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    Art Becomes Sweet for Sixth Grade

    Art is sweet for our sixth grade class! Students were each assigned a Yiddush word to learn about and were then tasked with reinterpreting the word into a candy bar. This annual projects teaches our students how to communicate through art and interpret words into art. The sixth graders are also learning about colored pencils and how light shaded and dark shaded pencils provide different perspectives. Yiddush words being reinterpreted include chazarei (junk), shvitz (sweat), plotz (to collapse or faint), and shmutz (dirt). If the students are successful in their project and don't eat their model candy bars before the project is over, art teacher Lisa Levy promises to let the sixth graders enjoy the candy bars! MORE PHOTOS

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    Music Tefillah Showcases Student Achievements

    This morning's music tefillah highlighted the work that our kindergarten through 4th grade students have been doing in their music classes this year. Kindergarteners sang a blues song, first graders played Orff instruments, second graders debuted the ukelele, playing songs including "Three Little Birds," third graders performed an encore performance from their class tefillah of "Shiru L'adonai" on the guitar, and fourth graders played songs on the recorder. This annual tefillah service truly highlights our great Brandeis Marin community, as everyone came together with music and song. "The music tefillah today was simply wonderful," says Hebrew and Judaic studies teacher Dorit Israel. "All of the students were amazing. Thank you, Mr. Scott, for showing us how meaningful and spiritual the music tefillah can be." MORE PHOTOS

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    Balmy Alley Field Trip Inspires Fourth Grade Murals

    When they visited Balmy Alley in March, fourth graders learned about the process of creating murals and the mathematical nature of this art form. Now, fourth graders have been creating their own murals of things they have learned throughout the year in the style of these Balmy Alley murals. Working in pairs, students drew an image and then Ms. Levy graphed the image (she placed graph lines on top of the image). Once graphed, students transferred the image to large paper to apply their design one square at a time. One group drew a ship with the name and masts labeled as pieces of information they have learned. Another group drew a native California woman shooting an arrow in the forest. This mural project not only tasks our students with thinking artistically about their studies, but it also has them applying math skills to their murals and practicing their work with oil pastels. MORE PHOTOS

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    Tzedek Project Turns Seventh Graders into Philanthropists

    The seventh graders presented checks to 22 non-profit organizations this morning, the culmination of the yearlong Tzedek Project—an iconic BHDS project that was recently featured in the book The Opposite of Spoiled. Throughout the year, seventh graders listened to guest speakers from various organizations, experienced a tzedek-themed outdoor education trip, and finally put their studies into action by researching and presenting to their classmates about 22 non-profit organizations. The class gave donations of $324 (18 times 18) to 17 of the organizations, and as a class foundation, they determined which 5 organizations received $5,000 impact grants. In total, the class donated over $30,000. With the help of Amanda Silber Levitt, who has facilitated a similar process at the Jewish Federation to help them allocate funds, the students arrived at a set of shared criteria to evaluate the organizations through individual and small group thinking. The five organizations to receive impact grants were: Alive & Free, Berkeley Lab Foundation, Dr. Hodes’ Clinic (JDC), Potential Energy, and World of Children. Click HERE for a list of all organizations that received donations. Read on for more information...MORE PHOTOS

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    School Spring Concert a Smashing Success

    Reviving a BHDS musical tradition from years ago, Tuesday evening's School Spring Concert felt like a "first-ever" event. The lower school band, middle school band, and lower school chorus performed to a packed audience of parents and families. The audience was serenaded with songs that shared the themes of peace, gratitude, and humor, and included "Some Nights," "Hey Jude," and Pompeii." A light reception followed the performances. The concert was a smashing success! Band teacher Matthew DePasquale and music teacher Kimberly Lostetter hope this becomes an annual event. "We wanted to give students an opportunity to showcase the music that they have been learning and working on all semester," said Ms. Lostetter. "It was such a great event that had more of a formal performance feel to it, and the students really stood up to the challenge. I couldn't be more proud of the students and their performance." MORE PHOTOS (Thanks to Shelley Friedman and Ruth Katz for photos)

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    BHDS-SF Bikes to School

    For the third year in a row, BHDS-SF participated in Bike to School Day. On Friday, May 8, twenty families strapped on their helmets and hopped on their bikes for their journey to school. Fifth grade teacher (and former first grade teacher) Kelly McDonough has organized this day for the past two years with her first grade classes, but decided this year to expand it to the whole school. This day is just another example of how we live our core values every day; what better way to embody tikkun olam than to bike to school and bring awareness to green alternatives to driving. "I worked with members of the environment committee (Debbie Sweet, Liz Diamond, and Shannon Atlas) to organize this event because we think it's important for kids and families to have an opportunity to experience life on two wheels," said Ms. McDonough. "Bicycling is good for the planet, the community, and for the rider, so we were happy to organize this event for BHDS families to get together...It was a success!"

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