Families from GBDS joined the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, on Sunday, June 5th to march with many other Jewish groups in the Israel Day Parade. The group rejoiced with singing and dancing, displaying their pride and spirit for the State of Israel as they marched on 5th Avenue in New York City. The children enjoyed waving to the cameras and having their big "TV Moment." Thank you for all who attended! It was an amazing day despite the cloudy and rainy weather. We hope to have more families join us in celebrating Israel next year!

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The Academies at GBDS students explored the Liberty Science Center with a mission to gather as much information as possible. With a scavenger hunt in hand the children set out on a quest to visit exhibits about "Energy," "Skyscrapers," “Eat or Be Eaten,” "Communication," “Wonder Why,” “Infection Connection,” and “Our Hudson Home.” All the grades had the opportunity to participate in an investigative hands, on lab. Grades 3-8 explored the salt wedge, discovering how the differing densities of saltwater and freshwater cause them to react and ultimately form the brackish water within the Hudson River. Grades 1-2 learned about the importance and benefits of handwashing. Everyone had a busy STEM day, engaging in the many hands on activities the LSC provides and investigating the exhibits.


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By Mrs. Barbach and Mrs. Kelly

The Academies at GBDS hosted a STEAM Boot Camp for teachers on May 20th. The workshop was facilitated by PicoTurbine. The STEAM Boot Camp included Rapid Prototyping (3D printing & design), and Sustainability Science (Alternative energy). All participants will also gain access to their library of design challenges and STEM curriculum. The inspiring workshop was attended by several GBDS teachers, along with science and technology teachers from Ben Porat Yosef, Yeshivat Noam, both in Paramus, and St. Elizabeth's in Wyckoff. An additional STEAM workshop for GBDS staff, run by PicoTurbine, is planned for June. 

Field Day 2016 was an active day for all involved. Our children began the day hanging their posters, going over cheers, and discussing strategies. Everyone then boarded the bus for the ride to the Oakland Park fields and participated in kickball, soccer, and relay races led by our "Leader in Me" captains. The children returned to school for two last whole-team relays; the final one helped cool us down as it entailed filling buckets using sponges. We want to thank the PTO for providing everyone with ice pops before we went into the gym. The day ended with all the teams showing off their posters and celebrating team spirit with cheers. Congratulations to all the teams on a fun filled day!


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By Mrs. Kelly
Physical Education Teacher
Science Teacher

Have you ever wondered what the Earth was like 10 million years ago? 50 million years ago? 100 million years ago? 2 billion years ago? Ask the 7th or 8th grade students and they can share their vast knowledge of the geologic time scale. Project based learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. The 7th and 8th grade students have successfully completed such a project on the geologic time scale. Through their research each student has become an expert on one of the four major geologic eras: Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic. The students conducted research on the animals, plants, geologic events, climate, and position of the continents during each era and then synergized to create a bulletin board display of their research findings. Now any student who visits the board can be transported through history and get a look at the ancient past. As an extension of this project, the 7th and 8th graders taught a lesson to the 3rd grade class with the end in mind of sharing their expertise. Currently the 3rd grade science curriculum is focused on fossils, rocks, minerals, and geologic time. It was truly inspiring to see the middle school students present a thorough and clear lesson to the younger students. In turn, the 3rd grade students were fully engaged and asked interesting and informed questions.


The Leader in Me encourages us to see the potential for leadership in all students. As we shift the paradigm towards student centered learning, and encourage students to take ownership of their learning, projects such as this will continue. The benefits of this are impressive. The 7th and 8th grade students were poised, prepared, and engaged; they also served as academic role models for the younger students. The 3rd grade students were able to see that what they learn in 3rd grade will build as they progress to middle school. As educators, Mrs. Greenwald and Mrs. Barbach were proud to see students take ownership of their learning and to observe the positive interactions between grade levels.


Mrs. Sheila Barbach
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