The fine arts curriculum at JDS encourages student exploration and experimentation through the use of a variety of media in a safe, nurturing environment. Students are introduced to the elements and principles of line, form, color and texture and experiment with pattern, composition, structure and size to develop an understanding of art processes and techniques. Students are also introduced to the art of diverse times and cultures. At JDS, we understand the importance of integrating disciplines and seek to weave fine art into both our general and Judaic studies curricula. At JDS, students try on various lenses and ways of thinking.
Program Highlights: Early Childhood (EC) Inquiry Unit about Air and Wind: students use straws and paint to learn how new colors are created; Kindergarten: students prep for Passover by making personal Elijah's cups to be used during Seder; 2nd Grad: students make hand-sewn Torah covers depicting the 12 tribes for personal sifrei Torah made during an Inquiry Unit.
JDS students receive 90 minutes per week of PE. Skill theme method is used to sequentially develop skills that are appropriate to each student's ability and confidence level. A learning environment with a positive and supportive approach allows every child, regardless of ability and confidence level, to succeed and benefit from a physically active and healthy lifestyle.
JDS' PE program is aligned with the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) standards which state that a physically literate individual:
- Has learned the skills necessary to participate in a variety of physical activities.
- Knows the implications of and the benefits from involvement in various types of physical activities.
- Participates regularly in physical activity.
- Is physically fit.
- Values physical activity and its contributions to a healthful lifestyle.
Program Highlights: Our K- 5th Grade curriculum follows the skilled themed approach which encourages learning of basic movement concepts and skills: running, jumping, balancing, body awareness, kicking and punting, striking, throwing, catching and more. Later, these fundamental skills are modified and applied in more complex settings: dance, games, sports and gymnastics. Physical fitness is emphasized in warm-up activities and purposeful games that encourage students to become active for a lifetime. A positive and supportive learning environment allows students to feel free to take the risk to give their best as they strive for personal excellence. JDS K-5 students are assessed in the areas of movement competence, health-related fitness, safety and social skills. Their growth, success and areas of exceptional accomplishments are acknowledged through positive and descriptive feedback.