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Pre-Kindergarteners Perform for Hundreds at Veterans Day Show

November 19, 2014 by Evelyn M (’24) (Students) Gabriella K (’24) (Students) Hobbes N (’24) (Students) Jack G (’24) (Students) Kylee B (’24) (Students) Noa S (’24) (Students) Shira Z (’24) (Students)

Every year, the children at JPDS-NC put on a Veterans Day concert for the whole school and all the parents. Every grade sings a different song about America or about peace. Some songs in the program this year were Yankee Doodle, Fifty Nifty, and This Land is Your Land. The pre-K class chose to perform […]


JPDS-NC Selected as Demo School for Hebrew Language Education

November 13, 2014 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

JPDS-NC has been selected to serve as a demo school for our approach to teaching and learning Hebrew. Ivrit B’Merkaz or Hebrew at the Center (HATC), an organization that is at the forefront of advancing Hebrew language teaching and learning, has identified JPDS-NC as a resource for Hebrew language educators teaching in schools across the […]


Kindergarteners Learn about Seeds and Visit the Audubon Society

November 12, 2014 by Daniela M (’23) (Students) Elana E (’23) (Students) Emma L (’23) (Students) Liana L (’23) (Students) Ori K (’23) (Students) Yedidyah L (’23) (Students)

We learned about seeds in Kindergarten Science. At the end of our unit, we thought about everything we learned. Elana said, “Seeds make plants. They grow into big plants.” Daniela added, “seeds are like little babies because when they grow, it is like babies growing; and when they open, it is like babies talking.” We […]


Third Graders Learn and Celebrate with Family at their Chagigat HaChumash

November 5, 2014 by Amalya (’20) (Students) Evan P (’20) (Students) Ilana K (’20) (Students) Jessica C (’20) (Students) Matthew S (’20) (Students) Samuel H (’20) (Students)

Last Friday, the third graders celebrated with their families at Chagigat HaChumash (Chumash Celebration). We had a special ceremony where we got our fist Chumash (the Torah in book form) from our Head of School G’veret Reem, and we visited four stations to learn more about the Torah. We felt lucky to get our very […]


Second Graders Visit a Corn Maze, Then Build Their Own Math Maze

October 29, 2014 by Class of 2021 (Students)

The JPDS-NC 2nd grade went on a class field trip to Sharp’s Farm. We went to the farm because we are learning about mazes and the farm had a huge corn maze! While on the farm, we learned about bees, fed animals, and picked pumpkins and popping corn. We also saw a peacock and took […]


Messy Learning, Clear Objectives: Fifth Grade Teacher Published in ASCD Express

October 27, 2014 by Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff)

Our own Lisa Schopf recently published an article about Project-Based Learning in ASCD Express, a professional publication that highlights innovative solutions and best practices in education. In her article, “Messy Learning, Clear Objectives,” Lisa uses a recent project from her Fifth Grade classroom about the American Civil War to examine project-based learning as a valuable tool for engaging […]


Fourth Graders Help Decorate the Sukkah at the Israeli Embassy

October 22, 2014 by Adina S (’17) (Students) Eliav B (’17) (Students) Emmett B (’17) (Students) Gabriel T (’17) (Students) Leah Z (’17) (Students) Noah K (’17) (Students) Zachary S (’17) (Students)

JPDS-NC’s fourth graders visited the Israeli embassy to decorate their sukkah. A sukkah is a tent-like structure built from organic material with the roof having gaps in it so you can see the sky. A sukkah is used on the holiday of Sukkot to symbolize how the Israelites lived in the desert, as described in […]


Sixth Graders Participate in the World Water Monitoring Challenge

October 8, 2014 by Arava R (’15) (Students) Sami H (’15) (Students)

JPDS-NC’s sixth grade participated in the World Water Monitoring Challenge, an international educational outreach program. It helps build awareness and involvement in protecting water resources. This year, JPDS-NC’s 6th grade students went to Luzon Run, a tributary of Rock Creek Park, which is across the street from the school. In this study, you must find […]


Third Graders Build Their Own Shofars at the Shofar Factory

October 1, 2014 by Ben L (’20) (Students) Lilli L (’20) (Students) Margot W (’20) (Students) Willa R (’20) (Students) Yael R (’20) (Students)

On Monday, all the third graders went on a special field trip to the Shofar Factory. We learned a lot about making a shofar and even got to make one of our own ahead of the Jewish high holidays. A shofar is a ram’s horn that some Jewish people blow in synagogues on the holidays […]


Sixth Graders Take on Team-Building Challenges at Hemlock Overlook

September 24, 2014 by Beri G (’15) (Students)

On Monday, our sixth-grade classes went to Hemlock Overlook, a regional park in Clifton, Va., that offers outdoor environmental education and team-building for schools and other groups. There, we learned about the importance of planning and teamwork through team-building challenges. Some of these challenges were working together to solve a giant “Towers of Hanoi” puzzle, […]


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