Our Stories

Meet the Middle School Marketing Committee: Co-Chair Abigail Sharon

March 10, 2016

When I first watched the JPDS-NC Admissions video back in 2013, I found myself welling up. What was going on? Then I realized, I was feeling our school’s neshuma. I knew immediately that JPDS-NC was a special school where our girls would thrive. The following year, I volunteered to work on the school’s new Admission video […]


Meet the Middle School Marketing Committee: Co-Chair Marci Klugman

March 10, 2016

When we walked through the doors of JPDS-NC for our prospective parent tour over 6 years ago, I felt like I was entering a warm, lively home. I saw kids singing, dancing and laughing in their classrooms, and older kids (who looked so big!) reading to younger ones sitting on the floor in the hallway. […]


Picture This: Envisioning Our Middle School

March 3, 2016 by Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff)

What an exciting moment this is to be on the cusp, at that moment of possibility and potential. As we look ahead to our Middle School, we can embrace the opportunity to apply what we have learned, to enrich what we have achieved, and to realize what we imagine. This is the time to come […]


In the News: District Day School Names Middle School Director

February 25, 2016 by Washington Jewish Week (Press)

Read the Washington Jewish Week article about the appointment of JPDS-NC’s founding Middle School Director.


A Letter from Founding Middle School Director Lisa Schopf

February 23, 2016 by Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff)

Having been part of the JPDS-NC community for the past ten years, I have had the privilege of joining with a dedicated team of educators committed to nurturing our children’s growth. From Pre-K through Sixth Grade, our students begin to develop their unique identities, define their own goals, cultivate their interests and passions, hone academic […]


JPDS-NC Announces Founding Middle School Director

February 23, 2016 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

I am pleased to announce the appointment of our founding Middle School Director. After a national search, we chose an internal candidate, Ms. Lisa Schopf, for the position. Lisa has been a standout educator at JPDS-NC since 2006, first as a General Studies teacher for 5th Grade, and most recently as the Math and Social […]


Meet the Swing Space Committee: Co-Chair Evan Goldman

February 18, 2016

JPDS-NC turns kids into mensches. We chose JPDS-NC because we saw the same warmth and sense of community that we experienced in the Gan at Adas Israel. It has been six years since we first joined the community, and we love having our three children at the school. I was excited that there was an […]


Meet the Swing Space Committee: Co-Chair Ben Becker

February 18, 2016

When I saw kindergartners speaking Hebrew during our initial school visit, my heart skipped a beat. I knew that JPDS-NC was the place for our family. We are grateful for the quality education and strong community that JPDS-NC provides and we are planning for our youngest to start next year. I am volunteering on the […]


Meet the Middle School Facilities Committee: Co-Chair Kimby Berger

February 10, 2016

My husband, Lawrence, and I have been a part of the JPDS-NC community since 2006. Our oldest son, Aden, graduated two years ago, our middle son, Micah, will graduate this year, and our youngest son, Ollie, is in 2nd grade. JPDS-NC has played an incredibly important role in our family and I am always eager to […]


Meet the Middle School Facilities Committee: Co-Chair Emily Appelbaum

February 10, 2016

My family joined JPDS-NC a year ago, in early 2015, after moving to DC from Cambridge, MA. My husband Yoni, daughter Elisheva (2nd grade), son Joshua (Kindergarten), and I are so grateful for the way that JPDS-NC has welcomed our family into its community from day one. When I learned about the opportunity to contribute to the […]


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