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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 …

Second Step: Schoolwide Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum Launches

This school year, JPDS-NC is implementing a school-wide Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, Second Step. In the past, JPDS-NC incorporated character education and SEL content into classrooms through former programs like Middah of the Month and continuing programs like, B’Sod Siach, as well as friendship groups, classroom meetings, and other guidance lessons. We are very pleased that we now have the capacity to provide systematic, explicit teaching and practice of critical social, emotional, and …

September 15, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education, Student Life|Tags: |

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|

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 …

Tikkun Olam: JPDS-NC in the Community

One of the core values that informs and inspires life at JPDS-NC is Tikkun Olam (Transforming the World). This year, members of our school community have cooked, cleaned, painted, danced, served, gleaned, organized, and supported a variety of causes. We are inspired by seeing our students embrace this value so wholeheartedly, and by the parents, alumni, faculty, and staff who have participated in volunteer efforts in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond. JPDS-NC is currently participating in a Food Drive to support the …

April 7, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Student Life, Volunteering|Tags: Dance, Primary Parents, Tikkun Olam|

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: |

In the News: Students Create “Art from the Heart” for Area Hospitals

Read the Washington Jewish Week article about our amazing students who created artwork to decorate spaces used by young patients and their families at Children’s National Medical Center and at Shady Grove Hospital. Students in grades Kindergarten to 5 created vibrant works of art with “Birkat Habayit: Blessings of the Home” as the theme. Thank you to the student artists, and to the Random Acts of Kindness Committee for coordinating with JPDS-NC families, Art from …

February 9, 2016 |By |Author Type: Press |Topics: Arts, Student Life, Volunteering|Tags: In the News, Tikkun Olam, Visual Arts|

Moetzet HaTalmidim (Student Council) Organizes Collection Drive for U.S. Troops

JPDS-NC students are leading a collection drive to show support for the troops. In every classroom, there is a reusable bag to collect donations. Our student council first organized this drive because we want to thank the people that protect us, and support them so they can keep doing what they do for us. U.S. army troops can be found in 134 countries in places like Iraq, Syria and Australia. A lot more than you …

February 1, 2016 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Student Life, Volunteering|Tags: Tikkun Olam|

Learning and Building Connections with iBuddies

The Sixth Grade and Kindergarten classes at JPDS-NC participate in a program called iBuddies. Every Kindergartener is assigned to a Sixth Grade buddy who uses technology to help them research the projects they work on in class. On their last visit, buddy teams worked on finding and creating patterns for the Kindergarten math unit, and discussed and illustrated the story of Creation for the Judaic Studies unit. iBuddies helps Kindergarteners to learn, be creative, experience …