Special Programs

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Students at Ohr Chadash Academy have the opportunity to participate in Art class once a week. Using a wide range of textures, materials, designs, and colors, students learn basic to complex art techniques. In art class, students are encouraged to express themselves through their projects in a safe, nurturing way. Students and parents are invited to view various projects created throughout the year at our annual Art Show.


Physical Education


Through a partnership with Coppermine Fieldhouse, we have enhanced our PE program. For 6 weeks, students will participate in a themed activity. After 6 weeks, themes will switch. Themes include: Team Building and Movement, Dribbling, Fitness, Creative Movement, Hand-Eye Coordination, Throwing & Catching, and Trapping. The classes will have a clear focus on these five standards:


  1. Demonstrate competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
  2. Apply knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.
  3. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
  4. Exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
  5. Recognize the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.




Twice a month, Ohr Chadash Academy students in grades K-3 participate in music class. Students develop an understanding of music through singing and movement. Listening to the teacher play, students gain an understanding of a variety of musical languages. Jewish and American themes are taught and students practice for their special programs during music class.




Once a week, all students attend their chosen elective class for that semester. Choices change each semester and students are given the options for them to rank according to their interest before being placed in one of their choices. Electives motivate each child to develop their abilities, serve others, teach a skill they have to others, and more. This participation is another window through which teachers and friends learn about your child. Some examples of elective options are: tennis, scrapbooking, photography, environmental club, space odyssey, fun with food, 3D printing, machine shop, and Judaic Puppet Theater.


Aseret Project

Midot program – Students will focus on each diber and examine the central mitzvah of each diber. This is a year-long themed program for the entire school. Each month, students will hear an introductory presentation, have a class during Judaics, and be given many opportunities to apply the diber as a core value both in and out of school. We encourage parents to participate in the parents’ portion of the program by coming to a Beit Midrash (see calendar for dates) that will be held once a month. 



This year, OCA will host its second play, Peter Pan. Led by Morah Henia Gruner, students can try out to be in this wonderful production. 

Vegetable of the Month

Once a month, students will get to try a vegetable courtesy of Trader Joe’s of Pikesville. Students will learn fun facts all about the vegetable before tasting it. Recipes will be sent home, and we encourage you to send us a picture when your child is eating the vegetable of the month.