Our Stories

2015-2016 Kindergarten Community Quilt Goes on Display

September 21, 2016 by Lisa Davis (Faculty and Staff)

Last week, we were thrilled to welcome the South Campus parent community to a new school year at Back to School Night. As part of our preparation of the shared spaces, we hung the Kindergarten Community Quilt above the fireplace in the Kikar. The quilt was made by the students during the 2015-2016 school year. […]


Comparing Communities: Kindergarteners Engage in In-Depth Study of Social Insects

May 24, 2016 by Lisa Davis (Faculty and Staff) Vas Pournaras (Faculty and Staff) Xani Pollakoff (Faculty and Staff)

This year in Kindergarten, our Project Work curriculum was intentionally designed to use the theme of Community. In the second semester, we focused on comparing our community to those of social insects including ants, bees, and wasps. We specifically chose social insects because they naturally connect to humans as they share common characteristics that include […]


JPDS-NC Celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut

May 16, 2016 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff) Sharon Freundel (Community)

JPDS-NC had a school-wide, all-day celebration for Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day! The students spent the day traveling to cities and special places in Israel. In Yerushalayim, younger students built the Kotel out of boxes and wrote notes for it, and older students made trifolds of the three major religions of the city. In Be’er […]


Making Thinking Visible Through the Use of Materials

May 4, 2016 by Laura Cohen (Faculty and Staff)

If you walk in the front door of South Campus this week, you might see First Grade students and teachers digging through big boxes and recyclables to be used for prototypes of homes in a polar climate. You also might see Kindergarten students manipulating clay to create their final model of a queen bee. In the sadnah (studio), you might […]


Sixth Grade Students Invited to Display Art about the Holocaust at Community Commemoration

April 20, 2016 by Shifra Chelst (Faculty and Staff)

A fishbowl, half-filled with dirt, with a paper butterfly inside. Taped around the outside of the fishbowl: the poem “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” which we read during our 5th grade Holocaust study. A tube of golf balls, 6 yellow for the Jews, 5 others in various colors for the gays, Jehovah’s witnesses and Roma […]


Interdisciplinary Learning on Display at the Art and Science Expo

February 17, 2016 by Elana Cohen (Faculty and Staff)

With our North Campus Design Lab up and running, teams of students had opportunities to practice Design Thinking and to make their learning visible with access to a variety of materials and tools for this year’s Expo projects. Calling it an “Art and Science” Expo is somewhat limiting, as much of the work was truly […]


In the News: Students Create "Art from the Heart" for Area Hospitals

February 9, 2016 by Washington Jewish Week (Press)

Read the Washington Jewish Week article about our amazing students who created artwork to decorate spaces used by young patients and their families at Children’s National Medical Center and at Shady Grove Hospital. Students in grades Kindergarten to 5 created vibrant works of art with “Birkat Habayit: Blessings of the Home” as the theme. Thank […]


Arts Integration at JPDS-NC

November 20, 2015 by Janet Collier (Faculty and Staff)

The integration of the arts into other academic disciplines provides to children important windows into the world and important languages for exploring, finding, and expressing the meaning they make of the world. True arts integration results in all students learning the skills, habits of mind, and real-world purposes of the arts while at the same […]


The Sadnah: Creativity and Exploration on the South Campus

May 7, 2015 by Yael Uhr (Faculty and Staff)

Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes and their ears, the resources of forms, materials, sounds and colours. – Loris Malaguzzi On the South Campus, we are privileged to have a dedicated studio space, the Sadnah, which is a place for creative collaboration and inspiration for all the […]


Second Graders Build Musical Instruments out of Recycled Materials with Musician David Fenster

May 21, 2014 by Ari B (’20) (Students) Avital P (’20) (Students) Eitan N (’20) (Students) Eli H (’20) (Students) Gabri K (’20) (Students) JuJu J (’20) (Students) Lilli L (’20) (Students) Miriam G (’20) (Students) Samuel H (’20) (Students) Shoshana L (’20) (Students)

Did you know that there are many ways to make music from recycled cans? The second grade at JPDS-NC learned from an Israeli percussionist named David Fenster that music is everywhere, even in your body. He showed us how music comes from our heartbeat and our feet, as well as fruits, nuts, a bow and […]


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