February Happenings:

Wednesday, February 1, 8:00 AM in the Middle School Multi-Pupose Room: Coffee with Dr. Cuenca, Head of School. Dr. Cuenca will be discussing the many exciting developments at Posnack School.

Wednesday, February 1, 8:15 AM: Fourth Grade St. Augustine Parent Meeting in Room 206.

Tuesday, February 7th: Art Club Grades 3-5 begins in the Art Studio with Ms. Bernstein from 3:45-4:45 pm

Thursday, February 9th: Third Grade Trip to Legoland

Tuesday-Wednesday, February 14-15th: Fourth Grade Trip to St. Augustine

Thursday, February 16th: Kindergarten Trip to A.R.M. National Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, February 23rd: C.A.J.E. 2nd Grade Torah Fair

Friday, February 24th: Loved Ones Day

** There will be no school Friday, February 17 & Monday, February 20 in observance of President’s Day**

Please check RAM news (e-mailed every Friday) for detailed information regarding upcoming school and community-wide events, as well as access to the PTO monthly newsletter.

January Happenings …

 

I want to welcome our students and families back to school. I hope that you had a wonderful winter break!!

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 8:15am Coach Wayne Stofsky will be holding a 5th Grade Basketball Meeting for parents in the Lowell and Eleanore Fisher Media Center. Go RAMS!!

The First Grade will be having their Siddur decorating activity on Thursday, January 12, 2017 in Rooms 103 and 105 from 1:30-3:20pm. The Chagagit Hassidur Presentation will be on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Posnack School Courtyard.

All report cards will be available via the Posnack School Portal on Friday, January 13, 2017.

Please note there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 16, 2017 as it is Martin Luther King Day.

Birthday Shabbat will be on Friday, January 20, 2017. The Lower School will be celebrating January and February birthdays. The First Grade will be leading the Shabbat. I hope to see everyone there!

During the week of January 23-27, 2017, we will be having the Lower School Boosterthon. This is a week of fun activities and prizes for the students.  The week will finish off with the Fun Run on Friday, January 27, 2017. We hope to have huge success!

Please continue to check RAM News, (emailed every Friday) for detailed information regarding upcoming school and community-wide events.

I thank you for your continued support in making us the #3 BEST Private K-12 School in Florida!

December Happenings…

 We have a fun week coming up December 5 – 9: Posnack Homecoming/Spirit Week!! The students are encouraged to dress with the themes that have been selected for each day. We look forward to a week of spirit, fun, and excitement.

Monday: Spots and Stripes Day

Tuesday: “White Out” Day

Wednesday: Sports Jersey Day

Thursday: Western Day

Friday: Multi-Color Day

We will close out the week with a Pep Rally. GO RAMS!!!!

The Third Grade Chanukah Presentation/Celebration will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 5:30 PM in the RAM Gym.

The Posnack Lower School Chanukah Gift Store will be open December 14 -15 in Room 107. Please look out for program details, Chanukah gift order forms, and invitations to volunteer that have been sent home in the students backpacks.

On December 22, the Lower School will be having our Chanukah Celebration where the students will be making Latke’s and Sufganiyot. This is a great event that the students and teachers look forward to sharing together!

Please continue to check RAM News, (e-mailed every Friday) for detailed information regarding upcoming school and community-wide events.

I thank you for your continued support in making us the #3 BEST Private K-12 School in Florida!!

 

Coffee & Conversation

Please join me on Friday, January 22nd at 8:30 am for our next Coffee & Conversation. We will be meeting in the Lower School room 106.  This is a casual get-together to discuss issues that are important to you!  I look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Birthday Shabbat

Please join us on Friday, November 20, 2015 for our Birthday Shabbat.  This month we will be recognizing those students with October, November and December birthdays.  We will also hear our 4th graders sing and view a video of the recent 5th grade Shabbaton.  We will be meeting in the Orlove Auditorium at 9:15 am.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thanksgiving Gratitude Drive

The Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to teach our children about giving back to others.  This year, the Lower School has chosen to give back to the “Lone Soldiers” of the Israeli Defense Forces. We have been discussing and sharing the need to give thanks to these soldiers for the protection they provide for Israel and the Jewish people each and every day.  Fifth grade will be assembling the care packages of the requested donated items.  Thank you for taking part in this wonderful mitzvah.  It’s the Posnack Way!

This Week’s Teacher and Classroom Spotlight

Cherie Oliver 3rd Grade

We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Cherie Oliver to the Posnack family! She is our newest third grade teacher and comes to us as a graduate from Florida State University with a Masters in Early Childhood Education.  As an avid technology enthusiast, Cherie is Google certified and has been trained to teach computer coding in partnership with code.org.

Ms. Oliver is our new Innovative Learning Coordinator who be assisting with professional development for our Lower School staff. She has previously conducted workshops in Progress Monitoring, Differentiating Instruction, Reading Instructional Techniques, and Project Based Learning.

Cherie comes to our team with five years classroom experience and two years as an administrator.  She is a proud member of the Computer Science Teacher Association (CSTA)  and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  In her spare time Ms. Oliver enjoys photography, reading, yoga, cycling, and traveling. We welcome Cherie to the Posnack Family!

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Kindergarten’s first PBL!

Kindergarten  is engaged in our first Project Based Learning activity. One of our students, Marc, is away for two weeks, visiting Japan with his family. We posed the following  driving question, “How can Marc continue to do his work while he is so far away?” The children  generated some wonderful ideas. Among them…..mail his work to him, send it on a plane, use email, take a shorter trip, and finally the suggestion we hoped to hear…..use Skype!  This past Friday we were able to Skype with Marc.  How exciting it was for all of us to experience talking to Marc while we were in class and he was getting ready for bed.  He was able to show us the nighttime darkness and the moon shining over Japan!
Marc is sending us many pictures as he takes Flat Stanley along with him on his travels.  We look forward to continue our PBL activities, including using Google Earth, while Marc continues his travels.

What fun it is to be a technology traveler!
Watch for more exciting news.

Mrs. Leslie Singer  and Mrs. Amanda Wancier

Kindergarten Teachers

From Mrs. Fischer, Our STEM Teacher

The “E” in STEM stands for engineering, and is an important component of Next Generation Science Standards. Engineering reinforces math and science skills, promotes critical thinking and creativity. It teaches students not to be afraid to take intellectual risks. By incorporating engineering into the elementary grades, we are able to connect classroom learning to real life, as well as to instill social skills like collaboration and cooperation that are valued in the work force. Second Grade and Fourth Grade students recently finished their first engineering challenge.

Second Graders were challenged to create apple carriers out of common household materials, including paper plates, foam trays, paper bags, straws, tin foil, string and yarn.  The children worked in small groups to brainstorm ideas that would meet the criteria. The apple carriers had to be able to hold at least three apples for a minimum of 10 steps. They needed to have handles and could not be supported from the bottom. Each group approached the challenge with a unique perspective while they developed their problem solving abilities.

Fourth Grade students were challenged to create a model of a building using only straws, paper clips, and tape. After testing their original structures for strength by seeing how many pennies the structure could hold, the students discovered that triangles are the strongest shape.  They had the opportunity to improve their original structure, and discovered that a wider base also helps improve stability.

This year in STEM each grade will be studying science subjects through an engineering lens, giving our children the opportunity to develop their problem solving and other skills that 21st employers will prize.

Exploravision Contest From Our STEM Teacher, Mrs. Fischer

This year Posnack students in grades 3-5 are participating in the Toshiba/NSTA Exploravision Contest. The ExploraVision competition is a national competition for K-12 students that engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM, making it an excellent addition to our STEM curriculum and ties into our Project Based Learning strategy. ExploraVision challenges students to envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology.

ExploraVision is a science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. Participating in this program will help our students develop a lifelong love of science, technology and innovation .The children will be working in small groups to simulate real research and development. Much of the work will take place in class, but they will need to do some of the work outside of class. As we start each step, I will post on the portal what we are working on and what work needs to be completed at home.

Currently we are in the middle of our brainstorming step. The students are in the process of finding a problem they want to solve. Future steps involve researching the current technology that might help solve their problem, and envision what it might look like in 20 years. Then they will need to describe the steps that have to happen to get us from the current state to the future, pros & cons of those developments, and obstacles.

Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a hand-held food allergen detector to a new device to help people who have lost limbs regain movement in real time. If you are interested in learning more, you can visit the following website:

http://www.exploravision.org/what-exploravision.

The children are excited and already have come up with many great suggestions.  I cannot wait to see what they envision and explore!

Sincerely,

 

Marsha Fischer

Lower School STEM teacher