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  • Eighth graders pose with Isidore Karten

    Eighth Graders Preview Film about the Jewish Partisans of World War II

    The 8th grade class participated in an incredible program this week, previewing a film that premiered at the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation (JPEF) Gala fundraiser on Monday and having the opportunity to speak with the film’s producers. The film follows two teenage boys—Jonathan, 18, and Izzy, 14—who travel with their father to Ukraine to the place where their grandfather fought with the partisans during World War II. The film really touched our students, as it is shown from the perspective of a 14 year old. One of our 8th graders noted, “I learned a lot about the partisans…I also learned a lot about how the Jews did, in fact, fight back. I think [this film] expands my knowledge. I learned with my heart." Our 8th graders had the opportunity to not only speak with the boys, but also with Mitch Braff, the founder and executive director of JPEF. This film showing and discussion is a precursor to the Judaic studies unit on the Holocaust that our 8th graders will begin at the beginning of the second semester. Click HERE to see a short preview of the film, Survival in the Forest: Isidore Karten and the Partisans.

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    First Grade and Kindergarten Learn about Farms, and Get Their Hands Dirty

    To bring their studies of neighborhoods, communities, and symbiotic relationships to life, first graders—joined by kindergarten class—visited the Spring Hill Jersey Cheese and Petaluma Creamery this week. The students learned about the different jobs on a farm and the products that farms produce, a great segue to their next unit on nutrition. After learning about farms, the kindergarten and first graders had a chance to get their hands dirty, digging potatoes and picking out pumpkins. The highlight of the field trip for our students was jumping in the giant pit of corn kernels (similar to a ball pit)! MORE PHOTOS

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    Lower School Participates in Global Read Aloud

    Our lower school students have started a global project called Global Read Aloud. Spearheaded by fourth grade teacher Jamie Fox and librarian Liz Atterman, the project has been expanded this year from just the fourth graders involvement in 2013 to our entire lower school this year. Created in 2010, the project was created with the goal, “One book to connect the world.” This project integrates the library and language arts curricula for our students and encourages them to connect internationally with their peers through books. Read on for how our lower school classes are participating in the Global Read Aloud...

SunOct26

Rodef Sholom Mitzvah Day

Location: BHDS Kindergarten Yard Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
MonOct27

5th Grade Field Trip

Time: 6:45am - 1:30pm

6th Grade Volleyball

Time: 3:45pm - 4:30pm
TueOct28

8th Grade HOC Coffee

Location: Library Time: 8:15am - 9:15am

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    Judo Classes Combine Exercise, Discipline—and Fun!

    Offered as part of our enrichment program to both beginning and advanced students, judo is a modern martial art that develops the mind, body, and spirit of its participants. Students in this after-school class are learning the basic skills of Ukemi (falling), Kata (forms), Tachi waza (standing techniqies), Newaza (grappling techniques), and Randori (free exercise) in a fun-and-games–oriented way. There are currently 23 students learning this martial art that combines exercise and discipline with fun. One parent whose daughter participates in the program lauded, "If I was going to an outside studio and [my daughter] was receiving this caliber of instruction, I would be thrilled; the fact that she gets it from one of her teachers as part of the after-school program is fantastic." Says judo instructor (and BHDS lower school head of physical education) Nobu Kotani, "I believe that academics, technology, and social/emotional skills are extremely important at school; adding martial arts skills helps to increase students' confidence levels to do well in school." MORE PHOTOS

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    Fifth Graders Explore the Hand Drum

    The fifth graders began exploring the hand drum this week in music class. After first familiarizing themselves with the instruments, the students are now using graphic notation to create and perform their own compositions. Each group's composition will be joined together to create a piece in rondo form—where the main melody (refrain) alternates with contrasting themes. The entire grade will play the refrain and the small groups will alternate playing their contrasting themes. Once the class composition is complete, the fifth grade class will have the opportunity to perform their piece for the entire school at an upcoming assembly. MORE PHOTOS

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    Plant and Animal Cells Make a Colorful—If Not Edible—Project

    Seventh graders recently engaged in a project called "The Incredible Edible Cell." Using all shapes and sorts of candies immersed in gelatin, students worked in teams to replicate the cellular structures of both plant and animal cells. They then had to justify their choices for using various shapes to represent each cellular component. Inspite of the title and their eye-appeal, the projects were not consumed upon completion! MORE PHOTOS

SunOct26

LGBT Family Get Together

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
TueOct28

SSAT

Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
WedOct29

5th Grade HOC Coffee

Location: Library Time: 9:15am - 10:15am

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