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.
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.
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.
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.”
The first-ever PJA Zoo Schmooze Snooze was a success! Forty-four participants spent the night at the Oregon Zoo on January 11. Organized by PJA’s Kehillah parent-volunteers, this special event provided behind-the-scenes glimpses of zoo life after hours.
Students use the kitchen all week long to turn their classroom learning into hands-on practical experiences. Here is a snapshot of all the ways the kitchen was used this week to enrich the learning of students.
Kim Krikorian, a long-time Preschool teacher at PJA, is one of 30 early childhood educators chosen from across the nation to participate in the Sheva Center Leadership Institute for Early Childhood Professionals, a multi-year initiative operated by the JCC Association of North America.
PJA was again chosen to receive the Spirit of Unity - Student Peace Award sponsored by the Wholistic Peace Institute. (PJA also received the award last year for efforts in building relationships with the Oregon Islamic Academy.) The Spirit of Unity Award is given to Oregon Middle and High Schools for outstanding work in initiating peace and service projects in their schools and communities.