Shalom! Aleph Bet Jewish Day School is often described as a tiny treasure within the area’s private school community. Located not far from the center of Annapolis, for over two decades Aleph Bet has been teaching writing and respect, vocabulary and values to elementary school children from all over Anne Arundel County. The texts and traditions of Judaism are interwoven with twenty-first century skills and information in an academic program that has earned certification from the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) and approval by the Maryland State Department of Education.
Small classes and caring, qualified teachers produce graduates who are compassionate, competent, and confident - ready to meet the challenges of secondary school and to contribute to their communities.
To learn more about Aleph Bet or to schedule a personal tour, contact our Head, Nan Jarashow at 410-263-9044 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have always known that our students are bright and creative. This week we saw proof of where they get it. Our list of parent volunteers for Career Week included patent attorneys, project managers, and electrical engineers. At the conclusion of this week, students understood how a project manager would shepherd a treehouse from conception to completion. They learned, through the model of a lemonade stand, how a business coach could advise a budding entrepreneur. They saw the contrast between an obstetrician's modern tools and the ones used a century ago. They found out that rabbis do more than just lead prayers from the bimah. They discovered how a lawyer might help them safeguard their inventions. And they had a chance to see parents – their own and others' – as more than just carpool drivers and snack suppliers. Many thanks to all the parents who shared their time and their professional lives with us this week!
Our older students broke into small groups in Kabbalat Shabbat to create dramatic midrashim. Each group composed questions they might wish to ask Moses, Miriam, Pharoah, or God, and then they imagined what answers they would receive. The questions (e.g. "Did growing up in the palace help you become a leader?") were thoughtful, and the answers sounded very real. ("How long did it take to cross the Red Sea?" "It seemed like ten days, but was really only ten hours!") It's fun to end the week with such creative kids!
The weather was mild, the ice was smooth, and our second, third, and fourth graders were ready for an adventure. Only about a third of the students had skated before; several began the session clinging to the rail or leaning on a "walker." But with the instruction and encouragement of teachers and parent volunteers, coupled with their own tenacity and enthusiasm, all fifteen were skating independently two hours later. Rain began to fall just as we called, "Last lap!", and big grins confirmed that the afternoon was a success.
One afternoon a parent called and asked, "Would you like to have a snake?" We responded: "Who wouldn't?," and an hour later a beautiful ball python had moved into our science room. We look forward to learning about the characteristics and habits of this docile "puppy dog of snakes," and are eager to have the students choose an appropriate name for the creature.