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Alumni Making the World a Better Place

Looking at this year’s 5th graders, it is amazing to think about how far they have come. From Gan students, to student leaders. Students are preparing for middle school from the moment they enter Gan and it is a privilege to witness the transition.  This year’s  5th graders are ready for 6th grade.  They know how to take notes, how to advocate for themselves and others, how to comfort and be comforted, how to take responsibility and to be accountable for their own actions.

They have been encouraged to ask questions about their world: What can I do to help?  How can I make a difference? How can I make the world a better place?

They have been encouraged to be reflective: How can I be the best me I can be?  How can I be a supportive friend?  What are my gifts and how might I share them?

They are taught the value of appreciation:  How can I say thank you to my family, to each other, to the community?  What does Judaism teach us about being thankful?

Our students learn the value of history and of our story as a Jewish people.  They learn to ask: What are the lessons of our culture?  How does our history enrich our lives?

Our students are ready for middle school because they can solve problems, ask hard questions and research the answers.  They communicate through effective words.  They are kind and speak the language of mitzvot. We have seen over the past 26 years that SJCS alumni become leaders in their new schools.  They model derech eretz. They love to learn.  They excel. They celebrate and sing.  And they continue to be lifelong learners. SJCS graduates know how to make the world a better place.  We look forward to hearing about their new experiences as each of them come back to visit.

Debbie Butler, Learning Specialist


Painting with Words

March 18, 2019

5th grade writers have been practicing their creative writing since the beginning of the school year.  This includes learning how to incorporate figurative language, how to vary sentence structure and paying particular attention to word choice.  The following essays were created when students looked at various landscape photographs and then described the picture in words.  It is important to note that all aspects of these essays were student created and edited.  We certainly have a talented group of writers! Forest Stream Water tumbles down the steep slope, crashing down to meet the stony riverbed. Mist rises like a ghost from… Read More »


SJCS and Billings Middle School Announce Campus Purchases

March 12, 2019

We are proud to share an exciting announcement with the community: next school year SJCS will relocate to a new campus in the Green Lake neighborhood in what is currently the Billings Middle School. This new campus will open up incredible opportunities for our students, and position SJCS to grow and thrive well into the future. Below is a press release which offers a bit more detail. We are creating a number of opportunities in the coming weeks and months to learn more about this move. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions!  Additional resources for current… Read More »


Zayde’s Thanksgiving Reflection

November 21, 2018

My six-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter loves school. I was taken by surprise because, when they were young, her father and his sister hated school. But with my granddaughter, it’s different. On the days when I pick her up, and I walk into her room, I can see why: the atmosphere is one of respect and courtesy. She feels simultaneously safe and empowered. She is happy about every subject, and is constantly amazing us with the new things she learns. What particularly warms our hearts is her command of Hebrew; our Israeli friends tell us that she has the accent of a native. And… Read More »


30 days of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)

November 20, 2018

This month has been a busy one for our school in our work of Tikkun Olam! We kicked off the month with #30daysofkindness, in response to the tragic events at the Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh. Each day in November all students, faculty, and staff in our community will do one act of loving kindness and display these acts of kindness on our tree mural outside the front office. After reading the book, I Will Always Write Back, the Yanshufim (4th grade) wanted to make a difference. The book is a true story about pen pals from the US and… Read More »


T’zdakah and Leadership

October 31, 2018

4th grade has really been enjoying the book we are reading, I Will Always Write Back.  It is a true story about pen pals from the US and Zimbabwe that build a bond over years of letters.  The book discusses the extreme poverty in which some people live. This poverty can even prevent kids from getting an education. 4th grade wanted to help make change, as this didn’t seem fair. We did some research and found that the young boy from Zimbabwe, Martin Ganda, (co-author of our book,) grew up to be successful and also to found a non-profit to… Read More »


New Year’s Reflection from Ron

September 12, 2018

Welcome back to all our families, staff and incredible community of supporters. I hope that your Rosh Hashanah holiday provided you time for celebrating with your loved ones, reflecting on the year that has past, and envisioning of an exciting year ahead. Kol Hakavod to Debbie M., Cara, Mihal and Rabbi Emily for engaging our school with a heartwarming Rosh Hashanah program last Friday and an afternoon filled with song, blessings, creativity, and mitzvot, capped with a sunny afternoon enjoying fresh apples and honey! I spent these introspective days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur relishing the sunshine and tranquility… Read More »


Congratulations to our Departing 5th Graders

June 8, 2018

Mazal Tov on your graduation from Seattle Jewish Community School — Class of 2018. תשע”ח For me, nothing is more rewarding than seeing how you’ve grown and are beginning to spread your wings. Here at SJCS, you have learned how to read and write in two languages, how to solve problems in math — and in life. You have learned how to collaborate with your peers, how to think, to ask questions, how to fail and learn from it, and how to move on. We have nurtured your curiosity and encouraged you to be authentic, imaginative, and creative. You have… Read More »


Mad about Engineering

May 30, 2018

SJCS students love opportunities to explore STEM subjects through project-based learning and our 5th grade scientists are mad about engineering! It all started with learning how to deconstruct. This included taking apart computers, cell phones, Ipods, and even a record player. The next step involved construction – of robots. Using specific tools and their knowledge of motors and wiring, the 5th graders were able to construct their own moving robots. The final project was a robot fashion show, which featured everything from an opera singer robot to an angel robot. These hands-on learning experiences exposes our students to cooperative learning, mechanics,… Read More »


Alumni Making the World a Better Place

May 23, 2018

Looking at this year’s 5th graders, it is amazing to think about how far they have come. From Gan students, to student leaders. Students are preparing for middle school from the moment they enter Gan and it is a privilege to witness the transition.  This year’s  5th graders are ready for 6th grade.  They know how to take notes, how to advocate for themselves and others, how to comfort and be comforted, how to take responsibility and to be accountable for their own actions. They have been encouraged to ask questions about their world: What can I do to help?  How can… Read More »


5th Graders Explore Surveys & Statistics

May 17, 2018

In 4-5th Grade Math, we are learning about Statistics, data collection, and displaying data. We are also learning how to be critical consumers of information, particularly graphic displays. Students are building on their learning from 3rd and 4th grade to survey peers, find averages, and build graphs. Now this is taken to the next level, as students will ask their “sample” two quantitative statistics questions and plot the coordinates of these answers to see if there is a correlation between two sets of data. Students are further growing their technology skills by using Google Sheets to record and graph their data.… Read More »