Torah Day School offers many extracurricular activities aimed at fostering deeper friendships, expanding students’ outlets of expressing themselves, providing venues for success in non-academic settings, and facilitating opportunities for students to bond with teachers.
Students giving back
Our students are involved with several chessed programs, including a monthly organized chessed activity such as gathering food for people in need, responding to natural disasters, visiting the elderly, and offering other resources to less privileged families and children. These programs are ways for the students to give back to the community and learn about their part of a greater whole. The goal is to inculcate mindfulness of other people’s needs, encourage volunteerism, and create a culture of being responsible for, thoughtful of, and empathetic and considerate toward others.
Focus on character development
Our middos program focuses on developing strong, positive character traits in our students. In our monthly middos assembly, we introduce the new middah of the month through collaborative activities, role playing, and games. Throughout the month, we share stories, hold contests, and focus on practical applications of the trait we have learned about.
Intramural and extramural leagues
Our intramural and extramural basketball leagues help teach students the value of practice, perseverance, team work, attitude, and sportsmanship. Students also benefit from the many advantages of extra physical activity on health, fitness, mental performance, and emotional wellbeing.
Sparking student creativity
Students work together to produce a variety of performances with music, dance, drama, and art, developing and harnessing their creative talents in a productive and cooperative forum. This experience helps teach the value of cooperation and reinforces the value of each individual’s contribution to the whole.
Planning for the future
8th grade girls have a once a week Leadership Development class. The girls each have a Leadership Role for the year, which they plan and execute in conjunction with the 8th grade coordinator. These roles help instill in them leadership skills and responsibility. They also have a weekly class using the Mesilah (which means “the path”) curriculum. This class introduces them to the basics of budgeting and teaches healthy spending habits now that they are beginning to earn money.