Parashat Lech-Lecha
Candle Lighting 6:20 p.m.
Havdalah 7:27 p.m.
BerenTube 
It was Battle of the Grades on the annual RMBA Middle School Retreat. Students enjoyed activities such as zip lining, archery tag, swimming, marshmallow roasting, and an apache relay race. Everyone had a great time being away from the city (and homework) and bonding with one another.
Ultimate Parsha
As Avraham begins his ten tests in this week's parsha (Lech Lecha), the obvious question is why Hashem needs to test Avraham since He knows what the outcome will be. Rambam suggests that the audience and beneficiary of these tests is the outside world--those who observe Avraham's faith and gain from it. Ramban disagrees, arguing that Avraham himself is the beneficiary of these tests, as he learns about himself and realizes his full potential.

2 Truths & A Lie
We are excited to feature someone from the RMBA family in every issue of the Buzz via this fun game! Want to be featured? Email Tania Levenstein your 2 truths and a lie!

Bob Richard, Business Manager
1. I played college baseball for UMass
2. I used to work at Minute Maid Park
3. I saw Nolan Ryan pitch at Dodger Stadium

#instaberen 
Framing Jewish Education

The Covenant Foundation just published their journal, featuring RMBA on the homepage in a photo slideshow as well as blurbs and videos we submitted. The Covenant Foundation recognizes the diversity of strengths within the field of Jewish education in North America, across all denominations and settings. Framing Jewish Education, a project of   The Jewish Lens  and supported by  The Covenant Foundation , was created to engage teachers, students, and families in conversation about the value of Jewish education and illustrate the power of great teaching and learning via a curriculum based on visual literacy and text. Please click here and here to see the great work our upper school students did!
Sweet and Juicy

Mr. Riklin's 3T class has been working on fractions during their math time. This week they tried a new way of using a real world application for what they learned called  Mandarin Fractions.  Each student counted the number of segments in a mandarin orange, and then ate the corresponding number of segments based on the challenge questions asked. The lesson was sweet...and juicy! :-)
Parenting Education Meeting

On Tuesday evening we hosted our first parenting education meeting, sharing the results of both our lower school and upper school parenting surveys. Our counselors Stacey Laves-Khalifa and Elizabeth Miller reviewed the results and involved parents in a discussion of their parenting regarding a series of different scenarios. Click here to read through the lower school survey results...and stay tuned for next week when we will share upper school survey results!
Kit Kat Day

On Thursday our Upper School students had their first Kit Kat Day! To receive the delicious chocolates students had to say something nice about someone at RMBA. The compliment had to be something internal rather than external. Many students stood in line with those they were complimenting so that they could hear the nice thing being said about them.
Astro Spirit Day

Students and staff were invited to come dressed in their Astros gear on Friday in honor of their first home game in the World Series. RMBA wishes the Astros the best of luck in their games against the Dodgers this upcoming weekend. Go Stros!
Egg Boats

In correlation with Parshat Noach last week Morah Aviva's EC4 class created little Teivahs by making deviled eggs.They added a sail and enjoyed their yummy snack! The class also made rain as part of their science unit in connection to the great mabul (flood). It was so cool!
Save the Date
Join us at RMBA
on Tuesday, November 7, 2017
5:30 PM

to discuss the books
Upper School : American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers
by Nancy Jo Sales

Lower School: Blessings of a Skinned Knee
by Wendy Mogel
RMBA's Grandparents and
Special Friends Day

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Lower School grandparents and special friends are invited to join us for breakfast followed by special performances and activities.
RMBA's 5th Grade proudly presents:

´╗┐The 14th Annual
International Festival

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
11333 Cliffwood Dr., Houston, TX

2nd Annual
Rabbi Joseph Radinsky
Yom Chesed
Community Service Day

Sunday, December 10, 2017
9 AM - Noon @ RMBA

Adults, children, and families are invited to join together for a morning of community service.
There will be volunteer opportunities throughout the city and at RMBA.

Click on the image for additional info.
Athletic Updates
Please see the Beren Academy Calendar as your most up to date source for information. The  Week at a Glance  is a snapshot, but does not reflect any changes made after that date. 

Basketball Season is here
Please see the calendar for the practice schedule. Middle school will play their first games on November 2nd. High School will open up their regular season on November 7th. Sunday practices start this weekend for all teams. 
** Please note that not everyone will make the team. There is a minimum skill level for players on both the middle school and high school teams. 

Accessing the current schedule
Please re-sync your calendars weekly.
If you have any questions, please email Coach Cole at  chriscole@berenacademy.org.
Community Events
Kvetch or Kvell
Parenting Through a Jewish Perspective

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
7:30 PM

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Friendship Circle
Join the community-wide Friendship Walk at the Houston Zoo

Zoo Walk
Sunday, November 12, 2017
1 PM - 4 PM
11333 Cliffwood Dr., Houston, TX
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