Field trips provide a wonderful way to enrich and support the elementary program. Trips are curriculum related, and are planned by the classroom teachers and administrators to enhance the classroom experience, take advantage of community offerings, and provide opportunities for student growth and independence in alternative settings. Parents play an important roleas chaperones on field trips. Beginning in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade, students participate in several day trips throughout the year from the La Brea Tar Pits to Underwood Family Farms. Grades 3-5 also participate in an overnight trip related to the grade level social studies curriculum. In the Middle School, 6th grade students spend three days in El Capitan while our 7th graders explore Catalina Island - by land and sea.
Social action plays a big role in Heschel's curriculum, both inside the classroom and out. Creating the Elementary School vegetable garden is part of Project Chesed (loving-kindness), a schoolwide program in which each grade level embraces a Jewish value and partners with an organization to fulfill "a joy of giving," tzedakah. Middle School students volunteer at a local food pantry, visit the elderly, clean up the Los Angeles River, and more, while Elementary School students assist organizations that support guide dogs, fire fighters, and natural resources.
|Elementary school students doing a good deed - Tikkun Olam.|
Each year, members of our 8th grade participate in a program with our partner school, A.D. Gordon in Tel Aviv. Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School and A. D. Gordon have been partners for eleven years and were two of the original eight participating schools. There are currently 36 schools in the Partnership Twinning Program, 18 in Tel Aviv and 18 in Los Angeles.
Students not selecting Israel for their 8th grade trip visit the East Coast.
"Life becomes infinitely more meaningful and wonderful when lived in community."
--Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan