Trip to Ottawa organized by the students

​The students in Kita Shalhevet (grades 4-6) returned from a wonderful 3-day trip to Ottawa last Thursday, and they are bringing back more than just great memories of museums, watching the Blue Jay’s game, and going swimming at the...

The Rain Stick and BIG Work

How does MJDS support the development of 21st century skills such as team work, planning,organization, communication and creativity? How do our students develop crucial Executive Functions such as flexible thinking, working memory...

On Being an MJDS Parent of Happy Confident Children

At MJDS we pride ourselves in the joy our children feel every day. This can be confusing to those that believe that children should not be happy at school. Once again studies confirm that “Happy kids learn faster and think more creatively...

Aboriginal Studies and Open Museum

As their class trip to the capital of Ottawa approaches, Kita Shalhevet students have been learning about the history of the country they live in, and the importance of the First Nation peoples who inhabited this land before them. The projects...

Social action, Community and Purim

Across all ages, the students baked hand-made Oznei Haman and created Mishloach Manot to give to others. Matanot la’evyonim, the Mitzvah of giving to the poor was also present as the Middle School and grade 5 students packed...

Leadership, Creativity and Purim

The older elementary students took the initiative to recreate the story of Purim. In Kita Shalhevet, Daniel wrote and directed a wonderful version of the Megillah, holding exhaustive auditions to ensure that he had the right actor for each part...

Opening Minds and Hearts to Music, Art and Judaica

Music and laughter were in the air as MJDS students prepared for Purim. This holiday presents unique opportunities for intersection between art, music, and Judaica. In art class, elementary and middle school students learned about the...

Do you know about the Montessori Mafia?

Our Upper El students collaborating to mount a shoe rack together, According to the Wall Street Journal “the Montessori educational approach might be the surest route to joining the creative elite.” The article lauded Montessori for having “a...

Our students can see music!

Imagine being able to see music or hear a painting. This is exactly what MJDS elementary students explored with their latest drawings. Artist and music fanatic Wassily Kandinsky claimed to have synaesthesia, a condition where the senses overlap...

Process in a Product-Oriented World

“What happens after Montessori?” is the single most commonly asked question by people new to Montessori ideas. This question is so prevalent partially because parents and new Montessori teachers often struggle with the idea of...

Just a Moment – Frogs and Locusts

“And, by the way, Moses, I have heard you people tell your story over 3,000 times now. And I don’t believe it. It didn’t happen that way.” Thus began my 10-year-old son Jacob’s Passover play, a...

Newsletter, April 11 2014: MJDS A Wonderful Passover and More

In This Issue: MJDS Celebrates Pesach Tips for a Creative Seder Respect Freedom Pesach with the Shinshinim Photos from Pesach at MJDS MJDS Minds in Action Update Calendar Reminders MJDS Celebrates Pesach This year the Casa children created their...