Parent Finds Food Allergy Support at BCD

peanutsIt seems that as soon as we become parents, the world becomes a bit (okay, a lot) more precarious. Have monkey bars always been that high? Has that creek always flowed that fast? That hill behind our house suddenly became a lot steeper once our children learned to race their bikes down it.

As their guides, it is our job to teach them how to live in a world that isn’t nearly as bubble wrapped as we might prefer. In myriad ways we help our children learn to navigate risk and cope with the dangerous elements we can’t avoid.

As the parent of a severely food allergic child, there are dangers in our reality that don’t exist for everyone. A toddler with a muffin on a playground could turn into an ambulance ride for us. A spilled bag of trail-mix on top of a mountain can really alter a hiking experience for our family. Holiday parties are absolutely nerve wracking!

If I had a magic wand, I would make her allergens disappear entirely, never to be seen again! However, this is not possible in the real world and it doesn’t always work in fantasy either. In the story of Sleeping Beauty, the fated princess’s parents try to manage the risk that their daughter’s curse poses by completely banning spindles. When their daughter first sees a spindle, she doesn’t know it’s dangerous and then touches it. We have to teach our daughter how to live in a world with her allergens because sheltering her or trying to create an “allergen free world” won’t keep her safe.

We have found Boulder Country Day to be an excellent partner in this important endeavor.

When managing for food allergy safety there is prevention and response. Prevention is always a challenge. At BCD, my daughter’s classmates are on her team and they work hard to keep her safe. They wash their hands after they eat, they pay attention to what they are eating and what it may contain. They never share food. They know that she feels afraid so they are also gentle with their words. They know that a part of respecting yourself and others means respecting the boundaries that food allergies create.

Many projects at school include food products or their packaging. All of the teachers at BCD are aware of what poses a risk to their students and adapt accordingly. Communication is key and I regularly get emails going over the materials for a project. The music department knows not to let kids directly share wind instruments because allergens could be present. These details exemplify that level of thought and care that BCD teachers put into everything, including safety.

The teachers watch for any problems like hawks. The entire faculty at BCD knows which children have serious medical conditions – including food allergies – and if there is a any type of incident, every teacher is prepared to respond. They are well trained in treating emergencies and recognizing them. I believe that the teachers at BCD are amongst the finest around and that they do not hesitate to provide this extra level care for food allergic children.

As we’ve grown from the preschool to the elementary school, I have repeatedly found the BCD administration to be open to my thoughts about food allergy safety and they are proactive in filling any safety gaps that appear. This open-mindedness exists in every aspect of the school’s culture and the conversations are always constructive and progressive. We needed a real partner in helping our daughter learn how to live in a world that is more dangerous for her than others and are grateful that we found that at BCD.  

At BCD my child is able to be more than her food allergies. She is able to thrive as a learner because she is safe. I am able to turn her over to her education every morning because I know she is safe and that feeling of trust is priceless. 

- BCD Parent, Diedre Pai

 

 

 

     

Posted in Elementary school, Family, Kindergarten, Middle School, Preschool, Uncategorized

BCD Parent Education Series

BCD is excited to offer a Parent Education Series program this year. BCD will host public gatherings, most often in the evening, most every month designed to help parents navigate their roles and responsibilities in the face of an increasingly complex world. All Parent Education Series events are open to the public.

 

Boulder Country Day Parent Education Series presents

Dr. Patricia Gatto Walden, Ph.D. 

on September 22nd at 6:30pm.

Better Understanding the Very Distinct Experiences of Gifted Children

Dr. Patty is a nationally recognized licensed psychologist who has worked holistically with thousands of gifted and profoundly gifted children, adolescents, and adults for three decades. She has helped parents, educators, and administrators understand and accept the multifaceted inner world, needs, and concerns of gifted individuals. She is a Senior Fellow for the Institute of Educational Advancement, which serves profoundly gifted youth through various programs including Yunasa, a holistic summer camp, and is consultant to Boulder Country Day School.

Parents can be overwhelmed by the demands and multi-faceted needs of their gifted children. Dr. Patty’s sensitive and reassuring presentation style, coupled with her vast and intimate knowledge of the inner workings of gifted children and families, creates an experience that changes the lives of participants. Incorporating three decades of experience working with thousands of gifted and profoundly gifted children and adults, Dr. Patty caringly responds to parents spoken and unspoken concerns with thorough, concise and practical holistic information. She sensitively weaves tools and strategies that enhance individual and family health and well-being, and provides guidance that calms parental angst and leads families in a positive direction.

 

RSVP for Sept 22

 

 

 

Dr. Colleen Ryan, Physician with Foundation Health of Boulder

on October 8th at 6:30pm

Nutrition and Your Children: Creating a Balance of Optimal Health and an Empowered Eater

Dr. Colleen Ryan Physician 

There is so much information about healthy eating out there and so many ‘experts’ contradict each other. As parents, how can we navigate the maze of information to raise informed and empowered eaters?

Dr. Colleen Ryan, a family practice physician with Foundation Health, will discuss the importance of empowering your child to make healthy eating choices, how to avoid power struggles regarding food, and some tips for how to make eating healthy fun. She’ll review the basics of how to encourage your children to “eat the rainbow” (and we don’t mean m&m’s, Skittles, or Lucky Charms) and will delve deep into a discussion about the right choices for your children’s nutrition.  Some topics will include phytochemicals; glucose and fructose; healthy fats; healthy meat and fish choices; pasture-raised foods; mercury; and dairy. She will also talk about sugar’s effect on attention, behavior, and emotions.

Dr. Ryan’s Bio

“I joined the Foundation Health team because I believe that customized care is essential to providing my patients with an exceptional path to wellness. I’ve found a model that fits my goals in medicine.” Dr. Ryan uses her own knowledge and her network of skilled, trusted specialists to provide you with the kind of care she would give her friends and family. Her goal is to develop an individualized, proactive wellness plan that can be adjusted to meet your needs throughout your life. She will provide guidance and support as you make the changes you wish for your health and will work with you to find the right mix of treatments, including traditional evidence-based medicine; nutritional counseling; exercise and movement recommendations; herbs and supplements; body work; somatic or psychotherapy; acupuncture; and mindfulness and spirituality.

Dr. Ryan is the Chair of Medical Services at Boulder Community Hospital and has practiced family medicine in both clinic and hospital settings in the Denver/Boulder area since 2002. She completed medical school with honors at The Pennsylvania State University; and during her residency in family medicine at the University of Colorado/Rose Medical Center, she was chosen to serve as their Chief Resident. She has extensive experience caring for pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations, with extra training in women’s health (including obstetrics and gynecology), and chronic disease management. She has expertise in triage and care of acute illness requiring hospitalization, including management of the critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit. She is working toward a fellowship degree in anti-aging (though she would like to rename it pro-aging!) and regenerative medicine, including bio-identical hormone balancing. 

 

RSVP for Oct 8th

 

 

 

Nov5

November 5th, 6:30-8:30pm

in the Boulder Country Day School Gymnasium

4820 Nautilus Court North, Boulder, CO 80301

(303) 527-4931

No RSVP required

Open to the Public. Boulder County 7th and 8th grade students and their parents are invited to come meet with public and private high schools from Boulder and surrounding counties, as well as, Colorado and nationally based boarding schools. Local college counselor, Cara Ray of Climb to College, will conduct a school fit workshop regarding high school choice. Schools attending:

 

Alexander Dawson

New Mexico Military Institute

Boulder

New Vista

Catalyst

Niwot

Centaurus

Portsmouth Abbey

Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Regis Jesuit 

Fairview 

September School

Fountain valley

Shining Mountain Waldorf

Holy Family

Silver Creek

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Skyline

Kent Denver

Steamboat Mountain School

Longmont  

Tara High School

Monarch

Wasatch Academy

New Hampton School

Watershed

 

An Evening with Rosalind Wiseman benefiting Attention Homes 

on January 15, 2015 at 6:30pm

Author of Queen Bees & Mastermindsros_standing

In this presentation, Rosalind Wiseman issues a call to action to transform the way we speak to and about young people. She’ll pull back the curtain on what’s really going on between boys and girls and why they can be so reluctant to ask adults for help. She’ll share how boys’ and girls’ social group dynamics influence their interactions and offer step-by-step advice on how to teach young people to treat each other with dignity. She’ll also give common-sense suggestions about how to deal with the frequent struggles between teens and their parents—from video games and social networking to communication breakdowns. By the end of the presentation, Wiseman will have provided concrete strategies for any parent, educator, or professional who works with children and teens, and participants will walk away with positive ways to impact their community.

Includes a free talk, question & answer period, and book signing.

This is a free talk and book signing and is open to the Boulder community.  

 

Jan 15

 

 

 

Attention Homes

Attention Homes is a safe resource for youth in crisis providing shelter, structure, and access to crucial services so that homeless and displaced youth can become stable, independent members of our community and achieve their potential.  Donations will be taken at the door to support Attention Homes or you can make a donation today

 

 

 

Posted in Character, Events, Support Education, Teachers, Technology

2014 BCD Golf, Tennis & Bunco Challenge

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Monday, September 15

Boulder Country Club

Have fun while supporting BCD Financial Aid!

Tee off the school year with this annual fall classic.  Get together with families, alumni, friends, business associates — and, of course, BCD administration’s ‘pros’ — for golf, tennis and Bunco.  We are partnering this year with our friends at Dawson, so come out and show that Bulldog pride!  All skill levels welcome, and golf is played ‘best ball,’ but prizes and bragging rights are at stake.  Proceeds from BCD participants support Financial Aid at BCD.

 

Tournament Timeline:

9:00a.m.     Shotgun Start

10:00a.m.   Tennis Tournament Start

11:00a.m.   Par 3 Golf Tournament Start

12:00p.m.   Bunco Tournament Start

1:30p.m.     Lunch/Awards Ceremony

 

Registration Fees

Golf:           $200 individual/$800 foursome

                  Alumni players $100 individual/$400 foursome

Par 3 Golf:  $75 individual

Tennis:       $75 individual

Bunco:       $25 individual

Lunch:       $20 each if not playing something

Register Button

 

 

 

Sponsorship Information

Marquee ($15,000) – one available:  3 foursomes – 4 players in tennis or Bunco – 3 packs of mulligans – registration/lunch banner – listed in all email marketing – 4 tournament sponsor signs                               

Title ($5,000) – five available:  1 foursome – 2 players in tennis or Bunco – 2 packs of mulligans – registration/lunch banner – listed in all email marketing – 2 tournament sponsor signs

Gold ($2,500)  2 golfers – 1 pack of mulligans – name on banner – 2 sponsor signs OR 4 tennis players – name on banner – 2 sponsor signs                                                                                 

Silver ($1,000) 1 golfer – name on banner – 2 tournament sponsor signs OR 2 tennis players – name on banner – 2 tournament sponsor signs

Tournament Sponsor Sign ($350 or 2 for $500)

 

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

 Hole Sponsors

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 In-Kind Sponsors

  • Crocs
  • Gebhardt BMW
  • Samuel Adams
  • Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers

 

Contact

Julie Griffith: (303) 527-4931 Ext. 240 or jgriffith@bouldercountryday.org

Co-Chairs:

Mac Bowyer (golf), macjbowyer@yahoo.com

Allison Doering (golf), adoering@bouldercountryday.org

Jay Orris (golf), jayorris@gmail.com

Nina Pater (tennis), nlpater@gmail.com

Diana Emerson (Bunco), demerson@bouldercountryday.org

Posted in Community Service, Elementary school, Events, Middle School, Preschool, Support Education, Uncategorized

2014-15 Welcome Back Video – What’s new at BCD

Enjoy this Welcome Back video in which John Suitor, Head of School, takes you on a quick tour of what’s new for the 2014-15 school year. Welcome back Bulldogs!

Click on the below logo to watch the video.

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Posted in Admission, Elementary school, Middle School, Preschool, Support Education, Teachers

School Start Approaches: Calendar of Events

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 Dear BCD Families,

We are very excited that the start of another amazing school year is rapidly approaching and look forward to welcoming our students back on campus. We hope you are getting excited as well. At the same time, we also know that the opening of school tends to be a whirlwind of activity with meetings, conferences, and gatherings. Below you will find a list of events for August as well as links to the full community calendar to help you navigate these next few weeks.

BCD Calendar Dictionary

Meet & Greet – Gatherings that provide an opportunity for students to meet their teachers, see their classrooms, and meet other students in their grades.

Hopes & Dreams Conferences – These conferences give parents the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher or advisor to share their hopes and dreams for their child’s education. They are not required, but suggested. Please use the following link to sign up for one slot for each child.

Roundtables – Hosted by grade, roundtables allow teachers to explain curriculum and curricular goals in-depth. They include time for questions and answers and some administrative updates. 

August

15th - Preschool, Elementary, and Middle School “Meet & Greet”, 4:00pm – 5:00pm          

20th –  Hopes & Dreams Conferences, 8:00am – 3:30pm           

         Elementary child care available during conference time only; no preschool child care.

20th-  Middle School Student Orientation (all 6th and new 7th & 8th graders), 10:00am – 5:00pm        

20th – Middle School Parent Orientation (parents of 6th and new 7th & 8thgraders), 2:30pm-5:00pm            

21stFirst Day of School, 8:00am start                                

22nd – Assembly – Welcome Back!, 8:15 am – 9:00 am           

22nd – Fall Festival (No After 3 at BCD Programs), 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm          

25th – Child Assault Prevention (CAP) K-5th Parent Workshop, 8:30 am – 10:30 am         

26th – 2nd Grade Roundtable, 8:15 am – 9:15 am           

26th – Child Assault Prevention (CAP) 4-5 New Student Workshops

27th – Child Assault Prevention (CAP) K-3 New Student Workshops

28thBCD Parent Education Series – Topic: Managing Family Media Use:

         Tips On Taming Digital Media, Facebook, Cellphones, and Internet Safety, 8:15 am–9:15 am  

29th – Assembly – Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 8:15 am – 9:00 am           

To view the complete school calendar, including the rest of the Roundtables, please click: Full Year Calendar or Key Dates

Parent Engagement

Each month John Suitor will host informal parent gatherings at BCD immediately following drop-off. These gatherings are open to all parents and provide a forum for us to discuss current issues in education or to review a topic of interest at BCD. New this year is BCD’s Parent Education Series. BCD will host public gatherings, most often in the evenings, each trimester designed to help parents navigate their roles and responsibilities in the face of an increasingly complex world. First up is an internet safety class designed to help our families manage digital media. It will touch on topics such as social media, cell phone use, and internet safety and promises to be relevant to families with children young and old. In September Dr. Patricia Gatto Walden, Ph.D., will present on the very distinct experiences of gifted children and their families.

PTO News

BCD’s Parent Teacher Organization will launch a new school store this fall! The store will stock all kinds of BCD gear and will be located in the lobby of the gymnasium. The school store will be open on Tuesdays from 2:30pm-3:30pm and Fridays from 7:45am-8:15am. In addition, please consider enrolling in Zoola, a cash-back rewards program for PTO fundraising. Register your card, shop at participating merchants, and watch you contribution to PTO grow. 

Have you visited Bouldercountryday.org lately?

Our website is dynamic and we update it regularly with new links, forms, and other items. As a result, we ask that you refresh any bookmarks to our site and/or clear your cache so that you will link to current information. We will remind you to do so periodically throughout the school year when appropriate. 

Volunteer Information

BCD has a long history of engaged parents who volunteer for a variety of positions, causes, and events at our school. We hope you will consider a role that suits you, and look forward to your participation. For the health and safety of our students, we ask all volunteers to participate in a background check; however, if you completed a background check last year, you need not do so this year. Please click here for more information and thank you in advance for all you do for our community! 

Lunches

Through our partnership with Wholesome Food Services we will offer Noodles, Tokyo Joe’s, Wahoo’s, and Smiling Moose Deli. Wednesday’s remains a PTO fundraiser lunch day, this year with California Pizza Kitchen & Jamba Juice! Our vendors deliver to us (days to be determined). You will hear from Meleah Spencer, President of PTO, in August with more details about PTO lunch, as well as information about PTO dues and volunteer opportunities. 

See you soon!

Posted in Admission, Elementary school, Middle School, Preschool, Uncategorized

BCD Welcomes 2 Year Olds

BCD now offers Parent and Child classes for Toddlers

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Calling all young Bulldogs! Boulder Country Day School is proud to announce our new toddler program, welcoming children 2-3 years of age and their parent/caregiver into our school community. Your child will experience the magic of our preschool program, while being introduced to our inviting campus and our outstanding early childhood professionals.

Our toddler program classes offer a mixture of art, music, story time, movement, and other exciting experiences carefully designed for young children. We also offer coffee and conversation for parents and caregivers focusing on toddler related topics and child development. Find answers to challenging parenting questions and concerns, connect with other parents and caregivers and get to know BCD, our nurturing environment, and all that we have to offer.

We hope you join us!

  • Tuesdays, 9:00-10:30
  • $200/session
  • Note – child must be 2 by the start of the class session
  • Child must be accompanied by an adult for the entirety of each class session

Three, 8-week sessions. Try one or attend all three!

  • September 30 – November 18
  • December 2 – February 3 (class won’t meet on 12/23 or 12/30)
  • February 10 – April 7 (class won’t meet on 3/24)

Register here today!

Questions:
Contact:
Kath Courter, BCD Preschool Director
303-527-4931 ext. 230
kcourter@bouldercountryday.org
or
Susan Boyle, Admission Director
303-516-4148
Sboyle@bouldercountryday.org

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Bronze Making – by John Luke

Best 1I faced procrastination in writing my research paper, but once I actually started my physical project, the rest of my capstone process was a lot easier. Although there were a lot of steps involved, I found that there was always a drive for me to go and work on my project, learn, and meet new people. 

I started by drawing out what kind of gun I wanted. This took me a very long time and was probably my least favorite part of my physical project. I went to several parks in Loveland, where many bronze sculptures were to see what others have done. Next I started sculpting. Not knowing when the bronze fairs and competitions were going to start, I failed to ask my mentor about contacting someone who would pour my wax until several weeks later. This put me behind in the rush to get my piece into the foundries. I finished my clay model a couple weeks later and then finally got my piece into Dan. Dan poured my wax and was one of the best people I met in the process. I got my wax and mold back a couple weeks later and was ready to go to the foundry for the pouring phase. When I picked up my finished bronze around a month later, I contacted Rob, who is a patina artist at the foundry. He offered to let me watch what he does to create the patinas. I was very excited to see my piece go through one of its last steps. 

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After my piece went through the patina process, I was very excited to get it to the base shop and then get the second amendment inscribed added into it. When I went to the base shop to pick up my final piece from Brian, I was very proud to see it come out the way it did. I now knew what it took to get a bronze sculpture finished and I was surprised how much work actually happened at the foundries. I have a much greater appreciation for this art and I also am surprised how fun this project actually was. It was awesome to meet all the great people and make a piece of art supporting what I believe.​

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Hybrid Sports Car – by Curtis

Curtis HatThis year was both a long year and one of the most fun years of school in my entire life. It included a project that took me the entire year to accomplish: Capstone.

For my Capstone project I chose to create a hybrid sports car in CAD software and write a brief business plan for a company to sell the car. I felt like this was the perfect project for me because I love cars.  The part of my project I struggled with the most was the business plan. My business plan was to include a design for the car and a small outlook of the financial aspect of the company.  While I thought the design part was fun, I found the business part challenging.

I believe that I used my time wisely for my Capstone project for the most part. Each month I had furthered my Curtis Front Angular 3-19-2014design of the hybrid sports car and I had progressed in the business plan and other small papers for the project. During the beginning of the year I had been on the right track and I had been blasting through the stages of my project, but at the end of the year, I started to slow down a little and procrastinate because I felt like I had everything under control. This was a big lesson in time management because it came back to bite me when I had to do the final steps of my presentation board and the personal statement.

In the end, I had a good time completing my Capstone project, and I felt like it has helped me with deadlines, time management, and dealing with a large project.

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Interventional Cardiology – by Gretchen

For my Capstone project, I had the amazing opportunity to shadow an interventional cardiologist. An interventional cardiologist uses catheters, which are thin flexible tubes, to enter blood vessels and treat various heart ailments, such as blocked arteries. I actually had the chance to view a few of these procedures. For one procedure, I was in the observatory room where nurses monitor the procedure on a computer screen that shows the same thing the cardiologists sees along with the patient’s blood pressure and heart rate. For another procedure, I was able to be in the operating room. For my final project, I compiled my knowledge and research on cardiology and what it takes to become a doctor into a website.

GretchenI found this project fascinating. In the future, I hope to become a doctor of some sort; therefore, this was a great experience for me. Actually being in the operating room is such an amazing opportunity. This type of procedure relies mostly on monitors and x-rays in order for the doctor to guide the catheter. It must have taken tons of training to learn how to properly conduct these procedure. The doctor worked so smoothly that I bet he could’ve done it in his sleep. I also learned a lot about the mood and persona of all the doctors. When I think of a doctor, I usually picture someone very serious. This experience proved me wrong. All the doctors were cracking jokes and talking about their families, and my mentor even likes to listen to rock music during his procedures. All these amazing men and women really seemed to love the job they do. If your profession is something you enjoy, it doesn’t even seem like a job.

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Navy SEAL Fitness Test – by Ethan

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For my capstone project, I trained for and completed the Navy SEAL fitness test.  This test is used by Navy SEAL recruits to prove they have the physical fitness required to complete the tasks of a SEAL team.  I started my training nearly eleven months ago. With the help of a certified fitness trainer, I created a twelve week program to prepare for the test. The Navy SEAL fitness test requires a timed swim, a timed session for push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups.  The test finishes with a timed run.  The test is scored on a passing or elite level results.  On April 8, I took the test. 

 

 

I learned that the Navy SEALs are some of the most athletic, and healthy people in the world.  They are the soldiers who are called upon in the United States military when the country is in some of its most difficult situations.  SEALs are not only physically fit, but mentally tough.  The most important thing I learned about myself during the process was that I will push through no matter how much I want to quit.  When I began swimming eleven months ago, I could not complete one lap without stopping.  I had never used the breast stroke at all.  The process to learn to swim for distance and time was a completely foreign thing to me.  Some days I had to swim or run in the heat of July or in the freezing temperatures of February.  Other times, I had to fit the workout in after a long day of school, sports practice, and homework.  During the test, the swim portion was very difficult.  I felt like I wanted to quit, but knew I had to push through and complete all the other events.  I learned during the training process and during the test that no matter how hard something gets, I have the mental strength to push on.  

 

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