First Month with the Artist in Residence!

KBA’s 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades are super excited to welcome Mr. Ben back to KBA for the artist in residence program!!  For this years project students are making the city of the future out of straw, pipe cleaners, recycled materials and so much more.  Stay tuned to see what these talented artist create!!

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**KBA family and friends the art room is looking for recycled water bottles, cans or any type of plastic bottles.  Please give them to your child to bring to school.  Thank you!!**

Have an Artastic Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving KBA family and friends!  First graders are celebrating this holiday by creating beautiful warm colored fall leaves!  You can see these beautiful watercolor leaves hanging right outside the art room!  Ask your child what the three warm colors are?!?

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Gobble Gobble till you Wobble Wobble!

Art Gets Crafty!

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Students created these fantastic centerpieces for the Shabbos Project of South Jersey – Women’s Challah Bake. Our KBA Board President, Susan LeVine, was honored for her commitment to inclusion and programs for individuals with special needs.  Students in Preschool- 2nd grade helped create monochromatic prints.  3rd-5th and middle school created the tissue paper flowers.

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Thank you to all the KBA family and friends who helped collect over 50 tissue boxes for our project!! We would not have been able to do it without you!1st-grade

Please excuse our mess…the kids are creating masterpieces!

The Art Room Loves Color!

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Hello KBA family and friends!  We are fired up about the 5th grade Op Art Color Wheels!  Students are redesigning the color wheel by, creating an optical illusion.  They are using markers and prismacolor pencils to shade in each color.  Below you will see some amazing shading in action!

 

Ask your kids if they can identify the different parts of the color wheel!?  

What are the three Primary colors?

Color up your life!”

What’s Cooking in the Art Room!

art-room-logoHello KBA family and friends!  The art room is getting bloggy!  We are super excited to share all of the creative and fun things happening inside the art room.  Currently our talented artist are learning about the elements of art, while creating marvelous works of art!  Check out below how 2nd grade tackles water coloring!

 

A friendly reminder…the art room is looking for cubed size tissue boxes.  The more the better!

The earth without art is just “eh.” Go make art!”

Award Winning Essay – Moral Courage: Heroes

“On behalf of the Anti-Defamation League and No Place for Hate®, we are honored to congratulate you on being the Grand Prize winner in ADL’s 2016 Spring Essay Contest, Division II: 7th and 8th grade. We received over 350 essays, and your essay, Moral Courage: Heroes, resonated with judges and stood out among all the others.  As the Grand Prize winner, you will receive a cash prize from the contest’s sponsor, TD Bank.”

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Moral Courage: Heroes   By: Gavi Melman

Not all heroes wear capes and fly. Normal people do amazing things every day, risking life and limb for another human being who they might not even know. Without these courageous acts of loving-kindness the world would be much different and crueler than it is today. These types of people do everything from opening the door for an older person, which is something we can all do, to putting themselves in harm’s way to protect the defenseless. While some acts are more astounding than others, every action counts.

According to the dictionary, moral courage is defined as “the courage to take action for moral reasons despite the risk of adverse consequences.” I think this is mostly true, but that they left out a key part: it is the courage to take action against injustice despite the fear of negative consequences in the future, AND despite the current and recurring pressure to conform and “go with the flow” even when one knows that “the flow” is morally corrupt.

Loukas Karrer and Bishop Chrysostomos are heroes who impacted the world, despite immense risk, for the better. Loukas Karrer was the Mayor of Zakynthos, an island in Greece, during the time of the Nazi occupation soon after World War II began. When the Nazis conquered Greece, the governor of Zakynthos asked Karrer for a list of the names of all the Jews that lived there. The Mayor was indecisive at first, and decided to ask the Bishop Chrysostomos on his opinion of what he should do. Everyone knew that every single person whose name he put on that list would be ‘exterminated’; the only question was if he would comply with the macabre request or have the moral courage to fight it.

As it turned out, the answer was that he not only could, but would fight. Both Karrer and Chrysostomos showed immense moral courage and refused to sell out their loyal Jewish citizens to worshippers of the Angel of Death. Enraged, the governor gave them one more chance to change their minds and demanded that they give him the paper with the Jewish names on it. Most daringly of all, they decided they would give him a paper with names – though not the ones he was expecting. When the governor took the note the men had given him, it had but two names on it: Loukas Karrer and Dimitrios Chrysostomos. They vowed that if the Nazis wanted to take their Jews, they would have to take them first.

Not only did Karrer report to the governor; he also wrote a letter to Hitler, the man who had ordered the deaths of Zakynthos’s and the rest of Europe’s Jews. In the letter, Karrer explained that the Jews in his land were officially under his protection and could not be taken away to be killed. Karrer wanted to make it as clear as possible that his Jews, if no one else’s, would survive the Holocaust, regardless of Hitler’s wishes.

Even without the names, the Jews could still hypothetically be sniffed out by the Nazi bloodhounds, so for their safety Karrer ordered them to hide. Many hid in Christian homes where they were protected and treated like family. On an island of thousands, with less than 300 Jews total, not one Christian gave up their Jewish friends’ identities to the Nazis. All of them knew about it; if even one had been too weak to keep quiet and had caved in and told, the whole Jewish community might have been lost. Fortunately, the group effort and the work of each individual payed off and not a single Jew was caught.

Mayor Karrer and Bishop Chrysostomos did not die while standing up for the rights of their fellow Greeks. Loukas lived from 1909-1985, while the Bishop’s life spanned the years from 1890 until 1958. They both survived to see the good they caused and the 275 Jewish lives they saved. Neither thought he was being a hero – they had simply done the humane, respectable thing to do.

Doing what one thinks is right – even if in reality it is really wrong – shows moral courage. Unless one takes control of his own situation and changes it, nothing gets better. The brave mayor and bishop took the matter of their Jews lives into their own hands and decided to save them. Hopefully people will have the chance to be heroes like Karrer and Chrysostomos by changing lives for good.

DC with Mrs. Barmach

My name is Jordyn Meltzer and I am an 8th grader here at Kellman Brown Academy. I would like to share a little bit about my DC experience but before I do so, I need to hit rewind and take you back to three years ago when my older sister Gabbi, a KBA graduate, was in my position.
Three years ago, I couldn’t understand the excitement she had about politics, current events and the then ‘g-d awful news’. She talked about this thing called “Barmach” and how she aced “A Barmach test”. It seems that all of her friends wanted to do just that! It was a bit scary for me.
Let’s fast forward to today. I have since learned that Barmach is a person – Mrs. Barmach, our Social Studies teacher. I now understand the excitement about current events and the importance of knowing what’s going on in the world around us. I now understand how our leaders impact relationships across the globe. I now understand the importance of voting and making sure the right leaders represent the United States of America.
I now understand the “Barmach Thing” and her rigorous push to get us involved and in the know. Mrs. Barmach brings the classroom to life with real world, current events that we can all relate to today. Mrs. Barmach’s learnings are often at the heart of our family dinner conversations or as we call them ‘political chats’ amongst family. She teaches us that any one of us can represent the USA in Washington DC. She believes in us.
Yesterday I was able to meet Senator Booker. Senator Booker was the mayor of Newark, NJ and is now one of our Senators. I was very excited to have this opportunity to meet with someone who has the ability to effect change in what happens with New Jerseys laws. Each and every day, I watch and learn about Senator Booker and other politicians in the news.
Senator Booker was friendly and I was surprised to hear him speak about how much he knew about Judaism. He even used some Hebrew phrases as he spoke with us. It was comforting to know that someone who represents our state was in touch with Jewish-ness.
I can’t quite describe the full feeling, but I can say that to have the experience of seeing the politicians in action was exhilarating. To have the ability to watch a bill become law, or not, was empowering. While watching congress in action, I had the honor of sitting next to Mrs. Barmach and the excitement as each senator or congressman walked in was infectious. We saw Senator John McCain and Senator Mitch McConnell to name a few. I am willing to bet you don’t all know who Senator Mitch McConnell is, but rest assured the 8th grade class does!
I thank my parents and my grandparents for giving me the opportunity to be here at Kellman Brown Academy. I thank Kellman Brown Academy for creating and providing a great learning environment. Last but not least, I thank Mrs. Barmach for being Mrs. Barmach. My sister Gabriella still says you had a great and positive impact in her academic life. I am proud to say that I second her motion.
Thank you.

What a new KBA parent is saying about KBA:

Rubins 2016 Flower ShowAnna Rubin (mom of Joe-P4)

When we were looking for schools for Joe we pretty much ruled out public schools in Philadelphia instantly. Adam went to public school and didn’t like it and frankly the state of public schools in Philadelphia (center city where we live) is a bit sad. I went to a Jewish day school (Solomon Schechter) for elementary school and loved it (my yeshiva – modern orthodox – high school, not as much).

Since private school was going to be a definite we wanted to send Joe (and Ben now of course) to a school that we could identify with and one with a community we felt comfortable with and that we were excited to become a part of. We looked at a few local schools, Friend schools and a local progressive private school, and while they were nice and certainly physically closer (at least in miles, never mind that with traffic it could take forever to get to one or any of them) they just didn’t get us excited.

We then looked at Jewish education opportunities in our area. There are a few synagogues that offer preschool programs but we liked but we would then be on the hunt for a school again come kindergarten. we looked at other area day schools and they were not a fit for us (and Joe wouldn’t have been able to start until Kindergarten). Then we found KBA (thank you google!!) and I went to visit and fell in love from the minute I walked in the door. After spending an hour learning about the school and touring the building I couldn’t wait to bring Adam.

Here is a list of features that sold us on KBA over our other Jewish school options:

1. The preschool program – so awesome that we could send Joe there from preschool through 8th without having him have to switch school. I only wish we had found KBA sooner so he could have started in P3.

2. The building – the bright and happy facilities.The artwork along the walls had us smiling and made the building warm and inviting. The care for the environment. It’s wonderful that the building and school are so green.

3. The love of Israel (huge seller for Adam) and the Israel trip  – what an amazing opportunity!

4. The education and program. The balance of Jewish education and secular studies is great, interweaving Jewish morals and values through out. We also really appreciate the integration of current technology in the middle school. I was particularly impressed by the art program. The after school offerings are also fantastic!

5. The amazing community. From the start we felt welcome and like we were being taken in by a family.

6. When considering the costs of a private education the value of a KBA education for the tuition is phenomenal!

Even when we take into account the travel from our home in Philadelphia (gas, toll, etc.) we are still more than happy we chose KBA. It only takes 30 minutes (less without traffic) to get from our house to school and that is the same or less time than it would take Joe to travel to a Philadelphia school on the bus or even car pool.

April – by Alison Coyne, Guidance Counselor

blog-1blog-4Our school pledge reminds us of the importance of treating others with kavod.  I think we can all say that the values exemplified by KBA students have always been a hallmark of our school.  Nothing warms my heart more than seeing our students offering their help and support of one another.  Do you remember the Kindness projects started in 2014 after our Fifth graders read the book Wonder?  I know that their stories left a lasting impression on me.

It should come as no surprise that Kellman Brown Academy has had their first project as an applicant to become a No Place For Hate School approved.  This past fall students in grades Kindergarten – Eighth submitted drawings for what they envisioned a No Place for Hate School to represent.  A few of these drawings will be selected to become the future Tribute Cards used by KBA.  Each time a donation is made to KBA, the Community will be reminded of the values that we encompass as a school.  The No Place for Hate Initiative provides schools and communities a framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate.  It provides one consistent message supported by the Anti-Defamation League that all students have a safe place to belong when at school.
We have all taken the No Place for Hate Promise:

To treat others fairly.
To do our best to be kind to everyone- even if they are not like us.
To tell a teacher if we see someone being hurt or bullied.
To allow everyone to feel safe and happy at school.
To want our school to be a No Place for hate.

In our Middle School Advisory, students made banners that will be displayed in the Gymnasium depicting the school theme of responsibility and how this relates to how we treat others.

 

On May 19th, “Cheese” (Brawley Chisholm) from the Harlem Globetrotters will be visiting KBA to do a special program for Gan through 8th graders – “The ABC’s of Bullying Prevention.” Designed by the Globetrotters in collaboration with the National Campaign to Stop Violence, this program will help us further our goal to be a No Place for Hate.

blog-2 blog-3 blog-5What will our next projects be?  A book club?  Starting a pen pal program with students in different parts of the community, country, or world?  Making a commercial or infomercial to teach others?  I welcome your ideas and suggestions!

acoyne@kellmanbrownacademy.org