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  • Home: Five ways to trick out your backpack for school

    By Jonathan Fong

    2 weeks ago

    For me, one of the perks of going back to school every fall was getting to start the year with a brand spanking new backpack. The thing about backpacks, though, is that most are not too exciting to look at. They’re usually plain or utilitarian or they have cartoon characters...

  • Two new school buildings help build community

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    2 weeks ago

    Students at two Los Angeles Modern Orthodox schools — Gindi Maimonides Academy and Shalhevet High School — will soon begin their first full year in brand-new spaces.

    Maimonides introduced its building to students, staff and faculty this past March. The 50,000-square-foot space on...

  • LAUSD board president Steve Zimmer talks about getting back to basics

    3 weeks ago

    Steve Zimmer was first elected to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board in 2009 after coming to town as a Teach for America trainee and then teaching for 17 years. Now he helps guide the nation’s second-largest public school system, serving nearly 700,000 students...

  • Home: Back-to-school floral arrangement with pencils

    By Jonathan Fong

    3 weeks ago

    Throughout my high-school years, I was a straight-A student. My only B was in driver’s ed (and that was a miracle, given my car accident the first day of driver’s training). Letting your teachers know you appreciate them can help your standing, too, and starting the year off with a...

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  • Pack your kid’s lunch with a side of fun

    By Judy Zeidler

    3 weeks ago

    If you have children in school, you know that making a lunch that pleases both you and your kids is not an easy assignment. Think of it as the school-lunch challenge. To help, get them involved with planning a meal, because they’re more likely to eat it if they were part of packing...

  • Teaching the teachers

    3 weeks ago

    In 2007, Michael Zeldin spoke to the Jewish Journal about DeLeT (Day School Leadership Through Teaching; it also means “door” in Hebrew), the education program designed to train prospective Jewish day school teachers at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)....

  • A crusader for California’s kids

    3 weeks ago

    For nearly 20 years, Robina Suwol has been on a mission to protect California’s kids from dangerous pesticides, toxins and chemicals. And the Sherman Oaks resident shows no signs of slowing down.

    It all goes back to an otherwise typical morning 17 years ago. The former actress,...

  • Irvine Hebrew Day School turns one

    3 weeks ago

    According to Karin Hepner, Orange County is home to more than 100,000 Jewish residents and, until one year ago, just two Jewish day schools. Hepner thought the community needed more choices. So she and her friend Andy Elster, with the help of several others, started Irvine Hebrew...

  • As school resumes, how to talk to children about the Gaza war

    August 18, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    With the new school year nearly upon us, Jewish educational leaders are scrambling to prepare their teachers to discuss this summer’s Gaza War. The most pressing challenge is to design age-appropriate conversations: At which grade level might classroom discussions include...

  • Back to school parenting lessons

    August 6, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    The back-to-school season is, for all intents and purposes, a period of pure parental mayhem. From tracking down the coolest Batman or Barbie backpack on the block to searching out that elusive five-subject, wide-ruled, perforated spiral notebook that our child needs for Hebrew...

  • For southern Israel, start of school is start of ‘rocket season’

    August 27, 2012 | 10:09 am

    As the school year got underway for more than two million Israeli students across the country on Monday, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in open territory in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council in southern Israel—midway between Beersheba and Ashkelon—causing no...

  • Focus on kids’ character, not grades

    August 8, 2012 | 4:19 pm

    Not long ago, psychologist Madeline Levine gave a lecture at a Jewish day school near her home in Marin County, Calif. The topic: “Your Average Child.”

    Nobody showed up. 

    “I guess there wasn’t a single average kid at the school,” Levine quips.  

    “By definition, the vast majority...

  • Ongoing education at the click of a mouse

    By Tom Teicholz

    August 8, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    It seems like only yesterday that my friend Teri was telling me that if she could do college all over again she would take different courses: literature, poetry and just a greater variety of subjects. Well, I’ve got some good news: turns out that you can now take an amazing variety...

  • Private schools chalk it up to federal dollars

    By Ryan E. Smith

    August 8, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    It’s not unusual for elementary school students at Sinai Akiba Academy to walk into class and be greeted with the following message: “Dear scientists, today we’re going to look at our mealworms under the microscopes.”

    The idea is that by identifying kids as writers, readers...

  • Using laptops offers lessons in ethics of technology

    August 17, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    Big Brother is watching at Milken Community High School. At least, he’s watching your computer.

    For two years, the Bel Air school has required every seventh- and ninth-grader to come with a laptop so that it can integrate technology into the classroom. This fall, Milken will...

  • L.A. day schools manage to survive, even thrive, despite recession

    August 17, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    When the recession first brought financial hardship to the Los Angeles Jewish community, community leaders feared that families would leave day schools in droves, causing Jewish education to be yet another casualty. But despite the recent market swings and global insecurity, those...

  • Back to School, Back to Bullying?  Break the Cycle at Home

    By Ilana Angel

    August 14, 2011 | 9:43 pm

    On Sunday afternoon, with kids preparing to start the new school year, and parents like myself feeling the stress of sending our kids out into the madness, my friend Eric posted this update on his Facebook page:

    To all my friends who are PARENTS, teach your kids returning to school:...

  • Orthodox Students Thrive at Milken

    By Rachel Heller

    August 26, 2009 | 3:35 pm

    Barbara Schloss had gone to Orthodox day schools her whole life. When it came time for high school, she figured, why change?

    But the science-oriented teen soon felt dissatisfied with her choice of classes and electives, and saw her brother, Nate, doing things at Milken Community...

  • Back to school, Yiddish for kids

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    August 28, 2008 | 1:20 am

    Back to School ... Again

    Hard to believe, but it is already time to go back to school. Where did the summer go?

    As the new school year begins, there are some fun things to look forward to: For instance, have you gone shopping for new clothes yet? Did you get an awesome Batman or...

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