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Meet Receptionist Shannon Ostrowski

Q: Why did you choose to work at Pardes Jewish Day School? A: My husband Jack Ostrowski has been talking about what a wonderful community Pardes has been for over 11 years now. I was happy when an opportunity opened up. I have friends who have been working here for a long time as well […]

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Meet First Grade Teacher Rachael VanLandingham

We are excited to welcome Mrs. VanLandingham to our Pardes community! Q: Why did you choose to work at Pardes Jewish Day School? A: I was looking forward to reconnecting with my roots to the Jewish community. Q: What motivated you to become a teacher or to work in education? A: My first job was […]

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Meet Humanities Teacher Zach Oden

Mr. Oden teaches Eighth Grade Humanities. We are excited to welcome him to Pardes. Q: Why did you choose to work at Pardes Jewish Day School? A: Aside from a stellar academic reputation within the community, the faculty, staff, and students all conveyed a sense of pride, comradery, academic excellence, and fun that I was […]

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Pardes Releases School Reopening Plan

July 21, 2020 – Pardes Jewish Day School released its School Reopening Plan to current and new Pardes families. The booklet details three different models of learning: On Campus Learning, Online Interactive Classroom Education and Virtual Attendance Remote Learning. The School Reopening Plan is comprehensive and multi-faceted with the ultimate goal of mitigating risks related […]

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8 Great Benefits of Project-Based Learning

Certain aspects of a strong, well-rounded education will never change. For instance, strong communication and partnership between teachers and parents will always play a central role in student success.  Best practices of instruction continue to evolve as educators learn more about cognition, student motivation, and the skills 21st century learners need to succeed. Project-Based Learning […]

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Let’s Talk: Helping our kids manage overwhelming feelings in difficult times

By Jodi Woodnick, School Counselor As we process the world around us, we collectively grieve. We grieve for lost months of school, graduations, sports seasons, and summers at camp, not to mention losses of life and expressions of sadness and anger all around us. And with grief comes a range of emotions from sadness to […]

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How Pardes Students Are Being the Change

When you think about your child’s education, what is the end goal? Is it to succeed in college and ultimately attain a desired career? Or is there something more you want for them…perhaps, a learning experience that emphasizes their potential to do more than just achieve good grades?  At Pardes Jewish Day School, students learn […]

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Lower School Virtual Recess Provides Additional Social Connections

by Jodi Woodnick, School Counselor Since the start of remote learning, Pardes has offered “Virtual Recess” for our Lower School students as part of their remote learning experience. Virtual Recess has provided opportunities for students to get together socially twice a week for 30 minutes or so. Together we play games, check in on our […]

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The Power of Workshop in our Older Grades – Reflections from a Middle School Teacher

by Sara Abrams, Sixth Grade Humanities Teacher When the announcement finally came in, a phone call from a colleague, “We’re closing the campus and are going to be enacting our remote learning plan,” my heart collapsed.  So much of who I am is entrenched in my classroom, with my students, amongst my colleagues. I prepared […]

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