Daily Archives: December 27, 2018


How to Find the Right Preschool

PHOTO: Maayan Torah preschoolers enjoy Music & Movement with a Jewish Twist. Other children (and caregivers) from the community are welcome to join the Wednesday sessions. Call 503-245-5568 for time. Photo courtesy of Maayan Torah Day School   Finding the right preschool or care provider for your child doesn’t have to be a daunting process….


PJA alumna earns Stars for Kids Award

PHOTO: Bella Phillips accepts her Stars for Kids Award at the Janus Youth Programs annual dinner on Nov. 7, 2018. Photo by Peggy Valenti By Lisa Katon Last spring, Bella Phillips, then an eighth-grader at Portland Jewish Academy, organized a Family Fun Run for Janus Youth Programs, raising nearly $2,000 for the organization. Bella orchestrated…


Backpack Safety

If you’ve ever gone backpack shopping with a school-aged child, you know picking the right one is a big decision. The array of shapes, styles and patterns is matched by the range of prices. The modern backpack explicitly made for books has only been around since the mid-1970s, but it’s hard to imagine the time…


Sweet Tea offers hope for shared society

By Ellen Rifkin   In an Israeli children’s story, a Bedouin girl sits tall on her camel, leading her community to an oasis during Ramadan. Her grandfather, their former leader, has just died; when the mourning period concludes, his “she-camel” kneels before Fatima, indicating her destiny. Fatima is prepared. Riding alongside her grandfather during this…


STEM at Play

PHOTO: Second-graders at Maayan Torah Day School enjoy math and engineering open activities for the last 20 minutes of the day. It encourages joyful exploration of STEM learning. Photo courtesy of Maayan Torah   When children play, they often learn. Not only can playtime improve behavior and concentration, it also helps children explore with their imaginations….

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