Posted October 21, 2013
Last week, the fifth grade had some special visitors —snakes! Typically, in learning about Noah’s Ark, students draw arks with exotic animals peeping over the sides. Rabbi Elisheva and her class got to thinking—Noah must have had a huge collection of species of animals, exotic ones included. In order to give an idea of the dimension of diversity involved in Noah’s collection, the 5th graders had a visit from a snake keeper...MORE PHOTOS
Posted October 16, 2013
Former SF Supervisor and current SF Assessor/Recorder came to visit BHDS this week and tour the school. She attended our 50th Gala last spring as an elected official and was so impressed with what she heard that she wanted to see our school first hand!
Posted October 15, 2013
This time of year provides lots of opportunities to perpetuate the high interest of the student by weaving math, language arts, social studies and science content into fall thematic material. Joined by their 8th grade peer helpers, the kindergarteners learned to work with crayons and watercolors to create beautiful fall scenes. The students also adopted a maple tree on campus and observed and documented the tree by drawing what it looks like...MORE PHOTOS
Posted October 8, 2013
In the first grade, guests are invited to become a Mystery Reader. Mystery Readers come to the class in disguise. The students then ask yes or no questions to determine the identity of the Mystery Reader. The Mystery Reader then reveals his or her identity and reads a short picture book to the class. Mystery readers can be parents, teachers, students, grandparents—basically, anyone who can read! Even multiple mystery readers may come in at the same time!
Posted October 7, 2013
Applying their newly acquired expertise in microscopy, seventh graders have been investigating and comparing the structure of plant and animal cells, learning the nomenclature and then creating their own cell models from gelatin, pasta, and candies of various shapes and colors. The students worked in partnerships, first creating cell blueprints and justifying why they chose certain materials to represent the different cell organelles, in addition to explaining their functions. MORE PHOTOS
Posted September 16, 2013
Our fabulous BHDS parent volunteers built the school Sukkah (temporary dwelling) for the fall harvest festival of Sukkot. A huge thank-you to our parent volunteers! The students will be decorating and eating in the sukkah next week. Stay tuned for more Sukkot news!
Posted September 15, 2013
Combining Jewish learning with environmentalism, fourth graders went to a nearby body of water just before Yom Kippur to perform a modern mitzvah and an ancient ritual. Donning latex gloves, students picked up trash along the way as they walked to the lake. After filling and hauling away many bags of trash, they performed the tradition of Tashlich — casting away the past year's "mistakes," symbolized by breadcrumbs. While Tashlich is tied to Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, tikkun olam ("repairing the world") is a year-round concept. MORE PHOTOS
Posted September 12, 2013
Rabbi Scop and our fourth and fifth grade students participated in the ancient practice of making shofarot this week. They began by selecting a ram's horn that was just right for them. The horns were then drilled, cut and sanded until each horn was ready to welcome the new year. If you were here at dismissal you got to hear first hand the beautiful sound of our community being called together as students practiced their newfound shofar blowing skills.
Posted August 22, 2013
Our middle school students are kicking off the school year away from our classrooms at a two-day offsite retreat with advisors and teachers. The retreat builds a sense of community and bonding that enhances learning throughout the year. SEE PHOTOS | ABOUT OUR MS RETREAT
Posted August 21, 2013
The hallways and classrooms at BHDS resonated with the happy voices of our students and families celebrating the start of the 2013-14 school year...welcome back, we missed you! SEE PHOTOS
Posted December 20, 2012
Once a year, just before winter break, our middle school celebrates "Spirit Week," a fun tradition that builds community and faculty-student relationships. This year, the daily themes included "Twins Day" and "Dress as a Faculty Member" (with faculty members dressing as students). On the last day of school middle school students make and serve pancakes and cocoa to all the lower school classes - in their pajamas. SEE PHOTOS