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Learning From the Past, Shaping the Future

March 1, 2017 | Posted in Community, SJCS

The SJCS library is center for exploration of diversity, from the genres we read, the authors we celebrate, to the in-class discussions that are inspired by the learning. This was quite evident this past February, when the library was transformed to reflect some of the best stories, writers, and change makers of the African-American community. From Harriet Tubman to Henry “Box” Brown, and from Arthur Ashe to Jackie Robinson, each grade-level, as was developmentally appropriate, learned about the challenges and celebrations of African-Americans. Stories of the Underground Railroad sparked conversations about the Civil War and slavery, topics most students knew… Read More »


Why SJCS?

February 23, 2017 | Posted in Community, Fifth, SJCS

When asked why I think parents should send their kids to SJCS these are the reasons that immediately occur to me. Innovative instruction – At SJCS, teachers have the freedom to innovate.  This can be a HUGE benefit to kids because if a teacher is excited about the curriculum and can change (tailor) this curriculum based on the needs of their students, students will absolutely benefit academically. An example of innovative instruction is being allowed to choose how we teach reading – not the standards, but how we teach the standards.  I attended the WaSLA reading conference and heard Donalyn… Read More »


Learning through Questioning

February 16, 2017 | Posted in First, Kindergarten, Second, Uncategorized

As the Jewish people are preparing to leave Egypt, they are given the imperative to “teach the story to their children.” But “How should they teach them?” our commentators asks. The answer? Through asking questions! SJCS Judaic Studies teachers haMorot Shoshana, Stefanie and Mihal shared this Torah portion with a blended group of K-2 grade students. This moment in Exodus which was the inspiration for an engaging exercise combining Judaic Studies, language development, and critical thinking skills. SJCS teachers know that teaching young people to ask questions is not only a foundation of our Jewish experience, but also an educational… Read More »


5th Grade Hebrew in Action!

February 12, 2017 | Posted in Fifth


Let’s Play Games!

February 12, 2017 | Posted in SJCS

Using games as an educational tool provides opportunities for deeper learning and engagement.  Listed here are some of the games we have been playing in our study of color vocabulary in Hebrew: The  purpose: Kids will learn to identify and name colors. Game 1:  I name a color in Hebrew and count to 5 slowly (in Hebrew of course).  The kids find an object in the room of the named color by the count of 5.  I say “beep” and all name the color aloud. Varitation: The class has 10 seconds to touch as many objects of the named color as… Read More »


Happy Hands, Happy Hearts

February 12, 2017 | Posted in Kindergarten

 


Making Memories in a Community of Caring

February 9, 2017 | Posted in SJCS

I was recently thinking about SJCS, I was struck in particular by how much I still carry the love of Morah Joyce and all of the staff with me.  I think about Morah Joyce greeting me in the hall, (always by my Hebrew name), and how much she genuinely cared about the growth of every student.  It is incredible to realize that my formative years were spent in such a supportive, kind environment.  I work today in the world of Jewish summer camp, at Camp Ramah in the Rockies.  Being in the world of experiential education, I am constantly reminded… Read More »


Living in an Informational World!

February 1, 2017 | Posted in SJCS

It’s all around us; invading our thoughts, our conversations, even our precious hours of sleep: INFORMATION! Whether it be in print, multimedia, on the computer or on the radio, information is a constant in all of our lives. And though, as adults, we might try in vain to stop the bombardment of information, kids crave it! The continual questions, the nagging “but why?”… it seems kids can never get enough! One place where information abounds and questions are encouraged is the SJCS library! After undergoing some intense renovation this past summer, the space emerged as a place not just for… Read More »


Turning Passion into Social Action

January 26, 2017 | Posted in SJCS

In all honesty, I don’t remember much of actually going to school at SJCS – it was almost 6 years ago and I was little. But I do know what it gave me. SJCS taught me that it’s okay to ask questions and challenge the teacher. SJCS teachers taught me how to do this through asking me lots of questions about how I was thinking about a problem and hammering into me that if I am confused, I need to take control of my education and ask for help. At SJCS I learned that asking for help is not a… Read More »


Becoming Who You Are Meant To Be

January 19, 2017 | Posted in SJCS

When we first thought about elementary schools for our preschooler, Hannah, back in 2000, we *knew* we wanted to send her to a public school. Then I met a woman who encouraged us to come visit SJCS, where her daughter was thriving. We went to an SJCS open house.  We were taken by the stories, the context, the approach, the teachers, the parents – the life of the school. Now, in 2017, my husband Harold and I are proud parents of three SJCS graduates – Hannah, 2008; Abraham, 2012; and Nora, 2016.  They are vastly different from each other.  All became who they… Read More »