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Elementary School (Grades K – 5)

general studies topKadima’s Elementary School, Kindergarten through Grade Five, offers a rich and stimulating environment where students are inspired and guided to learn and grow. They develop deep academic skills and foundations, leadership skills and strong character values. Students are offered a variety of opportunities in which they can express their individuality and deepen their understanding of their own identity. Incorporating best practices of both innovative and traditional education, Kadima has created a dynamic General Studies curriculum incorporating Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Health, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Music and Performing Arts. Our integrated program also offers the very best of Hebrew and Judaic Studies education. Students are nurtured by a caring and sensitive faculty, and each child is aware that s/he has a special place in our inspiring community.

General Studies

Kadima inspires its students to embrace a love of learning so they may grow into literate communicators, self-aware individuals, problem solvers, collaborative workers and lifelong learners.

  • Kadima seeks academic excellence. To that end, Kadima expects excellence and rigor from all members of its community: students, parents, teachers, administrators and staff. We expect the highest level of effort and performance because we believe that this deepens our graduate’s life experiences preparing them for a successful future where they can have a positive societal impact.
  • Our curriculum, and accompanying assessments, allows us to fulfill our educational goals. The curriculum details what we teach, ensures consistency, and permits us to vigorously review the effectiveness of our program. Our assessments assure that students achieve the mastery that the curriculum demands. Our curriculum seeks to produce graduates who are literate communicators self aware individuals, problem solvers, collaborative workers and lifelong learners.
  • Literate Communicators. The fundamental goal of our school is to provide a foundation of learning that will enable students to live successful and meaningful lives. Thus, Kadima graduates will: 1) speak fluently and listen effectively, 2) read and write clearly, competently, confidently and creatively; 3) process, evaluate and analyze critically; and, 4) demonstrate academic proficiency in a rigorous academic curriculum encompassing Hebrew language, Judaic Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Sciences, the Fine Arts, Science, Technology, and Physical Education.
  • Self Aware Individuals: As a Solomon Schechter Day School, our program reflects the values of Conservative Judaism. We teach our students how to live Conservative Jewish lives, to act with moral sensitivity and empathy toward others, and to recognize that we have an obligation to engage in acts of Tikun Olam (repairing the world). Our students recognize, as committed and knowledgeable Jews, that they must respect themselves and others and contribute to their own community as well as the community at large.Lanai Road Elementary Gala 2014
  • Problem Solvers. Kadima teaches its students to think critically, draw conclusions, and apply that knowledge to real life situations. Kadima’s academic environment is rigorous – excellence requires nothing less. We teach our students to motivate and self-direct themselves so they may achieve their goals.
  • Collaborative Workers. Kadima is a community. Everything Kadima does stresses the importance of creating a vibrant, supportive community of parents students and educators. Kadima teaches its student to contribute to group projects as leaders, participants, evaluators, and observers. Kadima students, cognizant of the importance of community, learn how to balance the needs of the individual with those of the community.
  • Lifelong Learners. Fortified with their extensive and comprehensive education, Kadima graduates intrinsically value Torah L’shma (learning for the sake of learning). Kadima encourages its students to desire and seek knowledge throughout their lives, both within and outside the classroom; Kadima graduates recognize learning opportunities and actively pursue them.

Modern Hebrew Studies

Kadima utilizes the acclaimed Tal Am curriculum for our Grades 1, 2 and 3. Based on years of research on the principles of language development and learning patterns, the Tal Am curriculum is at the center of creating children who are literate in the Hebrew language and equipped with the knowledge, skills and commitment they need to live vibrant Jewish lives. The complete structure of the program is based on the notion that the best learning environment for children is one in which knowledge is acquired through a variety of activities, using each of the five senses. In addition to studying from textbooks, students use music, games and visual aids to learn the Hebrew language and to develop a keen understanding of Jewish concepts and values. Students develop their Hebrew and heritage literacy in a gradual, and spiralled process, building new ideas and concepts a top an expanding foundation of knowledge. The program gradually helps foster Jewish identity by allowing children to explore their Jewish roots and traditions in a fun and exciting manner. By making the study of Hebrew and Judaism relevant to the children’s everyday lives, the program enables them to develop a true appreciation of their heritage and understand the need for continued, lifelong Jewish study. In grades 4 and 5, we utilize Haverim B’ivrit as the foundation of our Modern Hebrew program. In grades 2-5, we have multiple Hebrew levels (Grade Level and Advanced) in order to differentiate instruction and meet the needs of each student.

Judaic Studies

Kadima’s Judaic Studies program encourages critical thinking, and provides students with fluency and literacy in Hebrew language and Torah, as well as in traditional Jewish texts, skills, values and traditions. Kadima’s program provides students with the tools to live effective, committed, socially responsible, and motivated Jewish lives.

Overnight Trips

Beginning in fourth grade, Kadima students participate in multi-day field trip programs, designed to enhance their classroom experiences. Fourth and fifth graders travel together. On even years, they attend Astrocamp, a unique outdoor program specializing in astronomy and physical sciences. On odd years, they expand their knowledge of California with firsthand experiences in Sacramento and the gold rush country.

After-School Enrichment

Kadima’s After School Enrichment Program (After School Chuggim) complements the school day by giving children the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities while they explore and build on individual interests and skills. Students can relax and unwind, play sports and games, and socialize with peers. The following is a sampling of programs that may be offered (please note that these may differ from semester-to-semester):
  • Ball Sports – Children have fun while learning the fundamentals of various ball sports.
  • Paper Mache – Students will learn paper mache techniques to create and design unique and colorful art sculptures.
  • Open Swim – This is an opportunity for a fun and relaxing afternoon in Kadima’s pool. Students will be supervised by a certified lifeguard while they laugh, splash and play.
  • Chess Nuts – During each class, students will receive ample playing time as they learn the game of Chess and build important skills such as logic, pattern recognition, problem solving and patience.
  • Animate Anything – Using stop motion animation, students will direct a project and receive a final professionally edited DVD.
  • Cool Crafts – Each craft will teach something new – whether its an organizational skill or a basic sewing stitch. Many projects will become permanent activities – such as making a board game.
  • Cooking – Ready, set, cook! Have fun in the kitchen while learning to cook! 
  • Athletics


    PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    Physical Education at Kadima Day School emphasizes the development of physical skills, improvement in physical-fitness levels, and promotes a healthy lifestyle. Students participate in PE 2 to 3 times per week. PE teachers are experienced professionals with appropriate experience in their field.

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    ATHLETICS PROGRAM

    The athletic program at Kadima is a dynamic and integral part of the educational experience. The athletic program is complementary, supportive and integrated within the academic program. In addition, it provides meaningful learning opportunities not otherwise offered in the school classroom curriculum. It assists in developing habits, attitudes, and ideals necessary for the ethical competition and cooperation in our society. A well-conducted athletic program fosters the balance between cooperation and competition. Furthermore, the athletic program provides our student-athletes with life-long lessons for personal growth such as sportsmanship, teamwork, ethical behavior, perseverance, commitment, loyalty, self-discipline, pride, responsibility, and leadership skills.
    The Kadima Kodiaks participate in the San Fernando Valley Private School League for competitive athletics. Our program hinges on the notion that athletics are not solely about learning to win, but learning to be a leader and a team player. Kadima has an all-inclusive policy – any child that wants to play, gets placed on a team regardless of ability. Beginning in middle school (grades 6-8), girls participate in seasonal sports, including basketball, soccer and volleyball; boys participate in flag football, basketball, soccer and volleyball. 

    Arts

     The arts are essential to every child’s education, and a core part of Kadima’s curriculum. Visual and performing arts as well as music allow us to teach and nurture the whole child.

    Visual Arts

    8th grade art for graduation slide show - 029Beginning in Elementary School, students explore visual arts through two and three dimensional creative expression, including painting, drawing, ceramics and fiber art. Students are exposed to art history, technique and art Masters. Elementary school students work with an art specialist in a dedicated Art studio on a weekly basis.  At the start of Middle School, each 6th grade is enrolled in a core Art class, which meets weekly. In 7th and 8th grade, various optional art electives are offered.

    Music

    Music, musical expression and music awareness is integrated throughout the Kadima curriculum with the goal of instiling an appreciation and enjoyment of music. In both the Early Childhood Education Center and Elementary School, students are instructed by a music specialist in both General and Hebrew / Judaic studies. In Middle School, students have the option of enrolling in various music electives, including performance, songwriting or piano.

    Performing Arts

    _DSC9402Each elementary school grade participates in school performances throughout the school year. Productions have varied from Poetry readings, to thematic productions reflective of what that grade may be studying. Performances provide children with freedom of expression and exposure to public speaking. 

    Technology

     

    Kadima students learn to integrate technology into their daily learning in a variety of ways.In elementary grades, students are exposed to computer technology in their individual classrooms as well as in our Media Center, which includes iMac desktop systems. technology1Each classroom is equipped with projector system, document camera, and/or active board allowing for connectivity to the internet and/or interactive learning. Students are taught the basics of keyboarding, software use and the foundations of technology as education tools and resources.

    In middle school, Kadima offers an applied technology program which includes hands-on experience in cutting edge technologies, including robotics, video production, music composition, animation and more. To effectively integrate technology into various learning opportunities, Kadima middle schoolers may utilize iPads, including access to digital textbooks. Further, most of our middle-school classrooms are equipped with SMART white boards, transforming our classrooms into centers of interactive learning where students are engaged and inspired and teachers can be innovative in their teaching.

    One of the main objectives of the technology program is creating students ready and able to meet the challenges of the workforce needs of their future.