Parashat Noach
Candle Lighting 6:36 p.m.
Havdalah 7:36 p.m.
Parsha Minute

Through Noach we learn that being a bystander is not enough.

Shabbat shalom!
From the time she was a 2nd grade student enjoying library time (in 1995) to the present when she serves as RMBA PTO Co-President and Gala Auction Chair, Esther (Silberman) Shavitzky (Class of 2005) volunteers most of her "free" time at the school. Thank you!
From the desk of our
S.T.E.A.M. Lab

This week in STEAM we continued learning about our bodies. EC15 & EC2 practiced naming and locating their body parts. EC3 and EC4 took a look into their bodies to learn all about how their lungs work. They even got to make their own lungs (see pictures above).
Mobile Dairy Classroom

To tie into the animal theme in Parashat Noach, lower school students were visited by Oakie the Cow and learned all about the characteristics and anatomy of dairy cows. They also learned about the importance of dairy foods for good health and witnessed a milking demonstration.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Students in EC3 enjoyed their art class with Mrs. Bryant, who read them the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambalt (a class favorite) and then taught them how to draw their very own coconut tree.
Coding Mr. Riklin

Students in 3rd grade enjoyed their introduction to coding this week in Mr. Riklin's technology class. They first played a fun game and then had a discussion about binary coding and the importance of code. In the game students were tasked with selecting the right arrows to code the Mr. Riklin figure around the board.
Potato Islands

Mr. Novick's students learned about elevation by drawing contour lines on their own personal "potato" islands.
Kindergarten Housekeeping

In Kindergarten Hebrew, students reviewed the difference between a Bet and a Vet. While they look alike, one has a dot in the middle and one does not, AND they make different sounds. Each child took a turn switching a Bet into a Vet by
 "sweeping out" the dot!
Middle School Retreat

It was an exciting Color War match between Team Hillel and Team Shamai on the annual RMBA Middle School Retreat. Students enjoyed activities such as zip lining, swimming, marshmallow roasting, and an apache relay race. Everyone had a great time being away from the city (and homework) and bonding with one another. The 8th grade class enjoyed a special ice cream and karaoke party all to themselves!
Designing Siddurim

Kindergarten students started to use their own Siddurim (prayer books) this week! They spent the first few weeks learning their Tefillot (prayers) and putting their Siddurim together by decorating the pages. They were excited to finally complete them.
Rainbow Experiment

Morah Aviva's EC4 class learned about the rainbow and its colors this week in connection with Parashat Noach. The students made their own walking rainbow with water, food coloring, cups, and paper towels! They also matched animal texture cards to corresponding texture boxes, and learned about which animals have scales, feathers, or fur.
Designing Siddurim

Mr. Riklin's 5th grade class enjoyed doing a science experiment involving filtering muddy water using only items available in their homes.
Save the Date
Robert M. Beren Academy Lower School
Grandparent and Special Friend Day

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Lower School grandparents, special friends, and parents are invited to join us for breakfast followed by special performances and activities.
Robert M. Beren Academy's
50th Anniversary Scholarship Gala

Sunday, March 17, 2019
Marriott Marquis Houston

For more information contact
Tania Levenstein at or
(713) 723.7170 ext. 227
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. 

Middle School Volleyball 
The middle school volleyball team will continue their season on October 16th when they travel to St. Thomas Episcopal for an away game at 4:00.

High School Volleyball
The high school volleyball team will continue their season on Thursday, October 11th with an away game vs. Living Stones at 6:00.

Basketball Tryouts
Basketball Tryout dates and times
HS Boys - Monday, October 15th from 6:00-8:00.  
MS Girls - Thursday, October 18th from 4:15-5:30.  
HS Girls - Thursday, October 18th from 5:30-7:00.  
MS Boys - Tuesday, October 23rd from 4:15-5:30

Game Schedules and Practice Schedules are on the calendar for October and November with the exception of Sundays, which will be posted next week. All Practices and Games are subject to change, but the large majority of them will not change.

Sports Pictures
Sports Pictures for all athletic teams will take place on Thursday, November 8th.
Accessing the current schedule
Please re-sync your calendars weekly.
If you have any questions, please email Coach Cole at
Community Events
Big Houston Challah Bake
Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:00 PM
5601 South Braeswood

$20 per person
$15 for students
Registration required

Holocaust Museum Houston Presents

The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm
Sunday, October 28, 2018
9220 Kirby Dr #100
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Free admission for parents and children ages 7-13, for a screening of the critically-acclaimed HBO film The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm and a powerful program to follow.

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