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A Focus on Mindfulness
Allison Hernandez

In reflecting on our current landscape, the word juxtaposition comes to mind.  While many of us may feel stagnant in our day-to-day routines, we are surrounded by polarity.

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Thank you, Teachers
By Michael Hyde

It feels a bit daunting, I’ll admit, to write a blog post thanking teachers for everything they are doing right now to support our PJA students. The eyes of society are always glancing at our profession - sometimes squinting narrowly, focused and scrutinizing.

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Lessons to be Learned
Steve Albert

I am an eternal optimist, and I know that our school and our community will come through this even stronger than before. These days, I often find myself thinking about what positive changes might come from our current situation. Here are a few of my musings.

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Family Style Dining
By Angela Healy

We are excited to announce that our early childhood classrooms will be beginning a new initiative. The new program is often referred to as “Family Style Dining” and will begin during snack times in some of our classrooms. Our pilot program will be introduced in one classroom from each age group. We hope after a successful pilot program that we will introduce this program to all classrooms...

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
By Merrill Hendin

As we prepare to work more deeply in the area of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), I look back at the Diversity Statement our community drafted a few years ago when we began to embark more seriously on this work. We have always (PJA) prided ourselves on being a community Jewish day school that welcomes all.

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Middle School Tefillah (prayer)
By Amy Katz

Every school wants their tefillah program to be meaningful, relevant and joyful across the grade levels. We all hope our students will have the skills they need to participate actively in tefillah, but we also want them to relate to, understand, and connect to the words they are saying. 

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Loose Parts in a Jewish Curriculum
By Kim Krikorian

Using “loose parts” is one way that young children express languages. Loose parts include both natural and manufactured materials that can be moved, combined, and taken apart in a variety of ways. There are an abundance of natural and manufactured materials for children to play with and manipulate.

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What’s Jewish about Thanksgiving?
By Steve Albert

I suspect that Thanksgiving was my grandmother’s favorite holiday, and I’ve often wondered about the special appeal of Thanksgiving to my Jewishly observant grandmother. What, if anything, might be Jewish about Thanksgiving?
 

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Professional Development and Afterschool
By Charlotte Gund and Natalie Haskins

In the PJA Afterschool Department, we work diligently to go above and beyond our primary goal of providing safe spaces for youth during their out-of-school time. Our programs give us access to more than 300 children for up to 23 hours a week...

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