Parashat Shemot
Candle Lighting 5:21 p.m.
Havdalah 6:22 p.m.
Parsha Talk

In this week's parsha, Shemot, it is noted that Aharon was overjoyed at Moshe's selection for leadership. The Midrash goes on to indicate that--had Aharon known this happiness would be noticed and would serve as a lesson for future generations--he would have magnified his enthusiasm a hundredfold. What lesson can we take away from this fleeting moment in time?
New Faces at RMBA!

We are so thrilled to welcome 8 new students and their families to Houston and the RMBA Family this semester! Please join us in welcoming them to our wonderful community.
RMBA Sibling Applications

Admissions season for the 2021-2022 school year is underway! If you have another child who you are interested in enrolling for the first-time next school year, please fill out the application now. Siblings are given first priority to open spots as long as applications are in by January 8. If you have any questions regarding the new sibling application process, please reach out directly to Admissions Director, Fannet Nater at fnater@berenacademy.org.
"A Mussar and a Mitzvah"
This week's Mussar and a Mitzvah features Elie Gelman (11h grade), Ilay K. (12th grade) and Roi Greenbaum (9th grade). Click here to read about a mussar and mitzvah in Parashat Shemot.
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From the desk of the STEAM Lab

Welcome back everyone! This week in STEAM we had such a great time playing with and learning about robots-- how they are coded, programmed, and what we can use them for.
A Measure of Success

In learning about the laws of a kosher Sukkah, Rabbi Block took his middle school students outside to use a special tape measure with Jewish measurements. Turns out we have a few great places on campus to make alternate sukkot if the need arises!
Brrr....It's Cold!

Morah Aviva's ECE4 class was busy getting their puffy snowman ready to be hung on their bulletin board for their winter unit. The students also had a great time making baby Moshe sock puppets which will be placed in baskets that our friends are getting ready to create in honor of Parashat Shemot. Stay tuned for the basket.
Sunny Days

Students in Morah Tsippi's ECE2 class had a great time this week exploring all the different parts of the Magical Forest and enjoying the sunny weather. A class favorite? The Teepee Village!
Toy Drive

Thank you to all who donated toys for our toy drive. We were able to give close to 100 toys to the Chai Lifeline foundation for children in the hospital. Our students really enjoyed collecting and counting! Thank you for your support.
Az Yashir (Song of the Sea)

Mrs. Gelman's 6th grade Chumash class is finishing up their study of Az Yashir, the song that Moshe and Bnei Yisrael sang after they crossed the sea. Each student was assigned one small section of the shira (song) and spent time creating a slide with a translation as well as some images that connected to the interpretation. Hopefully, this poetic recap, which is said everyday in Tefilla, will have more meaning and focus for the students going forward! Please click here for the slideshow.
About to Build

Middle schoolers in Mr. Duke's inaugural Furniture Design Explo have sketched out their first set of design plans, and on January 6, learned how to use a thickness planer to dimension timber for their builds. The students' first project is to construct a box, made of exotic hardwoods and featuring hand-cut dovetail joinery.
Splitting of the Class

While learning Perek (chapter) 12 in King 1, Mrs. Pollak’s 8th grade Navi class split into 2 factions; From now on - all of Israel will be split into 2 kingdoms, the House of Judah/Benjamin and the 10 other tribes.
Healthy Activities

Sources of Strength (the high school mental health advocacy group that aims to spread hope, help, and strength) is focusing on the theme "Healthy Activities" for the month of January. Check out their healthy activities calendar above and a flyer with additional instructions linked here.
Preparing for Tu B'Shvat

Art projects celebrating trees and nature are underway in the art department. The upper school has been creating watercolor creations inspired by leaves and flowers while first grade began creating ceramic trees, and ECE4 began paintings. The students have been excited to put their own personal twists on their artwork.
Hebrew Slang

Students in Ori Friedmann's 7th and 8th grade Hebrew class learned about Hebrew Language Day in honor of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, a Hebrew lexicographer and newspaper editor who was the driving force behind the revival of the Hebrew language in the modern era. The students made special slang posters to hang and decorate the halls.
Write and Circle

Students in Mrs. Schneider's 1st grade class worked in partners and played a game called Write and Circle. One person read a word and the partner spelled the word. If they spelled it correctly, they colored a star on the paper. This was a fun way to review the phonics skill of the week.
Save the Date
RMBA Giving Day

January 19-20, 2021

We are excited to launch our first Giving Day, a family giving campaign, aimed at raising $10,000 for faculty professional development, and securing 100% family giving participation.

Donations will be collected online, and while the purpose of our family campaign is not to "buy prizes," we hope you will accept some of the fun rewards as a token of appreciation for your support and participation.

Stay tuned for donation link and giving levels in next week's Buzz!
Community Events
YOM LIMMUD 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Our event will be entirely virtual this year. This offers our community the incredible opportunity to hear from presenters from around the world! Each presenter will either currently live or have lived in the country they discuss. We will host 20 sessions including a PJ Library program, a family program for middle school ages and up, as well as a teachers' track.
Manhigut Bonfire, BBQ, and Tie Dye for 9th Grade

January 7
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Click here to register

Home (backyard) of the shlichim
Snif this Shabbat

January 9, 2021
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Grades 1 - 12

Registration Required
Click here
TPG is back again!
Join us for Torah, yummy snacks, and a fun sports activity.

For grades 1- 6
Motzei Shabbat 11/14 at RMBA. Please use the Cliffwood entrance.

Masks required. Families will be seated in Pods. Children may not attend with parents other than their own.
$5 per child (can be paid with exact change at the event or Venmo Aviva-Bneiakiva)
REGISTRATION REQUIRED- click here to register
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