Parashat Nasso
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Parsha Talk

In parshat Nasso, the Leviim are first counted by family, and then the group is summed. The commentators explain that this is akin to a rich man who first goes through his possessions one by one, appreciating each one individually, and then reflecting back on the total of his riches. Thus it is with Hashem, celebrating both each individual Levi and then the Leviim as a group.

This upcoming Thursday night, June 11, the class of 2020 of Robert M Beren Academy will participate in our graduation ceremony beginning at 6:00 pm. Just as in the parsha, this is OUR opportunity to celebrate each of the graduates individually, recognizing each of their unique strengths, and then to celebrate the entire group of graduates, who together give this class its own unique character.
Wishing you an amazing summer! We can't wait to see y'all back in the Fall!
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Traveler's Prayer

Students in Morah Rivkie's 3rd grade Judaics class ended the year learning about returning to the land of Eretz Canaan after Yaakov worked for and lived with his uncle Lavan. The last 2 pesukim (lines) that were learned are also included for many as part of regular tefillat haderech (traveler's prayer). The girls created their own to be able to take on any long trips and be able to say over the summer.
8th Grade Celebration

Students, families, and teachers celebrated the 8th grade students as they moved up to high school with a touching virtual ceremony. Students each spoke about their time in middle school, tying in a concept from the Torah, and congratulated each other on a great journey. A very apparent theme was that of inclusion and friendship! We are so proud of all our rising high school students!
Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the following students on winning the famous 5th grade Hebrew spelling bee in Gveret Erlichman's class:
Yonatan Alon (1st place)
Ari Rosenzweig (2nd place)
Brian Frydberg (3rd place)
Kol Hakavod to the entire class on a job well done!
3D Shapes

Students in Mrs. Gross's 6th grade math class learned all about 3 dimensional shapes and how to find their volumes. In their last class they created shapes from nets.
Memory Book

As one of their final projects on SeeSaw, students in Ms. Bigham's lower Montessori class created memory books highlighting their favorite moments and all that they learned. Click here to see an adorable memory book from first grade student Sammy.
Shiurei Tzionut

Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade enjoyed their final class this week with our amazing Bnot Sherut (Israeli national service girls)Talya and Avital (who continued to teach all the way from Israel!).
Yediot Klaliyot

For the first time, RMBA hosted a Yediot Klaliot (Judaic general knowledge) bee for middle school students. Congratulations to Klil-Or K. (first place), Rafi Miller (second place), and Avichai Tarshish and Yosef Seifert who tied for 3rd place.
Marathon Mates

You know how the saying goes...siblings that run together...are fit together! For the first time, the School Marathon project has had 3 siblings in 3 different grades complete the marathon together! Kol Hakavod to all the students who participated throughout the semester. A special thank you to Mirit Schneider for helping keep our students healthy and active and coordinating the fun project for the 4th year in a row!
Spotlight on RMBA

When the COJDS (Consortium of Jewish Day Schools) contacted RMBA to submit articles on leadership in the times of COVID-19, not 1, not 2, but 3 members of the administrative team stepped up to the challenge. We are so excited that all three articles have been published. Click here to read Dr. Oberman's reflections on Communication: Better Leadership, here to read Rivkie Gottlieb's article titled The Benefits of Daring to Lead in Times of Uncertainty, and here to read Tania Levenstein's article titled COVID-19 and the Important Role Our Community Day Schools Play.
Celebrating Aliyah

Mazal tov to the Morgan family on their upcoming aliyah this summer! While we are always sad to see students go, we know you will be back to visit and will always be part of the RMBA Family!
Save the Date
Robert M. Beren Academy
proudly announces the graduation of the Class of 2020

Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 6 p.m.

The graduation ceremony will take place in person for the graduates and their immediate families.

Virtual details will be emailed separately!

Please note: As the commencement ceremony will be taking place outdoors, the audio quality may be affected. We plan on sending out the speeches which will all also be pre-recorded following the live-stream ceremony.

We look forward to sharing this meaningful milestone with you, and highly encourage tuning in!
End-of-year Videos
We hope you enjoy the videos below. The Judaic Siyum video was a fun surprise for our upper school students! Alumni as well as some surprise guests were secretly asked to submit congratulatory videos to be shown at the siyum. We hope you enjoy their encouraging messages.

We had so much fun putting together our end-of-year video. In lieu of a photo montage, we asked students, parents, alumni, board members, faculty, and staff to answer the following question: If you could tell your future self in 2025 something, what would it be? We can't wait to send this out again in 2025! Thank you so much for being part of our 2019-2020 journey and the RMBA family!
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