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Grade 3 Enrichment Program

"Every child should have the chance to be exceptional without exception."~Dr. Joseph Renzulli

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Fall semester of our Enrichment program of STEAM Enrichment Clusters for Grade 3 to begin on Wednesday, Ocotber 25th. Our nine-week program affords every child an opportunity to participate in a STEAM-based Enrichment slot. This broad enrichment initiative reflects our deep commitment to enabling each student to discover and take pride in the gifts and talents with which she or he is endowed as well as our commitment to championing a broader conception of giftedness.

Your children will have the opportunity to explore an area of interest, talent, or passion in depth in science, technology, engineering, art-as-design, or math, while in a small group with other students and a facilitator who also share this interest. The challenging learning pursued is grounded in the production of a product, performance, or service for an authentic audience.

In this model, STEAM Enrichment Clusters disseminate enrichment pedagogy to every student and is founded on the belief that everyone has the potential to demonstrate gifted behavior. Our STEAM Enrichment Cluster Program and many varied enrichment learning offerings address the diverse abilities and strengths children possess. Our ultimate goal is to help children develop their interests and talents and understand how they can share their gifts with the world.


Please fill out the online Student Selection Form by Tuesday, October 17th after which date some STEAM Enrichment Clusters will become filled. We ask that each child select 3 enrichment learning opportunities in which he or she is interested.

Every student is guaranteed a place in one of his or her three selections. If only one selection is made, we cannot guarantee placement in that Enrichment Cluster.

Feel free to be in touch with Sharon Marson at: or at 718-548-1717 x1212 or Dr. Chaya Fine at: if you would like to be involved in this program or if you have any questions.

Rabbi Binyamin Krauss, Principal

Sharon Marson, Director of the Arts & Enrichment

Dr. Chaya Fine, Director of Science Curriculum &

STEM Initiative

Click here for a PDF of the Fall 2017 Enrichment Cluster brochure.
Click here to fill out the Student Selection Form


Are you a creator? Do you work well in partnership and come up with your best creative idea as a collaborator? In this Cluster you will be creating a variety of things with a partner such as: a video that you programmed, physical structures, programs for robots, and even 3D printers of objects that you design. We will be designing plans, revising our plans as we begin the design process and creating our visions (or our closest approximations!).

Facilitator: Rivka Heisler, mother of 4 Lego crazy kids, has built countless constructions. As one of SAR Lower School's technology coordinators, she enjoys teaching coding to the kindergarten through 4th grades. She knows several computing languages and participated in an educational cohort to learn more about teaching Scratch to elementary school students. Fascinated by the "internet of things" she has wifi controlled most of the lights in her house and programmed her dog's bowl to email her when he eats. She wishes she could play video games as well as she can program them.


What is electricity? How does it work? How does electricity travel? Did you know that electricity is even involved when you turn on a faucet? Let’s use STEAM principles: science, technology, engineering, art-as-design and math to figure it out. We will blink and buzz our way to electricity and circuitry! Create your own circuit and investigate which materials conduct electricity. Discover which ones insulate to stop electrons in their tracks. Explore and practice electricity safety. Make discoveries about batteries and create batteries out of common household items including a lemon, potatoes, and water. Then demonstrate your knowledge and mastery in designing a light-up card that uses conductive properties you came to understand in this charged Enrichment Cluster.

Facilitator: Morah Renata Cohen

Morah Renata is an artist, a curious math thinker, a scientist, and an innovator. She is now spearheading a Fairytale Engineering course for 1st & 2nd graders, teaching 3rd & 4th grade science, and is an art teacher exposing students to art through a math lens.


Energy, Physics, Chemistry . . . .Toys! Do you love exploring science and doing experiments? Do you ever wonder what makes toys work? We will explore how science is in toys and how toys can be science. Let’s build or take apart several popular toys and explore the mechanics inside: forces, motion, density, buoyancy, and more. Let’s see what is behind all that fun! With your recently acquired knowledge you may want to sketch a design for a new toy that includes science principles. Spark your imagination by seeing what happened when one motivated child built “Cain’s Arcade.” Could your design be the next big craze in toys?

Facilitator: Jennifer Sokol

Jennifer Sokol is our Program Coordinator and Middle School Science Teacher with a Masters Degree in Science Education. She loves hands-on science experiments and delving into the scientific mysteries found in all aspects of life.


Students will study works of famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and investigate how math and science concepts are used to create tints and shades used in these masterpieces. By using different ratios of primary and secondary colors you will create your own colors comprised of tints and shades. You will refer back to the data you collect when deciding which of these tints and shades to use to create a masterpiece of their own. Students will also explore the science behind light and color as they engage in hands-on activities that foster a deeper understanding of how we see the beautiful colors that surround us.

Facilitator: Chani Jaskoll

Chani, a professional artist and has been SAR’s art teacher for many years. She is a watercolorist and painter who has exhibited and won numerous art awards.

5. i-BOOK PUBLISHING COMPANY: Photographs And Memories*

Tell your personal story in a creative way! Do you have photographs of a time or place or people that you cherish? Would you like to create a photo book of that favorite part of your life? Then you will enjoy using the technology of an on-line publishing program to turn your favorite memories into a custom-made book! Use art-as-design in various ways to arrange your photographs in a unique layout, embellish your backgrounds, and add some text. Come preserve and publish in the Photographs & Memories Enrichment Cluster!

Facilitators: Beth Pepper & Barbara Sopher Morah Beth, GS Principal, has a passion for stories and books that chronicle people’s lives and record personal as well as collective history. Barbara Sopher currently works for Sopher Management, and is a Social Worker with an MBA from Columbia U. Her true love is being with her family and at SAR!

*25-35 personal photographs related to a theme are required. Photos need to be brought in digitally on a USB flash drive.


Learn to design video games without having to code! We will learn about the elements of game design by actually making and playing a variety of games. We will start with GameStar Mechanic System and move to other methods as time allows.

Facilitator: Rabbi Rosenberg

Rabbi Rosenberg serves as JudeoTech Integrator at SAR. Most recently he was a winner of the ATID Day School Challenge for Creative Classroom Teaching and the First Prize Winner of the Jewish Education Project/PresenTense Hackathon. In his spare time he teacher Limudei Kodesh in fifth grade and is Rav of Congregation Eitz Chaim of Kew Garden Hills. He is author of the best-selling Unofficial Hogwarts Haggadah and the forthcoming expanded edition of Morality for Muggles.


Are you inspired by nature? Do you notice patterns in the world around you? Do you like taking photographs? Are you interested in learning about the art of photography? Through the lens of the camera you will learn to see and capture many math-based patterns in our environment. You will learn to use the iPad camera and how to edit photos like a professional photographer. In this STEAM Enrichment Cluster you will explore various famous math patterns: Fibonacci, tessellations and fractals. You’ll be inspired by artists M.C Escher, Pier Mondrian, Zellige, and the photography art form to explore concept of patterns in nature.

Facilitator: Morah Adiella Shem Tov

Adiella, has a BFA from Concordia U. majoring in sculpture, minoring in psychology. She’s an art educator joyfully wearing many hats at SAR. In the art room she develops innovative, meaningful curriculum for grades N-6 to explore and create. Adiella, also a singer/song-writer, recently joining SAR’s Choir as Co- Director and the 3rd grade music program. She is a multi-media artist who loves fusing Torah & spiritually into all her creations and loves combining so many interests at SAR.


Come join this fun musical theater group who will play and explore the world of animals through songs and pieces from various famous musical theater scores and stories! Learn about various animals and their distinct characteristics through song and drama that will culminate in a Musical Theater performance at the end of the STEAM Enrichment Cluster semester.

Facilitator: Morah Sigal Chen

Sigal Chen graduated the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance (B.MUS) and received a Master's in Music Education at Lehman College. She is a professional singer and voice teacher and has performed complete operas at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Sigal is looking forward to sharing her musical skills and passion with the young students at SAR.


Students will explore the difference between a structure (an object that can move only as a whole) and a mechanism (a device that has independently moving parts). Most mechanisms are designs to make work easier, but students will learn to create a mechanism whose purpose is to tell a story. While building their own simple mechanisms out of cardboard and pegboard, students will explore forces, levers, linkages, pivots, fulcrum, effort, load and mechanical advantage. Based on the knowledge developed, students will design and create a mechAnimation (an animated mechanism) and write the story it’s telling.

Facilitator: Dr. Chaya Fine

Chaya Fine has taught 7th grade science at SAR for the past 14 years and is currently serving as the Director of Science Curriculum and STEM initiative. Having participated in STEM conferences and workshops at the elementary school level, she is thrilled to be able to work with younger students in STEAM Enrichment Clusters this year.


Working with a real engineer, students will design and build their own water wheel after learning about the various and necessary components. They will then use homemade waterwheels to explore topics such as gravity, motion, electricity, power, energy preservation and energy transformation. Students will also study how natural resources are used to produce energy and how humans have designed and built other structures and mechanisms to harness the energy found within natural resources such as wind, water, lightening. They will develop their engineering imagination designing their own simple structure from natural resources of their choice!

Facilitator: Morah Ayelet Feinberg

Ayelet joined SAR when she moved from Israel 4 years ago and brought many talents with her. She is currently working with Lower School students in Voice and Choice, Makerspace, Coding/Robotics and science/STEM classes and well as serving as faculty advisor for MS STEM projects and competitions.