On the evening of January 25, 2022, BCD will host diversity speaker, Rosetta Lee.
Since 2004, Rosetta Lee of Seattle Girls School, has been a diversity speaker in addition to being a faculty member. She trains on a number of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, and bullying in schools.
Boulder Country Day School will host a high school fair for all Boulder County middle school students. This is the eighth year that Boulder Country Day has held this event. This year will again be attended by local and regional public and private schools, as well as boarding schools from across the nation.
BCD congratulates Head of Preschool, Kath Courter, on her acceptance into the Buell Foundation’s Early Childhood Leadership Program. The BECLP is an 18-credit graduate certificate program offered in partnership with University of Colorado Denver, Clayton Early Learning and the Buell Foundation. BECLP enrolls emerging or existing early childhood leaders striving to be change agents in communities. The program prepares its fellows to become influential leaders who will transform the landscape of early childhood education through promoting positive change in programs, policies and practices and the advancement of equity, excellence, and opportunity for all of Colorado’s young children and families. We congratulate Ms. Courter on this outstanding achievement.
On Friday, March 12th, we welcomed grandfriends from all over the globe via Zoom to peek inside our classrooms. The event received a wonderful response. We started the morning with almost 300 computers logging into the introduction by Head of School John Suitor. Following a virtual assembly, grandfriends visited each of their student's classrooms where they shared their daily activities and were able to exchange direct greetings with each other. Below are some notes that we received following the event.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning for us here in Dubai (11 hours ahead of Boulder) to visit with our grandchildren (Bassam 6th grade, Kareem 4th grade and Ahmed first grade) in Boulder!
To see them participate with their teachers and classmates “live”.
Thank you very much for all the hard work and time you extended to make it all work.
Thank you all so much!! What a lovely zoom Grandparents' Day event it was...well orchestrated, inclusive and absolutely marvelous to get to see all that our beloved grandchildren are accomplishing with their friends and classmates! Thank-you, BCD!! It was so uplifting and such a joyous treat!
God bless each and everyone of you who assisted and participated in the event!
We extend a very special thank you to our Development Department for their coordination of this event.
On a very chilly morning in February 2021, BCD Elementary Spelling Bee finalists gathered on the sport court despite the weather to spell it out - because…the show must go on. The event was broadcast into all elementary classrooms and to anxious parents via Zoom. At the end of the hour, it was Trevor who was named this year's winner! Congratulations to Trevor and all his competitors on an effort requiring stealth well beyond just spelling. Thank you to all the faculty and staff who made this event possible. We appreciate your efforts to make the show go on!
“I wish I had been here from the beginning”, said my older son half-way through 7th grade at BCD a couple of years ago. When I asked him why, he gave me several reasons: The teachers, the students, the community, the opportunities to explore new interest areas, the leadership opportunities, the service projects, the trips, and last but not least “I am finally getting how to balance academics and the rest of my interests- and I don’t have to choose one or the other- I can just be me”. I liked his answers and with our second son saying to me just the other day that he too wishes he had been at BCD “for more time than I will have here in middle school”, I decided to see how much their comments may be more than a personal story. As a trained education researcher, looking further, deeper and more closely is what I am passionate about; -and when personal experience matches with solid data, I am calling that a “Great Day!”
The Colorado Diversity Network will host their annual Diversity Hiring Fair on Saturday, February 6th from 1:00 - 3:00pm via Zoom. The fair is a free and open event to anyone, but is designed to support educators of color considering careers with independent schools.
BCD is a proud founding member of CDN, a partnership of Colorado independent schools working to enhance faculty and staff trainings focused on issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity.
BCD teachers work hard to intentionally create joy in their classrooms. Joyful learning experiences can shape a student's lifelong attitudes about education and develop intrinsic motivation. Read more about BCD's use of the Joyful Classroom framework.
We have much to be grateful for this year. We just need to remember to pause and say thank you. BCD's Head of Preschool, Kath Courter, shares her family tradition of passing along an attitude of gratitude through lessons that are both simple and sometimes really hard in her latest blog.
BCD’s Head of Preschool, Kath Courter, provides helpful advice on talking to children about the election in today's blog post. Helping children learn to talk about political differences of opinion is important and models for them how people can disagree and still be civil – even friendly – with each other.
We were thrilled to have Michael Franti visit our talent show assembly with a special message for the kids to speak their truth, work hard, and be nice to people. We're even more thrilled to share it with all of you on Facebook. Have a wonderful weekend, Bulldogs!
Livi Gray's (Class of 2020) powerful Capstone project, Faces of America, was featured in the August issue of Boulder Lifestyle magazine. We are very proud of the work she did both in her artistry and in using her voice. Great job, Livi!
We write to you today with heavy hearts, hurting for those members of our community and the greater world who have and continue to suffer the injustices of systemic racism. We grieve withthe people of color in our community and beyond over the continual loss of lives as a result of an unjust system, and we stand with those who are underrepresented, misrepresented, and disenfranchised, all of whom have far too much experience with prejudice, inaction, and inequality.
The events of the past weeks, beginning with the brutal murder of George Floyd, magnify the urgency of work in social justice, privilege, bias, and identity. While we reflect on and are grateful for the growth our community has experienced in these areas, we acknowledge our shortcomings and recognize we have still have so much more work to do, individually, as a school community, and as a larger, global society.
Today, tomorrow, and for years to come, we understand we must demand more of ourselves. As educators, we have a profound responsibility to work with young people daily in our efforts to dismantle the systemic racism we know exists both within and beyond the borders of our campus. We are and will remain hopeful that a BCD education will empower our students to become future leaders who will work to end racism, prejudice, and discrimination in all of their forms. We invite you to stand with us.
Thank you for your partnership, and please look for an email from Sterling Kranjcec (School Counselor) and Randi Reinhold (Coordinator of Equity and Inclusion) containing resources regarding how to talk about these difficult topics with your children.
John Suitor, Kath Courter, Jill Johnson, Dan Welch, Gabe Hernan, Susan Boyle, Ann-Marie Tewey, and Julie Griffith