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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 …

JPDS-NC Sixth Graders Take Manhattan!

Early on the morning of May 26, the sixth graders boarded the bus and embarked on our capstone trip to New York City. Our first stop was the Tenement Museum, where Judaic Studies class discussions of the Jewish immigrant experience came to life as we toured a tenement apartment that a host of immigrant families occupied at the turn of last century and the early part of the 1900s. After a vegan lunch in Chinatown, …

June 4, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Student Life|Tags: Student Connections|

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) …

Fifth Grader Reflects on their Class Shabbaton

On Friday, February 27, the forty-four students of the 5th grade class went to Kemp Mill for the annual Shabbaton to experience an Orthodox Shabbat. Several very nice families hosted three to six kids in their homes, which were within a half-mile radius of each other. My host family was very nice and welcoming, especially their two kids. We walked to Kemp Mill Synagogue for Friday night services, that featured a lot of fun singing …

March 11, 2015 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: Student Connections|

JPDS-NC Students Meet their Israeli Pen Pals

We are brothers who are in 3rd and 4th grade at JPDS-NC, and we each have a pen pal in Israel. Over the break, we traveled to Israel with our family. We visited JPDS-NC’s sister school, Har Tuv, and got to spend time with our pen pals, Michael and Yonatan. We write letters to them in Hebrew. This was our first time meeting in person. When we got there, the school director greeted us and …

January 14, 2015 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Hebrew, Student Life|Tags: Israel, Student Connections|

Sixth Graders Take on Team-Building Challenges at Hemlock Overlook

On Monday, our sixth-grade classes went to Hemlock Overlook, a regional park in Clifton, Va., that offers outdoor environmental education and team-building for schools and other groups. There, we learned about the importance of planning and teamwork through team-building challenges. Some of these challenges were working together to solve a giant “Towers of Hanoi” puzzle, trying to walk on a low tightrope while others kept us safe by spotting, trying to lift a very heavy …

September 24, 2014 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Student Life|Tags: Student Connections|