/Arts

JPDS-NC Presents: The Lion King

Kol Hakavod to all the cast and crew of the JPDS-NC production of The Lion King! JPDS-NC community members and the preschoolers at Washington Hebrew Congregation and the EDCJCC were treated to two dazzling performances. The show featured 120 talented cast members and an extraordinary set and costumes that our 40 creative crew members worked on. The entire gym was transformed into a jungle – there were even monkeys hanging from the ceiling! – creating …

March 2, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts|Tags: Dance, Multimedia, Music, Performing Arts|

Fourth Grade Study of Biblical Characters Incorporates Biblical Exegesis, Character Analysis, Poetry and Mixed Media Art

Fourth Graders delved into their study of Biblical characters using biblical exegesis, character analysis, mixed media art, and poetry. At JPDS-NC, Third and Fourth graders study Torah with a focus on the Avot (Patriarchs) and Imahot (Matriarchs) as the founders of the Jewish people. Fourth Graders spent the first semester focusing on the characters of Rachel, Leah, and Yaakov and pondering: Who are they? What are their values? What are their key attributes? And why are those …

January 25, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts, Judaic Studies|Tags: Creative Writing, Visual Arts|

Highlights from the Design Lab

The Design Lab has been full of exploration, experimentation and engineering this year! Read on to hear some Design Lab highlights from students on the North Campus: At the beginning of the year, Fourth Grade classes came to the Design Lab to collaborate on designing their “dream teacher.” Students worked with a partner to brainstorm some of the qualities of their ideal teacher, and about ways to represent those traits using Design Lab materials. Students …

January 12, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts, Science|Tags: Design Thinking, Project Based Learning, Visual Arts|

The Rokdim B’Yachad (Dancing Together) Dance-a-Thon

On Wednesday, nearly 250 students, parents, staff, alumni and friends came together for an evening of dancing at the 2017 Rokdim B’Yachad (Dancing Together) Dance-a-Thon. Together the JPDS-NC community raised over $3,100 for the Jewish Federation’s Israel Wildfire Emergency Fund. The evening included Israeli dances galore – even the JPDS-NC panda made it out onto the dance floor! – and participants enjoyed performances by the Yesodot Israeli Dance troupe featuring several JPDS-NC alumni, and the …

Student Tefilah Committee Presents New School Ark

The Tefilah Committee is a volunteer group of students in Grades 3 to 6 whose goal is to make Tefilah (prayer) a better and more meaningful experience for all the students. This fall, the Committee presented the newly restored ark, which will be used by third, fourth, and fifth graders during tefilah. The ark was unveiled to the 3rd-6th grade students during Big Tefilah. Each and every detail of the ark was designed and created by the 2015-2016 5th-6th grade Tefilah Committee, which included several …

October 6, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts, Judaic Studies|Tags: Visual Arts|

2015-2016 Kindergarten Community Quilt Goes on Display

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. Students worked together to create a quilt that represented their community to complement and enrich the Kindergarteners’ year-long study of …

September 21, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts|Tags: Visual Arts|

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|

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

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 sharing a common nest site, caring for the young, overlapping generations, and the division of labor. We first looked at …

Sixth Graders Create Hebrew-Language Documentary Films Exploring Family Immigration Stories

This spring, Sixth Grade Hebrew students at JPDS-NC began a unit on their family’s history, roots, and journey to America, culminating in each student creating a documentary film in Hebrew about their family’s immigration stories. Throughout this project, the students practiced advanced Hebrew language skills, expressing complex ideas and using rich language in both their writing and speaking. They also honed their language skills by organizing their ideas, constructing a cohesive narrative, and conducting research …

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

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 (among others) – each one representing a million people whose lives were cut short and would never play golf, or …

April 20, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts, Judaic Studies|Tags: Holidays, Project Based Learning, Visual Arts|