Our Stories

First Graders Script and Perform a Play about Endangered Gorillas

February 11, 2015 by Class of 2022 (Students)

We started learning about endangered animals. We decided to learn about mountain gorillas. There are only 700 mountain gorillas left in the whole world because of the wars surrounding where they live and poachers. We wanted to make a play that showed our feelings about mountain gorillas and other endangered species. We voted about doing […]


AIMS Accreditation

February 5, 2015 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

In keeping with our mission and values as an institution that is reflective and forward-looking, JPDS-NC is embarking on the AIMS re-accreditation process, a process that occurs in a 10-year cycle. We have been accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools since 2007 and it is now time to start the cycle […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Vanessa May

January 29, 2015 by Sharon Samber (Community)

JPDS-NC’s strength is due, in part, to the dedication of a cadre of talented and energetic parent volunteers. To learn first-hand about what motivates and inspires our volunteers, read the interview with parent Vanessa May. What is your volunteer role? Vanessa: I currently co-chair People of the Book. I have co-chaired Share the Nachas Day. I’ve also […]


JPDS-NC Students Cover School Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

January 28, 2015 by Hannah D (’16) (Students) Jennifer N (’16) (Students) Johanna L (’16) (Students) Naomi M (’16) (Students) Rachel Z (’16) (Students) Rebecca S (’16) (Students) Robert Z (’16) (Students) Rochelle B (’16) (Students) Sammy R (’16) (Students) Yael N (’16) (Students)

JPDS-NC’s students put on a production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” We performed twice, once for the whole school, and once for families and the community. We had 42 performers ranging from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade in the show, and a student stage crew that helped make amazing sets and props. We had […]


A Visit to the Opal Public Charter School in Portland, Oregon

January 22, 2015 by David Zimand (Faculty and Staff)

For all professionals – including educators and educational administrators – opportunities to step outside immediate day-to-day routines and to encounter “how others do it” can provide valuable openings for thinking meaningfully about “what is” now and “what could be” next. Two inter-twined factors combined to create just such an opening for me, in tandem with […]


JPDS-NC Students Meet their Israeli Pen Pals

January 14, 2015 by Gabriel T (’17) (Students) Noah T (’20) (Students)

We are brothers who are in 3rd and 4th grade at JPDS-NC, and we each have a pen pal in Israel. Over the break, we traveled to Israel with our family. We visited JPDS-NC’s sister school, Har Tuv, and got to spend time with our pen pals, Michael and Yonatan. We write letters to them […]


Kindergarteners Create a Code for their Secrets Time Capsule

December 24, 2014 by Ayelet M (’23) (Students) Daniela M (’23) (Students) Yarden W (’23) (Students)

Our Kindergarten class has been interested in the idea of telling and sharing secrets. We thought about the Harry Potter book called Chamber of Secrets, and that gave us the idea to make a time capsule for our class. We are burying a box and the box will hold the secrets we want others to […]


Continuing a Cherished Tradition

December 18, 2014 by Adina Kanefield (Faculty and Staff)

“Voices of Wisdom” by Francine Klagsburn and “Light of Jewish Lamps” by Sidney Greenberg, two of the many books that I cherish from my father’s library, are propped next to my office computer at JPDS-NC. They sit on my desk as reminders to me that we at JPDS-NC are links in a long history; teachers, […]


JPDS-NC Presents: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!

December 17, 2014 by Hannah Seidel (Faculty and Staff) Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

On December 14, fifty-five students from Pre-K to Sixth Grade took the stage in JPDS-NC’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The energy-packed performance showcased not only the extraordinary talent and hard work of the student performers and stage crew, but also the energy and enthusiasm of the twenty-two parent volunteers who helped […]


Students Tackle Math Challenges in National Math Olympiad

December 17, 2014 by Beri G (’15) (Students) Eliav B (’17) (Students) Ella E (’15) (Students) Emmett B (’17) (Students) Jacob H (’17) (Students) Jamin W (’17) (Students) Miriam S (’15) (Students) Sarah B (’17) (Students) Shuli F (’15) (Students)

This week, JPDS-NC students in grades 3-6 participated in the Math Olympiad. It is an international competition that takes place every year from November to March. Each month, we get five questions ranging in difficulty that need to be answered without calculators. There are never any multiple choice questions. Students need to use algebra, geometry […]