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Students Speak Out – An Election Project Update

September 29, 2016 by Janet Collier (Faculty and Staff)

As students delve into their grade-specific issues for our Election Project, they’ve also been exploring the question of whether adults should listen to the opinions of children when it comes to these important issues and the election in general. We asked the children: “You can’t vote, but should you have a voice in this process?” […]

Rosh Hashanah STEM Story Hour

September 29, 2016 by Sindy Udell (Faculty and Staff)

What does Rosh Hashanah have to do with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)? Last Sunday, thirty children from the greater Washington, DC area came to JPDS-NC to find out. Kindergarten teacher Xani Pollakoff and Admission Associate Lindsey Marks led an innovative program that uniquely combined Rosh Hashanah teachings with STEM and design thinking. Children […]

Sixth Graders Study Political Advertising as part of JPDS-NC Election Project

September 29, 2016 by Adina S (’17) (Students) Ana S (’17) (Students)

Sixth graders at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital have a special opportunity this year – we are the oldest children in the school and it’s an election year. We are in charge of coordinating a “voter’s guide” for students throughout the school, and even get to listen to guest speakers about […]

Literacy for the 21st Century Student: Foundational Computer Languages and Programming in Middle School Curriculum

September 27, 2016 by Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff)

Computer literacy is becoming an expectation and a necessity, a critical skill for engaging with and contributing to the world in the 21st Century. In our middle school, all students will become more familiar and experienced with the foundations of computer programming through required and elective courses. Our courses in computer languages and programming will […]

Torah Talk for Parashat Nitzavim

September 27, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Moshe describes the brit (covenant) between Hashem and Bnei Yisrael, urging Bnei Yisrael to uphold the brit and honor the Torah so that they may be rewarded with life in the land of Israel. Chapter 30, verses 11-14, says: “For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not too […]

Kids’ Voices Count: JPDS-NC Election Project 2016

September 22, 2016 by Janet Collier (Faculty and Staff) Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

We are excited to launch Kids’ Voices Count: JPDS-NC Election Project 2016. This schoolwide election project will focus on giving life to the rights and responsibilities of children as social and political actors in the public sphere. Students will be creating a voting guide for adults in our community in which they will give voice to their […]

2015-2016 Kindergarten Community Quilt Goes on Display

September 21, 2016 by Lisa Davis (Faculty and Staff)

Last week, we were thrilled to welcome the South Campus parent community to a new school year at Back to School Night. As part of our preparation of the shared spaces, we hung the Kindergarten Community Quilt above the fireplace in the Kikar. The quilt was made by the students during the 2015-2016 school year. […]

Torah Talk for Parashat Ki Tavo

September 20, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Moshe instructs the Bnei Yisrael on the first fruit offering and then elaborates on the terms of the covenant by listing the blessings for keeping the commandments and the punishments for disobeying them. We encounter an interesting verse towards the end of the parasha [29:4]: “I have led you forty years in the […]

Second Step: Schoolwide Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum Launches

September 15, 2016 by Alexis Herschthal (Faculty and Staff)

This school year, JPDS-NC is implementing a school-wide Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, Second Step. In the past, JPDS-NC incorporated character education and SEL content into classrooms through former programs like Middah of the Month and continuing programs like, B’Sod Siach, as well as friendship groups, classroom meetings, and other guidance lessons. We are […]

Third Graders Visit the Shofar Factory

September 14, 2016 by Mindy Hirsch (Faculty and Staff)

Third Graders at JPDS-NC are getting ready for the high holidays. This week, they went to the Shofar Factory where they learned about the process of making a shofar and what makes it kosher – and then each student got to make one of their own! Check out their video below.