Parashat Vaera
Candle Lighting 5:34 p.m.
Havdalah 6:36 p.m.
Parsha Talk

Why are the makkot (plagues) split into two parshiyot (Torah Portions)? Find out in this week's Parsha Talk!
A Heartfelt THANK YOU to our parent volunteers
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart
Adi Arussi, Nicole Berman, Barry Diner,
Barry Gelman, Tova Geralnik, Levi Gottlieb, Lee Gross, Yosef Levenstein, Nava Miller, Steven Mitzner, Steven Plumb,
Sharon Ruben, Yocheved Schlachter,
Esty Shavitzky, Eyal Shavitzky,
Nachum Yanowitz, Sigal Yeudai

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 Ellen Morgan, Jacob Plumb, and Rena Schwartz.  Click here for their views on the following text:

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Seven full days passed after the Lord had smitten the Nile.The Lord said to Moses, "Come to Pharaoh and say to him, 'So said the Lord, "Let My people go, so that they may serve Me. But if you refuse to let [them] go, behold, I will smite all your borders with frogs. And the Nile will swarm with frogs, and they will go up and come into your house and into your bedroom and upon your bed and into the house of your servants and into your people, and into your ovens and into your kneading troughs; and into you and into your people and into all your servants, the frogs will ascend." 

Tell Us How You Really Feel
The best pizza topping is
Topping? Plain all the way!
Jalapeno & Pineapple
Mushrooms
All dressed
Olive
The results are in...

What is the best part of the RMBA experience?
#instaberen 
From the desk of our
锘縎.T.E.A.M. Lab

This week in STEAM our ECE students have begun their winter unit. We have been busy learning about winter habitats, snow, and comparing how people and animals survive the cold winter months. The students made bear dens and igloos out of large, random, white loose parts. Our youngest students snow-painted mittens too. Our lower school students have been hard at work finishing up their simple machines. These will be displayed in the main lobby in the next few days. Please feel free to stop by and check out the amazing machines our students have created!
RMBA Tuition Initiative

The RMBA Tuition Lock Guarantee was announced on Wednesday via email as part of the Administration and Board of Directors鈥 plan to pave a path to a more affordable education. Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year and stretching through the 2022-2023 school year tuition will remain locked at the current rates. Additionally, tuition discount incentives were announced for the incoming 6th and 9th grade classes. Students entering 6th grade and pledging to stay throughout middle school will benefit from a maximum tuition per year of $16,565 for the next three years, a savings of $5,000 per year. Likewise, students entering 9th grade and pledging to stay throughout high school, will benefit from a maximum tuition rate of $19,923, also a savings of $5,000 per year. (In the 4th year, maximum tuition will again be $5,000 less than the published rate.) The Tuition Lock Guarantee initiative allows all current and prospective families to plan for the future. The program strives to reward families for their commitment to an RMBA education, while alleviating the anxiety associated with rising tuition. The program also addresses tuition assistance and ensures that families receiving tuition assistance will not need to reapply year after year.
Finding Pi!

Students in Mrs. Rosenzweig's 8th grade class learned about 3.14 being a good approximation for pi by finding the ratio of a circle's circumference and diameter. Students were very impressed to see this ratio remained constant in different sized circles.
MLK Poetry

Ms. Rantz's 2nd grade class has been learning all about Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and all he stood for. In honor of the anniversary of his birthday the students read poetry written about and inspired by MLK. 
Wine & Friends are a Great Blend

Over 40 RMBA moms came out to kick start the new semester with a fabulous wine and cheese night. The evening was generously sponsored and coordinated by the PTO and everyone had fun socializing and getting to know each other. Thank you to host Sigal Yeudai for graciously opening her home and hosting the successful event.
HPD Visits RMBA

Security is always a top priority at RMBA. On Thursday, HPD visited RMBA to conduct a security review (at the request of the school) and to offer suggestions and feedback. Our younger students were eager to see and shake hands with the police officers.
Balloons & Brachas

Kindergarten students in Morah Tzippe's class learned all about the bracha (blessing) of Hamotzi (blessing over bread) and did an experiment where yeast, sugar, and water in a bottle blew up a balloon! Students were very excited to see the balloon inflate and learned that most breads are made with yeast.
Virtual Practice

Students in Mrs. Rosenzweig's 6th grade class practiced Least Common Multiple skills by coding their own virtual reality world. Each of the students was assigned to join other students' virtual reality worlds and answer all questions and challenges. 
Sunday Funday

RMBA was the place to be this past Sunday when the MAD Ultimate Frisbee Tournament for upper school students was taking place, and the playground was open to our younger students and community at large at the same time. The weather was perfect for friendly competition (the staff team took first place!), and for playing on the state-of-the-art equipment with both old and new friends. We received such positive feedback, and we hope to have additional Sunday Funday events. If you would like to help plan one please reach out to Loren Chorn.
Egg-ucational

Students in Mrs. Bernosky's 3rd grade class followed up their discussion about Martin Luther King Junior with an egg demonstration. The students first observed the outsides (color, shape, size, etc.) noticing similarities and differences between the eggs. Then each child was given an egg and was invited to crack it open inside of a clear plastic cup, so that they could observe the eggs and see what the insides looked like. The students all noticed that no matter the color of the shell, the insides were the same (yellow yolk and clear whites). They took a moment to discuss how eggs are like people when it comes to skin color and shell color. The class also touched on a Jewish teachable moment as they stopped to observe and check the eggs in the clear glass -- making sure they were kosher. They inspected them for breaks on the outside prior to cracking them open, but once they were in the cups, they looked for blood spots on the inside and discarded those eggs and cups with the unkosher eggs. The eggs were then mixed together with salt and pepper and fried up on a hotplate in the classroom for a scrambled egg treat.
Save the Date
Tu Bishvat in the Magical Forest

Sunday, February 2, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Hosted by PJ Library and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston at RMBA
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. 

Senior Night for High School Basketball
The Beren Academy basketball teams will be celebrating our seniors before each game on February 4, 2020. The girls will be honoring Rena Schwartz and the boys will be honoring Aaron Ayach, Isaac Gateno, Idan Binjamin, and Noah Diner. Tip-off is set for 5:30 for the girls, and the boys will start about 6:45. 

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

Middle School Girls Basketball 
The MS Girls finished up their season last week with some tough games. Congratulations to the girls on a great season. A special thank you to our 8th graders who played their last Beren Academy middle school game: Sarah Plumb, Shayna Garner, and Hailey Morgan. 

Middle School Boys Basketball 
The 5th/6th grade boys will play their last game of the season vs. Beth Yeshurun on Thursday, January 23. The game will start at 4:30 in the Beren Gymnasium. 

High S chool Girls Basketball 
The HS Girls split two district games this week. After a big win vs. Bellville Faith, the Stars dropped a close one to Oaks Adventist. The girls will travel to Bellville Faith next week before finishing up district play against Oaks on February 3.

High School Boys Basketball 
The HS Boys will travel to Southwest Christian next Tuesday in hopes of clinching a district championship. After a disappointing performance last week vs. Covenant, the Stars had two impressive performances this week vs Bellville Faith and Oaks Adventist.
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
No Snif
Parshat Vaera
1/25/20
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Basketball Tour
Tu Bishvat 2020
Presidents' Day Weekend

Dallas Akibah Yavneh Academy
Elitzur Petach Tikva
Houston RMBA
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
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