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The End of the School Year 

It was an exciting last week of school at PJA. Between the final academic lessons and the cleaning out of desks, the week was also jam-packed with special activities from the Middle School “Beach Party” to the Kindergarten “Graduation.”

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Eighth Grade Capstone Projects

While every day at PJA we aim to "think for ourselves and work for the world," we shine a special light on the meaning of those familiar words when our middle school community, as well as family and friends, gather to hear our 8th graders deliver their Capstone drashot

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Lewis and Clark Journey

PJA’s fourth grade class recently completed their study unit on the Lewis and Clark journey. Students work in groups as they “travel” along the path of Captains Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea, and the rest of the Corps of Discovery.

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PJA students had a very special celebration for Shavuot today. Although we may not be able to gather as one school together, we are always finding meaningful and fun ways to bring the Jewish life of our school to life. 

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Our PJA Pre-k community is pretty special! In Kim Krikorian’s class what started out as an exploration of the lifecycle of a butterfly turned into a thoughtful conversation about kavod (respect), kehillah (community), and diversity.  

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Earth Day

Last week our sixth graders spent part of their Earth Day removing invasive ivy from the fields adjacent to the PJA/MJCC campus. Their science teacher worked alongside them and explained the importance of the work they were doing.

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Middle School Reflections on the First Week Back

PJA welcomed 67 Middle School students back to school this week for in-person learning. What a gift it is to have all of our grades back on our campus for full days of learning and playing together! We have marveled at how tall they are.

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PJA graduate Ethan Berkson-Klaus (class of 2020) started as a freshman at Cleveland High School in the fall of 2020. We got word about some pretty creative and helpful ways that Ethan was staying busy during the quarantine, so we decided to catch up with Ethan to learn more. 

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