Parashat Ki Tavo
Shabbat Candle Lighting 7:16 p.m.
Havdalah 8:23 p.m.
The past 2 weeks have been an emotional whirlwind for almost everyone across Houston. One of the most heartwarming things to see come out of the devastation is the community coming together to support and uplift each other. We hope you enjoy this video which tries to capture all of the chessed going on in our community.
Ultimate Parsha
In discussing freedom with our children, they naturally focus on things that they are  not  allowed to do. For example, children may not allowed be to text at the dinner table, leave dirty dishes in the sink, or wear anything they choose at school. In the United States we are not allowed to drive on the left side of the road. And in this week's parsha, Ki Tavo, Ramban approves of the view that we are not free to ignore the Torah shortcomings of others when we are in a position to help. Where is the freedom in these individual limitations?
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!

Rinat Alatin

1. I lived in Australia for 8 months.
2. My dream was to be a fashion designer.
3. I was once in the middle of the ocean on a small boat with 20 other teens and it took about a day to rescue us.

Chumash Centers

Morah Rivkie introduced her 3rd grade class to their weekly Chumash centers. In the words of Jonah Schneider "Who knew school could be so fun!"
Prints and Patterns

EC3 students in Morah Alyssa's class enjoyed creating patterns with their apple prints as part of their Rosh Hashana unit. Pictured above is Orin Gonik.
Harvey Healing

Morah Rinat's 4th grade class began their post flood healing by drawing and talking about their experience and emotions. Pictured above is Lior Shandelman.
Creativity Journals

The children in Morah Aviva's younger EC4 class are so excited to practice and continue to develop their writing skills this year! They sign in each morning by writing their names in their morning packets, and they are especially eager to express their creativity and imagination in their very own journals! Pictured above is Asher Berman.
Painting with Primaries

Students in Morah Dinu's younger EC2 class were excited for the paint to come out and begin their apple printing using primary colors. Apple printing was a very popular activity this week! Pictured above is Emma Setovi.
#Support H-Town

Bnei Akiva snifim (braches) from around the world show their support and love for Houston.
Gallery Walk

MS and HS students gathered together during our opening assembly on Tuesday morning and participated in a gallery walk. The purpose of the gallery walk was to provide a safe space for students to begin to process the recent events of Hurricane Harvey and the devastating floods our community experienced. The gallery walk also provided students a time to work together and talk about how the storm has affected them. Students were given sticky notes and were asked to walk around to each poster board, which posed questions about the storm, and answer the questions in their own words.
Flip Lessons

7th graders kick-started the year by working on their flip lesson model with Mrs. Rivkie Gottlieb. Flip lesson is an instructional tool by which students read a short article or watch an informative video out of the classroom and answer questions, provided by the teacher. We are using - an online discussion forum that is then brought to the classroom to enrich class interactions. This week 7th Grade was given an assignment to discuss the idea that everything is a matter of perspective, being that the end of Shmuel Alef (which they learned last year) includes details of the death of Shaul, and now in Shmuel Bet the story is repeated with a number of differences. How can this be reconciled?!
Save the Date
The Nachum Segal Network Presents
On The Road
bringing music and unity to Houston

Thursday, September 7, 2017
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM at RMBA

Special broadcast and musical presentation by Mordechai Shapiro performing his smash hit "Schar Mitzvah" as well as his brand new hit "Machar"
Join Us for a
Rosh Hashana Unity Challah Bake

Come and enoy a spiritually
upliftting experience

Monday, September 18, 2017
7:00 PM at RMBA

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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. 

Flag Football
The Beren Academy Flag Football Team has started practice and is currently scheduled to play their first game next Thursday, September 14th.

High School Volleyball
On Thursday, September 7th, the high school volleyball program will open up their 2017 season with a JV/varsity slate against Southwest Christian. The JV game will start at 5:00 and the varsity will play at 6:00 PM. 

Middle School Volleyball
The Beren Academy MS Volleyball Team will open their 2017 season with an away game at Veritas, September 7th at 4:30 PM. 

Basketball Tryouts will take place in late October. 

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Community Events
Bnei Akiva

Arba Minim Sale

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Hurricane Harvey Tuition Assistance Campaign
Please consider participating in and sharing this very important fundraiser
that will go towards alleviating the unexpected financial burden that many of our families unfortunately now face. Every dollar is being matched—which doubles your donation! Thank you so much to all those who have already donated!
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