/Volunteering

Behind the Scenes of the “Boxed Lunch” Program

When JPDS-NC began more than 25 years ago, there were only a handful of students. At that time, many things were handled by parent volunteers, including lunch. Parents ordered pizza for the students, and distributed it as needed. All of these years later, lunch is still organized by a dedicated group of parent volunteers. Now referred to as “Boxed Lunch,” Primary Parents provides students and staff members with food options for each day of the …

November 2, 2016 |By |Author Type: Community Members |Topics: Volunteering|Tags: Primary Parents|

Kids’ Voices Count: JPDS-NC Election Project 2016

We are excited to launch Kids’ Voices Count: JPDS-NC Election Project 2016. This schoolwide election project will focus on giving life to the rights and responsibilities of children as social and political actors in the public sphere. Students will be creating a voting guide for adults in our community in which they will give voice to their ideas and opinions and to those of other children. Our students will have the opportunity to tell the adults what they want them …

Traditions and Core Values

Traditions abound at JPDS-NC. As I hear the students practicing speeches for graduation, I see how longstanding JPDS-NC traditions stand out and deeply shape our students’ overall experience. TEVA, the New York trip, Chagigat HaSiddur, historic site guides and kindergarten self-portraits have become a part of the anthology of the JPDS-NC experience. Like these great student traditions, the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Lecture has emerged as a beloved community-wide rite of passage for all of us …

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 …

Meet the Middle School Program Committee: Co-Chair Jen Sultan

JPDS-NC has been a second home for our children since 2008 when our oldest son entered Kindergarten. We did not consider any other school at the time because it was obvious that we would educate our children in D.C.’s only Jewish day school, a nurturing environment that continued with the Reggio Emilia approach to learning that our son had enjoyed in preschool. Fast forward to today, when our JPDS-NC graduate has moved on to seventh …

Meet the Middle School Program Committee: Co-Chair Dina Epstein

I’m a big believer that, if you want something to be great, you have to be willing to put in some of the work to make that happen. So, even though our journey with JPDS-NC is just beginning (our eldest is in Pre-K) I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as one of the Co-Chairs of the Middle School Program Committee as we all embark on the exciting challenge of shaping the future of JPDS-NC. My …

Meet the Middle School Program Committee: Co-Chair Jenn Geetter

I live in the District with my husband, Josh Segal, and our two children, Isaiah (first grade) and Eden (pre-K). Josh was born here but grew up in Philadelphia. I am from Connecticut. We have been in DC since 2005. The other Co-Chairs of the Program Committee and I are working with an incredible, diverse, and knowledgeable team of parents to help articulate the type of learning environment that we want our children to have, and …

Meet the Middle School Zoning Committee: Co-Chair Rob Zucker

I’m a native of South Orange, New Jersey and graduate of Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union (now Golda Och Academy). I moved to Washington in 1994 to follow a lifelong interest in politics. I worked as a staffer on Capitol Hill in the House and Senate for nine years, before becoming a lobbyist at Winning Strategies Washington where I’m a partner and have worked for almost 13 years. My wife Shana and …

Meet the Middle School Zoning Committee: Co-Chair Helaine Greenfeld

Our family has been involved with JPDS-NC for the last 16 years, since our son, Jake, started Kindergarten at the old Montgomery Hills location, continuing with my tenure as a Board Trustee and President, our daughter Abby’s graduation in 2011, and through to my current terms returning to the Board and serving as Co-Chair of the Zoning Committee. JPDS-NC has been an important part of our lives all of the time, providing an excellent education …

Meet the Endowment Committee: Co-Chair David Kurtzer-Ellenbogen

I’m the relatively rare non‑transplant to the DC area. I grew up in Silver Spring, and graduated from a (different) Jewish day school. Lucy is a Jewish day school alum as well, from a school in the UK. The grounding and foundation in Jewish texts, tradition and practice that our day school education gave us has been immensely precious to both of us. It’s something that we’ve felt was critically important for us to provide …