The Lion's Tale

Profile: Assistant Library Media Specialist Mirele Kessous

Profile: Assistant Library Media Specialist Mirele Kessous

Irit Skulnik, Assistant Style Editor

October 16, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Mirele Kessous left her job at CESJDS as the Upper School Librarian in 2016. Flash forward two years, and she is back as the Assistant Library Media Specialist. In that time, Kessous had two children and worked a part-time job as a first grade teacher at Leo Bernstein Jewish Academy. LBJA was as a f...

Peaceful puppies: Therapy dogs aim to comfort students

Peaceful puppies: Therapy dogs aim to comfort students

Jessica Gallo, Guest Writer

October 12, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Six therapy dogs and their owners stood on the front lawn of CESJDS on Oct. 8 waiting for the lunch bell to ring. They weren’t just here to play: as certified therapy dogs, they were here to work.   Once the bell rang, students came outside and played with the dogs to destress as part of a wellnes...

Community reacts to dress code policy change

Community reacts to dress code policy change

Matthew Rabinowitz, Assistant Opinion Editor

October 3, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

This school year, the CESJDS administration updated the required length for dresses, skirts and shorts. Moving away from previous years' below-the-knee rule, the school initially decided to base an appropriate length on "if you're comfortable and respectful of the environment," Dean of Students Roslyn...

Get to know the new security guards

Get to know the new security guards

Josie Stein, Reporter

September 17, 2018


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Keep stress in check

Keep stress in check

Shira Godin, Style Editor

August 28, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

With stress levels high at CESJDS, starting this school year, two new policies are being implemented to decrease student stress. Phones will be put in the back of classrooms to limit distraction and the anxiety resulting from it, and students will not be allowed to ask questions during tests. “Our...

Paying for pencils: Supplies funded by department budgets

Oren Minsk, Assistant In-Depth Editor

August 28, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase, Uncategorized

Towards the end of the summer, CESJDS students head to the store for pencils, highlighters and notebooks, but they’re not the only ones. JDS departments are also stocking up on materials for the year, but with what money?  Each year, all JDS departments are allotted a certain amount of money fro...

Out-of-school sports climbs in popularity

Out-of-school sports climbs in popularity

Oren Minsk and Sally Rogal

June 5, 2018


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When not in school, eighth-grader Shevi Lerner could be 30 feet in the air clinging to rocks and ascending walls and mountains. Lerner attended a Bat Mitzvah party at Earth Treks in Rockville when she was eight years old. She realized that she enjoyed climbing and decided to attend a summer camp at Earth...

Fostering opportunities for advocacy

Fostering opportunities for advocacy

Alex Landy, Reporter

May 30, 2018


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Junior Macie Gelb walked the streets of D.C. in the 2016 Women's March, hoping to empower women across America. For many CESJDS students, being engaged and involved in political events is commonplace. Students attend rallies, conventions, forms of protests and other politically-associated events during...

Students turned teachers: New program to the area encourages expansion of Jewish learning

Amelia Davidson, News Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under Features

As summer approaches and most students wind down their Judaic learning for the year, sophomores Josh Diewald and Josh Siegel have embarked on an entirely new form of Jewish study. This time, however, they are the teachers. The two are participants in the Student to Student project, an initiative new...

Families in uniform: community supports relatives of soldiers

Families in uniform: community supports relatives of soldiers

Daphne Kaplan, Reporter

May 30, 2018


Filed under Features

While junior Abby Elson watched her father’s Naval retirement ceremony, tears came to her eyes as she recognized the magnitude of her father’s commitment.  Many faculty members and relatives of students serve or have served in various positions of the military. Some served in the Israeli Defen...

Where the grade funds go

Where the grade funds go

Daphne Kaplan, Reporter

April 25, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Classes raise funds by having various types of social events and fundraisers each school year. But some students do not know where these funds end up. According to Dean of Students Roslyn Landy, every class has its own bank account. As each grade earns money, it is put in that account, where it can be ...