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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Sea Turtle Conservation – by Aleris

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In 2012, I got the chance to visit Malaysia for a month. I started to look for information about the country. I came across the website of Ma’ Daerah Turtle Sanctuary, a hatchery and conservation center dedicated to the protection and conservation of sea turtles. I decided to write to them and ask for permission to visit and volunteer at the turtle sanctuary. To my surprise, they responded to my request. They invited my parents to come along as well. The caretakers of Ma’ Daerah welcomed me with open arms, which I am very grateful for. I spent a few days and nights learning about sea turtle conservation and the process itself, from patrolling, waiting for the mother sea turtle to decide where to lay her eggs, counting and transferring the laid eggs from the beach to the protected incubation area, and collecting and counting the hatchlings from the protected nests, to releasing them onto the beach. The visit also included watching educational video clips, touring the Rantau Abang Turtle Breeding Centre, and exploring the local sea turtle museum! It was a mind-blowing encounter and the best volunteering experience I ever had! This hands-on experience altered my perspective about the importance of protecting sea turtles.

 

In 2013, I got the opportunity to visit the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys. Instead of saving hatchlings, theyAleris 2 work diligently on curing sea turtles using surgery, weights, and Beano. These turtles suffer from bloating, fibropapilloma tumors, cracked shells, and human trash stuck in their digestive systems. These eye-opening experiences inspired me to come up with my guiding question, which was, “How can I bring awareness to sea turtle conservation as well as get involved in volunteering and help others get involved?” We all know that sea turtles are endangered. But how many of us really care? How many people know that only one out of a thousand hatchlings will return to its native beach as a mature adult? I wanted to share my experiences and hopefully bring awareness to this community about the opportunities around the world for youth and families to get involved.

 

I am proud that I’ve completed this project. I learned so many different things through it, (not only facts about sea turtles), among which is expanding my horizons when it comes to people, places, and cultures around the world. I have broadened my network and made connections with experienced professionals that inspire me. Visiting new places and trying something different is one of the best ways to broaden one’s perspectives.  I also came to realize that making a difference is possible, not necessarily through money or volunteering, but through other ways as well. Inspiring others, bringing awareness and spreading the word about sea turtle conservation plays an equal part in protecting sea turtles as well. The managers at Ma’Daerah inspired me to create this project. My teachers, who helped and guided me throughout my project, my mentor, who gave me every single bit of information I asked for and then some, and my parents, who made my visits possible: these people, in one way or another, were involved in helping to spread the word. Everyone can be part of it. Join me in pledging to live green to inspire others to support sea turtle conservation. Simply think green, go green, live green, and STAY GREEN!

 

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Eighth Grade Capstone

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Our eighth grade students complete a year-long project prior to graduating from Boulder Country Day School. This long term, research-based project known as Capstone allows students to investigate one of their passions.  Wood working, novel writing, learning to play an instrument, graphic design, flying solo in a glider, and starting a foundation are some of the projects students have chosen. BCD feels this project offers an excellent opportunity to promote in-depth learning and personal management.  Five of this year’s graduating eighth graders have agreed to share their projects here on our Blog page.  Enjoy!

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First grade persuasive essays

Why is BCD the best school?  We’ll let our first graders tell you. 

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Childhood memories of Chess – still creating joy 60 years later

As I recall the memories of my childhood, I am drawn to the relationship I had with my father, cemented by the game of chess. I remember from an early age how hectic our daily life was. Dad was setting up his medical practice and my mom was left to mind my brother and me. Though he tried, dad was, in my mind, never home or if he was, he was so tired he went right to sleep.

Soon my sister joined the family. Now things were really chaotic. I think I was about 8 when dad brought home a chess board and said let me teach you how to play. My brother was 5 and soon lost interest, but I jumped at the chance to be with dad and learn the game. I remember trying to hurry up and finish dinner, wash the dishes (a weekly chore) and, if he was home rushing up to the den to play chess.

As the years rolled on, I became a good chess player. Lots of terrific matches until I was finally able to beat him. I think I was 14 years old. Regardless, the hours we spent together were priceless. I remember him saying, “have you really thought about that move” or “see the whole board” or “have you planned 5 moves ahead”.  All of this helped me develop an ability to think critically.

More than that, we spent hours together. We collected different chess boards from all over the world – a real geography lesson. We followed Bobby Fischer, the greatest American chess master as he captured the world championship. My dad is 93 years old and we still play whenever we get together. Our chess bond has lasted 60 years.

On that note many of you know that we have added a chess club at BCD. The “Chess Wizards” meet for six weeks each trimester on Tuesday after school from 3:15-4:30. We have a wide range of students from Pre-k- 6th grade. Introducing chess at an early age is incredibly beneficial for many reasons. Studies have been done in the past few decades that demonstrate that chess helps students improve their grades, specifically in Math and Science. It also helps increase their self-esteem, memory, problem solving ability and their ability to focus.

Plus it is just plain fun! Regardless of a child’s skill, the chess club is designed to create a life-long love of the “Game of Kings”.  We invite you to drop by on Tuesdays to see it in action!

- Phil Demartini

Elementary School Director

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If only summer could last forever…well maybe it can

Ah, Summer. I can feel it now. The sounds of birds chirping and children laughing. The sun shining, the smell of sunscreen, your child’s hard earned neural connections disappearing. Wait… What?

Neural connections, or synapses, function under a basic “use it or lose it” rule.  Summer learning loss is a hefty challenge that both students and classroom teachers face. In 2011, the New York Times published an article with a catchy title: This is your brain on summer. The article basically negated the notion that children need relaxing, unstructured summers.

IMG_0890Does this mean that students need to be doing flashcards and worksheets all summer? Certainly not. However, we must keep our brains engaged in pursuits that activate the portions of our brain responsible for language, critical thinking, and creativity. It is from these functions that our children can develop and retain the skills necessary for reading, mathematics, and other academic skills. We can accomplish this while still having FUN! Trust me, your child will be so busy laughing and smiling, they will have no idea they are actually strengthening their brains.

BCD Summer Camp understands these neurological needs and offers a wide variety of summer camps offerings sure to keep your child mentally engaged, while still having a great time. For instance, Lego Engineering classes couple the excitement of building and inherent draw of Legos with the neurological benefits of problem solving and critical thinking. Sports camp encourages not only coordination and teamwork, but also releases chemicals within the brain that promote cell development and strengthening of connections.

Our specialty camp offerings span a wide range of disciplines. Sports, Engineering, Movie Making, Art, Needle IMG_1983Crafts, Cooking, and Cake Decorating are just a few of the multi-benefit courses offered. As the school year approaches, prepare your child for a more formal school day by enrolling in one of our many “Academic Camps”, such as French, Jump Start to Kindergarten, or Upper Elementary All Stars.

Additionally, our day camp offers full day experiences that mix science, art, literacy, and math concepts into a balanced program for students ages 3-7. Children spend each week exploring a new theme (Insects, Outer Space, etc.) through a variety of modalities. You may see day camp children engaged in cooking projects, arts and crafts, nature walks, organized games, and outdoor play.

Outdoor play is increasingly linked to brain research, cognitive growth, and enhanced learning. A 2004 study published in the American Journal of Public Health showed that time spent outside and in nature can lead to a reduction in ADHD symptoms as well as increases in attention span and impulse control. This is due in large part to the ability of natural environments to engage the mind effortlessly.

BCD_SC_Full_OrangeSo, why wait? Keep your child active and learning throughout the summer. Avoid summer slide and sign your child up for BCD’s summer program today. For more information on BCD’s summer program, visit our website at: http://bouldercountryday.org/PROGRAMS_SUMMER_PROGRAMS.php.

Kath Courter and Stephanie Vaughn Simkins

BCD Summer Program Directors

 

Referenced articles:

Kuo, F. and Taylor, A. (2004), A potential natural treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: evidence from a national study. American Journal of Public Health. Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1448497/

Musolf, D. (2014), Does outdoor play make kids smarter? San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved from: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-living/ci_25181071/does-outdoor-play-make-kids-smarter 

Smink, J. (2011), This is your brain on summer. The New York Times. Retrieved from: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/opinion/28smink.html?_r=1&

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