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Perspectives on Globalization: A Fourth Grade Election Project Update

October 20, 2016 by Janet Collier (Faculty and Staff)

As part of the school-wide Election Project, Fourth Graders are exploring one of the most challenging issues of our day, globalization. The topic was selected because it interconnects with the students’ year-long study of world geography and culture. Fourth Grade students have had the opportunity to engage with experts in the field who are highlighting […]


Torah Talk for Parashat V’zot Habracha

October 19, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this Torah portion, the final one in the Torah, which we will read on Simchat Torah, Moshe gives the tribes of Yisrael a final blessing and dies at the age of 120. The Bnei Yisrael mourn and begin to follow Yehoshua, their new leader. The last chapter of the Torah gives an account of […]


Exploring Public Land Use: A Third Grade Election Project Update

October 13, 2016 by Janet Collier (Faculty and Staff)

Third Graders are focusing on public lands as an important issue for the upcoming election. Their study includes defining what public lands are, exploring how they should be used, and determining whose role it is to take care of them. The topic of public land use dovetails with the Third Grade curriculum which includes learning […]


Fall Alumni Newsletter

October 13, 2016 by Hannah Seidel (Faculty and Staff) Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

We begin this new year full of anticipation for what’s to come, particularly our Election Project and construction of our new middle school and expansion of the North Campus! We are thrilled to share these exciting developments and many others with our ever-supportive and engaged alumni community, and to hear all about our change-making alumni’s exciting […]


JPDS-NC Hosts DC Reggio Emilia Alliance Study Group

October 13, 2016 by Melissa Davis (Faculty and Staff)

JPDS-NC hosted the first DC Reggio Emilia Alliance (DCREA) meeting of the school year at the South Campus on Wednesday, September 28. We were honored to host 35 educators from Washington area preschools, independent schools, and public schools at the event. We thank our colleagues from Congregation B’nai Tzedek, St. John’s Episcopal Preschool, Temple Sinai Nursery […]


Torah Talk for Parashat Ha’azinu

October 11, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

At the end of Moshe’s last speech to Bnei Yisrael, Hashem tells Moshe to write down a song to teach to the Israelites. “Put this song in their mouths,” Hashem says, “so that the words may become a witness for Me against them. After I bring them to the land that flows with milk and […]


Building Strong Academic Foundations

October 10, 2016 by Lisa Davis (Faculty and Staff)

Several weeks ago, the Kindergarten students began rotating through their Foundations classes. This year, Kindergarten students will travel twice a week to Language Arts, Science, Math, Sadnah (Studio Art), and Mischak (Play). In each Foundations class, the students are learning foundational skills which they then practice at other times in their classrooms. From the outset, […]


Kids Delve into the Issues – An Election Project Update

October 6, 2016 by Janet Collier (Faculty and Staff)

As the JPDS-NC Election Project 2016 continues, students in all grades have been conducting research on their grade’s assigned topic and engaging in deep conversations with guest speakers, with students in other grades and at other schools, and with each other. Sixth Grade – Political Messaging: Sixth Grade students produced videos summarizing the positions of the major […]


Student Tefilah Committee Presents New School Ark

October 6, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

The Tefilah Committee is a volunteer group of students in Grades 3 to 6 whose goal is to make Tefilah (prayer) a better and more meaningful experience for all the students. This fall, the Committee presented the newly restored ark, which will be used by third, fourth, and fifth graders during tefilah. The ark was unveiled to the 3rd-6th grade students during Big […]


Starting the New Year Like an Aleph – Cultivating a Growth Mindset in 5777

October 5, 2016 by Arielle Derby (Faculty and Staff)

I have been spending time visiting classrooms, getting to know the students, and telling them a story about why Aleph is the first letter of the aleph-bet: the print Aleph (א) is the only letter that is “open” on all sides, with many access points. After the story, we talk about being open to new […]


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