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  • Judo Classes Combine Exercise, Discipline—and Fun!

    Posted October 23, 2014

    Offered as part of our enrichment program to both beginning and advanced students, judo is a modern martial art that develops the mind, body, and spirit of its participants. Students in this after-school class are learning the basic skills of Ukemi (falling), Kata (forms), Tachi waza (standing techniqies), Newaza (grappling techniques), and Randori (free exercise) in a fun-and-games–oriented way. There are currently 23 students learning this martial art that combines exercise and discipline with fun. One parent whose daughter participates in the program lauded, "If I was going to an outside studio and [my daughter] was receiving this caliber of instruction, I would be thrilled; the fact that she gets it from one of her teachers as part of the after-school program is fantastic."

    Says judo instructor (and BHDS lower school head of physical education) Nobu Kotani, "I believe that academics, technology, and social/emotional skills are extremely important at school; adding martial arts skills helps to increase students' confidence levels to do well in school." MORE PHOTOS

  • Fifth Graders Explore the Hand Drum

    Posted October 23, 2014

    The fifth graders began exploring the hand drum this week in music class. After first familiarizing themselves with the instruments, the students are now using graphic notation to create and perform their own compositions. Each group's composition will be joined together to create a piece in rondo form—where the main melody (refrain) alternates with contrasting themes. The entire grade will play the refrain and the small groups will alternate playing their contrasting themes. Once the class composition is complete, the fifth grade class will have the opportunity to perform their piece for the entire school at an upcoming assembly. MORE PHOTOS

  • Plant and Animal Cells Make a Colorful—If Not Edible—Project

    Posted October 23, 2014

    Seventh graders recently engaged in a project called "The Incredible Edible Cell." Using all shapes and sorts of candies immersed in gelatin, students worked in teams to replicate the cellular structures of both plant and animal cells. They then had to justify their choices for using various shapes to represent each cellular component. Inspite of the title and their eye-appeal, the projects were not consumed upon completion! MORE PHOTOS

  • Second Graders Learn Programming, Create Sukkot Stories

    Posted September 30, 2014

    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.

  • First Graders Get Hands-on at Hidden Villa

    Posted October 7, 2014

    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

SF Campus Calendar

Sat Oct 25

Jacob Lauter Bar MItzvah (San Francisco)

Sun Oct 26

LGBT Family Get Together

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Mon Oct 27

Parent Ed Series: "What To Expect When You Have a 6th Grader"

Location: Library
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Tue Oct 28


8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Wed Oct 29

5th Grade HOC Coffee

Location: Library
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Thu Oct 30

4th Grade HOC Coffee

Location: Library
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Sat Nov 01

Sydney Cohen Bat Mitzvah


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