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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|

Perspectives on Globalization: A Fourth Grade Election Project Update

As part of the school-wide Election Project, Fourth Graders are exploring one of the most challenging issues of our day, globalization. The topic was selected because it interconnects with the students’ year-long study of world geography and culture. Fourth Grade students have had the opportunity to engage with experts in the field who are highlighting different lenses through which the students can think about globalization. JPDS-NC parent Ilissa Shefferman, an International Trade Policy Analyst for …

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|

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 …

Exploring Judaic Texts using P’shat, D’rash and Design Thinking

What do a gift-giving bridge, a clay heart, a ring and an altar all have in common? If you had the chance to step into the JPDS-NC Design Lab in the recent few weeks or overheard the fourth graders talking about their ‘Judaic Studies project’, you might know that each of those objects were parts of structures that the students in fourth grade created as a culmination of their first semester of Torah learning. Throughout …

Kids Get Cooking with Chesed Cooks!

Last Sunday, the JPDS-NC Chesed (Kindness) Committee and the Random Acts of Kindness Committee organized a special activity where parents and kids cook meals to help families in need.  More than 20 people came and together we made eight full-size lasagnas and six batches of chocolate chip cookies. Then the food was frozen. When a family has an event in their lives and need help, they have food so they can focus on the event. …

January 21, 2016 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Volunteering|Tags: Tikkun Olam|

Fourth Graders Celebrate Sukkot at the Embassy of Israel and in the Design Lab

Fourth grade students at JPDS-NC celebrated the Jewish holiday of Sukkot in special ways this year. During Sukkot, some Jews build a sukkah in their back yard and eat there. A  is a hut or booth with at least 2 ½ walls and schach (plants) on top. A long time ago, when the Jews were in the desert, they built little booths. That is why we celebrate Sukkot. This year, we got to participate in …

News from the Design Lab: Our Sukkah Design Challenge

At the heart of our Design Lab is the strategy of Design Thinking. Design Thinking is an approach to learning that includes contemplating real-world problems, conducting research, participating in reflective thinking and analysis, conceiving original ideas, conducting experiments, and sometimes building things! To introduce the North Campus students to the newly designated Design Lab and to practice Design Thinking, students and teachers participated in a Sukkah Design Challenge. We began by teaching students that Design …

September 24, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Judaic Studies, Science|Tags: Design Thinking, Holidays, Multimedia, STEAM, STEM|

First Day of School Video

The first day of school at JPDS-NC was filled with learning, laughter, and excitement. Click here to watch a video of some of the day’s special moments.

September 1, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: JPDS-NC Moments|Tags: Multimedia|

Fourth Graders Raise Money to Help the Victims of the Nepal Earthquake

The fourth graders at JPDS-NC have been raising money for the people of Nepal because on April 25 there was a big earthquake there. More than 7,000 people were killed in the earthquake, and many more were injured. Countless people lost their homes, belongings, and family members. A guest speaker, Steve Himmelfarb, came in and told us about three sisters he knows who live in Nepal and who were affected by the earthquake. He visited …