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Elementary Division

Elementary Division

A Note From the Head of the Elementary Division

In the Elementary Division, it is our great pleasure to work with students and families in a warm, nurturing, and safe community where students engage in challenging academics and supportive social experiences.

Our 1st – 4th Grade students enter our doors every day eager to learn, play, and contribute to their community. Elementary students at Rodeph Sholom School are able to grow in a secure, welcoming, and developmentally appropriate environment where they build confidence, competence, and self esteem. Our enthusiastic and highly trained teachers actively engage students in their own learning processes, and together they explore new ideas and expand their understanding of the world.

Rodeph Sholom School faculty pride themselves on meeting each student’s individual needs to help them acquire new skills, think critically, and deepen their learning. Our strong academic program offers a stimulating atmosphere where students are motivated to work with persistence, determination, and enthusiasm across all disciplines.

Students are provided meaningful foundations through Judaic Studies and Hebrew classes, which allow them to explore their personal identity, sense of self, and connect in various ways with Judaism. Through our co-curricular programs, including art, music, drama, technology, physical education, and sciences, students are provided opportunities to express themselves while discovering their passions and feeding their intellectual curiosity.

Social-emotional learning is at the heart of our program, as students are taught to recognize and manage emotions, solve problems, make good decisions, care about others, and interact respectfully and with kindness. Students develop close, positive relationships with each other and rely on these foundations as they grow and transition through their years at Rodeph Sholom School and beyond.

It is through the lens of our core values, Love of Learning, Community, and Responsibility that our Elementary students thrive. Children learn to think critically in order to make informed choices and flourish through understanding the value in taking part of something larger than themselves while understanding their responsibility to their community and others.

The spirit of our school community is palpable. The connections forged between students, families, and faculty create a unique and special place to grow up and learn. We welcome you to Rodeph Sholom School and look forward to partnering with your family as you and your child experience a Rodeph Sholom School education.

Warmly,

Rebecca Hammerman
Head of the Elementary Division

Elementary Division

Our 1st – 4th Grade students enter our doors every day eager to learn, play, and contribute to their community. Elementary students at Rodeph Sholom School grow and learn in a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment where they build confidence, competence, and self-esteem. Our enthusiastic and highly-trained teachers actively engage students in the learning process, and together they explore new ideas and expand their understanding of the world around them.

Curriculum Overview

1st Grade

First Grade focuses on building students’ skills, particularly in literacy and math. Engaging activities allow students to develop these skills at a developmentally appropriate pace. The school’s Judaic ethos is an integral part of community building in the classroom.

2nd Grade

2nd Grade focuses on solidifying concepts and skills learned in previous grades. Within this review, students can extend their understanding by investigating each discipline using a specific, individualized approach. These disciplines are integrated as much as possible within an overall theme of New York City.

3rd Grade

3rd Grade serves as a transitional year as students progress from the development of basic skills to applying these skills in various content areas. The integration of content across several disciplines continues as students complete an increasing number of long-term projects. Highlights of 3rd Grade include mock Ellis Island and the Invention Fair.

4th Grade

During 4th Grade, students not only strengthen their skills in reading, writing, and mathematics but they also learn to use their skills across the curriculum as independent learners. Over the year, students complete long-term projects that prepare them for the work of Middle School. Each year, students analyze a Jewish Studies theme and create and perform the culminating musical “Midrash Hour.”