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“Postcards from a Pandemic”

Sixth Grade Humanities students have been keeping a digital diary of sorts about this unprecedented time in our lives. Each student is asked to post a daily image and caption to capture how life is changing in this time.

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Distance Learning

What a whirlwind this has been! It was only a couple of weeks ago that the PJA administration team recognized that we were headed into either a voluntary or mandatory school closure in the near future. Our tech experts - Matt Rosenberg and Matthew Dalton - mobilized quickly to get the technology in place and to train our teachers for distance learning.

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The Hebrew month of Adar began on February 25th. The holiday of Purim falls during this month with its silly and joyful celebration. As the Hebrew song goes, “When the month of Adar arrives, our joy increases!” Learning at PJA is almost always fun and creative, but during this month...

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Caldecott Club

An enthusiastic and literary group of students from 3rd-5th grades participated in the annual PJA Caldecott Club. They gathered once a week during lunchtime to read many of the nominees for the prestigious award.

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Every year, PJA Middle School students get the amazing opportunity to participate in a week of off-beat, hands-on learning in mixed-age groupings that introduces them to new ideas, new places, and new experiences. We call this week taglit which is the Hebrew word for discovery. 

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Second Grade Science

Second grade has been learning about rocks, erosion, and canyons. Last week they conducted a hands-on lab to demonstrate how canyons are formed. Collaborating in small groups, each group built a model of a landform using a mixture of cornmeal, salt, and water and topped it with “sediment” made out of flour and cinnamon.

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Poetry at PJA

Naomi visited PJA’s 8th-grade Humanities class where she shared inspiration and insight about writing. She encouraged students to make a habit of writing every day. “Write three sentences every day. They can be about something you noticed, something you are curious about, something that made you sad or happy.” 

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