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"Discipline and freedom are so co-related that if there is some lack of discipline, the cause is to be found in some lack of freedom."  Maria Montessori

2/27/15
Calendar Items:
3/4 - Purim Party in each classroom at 11 a.m. - Noon Dismissal.
3/5 - Purim Day, School Closed. 

Purim Party at School
Our school will be celebrating on March 4 at 11 a.m. Please join us for the class party, songs, art project and a parade. We will have a noon dismissal on that day.  Send your child to school with a costume for Purim (not scary items, please).
Please note - we will not have babysitting available that day as originally posted.

Garden Project - Volunteer Opportunity
We are thrilled to share with you the great news. Alef Bet Montessori is  starting the project of building a vegetable and flower garden at our school.
I cannot thank you enough for the parents and volunteers showing their desire to help on this project. Steffi from our office will be available to facilitate your needs.  
Amanda, the teacher is happy to talk to you and get the project going.
We thank Seth Morris (Yonatan's father) for sending thousands of seeds to our school. Amanda needs help to choose what seeds we need.
The goal is to start the seedling next week (Monday and Tuesday), with the children and some volunteers.
Thank you so much to Ami Sheintal (Matan's grandfather) who volunteered to help us with building the beds for the flowers.
Please chime in with your ideas or contact Amanda at elementary@alefbetmontessori.org, directly to share your thoughts.
Thank you again for your time.

MoEd, an award winning Jewish Afterschool Program
is coming to your neighborhood.

In the academic year of 2015/2016 MoEd will open in the Alef Bet Montessori school on Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda (Near Wildwood Shopping Center).
Transportation will be provided through Montgomery County Public School buses.
MoEd is currently operating in Chevy Chase, MD and in the DCJCC.
Join us and learn about the program and bring for your family.
Open House
Friday, March 27th, 2015 (Public schools are not in session)
9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Alef Bet Montessori School
5701 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
Visit our website: www.moedcommunity.org

For more information please contact Orna at orna@moedcommunity.org
2/20/15
Happy Month of Adar  משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה - Silly Hat Day
Calendar Items:
2/22 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Open House for Camp Gan Israel.  See Flyer below

2/23 - Filming at our School - Please put your school Shirt on.
2/25 Last day to place order for Purim hamantshen and Mishloach Manot at Sunflower Bakery to deliver at Alef Bet on Purim Party
3/4 - Purim Party in each classroom at 11 a.m. - Noon Dismissal.
3/5 - Purim Day, School Closed. 


2/13/15
What about Summer?
During the Summer we have a Camp program at Alef Bet. 
The program for ages 18 - 3.5 remains the same. But for 4 (as of Sept 1) and up, it is operated on our facility by Gan Israel. All the info is on our web under Programs, click here

Sunflower Bakery Delivers to Alef Bet on Purim Party - Place order by 2/25
Place your Purim orders with Sunflower Bakery by Feb 25th and your order will be delivered to Alef Bet for pick up on March 4 (the day of our Purim Party.)
10% of all orders will be donated back to Alef Bet.
To place your orders, call the bakery at 240-361-3698 or go online to SunflowerBakery.org See their Purim menu below:

Calendar Items:
2/13 - School is Closed for Professional Day. Change in Schedule. This is in lieu of the professional session that was cancelled in November. 
2/16 - School is closed. President's Day
2/25 Last day to place order for Purim hamantshen and Mishloach Manot at Sunflower Bakery to deliver at Alef Bet on Purim Party
3/4 - Purim Party in each classroom at 11 a.m. - Noon Dismissal.
3/5 - Purim Day, School Closed. 



2/6/2015

Calendar Items:
2/8 LulaRoe sale in Rockville - See details below. This Sunday.
2/12 Parents Visit to the Elementary Program 9 - 10 a.m. Please Join us. 
2/13 - School is Closed for Professional Day. Change in Schedule. This is in lieu of the professional session that was cancelled in November. 
2/16 - School is closed. President's Day
2/25 Last day to place order for Purim hamantshen and Mishloach Manot at Sunflower Bakery to deliver at Alef Bet on Purim Party
3/4 - Purim Party in each classroom at 11 a.m. - Noon Dismissal.
3/5 - Purim Day, School Closed. 

Join Us for a Parents Visit at the Elementary Class - Thursday
Please join us this Thursday between 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. for parents guided observation to our Elementary class. 
This visit is critical to parents of our Kindergarten and 4 years old.
Our Kindergarten will be working in the Elementary classroom on Fridays (alternate Fridays), and we would like to show you what they will be doing. All parents are invited to this visit, and we would like to encourage in particular the parents of 4 and 5 years old. 
Please send us an email to Info@alefbet... to let us know you will be joining.

Professional Days for Staff
This year our staff is working throughout our professional days on various topics. Some of our staff members will go through AMI Refresher Conference in Atlanta (an intensive conference by Association Montessori Internationale, our accrediting institution); some will attend Medication Administration training required by MSDE; some will be working on the Tal Am program, and enhance our Hebrew curricula; some are also observing in other schools; some are working with professional specialist on special need skills with children. 
We do have a variety of training this year, and we feel that our staff is encouraged to perform and work with love. We thank you for supporting our staff, and for appreciating their hard work. 
Ellie 

Parenting Classes - Learning Social Skills for Children

A wonderful Parenting Class is offered on by Center for Communication and Learning CCL, in Rockville.  It meets on February 11, 2015 at 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. at Har Shalom. All the info is posted on the website. www.ccl-md.com or call for more information.

LulaRoe sale in Rockville!! 
Modest & stylish skirts, dresses, and tops. Lots of fun, colorful prints! Maxis, pencil & a-line styles!  Women's and girls' sizes.
Also featuring:  Fabulous head coverings by Judith de Paris
When: This Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Where:  Ratner home,  11304 Huntover Dr, Rockville MD
First 10 people to RSVP to Ilana Ratner at idratner@gmail.com will get a $5 off coupon!
Come & check it out.
Alef Bet 
Montessori School benefits from all sales.   We'd love to see you!
Hosted by Ilana Ratner and Aviva Rosen

1/30/2015

Welcome to Our New Families 
We welcome four new families to our school this winter: Yonatan Morris (Elementary), Josh Zolotor (Elementary), Max Harris (Primary Dvash) and Amilie Ovadia (Toddler Te'ena).
We will post a link (through google drive) to our new Contact List. Please make sure to look for it in your mail box.

Calendar Items:
1/30 Kindergarten children first visit to the elementary class. 
2/2 Parents Visit to the Elementary Program 9 - 10 a.m. Please Join us. 
2/4 PJ Library Party for Primary children. See below for more details. + Tu B'Shvat - See more details below.
2/5 Coffee with the Director - Join us for a coffee and discussion about child development, and our Hebrew language Program.
2/13 - School is Closed for Professional Day. Change in Schedule. This is in lieu of the professional session that was cancelled in November. 
2/16 - School is closed. President's Day
 
PJ Library Party - Wednesday at 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Please come join for us for a story about Tu B'Shvat and a craft as well.

Summer Camp Information
Summer Camp information for ages 18 months to 5th grade will be posted by the end of next week. Our school holds the Toddler program till age 3.10 months. Gan Isi is holding the program for 4 and up in our school.

Join Us for a Parents Visit at the Elementary Class
Please join us this Monday at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. for parents guided observation to our Elementary class. Please send us an email to Info@alefbet... to let us know you will be joining.

Tu B'Shvat Celebrations in Our Classrooms
This week our children will be busy getting ready for Tu B'Shvat, the Festival of Trees celebrated on Wednesday this week (Feb 4). Click Here to learn more about the holiday. Each class will hold its party. Please send your child with festive clothing of White Shirt and blue pants/skirt.

Keeping Healthy Children and Healthy Staff
During these harsh winter days, and the beautiful snow days, we would like to remind you our Sick Policy. It can be found on our Parents Handbook.
Please help us by keeping your child at home, if she or he show signs of illness. This way we can keep our children and our Staff healthy.
 Sick Policy
 If your child is sick with a fever, vomiting or diarrhea please check with your pediatrician when the child can attend school again. Make sure your child is at least 24 hours free from fever or other related symptoms before returning to school. In the case of Conjunctivitis or “Pink Eye,” we require that the child remain at home for a full 48 hours after being on medication before returning to school.
  
Children who are deemed too sick to be in school will be sent home. If parents cannot be reached, a person noted on the Emergency Forms will be asked to pick up the child. Our school is not licensed to care for sick children. If a child must be isolated from other children due to illness, she will be kept in a quiet area of the classroom on a rest mat. All contagious diseases must be reported to the Executive Director Office and will be posted for parents to see.
  
We must ask for each and every parent’s cooperation with issues which are extremely important for the well being of all. We must have complete cooperation in keeping contagious diseases out of the school. It is the school’s responsibility to determine whether a child is too sick to be permitted into class, as we must protect all the children. The following situations will at all times require a child to not be permitted into class or for the child to be picked up:
  
any fever
any unidentified rash
drainage from the eyes or nose which is greenish in color 
diarrhea or persistent cramping 
vomiting
infected skin patches of any nature 
dark, tea colored urine/blood in urine or bowel 
sore throat or trouble swallowing 
severe coughing 
difficulty breathing 
any unusual behavior that might be associated with illness
  
 
1/17/2015
 
Our Jewish Community is Celebrating - COME JOIN US
 
Primary Activities in the After Noon Program
During the After Noon program (1 p.m. till 2:45) we have a wide ranging and varied program for the children ages 3 to 6 years old. We engage in art work, play outside, and go for walks in the field. However, as the weather impending on our outdoor activities we will be having more indoor activities:
Zumba dancing with Andrea,
Yoga with Valerie (on Tuesday) and
Music with Christine on Friday.
We hope to have a wonderful winter together.
Ellie
 
Change on Our Calendar - Grandparents Day on May 8, 2015
We have changed the Grandparents Day from May 21 to May 8. 
Please note the change on your calendar and inform our grandparents that we would love to have them both for the Lag B'Omer Bon Fire Party on May 7 and for Grandparents Day on May 8 at 10 a.m.
 
Calendar Items:
1/19 - School IS OPEN.
1/30 Kindergarten children first visit to the elementary class. 
2/5 Coffee with the Director - Join us for a coffee and discussion about child development, and our Hebrew language Program.
2/13 - School is Closed for Professional Day. Change in Schedule. This is in lieu of the professional session that was cancelled in November. 
2/16 - School is closed. President's Day
 
 
 
1/9/2015
Happy 2015!
Dear Parents,
We will be open on January 19 (Martin Luther King Day). We will also hold an Open House for parents who wish to check our school that day at 9 a.m.
Please spread the word.  
 
Low Temperature - Dress Code for School
Please make sure your child has:
  • a heavy coat (not a rain coat), 
  • hat, 
  • mittens,  
  • snow boots (not rain boots), since we will be playing outside, in the snow, when weather is permitting. 
  • Sled (for elementary children)
Our policy for outdoor play is different for different age group. Toddlers do not go outside below 35, Primary below 30, Elementary do not go outside if windshield drops down the temperature below 20. 
 
Inclement Weather Policy
During the winter time we usually experience several snow and ice storm in our area. For this purpose the school has added to the calendar Snow Days, per the requirement of MSDE. In addition, there are times that the County calls for a delayed opening. The decision to delay the opening depends on various factors: the conditions of the roads, the ability of the staff to arrive to school, the ability to clear the parking lot and more. We thank you for your understanding and your patience - and more than that, we hope that you truly enjoy a snow day with your child outdoor. 
Our policy states the following:
 
 
Our school follows the Montgomery County Public Schools for closings and late openings on the first day of snow only.  After that, if there are additional snow days, we will be able to send you an email with updated information. In addition, parents should call the school message line at  301-556-5010, ext. 1 and listen to the recorded message. For all other emergency public school closures, a message will be left on the School Message line (ext. 1) to inform parents what action will be taken at Alef Bet Montessori.  A message will be available by 7:15 a.m. or as soon as the action for the school has been determined. In the case of an early dismissal, the staff will also attempt to notify all parents/caregivers by phone. If our area lost electric power (due to power outage) - we will follow Montgomery County Schools.
 
Annual Giving
Dvash Parents (Morah Farhana) have made some progress and we hope other classes will do to. Help us reach 100% parents participation. 
 
 
 
12/24/2014
 
Dear Parents, 
Often I come across great articles that worth your time reading. Here are two of them. I will see you in 2015, Enjoy, Ellie
 
Adult, Can You Try and Sit Still All Day?
In recent years there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD. To read more click here
 
 
How do you Turn Things on Their Heads? 
Taking about Executive Function. For the TEDx Talk with Adele Diamond, a neoropsychologist, and reading, click here
 
12/19/2014
 
Annual Giving
Dear Parents:
Happy Chanukah!
Wow – we are thrilled to let you know that our Annual Giving Campaign is shining bright like the lights of the menorah.
As you can see from the chart above – many of you have already participated in this important endeavor. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your contributions.
At this time, we’d like to encourage those that have not yet participated in the Annual Giving Campaign to do so – during this festival of lights. Please give what you can, give generously, and give deeply, so Alef Bet Montessori School can continue to illuminate the lives and spirits of children now and into the future.
We would love to be able to announce in our next update after Hanukkah that our goal of 100% participation of families in each classroom has been met.
Your child’s class will benefit from your giving. With your gift, the teachers will be able to enhance their classrooms. Help us expand our program to create even more little miracles.
So many lives are touched every day by Alef Bet’s growing program. We must persevere and ensure that this program – this beacon of light for our children stands strong. Help us make that happen…
Thank you in advance for your support,
Wishing you the warmth of love and bright lights on Hanukkah this year.
Ayelet “Ellie” Lichtasch
Executive Director
 
12/12/2014
 
Volunteer Opportunity - Create a ITune of Songs
We are looking for the IT capable volunteer who can help us create a School ITunes, where we can upload the songs in Hebrew and English that we teach the children. If anyone has IT skills and can help us create it, we will be grateful. Email us at info@alefbetmontessori...
 
Calendar Items:
12/19 - Chanuka Party. See details below. Noon Dismissal. Full School. Please note the details.
12/22 - PTO MEETING & Phone-a-Thone at 8:45 a.m after drop off.
12/24 - Open House at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Open House for new and prospective parents. Please let your friends know.
12/25 to 1/2 - School Closed. Winter Break.
1/9 - Coffee with the Director at 8:45 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.
1/19 - School IS OPEN.
2/13 - School is Closed for Professional Day. Change in Schedule. This is in lieu of the professional session that was cancelled in November.
2/16 - School is closed. President's Day
 
Check the Community Activities for Chanuka at the Greater Washington DC Area for Families

Download our brand new Chanukah booklet to explore fun facts about the holiday, delicious recipes, family activity ideas and more.

Join PJ Library® at the community menorah lighting at Montgomery Mall on Tuesday, December 16 or at Whole Foods Market Bethesda for a fun-filled morning of challah making onThursday, December 18.

Whip up some scrumptious Chanukah dishes...with a twist. Check out the Jewish Food Experiences Top 10 Chanukah recipes from DC Foodies.

Celebrate Chanukah withJCCNV’s Community Chanukah Menorah Lighting at Mosaic District on Sunday, December 21.

Click here to access the full community calendar

 
12/6/2014
 
 
PJ Party - Next Wednesday
Dear Parents of the Primary and Toddlers (ages 18 months to 6 years old);
Please join us on Wednesday December 10 at 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. for a PJ Library Party. The program is designated for parents with their children.  We will be reading a Chanuka story and having a wonderful party. Make sure to send your child with his/her PJs. 
 
If you need your child to stay for the afternoon program, please sign up for drop off at $15 for the afternoon. Program ends at 3:30 p.m.
 
If you have questions about the party, please email us at info@alefbetmontessori.org!
Rachel Sharon
 
CHANUKA PARTIES at Our School - Friday December 19
For:
Toddlers (Mora Ester and Mora Kate) 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
The toddler classes will start their party at 9 a.m. Parents should come in with their child and stay for the party. At the end of the party, we will say goodbye to the parents (although there might be tears) and will continue the day, until noon dismissal at 12 that day. (ages 18 months to 3 years old);
 
Primary & Elementary  11 a.m. - 12 noon. 
We will celebrate Chanuka at our school on Friday December 19 starting at 11 a.m. Bring your family and a blanket, for our Sing-Along party. We will be singing and dancing, sitting on the blankets together, presenting the teachers with their gifts and serving refreshments provided by our PTO and light the candles. 
 
 
Shop with Amazon Smile (and Credit Our School)
Please remember to use Amazon Smile every time you shop on Amazon. The PTO gets 0.5% of the price of your Amazon purchase, when you use Smile to check out. Amazon smile is exactly the same as the amazon you know. Go to http://smile.amazon.com and designate Alef Bet Montessori as your charity. Then bookmark it on your browser, so every time you use Amazon, you use Amazon Smile. We have the potential to make a lot of money through this, if everyone uses it.
 
Coffee with the Director
We had a nice Coffee with the Director last Thursday, presenting Language, Reading and Writing skills from toddlers all through Elementary. We plan to hold another Coffee with the Director in January. Some parents have expressed that if we change the date (Thursday) to Friday, they will be able to attend. Therefor, we will be holding our next Coffee with the Director on Friday January 9, at 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
We will presenting the Magnificent Math Approach of Montessori to Life. Please join us. This is a meeting for all parents, at every class.
 
 
Teachers Gifts 
We have received feedback and wanted to clarify the information about Teachers' Gifts. If you would like to honor the teachers, we are collecting $60, one time only, to cover the cost of teachers gift for Chanuka and for the End of the year. This money also covers the cost for Chauka party and End of the year picnic. The $60 are paid to the PTO, who is in charge of spending the budget (PTO Dues). We hope this is better explaining the PTO dues, specified in our message from last week, below.
 
 
Annual Giving Campaign
Our Annual Giving Campaign is on the go. We have mailed today a letter asking your participation in this campaign.  Why do we hold an Annual Giving Campaign? Read here.  
 
Our PTO plans to spend the time and make the calls (Phone-a-Thone) to all the parents on Monday December 22, 2014. Please help them through this and send your donations. Please give what you can, give generously, and give deeply, so your child’s class will benefit from your giving. With your gift, the teachers will be able to enhance their classrooms. We hope you can start us with a minimum of $400 or more. However, every donation is helpful. Our goal is to reach 100% participation of parents and grandparents giving. Parents donation to this year's gala (last September) is considered a gift to the Annual Campaign.
 
Calendar Items:
12/22 - PTO MEETING & Phone-a-Thone at 8:45 a.m after drop off.
12/19 - Chanuka Party. Noon Dismissal. Full School. Please note the details.
12/24 - Open House at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Open House for new and prospective parents. Please let your friends know.
12/25 to 1/2 - School Closed. Winter Break.
1/9 - Coffee with the Director at 8:45 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.
1/19 - School IS OPEN.
2/13 - School is Closed for Professional Day. Change in Schedule. This is in lieu of the professional session that was cancelled in November.
2/16 - School is closed.  President's Day
 
11/21/2014
 
 
Alef Bet PTO - Please Send Your PTO Dues
 

For those of you who are new to the school, and as a reminder for returning parents, our PTO gives parents an opportunity to be involved in the school and help out with activities benefiting our children.  We ask parents to volunteer to help plan fabulous events and fundraisers throughout the year, and we provide a great way for parents of our school to connect with one another.  

 

We are still looking for a few good volunteers to become the board of the PTO and oversee its operations.  Please let us know if you can volunteer for this important job. PTO meetings are held prior to the various events throughout the year.  Most of you have already sent in your volunteer sign up sheet given out at Back to School night.  If not, please send it in to the main office so we know what you are interested in helping with.  

 

PTO Dues are $60 per family and cover the cost of Chanukah gifts and End of Year gifts for our teachers and the cost of the End of Year Picnic on the last day of school.  Please make a check out to Alef Bet Montessori PTO, and give it to a staff member when you drop off your child in the morning. The staff member will make sure the check gets to the office.  Thank you so much for your support!

 
Priority Registration for School Parents
Dear Parents,
Each year we offer Priority Registration for returning students and their siblings. This year we have created an electronic form for this purpose.  Please let us know your plans for next year by completing this form.  
(Also please let us know if you like the electronic form.  Did you find it easy or hard to use?)
 
Annual Giving Campaign
Dear Parents, This is the time of year that we initiate our Annual Giving Campaign. Parents' donations to the school help our teachers get their wish list and purchase items for their classrooms. Parents donation to this year's gala (last September) is considered a gift to the Annual Campaign. (No double dipping).
Why do we hold an Annual Giving Campaign? Read here
Our PTO will initiate the Annual Campaign this coming December. The PTO committee is group of volunteer parents who agreed to spend the time and make the calls (Phone-a-Thone) to all the parents of the school asking for donation for the Annual Giving. Please help them through this and send your donations. The Phone-a-Thone is scheduled for later in December. Over the last 2 years we grew from 50%  up to 84% parent participation in our Annual Giving Campaign. This year we aim for 100% participation of the parent. Every $ counts. We hope you will be part of our campaign - thank you so much for help and contribution. 
 
Calendar Items:
11/24 &25 & 26 - Parents Observation at the school. We will post a sign up sheet, for half an hour starting 8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. at all classrooms. 
11/27 & 28- School Closed. Thanksgiving.
12/3 - Noon Dismissal. Parent Teacher Conferences. 
12/4 - Coffee with the Director at 8:45 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.
12/5 - PTO MEETING at 8:45 a.m after drop off.
12/19 - Chanuka Party. Noon Dismissal. Full School.
12/24 - Open House at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Open House for new and prospective parents. Please let your friends know.
12/25 to 1/2 - School Closed. Winter Break.
 
 

The Parenting Treat Box  

PARENT EDUCATION CLASS
The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) offers between 30 and 40 core classes, short courses and workshops each season. Click Here for the class list for preschool and up. PEP is a nonprofit, educational organization established in 1982, providing classes, events and other educational resources to parents and all who care for children, toddlers through teens.

ADULTS, CAN YOU TRY AND SIT STILL ALL DAY? 
In recent years there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD. To read more click here.

HOW TO YOU TURN THINGS ON THEIR HEADS?
Talking about Executive Function, with Dr. Adele Diamond, neoropsycologist. To read more, click here.

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE: ‘Gentle parenting’ Explanation: No Rewards, No Punishments, No Misbehaving Kids.
Click here for a wonderful article about Parenting.












































































If you want to read about Primary  and Toddler classes click here, 

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