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Beach Bash Book Fair 2014

September 30, 2014
By Mrs. Hunter

Grab your sunglasses and beach towels... RHCDS is getting ready for a Beach Bash Book Fair from Monday, October 13, to Thursday, October 16. Catch a wave to the library to take a look at a sample of new titles that will be featured at the Book Fair. Right now, students can take their best guess at how many pages are "hanging ten" on the surf board. Middle School and Lower School winners will be announced at flag on October 13.

iPads in First Grade

September 24, 2014
By Mrs. Zwerling

Did you know that Country Day's First Grade program includes 1:1 iPads?  Throughout the day, iPads are used for academic enrichment, practice, projects and exploring.

One of First Grade's favorite apps is IXL, where students can work on math skills at, below, or above their current grade level.

Students also enjoy games that are rooted in academics, like Sight Word and Math Bingo. These games turn what used to be boring skill-and-drill practice into exciting games!

Students use a child-friendly app called Maily to communicate with their teacher.  This app allows us to ask and answer questions, practice communicating and writing, as well as explore the world of email.

Project-based apps, like Pic Collage, are the poster of today.  Students create digital posters to show what they have learned about topics.

Students are also learning to take Accelerated Reader tests in their iPads.

A teacher-favorite app is Chirp!  This amazing app allows teachers to send notes, links to websites and even photos, using sound waves to the class set of iPads.

This is such an incredible time to be a first grader!  These students are learning to be leaders in technology and learning to use 21st century tools in their everyday life.

Introducing our newest 3-D printer!

September 22, 2014
By Mr. Baran

Rolling Hills Country Day School received the Cube Pro Duo, our newest, state-of-the-art printer. The Cube Pro Duo is much larger than our two other 3-D printers (it has a print space of about 10 x 10 inches) and can print in two different colors. It also has the ability to print 70-micron thin print, which is about 6 times finer than our other printers. The Cube Pro Duo can work with any software that can create an .STL file. Students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 will be introduced to the printer and its software over the course of the school year.  Students will learn how to use the software in the Lower School Science Lab as well as the Computer Lab.  Along with the printer, RHCDS received a 3-D scanner that can scan anything from as large as a human to as small as a golf ball.  Please come by the Lower School Science Lab and check out this newest addition to the school!

China Trip Information Meeting

September 16, 2014
By Ms. Tashiro

Rolling Hills Country Day School is excited to introduce our first ever Study Abroad Program, which will take place in China in June 2015. Country Day students and their families are invited to join members of the faculty and administration on this trip of a lifetime. This customized tour of Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai was created in alignment with Country Day's educational goals of compassion, multicultural appreciation, and global awareness.

Students in all grades are invited as long as they are accompanied by a parent. Middle School students may travel without parents.

Please join us on the evening of Wednesday, September 17, at 6:00 P.M. in the MPR for more information about this unique educational and cultural opportunity. A representative from Worldstrides International, an industry leader in student travel and Country Day's partner in this new program, will provide detailed information about our journey.

Childcare will be available at no charge on the field and playground during the meeting.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth Tashiro at etashiro@rhcds.com or by calling (310) 377-4848, ext. 7005.

Talking Walls and Interactive Projectors

September 8, 2014
By Mr. Sato

Talking wall?  No, our walls don’t talk, but we do have three classrooms that have each received a new multitouch, interactive projector and edge to edge dry erase, projectable and magnetic material on the Teaching Wall.  The goal is to provide an interactive space, both digital and physical, where teachers and students can engage collaboratively together. Rolling Hills Country Day School is excited to be one of the first schools in the world to use this state-of-the-art technology from Epson. If you’re interested in seeing the new systems in action, please stop by Rooms 1, 14, or 21, or see me in the Library for a demo before or after school.

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RHCDS is a premier Kindergarten through Grade 8 school on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Our Lower School (Kindergarten to 5th Grade) and Middle School (6th through 8th grades) offer small class-sizes and specialized educators in multiple subjects. We are an independent, WASC accredited school serving families in Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, San Pedro, and several other communities in the South Bay. 

Student Quote of the Week

I like to go to the Science Lab during recess. You always learn new things, and there are lots of animals.

~Grade 1 Student