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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 …

The Rokdim B’Yachad (Dancing Together) Dance-a-Thon

On Wednesday, nearly 250 students, parents, staff, alumni and friends came together for an evening of dancing at the 2017 Rokdim B’Yachad (Dancing Together) Dance-a-Thon. Together the JPDS-NC community raised over $3,100 for the Jewish Federation’s Israel Wildfire Emergency Fund. The evening included Israeli dances galore – even the JPDS-NC panda made it out onto the dance floor! – and participants enjoyed performances by the Yesodot Israeli Dance troupe featuring several JPDS-NC alumni, and the …

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 …

Connectors

Connection with our past, with our traditions, with Israel, with our community, and with our world deepens our sense of identity and belonging. As our children reach the milestones of their B’nai Mitzvah, we will work together to infuse these years with meaning and action. We will weave into the middle school experience varied opportunities to connect, contribute and engage with other communities, inspiring students to develop empathy, deepen understanding, and find purpose. Our students …

Division: Middle School

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|

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|

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|

Dancing with Love: A Mitzvah Event

Nearly two hundred JPDS-NC students, parents, grandparents, alumni and staff gathered together last night to be a part of the Rokdim B’Ahava (Dancing with Love) Dance-a-thon! It was an unforgettable night of dancing, community building, family fun, and mitzvot in support of Anne Frank House. The Gottesman Auditorium was filled with the joy and energy of the dancers – adults and children alike. When not dancing, the children thoroughly enjoyed creating unique Chanukah decorations with …

December 3, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts, JPDS-NC Moments|Tags: Dance, Tikkun Olam|

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 …