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Animals of the Pacific Northwest - 1st Grade

PJA first-grade students have been learning all about native animals of the Pacific Northwest. This integrated unit covered a wide array of skills practice: reading, writing, oral presentation, art, and science.

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Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day

PJA had a fantastic and fun-filled celebration of Israel’s Independence Day yesterday. Knowing our 8th grade students were celebrating the holiday in Jerusalem made the holiday even more special! 

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Shoah Class

Today at PJA we commemorated Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day. Each year, the 8th grade students create a meaningful service that includes student reflections, traditional prayers, music, and a candle-lighting ceremony. Shoah is the Hebrew word for "catastrophe" and the term commonly used by Jews to describe the Holocaust.

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The Cell Campaign Project

Our students and staff recently participated in an important annual election at PJA to determine “The Most Important Organelle” of 2022. As a part of their studies in biology, 7th & 8th grade students learn about cells through The Cell Campaign Project. 

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Early Childhood

Holiday celebrations have looked very different in PJA’s Early Childhood program in the last couple of years. Take Purim, which we celebrated earlier this month...

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Kindergarten students are working their way through the Hebrew alef-bet. With each new letter that is introduced, students learn to recognize the letter, write the letter, pronounce the letter, and identify Hebrew words that include that letter.

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Purim Spiel

This year's Purim Spiel was our first in-person spiel since the beginning of the pandemic, and we are all still feeling the excitement from it. Fifth grade students dug deep into issues of justice and of finding and using one's voice (themes they have been exploring all year in both Jewish and General Studies) as they studied Megillat Esther together.

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Worker for the World: Khavul/Westhoff Family

The Khavul/Westhoff family (parents Mike and Gina and children Leah (2nd grade), Miriam (K), and Raya (preschool) recently organized a successful home-grown fundraiser - a pop-up hot chocolate stand to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.

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