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New Solar Tech at CDS
Dr. Jackie Barnes, Learning Innovation Coach

We have recently acquired some exciting new technology that will allow us to investigate our own environment, as well as the data that each device produces--an Energy Discovery System and a weather station.

You might see the large solar panel mounted outside of our Mirpeset. It is connected to an energy inverter that will produce electricity for us to use inside and outside of the building. It is also connected to software that allows us to see real-time information regarding the energy that is captured and compare to other locations around the world. During the spring, some of our students helped to determine the best location for the solar panel using a dome device that measures year-round sunlight in a particular location. 
You might also notice the device mounted under our flag poles in front of the building. This weather station measures rainfall, temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, and UV and solar radiation. The data can be accessed through either the “Davis WeatherLink” app or at When searching for stations, we are named "Community Day School #1". Students will be challenged to look at our weather data and also compare it with weather stations around the world, including multiple sites in Israel.

We are excited for the learning opportunities our Energy Discovery System and weather station will provide for our students, and are planning ways to integrate both into the CDS experience of multiple grade levels.
Thank you to the Snow Foundation and thank you to the team at AYA Instruments that helped guide us in the process of selecting and acquiring this system. We are excited to join their growing energy education community.

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Air pollution talk horizontal flyer

At Community Day School, Tu B’Shevat is a joyous time when we connect with the land of Israel and instill a sense of environmental appreciation in our students. Share in our holiday observance with a free talk on February 11 hosted by the CDS Parent Association about air quality issues in our region. 

Google Pittsburgh Joins CDS For Hour of Code

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, CDS students recently participated in the Hour of Code with the help of computer scientists from Google Pittsburgh. This introduction to programming is designed to demystify computer science and show students that anybody can learn the basics of coding.

You're Invited: MLK Day at CDS

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Community Day School will be in session for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Instead of taking the day off, for the fifth consecutive year, we will take on the essential themes of this important day in a meaningful way, coming together as a school community and with the broader Pittsburgh community to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Volunteer of the Year Kara McGoey

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STEAM Festival of Light postcard

This Sunday, December 15, children ages 3 to 6 are invited with their families for an illuminating afternoon of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (S.T.E.A.M.) as we gear up for Chanukah. This free event is open to the community, and we are thrilled to welcome guests from the Amazon DeepRacer Program, Allderdice Steel Dragons, and CMU Girls of Steel to share their robotics and innovations.


IGNITE (Inspiring Greatness Now: Innovation Through Exploration) is an experiential learning program at CDS that allows students to pursue intellectually stimulating activities outside the regular curriculum. As the program kicks off school-wide, we explain some of the research underpinning why and how it works.

Stand In The Light

We found strength last Friday in being together as a community and in our shared work in raising educated, proud, and joyful Jews of the next generation. Through a postcard campaign, we also wanted to pay forward the goodness that overwhelmed us in the aftermath of the 10/27/18 synagogue attack. 

New Solar Tech at CDS

The new Energy Discovery System featuring a solar panel and a weather station on our campus will provide exciting opportunities for our students to engage with critical 21st-century challenges in a hands-on way.

Sukkot Fest 5780

Sukkot Fest was a joyous two-day celebration of outdoor learning experiences, where students in the CDS Early Childhood program through Grade 8 learned about the bounty of our campus gardens and the harvest festival of Sukkot with the Green Team.