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In the News: Prizewinning JPDS-NC Voters’ Guide featured in Local Newspaper

Writing about JPDS-NC’s prizewinning schoolwide election project, the reporter observed: “The wealth of information, lessons learned, and skills developed were evident… the students indeed demonstrated a unique ability to discuss and respectfully provide nuanced perspectives on the issues. Perhaps even more impressive, they admitted on numerous occasions that the issues were very complex and that there may not be a right or wrong answer to each one of them… It is encouraging that tomorrow’s leaders are …

JPDS-NC Celebrates Purim with Joy, Creativity, Design Thinking, and Outreach to the Community

The entire school celebrated Purim on Friday with a day full of Megillah, Tikkun Olam, and design thinking – and of course a lot of fun! We saw Esthers and Hamans, pirates and baseball players, pandas, lions, and Hogwarts students. The children engaged each other in a Purim-themed design thinking challenge, made Mishloach Manot for the community, and were treated to an uproarious Purim spiel. North Campus students began the day by making Mishloach Manot bags. Each grade created …

Inquiry and Curiosity: Three JPDS-NC Sixth Graders Participate in DC STEM Fair

Have you ever wondered whether acidic fruit conducts electricity better than less acidic fruit? Or whether the pesticides we use on plants actually impact the growth of those plants? What about considering the effect of temperature on a polymer used for watering plants? Or how the food a chicken eats impacts the color of the yolks of their eggs? All our Sixth Grade students went on a journey of scientific discovery for their Inquiry Projects, …

March 9, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Science|Tags: Project Based Learning, STEM|

In the News: Kindergarten Community Library Project featured in Local Newspaper

“Impressive, collaborative, strategic, caring, and dedicated are some of the adjectives that come to mind after talking with Jewish Primary Day School’s (JPDS) Kindergarten General Studies team, comprised of Lisa Davis, Xani Pollakoff, and Vas Pournaras. Despite teaching separate classes, these educational leaders work closely together, planning their sessions on a weekly basis, discussing their students’ skill sets and coming up with creative ways to simultaneously further develop them and learn from them. Ronit Greenstein, …

Growing Through Writing

After their successful Ancient Egypt Exhibition this week, our Sixth Grade students sat with their written compositions and the artifacts they created, and reflected on the ways they have grown as researchers and writers. They also considered the ways in which the process of writing has helped them grow as students and human beings. Yonatan Scott noted, “Writing has made my life easier because I now can express myself. Writing gives me power.” Max Klein …

Fourth Graders Learn About Asylum Seekers

In the fall, as part of the exploration of communities and cultures around the world, the Fourth Graders began learning about people seeking political asylum. This unit of study provides our children with some insight into regimes and governments around the world. One of its goals is to create empathy for and an understanding of people who live very different lives than they do, as well as illuminate some of the complexities of emigrating under …

February 2, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Social Studies|Tags: Project Based Learning, Thinking Routines|

First Grade Open House includes exhibits on Rock Creek Park’s History, Flora, and Fauna and Presentation of Original Hebrew Stories

Last week, First Graders exhibited their expertise and creativity at their first Bayit Patuach (Open House) of the year, showcasing models of historic structures built from recycled materials, curated writing portfolios, multimedia representations of animal habitats, and clay sculptures of various plant species. Throughout the first semester, First Grade students explored the theme “Encounters with the Natural World,” with each class engaging in an in-depth study of a specific aspect of Rock Creek Park. The …

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|

Pre-K Students Explore Identity

Students in Pre-Kindergarten explored the concept of Identity over the course of the first semester. They began by defining identity as “who you really are.” While acknowledging that we are all constantly changing and growing, our study began by having the children look at the things that currently identify or represent them. We augmented our project work with an author’s study, using Jamie Lee Curtis’ books as a vehicle to explore our theme more deeply …

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|