Our Stories

Primary Parents Update

December 11, 2014 by Elizabeth Goldel (Students) Yvonne White (Community)

This has been busy and productive fall for Primary Parents. Here are a few highlights so far in the 2014-2015 school year that have particularly excited us: Our website is continually evolving, and we are using it as a key resource to keep you up to date on the world of Primary Parents. We now offer […]

Fifth Graders Re-create a Colonial Village in School

December 3, 2014 by Miriam R (’16) (Students)

The fifth graders just wrapped up our Colonial America unit. We wrote essays about Jamestown, performed skits about a colonial child and a modern-day child meeting, and debated a freedom of the press case from the 1700s. The two culminating events of that unit were a field trip to Mount Vernon, and transforming the school […]

Sixth Graders Organize a “Shuk for Shalom” to Raise Money for Israel

November 26, 2014 by Isabel A (’15) (Students) Jonah B (’15) (Students) Miranda N (’15) (Students) Shuli F (’15) (Students)

This fall, the sixth graders at JPDS-NC led a school wide campaign to show our support for Israel. We decided to hold a fundraiser and organized our own shuk (market) at school. In Israel, there is a big shuk where people sell all kinds of things. At our mini-shuk, we sold donated books, toys, games, […]

A Special Visit with Ambassador Kurtzer

November 21, 2014 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt (and JPDS-NC grandparent), spoke to our students as part of the month-long Rabin Curriculum on Conflict Resolution. Students gathered in the Rabin Library for a lively discussion with the Ambassador about his recollections of Prime Minister Rabin, his work as a diplomat under Presidents Bill […]

The Shuk for Shalom, our Student-Led Tikkun Olam Project to Raise Money for Israel

November 20, 2014 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

This fall, as part of their Tikkun Olam project, JPDS-NC’s sixth graders led a school-wide campaign to engage students, show our school’s support for Israel and raise money. On November 12, the sixth graders hosted a fundraiser and transformed the Gottesman Auditorium into the Shuk for Shalom, resembling Israel’s large outdoor markets. After weeks of […]

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 […]