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  • San Francisco in Bloom

    Posted March 19, 2015

    We are pleased to announce, San Francisco in Bloom, a celebration of our unique city and fundraising opportunity to "plant the seeds" for our vibrant future. For more information, including tickets, click HERE. To bid on our online auction, click HERE.

  • BHDS Celebrates Passover

    Posted April 1, 2015
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    Students in Judaic studies classes have been studying about and preparing to observe the Pesach holiday, which begins this year with the first seder on Friday evening. Today, in lieu of the regular Thursday morning lower school tefillot, grades 3-5 sang holiday songs and then divided into groups to explore stations set up in the gym, each station representing one of the 15 steps of the seder.

    Students in grades K-2 participated in a lively version of the traditional bedikat chameitz ("search for chameitz"). Third graders in Hebrew class dressed as the characters in the tale of "Chad Gadya"—"One Kid"—and sang the song together.

    Earlier in the week, lower school students enjoyed a dialogue about the holiday with Israeli teenagers during a special visit from the Diller Teen Fellows. The Israeli teens shared games, stories, and their own Passover traditions with our students . . .

  • Two BHDS Students Win National Hebrew Poetry Contest!

    Posted March 31, 2015
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    Two BHDS students have placed first in their categories in the nation-wide Hebrew Poetry Contest, sponsored annually by RAVSAK: the Jewish Community Day School Network. Fifth grader Inbal C. won first place in the native speaker category; fourth grader Joseph L. won first place as a non-native speaker.

    "Two first places for our students is indeed a high honor," responded Debby Arzt-Mor, department head of Hebrew and Judaic studies. "Thanks goes to the full Hebrew faculty at our school for engaging our students in Hebrew poetry writing."

    The winning poems are available online HERE, and will be printed in the summer issue of HaYidiyon, RAVSAK's journal . . .

  • Second and Seventh Graders Participate in Hands-On Activities about Japan

    Posted March 25, 2015

    Second and seventh graders came together for a collaborative learning event centered around the topic of Japan, as the two grades were each studying various aspects of Japanese culture, language, and history. In two lessons, seventh grade students taught the second graders about the Heian Period culture or feudal Japan, leading the second graders in grade level-appropriate hands-on learning activities. Stations included calligraphy, using sumi-e (the materials for traditional ink-wash painting); Japanese tea ceremony; traditional Japanese geisha makeup; Japanese sports and martial arts; and mochi making, among many others. Both the second and seventh graders are now experts on Japanese culture and history!

    "The Japan Fair taught us things that we did not learn in 2nd grade, like history and even more details about traditions and culture," said second grader Kaia B. "I really enjoyed learning about training to be a samurai, because we learned that samurais had to walk in ice and hold a hard pose for a long time, and we got to do the same thing!" MORE PHOTOS

  • Middle School Students Choreograph Indian Folk Dances in P.E.

    Posted March 25, 2015

    If you had walked passed the gym recently, you would have heard Indian folk dancing playing. The middle school students just completed a new unit in P.E.: Indian dance. Jessica Stanton—high school dance teacher, professional dancer, and wife of P.E. teacher Spencer Stanton—taught our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders 12 different dance steps of Bhangra, a type of Indian folk dance. After learning and practicing the steps, groups of 3-4 students created their own choreography for a two- to three-and-a-half-minute dance routine. This new unit was selected by the middle school P.E. department because "it is high energy and would help the students meet their moderate to vigorous physical activity recommendations," said Mr. Stanton. And the students had fun trying this new activity!

    Said eighth grader Sydney C., "I liked all the dancing. It was fun and different from the sports we usually do, and we've never done dance before. It's pretty physical and you get a good workout doing it." MORE PHOTOS

SF Campus Calendar

Sun Apr 19

8th Grade Israel Trip

Thru: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Mon Apr 20

Meet and Greet Alex Cicelsky, Director of the Center for Creative Ecology, from Kibbutz Lotan

Location: Lobby
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Weekly Torah Mystery with Rabbi Shalom

Location: Beit Midrash
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Tue Apr 21

Earth Week Parent Education Event with Adam Werbach.

Location: Library
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

SF Board Meeting

Location: SF Library
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wed Apr 22

Yom HaZikaron

Thu Apr 23

Yom Ha'Atzmaut