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Program Spotlight: Jemicy School



Jemicy’s Upper School Prep (USP) program is a comprehensive, pre-high school curriculum designed to serve students who need further development of foundational academic skills to transition successfully to a college-preparatory upper school program. The program serves bright and talented students, ages 13-15, who are in their last year or two of middle school and have been diagnosed with dyslexia or a related language-based learning difference.

Notre Dame Prep Named National Blue Ribbon School


Notre Dame Prep

The U.S. Department of Education’s annual list of National Blue Ribbon Schools honors overall academic excellence among the country’s public and private elementary, middle and high schools. It’s an impressive recognition, but for Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D., headmistress of Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP), a Catholic, all-girls, 6th-12th day school in Towson, it acknowledges much more than curriculum.

“For 147 years, Notre Dame Prep has, in the spirit of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, educated young women to transform the world,” Sr. Patricia says. “Being named a National Blue Ribbon School is external validation of what we’ve known internally and have demonstrated year after year, namely academic excellence, spiritual growth and the practice of justice.”

FREE! Stem Cells: Assessing Cutting Edge Gene Design & Therapies Event – 10/21


A panel of scientists discuss the challenges, promises, hopes, and dangers of stem cell research and the exciting new technologies that have enabled us to explore and even alter the building blocks of life itself. On Wednesday, October 21, join Great Talk and The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, Johns Hopkins University as they present a Special Community Service Event: Stem Cells: Accessing the Cutting Edge Gene Design and Therapies. Starting at 7pm, the event is free and virtual with registration. Click here to register.

Beth Tfiloh’s Kesher Virtual Preschool Program: Keeping Students & Families Connected

Emily ’34 and fellow Kesher Program kids work side by side with classmates in Morah Levey’s Fours class

At the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, things look a little different these days. There are students attending classes in person, while others are learning virtually. Some virtual learners “Zoom in” to the live classroom from home, while others attend an individualized Virtual Academy, in which entire classrooms learn from a BT online teacher through Zoom classes. From PreSchool through High School, there is truly an option for every student that meets the diverse needs of every family, while continuing to nurture the strong connection that each family has to the BT community.

At Beth Tfiloh PreSchool, the in-person classrooms are going about their business with a meaningful addition to their daily routine – the Kesher Program. Kesher kids participate in the live classroom experience through daily Zooms that include all classroom holiday, birthday, and special event celebrations, Kabbalat Shabbat programming, all PreSchool assemblies, and Hebrew language and Judaics three-four times per week. Students and their families are able to stay connected to the school community in a meaningful way by Zooming in throughout the day, so that when they are ready to return, they will already be acclimated to the classroom routines. The Kesher families remain an active part of the PreSchool community despite their physical distance and their experiences thus far have been above and beyond what anyone could have imagined.

Three Baltimore Families: Three School Pandemic Solutions


Choosing a school for your child is often fraught with agonizing decisions and a sea of choices that are hard to navigate. In the pandemic, the layers of that choice are all the more complex. Each family has multiple options and creative solutions abound.

Below is a sampling of three Baltimore families and the choices that are right for them. As a community, we can celebrate our diverse options and applaud the families- all of whom are raising the future leaders of our Jewish community.

Program Spotlight: Glenelg Country School



With a world of educational possibilities in front of them, students in the upper school at Glenelg Country School seize the opportunity for exploration through the Capstone Integrative Creative Research Project. Open to all seniors, students have the unique opportunity to “choose their own adventure,” pursuing their passion in a research project of their own design.

Discover Free Fall Baltimore this Month


Love the arts? There are plenty of cultural activities taking place online this month. There is no need to leave the house. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces that Free Fall Baltimore presented by BGE and Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), is taking place as a hybrid of virtual and small in-person events. 

The annual celebration, held each October in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, showcases the importance of the arts with free concerts, dance and theater performances, festivals, lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, and special events. Free Fall Baltimore is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Baltimore’s vibrant arts scene. By providing a schedule of mostly virtual programming, Free Fall Baltimore maintains public health and safety while expanding its virtual reach beyond Baltimore City.

10 Things to Know about Julie Blumenfeld


She’s a pediatric dentist, mother of three – with a fourth on the way – and a committed volunteer who is up at five every morning to make sure she gets in her exercise routine before the day begins. Yet, that’s exactly the way Julie Blumenfeld likes it.

OktoberFEAST – a Delightfully Delicious Fall Celebration at Liberty Delight Farms


Join Liberty Delight Farms for OKTOBERFEAST on Friday, 10/23 and Saturday, 10/24. An evening featuring dishes inspired by traditional German Oktoberfest, experience a delicious, five course dinner featuring German-inspired cuisine and beverage pairings. Enjoy a gourmet gastronomic experience with family and new friends featuring quality sourced products and an inspiring message. Make sure to stop by the Meat Market at Liberty Delight Farms to bring home some tasty goodies.  Click here for more information.

Program Spotlight: Garrison Forest School



Located on 110-acres, Garrison Forest School has long used its tree-lined campus as a learning lab, incorporating outdoor education across multiple subjects as an intentional part of its curriculum.

The campus includes an outdoor classroom, outdoor space for small group learning, a pond, a small pollinator garden and even a “hammock garden” for relaxing. From science experiments to outdoor art displays to play and relaxation time, teachers are regularly using these outdoor assets to enhance classroom lessons and bring learning to life.