ranging from Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Poland and … Continue reading 7th Grade Jewish Family History Night
What do lightning bolts, owls, and wands have to do with Krieger Schechter Middle School? If you haven’t heard, we are using the wisdom of J.K. Rowling to teach students the practical application of the Kavod Code. If you’ve ever seen the Harry Potter movies, you’ve no doubt noticed that, aside from the magic, Harry … Continue reading Middle School Advisory and Harry Potter
In conjunction with both their Humash and Hanukkah studies, our 4th grade Judaic Studies classes merged the symbolism of the burning bush with the custom of designing commemorative coins, which was prevalent during the time of the Maccabees. Each child created their own symbol on pencil and paper, and then using an embossing stylus transferred … Continue reading 4th Grade Copper Embossing – An Integrated Project
While many of us reflected on our family travels last week, 4th Graders reflected on the historical voyage that led to the founding of the state of Maryland. Students researched the crossing of the Ark and the Dove using primary and secondary sources, and used their research to create works of historical fiction documenting the … Continue reading 4th Grade Explores the Founding of Maryland
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’
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
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
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
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
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
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!”
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
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?
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!
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.
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!
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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).
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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!!
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
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!
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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”
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!!
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
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!
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”
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
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
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!”
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
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…
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…
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