Rodeph Sholom School is deeply committed to helping students explore the arts. Arts, Drama and Music classes are part of the core curriculum for all grades, and the school holds an art show, two musicals, and several choir and band performances each year.
The making of art and the study of art as a creative discipline are essential to the mental, physical and emotional development of all students. Art classes teach motor, visual and creative/critical thinking skills useful to all areas of learning. Classes also foster individual expression and self-esteem. The art curriculum encourages children to be aware of their own aesthetic environment as well as to appreciate the role of art in history.
Lessons are often media driven and drawn upon pertinent historical references and artistic works of note. Sometimes a particular artist provides the impetus for a lesson.
Our goal for all of our students to further enhance their love of art affording opportunities for exploring and experimenting with different materials and methods involved in the creative process. Building on the children’s previous grade experience, we continue to facilitate a supportive environment where the children are comfortable taking on new challenges, “trying their best” and learning from age appropriate experiences.
The Digital Arts program encourages students to explore the integration of technology and creativity. Students in 6th
through 8th Grade take Digital Arts one trimester each year to learn about film, sound and photo editing.
In drama class, improvisation and student-led scene blocking are key. Students learn to incorporate gesture along with tone and inflection to convey meaning, and the supportive classroom performance atmosphere provides them with the opportunity to develop strong public speaking skills. There are two after school drama productions each year; Middle School students are cast in the major roles, and Elementary Division students participate in the chorus. Recent productions included, Guys and Dolls Jr., Into the Woods Jr., Legally Blonde Jr., Fame Jr., and the original productions, 1940’s Radio Show and The Great Pie Robbery.
The RSS curriculum includes general music classes for all students from the Nursery through Middle School Divisions. These classes are carefully designed to enhance and celebrate the Jewish holidays and ongoing Jewish studies through a wide variety of choral and instrumental activities. Highlights include our annual 2nd grade Shavuot performance, the 3rd grade participation in the Middle School musical production and the 4th grade original, fully-produced musical, “The Midrash Hour” - - complete with a 20-piece professional orchestra!
RSS offers private music lessons in our popular Afterschool Music Program. Our faculty of 12 professional musicians provides students in Grades 2-8 with lessons on all string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. To augment their private instruction, the school offers five performing ensembles (two bands, two string ensembles and a guitar ensemble) that perform at our annual Arts Festival in May.
CRS Children’s Choir
Cantor DeLowe’s Jr. Jr. Choir (Pre-K–1st Grade) and Cantor Garfein’s Children’s Choir (Grades 2-8) offer students the chance to participate in CRS services and concerts. Students from second through sixth grade and beyond are most welcome to participate. There are no fees or auditions to become a member, but commitment to participating in our holiday and Shabbat B’shir services (the second Friday of every month) is encouraged.