Fall 2015: In 1993, a wonderful partnership began between JDS and Jewish Family Service. Starting as an after school program, students put together Food Bank bags and distributed them to the 125 participants served each month. The annual partnership continues and has now evolved as part of the 3rd grade curriculum. The food is brought over in the JFS agency van and the students' role is to pack bags of groceries which are then given out to the recipients. Food Bank staff and the JDS teachers assist the students with this regular monthly assignment. We love our partnership with JFS!
Fall 2015: After reading and annotating an article about energy, students drew pictures and created tableaux (frozen stage pictures) to represent concepts they learned in the reading. Concepts included anything moving has kinetic energy,an object with more mass has more kinetic energy and energy can change from potential energy to kinetic energy and from kinetic energy to potential energy. Students were able to transfer the concepts learned in the article to examples not given in the text!
Fall 2015: Leadership, Cooperation, Patience & Flexibility The 4th Grade is working in science teams to enhance their learning about Soils, Rocks and Landforms. Working in these science teams allows the students to share the materials; build bigger and better ideas; work on JDS values such as leadership, cooperation, patience and flexibility; and to have fun! The class has talked a lot about what it looks and sounds like to be on task and to be kind while working in a team. So far, the 4th Grade teams have investigated different types of soils and the effects of physical and chemical weathering on rocks. At the end of a science investigation, students appreciate each other for the leadership and compromises they have noticed that day.
Fall 2015: Great work, JDS! Thank you students, teachers and parents for making last week's Mifgash Chavurot - Sharing Circles - such a tremendous success for our entire school community. Sharing Circles serve many purposes: they connect students and teachers of many grades with each other; they provide a platform for students to practice presentation skills, like explaining their learning process and clearly sharing a piece of work; they encourage thoughtful appreciation across the grades, and; they are a lot of fun!