/Pre-Kindergarten

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 …

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|

Making Thinking Visible Through the Use of Materials

If you walk in the front door of South Campus this week, you might see First Grade students and teachers digging through big boxes and recyclables to be used for prototypes of homes in a polar climate. You also might see Kindergarten students manipulating clay to create their final model of a queen bee. In the sadnah (studio), you might overhear a Pre-Kindergartner explaining to a peer her plan to cut the fabric she found into the perfect bimah (platform) for the …

Pre-Kindergarten Performs for Veterans Day

Every year, JPDS-NC has a Veterans Day program where all the students perform songs to honor and thank our veterans and service members. We asked pre-K students about their thoughts and feelings before the big show. Yael J. said, “I feel happy because I want to be on stage.” Sam S. said, “I am a little nervous because there will be a lot of people I don’t know in front of me.” Caleb K. added, …

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|

JPDS-NC Volunteers in the Community

Part of our mission at JPDS-NC is to teach our students to become knowledgeable, responsible Jews and citizens. Through learning and action, we foster an environment that inspires and deepens our students’ commitment to Jewish living and values, to the community at large, and to the people and state of Israel. Through in-school programs such as Yom Chesed (Good Deeds Day) and the Shuk for Shalom, classroom-based mitzvah projects, the drives and volunteer opportunities sponsored …

The Sadnah: Creativity and Exploration on the South Campus

“Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes and their ears, the resources of forms, materials, sounds and colours.” – Loris Malaguzzi   On the South Campus, we are privileged to have a dedicated studio space, the Sadnah, which is a place for creative collaboration and inspiration for all the students and teachers. Formerly the carriage house of the property, the Sadnah was transformed into a space filled with …

May 7, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts, Teaching Methods|Tags: Project Based Learning, STEAM, Visual Arts|

Students Build an Arcade in our Cardboard Box Challenge

Over the course of four months, students at JPDS-NC worked with passion and resourcefulness to design and build arcade games out of recycled materials as part of the Cardboard Box Challenge. The program seeks to foster creativity, entrepreneurship, and design thinking in children, as they work together with their parents and with one another to imagine, design and construct arcade games. Spearheaded by JPDS-NC Science Teacher Alexandra Taylor, the Cardboard Box Challenge was an amazing …

Fostering a Love of Israel and Hebrew with Hands-On, Immersive Learning

One of JPDS-NC’s core principals is Ayin L’Tzion, “Looking toward Zion.” At JPDS-NC we strive to foster a deep connection to Israel’s history, people, culture, and language in our students. Central to this mission is our goal to educate independent speakers of the Hebrew language. When we teach the Hebrew language at JPDS-NC, we are not teaching in a vacuum. Cultural literacy is a hugely important component of the process of becoming a proficient and …

April 23, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: Israel, Multimedia|

Pre-Kindergarten and Fourth Grade Report on JPDS-NC’s Yom Chesed (Good Deeds Day)

We had a special Good Deeds Day at JPDS-NC. Every grade performed a different good deed to help the world. As fourth graders, we got to mentor the pre-Kindergarteners, and work with them to bake challahs for the Hebrew Sheltering Home, which provides transitional housing to Jewish people in need.  First, we taught Torah to the pre-Kindergarten kids, teaching them about the ritual of ‘taking challah’ when baking bread. “We taught them a bracha (blessing) …