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Peer Teaching in P.E.

October 21, 2014
By Mrs. Mac

Fourth grade students teach each other breaststroke during Physical Education in the pool. Peer teaching allows students to practice communication, leadership, problem solving, and compassion.

Website Content Filter at Home

October 16, 2014
By Mr. Sato

In response to a wonderful presentation at the October Parent Association Meeting by Captain Keith Kauffman, a question was asked by a parent that morning on how to safeguard children while at home as they browse websites.

I suggested two products, both of which come from a company called OpenDNS.  This company has a wonderful free home product that filters website content within a single site through its internet connection.  This means that any device connected through that specific gateway using OpenDNS will have categorical and specific blocks on sites based on their content.  The user decides what categories or specific sites are blocked.

The second product is also by OpenDNS and it is called Umbrella.  Originally only available for business accounts there is now an Umbrella Prosumer option.  This product, when loaded onto most devices (Windows, Mac OSX or an iOS device), will apply the same filters available to the free home product mentioned above regardless of what internet connection the device is using.  This means you can protect your children whether they are at your house, a friend’s house, a coffee shop or even on mobile data.

SC Magazine recently called OpenDNS “one of the most powerful network security tools available” -

Free Home Product:

Umbrella ($20.00 per user/per year):

Scroll down below the packages and select show more, click Buy Now.  This will take you to a sign up page where you must provide some basic information before proceeding to select the Umbrella product and purchase if desired.


When installing the Umbrealla App on an IOS device you will want to prevent the removal of apps by enforcing restrictions, see this apple tutorial for reference.

Teacher Profile: Ms. Shobert

October 13, 2014
By Ms. Tashiro

Teacher Profile: Ms. Shobert, Middle School History

Rolling Hills Country Day School prides itself on its exceptional educators. This video highlights the teaching of Ms. Shobert and how she instills critical thinking, problem solving, and strong communication skills in the classroom.

video created by Wandering Study

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.


Welcome to RHCDS

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