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Sixth Graders Design Games Based on Greek Epic

December 23, 2016 by Joshua K (’17) (Students) Matan S (’17) (Students)

Sixth Grade students hosted an Odyssey-inspired game fair yesterday. Each Sixth Grader made their own board game or card game based on The Wanderings of Odysseus, the shortened version of The Odyssey that we studied. Once we finished reading the book, we started working on our games. We first needed to decide whether to develop […]


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 […]


Economist Leora Klapper Teaches Sixth Graders about Financial Literacy

September 8, 2016 by Lael S (’17) (Students)

Last Friday, sixth graders at JPDS-NC were visited by Leora Klapper, an economist at the World Bank and a parent at our school. Ms. Klapper spoke to our class about how to set a budget and manage money so that we can play a role in financing our class trip to New York City this […]


Fourth Graders Adopt Chicks as Class Pets

June 15, 2016 by Gabri K (’20) (Students)

At the beginning of the semester, the fourth grade Explorers class raised the idea of getting a class pet. It was decided that students needed to earn it, so their teacher created a chart where they earned points for doing and acting in ways that showed responsibility. By the end of April, they had earned […]


JPDS-NC Fourth Graders Perform and Teach Israeli Dance to Area Students at Embassy of Israel

May 26, 2016 by Eleanor F (’20) (Students) Lilli L (’20) (Students) Zoe K (’20) (Students)

The Fourth Grade Trailblazers class was invited to a special program at the Embassy of Israel on Friday, May 20. A Fifth Grade class from Hearst Elementary School was invited too. We performed an Israeli dance routine for everyone. Every year, JPDS-NC has an Israeli Dance Performance. We performed the choreography from that show. Then […]


Student Stories: Sixth Grade Teamwork Leads to Trivia Night Success

February 23, 2016 by Noah K (’16) (Students) Sammy R (’16) (Students)

Trivia Night is a fundraiser organized by the Sixth Grade students and teachers each year in order to pay for their trip to New York in the spring. On this trip, the students (with teacher chaperones) go to a Broadway play, a baseball game, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other places in the city. […]


Moetzet HaTalmidim (Student Council) Organizes Collection Drive for U.S. Troops

February 1, 2016 by Miriam R (’16) (Students) Yael R (’20) (Students)

JPDS-NC students are leading a collection drive to show support for the troops. In every classroom, there is a reusable bag to collect donations. Our student council first organized this drive because we want to thank the people that protect us, and support them so they can keep doing what they do for us. U.S. […]


Kids Get Cooking with Chesed Cooks!

January 21, 2016 by Mira E (’20) (Students) Willa R (’20) (Students)

Last Sunday, the JPDS-NC Chesed (Kindness) Committee and the Random Acts of Kindness Committee organized a special activity where parents and kids cook meals to help families in need.  More than 20 people came and together we made eight full-size lasagnas and six batches of chocolate chip cookies. Then the food was frozen. When a […]


From Tomahawks to Tipis at the Third Grade American Indian Museum

January 12, 2016 by Coby M (’21) (Students)

The third grade classes made an American Indian Museum. All fifty-one students in the grade worked to research and make displays about different Native American tribes. We learned about the Sioux, the Cherokee, the Northwest Coast, and the Iroquois tribes. For our museum, the students made everything from tomahawks to tipis to feather headdresses. Students […]


Colonial History Comes to Life at JPDS-NC

December 16, 2015 by Adina S (’17) (Students)

The Fifth Graders at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital have just finished their Colonial History unit. For a few months, the students learn about the founding of the colonies and about famous figures such as John Winthrop, John Smith, and the Kings of England. Then, each student chooses a colonial profession […]


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