List of 20 news stories.

  • Helping Children select "Just Right Books"!

    Carole Senn and Jen Currie
    At Jacksonville Country Day School, we know that helping students build their love for reading at a young age is vital. In Pre-K and Kindergarten, children are encouraged to select picture books and nonfiction books that appeal to their interests. We teach Kindergarten students how to recognize the parts of a book and the text features within. Children also practice "reading the pictures" to tell the story in their own words or to learn more about a research topic.
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  • Tips for Safely Connecting Online

    Tips for Helping Younger Children Connect Socially Online

    Tonya Elstein, Director of Education
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  • Ms. Stayer, a Pre-K 4 teacher, presents a science lesson from her pool deck

    Remote Learning Highlights

    During remote learning, teachers continued to implement lessons that engaged students in hands-on, project-based learning which honed students' critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, innovation, and engineering skills. Here are some highlights from Pre-K 3 through 6th grade, in addition to specialist classes.
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  • Congratulations to the JCDS Class of 2014!

    As our alums from the class of 2014 graduate from high school this spring and head off to institutions of higher learning, we are proud of them for their academic success, resilience, and character. Their strong character has equipped them to succeed even in these uncertain times. Congratulations to the following alums!
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  • JCDS Remote Learning Projects

    Practice STEM at Home

    We’ve compiled a list of fun — yet challenging — STEM projects every kid can do to sharpen the mind while learning from home.
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  • Improve calm and concentration

    Yoga for the Whole Family

    Yoga is great for a child’s health, happiness, and character development. Get tips on how to start practicing at home.
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  • Tips for remote learning

    Social-Emotional Skills

    Social-emotional skills are especially critical during these uncertain times. Learn how to better develop them at home.
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  • Talking to kids about Covid-19

    Parenting in a Pandemic

    Read these helpful tips for comforting, reassuring, and educating your children on Covid-19 during this time of crisis.
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  • Learning To Connect in New Ways

    We are learning to connect in new ways as we communicate through a screen and savor laughing and growing together. During this remarkable period, ­it is comforting to know that ­­­we are all in this together; stretching and learning while we collaborate to help children feel safe in a world that transformed overnight.
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  • Investing in Your Child’s Early Education

    The years between ages 3 and 5 are critical for shaping a healthy, productive, and successful future for children. As a former Pre-K teacher at Jacksonville Country Day School for seven years, I have seen firsthand how early childhood education can transform a child’s life. I’ve watched shy, sensitive children who had a hard time separating from parents and cried when entering the classroom blossom into confident leaders.
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  • Our Teachers' Favorite Children's Books

    With the Book Fair this week, we thought we would ask our teachers what their favorite children's books are.
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  • Black History Month

    Black History Month is a celebration of the African-Americans who have inspired us and made a mark on our country’s history and culture. In honor of Black History Month, 3rd grade students have been studying inspirational African Americans who have positively impacted our world. They learned about specific African-Americans they would not ordinarily know about and how they contributed greatly to our country. 
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  • Brandon Stallings (‘02)

    Alumni Update - Winter 2020

    We are proud of our school's role in helping prepare our students for academic success, as well as a healthy and productive life.
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  • Dylan Schwartz ('18)

    Spanish Translates Into Academic Success

    “Hola,” the Spanish word for hello, often rings out in the hallways and playgrounds of JCDS as students as young as three greet each other and their teachers. Experts say that young children are wired to learn world languages in the most natural of ways: through play and exploration. Studies have shown that the brain in children under 10 is at its optimum to learn foreign sounds, improving the chances for native-like pronunciation and a high level of proficiency later on.
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  • Ms. Dickert has been named the 2020 Elementary Music Educator of the Year

    Ms. Dickert Named Elementary Music Educator of the Year

    Virginia Dickert has been named the 2020 Elementary Music Educator of the Year. The Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) recognized Ms. Dickert’s outstanding merit in music teaching and her service to students, the community, and her profession. She received the FMEA Elementary Music Educator of the Year Award during the FMEA Conference in Tampa on January 10. 
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  • In the Footsteps of the Civil Rights Movement

    In conjunction with a unit on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 3rd grade students participated in a civil rights tour of St. Augustine. Bernadette Reeves, a resident of St. Augustine who participated in our area’s civil rights protests, led the tour. History was brought to life through her personal stories and the local landmarks visited.
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  • New Creative Play Items for Early Learning

    “Helping children enjoy unstructured play, especially outdoors, is a passion of mine. I spent many creative hours as a kid building things, imagining, and playing with friends,” Nathan Renstrom said. “The unstructured time led me to a strong passion for mechanics and woodworking, and it's great to be able to apply these hobbies to a project at JCDS.”
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  • Teacher-Approved Tech Toys

    Here are some items that Cristina Knodel, our Technology Specialist, thinks would make great gift ideas for children interested in programming and coding. "Some of these we use, some we don't, but they all have great reviews," Ms. Knodel said. 
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  • Leila Azari ('11), Taya Edwards ('11), and Chelsea Burns ('09) were named to the First Coast All-Decade First Team

    Three Alums Make All-Decade First Team

    Three alums were named to the Times-Union All-Decade First Team for soccer. Leila Azari ('11),  Chelsea Burns ('09), and Taya Edwards ('11) were selected as three of the top 11 female soccer players in Northeast Florida for the last 10 years.
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  • Students Learn to Innovate Through Design Thinking

    At Jacksonville Country Day School, design thinking provides students with a tool to impact their world. Through a process of researching, observing, ideating, prototyping, and testing solutions to real-world issues, JCDS students develop analytical thinking, empathy, perseverance, and a growth mindset as they address issues in their lives. 
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Located In Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Country Day School is a private school for Pre-K 3 through 6th grade. JCDS prepares students for a healthy and productive lifetime of intellectual exploration, character development, and social responsibility.