Hitching Recycled Dogs to KIBO robots

This week the first and second graders had the opportunity to “hitch” their recycled dog sled to their KIBO robot and complete their portion of the Iditarod trail which commemorates the 1,100 mile dogsled mail route. This commemorates the dog sleds that brought much needed medicine during a diptheria epidemic in Alaska. The robots held the recycled dogsleds and were programmed to run a part of the course.

Pi Day Activities

Pi day activities included making a cityscape using the first 50 numbers of Pi, and making Pi bracelets

Girls Basketball win in 1st game of the season

The NEJA girls basketball team played their first game of the season on Tuesday at Beth Chana Academy High School in Orange. Ever mindful that the show must go on – and after a last minute referee cancellation – our very own Head of School Naty Katz stepped in to ref the game.

After falling behind – for the first time during the game – with just 48 seconds left, the girls showed grit and determination to tie the game up in regulation. They then took the lead and secured the 18-16 victory in overtime.

The girls are next in action Thursday, February 10th at 4 p.m. vs the American School for the Deaf in the NEJA gym, followed by the boys playing ASD at 5:30 p.m. Students and NEJA players’ immediate families are allowed to attend the game.

Tu B’Shevat and KIBO

In celebration of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year of Trees, the first and second graders at New England Jewish Academy, (NEJA,) along with their Hebrew teacher, Mrs. Maya Schwartz, their Judaic Studies teacher, Mrs. Shifra Silver and the General Studies teacher, Mrs. Helen Schwartz, combined lessons to have the students create artwork that was then used by the KIBO robot to help celebrate Tu B’Shevat. The history of the holiday, the Hebrew words for tree parts, customs and rituals were covered in Hebrew and Judaic Studies classes. The recycling and robotics focus was taught during science class. First they worked with recycled materials- long and short cardboard tubes, packing material, (that made great nests,) an old white shirt that when cut up became great snow and eggs for the nests, as well as left over construction paper for leaves and fruit. The group made 4 trees to represent the four seasons and then programmed KIBO to approach each tree and share what it needed. For instance when the light bulb was blue, it was “watering” the tree, white was snow for some trees, red light was sun, When KIBO shook, it was either shaking down fruit or planting some seeds and when KIBO turned in a circle, it was replicating playing in the leaves. When KIBO sang it was making the trees happy.”

Some of the comments from the students were-

  • “It was a creative idea and we worked well as a team. It was a fun experience making KIBO find the right things for each tree.”
  • “I liked working with kids from the rest of my pod that are not in my class.”
  • “I liked this activity because I like trees and plants.”
  • “It was fun making the trees.”
  • “We can also use these trees and KIBO for celebrating spring. “

The classes enjoyed this multi-day project and worked well in small and large groups as well as planning together for what they were going to do and what KIBO’s parts could represent.

Hibernating Animals in 2nd Grade

Morah Nechama’s enrichment project group drew pictures of hibernating animals and wrote sentences about their animals. Did you know that bees hibernate and only the queen lives in dirt? Hedgehogs hibernate and sleep in dens. Bears live in their dens over the winter and use different ones each year. The Common Poorwill is the only bird that hibernates usually in a hollow log. Bats love to hang upside down and sleep in caves for up to six months. Chipmunks dig a hole or burrow to hibernate in and often their cheeks bulge out with their stash of food

Siyum Mishnayot

Tuesday morning the NEJA Upper School celebrated with Rabbi David Fried who made a Siyum on his completion of study of the entire 6 Orders of The Mishnah!

Rabbi Fried spoke about the profound value of daily study of Mishnah and encouraged the students to consider joining the community of learners as the new grand learning cycle begins this Friday.

Finally he spoke about the greatness of SHALOM/Peace, emphasizing that we value vigorous argumentation but always and only in the context of the greater value of respect and honor for our fellow man.

After the special Kaddish and singing, everyone enjoyed a delicious breakfast.

10th grade biology present 3d cell models

10th grade biology presented their 3D cell models on Monday. Student’s creatively displayed cellular components using styrofoam, clay, household materials, and even edible ingredients.

Lower School Kite Day

In honor of Rosh Chodesh Kislev, and to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather, students participated in Kite Day! Our science teachers used this experience to teach on the topics of wind force and lift.

NEJA Senior Harry Gold is a winner of CHET Dream Big! Competition

Congratulations to NEJA senior Harry Gold, who is one of the winners of the CHET Dream Big! Competition! In order to be one of the recipients of the CHET Dream Big! Compeitition award, students were selected after providing information on their academic achievements, extracurricular activities, community service, and respond to the question, “What are your future goals to have a voice or leadership role in your own community?”

$100,000 will be awarded to the class of 2022, with five students winning $5,000 each and 75 students winning $1,000 each. Harry is one of 5 students in Connecticut who won the top prize!