School Sparks: Even the Worst of Times Brings the Best of Times

By Shira Deener, Head of School Here at JCDS, we strive to create a community where our students and families can show up as their complete selves with their own unique identities and life experiences. That is how we measure the strength of our community, and nowhere is that more clear than when we see … More School Sparks: Even the Worst of Times Brings the Best of Times

School Sparks: Black History is American History

February 4, 2021. By Shira Deener, Head of School. The start of February marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time to highlight Black history and to reaffirm our commitment to include Black voices and narratives across all disciplines of study. This week, Kitat Arava (second grade) General Studies teacher, Naomi Greenfield, created a … More School Sparks: Black History is American History

School Sparks: Prayer

January 21, 2021. By Shira Deener, Head of School. Prayer is a rich Jewish tradition, marking the passing of each day and providing the rhythm and soundtrack to the Jewish year. Jewish tradition teaches that there are three foundational types of prayer: prayer of praise, prayer to show gratitude, and prayer to request that which … More School Sparks: Prayer

School Sparks: Power

January 14, 2021. By Shira Deener, Head of School. In this challenging and complex moment in our world, we believe that it is our responsibility to help students make sense of current events in age-appropriate ways. Guiding students as they examine the issues that are at play in our national and international community has always … More School Sparks: Power

School Sparks: How Can Our Own Words Create or Make Change?

December 17, 2020. By Danielle Smith, fourth grade General Studies, and Inbal Elkayam, 4th grade Hebrew and Judaics. Kitat Alon (fourth grade) dives deep into t’fillah “Baruch she’amar”. Students discussed the meaning behind the t’fillah “Baruch she’amar,” the primary line translated as “G-d spoke and the world came into being.” In small groups, Alonim discussed … More School Sparks: How Can Our Own Words Create or Make Change?

School Sparks: A Chanukah Message

December 10, 2020. By Shira Deener, Head of School. Chanukah conjures up fond memories of plump sufganiyot (jelly donuts) with raspberry jelly centers, crispy latkes dripping excess oil on thick piles of paper towels, and games of dreidel with my children that never seem to have an obvious endpoint. Where did this favorite holiday game originate?  Our … More School Sparks: A Chanukah Message