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Educating for Responsibility

On October 4 – a few days before Yom Kippur – I presented the first in a series of lectures for MILTON’s middle school Scholars Forum on Jonah and his aborted escape from responsibility. I don’t often get to teach middle schoolers in my work, and I was particularly excited that morning because, as a consultant to the middle school, I had spent many hours in discussion with its director Lisa Schopf last year, thinking …

October 19, 2017 |By |Author Type: Community Members |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: #DCJewishMiddleSchool|

Ari Zymelman Lecture Series on Parenting Education: Screen-Time Struggles

While I consider myself to be a capable parent, the topic of technology is one that I want support around. There are websites, articles, and resources on the issue. But where to look next? The answer: JPDS-NC! Next week, the JPDS-NC parent community will gather for the screening of the documentary “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” followed by facilitated table discussions so that we can share our responses to the film and conceptualize …

November 10, 2016 |By |Author Type: Community Members |Topics: Education|Tags: Adult Learning|

Behind the Scenes of the “Boxed Lunch” Program

When JPDS-NC began more than 25 years ago, there were only a handful of students. At that time, many things were handled by parent volunteers, including lunch. Parents ordered pizza for the students, and distributed it as needed. All of these years later, lunch is still organized by a dedicated group of parent volunteers. Now referred to as “Boxed Lunch,” Primary Parents provides students and staff members with food options for each day of the …

November 2, 2016 |By |Author Type: Community Members |Topics: Volunteering|Tags: Milton Parents Association|

Meet the Middle School Program Committee: Co-Chair Jen Sultan

JPDS-NC has been a second home for our children since 2008 when our oldest son entered Kindergarten. We did not consider any other school at the time because it was obvious that we would educate our children in D.C.’s only Jewish day school, a nurturing environment that continued with the Reggio Emilia approach to learning that our son had enjoyed in preschool. Fast forward to today, when our JPDS-NC graduate has moved on to seventh …

Meet the Middle School Program Committee: Co-Chair Dina Epstein

I’m a big believer that, if you want something to be great, you have to be willing to put in some of the work to make that happen. So, even though our journey with JPDS-NC is just beginning (our eldest is in Pre-K) I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as one of the Co-Chairs of the Middle School Program Committee as we all embark on the exciting challenge of shaping the future of JPDS-NC. My …

Meet the Middle School Program Committee: Co-Chair Jenn Geetter

I live in the District with my husband, Josh Segal, and our two children, Isaiah (first grade) and Eden (pre-K). Josh was born here but grew up in Philadelphia. I am from Connecticut. We have been in DC since 2005. The other Co-Chairs of the Program Committee and I are working with an incredible, diverse, and knowledgeable team of parents to help articulate the type of learning environment that we want our children to have, and …

Meet the Middle School Zoning Committee: Co-Chair Rob Zucker

I’m a native of South Orange, New Jersey and graduate of Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union (now Golda Och Academy). I moved to Washington in 1994 to follow a lifelong interest in politics. I worked as a staffer on Capitol Hill in the House and Senate for nine years, before becoming a lobbyist at Winning Strategies Washington where I’m a partner and have worked for almost 13 years. My wife Shana and …

Meet the Middle School Zoning Committee: Co-Chair Helaine Greenfeld

Our family has been involved with JPDS-NC for the last 16 years, since our son, Jake, started Kindergarten at the old Montgomery Hills location, continuing with my tenure as a Board Trustee and President, our daughter Abby’s graduation in 2011, and through to my current terms returning to the Board and serving as Co-Chair of the Zoning Committee. JPDS-NC has been an important part of our lives all of the time, providing an excellent education …

Alumni Highlight: Leah Schultz

Leah graduated in 2004. Reflecting on her time at JPDS-NC, she shared what she loved most about the school: “JPDS-NC was a wonderful place for me to grow, learn, and really grow to love learning. It was an incredibly supportive environment, one where students felt they could participate. The small classes allowed you to be friends with everyone in your grade and it was obvious even to me as a student that the parents and …

April 18, 2016 |By |Author Type: Community Members |Topics: Alumni|Tags: #ThisIsWhy|

Meet the Endowment Committee: Co-Chair David Kurtzer-Ellenbogen

I’m the relatively rare non‑transplant to the DC area. I grew up in Silver Spring, and graduated from a (different) Jewish day school. Lucy is a Jewish day school alum as well, from a school in the UK. The grounding and foundation in Jewish texts, tradition and practice that our day school education gave us has been immensely precious to both of us. It’s something that we’ve felt was critically important for us to provide …