Tashlich and Tefilla

On Tuesday, September 26th, grades 4-6 visited Stamford’s Arboretum for their annual Tashlich and Tefilla, performing the symbolic act of casting away bad deeds from the previous year. Tashlich comes from the Hebrew word meaning “to cast,” referring to the intent to cast away our sins via this meaningful and ancient Jewish custom common. Photos by Esther G.

Summer Lovin’: A Top 10 List

By Naomi H.

With the end of the school year and the beginning of the summer, here’s a top 10 list of the best things about summer:

  1. No school
  2. Camp
  3. Hanging out with camp friends
  4. The pool/beach
  5. Vacation
  6. Warm weather
  7. No homework
  8. Staying up late
  9. Swimming
  10. Waking up late

What’s on your list?

BCDS Projects Turn Heads

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Photo by Lucy N.

With the study of the Egyptian unit, 6th graders used all the information they learned in class to create a unique project depicting life in ancient Egypt at home. Projects ranged from weaponry to kitchen utensils to ancient fashion.

 

 

Camp is Coming: Packing Tips for Campers

lakeBy Drew L.

June is here and that means that summer is right around the corner. Of course, summer for so many kids means summer camp — and that means a lot of packing. Have you ever wanted to know what to pack when you go to camp? Have too much stuff and too little space? These tips will help you plan your summer camping adventure so you can expand on space and things to pack.

  • Roll Your Clothes: This trick saves tons of space while still not ruining clothing.
    Pack what is necessary: Try to only pack the things that you know you will need.
  • If you need to pack things that aren’t necessary, put it in last: If there isn’t enough space for it then you shouldn’t pack it.
  • Always bring another bag: this is good for carrying things on the trip to camp and at camp when you want to sit and work on something outside of the bunk during free time.
  • Always bring extra clothing: You will get dirty and you will need more than the list says ( which is at least 10 pairs of each type of clothing). Do yourself a favor and bring at least an extra pair of shorts, shirt, socks and underwear.

Mitzvah Mania Hits BCDS

By Justin B.

The week of May 22nd was devoted to committing good deeds throughout the community as part of the school’s first-ever Mitzvah Mania community event as the entire school participated performed nine different mitzvot during this special week.  On May 22nd, the 6th and 7th grades visited a homeless shelter. The 6th grade organized closets and bookshelves and made snack bags while the 7th grade painted two large murals for the wall of the gym for the youth in the shelter. One of the murals depicted a shooting star with a rainbow streaming out of it. The other was a harbor landscape with a lighthouse and two boats. A presentation was shown after that treating homeless children excessively would end the cycle of homelessness more quickly. 

Other mitzvot including cleaning up and planting at the Stamford Nature Center, planting , singing to the senior residents and organizing the classrooms and library at the Boys and Girls Club in Center. BCDS parents and family were asked to donate in honor of their children to raise funds for the school.

BCDS 8th Graders Leave For Israel

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The 8th grade class enjoying their Israel Experience.

On Thursday, April 20th, the BCDS 8th grade graduating class left for their trip to Israel. They are going to Israel for one month and traveled on a plane for 12 hours. Once the 8th graders got off of the plane they brought all there stuff to the hotel. Then after that they went out for Shabbat dinner and proceeded to the hotel for some rest. They have many fun and exciting activities planned for the month; stay tuned for more updates on this exciting trip.

Israeli Soldier Visit Community

By Justin B.

A group of Tzahal Israeli Soldiers appeared at the Ferguson Library on March 29th, 2017. There, the soldiers talked about themselves, what they did in the Israeli Army; with each offering an interesting story about life in the Israeli IDF. These same soldiers visited BCDS on March 31st. The soldiers interacted with students across all grades and answered questions. All of the soldiers had different jobs such as battlefield soldiers, intelligence, and instructors. Battlefield soldiers fight in wars. Intelligence soldiers deal with technical jobs, usually in wars, while instructors educate soldiers on how to use weapons. Each soldier had some time with the kids and community before traveling back to Israel.

Why You Should Enjoy Life

By Drew L.

What is life? Why does it matter? Do I matter? These are somethings that people think in their daily life. It could stem from a bad day, or just how they feel. Depression is a good example of where one would think these questions. Also it ties into Yom Hashoah. Many who have died and had a terrible outlook on what was going to happen to them. They also asked these questions. And even though these are legitimate questions, you can’t be the one to answer. If you are sad and think these things, clearly you are going to think lowly of yourself. In the end, you still matter, and you will make a difference, even if it is in a small way. A depressed person could think, “Life isn’t good! I don’t matter!” But in the end they think this because they are sad. If you see this from the perspective of a good friend, you see yourself in a more realistic light. Instead of a loser with no friends, you are a nice person with a good amount of friends. But I still haven’t said why anyone should enjoy life, depressed or not. Life is what you make of it, but most make nothing of it. People who live happy and strive to have a good life, HAVE A GOOD LIFE! This happens because they want it to. They aren’t being a pessimist or even a realist, they are being honest and happy about and with them self. Case in point: Find good, and leave the bad behind. It isn’t easy, and you can’t just say be happy, but from when you read this onwards, Be happy with what you have. Ignore the bad to the best of your ability and find life’s light.

Student Council Sponsors Photo Contest

The BCDS Student Council sponsored the 2nd-annual photo contest and recently announced the three winning entries. The contest was open to the whole school, broken down into categories of entries: Pre-K though 4th grade and 5th grade through 8th grade.  Each photo submitted was a student’s own original artwork and had to fall within the following categories: black and white, portrait, still life, landscape, love of Israel. Mrs. Robinson and the Student Council received more than 35 individual photos and faculty members judged the photos in a blind judge.

March Madness at the BCDS Times

The BCDS Times staff stopped the presses for a day while they participated in a March Madness-related, team-building activity: building a tower strong enough to hold a basketball for a full 20 seconds — using only newspaper and masking tape. (It’s harder than it looks.) The four teams each worked together to engineer, create and execute a working newspaper tower — two teams made it work and two teams needed a little more time! What would your tower look like?