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    Middle School Architects Create Passive Solar Design Models

    The middle school architecture elective has been busy in their studio working on projects centered on the theme of shelter. Using the software program Minecraft and working in groups of two, our student architects have learned the ins and outs of designing and building homes that take into account specific guidelines (such as number of bedrooms/bathrooms, how big the building needs to be, types of living spaces required, building/safety codes). Students created passive solar design home models - the foundation of a sustainable, green house - that block the high, intense summer sun, allow light to enter during the winter, and manipulate indirect light into otherwise dark, windowless spaces. This hands-on elective weaves together creativity, math, computer skills, and history; in addition to building their own houses, students have been learning about the midcentury modern design movement and the influential Jewish architects to come out of that period. Our student architects are well on their way to being the next Marcel Breuer and Joseph Eichler! MORE PHOTOS

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    BHDS Celebrates Sukkot

    Tonight is the start of Sukkot, one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar. Art teacher, Lisa Levy has created an incredibly innovative sukkah (booth) made out of recycled cereal boxes. A description of the use and waste involved in cereal boxes is posted in the sukkah to promote discussion about the environmental impact of consumer packaging. In the spirit of the festival, this is an important discussion for our students and ourselves. During Sukkot next week, every Jewish Studies class will spend time in the sukkah to study, eat, and enjoy. Fourth grade students have put together treats for the rest of the school to enjoy in the sukkah. We will also have a lulav and etrog in the sukkah and students will learn about the rituals associated with the holiday. As always, students are welcome to eat in the sukkah and enjoy time together in that beautiful and meaningful space. MORE PHOTOS

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    Eighth Graders Delve into 4 Essential Questions Through Reading and Writing Exercises

    In their English class, eighth graders are working on practicing close reading strategies as a way to interact more effectively with a variety of texts. To practice these strategies, our students have been reading Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie. In class, Ms. Franklin reads selections aloud while students annotate their copies of the book, and they then share with one another salient passages. Students also complete double entry journals, a strategy designed to teach students the elements of a narrative and how this relates to the development of their own writing. As a tie-in, eighth graders have just completed a detailed process in the writing of personal narrative essays, inspired by the semi-autobiographical novel they are reading. Read on for more...

WedOct22

PA Evening Meeting

Location: Kurland Lounge Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
ThuOct23

5th Grade Field Trip

Time: 8:10am - 12:00pm

Cross Country Meet (Gr 3-5)

Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
FriOct24

2013 Filed Tax Return (if received filing extension) Due to SSS to Complete 2014-15 Tuition Assistance Application

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    Second Graders Learn Programming, Create Sukkot Stories

    Second grade has been working this week on learning introductory computer programming skills using Scratch Jr., an iPad app created through a collaboration between the Developmental Technologies research group at Tufts University and the Lifeflong Kindergarten group at MIT. By using this app, the students are learning about the importance of sequencing to create computer programs. The students are working diligently to create Sukkot stories that will demonstrate some of the skills they have gained over the course of the week.

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    First Graders Get Hands-on at Hidden Villa

    Last week, the first graders went on their first field trip of the year to Hidden Villa. Hidden Villa, a hands-on educational farm in Los Altos Hills, provided our students opportunities to touch a wool sweater on the hoof, taste a root, and pet various farm animals. In the garden, students learned the importance of plants and got to smell, feel, see, and taste various herbs, vegetables, and fruits. In addition to petting the farm animals, first graders felt freshly laid eggs and watched a big pig eat its messy lunch! The farm tour gave our students the chance to see, directly at the source, what their families buy at the grocery store. MORE PHOTOS

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    Third Grade Writers Use "Spider Legs" for Much More Than Scary Stories

    In Writer’s Workshop sessions, third graders have been learning techniques for revision, for inserting and elaborating on details, and for getting to the heart of a story. In one revision strategy—called “Spider Legs”—students write revisions/insertions on slips of paper, then tape them to the sides of their yellow-pad story drafts. Said Lori Galante, general studies teacher, “Writers are no longer drafting many ideas in their notebooks, but rather learning strategies to make one story better. Our writers have now chosen their favorite small moment to revise.” Having rehearsed this chosen moment with their writing partners (by telling it out loud), the students are now writing “discovery drafts.”

    In a guided inquiry session, students consulted with their current “mentor text,” Come On, Rain, to analyze what author Karen Hesse did to make her writing so strong, and then turned to other mentor texts to learn how to write strong leads . . .

FriOct24

2013 Filed Tax Return (if received filing extension) Due to SSS to Complete 2014-15 Tuition Assistance Application

SatOct25

Jacob Lauter Bar MItzvah (San Francisco)

SunOct26

LGBT Family Get Together

Location: TBD Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
MonOct27

Parent Ed Series: "What To Expect When You Have a 6th Grader"

Location: Library Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

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