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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 grader 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 is integrates the library and language arts curricula for our students and encourages them to connect internationally with their peers through books. The 4th and 5th grade students have begun reading the book Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm. Our students then correspond with students from around the world who are also reading the book at the same time and pace. Yesterday, our fourth graders skyped with a class from the Grand Cayman, discussing the book with their counterparts. The classes are also communicating with students from Canada, England, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. In addition, kindergarten, first, and second graders are engaged in the project through read alouds with Mrs. Atterman. Just this week, the classes received a postcard from a student in Salem, Massachusetts! Not only does this project bring excitement to reading, but it allows our students to connect with their peers in ways that go beyond the classroom.

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

    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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    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

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

SunOct26

Rodef Sholom Mitzvah Day

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

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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 . . .

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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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