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Sixth Graders Design Games Based on Greek Epic

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 card games or board games. Then we mapped out our games. We went through multiple drafts, got ideas and feedback …

December 23, 2016 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Social Studies|Tags: Project Based Learning|

First Graders Reflect on Veterans Day

JPDS-NC students from Pre-K to Sixth Grade participated in an annual performance in honor of Veterans Day. The First Graders sang the classic American song “You’re a Grand Old Flag” with great gusto. “We practiced every day until the 10th to get ready for the Veterans Day performance!” exclaimed Zecharyah. “It sort of says thank you to God but we’re also thanking the flag,” mentioned Hadar, while thinking about the song and the Pledge of …

Sixth Graders Study Political Advertising as part of JPDS-NC Election Project

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 the election. One such guest speaker was Mr. Kelner, who came to visit sixth grade on September 23. We learned …

September 29, 2016 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Social Studies|Tags: #JPDSNCElectionProject, #KidsVoicesCount|

Economist Leora Klapper Teaches Sixth Graders about Financial Literacy

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 spring. Ms. Klapper began her talk on financial literacy by reflecting upon her first summer in Washington, DC where she …

September 8, 2016 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Math, Student Life|Tags: STEM|

Reflections by Our Recent Graduates

Each member of the JPDS-NC Class of 2016 chose an artifact from their time at school to represent and reflect on what JPDS-NC has meant to them. The graduates shared the reflections below in English and Hebrew at their Graduation Ceremony on June 17, 2016.  Feven Aklilu: JPDS has taught me so many things over these past few years. I thought that this artifact would represent that. I received this panda the first I visited this school. When I first got it, …

Fourth Graders Adopt Chicks as Class Pets

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 enough points! The class started a discussion about which pet to get. They created a document with questions about different …

June 15, 2016 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Science, Social Studies, Student Life|Tags: Environmental Education|

Green Committee Students Organize Week of Environmental Learning and Action

The Green Committee at the Jewish Primary Day School of The Nation’s Capital is a group of kids who help the environment and tell people to stop littering. We recently had a Green Week for the whole school. During Green Week, we did different fun activities each day to get excited about helping the environment. One day, everyone brought a flower in to school, and another day we had “Seed Giveaway Day,” where everyone got …

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

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 we taught two dances to the Hearst students, and they learned very fast. The Embassy of Israel adopted Hearst Elementary …

May 26, 2016 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Arts|Tags: Dance, Israel, Performing Arts|

Sixth Graders Meet Holocaust Survivors at Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Last Thursday, JPDS-NC Sixth Graders attended the Yom HaShoah Commemoration at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C. For many, meeting with a Holocaust survivor is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We are extremely thankful to have been given that opportunity. We had the privilege of hearing from two inspiring Holocaust survivors, Marione Ingram and Rubin Sztajer. Rubin was in three concentration camps including Bergen-Belsen. He cried while he described the day he was taken …

May 10, 2016 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: M'dor L'dor|

Sixth Grade Teamwork Leads to Trivia Night Success

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. Trivia Night made about half of the money needed for trip this year. At Trivia Night, parents and guests participate …

February 23, 2016 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: JPDS-NC Moments, Student Life|Tags: |