The Jewish Day School
is where sparks of imagination are celebrated
and bright young minds are encouraged to explore
igniting a passion for life long learning.
Where children shine with a strong sense of self
in the glow of warm caring educators.
Join us through the end of December as we "Share the Light" - stories of how JDS has impacted local families. Send in your own reflection by simply emailing us at
"A teacher presented us with a picture that Levi had drawn of himself and his image of G-d; 'before I was born I was Hanging with G-d.' I love my children's own path to Judaism and how they are defining themselves Jewishly in an Interfaith family." -Ida Wicklund, JDS Parent
"JDS helped nurture the kid's love of community and helped shape them into confident young people committed to helping others." -Alumni Parent Lisa Robin, Mom to Zach and Hannah.
"We believe that The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle is providing our grand-children with a strong sense of belonging, an awareness of their cultural heritage and most of all, pride in being Jewish." -Lee and David Amos, JDS Grandparents
"We love the inquiry-based learning where the kids are not just told to memorize facts , but inspired to question and investigate the topics at hand. This makes the children more curious and more resourceful in getting the answers needed." -Lisa Chaki & Alan Post, JDS Parents
"I'm indebted to JDS because both my parents are Holocaust survivors. I have no doubt in my mind that our children have a Jewish identity because of JDS." -Dr. Jerry Kent, Alumni Dad
"We appreciate the multi-faceted path of learning which helps students grow into gracious and giving individuals with a continued desire to learn about our heritage and how it effects the world around us, and to be uninhibited to step up to the plate." -Ron & Jacquelyn Estrin
"JDS has provided us a place where our daughter is getting a top notch education, where they reinforce strong values, they teach her to problem solve, how to navigate and resolve disputes. We also know there is always a community of other parents and educators to share your joys and to help you if you are in need. " -Deb Seres, JDS Parent
"JDS has given our children a love of learning, the insight and desire to live as upstanding and caring individuals, and the gift of excellent academics to prepare them for high school and beyond." -Janice Brumer, JDS Parent
This December, join JDS and Share the Light!
JDS is participating in the Great Washington ShakeOut Earthquake drill on Thursday, October 17th at 10:17am. This is a worldwide drill that currently has a registration of more than 21,000,000 people - Drop, Cover and Hold everyone! For more information, visit the ShakeOut website.
Played Open Window 10/16
Team 1 lost both games (23 - 25, 21 - 25)
Team 2 won 2 out of 3 (21 - 25, 25 - 21, 15 - 13)
Played Seattle Hebrew Academy 10/15
Team 1 won all 3 games (25 - 11, 25 - 20, 25 - 21)
Played Eastside Prep 10/8
Team 2 won 2 out of 3 (24 – 26, 25 – 20, 25 – 16)
Home game vs. Providence Monday, 10/7
Team 1 lost 2 out of 2 (22 – 25, 23 – 25)
Team 2 lost 3 out of 3 ( 25 – 19, 25 – 15, 25 – 22)
We played a home game versus Billings, 10/3
Team 1 won all three (25 – 9, 25 – 20, 25 – 20)
Team 2 won 2 out of 3 (25 – 20, 25 – 27, 25 – 19)
Oct. 1 versus Brighton
Team 1 won 2 out of 3 (25 – 18, 23 – 25, 25 – 22)
Team 2 lost 2 out of 3 (21- 25, 25 – 18, 15 – 25)
Sept. 25 versus Eastside Christian
Team 1 vs. Eastside Christian won all 3 (25-4, 25 – 17, 25 – 22)
Team 2 vs. Eastside Christian won 2 out of 3 (22 – 25, 25 – 23, 25 – 15)
Hope you enjoyed Sukkot! Enjoy this short Sukkot rap from three of our Middle School students.
BACK TO SCHOOL - FALL 2013
BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC - THURSDAY, AUGUST 29TH
Be sure to join us for our Parent Association Back to School picnic at JDS on campus from 5:00-7:00pm. Bring your family and join us for a relaxing afternoon mingling, meeting our new families, and enjoying a delicious dinner. More information coming soon from the Parent Association. There are a couple of events prior to the picnic.
- 3:00-4:00pm - Early Childhood (3s) & Jr. Kindergarten Open House
- 4:00-5:00pm - Early Childhood (3s) & Jr. Kindergarten Parent Meeting
- 4:00-5:00pm - Science Kindergarten Open House
- 4:00-5:00pm - STEM Innovation Lab Open House
- 5:00pm - Back to School Picnic Begins
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd
We look forward to seeing you on the first day of school - Tuesday, September 3rd.
Doors open at 8:15am with classes beginning promptly at 8:30am. Classes are dismissed at 3:30pm.
- Middle School (MS) students should bring items from the Middle School's School Supply List in addition to their backpacks and lunches. All MS students should report to the Fulton Activity Room (FAR) at 8:30 am.
- Elementary grades only bring backpacks, lunch and a snack and you can take them to their classrooms where they will be greeted by their teachers - there is no school supply list for K-5.
- Science Kindergarten: Please plan on being in our Science Kindergarten until 9:15am on the first day of school. There will be a special ceremony and activity with you and your child. Science Kindergarten will have an early dismissal the first day of school at 11:30am.
- Early Childhood & Junior Kindergarten: Bring your child's lunch, set of extra clothing and a sheet for napping. If children are staying a full day, those items should be brought to school in a backpack the first day.
2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
Click here to see our 2013-2014 Calendar at a Glance. Below are some important September dates:
- August 29th - Back to School Picnic - starts at 5:00pm at JDS
- September 3rd - First Day of School
- September 4th - Early Dismissal for Erev Rosh Hashanah (11:45am)
- September 5-6th - School Closed for Rosh Hashanah
- September 10th - K-2 Back to School Night, 6:30-8:00pm
- September 13th - Early Dismissal for Erev Yom Kippur (11:45am)
- September 16th - Early Childhood & Jr. Kindergarten Back to School Night, 6:30-8:00pm
Middle School Back to School Night, 6:30-8:30pm
- September 17th - Picture Day
- Grade 3-5 Back to School Night, 6:30-8:00pm
- September 18th - All School Gathering, 8:35am in the Sukkah
Early Dismissal for Erev Sukkot (11:45am)
- September 19-20th - School Closed for Sukkot
- September 25th - Simchat Torah Assembly
- September 26th - School Closed for Shmini Atzeret
- September 27th - School Closed for Simchat Torah
SCHOOL COMMUNICATION, ACCESS & RESOURCES
There are a number of resources to ensure our parents are always up to date. Please take a look at the communication elements below designed to keep you informed.
- eAlon - Our weekly school email is sent to families, generally on Friday mornings. Also stay up to date by following us on Twitter and Facebook.
- Class Newsletter/Blog/Homework - Each grade and teaching team updates parents via Classrooms Online. Teachers have not yet prepared their blogs for the new year but by the first day of school, you will have received link information also available via ParentsNet and in each week's eAlon newsletter.
- Urgent Communications - JDS uses a Parent Alert system for urgent messages such as inclement weather closures and delays. Messages are sent to all parents using the cellphone numbers you have on file with the school. Contact the Front Office if you have questions.
DOCUMENTS & FORMS
Below are links to PDFs of important documents and forms. Please review them and, if needed, print then complete and return to the Front Office. There are three ways to return your completed documents/forms:
- Hand deliver to the Front Office
- Mail them to: JDS Front Office
15749 NE 4th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008
72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Plan
In case of a school emergency please review our JDS school procedures designed for the safety of your children. Note that in the event of an emergency on campus, our families are notified via a ParentAlert message sent to the cell phone numbers you have on file with the school.
For more information about our program, refer to our Parent Handbook throughout the year.
Medication Permission Form
If your child will be taking medication at school, please complete this form and return it to the Front Office.
Bus Transportation Form
JDS offers bus transportation to campus. The form outlines the two routes. Please contact the Front Office if you have any questions.
To Place a School Lunch Order
JDS is excited to announce a newly expanded hot lunch program with Island Crust Cafe. Each day, students will have several delicious hot lunch choices available. Please click the link above to see the menu and place an order.
Before and After School Care with Kidstown
JDS is pleased to announces its partnership with the Stroum Jewish Community Center's Kidstown for before and after school care on the JDS campus. The Kidstown Program provides care before and after school for families who need this service on both a regular and drop in basis. Kidstown is designed for students in grades Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade. Time after school is filled with smaller group activities, such as arts and crafts, cooking, science, reading, homework, games, and sports.
Fall Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up Form
JDS will hold Parent-Teacher conferences on Monday, November 11th and Tuesday, November 12th. Conference hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm on Monday and 8:00 am - 1:00 pm on Tuesday. A Preschool - Grade 5 conference sign up form is posted on ParentNet. Sign-ups will be taken through October 1st. Late submissions will be processed in the order received after the initial round of scheduling is complete. Middle School conferences will be in an arena format in the FAR on those days and are not scheduled for a specific time. Middle school students are highly encouraged to participate in their conferences. There will be no regularly scheduled student classes on conference days. “School’s Out” Camp will be held at the JCC on conference days for those families looking for full day care and activities for their children. If you need care for your JDS student while you attend his/her conference, drop-in care will be available for that purpose.
INFO FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS
Just for 6th Grade Parents
- Please click here for a letter to 6th grade parents from Asst. Head of School Suzanne Messinger
- Camp Seymour Packing List for 6th Graders
- Click here if your student will need to take medication with them to Camp Seymour
Information Below is for All Middle School Parents
Last spring, incoming 6th through 8th grade students selected The Raft by S.A. Bodeen as their summer reading book. JDS Students chose this book after a Lake Hill’s Teen Librarian introduced them to the 10 best teen-reads of the year. This book is about a young girl’s attempt to survive a plane crash with nothing but a blow up boat and a bag of skittles. Middle School teachers will engage students in several literary activities surrounding the topics within The Raft during our first days of school in September. Students are also required to read and document one free-choice book during the summer.
Computer Distribution and Back to School Night
Middle School Back to School Night will take place on Monday night, September 16th, from 6:30 to 8:30pm. After meeting with your child’s teachers and hearing about all the fun and challenging learning they will be embarking on this year, you will have the opportunity to pick up your child’s laptop. We require an upfront and fully refundable damage deposit of $250.00 per student laptop. This deposit covers handling and management costs on our end if out of the ordinary computer damage should occur. Please have a check ready for Monday night. Scott Azose, our tech guru, will begin working with our students on Tuesday, September 17th to help them initialize and formalize password protection for their machines. If you know that you will not be at Back to School Night, feel free to send in or drop off your damage deposit at an earlier date and we will make sure that your child receives his/her laptop at school on the 17th.
Middle School Competitive Athletics Program
JDS - A KING COUNTY GREEN SCHOOL
JDS is a Level 3 King County Green School. We have both an elementary and middle school green team which initiate green projects on campus and serve as student leaders and role models for their peers and the JDS community. We hope that you will help us live the Jewish principle of Tikkun Olam and do your part. (See the parent tips below.) As a school, we communicate paper-free as often as possible so please check your email or classroom websites for important information from the school. If your child is interested in being a green team member, they can notify their teacher who will ensure they are able to sign up and participate as green leaders.
Leshomra, the JDS Green Initiative, encourages the following practices:
- No Idling. Please turn off your car while waiting to pick up your child.
- Pack snacks and lunches in reusable containers - we encourage "no waste" lunches and snacks. We do have to measure and document the amount of waste put in our campus trash containers.
- Buy bulk instead of individually packaged items for snacks and lunches.
- Dress your child in layers to anticipate weather fluctuations.
The Jewish Day School's Director of Elementary Education and the architect of our inquiry-based curriculum Suzanne Messinger has been named Assistant Head of School. She will oversee the educational program from early childhood through middle school and our JDS faculty.
Also, senior accountant in our business office Jo Ann Kobuke has been named Director of Finance and Operations replacing Charles Wright.
More than 100 guests joined us for the Board of Trustees Meeting on Wednesday, June 5th as we honored our Assistant Head of School Rabbi Stuart Light who is leaving JDS at the end of this month after 13 years at JDS. He delivered a beautiful address about his experience at JDS.