Parashat Noach
Candle Lighting 6:17 p.m.
Havdalah 7:17 p.m.
Parsha Talk

When students are assigned to work on group projects, some students decide to focus only on their portion of the project, while others aspire to truly work as a unit. What does the Torah suggest about group work? Find out in this week's parsha thought!
A Heartfelt THANK YOU to our parent volunteers
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart
Ronna Bush
Nataly Chorev
Sarah Kronman
Steven Mitzner
Bella Morgan

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
Each week 2-3 students in Mrs. Gelman's Honors Chumash class are sent a few pesukim (sentences) from the Parsha (weekly Torah portion) of the week. 
Each student writes up a paragraph analyzing the pesukim using either a medieval/classical commentary, a modern commentary, or their own original commentary. Additionally, each week a faculty member offers his or her view on the same pesukim. Click here for One Text- Many Voices featuring Daniella Schneider (Class of 2023), Elie Gelman (Class of 2022), and Mrs, Rivkie Gottlieb (Lower School Judaic Studies Principal).
Tell Us How You Really Feel
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip
The results are in...

Will the World Series go to Game 7?
From the desk of our
S.T.E.A.M. Lab

Our STEAM students began learning all about the human body. We looked at how our bones and muscles work to help us stand and move. We looked at the three big jobs of our bones - making blood cells, helping us move, and protecting our organs. We set up body based centers and had a visit from Dr. Patti Savrick for our ECE2-ECE4 students.
Popol Vuh

Middle school students are wrapping up their unit on Mesoamerica by creating a shadow puppet show based on the Maya creation myth, Popol Vuh. The project entails reading portions of the original text, converting the narrative into a storyboard and script, and designing articulated paper puppets, based on depictions of the story's characters from the archaeological record. With the stage set, the students will perform their Popol Vuh shadow puppet show, video record it, and edit a final version. 
Bekiyut Learning Initiative

For many years RMBA has participated in Yeshiva University's National Bekiyut Learning Initiative. Students learn a Masechet (tractate) of Gemara and prizes are awarded to students with high scores on standard periodic tests. Rabbi Block's Advanced Gemara Elective class reviewed the first pages of Masechet Makkot in preparation for their first exam of the year next week. Masechet Makkot deals primarily with laws of the Jewish courts and the punishments which they may administer.
Compare and Contrast

Ms. Rantz's 2nd grade traditional class were excited to jump back into the swing of things this week and enjoyed using their comparing and contrasting skills to analyze different versions of fairy-tales.
Sugar Skulls

Eighth-graders learned about the cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) this week by creating examples of  calaveras  (sugar skulls through the art of resposé and metal chasing. The lesson also included a reading and writing component that traced the holiday's origins in Mesoamerica and its migration to the U.S. during the Chicano Movement of the 1960s.  
Doodle for RMBA

The votes are in for our spirit shirt design winner and in the end, it was too hard to pick just one winner! We decided to combine parts from 4 students' designs to create this year's design for the t-shirts. The 4 student winners were: Maya Diner (6th), Gaby Brown (6th), Elana Yanowitz (4th), and Asher Goldstein (3rd). Congratulations to all our participants and stay tuned for information on how to get your own spirit t-shirt soon.
Professional Development

Lower school teachers Bonnie Blumberg, Roza Gross, Ziyona Rantz and Lower School Judaic Studies Principal Rivkie Gottlieb attended a workshop at HISD given by Marcia Tate (pictured above) to learn all about brain growth instructional strategies so that students can better retain information and enjoy their learning.
Go Stars!

The varsity boys basketball team will participate in a tournament in Memphis beginning today, Thursday October 31. The first game is scheduled for today at 4:30 p.m. versus the highly ranked Hillel Heat.
You may view the live video by going to  and then clicking on "Broadcast" before looking for Court 1 or Court 2. You may also follow us on Twitter for pictures and score updates (@BerenAcademy, or simply click here. ) Our next games will be determined by how we fare in each game, so be sure to cheer us every step of the way! Go Stars!
Save the Date
Count Me In
Count Me In Inc is a city wide program that was started over 11 years ago and serves families in need in Houston as well as other cities that have been hit with a natural disaster that impacted their lives   Join us Monday, November 11 from 10-2 p.m. at the Merfish Teen Center (9000 S Rice) to participate in sorting Hanukkah gifts for Houston children in need.

Students in grades 6-12 can come without adult supervision. Students in 5th grade or lower need an adult chaperone please. 

If you have any questions please feel free to email Michelle Renfrow, our Upper School Counselor at
Movie in the Park
Adults Only
Open to the Community!

Sunday, November 17, 2019
6:30 p.m.
RMBA Amphitheater

Back to the Future
Food for purchase from Genesis Steakhouse (sandwiches)
Complimentary concessions (popcorn, candy)

Click    here       for tickets
Teen Beit Midrash
Tuesday Nights
8 - 9 p.m.

November 5th
Congregation Beth Rambam

Join us as we explore a variety of fascinating Torah topics with a chavruta or group learning!

Rotating between Beth Rambam and UOS
* Please note the date change from previous years.*
Early Childhood and
Lower School Grandparent
and Special Friend Day

Thursday, December 19, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
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 Girls Basketball
The MS Girls opened up their season with a close game at Holy Spirit Episcopal. They will travel to Cornerstone Christian on Tuesday. Please check the calendar for all other dates and times. 

Middle School Boys Basketball
The 5th/6th grade boys will play their first game on  Tuesday, November 5  at Cornerstone Christian. 

High School Girls Basketball
The HS Girls opened their season with some tough games for week one of the season. They will continue that trend next week when they travel to Emery at 6:00 on Tuesday.

High School Boys Basketball
The HS Boys opened up with two big victories to open the season. They look to continue their success Thursday in the Cooper Invitational.
Accessing the current schedule
Please re-sync your calendars weekly
If you have any questions, please email Coach Cole at
Community Events
Snif this Week!
Parashat Noach

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. at UOS

For grades 1-12
All women are invited to a talk on
How to Talk to Our Children About Intimacy

by UOS Yoetzet Halacha Atara Segal
November 2, 8 p.m.
Freed Residence

See flyer for details
Pies for Prevention

Thanksgiving Bakesale

Click here to order
Deadline: November 20
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