Eco-friendly lunch boxes

As more and more parents try to pack their kids healthier school lunches and school systems have grappled with providing healthier options, eco-friendly lunch boxes and packaging are becoming more common in schools too. Whether it’s a metal lunch box or an insulated carrier, students seem to be ditching the days of plastic and paper… Read More

Lockers that rock

In 2011, The New York Times declared middle school lockers “the latest frontier in nesting.” Four years later, that trend seems to have remained in girls’ lockers. Looking to exercise their creativity and create a little place in school completely of their own, plain metal lockers in schools throughout the country now feature rugs, wallpaper,… Read More

The cost of education

Back-to-school sales are already in full force at stores such as Target and Wal-Mart, and this year, families are expected to spend more on school supplies and incidentals, shopping both in-store and online. The National Retail Federation’s annual survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, looks at shopping tendencies, anticipated spending and digital habits. Survey… Read More

UMd. student receives Gildenhorn Scholarship

University of Maryland’s Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies recently awarded junior Michelle Thomas with its first Gildenhorn Family Scholarship in recognition of her pursuit of an Israel Studies minor. The institute plans to offer the scholarship every fall semester. Thomas, a double major in biochemistry and physiology and neurology, was originally a… Read More

A glimpse at nursery school

[slideshow id=”A glimpse at nursery schoolNew tab”] Freezing rain and messy roads on Jan. 10 didn’t stop the teachers and students from coming in for a day of learning and fun at Temple Beth Ami Nursery School. At 7:30 a.m., only a few children, who come for the optional early arrival, could be heard in… Read More

The highs and lows of Jewish day school

We live in an area boasting a first-rate public school system and one rich in prestigious, private academic institutions. There are a dizzying array of choices. The decision to send a child to a Jewish day school is one that comes with an incredible amount of rewards as well as a few costs. It is… Read More

First joint Israel-German Israel studies program launched

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Heidelberg College for Jewish Studies in Germany have launched the first joint Israel-Germany academic program in Israel studies, with a specialization in modern Jewish life and culture. “In 2014, we will mark 50 years since the resumption of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany,” said Dr. Paula… Read More

Planning for special-needs students

In last week’s article, “Day schools seek to accommodate special-needs students” (WJW, Dec. 5), Meredith Jacobs addresses a critical issue in the Jewish community and highlights a model program in the Washington, D.C., area. The article focuses primarily on the small number of children who are enrolled in SULAM each year. I would never diminish… Read More