Summer Reading Fun

super_librarianWith summer right around the corner, don’t forget about Bi-Cultural’s full summer reading program. For the first time in several years, BCDS students in grades three through eighth are required to read at least one book over the summer. Each book selection is meant to ensure that literacy proceeds well into the summer. Here are the summer reading requirements.

  • Grade 1: Read anything and everything — reading is especially fun with a parent or grandparent!
  • Grade 2: Read anything and everything — reading is especially fun with a parent or grandparent!
  • Grade 3: Choose one of these two books and create a circle map about the book: Who Was Sacagawea by Judith Bloom Fradlin or Who Was Sitting Bull? by Stephanie Spinner.
  • Grade 4: Choose one of these two books: Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli or Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.
  • Grade 5: Rules by Cynthia Lord and a free choice book.
  • Grade 6: Blubber by Judy Blume and a free choice book.
  • Grade 7: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and a free choice book.
  • Grade 8: The Chosen by Chaim Hinton and two free choice books.

As an added incentive, don’t forget to take a selfie with a book that you’ve read (free choice) and email it to Mrs. Salm at for a prize!

Happy reading, everyone!

Happy Summer


PicCollage by Danya T., Georgia B., Carly F. and Naomi F.

Our staff photographers wanted to capture the idea of summer visually through the art of photography. They traveled throughout the school with their cameras and took many pictures that conveyed the meaning of summer to them. The sixth graders then created a collage using the free app of PicCollage on their iPhones. The end result is a beautiful piece of artwork. Creaticity right at your fingertips.

Note: Can you guess which picture is not like the others?

Middle School: To Advisory and Beyond

By Andrew U.

Advisory is the newest program implemented into the BCDS middle school schedule. Advisory meets weekly on Fridays for 45 minutes. Students in middle school take their lunch and head over to their advisory groups. Advisory groups are determined randomly by grade and have nothing to do with the secular grouping.

Many teachers were placed in advisory groups due to their availability of their schedules. Most of the teachers in advisory are a part of the middle school, because Advisory belongs only to middle school students. Advisory takes place during the last period on Friday. Students are allowed to take their lunches to their advisory rooms. Advisory is implemented in the curriculum in order to relieve stress from the students and help organize all their assignments. “We can open up to our problems and have time to organize our lockers and assignments during advisory time,” said middle school student Nathaniel Herman.

Advisory is a new offering and one that allows middle school students to express how they feel.

BCDS Choir Voyages to Hartford

Jonathan Cahr leads the choir at the Yom HaShoah program in Hartford.

Jonathan Cahr leads the choir at the Yom HaShoah program in Hartford.

By Liam Bodurtha

On Friday April 25th, the BCDS Choir ventured out to Hartford, the capital of Connecticut, where they sang songs at the United Jewish Federation’s Yom HaShoah program. Senate-President Donald Williams, Jr. ran the hour-long event.
Jewish war veterans, including veterans from Stamford, carried the American and Israeli flags. Cantor Rafael Bokow from Stamford’s Agudath Sholom sang the Star Spangled Banner.
Wearing white shirts and black pants and skirts, the BCDS Choir sang melodies such as Lou Yehe, Eli Eli, and The Door.
“These are solemn and hopeful songs,” said Jonathan Cahr, the leader of the choir. All 22 members of the BCDS choir got to also listen to a Holocaust survivor at the program. Albert Linder, a survivor, who lives in Stamford, addressed everyone in the room after the choir concluded their songs.
Mr. Linder was born in 1936 and he is a survivor of the Ukranian concentration camps. As a boy, Mr. Linder lived in Bukovina and after the Romanians decided to adopt the Nuremberg Laws that Germany embraced, his troubles began.
He explained that one Friday, hooligans ran into his grandparents’ home before Shabbat, and shot his Grandfather. After that incident, he was sent to the Bershad concentration camp in Ukraine via train.
“We obviously did not know where we were going,” told Mr. Linder. When a group of Russian soldiers were marching by the camp, Albert Linder and his parents snuck out of the camp and followed behind the troops.
Even though this was a melancholy event, seventh grader Josh Leferman said, “I am really excited to go and sing.”
In addition to the BCDS Choir performing selections, eighth-grader Joshua Dweck and his sixth-grade brother Gabriel Dweck played a duet, the beautiful and stirring theme from the movie, Schindler’s List.
If you want to see the performance the entire program is available through this link:

Run for It: Race for Education Event

race_educationBy Oren Gabay

This year, BCDS is going to try something new, Race for Education. This is an all-school event that combines fundraising with fitness and will take place place at the school on Wednesday, April 2nd.
All students in the school are encouraged to bring in mailing labels with their family and friends’ names. Once you have the labels in, you send out letters asking people to sponsor you by donating money to the school — just like a professional runner! The school’s goal is to raise at least $15,000.
In addition, there will also be prizes for students who bring in the most labels by grade. One of the prizes is the chance to dunk Principal Mrs. Herman on field day in June.
So the reason that people will sponsor you is because after all of the labels, there is the race! You run as far as you like, showing your sponsors why they sponsored you, which is to support the best runner out there! So get running, BCDS!

Bee Carful What you Spel: BCDS Spelling Bee


Aaron Liebskind spells out a word as Max Dayan, Abigail Thau and Nate Sigman look on.

By Zac Kitay

Bi-Cultural Day School is starting a new annual tradition, the Spelling Bee. In this brain-scrambling contest, every grade will have their own spelling challenge and ultimate champion. The contests are being held from March through April.

In order to compete with other schools, you must first be the best in your class and then beat all the other winning students in the other classes of your grade. Since the age-old tradition of the spelling bee is just coming to BCDS, there might be a new champion in Stamford.

Sam Essenfeld, seventh grader at BCDS, recently won the final round of the seventh grade spelling bee. Here is what he has to say:

Interview with Sam Essenfeld, the seventh grade winner.

Q: How does it feel being the best speller in your grade?

A: I cant believe I won. Its too good to be true.

Q: How much time did you put into studying for the spelling bee?

A: Two or three hours the night before.

Q: How to you feel going into the championships?

A: I’m excited and nervous at the same time.

Q: What’s your next step in the competition?

A: Going to districts and doing more studying.The words are very tough and got the best of most of the students, some words include correlation, mustache, and rejuvenation.

With that said you should probably start studying for next year!

(Update on spelling bee challenge: The two winners from BCDS who will proceed to the next round are fourth grader Max Dayan and fifth grader Georgia Baer.)

Fifth Grade Invention Convention

On Monday, February 10th, fifth graders and their parents and teachers gathered in the BCDS Cafe for the annual Fifth Grade Invention Convention.  The culmination of months of research, preparation and creation was finally here as gadgets, machines and gizmos whirred and buzzed.

Invention Convention Photo by Max Trell

Invention Convention
Photo by Max Trell

Off They Go: Israel 8th Graders Begin Their Trip

By Nathaniel Herman

On February 4th, the BCDS eighth graders set-off for their month-long journey to Israel. After years of waiting and watching past students leave, this group of eight graders was in shock because it was their turn to go.

At the school-wide assembly, with mixed emotions, each eighth grader got up to receive their tzedekah money (translated as justice or righteousness, but commonly used to signify charity).

Inbar and Yaffit, the Israeli students, were so excited to go back to their home land. Rabbi Israel, Dr. Cik, Mr. Cik and Rabbi Walk also left for the trip.

With big smiles and tears of sadness, the eighth graders were ready to head on their journey to the land of Israel.


Eighth Grade Getting Excited for Israel Trip

By Liam Bodurtha

Finally, the big Israel trip all eighth graders have awaited is here. On Tuesday, February 4th, the eighth grade will leave for a one-month sojourn to Israel to learn about the country.

For a whole year, this grade has been preparing by taking an Israel class with Rabbi Israel. They are just finishing their projects about Israel, in which where students research a certain place or aspect. Students will present at various places on their trip.

Rabbi Walk and Rabbi Israel will be leading the trip, along with several adult chaperones. Some places the eight grade will visit include the Kotel, where they also explore the tunnels, Eilat, Tel Aviv, and of course, the world-famous Dead Sea.

This grade will also participate in many fun activities such as bike rides, camel rides, jeep rides, and ice-skating.

Eighth grader Eddie Weinstein commented, “I really hope to learn what daily life in Israel is like.”

In addition to learning about Israel, the eighth grade will get to spend lots of time together, bonding as a family. It is so nice to see a tradition that the founding BCDS Headmaster Mr. S. started is still going strong.

Look out for a new section in our newspaper, where we will have eighth graders post what is going on with the trip.