THE JEWISH ADVOCATE JUNE 21, 2013
MetroWest Jewish Day School enjoys a major first
Continued from Page 15 to Newton or Worcester did not seem like a good way for our small children to spend their time. So we were thrilled with the formation of a Jewish day school in MetroWest. And supporting it also meant sending our kids.” Jodi Comins, outgoing President of the MWJDS board, who was also involved from the school’s inception, noted, “MetroWest Jewish Day School started as a dream and became a reality through the generous support of our donors who gave money, and families who entrusted us with their children. I’m proud to have served on the board since the beginning and to have watched our six graduates (including my daughter) step to the podium and share their stories and experiences as the first graduates of our school.”
The first graduating class also reflects the heart and soul of the school’s educational philosophy. Dayanim said the school accommodates children with different learning styles, and to that end has fully adopted a differential learning structure. He added, “From the beginning, PEJE – the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education – has been actively involved in helping us develop our curriculum.” As noted on the school website, MWJDS follows the “Responsive Classroom” model to cultivate social, emotional growth in a strong and safe environment. Dayanim explained, “We have a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to learning. For example, when children are learning about fractions in math, they apply that to their understanding of musical notes and timing in choir prac-
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tice. We also maximize the impact of what is being taught. Our kids don’t simply learn that ‘Columbus sailed the ocean blue,’ but they understand that 1492 was also the year that Jews were expelled from Spain.” Michael Bohnen, Chair of PEJE’s board, noted that the organization was honored to “play a role in the establishment of MWJDS, and we share the school’s pride in the fruit of its efforts. We are delighted to celebrate the first graduates of MetroWest Jewish Day School and are confident that the outstanding education received by these students will prepare them well to become active, informed and proud members of the Jewish community and to assume leadership roles.” Leadership skills were in evidence last Monday as graduates highlighted the role that MWJDS
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