Parashat Beshalach
Candle Lighting 5:46 p.m.
Havdalah 6:47 p.m.
Parsha Talk

In this week's parsha, Beshalach, we read that Hashem leads the Jews out of Egypt on a very indirect route.  Why is that so, and how does this tie into parenting our children?
A Heartfelt THANK YOU to our parent volunteers
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart
Alina Algrably
Nicole Berman
Suzanne Bershad
Sara Goldberg
Lilach Bashiri
Melissa Poteet
Yocheved Schlachter

To add your name to the list, be sure to document your hours in our parent hitnadvut (volunteer) binder located in the front office.
One Text - Many Voices
This week's One Text - Many Voices features Molly Goldstein, Daniel Gross, and alumnus Noah Meimoun (class of 2019).  Click here for their views on the following text:

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The Lord said to Moses, Why do you cry out to Me? Speak to the children of Israel and let them travel.And you raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and split it, and the children of Israel shall come in the midst of the sea on dry land. And I, behold! I shall harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they will come after you, and I will be glorified through Pharaoh, and through all his force, through his chariots, and through his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I will be glorified through Pharaoh, through his chariots, and through his horsemen
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From the desk of our
锘縎.T.E.A.M. Lab

Our week in STEAM has been really fun! We began our Tikkun Olam unit through which our students learned all about the impacts of our plastic waste on our environment. Our youngest students learned about planet Earth and read about how Grover and his friends practice Tikkun Olam. Our older students looked at the life-cycle of plastic bottles and learned about some solutions to our wasteful habits. All of our STEAM students finished making our sea turtle plastic mural for the Zoo! Once it is dry and ready, we will be displaying it at school before presenting it to the Houston Zoo. 
Outdoor Learning

Students in Mrs. Pollak's 7th and 8th grade chumash (Bible) class have been studying the various encampments and travelings of the 12 tribes during their 40 year period in the desert. The students went outside to figure out the complications and huge efforts the Jewish people were put through during these massive upheavals.
College Prep

This week, RMBA hosted Uri Cohen, the Executive Director of Hillel at Yale University. He spoke with juniors and seniors about Jewish life at Yale and on college campuses in general. He also gave our students great suggestions for how to translate their unique day school experiences into words on their college applications that will be meaningful to admissions directors. 
Area Learning Games

Students in Mrs. Schneider's 5th grade class began a unit on Area and Perimeter. Students created squares and rectangles out of blue tape on the floor. Then, they challenged their classmates to calculate the area and perimeter of each polygon.
Newton's Laws

While learning about Newton鈥檚 Laws of Motion in Ms. Goldstein鈥檚 physical science class, 8th grade students are designing and creating models that represent each of Newton鈥檚 laws. Each model must be designed in such a way that it can be manipulated and then 3D printed. That way it fully represents Newton鈥檚 law and can be used for further experiments in class.
Tu B'Shvat Trees

Morah Roza's 2nd grade Hebrew class enjoyed a learning opportunity in the Magical Forest as they learned about the trees and their various parts in honor of Tu B'Shvat. Students collected leaves and branches and created a bookmark with the dried pieces. They also used recyclable materials to create a painting.
Reverent Reflection

The 11th-12th "Reverent Reflection" elective recently completed a unit on "Inspiring Personalities." Each student researched a different personality and then presented that information to the rest of the class. The students learned about some amazing Jewish leaders ranging from trailblazers such as Sarah Shneirer to academics including Avivah Zornberg to  Gedolei HaDor  [great/est (one of) the generation] like the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Rav Yisrael Meir Lau. In addition to their class presentation, students reflected through a journal entry on how their research on their assigned person inspired them in some way. The presentations were terrific, and students really enjoyed learning and sharing their knowledge.
Thank You!

Thank you so much to the UOS Minyan Tzedakah Fund led by Sonny Gerber and Dov Liberman (pictured above with Head of School Paul Oberman) for their generous donation to our IDEAS Matching grant program. We are excited to be going Full STEAM ahead as we focus on enhancing our technology and professional development as well as growing our student body. Our goal is to raise $750,000 to provide the tools our students need to learn and thrive in the world in which they currently live and for their futures. All donations received through September 2021 will be matched 1:2. We are so grateful for our wonderful partnership with United Orthodox Synagogues. To learn more about sponsorship and naming opportunities please contact Development Director Tania Levenstein at 713.7123.7170 or via email.
Kindergarten Poker?

Poker school in Kindergarten?! No, just the Kindergarten students enjoying one of the new Math games they learned, Top It. While learning about numbers more than and less than, they learned a card game which requires them to learn the numbers and which are greater and which are less.
Tu B'Shvat Celebrations

On Sunday RMBA was proud to host over 140 participants for PJ Library's Tu B'Shvat in the Magical Forest. Children enjoyed healthy snacks, Tu B'Shvat themed yoga, a scavenger hunt through the forest, story time in the amphitheater, and lots of playground fun. Thank you to Hadas Levy and Hilary Kamin for coordinating the beautiful morning.
Save the Date
Join us for Houston's largest day of Jewish learning!

Yom Limmud 2020
Sunday, February 16, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Congregation Beth Israel

To register and to learn more click here

RMBA's Head of School Dr. Paul Oberman will be speaking about Parenting as Teaching: What Values Are you Sharing? from 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
4th Annual
Rabbi Joseph Radinsky zt"l
Community Service Day

YOM CHESED
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Shacharit 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast & Volunteer:
10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Adults, children, and families are invited to join together for a morning of community service. There will be volunteer opportunities both on and off campus.

Additional details and sign up form coming next week!
Please join in the special dedication of the
Eishet Chayil Mechitza 
donated in loving memory of
Carolyn Barnett-Goldstein, z'l'
by Amy Goldstein and Molly Goldstein
Restoration of the Beren/Jefferson
Bet Midrash Mechitza
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Shacharit 7:45 a.m.
Dedication 8:30 a.m.
A breakfast will follow the ceremony
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. 

Athletic Award Dinner
The Athletic Award Dinner will take place on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 6:00 PM in the ulam. 

High S chool Girls Basketball 
The HS Girls will host the Oaks Adventist school for their last game of the season on Thursday. The girls showed up big on senior night with an impressive win against CHSA.

High School Boys Basketball 
The HS Boys wrapped up TAPPS district 9-1A play with an impressive win over Covenant Academy on senior night. This puts the Stars at 16-3 for the year and 8-0 in district play. They will take on the 3rd place finisher in district 7-1A in the first round of the playoffs. That information will be available early next week.
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Please re-sync your calendars weekly
If you have any questions, please email Coach Cole at  chriscole@berenacademy.org.
Community Events
Bnei Akiva Snif
Parshat Beshalach
2/8/20
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
at UOS

For grades 1-12
TPG is Back!

Come join us for a fun and tasty parent-child learning and games!

February 8, 2020
7:30 p.m. at RMBA
Grades 1-6
$5 per child
Israeli American Council
Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and
Shishi Israeli
invite you to a
Family Tu Bishvat Celebration

February 9, 2020
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Merfish Center 9000 S Rice Ave
Tickets $25 Family, $10 Individual

Click here for tickets
Join UOS and Bnei Akiva for a
Seder Tu Bishvat

February 9, 2020
6:00 p.m.
for grades 9-12 (chabab)
Home of the shlichim

Please RSVP by 2/6/20
Houston's NCSY presents:
The Q2
Ultimate Live Trivia Competition
A fundraiser for NCSY

Sunday, February 9, 2020
7:30 p.m.
Eden Event Center

Honoring partners in inspiration:
Avi and Tali Tessler

$54 Ticket
$36 Students

Click here to register
USA Basketball Tour
Tu Bishvat 2020
Teen Beit Midrash Night

February 11, 2020
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
at UOS
J-HYPE Presents
The Great Big Babka Bake
with Instagram sensation
Naomi Elberg

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
7:00 p.m.
Congregation Beth Rambam
11333 Braesridge Drive

Click here for tickets
Early bird $15 (until 2/10)
Regular ticket $25
Teen Purim Bash
Monday , March 9, 2020
9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Teens 9th - 12th grade
TORCH Centre
$7 online/ $10 at door
Click here to RSVP
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