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2021

  • May

    Reaching for the Stars

    Michael Porter
    Project-based learning can stretch the imagination of a student, encourage them to take risks, and help them take ownership over the finished product. This spring, our 5th graders really reached for the stars to complete a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary project.
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  • Pre-K: How to Have a Great First Day

    Starting preschool or pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) is an exciting time for children, but it can feel a little overwhelming. Here are some tips to make a smooth start in Pre-K.
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  • April

    Preparing for Kindergarten: 7 Tips From a Teacher

    Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for children and parents. It is a year filled with exploration, independence, and social growth. Kindergarten is also a year in which academic foundations are built to help foster them throughout the elementary years. Preparation is key when transitioning to Kindergarten. Here are some tips to help you and your child prepare for this challenging time.
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  • Swimming With The (JCDS) Sharks

    Not many elementary schools have swimming skill development programs — or even pools. Jacksonville Country Day School is one exception. It is important that children learn to swim at an early age. The Jacksonville area is basically surrounded by water and many neighborhoods are rife with pools. Therefore, swimming is an essential safety skill. 
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  • Singin' in the Rain (Forest)

    Michael Porter
    Singin' in the Rainforest is a collection of songs and dances that help reinforce science concepts related to the rainforest.
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  • The Great Chocolate Milk Debate

    Michael Porter
    Should chocolate milk be served as a healthy option for school lunch? Our 5th graders have taken up the idea as part of their Writing Workshop and are hard at work forming their opinions and backing them up with facts.
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  • Coffee with Your Donut?

    Michael Porter
    Ms. Johnston's kindergarten students practice many different skills operating a donut shop in the classroom.
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  • March

    Exercise Every Day

    The importance and benefits of being physically active are well known. Active people tend to be healthier, live longer, and have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. The foundation for a physically active lifestyle is laid in childhood. And because children spend so much time in school, schools provide the perfect environment and offer a unique opportunity to get kids “moving” in the right direction.
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