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    Eighth Graders Deepen Understanding of Holocaust

    To enrich their understanding of the Holocaust, eight graders listened to the story of Polish Holocaust survivor, Bill Kay. He spoke to our students in depth about his family and how they were forced to leave their small town. His story spoke of the courage, determination, and strong love for family that allowed him to find a way to survive under brutal circumstances. Bill, a member of Rodef Sholom, also spoke to our students about his relationship with G-d, his family, and his community. Our students really appreciated what they were hearing and how special it is to hear from a survivor of the Holocaust. “He spoke so honestly and openly with the kids and they responded in kind with incredible questions,” said Judaic studies teacher Beverly Pinto. “I received a thank you note from Bill where he expressed his thanks to our kids for being so bright and interested.”

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    Fourth Grade Explores Mission Murals

    Yesterday, the fourth grade class traveled to the Mission in San Francisco as part of their ongoing, yearlong study of California. Students explored the murals, discussing the purposes of murals in a community and how artwork can build a community. Art teacher Lisa Levy joined the field trip as well, helping to integrate the students’ art class exploration, “What is Art?” into this experience. After observing the murals, students were given a tour of Mission Dolores to see the function and purpose of the Spanish missions. They were led by a member of the Ohlone Tribe, who discussed with them the affects the missions had on native Californians. It was a colorful, and educational, day for the fourth grade! MORE PHOTOS

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    Middle Schoolers Memorize Digits in Honor of Pi Day

    To celebrate Pi Day, middle school math teacher Lee Tempkin challenged the middle schoolers to memorize as many digits of pi as they could. Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders competed against one another and class champions were named. On Monday, the first, second, and third place finishers in each class went head to head. Memorizing pi teaches the importance of perserverance and effort; it also helps teach students about chunking, a strategy for learning random sequences of things. Sixth grader Zev S. was crowned the champion (he successfully recited 91 digits of pi!), sixth grader Cali K. took second place, and eighth grader Sophie Y. rounded out the top 3. Following the competition, all middle schoolers enjoyed pies that were brought in to celebrate the day. "I love the idea that sixth graders can beat eighth graders, and middle school students can beat adults. [With a challenge like this] age is not a significant quality to have in any way; anyone can compete," says Mr. Tempkin. MORE PHOTOS

WedApr01

5th Grade Outdoor Ed Parent Meeting

Location: BHDS Library Time: 8:00am - 9:00am
ThuApr02

2nd Grade Leads Tefillah

Location: Rodef Sholom Time: 8:00am - 9:00am
FriApr03

Passover Break, School Closed

Thru: 4/10/2015

First Seder, School Closed

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    San Francisco in Bloom

    We are pleased to announce, San Francisco in Bloom, a celebration of our unique city and fundraising opportunity to "plant the seeds" for our vibrant future. For more information, including tickets, click HERE. To bid on our online auction, click HERE.

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    Second and Seventh Graders Participate in Hands-On Activities about Japan

    Second and seventh graders came together for a collaborative learning event centered around the topic of Japan, as the two grades were each studying various aspects of Japanese culture, language, and history. In two lessons, seventh grade students taught the second graders about the Heian Period culture or feudal Japan, leading the second graders in grade level-appropriate hands-on learning activities. Stations included calligraphy, using sumi-e (the materials for traditional ink-wash painting); Japanese tea ceremony; traditional Japanese geisha makeup; Japanese sports and martial arts; and mochi making, among many others. Both the second and seventh graders are now experts on Japanese culture and history! "The Japan Fair taught us things that we did not learn in 2nd grade, like history and even more details about traditions and culture," said second grader Kaia B. "I really enjoyed learning about training to be a samurai, because we learned that samurais had to walk in ice and hold a hard pose for a long time, and we got to do the same thing!" MORE PHOTOS

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    Middle School Students Choreograph Indian Folk Dances in P.E.

    If you had walked passed the gym recently, you would have heard Indian folk dancing playing. The middle school students just completed a new unit in P.E.: Indian dance. Jessica Stanton—high school dance teacher, professional dancer, and wife of P.E. teacher Spencer Stanton—taught our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders 12 different dance steps of Bhangra, a type of Indian folk dance. After learning and practicing the steps, groups of 3-4 students created their own choreography for a two- to three-and-a-half-minute dance routine. This new unit was selected by the middle school P.E. department because "it is high energy and would help the students meet their moderate to vigorous physical activity recommendations," said Mr. Stanton. And the students had fun trying this new activity! Said eighth grader Sydney C., "I liked all the dancing. It was fun and different from the sports we usually do, and we've never done dance before. It's pretty physical and you get a good workout doing it." MORE PHOTOS

FriApr03

Passover Break, School Closed

Thru: 4/10/2015

First Seder, School Closed

MonApr06

Sean Koffman Bar Mitzvah

SatApr11

Quinn Klaiman Bar Mitzvah

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