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  • First Graders Are Inspired by Kandinsky and Music

    Posted November 20, 2014

    First grade artists studied the works of Wassily Kandinsky, one of the great abstractionist painters of the twentieth century. Since Kandinsky was often inspired to paint by listening to music, the first graders listened to music as well, making sketches while listening to different types of music and thinking about how best to render what they heard through color, line, and shape. Their finished paintings, on display in the lower hall of the Mercaz, are "a free-flowing response to one piece of music," said art teacher Rebekah Goldstein.

    The students practiced the skills of brushwork, use of oil pastels, and making creative decisions regarding the expressiveness of color and line.

  • Programming Playground Combines Fun and Technology for Middle School Students

    Posted November 19, 2014

    Programming Playground, a Friday middle school elective, is a fun space for students to “pursue passion projects in programming, coding, and making,” says instructor and BHDS director of technology Nicholas Cole-Farrell. This new elective allows students to work individually or in small groups on projects that meet their interests. These interests can range from Python and Java Script, to designing websites, creating apps, and taking apart computer hardware.

    Says sixth grader Gregory L., “I created a soccer quiz for Python and I really like programming and working with computers.” Another student, 8th grader Avram R., adds, “I like the freedom of this class. You can pick what you want to do and if you need help, Mr. Cole-Farrell is here to help.” MORE PHOTOS

  • Rabbi Gershom Sizomu - Chief Rabbi of Uganda - Meets with Seventh Graders

    Posted November 19, 2014

    Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, chief rabbi of Uganda, visited our seventh grade this week as a guest speaker. A Be'chol Lashon Rabbinic Fellow, Rabbi Sizomu makes frequent visits to the United States as an ambassador for the Abayudaya ("People of Judah") Jewish community. As part of the Tzedek Project's guest speaker series—which has also seen representatives from Project Homeless Connect, Shalom Bayit, Jewish Coalition for Literacy, and Urban Adamah, among others—Rabbi Sizomu met with the seventh grade students to advocate for efforts to build a new synagogue complex in his community. This synagogue will include a school, child care center, kitchen, and community center. While showing photos of his community, Rabbi Sizomu explained that all Jewish homes in the community have Jewish symbols in the windows, "so we are reminded to look out with a Jewish point of view."

  • Eighth Grade Visits Superior Court

    Posted November 6, 2014
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    As the culmination of their study of the U.S. Constitution, eighth grade social studies students had the honor this week of visiting the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. The visit was made possible through the Day in Court Program, under the direction of the Barristers' Club of San Francisco. After dividing into 4 groups for courtroom visits, students were able to sit in on two civil trials in session. After viewing the two cases, the 8th graders had the opportunity to meet with Judge Wiss. “She took questions and was very impressed with our students’ knowledge about the role of the judiciary and constitutional rights of those arrested and accused,” said teacher Neal Biskar...

  • Fourth Graders Present Their Tzedakah Projects

    Posted November 5, 2014

    This week fourth graders shared their tzedakah projects with classmates and with visitors from lower grades. In Judaic studies classes, each student chose a cause to champion, researched it, and then involved family members in taking action and raising funds. Projects ranged from book and clothing drives to raising environmental awareness, performing beach cleanups, baking and delivering challah to Tenderloin seniors, supporting animal care and rescue shelters, and working at local food banks, as well as promoting the work of established organizations such as Doctors without Borders, Make a Wish Foundation, and Project Night Night. MORE PHOTOS

SF Campus Calendar

Mon Nov 24

Parent Ed Series: "What To Expect When You Have a 5th Grader" (Rescheduled from 11/3/14)

Location: Library
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Wed Nov 26

Thanksgiving Holiday, School Closed

Thu Nov 27

Thanksgiving Holiday, School Closed

Fri Nov 28

Thanksgiving Holiday, School Closed

Thu Dec 04

1st Grade HOC Coffee

Location: Library
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Sat Dec 06

Sarah Snyder Bat Mitzvah

Tue Dec 09

6th Grade Outdoor Ed

Location: Walker Creek Ranch
Thru: Friday, December 12, 2014

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