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  • Sixth Graders Become Pursuers of Peace, through a Pardes Program

    Posted September 11, 2014
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    Rodfei shalom (pursuers of peace) was the name used throughout Jewish history to refer to communal leaders who took initiative to pursue peace within the community. In sixth grade Judaic studies, we are piloting the Pardes middle school program Rodef Shalom: Transforming School Conflict through Rabbinic Texts. Over the past few years it has been taught in seventh and eighth grade classes throughout the nation; BHDS is the first school to introduce it to sixth graders. The goal of the program is for the sixth graders to be mindful of themselves as pursuers of peace (rodfei shalom), seeking to understand conflicting needs and perspectives and to balance them in a constructive way.

  • Lower School Students Meet Cows to Learn about Nutrition

    Posted September 11, 2014

    Lower school students were treated to a visit by some very special guests this week. The California Dairy Council hosted the Monday morning assembly, teaching our K through 5th grade students about cows and dairy nutrition. To help the students learn about cows, Milky Way was brought in as a real life demo, and she even moo’ed for her audience! Following the presentation, students had the opportunity to pet Little Dipper, a one month old calf. What a fun way to learn about nutrition!


  • Sukkot in Yosemite 2014

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Sukkot in Yosemite is fast approaching! SF families, click HERE and log in for more information.

  • First Graders Practice Rules for Success in School and in Life

    Posted September 3, 2014

    First graders are learning four principles adapted from the Native American Way of Council and applying them to group discussion: "speaking from the heart," "listening from the heart," "lean discussion" (avoiding wordiness), and "speaking with spontaneity." Their three classroom Secrets for Success—"Make a Good Choice," "Stay Involved," and "Remember to Clean Up"—reinforce and complement our school's core values (Integrity, Kindness, Service).

  • Middle School Travels to Livermore Valley to Start the School Year

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Our middle school students and faculty joined together yesterday for their start-of-the-year retreat in the Livermore Valley. This 2-day, 1-night annual retreat is designed to build a sense of community and bonding that enhances classroom learning. After getting their bunk assignments, students participated in ice breakers, team-building activities, and swimming. The day ended with songs, stories, and a talent show around the campfire. Today began with a unique tefillah (prayer service) hike: a group-based, nature-based, creative, and discussion-driven experience for the middle schoolers. Following tefillah, advisory groups gathered together for an in-depth discussion of their academic and personal goals for the year. Before heading back to school, students had a chance to select an activity, ranging from ultimate frisbee and basketball to friendship bracelets and board games. MORE PHOTOS

SF Campus Calendar

Mon Sep 15

Rosh Hashanah Honey Sales

Thru: Friday, September 19, 2014
Tue Sep 16

Picture Day - Grades K through 4

Full Board Meeting

Location: San Francisco Campus
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wed Sep 17

Picture Day - Grades 5 through 8

Sat Sep 20

Wes Wellner Bar Mitzvah

Wed Sep 24

Erev Rosh HaShanah - 2 PM Dismissal

Thu Sep 25

Rosh Hashana, School Closed


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