Recently, I was fortunate to attend a lecture by Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He spoke about the current state of Jewish institutions and Jewish life in America, and with impressive clarity and articulation, he conveyed that we are a people in flux.
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What is social thinking and what does this have to do with our curriculum at CESJDS? According to the Wikipedia definition, social thinking is what individuals do when interacting with other people: namely, they think about them.
At CESJDS, we take a purposeful approach to “education of the whole child.” Last December, I wrote a Principal’s Perspective on what that term means for us here at the school and if you are interested in reading or revisiting it, I am pleased to be able to share the text of that article with you here.
Several years ago, when I lived in Boston, I attended yoga classes on a daily basis. While there are many lessons that I learned from these classes, one has stuck with me and proven important to apply in both my personal and professional spheres.
The CESJDS Portrait of a Graduate articulates the School's mission and core values in terms of specific high-level student outcomes. One section of the Portrait refers to graduates who are ethical, responsible, and compassionate global citizens
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School has six National Merit Semi-Finalists, 6.7% of its 2019 graduating class, surpassing the highest percentage among all Montgomery County Public High Schools.*
When I graduated JDS in 2001, I could not have imagined that nine years later I would marry a JDS teacher, and five years after that, become a JDS parent. As an alum, I feel such a connection to and love for this school.
Over the years, some families have reached out to me wondering why we at the Lower School continue to have homework as part of our regular practice. I am asked, when young children are busy enough with their academics at school and extracurriculars in the after hours, don’t they need “down time” when at home?
Experts forecast that approximately $40 trillion will change generational hands over the next fifty years, making it the greatest transfer of wealth in history. Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School is looking to the future and keeping this in mind. One way that organizations achieve long-term sustainability and take advantage of the tremendous wealth transfer that is beginning to take place, is through planned giving.
The magic of challah begins by combining a few humble ingredients. You can smell the yeast as it bubbles. Using your whole body to knead the dough offers an opportunity to practice mindfulness and offer gratitude for the food you are creating (from your own two hands!).
What do apples, paddle boards, and laundry baskets have in common? Enough to create an incredible immersive and educational experience. To explain, let me go back in time to late March when our summer Leadership Team gathered for its annual pre-summer planning retreat.
This week’s Shabbat is a special shabbat because it happens in the middle of Sukkot. In the torah portion, we read a section of Shemot, where God tells Moshe that the land of Canaan will be for the Jewish people.
As I walk into school, donning my senior jersey, I am in utter disbelief. Somehow, I had become the old and mature senior I looked up to when I was in seventh grade, and it didn’t make sense.
As a child, I always thought it was interesting that the Jewish calendar and my school calendar were in sync. So just when I was preparing for a new school year, the Jewish new year was upon us and it was time to reflect on the coming year.
This summer I had the privilege of participating in the Art of Leadership program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education’s Principal Center. On our first day, our instructors took us to Project Adventure to enjoy a day of team building and experiential learning.
Shortly after school ended last year, I read a recently published book, Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain, written by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. Blakemore is a professor in cognitive neuroscience at University College London.
As the student council grade representatives of the senior class, we want to welcome you to our first Kabbalat Shabbat of the year! More excitingly, welcome to your first friday of the year!
You might be wondering what we have been up to, or if we have been up to anything at all. We got the water bottle filter installed, and we’ve worked hard to create a science lab that is new this year, similar to math or writing lab. Now back to the approved program.
This summer, Director of Instructional Technology Ginger Thornton, Upper School STEM Coordinator Cassandra Ly, and teachers Terrilynn Platt and Rabbi Marci Aronchick attended a week long Teacher Maker Institute for Educational Technology in Palo Alto where they were immersed in STEM and the Maker Movement. Cassandra Ly has written a blog post about the experience to share the inner workings of the Institute.
This past year, our 7th Grade embarked on a year-long Holocaust and Human Behavior course, which includes a final capstone project. This year, the students created a Virtual Memorial to various people, places, and events of the Holocaust.
It is tradition to share some of the wonderful character traits that we have observed and grown to love about our 8th graders. In just one school year, it was clear to me that the Class of 2022 is remarkable in many ways. Here I share just a few.