Last month, I made a presentation to 4th-8th graders, teachers, staff and my family at JCDS about my physical disability, Multiminicore Myopathy. Multiminicore Myopathy is a very rare hidden disability that affects the muscles and makes them fatigue easily. I was inspired to give this presentation to raise awareness about all physical disabilities and other … More Reflections
As we approach Rosh Hashana, I find myself focused on Pesach.
Why would the Admissions Staff of a Jewish day school go to camp? The answer is simple: we want to stay in touch with our students beyond the school day. At JCDS, we are deeply entwined in a community that believes in the lifelong pursuit of learning, the beauty of play, and joyful and meaningful Jewish engagement. … More Admissions Staff Goes to Camp
By Michelle Boyle How much is too much? As parents we struggle with this question all the time. Are they eating too much junk food? Attending too many activities? Accumulating too many toys? And the question that plagues all 21st century parents: Do they spend too much time looking at a screen? On the one hand, … More Like a Moth to the Flame: Managing Your Child’s Screen Time
By Ayelet Lipton I’d like to tell you a story about a little boy. When this little boy was five years old, his kindergarten class at Jewish day school had a guest storyteller tell the tale of Queen Esther. She described what the queen looked like, which she normally does not do since she likes … More What Color is Queen Esther?
By Michelle Boyle So, summer has been over for a couple of weeks, and we’re all back to the hustle and bustle of school. It can be an adjustment for all of us, especially kids. I know it has been adjustment for our family. We were used to sleeping in until the sun was beating hot, … More 8 Practical and Playful Tips To Help Your Child Get Back into the Swing of School
By Jocelyn Segal Tarkoff In my third grade classroom at JCDS, I make literature come alive for students by integrating computer coding into the unit. Across an integrated unit exploring prejudice in literature, there is fertile opportunity to teach children about the power of our choices. After spending weeks reading books dealing with topics of prejudice, … More Deeper Thinking in the Literacy Classroom
By Dr. Susie Tanchel I am feeling a deep sense of loss in response to the news of the death of Nelson Mandela. I have many memories of standing on my grandmother’s balcony after a delicious Shabbat dinner and looking out at Robben Island. It was an oddly serene sight. From a distance it was … More The Death of Nelson Mandela