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 …

Celebrating Light and Learning

This morning, we explored together the various meanings behind Chanukah and engaged in fun hands-on learning. Following a discussion of the nes nistar, the covert miracle of the Maccabean victory over the massive Greek forces and the nes nigleh, the overt miracle of the one day of oil burning for eight days, we lit the Chanukiyah together, celebrating the fact that, “the lights will never go out.” Using Maccabeats videos as springboards for discussion, students …

December 23, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew, Holiday Messages, Judaic Studies|Tags: Holidays|

South Campus Celebrates Chanukah!

JPDS-NC is celebrating Chanukah! Watch our holiday video and see first graders discuss the story of Chanukah – all in Hebrew! – and hear Kindergartners and first graders sing Chanukah songs! We wish everyone a chag sameach (happy holiday)!

Students Express, Experience, and Extend Hebrew Learning on Zoo Field Trip

“Hiney Chitah!” (Here is a Cheetah!) “Ani roeh Dov Panda betzeva shachor velavan.” (I see a Panda Bear whose colors are black and white.) “Hapanda ochelet alim.” (The panda is eating leaves.) “Hadov yoshev al sela.” (The bear is sitting on a rock.) These conversations in Hebrew and many more were heard not in the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, but in the National Zoo in Washington, DC. JPDS-NC Third Graders went on their first “Hebrew field trip” …

October 27, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: Environmental Education|

In the News: Students Learn Family Stories, Tell About them in Hebrew

Sixth Grade students recently made documentary films – in Hebrew – exploring their family’s history, roots, and journey to America. After seeing some of the films, the Washington Jewish Week visited our school to speak with us about our Hebrew program and integrated curriculum, and with the students about their learning, their creative process and their family immigration stories. Read the Washington Jewish Week story about this wonderful project.

June 9, 2016 |By |Author Type: Press |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: In the News|

South Campus Celebrates Lag Ba’Omer

Today, JPDS-NC students celebrated Lag Ba’Omer like they do in Israel – by lighting a bonfire, eating hot potatoes that are cooked in the bonfire, and with a lot of spirited singing. Enjoy this video of our Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and First Grade students at their joyful Lag Ba’Omer celebration! We also invite you to see our Lag Ba’Omer album on Facebook.

May 26, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: Holidays, Israel, Multimedia, Music|

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 …

JPDS-NC Celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut

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 Sheva, they built a Bedouin tent, had tea, played music, and danced. In Haifa, students played games related to the …

Hebrew

The Hebrew language program is based on the Proficiency Approach, with classes conducted in Hebrew and a curriculum that only uses authentic Israeli sources. The program will make the most of the increasing cognitive capability of middle schoolers and use developmentally-appropriate, relevant, and challenging learning experiences to enable students to achieve mastery in second language acquisition. With increased ability to process language, our middle school students will develop an understanding of grammar, expand their vocabulary, …

Division: Middle School

Explorers of Jewish Text

The energy and lively hum of debate, questioning, and “aha!” moments bouncing across partnerships of students learning in chevruta (learning in pairs) will reveal the power of analyzing Judaic texts together. Teachers will guide and challenge students through a text-based program that builds essential analytical skills for learning TaNaCh (Bible) and Talmud (rabbinic text). Textual study will be a process of discovery and community-building as individuals grapple with essential questions and nuanced meaning, sharpening each …

Division: Middle School