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8/29/2014

Welcome Back to school

We are so happy to welcome everyone back to school. We hope you had a wonderful summer. We are eager and joyful to start a new year. We cannot wait to see the children and hope we all enjoy this year very much.
Ellie.

Volunteer Opportunity
We are thrilled to welcome you back to school. This year, we hope you will take the opportunity to volunteer at the school and join our PTO (Parent Teacher Organization).
The PTO has an important role in furthering the goals of the school, and allowing for extra help in volunteerism. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other school parents, make friends and get more involved in our school community.
In your Back to School packet, there is a form that indicates the activities in which the school will hope you can help.

The PTO welcomes a volunteer to serve as the head or co chairs (two parents) who wish to work together. Volunteers who have been with our school for a least one year, will be the best candidates for this position. Our office is happy to help with guidance, and all the information needed for this work. Please let us know if you wish to consider this position.

Our goal is to call for a first Volunteers meeting soon and hope you can join the meeting.
In the meantime, for those of you who wish to volunteer with out Gala (scheduled for Sept 18) please join us this Friday (8/29/2014) at 10 a.m. for a Gala Committee Meeting.

We will hope to see you all this Monday at 8 p.m at the Back to School Night.
Ellie

Calender Items:
9/1 School closed. Labor Day
9/2 New Toddlers first day (one hour transition with parents)
9/3 New Toddlers one hour without parents
9/4 New Toddlers, one hour without parents. Following this day, we extend the stay for 2 hours.
9/8 - Gala Committee meeting. 9:30-11:30.
9/16 Family Field Trip. Apply Picking. 4 p.m.
9/18 School Gala, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
9/24 -26 School Closed. Rosh Hashana
9/27 School reopen
10/2 Coffee with the Director. 8:45 a.m. -9:45 a.m
10/3 School Closed. Yom Kippur








6/13/2014

End of the Year
Dear Parents, 
It has been a wonderful and very eventful year at our school. Starting with mid year relocation, Opening Ceremony, an incredible celebration of Holidays and Graduation. 
We wish all our children and parents a happy summer. 
Summer Program
We will see some of you over the summer. Children ages 18 - 3 with Morah Sharmaleen and Ester, and children 3 to 4 year-old with Morah Farhana and Moreh Jordan. 
We hope you can join us for the Summer program. We wish good luck to the families who are moving on, and we will see you all next year.
Ellie

6/6/2014
Calender Recap:
June 8 -     Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Advocacy Event at Beth Sholom.
June 10-     Flag Football for Elementary class. Team play at 2:30 (make up session)
June 11-    Last day of school. School picnic from 8:45 - 11:30 a.m. Early Dismissal. 
June 16 -     First Day of Camp.
August 8 -   Last Day of Camp. 

End of the Year Picnic - June 11 
Dear Parents, 
On our last school day we are having a special day. Our schedule is as follows:
8:30 - 9:15 Parents and children are invited together to the classrooms to meet the teachers, exchange gifts and share some thoughts.
9:15 - 9:45 We will have a performance by Mad Science for the Toddlers and Primary school; Followed by Outdoor Picnic and breakfast.
10 a.m. - 11 a.m Elementary School Mad Science Experience and an outdoor picnic. 
There will not be regular school on that day. It is an early dismissal by 11:30. 
Please join us for the celebrations. 
Full Picnic Day Schedule:


TIME

EVENT

8:45-9:15

8:45-8:55- Toddler

8:55-9:05  - Primary

9:05-9:15 - Elementary

Arrival, children with parents in classrooms- times on left are for presentation of gifts to children and to teachers

9:15-10:00

Science show – Primary and Toddlers.

10:05-11:00

Science show - Elementary, Primary play/eat outside with parents supervision.

11:00- 11:30

Picnic for all

Departure

If it rains, the picnic will be indoors.


Welcome to New Staff Member - Efrat Goldstein - Rimon Class

We welcome Efrat Goldstein to Rimon Class. She will be replacing Ariel Odess who is leaving this summer. Efrat has started transitioning to the Rimon class this week and will be with us all next week. 

5/30/2014

Advocacy Event June 9 - For Private Schools in the Jewish Community

Dear Parents of Alef Bet Community,
On Sunday, June 8 at 9:30 a.m., the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center for Maryland will host its first ever Legislative Breakfast at Beth Sholom in Potomac.

More than 35 elected officials and candidates are committed to be in attendance. This event will be a critical opportunity for us to demonstrate, through our turnout and by engaging them in conversation, our interest and activism on key issues impacting all Jewish day schools’ goals of financial sustainability and affordability.
Our school is working with Montgomery County for the lease of our premises. Our presence at this event is very important to the future of our school.
In addition, we work to advocate for students’ rights in the following areas:
Busing
In facilitating discussions on various public and private options to assist the transportation needs of the Jewish day-school community of Montgomery County.
Universal Pre-K
Supports Maryland’s Pre-kindergarten Expansion Act of 2014, which includes private schools as qualifying recipients. Our school is applying for the grant which is first offered to private schools this year. 
Tax Credits
Working to pass the Partnership for Student Education and Community Investment Tax Credit in Maryland. The bill, formally known as the BOAST (Building Opportunities for All Students and Teachers), is intended to increase incentives for investment in education and will boost financial support for students and teachers in both public and private schools.
Special Needs Funding
Looking into county- and state-government funding to assist in defraying the costs of having special-needs students attending Jewish day schools.
Securing Federal and State Funds for Security for Jewish day schools and synagogues

I urge you to attend the event and register by visiting http://advocacy.ou.org/event/ou-advocacy-md-legislative-breakfast/

End of the Year Picnic - June 11 
Dear Parents, 
On our last school day we are having a special day. Our schedule is as follows:
8:30 - 9:15 Parents and children are invited together to the classrooms to meet the teachers, exchange gifts and share some thoughts.
9:15 - 9:45 We will have a performance by Mad Science for the Toddlers and Primary school; Followed by Outdoor Picnic and breakfast.
10 a.m. - 11 a.m Elementary School Mad Science Experience and an outdoor picnic. 
There will not be regular school on that day. It is an early dismissal by 11:30. 
Please join us for the celebrations. 
Full Picnic Day Schedule:


TIME

EVENT

8:45-9:15

8:45-8:55- Toddler

8:55-9:05  - Primary

9:05-9:15 - Elementary

Arrival, children with parents in classrooms- times on left are for presentation of gifts to children and to teachers

9:15-10:00

Science show – Primary and Toddlers.

10:05-11:00

Science show - Elementary, Primary play/eat outside with parents supervision.

11:00- 11:30

Picnic for all

Departure

If it rains, the picnic will be indoors.


Last Flag Football Session for Elementary Class
Our last flag football session (Thursday) was cancelled due to rain.  It is now rescheduled for Tues June 10th for Elementary class.  We will resume Team Sport activities next year. 

Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Our first ever day was such a wonderful event. We welcomed everyone at the door, with a name tag and a smile. Our guests enjoyed refreshments made by our staff, and learned a little about the work in the classroom by presentation of the Montessori Materials.
By far the most cute attraction was the Toddlers class performance, followed by Primary songs, and Elementary Shakespeare Play. All our guests joined the children at their classroom for art projects and learn about their classrooms.
We hope everyone took a small token of appreciation home - the wooden picture frames,  because we plan to send you the photos that Freed Photography took today. 


5/23/2014


Please send in two bags for your children.  One will be to send home extra clothes and the other will be to send home projects and other things


Memorial Day - No School Monday

For parents who signed up for Falafel on Mondays' Lunch. This Tuesday will be a Falafel Day instead of Monday. 

Parents Evening for Elementary Class - Tuesday May 27
Dear Elementary Parents,
Over the last couple of months we were able to learn with your children and teach a vast amount of materials. In many ways,a child's education depends on the collaboration of the school and home.
We would like to offer you the opportunity for a learning session with your child, in our classroom specifically focused on Judaics and Hebrew.
We understand that this is a last minute call, and short notice. But your participation is very crucial for our future development and success. We hope that you not only participate, but also will be able to discuss and give us your feedback.
We would like to invite you to an evening of learning with your child on Tuesday May 27, at 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The schedule is as follows:
6:30 - 7 p.m. Learning with your child
7 p.m. - 7:30 Children will have pizza with Miss. Hess, while adults will have a conversation and reflection with Rabbi Moses and Mrs. Sharon.
Please RSVP with me asap, no later than Friday May 23.
Ellie

Send  2 bags with Your Child's Name On It
Dear Parents,
Please send in two bags for your children. One will be to send home extra clothes and the other will be to send home projects and other things.
Thank you.

End of Year Picnic - June 11, 8:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Early Dismissal.
On June 11, We will hold our End of Year Picnic. The schedule on that day is different from a regular school day. Parents are invited with their children to our classrooms at 8:45 a.m and then to our picnic. You will have a time with the teachers, and then have breakfast outside (sponsored by our PTO) on the playground. We have many activities for parents and children. Dismissal is at 11:30 a.m. Please make a note on your calendar so that you can join us for the day. 

Elementary field trip to Air & Space Museum
A few elementary students were studying airplanes and rockets and planned their own field trip to the Air & Space Museum.  

Calender Recap:
May 26 -           Memorial Day. School Closed
May 27 -         Elementary Evening - Parents and Children Learning Session Together
May 29 -          Grandparents and Special Friends Day.
June 3 -             Noon Dismissal. Shavuot Eve.
June 4, 5 -        School Closed for Shavuot
June 8 -     Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Advocacy Event at Beth Sholom.
June 10- 
June 11-           Last day of school. School picnic from 8:45 - 11:30 a.m. Early Dismissal. 
June 16 -          First Day of Camp.
August 8 -         Last Day of Camp. 

5/16/2014

Shakespeare Theater - Elementary Program
Our Elementary Program took the plunge, rode the metro to DC and walked through the rain to reach the Folger Theater, where the children outstandingly performed Midsummer Nights Dream, by Shakespeare. There teachers, Amanda Hess and Rabbi Moses together with Director "De Jour" Daniel Ratner and chaperone, Dr. Abe Sterne, could not be more proud to see our children performing so well. GO ALEF BET MONTESSORI !!!




Book Discussion (Last Week)
We had a wonderful talk by Author Monica H. Schaeffer, who spoke about her book Auntie Nellie's Magical Pockets.
Thank you very much to Iris Yachin for organizing this event!
Please take a look at this very helpful book, in our front foyer.

May 29, 2014. Grandparents and Special Friends Day. 
We are planning, for the first time, Grandparents and Special Friends day. Children who do not have grandparents can invite special family friends. The program will start at 10:00 a.m. and go till noon. The guests will be invited to join our children in several activities. We would like to send invitations to the grandparents and special friends. 
We would like to invite them to our events. Please send us the information requested on a form for Grandparents & Special Friends. 

Camp Summer 2014 - Registration in progress.
Alef Bet Camp (aged 18 mo. to 3.5 yrs) 
Camp Gan Israel (aged 3.5 yrs to 12 yrs) 


5/9/2014

Yom Haatzmaut Celebration and Graduation
We had a wonderful Yom Haatzmaut Celebration in our school. The toddlers marched and sang around our school, and had a party in their classroom, with singing and dancing and eating Israeli salad and felafel and birthday cake (Israel's birthday).
Please click below to see a youtube of their celebration:

The Primary and Elementary classes had their own performance. This was the long anticipated Chag Hasiddur, Chag Hachumash, and Kindergarten graduation.  They all performed beautifully, and we are so proud of them! Here are a few pictures of this event.






We also had a wonderful speaker at our Coffee with the Director. Tahl Frenkel spoke very wisely about parenting skills.

We have a PJ Library event Wednesday, May 14th
Please join us



Calendar Recap:


May 14             PJ Library event: 3:00-3:30. Your child may bring in pajamas to change into, for this event. 
May 14 8:00    Talk by author Monica Schaeffer, PhD about a beautiful book she has written
May 16.            Shakespeare Theater 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Performance at the Folger Theater in DC for Elementary Class. 
May 18 -            Change in Calendar. Event Cancelled (Lag B'Omer Party) due to multiple community events at the same time).
May 26 -           Memorial Day. School Closed
May 29, 2014. Grandparents and Special Friends Day
June 3 -             Noon Dismissal. Shavuot Eve.
June 4, 5 -        School Closed for Shavuot
June 11-           Last day of school. School picnic from 9 - 11:30 a.m. Noon Dismissal. 
June 16 -          First Day of Camp. 

5/2/2014

May 8 @ 8:45 - 9:45 Coffee with the Director. Note change in date.
We are very privileged to have Tahl Frenkel, a Clinical Psychologist, and NIH Reasercher, as our speaker this month. Tahl will be discussing the following topics:
Understanding our interactions with our children - 
Thinking about why we interact with our child the way that we do

We hope you can arrange your schedule to make time and attend this valuable and important talk. Tahl will share her experience with us as a clinical child psychologist. She worked in both a private practice and out-patient child psychiatric clinic and closed ward in a hospital setting in Israel providing psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults as well as parent guidance and parent group therapies. 
She completed her doctoral studies in Israel and is currently doing postdoctoral clinical and neuroscience research in a child development lab at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on the study of environmental influences (e.g. parenting) that shape developmental trajectories. She is the mother of Ido, in Farhana's class.

May 14- Talk by author Monica Schaeffer, PhD about a beautiful book she has written (see prior email for details), to help our children cope with everyday stress.
When: May 14 at 8:00 PM
Where: The home of Daniel and Ilana Ratner
11304 Huntover Drive
N. Bethesda, MD
Meet health psychologist and author, Monica Schaeffer, Ph.D. to learn about a new resource for parents and educators to help children cope with everyday stress. The book, Auntie Nellie’s Magical Pockets: Easy and Fun Ways to Help Children Cope with Everyday Stress is written for children, 4-8 years old. In each chapter, Auntie Nellie (a Mary Poppins with therapeutic value) pulls a “gadget” out of her amazingly deep, bottomless pockets to help the main character, Casey cope with six, common, stressful situations, including handling a major disappointment, getting teased, and learning a new skill. As a bonus, Parent/Teacher Notes are included in each chapter. They provide adult readers with the principles behind the gadgets, as well as additional situations where the coping skill can be useful.

Coping with stress is a skill that can be learned and used for a lifetime! On May 14, check out the gadgets and this book, and learn how you can help your child cope successfully with stress.


                                             

May 16 - Elementary Shakespeare Theater Performance Mark your Calendar.  

May 29, 2014. Grandparents and Special Friends Day. 
We are planning, for the first time, Grandparents and Special Friends day. Children who do not have grandparents can invite special family friends. The program will start at 10:00 a.m. and go till noon. The guests will be invited to join our children in several activities. We would like to send invitations to the grandparents and special friends. 
We would like to invite them to our events. Please send us the information requested on a form for Grandparents & Special Friends. 


4/25/2014


Happy Spring time. 


Elementary Shakespeare Theater Performance - May 16. Mark your Calendar.
Dear Parents of the Elementary Program:
Our Elementary program will be participating this year at the Children's Shakespeare Festival at the Folger Theater in DC, on May 16.

School arrival is at 9 a.m. and we will be staying for the full program till 1:30 p.m. Parents can join us for the full day or just for our school slot from 10:25 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. They start sharp on time, and perform for 20 min slots. See attachment. 

The Theater announced the date of performance for our school just last week, and scheduled it for May 16. Attached is the flyer we received today.

Parents please note: The children attending 3rd grade and up are eligible to perform at the theater (per Theater Policy). Our first and Second graders, although not performing, will be reading, learning and researching Shakespeare for the next couple of weeks. 

Please make sure that the children performing memorized their text for the play.

We do need help from parents of theatrical talent, costume design and drama experience. If you are willing to volunteer, let us know.   

This year’s festival! Highlights include:
·         The chance to perform on the Folger stage, which will be dressed for the production of Two Gentlemen of Verona. The set offers a very large performance area!

·         A performance extravaganza at the end of each day, featuring all student performers working together in a bonus Shakespeare experience! You won’t believe how much you can accomplish when eager students work together with Shakespeare’s language.

 ·         A wide variety of plays and performances!

 ·         A very special appearance from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, and a wonderful Mistress of the Revels to guide you through the day.

It will be a full day of fun and fantastic play at the Shakespeare Theater. 

We hope you can be there to cheer them up,
Ellie
If music be the food of love, play onWilliam Shakespeare 


MAY IS BETTER SPEECH AND HEARING MONTH
The ability to communicate is critical to ensuring full participation
at school, at work, at home and in the community.

Signs that your child may be experiencing a communication disorder include:

Does not interact socially (infancy and older)
Does not follow or understand what you say (starting at 1 year)
Says only a few sounds, words, or gestures (18 months to 2 years)
Words are not easily understood (18 months to 2 years)
Does not combine words (starting at 2 years)
Struggles to say sounds or words (3 to 4 years)

Signs that your child may be experiencing hearing loss include:

Lack of attention to sounds
Does not follow simple directions
Does not respond when their name is called
Delays in speech and language development
Pulls or scratches at their ears
Difficulty achieving academically, especially in reading and math
Socially isolated and unhappy in school
Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise (regular and
constant listening to electronics at high volumes)

Calendar Items Recap 
(for full details see below)
April 30 - Open House. Registration for new parents at 8 p.m.
May 6. Yom Hatzmaut/Chag Hasidur/Chag HaChumash/Graduation Party. 
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
Please send in Siddur with cover Monday, April 28. Babysitting is available in the Toddler classroom for young siblings.
May 8 @ 8:45 - 9:45 Coffee with the Director. With Tahl Frenkel, a Clinical Psychologist, and NIH Researcher. 
May 16.  Shakespeare Theater 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Performance at the Folger Theater in DC for Elementary Class. 
May 29, 2014. Grandparents and Special Friends Day




4/4/2014

All the classes have been very involved with preparing for Pesach. Please click onto your child's Class to read more details.
Enjoy your week off, which starts Monday, April 14, and we will see you 
April 23rd.

Camp Summer 2014
New this year! We are collaborating with Camp Gan Israel to offer a fun and exciting camp this summer. Alef Bet will continue to offer camp for the little ones aged 18 month - 3.5 yrs old. The older children, aged 3.5 to 12 years old can enjoy Camp Gan Israel in our building!
To register for Alef Bet Camp (aged 18 mo. to 3.5 yrs) click here: Alef Bet Camp 2014
To register for Camp Gan Israel (aged 3.5 yrs to 12 yrs) click here:Camp Gan Israel

May 6. Yom Hatzmaut/Chag Hasidur/Chag HaChumash/Graduation Party. 
Celebrations will be: 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Tuesday May 6.
All the children in the primary classes (Rimon and Dvash) and the Elementary program will be performing at this event. Please mark your calendars and make sure to attend. Our Kindergarteners who will be graduating the final stage of Primary level will be in blue and white caps and gowns, our first year Elementary students will be receiving their Siddur and Chumash, and we will be celebrating Yom Hatzmaut on that day. 



May 8 @ 8:45 - 9:45 Coffee with the Director. Note change in date.
We are very privileged to have Tahl Frenkel, a Clinical Psychologist, and NIH Reasercher, as our speaker this month. Tahl will be discussing the following topics:
Understanding our interactions with our children - 
Thinking about why we interact with our child the way that we do

We hope you can arrange your schedule to make time and attend this valuable and important talk. Tahl will share her experience with us as a clinical child psychologist. She worked in both a private practice and out-patient child psychiatric clinic and closed ward in a hospital setting in Israel providing psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults as well as parent guidance and parent group therapies. 
She completed her doctoral studies in Israel and is currently doing postdoctoral clinical and neuroscience research in a child development lab at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on the study of environmental influences (e.g. parenting) that shape developmental trajectories. She is the mother of Ido, in Farhana's class. 

May 29, 2014. Grandparents and Special Friends Day. 
We are planning, for the first time, Grandparents and Special Friends day. Children who do not have grandparents can invite special family friends. The program will start at 10:00 a.m. and go till noon. The guests will be invited to join our children in several activities. We would like to send invitations to the grandparents and special friends. 
We would like to invite them to our events. Please send us the information requested on a form for Grandparents & Special Friends. Click here for the form. Or see the attached form. 

Calendar Items Recap 
(for full details see below)
April 14 - 22. School is closed for Pesach. April 23, first school day.
April 30 - Open House. Registration for new parents at 8 p.m.
May 6. Yom Hatzmaut/Chag Hasidur/Chag HaChumash/Graduation Party. 
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
May 8 @ 8:45 - 9:45 Coffee with the Director. With Tahl Frenkel, a Clinical Psychologist, and NIH Researcher. 
May 29, 2014. Grandparents and Special Friends Day
TBA - Children's Shakespeare Festival - Elementary program

4/4/2014

Reading with Your Child - What Book Do You Choose?
A fascinating article about the books children are reading and in particular the pictures presented in those books. Recent research is asking - what do children understand from the pictures presented in a book while reading? 
 "Some books contained realistic pictures and descriptions, some cartoon drawings and humanized language ...While all kids learned something about the three animals from whichever book they read, those who read the realistic books ended up with a better factual understanding of the creatures. Those who read the anthropomorphized books didn’t learn as much and also had a harder time reasoning about the animals." Read the full article

May 29, 2014. Grandparents and Special Friends Day. 
We are planning, for the first time, Grandparents and Special Friends day. Children who do not have grandparents can invite special family friends. The program will start at 10:00 a.m. and go till noon. The guests will be invited to join our children in several activities. We would like to send invitations to the grandparents and special friends. 
We would like to invite them to our events. Please send us the information requested on a form for Grandparents & Special Friends. Click here for the form. Or see the attached form. 

Camp Summer 2014 - Registration in progress.
Alef Bet Camp (aged 18 mo. to 3.5 yrs) click here: Alef Bet Camp 2014
To register for Camp Gan Israel (aged 3.5 yrs to 12 yrs) click here:Camp Gan Israel

Calendar Items Recap 
(for full details see below)
April 14 - 22. School is closed for Pesach. April 23, first school day.
April 30 - Open House. Registration for new parents at 8 p.m.
May 6. Yom Hatzmaut/Chag Hasidur/Chag HaChumash/Graduation Party. 
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Read More about who graduates and how.
May 8 @ 8:45 - 9:45 Coffee with the Director. With Tahl Frenkel, a Clinical Psychologist, and NIH Researcher. 
May 29, 2014. Grandparents and Special Friends Day
TBA - Children's Shakespeare Festival - Elementary program 



3/28/2014

Elementary Sports
Our elementary children had a wonderful winter season of ice skating. The last session was this week.  Our next sport will be Flag Football! Beginning April 10th through May 29th, Thursdays from 2:30 - 3:30.

Calendar Items Recap 
(for full details see posting of 3/21/2014):

Registration for 2014-15.  Deadline - April 1, 2014

Camp Summer 2014
Alef Bet Camp (aged 18 mo. to 3.5 yrs) click here: Alef Bet Camp 2014
To register for Camp Gan Israel (aged 3.5 yrs to 12 yrs) click here:Camp Gan Israel

 New this year! We are collaborating with Camp Gan Israel to offer a fun and exciting camp this summer. Alef Bet will continue to offer camp for the little ones aged 18 month - 3.5 yrs old. The older children, aged 3.5 to 12 years old can enjoy Camp Gan Israel in our building!

April 2. Parent/Teacher Conferences. Noon Dismissal. Sign up sheet was sent to you by email.

April 3. 8:45 - 9:45. Coffee with the Director.
 Title: Montessori in the Home- come with ideas that work for you, and questions as to how to make the home experience a positive and "Montessori" one. Also, how to create limits and prioritize limits - we will discussing parenting best practices and how we apply these ideas in the classrooms. 

May 6. Yom Hatzmaut/Chag Hasidur/Chag HaChumash/Graduation Party. 
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Read More about who graduates and how.

May 8 @ 8:45 - 9:45 Coffee with the Director. Note change in date.
We are very privileged to have Tahl Frenkel, a Clinical Psychologist, and NIH Researcher. "Understanding our interactions with our children - 
Thinking about why we interact with our child the way that we do."

We hope you can arrange your schedule to make time and attend this valuable and important talk. 

May 29, 2014. Grandparents and Special Friends Day

TBA - Children's Shakespeare Festival - Elementary program 



Free Trip to Israel with JWRP - for Mothers of our School
Informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 7:30 pm in room 111 at the JCC of Greater Washington. RSVP preschool@jccgw.org 
With Ora Cohen Rosenfeld, Director of JCCGW Preschool and Ruth Baars, Director of Programs and Leadership Development Jewish Women's Renaissance Project





Register for free Hebrew books from PJ Library





3/21/2014

Registration for 2014-15.  Deadline - April 1, 2014
Registration for next year is really picking up. Thank you to all of you who sent in your priority registration forms. The next registration deadline is April 1st. This is for signed contracts and first month's payment to reserve your child/children's spot for next year. All contracts were sent to you via email, by Janel Herman. Everyone should have received contracts for 2014-15 by now. If not, or if you have questions please contact Janel or Ellie in the office. 
There are just a few families that we have not heard from. After April 1st, we will open up our remaining spots to new families. We have over 50 families on our Candidate List. This is three times more than in past years. 

Camp Summer 2014
New this year! We are collaborating with Camp Gan Israel to offer a fun and exciting camp this summer. Alef Bet will continue to offer camp for the little ones aged 18 month - 3.5 yrs old. The older children, aged 3.5 to 12 years old can enjoy Camp Gan Israel in our building!
To register for Alef Bet Camp (aged 18 mo. to 3.5 yrs) click here: Alef Bet Camp 2014
To register for Camp Gan Israel (aged 3.5 yrs to 12 yrs) click here:Camp Gan Israel


Upcoming Events that need your Attention:
PJ Library - Book Reading Club - Wednesday March 26, 3 p.m
We will be having our Sifriyat Pijama event (PJ Library Book Club Reading), Wednesday, March 26, from 3:00-3:30 p.m. This is a really fun event for the children. Come join your child and send pajamas in your child's bag. The children can change into their pajamas for this event. PJ party is a story reading party in Hebrew and English. All ages are welcome.
The reading will be in English and Hebrew books.





March 28 - Regular school day. (Change to the calender). We originally changed the Professional Day to a different day in November earlier this year. 

April 2. Parent Teacher Conferences - Noon Dismissal.
Sign-up Sheet will be available shortly, and will be emailed to you.

April 3. 8:45 - 9:45. Coffee with the Director. Title: Montessori in the Home- come with ideas that work for you, and questions as to how to make the home experience a positive and "Montessori" one. How to put limits and what are important limits - we will discussing parenting best practices and how do we do so in the classrooms. 

May 6. Yom Hatzmaut/Chag Hasidur/Chag HaChumash/Graduation Party.
Celebrations will be: 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Tuesday May 6.
All the children in the primary classes (Rimon and Dvash) and the Elementary program will be performing at this event. Please mark your calendars and make sure to attend. Our Kindergarteners graduating the final stage of Primary level will be in blue and white caps and gowns, our first time Elementary level will be receiving their Siddur and Chumash, and we will be celebrating Yom Hatzmaut on that day. 
Graduation is a Milestone for School and Students. Read More about who graduates and how.

May 8 @ 8:45 - 9:45 Coffee with the Director. Note change in date.
We are very privileged to have Tahl Frenkel, a Clinical Psychologist, and NIH Reasercher, as our speaker this month. Tahl will be discussing the following topics:
Understanding our interactions with our children -
Thinking about why we interact with our child the way that we do

We hope you can arrange your schedule to make time and attend this valuable and important talk. Tahl will share her experience with us as a clinical child psychologist. She worked in both a private practice and out-patient child psychiatric clinic and closed ward in a hospital setting in Israel providing psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults as well as parent guidance and parent group therapies.
She completed her doctoral studies in Israel and is currently doing postdoctoral clinical and neuroscience research in a child development lab at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on the study of environmental influences (e.g. parenting) that shape developmental trajectories. She is the mother of Ido, in Farhana's class.

May 29, 2014. Grandparents and Special Friends Day. We are planning, for the first time, Grandparents and Special Friends day. Children who do not have grandparents can invite special family friends. The program will start at 10:00 a.m. and go till noon. The guests will be invited to join our children in several activities. We would like to send invitations to the grandparents and special friends. 
Please send us the information requested on a form for Grandparents & Special Friends. Click here for the form. 

Children's Shakespeare Festival
Our Elementary program will be participating this year at the Children's Shakespeare Festival at the Folger Theater in DC.
We have submitted our application with the Theater, and they will announce a date of performance for our school soon. Children attending 3rd grade and up are eligible to perform at the theater. However, the whole classroom will be reading, learning and researching Shakespeare for the next couple of months.
Before Pesach break, the children performing will be receiving text to memorize for the play.
We will give you more information as soon as we know. 
If music be the food of love, play on.
William Shakespeare 

Free Trip to Israel with JWRP - for Mothers of our School


3/14/2014

Purim Party and  Pictures


We had a wonderful Purim Party today!
Thank you to the wonderful volunteers:
Naomi Schwartz (Ezra's mom),
Ephriam Unel (father of Yosef, Avrahm and Shmuel)
Albert Costilo (Luna's dad)
Marjan Greenblatt (Emet's mom)
Inbar Zahari (Alma's mom)
Daniel Ratner (Father of Maya Noa,Shani, Lila, Shaya, and Liam)

The children all came in costume, and had so much fun showing off their costume to their friends and their teachers. They played and colored, and had fun in the classroom. 
The Elementary children went next door to sing to the residents of the Rehabilitation Center, to share some Purim joy with them. They also planned and ran the carnival for the Primary children. They had ball tosses, and a scavenger hunt and face painting, water games, basketball shooting and more! Then all the classes invited the parents and we had a sing-along in each class. The classes lined up and marched outside for an ADLOYDA (meaning: till you cannot tell  the difference between Haman and Mordechai), singing and shaking their graggers. We ended with yummy refreshments- an amazing day for all!

Our slideshow will be coming soon. Stay Tuned to see our Purim preparations and festivities. You can see how we prepared and baked hamentashen, decorated the rooms, made graggers, gave mishloach manot, and partied.

Please send your pictures to info@alefbetmontessori.org. We are preparing a slideshow.







Calendar and Closures Due to Snow Storm


Dear Parents,

Because we enjoy the benefit of having much greater flexibility than Montgomery County, we have found this year that we have been able to open the school on many occasions when county schools were closed.
Based on your feedback, we know that our parents have greatly appreciated us not taking as conservative a stance as the county.
 Some of our families are dual-income families and appreciate sending their children to school, as this alleviates the work stress that comes about when school is are closed.

 

So far this year, we are still on track to have the required number of school days. We allowed for eight closed days on our calendar and we have closed for seven times for weather and once back in November for our move to Grosvenor Lane.

 

We do have one change as as result of our plentiful days off: We have cancelled the Teacher Professional Day scheduled for next Friday, March 28. That will now be a regular school day.

 

Our last day of school remains unchanged: Wednesday, June 11, with a noon dismissal.  



3/7/2014

PURIM Party - Parents Join us at 11 a.m.
Dear Parents
Friday, March 14 is our Purim Party.
1.Please send your child in a costume on March 14.
2. We will have fun for all, during the morning, with a Purim carnival for the Primary, run by the Elementary, face painting, games and wonderful activities.
3. Parents please join us at 11:00 a.m. for a sing-along, and then a Purim parade/march for parents and children, outside, around the school (weather-permitting).
4. Parade will be followed by refreshments, and noon dismissal
See you there!!

Calendar Items and Updates
 
March 14- Purim Party 12:00 Dismissal- Don't forget costumes!!
March 16- Purim
March 26 PJ Library event 3:00-3:30
April 2 - Parent/Teacher conferences, 12:00 Dismissal
April 3 -  Coffee with the Director
April 14-22- Pesach Break
May 1- Coffee with the Director
May 14 PJ Library event 3:00-3:30


2/28/2014

Thank you to our volunteers - Opening Event
At the Opening Event last week, over 90 guest came to share with us the momentous event and affix a mezuza to the door. It was a magnificent moment for our school. The Secretary of the Board, Cindy Zitelman made opening remarks. Ambassador Alfred Moses, Advisory Board, stated that "Post Holocaust, Jewish schools are the way to preserve our nation and keep it together." Rabbi Freundel explained the significance of the mezuza and Ron Halber closing remarks on the essence of community. Many thanks to our volunteers who helped coordinate the event, put up the signs, greet the guests and help out throughout:
Iris Yachin (mother of Eitan and Adam 1st grade)
Maureen Lexner (Mother of Eiden and Jesse, toddler and primary)
Lee Michaels (father of Chaya and Zeev, Toddler and Primary)
Hila Jacoby (mother of Omri, Primary), 
Andrea Gordon ( Davis Gordon grandma );
Sigal and Eyal Balva for flowers and Chairs donated (parents of Itai , First grade);
Michael Medina, Our incredible caterer (Kosher Kitchen Catering)
Neal and Carla Freed, our amazing photography (Freed Photography);
Thank you for everyone who was able to attend, and to those who were not able to attend, but sent us wonderful greetings and shared their love. 
Here are the pictures from the event:

YouTube Video



What do you think about the Education Systems in our Country? 
Why our government is so busy Changing Education Paradigms?
See what Sir Ken Robinson Says (11 min total of incredible discussion topic):

YouTube Video



Have you read the NY Times article about Montessori Education in the Jewish World? NY Times Article: Montessori in the Jewish World.

Your class needs the following items:
1. Photos - For Family Tree by Tuesday March 4.
We have recently celebrated Tu B'Shevat, the new year of the trees. In recognition of this holiday we would like to start a project with the children and we need your help. We would like the children of the Primary and Elementary to make a family tree. We need pictures (not returnable) from home of siblings, parents, grandparents etc. The children will make a family tree and learn about their families in English and also in Ivrit. We are very excited about this project. Please send in pictures in marked envelopes as soon as possible. The teachers need you to cut out the faces of the relatives before sending in the pictures, and to label them on the back, so we can help the child identify the people. If you have an older child, they might be able to do this for you. Again, the pictures are not returnable and we need them in a marked envelope and please cut them out. We hope the children will really enjoy finding out about their families in this creative way. Thank you

2. Pringles containers For our Purim Project we would like to use Pringles containers. If you have them, please bring them to the office. Thank you.

3 .Send Your Child with Boots
The weather is supposed to be warm this week, but the ground will be very wet.
Please send your child in with boots. We will be sending them outside to play.
At this point if you do not have snow boots, even rain boots will suffice. 

Filming in our school
The European organization of Montessori sent a photography team to take some photos and some film footage at our school, working on Practical Life elements and how do we do so . They filed at Dvash class children sewing the flag of Israel, baking chala, washing hands, making soup for Shabat, learning the Hebrew Song: Butterfly and Flower, פרפר ופרח by Chaim Nachman Bialik, חיים נחמן ביאליק in Hebrew and more. We hope to get a copy of the footage and share it will all. Parents who wish to inquire more about it, please feel free to email Ellie. 

Floor Tile Replacement - Asbestos Project
Over this weekend (Feb 21 - 23) and next weekend (Feb 28 - March 3) the county will be replacing the floor tile that has asbestos in 2 rooms (these rooms are not classroom that we use at all) with new floor tile.  The project will begin Friday after school and be completed before we return on Monday.  If you wish to express any concerns about this project, you may call Maryland Air Management Administration at 410-537-3200.

Going Out - Elementary Class 1st - 6th Grade
Dear Elementary parents,
This week four Elementary students will be going on our first "Going Out" experience.
These children began an exploration of items in their environment through the lens of a microscope, first looking at print on paper in the classroom and progressing to human hair and thread. As they accumulated data at various magnification levels, they began looking at other items from the science section in the classroom and noticing patterns. After studying rocks and minerals, they decided to look at snack: carrots and celery. As they zoomed in more closely, they discovered cells, the building blocks for all living things. This was something they had not observed previously and it was a source of tremendous interest and wonder for the children.
The students expressed a desire to expand their horizons beyond the resources in the classroom, so a Going Out was planned. On Friday (2/28/14), the mother of one of the students will take them to the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in Washington The children emailed a docent and have arranged for a special program through which they will extend their study of minerals and rocks they began in class. We look forward to hearing what they learned when they return from their trip.
The rest of the Elementary students will conduct their day at the school with their teachers as usual. The purpose of this specific small-group outing is to encourage our children to explore, motivate them to be curious and, in a way, allow them to take their interest to places beyond the classroom. This is why only the children who were involved directly in the research will be participating in the Going Out.
We encourage all the children to find an area of interest, explore and visit places outside the classroom. More of these to come soon.
Our policy about Going Out is as follows:
"Elementary students are prepared and encouraged to become active explorers of their communities.Going Out is different than a Field Trip. Typical Going Out trips include going shopping for cooking, art and science supplies, visiting libraries and museums to do research for particular group projects, and exploring nature centers, parks and local historical landmarks. These trips are planned and led by the students as the need arises, in small groups, and usually chaperoned by parents rather than teachers. They are not meant for full-class participation. Before students are allowed to plan a Going Out trip, they are expected to demonstrate certain necessary skills, such as reading maps and counting change from a purchase and receive a Going Out Trip card/Permission Slip.
A child participating in a Going Out has:
1. done the research about the specific topic,
2. gathered information about the topic and about the trip, and
3. contacted an approved parent chaperon.
In addition, the children are expected to come back and share the experience with their classmates."
While your child may not be participating this time, we hope that he or she will do so in the future.
If you have any questions, please let Ellie know.

Calendar Items and Updates

March 6- 8:45 a.m. - 9:4 a.m. Please join us for Coffee with the Director- Montessori in the Home. This important conversation for parents about the seamless between home and school. Please RSVP and let us know if you are a muffin or a bagel. 
March 14- Purim Party 12:00 Dismissal- Don't forget costumes!!
March 26 PJ Library event 3:00-3:30
May 14 PJ Library event 3:00-3:30


2/14/2014
Please Join Us at the Opening Event. Feb 20 2014 at 11 a.m. 
Grandparents are welcome!
Invitations were sent via paperlesspost. If your family did not receive an invitation, please send an RSVP to Janel.  We are planning to have a full program with speakers and children's performance of the Primary and Elementary class. Children who wanted to perform, will be performing and everyone else who chose not to sing, will be singing in the classroom. 

Volunteer Opportunities
Dear Parents (full School), 
Here is another opportunity to really help our school:
On Feb. 20, for our Opening Event, we need help setting up. Iris Yachin, mother of Elementary students Adam and Aitan, has volunteered for this already, but we need two more people to help 9-11 a.m. and another person to help 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
Please let us know if you are available and would like to help. 
Thank you so much, 
Ellie and the Alef Bet staff

Reminder of our Weather Policy. click here

Calendar Items and Updates
Feb 18, 19 - El class dismissal is 4 p.m. Art Class: Collage of Flags of Israel.
February 25- PT conferences for new children
February 17- No School, President's Day
February 20- Thursday, Mezuzah installation event, 11:00 am. & Volunteer Opportunity
March 6- Coffee with the Director- Montessori in the Home
March 26 PJ Library event 3:00-3:30
May 14 PJ Library event 3:00-3:30



2/7/2014
Thank you for Friday Feb 14 Volunteers
On Friday, Feb. 14, four of our staff members will be attending the National AMI conference in Houston. This is an incredible professional training opportunity for our staff. 
Naomi Schwartz (Ezra's mom) and Tal Laufer (Aya's mom)  volunteers to welcome parents in the morning and will help in the office that day between 8:15-9:30 a.m. to great parents at the door. Bella Unel (mother of Avram, Shmuel and Yosef) will also need help for dismissal time at 2:15-3:15 p.m. 

Volunteer Opportunities
Dear Parents (full School),
Here is another opportunity to really help our school:
On Feb. 20, for our Opening Event, we need help setting up. Iris Yachin, mother of Elementary students Adam and Aitan, has volunteered for this already, but we need two more people to help 9-11 a.m. and another person to help 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Please let us know if you are available and would like to help.
Thank you so much,
Ellie and the Alef Bet staff

Collage of Flags of Israel
Dear Elementary parents,
In preparation for our Opening Event on Feb. 20, we would like to decorate our bulletin board at the main hallway. One theme is the State of Israel.
One project that we would like to do is a collage of Israeli flags with the Elementary students. We will work with them on various mediums of art:abstract, mobile, collage, sewing, buttoning and more. Each child will make her/his flag and we would like to present it on the bulletin boards dedicated to the State of Israel.
For that purpose we will hold the project next two weeks on Tuesday and Wednesday, 3-4 p.m.
Pick up times on those days for Elementary class will be 4 p.m.

Shabaton - Event Cancellation 
Dear Parents and Staff, 
Due to few logistic issues we are unable to hold the traditional Shabaton this year that was planned for this Friday February 7, 2014. 
Shabaton is a Friday night dinner planned for the whole school families. We cook together and we dine together as a community. We hope to hold it next year. Parent who wish to help prepare and plan the shabaton, please sign up with Miriam Singer. 

Alef Bet Montessori and Camp Gan Israel Collaboration
Dear Parents, 
Alef Bet Montessori will be collaborating with Camp Gan Izzy of Bethesda to offer camp in our building this summer.  Alef Bet will maintain children ages 18 month - 3.5. Older children are welcome to join Camp Gan Izzy. 
See flyer attached, More information TBA.



Calendar Items and Updates
Feb 11, 12, 18, 19 - El class dismissal is 4 p.m. Art Class: Collage of Flags of Israel.
February 11- PT conferences for new children
Feb 14 - Friday Volunteer Opportunity at the Office
February 17- No School, President's Day
February 20- Thursday, Mezuzah installation event, 11:00 am. & Volunteer Opportunity
March 6- Coffee with the Director- Montessori in the Home
March 26 PJ Library event 3:00-3:30
May 14 PJ Library event 3:00-3:30


1/31/2014

Annual Giving Campaign Report
Dear Parents and Staff,
Our Annual Giving Campaign made an incredible progress.So far we have 50% parents participation (compare with 23% of last report).
Our total so far is $5, 270 (compare with $2,608 of last report)
The money has been used so far for our art projects and our classroom materials in our new school. Look at our upcoming bulletin boards and our art sessions.
If you made a pledge and have not sent your donation, please do so.
Our goal is to reach 100% parent participation. To learn more about Annual Giving Campaign click here.
We consider every amount (from $18 to $1,800) as a gift of parent participation.
Every dollar counts. A donation need not be a high amount, it can be whatever you can help us with.
Together, parents and staff, we have done an amazing work.
Thank you so much,
Ellie and Alef Bet Staff

Sculpturing with Beads - Mezuza Making
We had such a wonderful time working with Devora Malka, the Jewelry Artist, creating sculptures from beads and decorating Mezuza cases. 

We decided to have two more sessions next week Tuesday Feb 3 and Wednesday Feb 4 between 3 - 4 p.m. Please join us to make mezuzot for our school.



Please join us and share the fun,
Ellie

Wonderful News for Our School + Adding a Toddler Classroom

As we continue our wonderful year, here are some things you should know and that we are happy to share:

Staff updates:

  • · Sharmaleen will be staying with us at least through the end of the year. 
  • · Welcome Ariel Odes, a new staff member in Rimon. Ariel arrived from Israel and has worked with children in communities in Israel an in New York. He has a passion for teaching and a wonderful, caring personality. He will be assisting Morah Sorah Rivka and has been observing in our classroom throughout this week. 

Building Items:
· We have a wonderful new carpet in the library. Now we are looking for furniture to be used in that space: chairs, armchairs, couches and small tables will be great if you have any leads.
· Our new sign was donated by our board member Bryn Sherman. 

New Toddler Classroom:
The enrollment in the Toddler classroom has increased in the last year to the point that we need to open a second classroom. Gefen staff Morah Kate and Morah Marcia will be working with the children in Gefen. The second class, named Te-Ena (meaning fig, for sweet and healthy), will be led by Morah Sharmaleen and Morah Ester.

We plan transition the children slowly. All current Gefen students will continue to arrive in Gefen in the morning. During the first hour, the teachers will direct a small group into Te-Ena,  working together and adjusting to the new environment. They will slowly complete the transition over the course of a week.

Parents who wish to discuss the changes in the Toddler class with Ellie are welcome to join us on Monday, Feb. 3, at 8:45 a.m. or Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 8:45 a.m.

Calendar Items and Updates
February 6- Coffee with the Director 8:45 a.m. -9:45 a.m. - The Extra Notch. We will be discussing the exceptional element in your child's education that adds the extra notch. Come and join us. 
February 4, and 5 Mezuzah making in the Elementary class- come join us!
February 11- PT conferences for new children
February 17- No School, President's Day
February 20- Mezuzah installation event, 11:00 am.
March 6- Coffee with the Director- Montessori in the Home
March 26 PJ Library event 3:00-3:30
May 14 PJ Library event 3:00-3:30


1/24/2014
Priority in Registration for our School - Due by Tuesday, Jan 28
This year we are experiencing a tremendous growth in the Registration for our school. We wish to allow school parents priority as we do every year. We have sent home Priority Registration Forms. These forms give priority for registration for our school to our current school parents. Please complete and return to us by Jan 28, 2014. You can also download the form from our forms and handouts page under registration.

School Sign, Check this Out
Our new school sign was installed today. It is thanks to the effort of our Board members, who insisted we should have a designer made sign. Let us know your thoughts. 


Opening Event - Mezuza Ceremony
We are planning our Opening Event for the school, and hope to put our first Mezuza on the door as a sign of a Jewish home.
The date is February 20 at 11 a.m. - noon.
This will be a short ceremony with refreshments. This is not planned as a fundraising event. We hope to hold our fundraising gala in April or May.
Please stay tuned for the date.
I will be sending a paperless post invitation shortly, as we are finalizing the details. The mezuzot are ordered and handwritten, and will be arriving from Israel. The elementary class children will be decorating the Mezuza cases.
We hope you can all attend. Please RSVP with the Paperless Post invitation.

Join us for an Art Session - Making the cases for the Mezuza
Next week on Jan 28 and Jan 29 between 3 - 4 p.m. parents are invited to explore their own artistic skills and help us build the mezuza cases. Our goal is to prepare the mezuza cases with glass tubes and beads, with the help of our art teacher, the jewelry artist Malka Dvorah. We will be working at the Elementary class with the elementary children and the art teacher who specializes in Jewelry. She will be teaching us a certain technique of beading and sculpturing with beads. Parents are welcome to sign up their younger children for After Care, and to join the art session in preparing the mezuza cases that we will be using for our school.
We invite all parents to join us in this art project.
Please let us know if you wish to join, by emailing info@alefbetmontessori.org

Calendar Items and Updates
January 28- Open House for Prospective Elementary Parents
January 28, 29- 3p.m. - 4 p.m Art session to make mezuzah cases
February 6- Coffee with the Director 8:45 a.m. -9:45 a.m. - The Extra Notch. We will be discussing the exceptional element in your child's education that adds the extra notch. Come and join us. 
February 11- PT conferences for new children
February 17- No School, President's Day
February 20- Mezuzah installation event, 11:00
March 6- Coffee with the Director- Montessori in the Home

1/17/2014
Mondays - Hot Lunch Try Out. 
We will be starting Monday's Hot lunch and will be serving falafel home made in a pita pocket with salads. We will be sending another Sign Up here for the rest of the year. If a Monday is a closed school we will serve it on Tuesday. Next one is Tuesday Jan 21. 

Kindergarten Visit to the Elementary Classroom
On January 23, our kindergarten children will be visiting for a full afternoon the elementary class. They will team up with a buddy, take some lesson and enjoy a welcoming party special for them. At the end of the visit the Kindergarten children will join the Elementary class for an Ice Skating session at Cabin John Ice Rink. Please make sure to send with them gloves, hats and long pants. 
After the graduation ceremony on May 6, the Kindergarten children will spend a morning each week at the elementary class for a visit.
 
New Sign for the School
Next Week we are hoping to install the new sign for our school outside on Grosvenor Road.  YAY!

PJ Party at the School  January 13
We had a wonderful PJ Party on Monday. Many of the children changed into pajamas, and listened to a story read by Morah Sandra about trees. Then the children did an art project. 


Tu B'Shvat Celebrations
We had celebrations in all the classes for Tu B'Shvat. The children had a party with fruit, and did various Hebrew language activities with their Hebrew teacher.


  
 
  


Arrival and Dismissal Carpool Line - Reminders

Please arrive within the designated time for your child’s drop off. Arriving at the school you may park your car or join the “Kiss & Ride” car-pool line for drop off and pick up.

We strongly encourage families to use our “kiss & ride" car-pool line. This system allows us to control traffic in our parking lot and ensure the children's safety.

· If you are using our “kiss & ride” car-pool line please stay in your car, say goodbye, and a staff member will escort your child into the classroom. Please do not get out of your car, since this will block the rest of the car line. Please do not park your car at the carpool line.

· If you are parking, please walk your child to the door, say goodbye, and a staff member will escort your child into the classroom. This interaction allows the student to transition into the classroom more quickly. Long good-byes inside the classroom disrupt the class and are emotionally harder on the child and the parent.  

Calendar Items and Updates
January 20- no school, Martin Luther King Day
January 23- Kindergartners to visit El classroom
January 28- Open House for Prospective Elementary Parents
February 6- Coffee with the Director 8:45 a.m. -9:45 a.m. - The Extra Notch. We will be discussing the exceptional element in your child's education that adds the extra notch. Come and join us. 
February 17- No School, President's Day
March 6- Coffee with the Director- Montessori in the Home

1/10/2014
Hot Lunch - this Monday - Try Out
Dear parents, This Monday (Jan 13) we would like to try out our kitchen use. For that purpose, our own Ofer will be making Falafel to be purchased at the school and serve at lunch. If you wish to purchase half pita ($4) or full pita ($8) with salad and tehini for your child or yourself, please sign up on the google sheet we sent home, so that we can count the number of portions we need to prepare.
This is a trial, and we hope it s going to be successful. Food is prepared at the school, under the supervision of Rabbi Shlomi Beitch of Chabad Israeli Center.   Hot Lunch Sign Up - Jan 13th

PJ Party at the School This Monday Jan 13
We will be having our  Sifriyat Pijama event, Monday, January 13th, from 3:00-3:30 p.m. This is a really fun event for the children.
Come join your child and send pajamas in your child's bag. The children can change into their pajamas for this event. PJ party is a story reading party in Hebrew and English. All ages are welcome.
The reading will be in English and Hebrew books. 








Tu B'Svhat is Here. What is Tu B'Shvat? Click here







Each class will have a Tu B'Shvat Party on Thursday Jan 15.The Tu B'Shvat parties are an informal time. If you wish to join, we will announce the times for the respective classrooms later this week. Unlike the Chanuka party, where we ask all the parents to join, this is purely optional.





Tu B'Shvat Party - Chabad In Hebrew Community Party.
Elementary Ice Skating
Dear Elementary parents,
The first ice skating experience was a success! The coach has requested that each child bring a bicycle helmet for the lesson. Please send the helmet with your child on Thursdays. Please also check out the free skating times at the rink to take advantage of the experience. Also, please remember to pick up your children no later than 3:45 pm.
Thank you,
Ms. Hess and Rabbi Moses

Tu B'Shvat Party - Chabad In Hebrew Community Party
On Wednesday, Jan 15 at 6 p.m., Chabbad Hebrew/Israeli Center holds a wonderful evening for the whole family.
Please pick up a flyer at the school.






Priority 



Priority Registration Forms
This year we are experiencing a tremendous growth in the Registration for our school. We wish to allow school parents priority as we do every year.  We have sent home Priority Registration Forms. These forms give priority for registration for our school to our current school parents. Please complete and return to us by Jan 28, 2014.  You can also download the form from our forms and handouts page under registration.
 
Calendar Items and Updates
Jan 13 - Hot Lunch Try Out. Serving falafel home made in a pita pocket with salads.
Jan 13 - PJ Party at School. 3:00 pm. Please sign up for After Care or Join us. 
Jan 14 - Chabad Tu B'Shvat Party at 6 p.m.
January 20- no school, Martin Luther King Day
January 23- Kindergartners to visit El classroom
January 28- Open House for Prospective Elementary Parents
February 6- Coffee with the Director
February 17- No School, President's Day
March 6- Coffee with the Director

1/3/2014
Coffee with the Director
January 8th 8:45-9:45  (Previously Thursday Now Wednesday) Small Kids, Big Feelings 

* Please take the time to rearrange your schedules, and attend this very important and relevant talk.
We are privileged to be able to offer a special speaker for this Coffee with the Director: Abe Sterne
     
Abe Sterne is the father of our very own 1st year student, Nina Sterne. 
He is also a licensed clinical psychologist who works with children and families. He provides evaluation, consultation, and counseling services in the Silver Spring, Maryland area. We are very privileged that he has agreed to speak to us at our Coffee with the Director. His topic is  "Small Kids, Big Feelings". 

Elementary Ice Skating
The elementary class will be having ice skating lessons at the Cabin John Ice Rink Thursdays beginning January 9th through March 27th.  Please remember to send your child on Thursdays with ice skating attire, ie gloves, hats and scarves. 

Pick up will be from the rink every Thursday through March 27th. 
The pick up time is 3:45 p.m. at this address:
Cabin John Ice Rink
10610 Westlake Dr
Rockville, MD 20852 

Calendar Updates
January 8 (see change in date- this is a Wednesday) - Coffee with the Director
January 20- no school, Martin Luther King Day
January 23- Kindergartners to visit El classroom

12/24/2013

Calendar Updates
December 25-January 1- no school, winter break
January 8 (see change in date- this is a Wednesday) - Coffee with the Director
January 20- no school, Martin Luther King Day
January 23- Kindergartners to visit El classroom

What do children think about their mom? Watch this link - Priceless. I wish we could do a short clip with our children.


Children's Report Cards are in the Mail 
As we complete a semester of the school year, we are delighted to share the exciting news about the new building and the amazing adjustment that our children have made to our classroom, the space, the playgrounds, the multi purpose room and the amazing indoor play. 

This week most parents have completed their Parent Teacher conferences. Therefore we are able to send out the children's Report Cards. We have put them in the mail for you. The report cards can only be fully grasped following and in conjunction with a 20 minutes conversation with your teacher. 
Reading the Report Cards without attending a Parent Teacher conference, makes  it is hard to understand what your child has done, understands or has accomplished during this semester. 

We hope you have a wonderful winter break, and that you take time to explore the outdoor, no matter the weather. We are surely going to enjoy the long deserved break and will all come back refreshed. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone in 2014. 
Ellie

12/20/13
Our New Phone Number & Security System
We have installed a new phone system with a new school phone number, thanks to a generous donation of GBT. Our new number is 301-556-5010. Call us and let us know what do you think. 
This week we also installed a security system thanks to the generosity and large donation of GenSec Systems. From now on, you can ring the bell, and we can open the door via a remote buzzer. We will also install a phone at the front door, to allow you to communicate with us over the phone. 

Annual Giving Campaign Report and Last Call
We have made wonderful progress on our Annual Giving Campaign.
Our staff volunteered to make the calls, and we thank you so much for welcoming them.
So far we have 23% parent participation. If you made a pledge and have not sent your donation, please do so.
Our goal is to reach 100% parent participation.
Every dollar counts. A donation need not be a high amount, it can be whatever you can help us with.
So far we have collected $2,608. Please help us make a difference in your child's education.
Ellie

12/13/2013
Coffee With the Director
We have 2 exciting Coffee with the Director groups planned.
Jan 8.. Small Kids, Big Feelings 
    Speaker: Abe Sterne 
Abe Sterne is the father of our very own 1st year student, Nina Sterne.
He is also a licensed clinical psychologist who works with children and families. He provides evaluation, consultation, and counseling services in the Silver Spring, Maryland area. We are very privileged that he has agreed to speak to us at our Coffee with the Director. His topic is  "Small Kids, Big Feelings". Please take the time to rearrange your schedules, and attend this very important and relevant talk.

May - details TBA
Author Monica Schaeffer has agreed to speak to us about her new book
Auntie Nellie's Magical Pockets, Easy and Fun Ways to Help Children Cope with Everyday Stress
More information to follow.

Our Wish List
Now that we are in our beautiful new building, our staff have put together a list of some of the things we wish we could have. If you happen to have any of these items, or can help us get them via any list serv, that would be fantastic
  • couch - (living room furniture)
  • arm chairs
  • end table
  • outdoor benches
  • chairs- adult size
  • area rugs
  • small fridge
  • mirrors
  • filing cabinet
Calendar Updates
December 25-January 1- no school, winter break
January 8 (see change in date- this is a Wednesday) - Coffee with the Director
January 20- no school, Martin Luther King Day
January 23- Kindergarteners to visit El classroom



Annual Cultural Arts Event - 

A Note from Ellie
Dear Parents,
What a wonderful day we had on Wednesday at school. The cheerful and joyful sounds of our children engulfed us all.  We hope you have had a chance to roam in the classrooms during Parent-Teacher conferences, look at the building and talk to your teachers.
A few items to address:

Dressing for the weather: Despite the cold, we try to go outside for play time every day, especially when there's snow on the ground. Please send your child with boots, gloves or mittens and a snow suit. Elementary children can bring sleds.

Visit Us on Casual Fridays: As we acclimate to the building, we would like to invite parents to visit our classrooms on Friday mornings. This is a wonderful time to walk your children into the school, take them to their classrooms and sit for a while to observe. You can also observe another class at that time if you would like to see other teachers and students in action. Please be sure to join the class by 8:45 a.m. so as not to disrupt the students' work. The Primary Classrooms also hold Shabbat Services each Friday at 11 a.m. Feel free to join us for the services.

Suggestion Box: We have placed a suggestion box outside the office. We are soliciting your opinions, questions and thoughts regarding improvements to all aspects of our program. Please leave us a note (or three, or ten) and let us know what do you think. We also take compliments :-)

Babysitting During Conferences: Parents have asked us to provide babysitting during parent-teacher conferences. We will do so in the future. Our staff is not available, but we will hire competent people to provide care. We will charge a minimal cost for the day to cover our costs, and you will be able to leave your child for the full day, even during the times when you are not attending conferences.

New Phone and Security System to our SchoolOver the  next week we are expecting to install a new phone system and a new security system. Our phone number will be changed due to this update. We will keep you posted as soon as we get the system. 

Leaving a Message for the Teacher: If you wish to let us know that your child is sick, that grandmother is visiting or leaving, that you need something to tell the teacher, please send an email to info@alefbetmontessori.org. Info mail box is checked by 3 staff members daily. So if one of us is out of the office that day, there is always someone to see your message. 

Calendar Updates:
Dec 25. School Closed for Winter Break.
Jan 2. School Open as usual
Jan 8. 8:45 a.m. - 9:45a.m Coffee with the Director. A wonderful opportunity to meet with school parents, Administration and discuss important topics of the day about child development, and our school. We do have guest speaker (TBA). 
Tu B'Shvat Celebrations at school for children. 
Jan 20. School Closed. Martin Luther King Day.
Feb 11. Parent Teacher Conferences for Parents who joined our school during the month of January 2014.
Feb 17. Professional Day. AMI Conference in Houston, Texas.


12/10/2013

Inclement Weather Policy
Dear Parents and Staff,
The county finally cleared our parking lot at around 3 p.m. today. My husband, Avi, and I went there to shovel and get some salt and sand sprayed on the entry way once the trucks were out of the way (see the photo below). 

We plan to open school on time tomorrow with no delays. Parent-Teacher conferences will go on as scheduled and we have a full-school noon dismissal as planned. 


Parents have emailed me to ask why we closed the school. Our policy is on the first day of a weather event, if Montgomery County schools are closed, we are closed. After that, we make our own decision. These two days were separate weather events.

We follow Montgomery County on the first day for three reasons. First, the county services the exterior of our building, including clearing the sidewalks, parking lot and roads. We want to make sure no one is injured in a fall this winter. Second, we are concerned about staff members arriving from remote areas. The road in their areas are not necessarily cleared as quickly as those in Rockville, Potomac and Silver Spring. Third, we make sure all building systems (heating, water, phones and electric) are on and running.

We are expecting few snow storms over the course of the winter. Our calendar allows for up to five snow days. In the past two years, we were only closed two days each year because of weather. In previous years, we had some very large storms that closed the county for up to a full week, and one of them cut of electricity for four days. We ask you to be patient and understand that the first thing on our minds is the safety of your child and you.

Have a restful evening and I hope you stay away from icy roads tonight.
Ellie

12/6/2013

Security in the New Building and the Outdoors

Dear Parents,

 

We are thrilled to have completed our first week of work and play at our new school building.

 

TRANSITION - I'd like to reiterate that this is still a transition time for us and for the children. We should all have our expectations set accordingly.

 

VISIT US - Parents who have not yet seen the school from the inside, please come in and check it out. Parents who would like to come in again, please do so (try to avoid morning drop-off time, since it is a very sensitive time for children who are acclimating to a new environment).

 

INSIDE THE BUILDING - All the children had a tour of the building earlier this week. They learned the hallways, the Play Club, the bathrooms and the multi-purpose room. They are growing more and more familiar with the building. We are still escorting the children to their classrooms in the morning; we have at least four staff members (outside and inside) attending to the morning routine.

 

BUILDING SYSTEMS – This week we were able to address some of the concerns we had about the building, including the PA system. We were able to conduct tests of the fire alarm and security alarms and the phone system, along with other building systems.

 

SECURITY - We also addressed the issue of building and grounds security. We received a very generous donation to install a security system that will include cameras over the doors and the outdoor area, monitoring screens, an entrance buzzer and more. In the meantime, we have installed a doorbell near the front entrance as a temporary solution until the security system is installed.

 

As we are working to address the needs of the building, we wanted to thank you for all your support, warm words and smiling, happy faces every morning. We truly believe in your partnership in the school and thank you for your support.

 

Ellie

 

Our Wish List 
Now that we are in our beautiful new building, our staff have put together a list of some of the things we wish we could have. If you happen to have any of these items, or can help us get them via any list serv, that would be fantastic
  • couch - (living room furniture)
  • arm chairs
  • tea table
  • outdoor benches
  • chairs- adult size
  • area rugs
  • small fridge
  • mirrors
And some smaller items:
  • brooms
  • floor mops
  • cutting boards
Thank you all.


Dance Class for Alef Bet Montessori children ages 3-5
Inbar (mother of Alma) and Renana (mother of Esh'char) have organized a dance class for kids of Alef Bet Montessori ages 3-5 just a few blocks away from the school at Suto Dance Studio.  The kids of Alef Bet Montessori have been enjoying this class for over 4 years (previously organized by Ms Emily Myers, Owen and Ella's mom who have graduated from the school). 
Cost: It is the most reasonably priced dance class we have found in the area ($165 for a 20 week session), conveniently located (6116 Roseland Drive) and organized especially for our school. 
When: Class begins at 3:15 on Mondays.  It works perfectly with our school schedule. Suto Studio will pro rate those students starting the session late and do allow a trial class for new students.

Renana says that her daughter Esh'char has been in the class for the second year now and absolutely loves it.  The teachers are amazing and the class is tons of fun!  It is suited for both boys and girls.

A new session has just opened this week and there is still room for a few more kids if anyone is interested.  

The Fun &Creative Dancetime Program (Movement, Ballet, Tap) teaches the 
students the love of dance, as well as the fundamental skills of building good physical strength and agility; stretching, coordination, following directions;  counting to music and learning basic rhythms; use of dance props; basic dance terminology; and learning basic locomotive skills. (i.e., Marching, Hopping, skipping, jumping, leaping all in a fun and highly professional environment.

If you are interested in signing up your child for the Winter/Spring Session (13 week) of Dancetime with Suto Dance Studio, please call (301) 871-1000 (http://www.sutodance.com/ or feel free to contact Renana Dolev Harel for further questions at renanadh@gmail.com.

Happy Chanuka to all our school families and volunteers. We wish all a wonderful holiday full with light and sweetness. Alef Bet Staff 

12/2/2013
Dear Parents,

Each year, around Chanukah time, we launch our Annual Giving Campaign.

We conduct this campaign each year to help fill the gap between tuition revenue and our operating costs (read more about it here). We solicit donations from parents and grandparents of the school to support our program.

Over the past 5 years, parent participation in the Annual Giving contributions has grown from 50 percent up to 84 percent. This year we are aiming for 100 percent parent participation.

Every dollar counts.

Volunteers and staff members – both on a completely volunteer basis – will be calling to ask for your help on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 3-4.

Parents should know that all money raised by this phone-a-thon will go directly to our classrooms for equipment that we need due to our move. Please welcome their call and support our school with your contribution. If you have already sent your donation, just let the caller know.

We thank you in advance for your kindness.

Ayelet 'Ellie' Lichtash


12/1/2013
Dear Parents, 
It was great to see you at the school today. Some have asked about carpool and drop off lines. 
Here it is:
Elementary arrival is 8-8:15
Primary arrival is 8:30-8:45
Toddler arrival is 8:45 - 9.

If you have children of different ages, please arrive at the earliest drop off time, and your younger children will join the Play Club room (after care). 

When you drive in - please drive around the parking lot, line up facing grosvenor lane, for drop off, or park your car and see your child to the door. 
Our staff will be waiting at the door starting 8:30. Elementary children need no staff to escort them. They are also capable escorting your family members to the Play Club.
Our staff will direct the Primary children and Toddler children to their classroom. 

Parents who missed today's Open House, Meet and Greet - we will be happy to show you the classroom at the end of the school day 3 p.m. - 5 p.m this Monday. If you cannot make it to this Monday, please email me and I will accommodate your request. 

Tomorrow morning, we will escort your child to the new classroom in the morning. Please make sure to say goodbye at the door. 

I hope this is helpful information. 
See you all tomorrow at the new location. 

Ayelet 'Ellie' Lichtash
11/27/2013
We Are Home 
We look forward to see all on Sunday at 10:30 - 11:50 a.m. at our new school for Meet & Greet. 
Our new address is 5701 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda MD 20814.  There are speed cameras on Grosvenor lane. 
Our current phone is 301-571-6920. Please note that there is no voicemail service available, so you will not be able to leave a message. We can read all your messages if you sent them to info@alefbet......

If you took Chanuka pictures - please send them over to us, so that we can share them with other parent. You can send them to info@alef....

Annual Giving Campaign - Phone-a-Thone
This year, our staff has taken the tough task of the Annual Giving Campaign and they will be calling all the parents to help us in our Annual Giving Campaign. 
The staff is eager to help the school equip our classrooms and purchase the necessary items for the children's education. They will be donating themselves and will place their calls on Tuesday Dec 3 and Wednesday Dec 4. 
Please welcome their call and support our school with your contribution. 
We thank you in advance.  

Message from PTO Representative - Reminder to send the PTO dues:
The Chanukah gifts were bought with the PTO dues. Please make sure to send your dues and dedicated the money to the staff at the Alef Bet Montessori.
11/22/2013
Annual Giving Campaign - Here We Go
Dear Parents,
Each year, around Chanuka time, we start our Annual Giving Campaign.
Why do we hold an Annual Giving Campaign? Read here
The Annual Giving campaign is aiming to solicit donation from parents and grandparents of the school to support our program. Over the last 5 years the parents participation in the Annual Giving contributions grew from 50%  up to 84% parent participation. This year we aim for 100% participation of the parent. 
Every $ counts.
Volunteer and staff members will be making a call to your home to ask for your help. The PTO committee is a group of volunteer parents who agreed to take the time to make calls (Phone-a-Thon) to all the parents of the school asking for a donation for the Annual Giving. Please help them through this and send your donations. The Phone-a-Thon is scheduled for the week of 12/2/2013. Our letters went out today, asking for your participation.
We hope you will be part of our campaign - thank you so much for help and contribution. 

Chanukah Performance

Arrival time: 9:00
Performance time: 9:45
Location:The Ring House, in the Social Hall
Procedure:
  • It is very important to park across the street, in the Federal Plaza parking lot (not Paniera parking lot). Cars are towed when parking in the Ring House parking lot.
  • Enter the Ring House. Harold is at the front desk, and can direct you to our room. 
  • Our room is 1 floor below the main floor, on the Terrace Level.
10:30 refreshments. 
11 a.m. full school dismissal. No school after 11 a.m

 Looking forward to seeing you there!

Click on this site for directions to the Ring House

Important Message for Monday Dec 25
Dear parents,
We have been packing and working to move the school to Grosvenor. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who have been working with us on planting, setting up computers, packing, bringing boxes and more.

Our plan is to for the movers to bring everything from the current buildings to Grosvenor on Monday; we will unpack starting on Tuesday.

In school on Monday we will be working with the children on Chanukah projects. We will not have all of our regular equipment so we will be doing a lot of outdoor play. Please make sure to dress your child for outdoor activities.

Elementary children will be driven to the Aish facility mid day, to practice the Chanuka performance. Please pick up the El children from the Aish Facility on Monday.

For the Toddlers and young Primary Class in particular, if it is not a burden on the family, it will be very helpful for our staff if you can pick up your child by noon Monday. We know this is not a noon-time dismissal day, but if you can do this, it would be a tremendous help to the children in coping with the change.

Thank you all for making this move happen in such a smooth and cheerful way.
Ellie
11/15/2013
Please see below for Babysitting for Volunteers on Friday 11/22 and Wednesday 11/27

The weather has changed, so please:
send in warm outdoor clothes for the playground
send in a warm change of clothes if your child still has a summer change of clothes
If your child still has summer clothes in his/her drawer, you may want to put them away till next spring, so they are not tempted to dress in those clothes

Nov 19 - Educational Night - Primary and Toddler parents, come and see our Language Curricula.
Parent Teacher Conferences:
We plan to hold Parent -Teacher conferences in the new school. In order to allow the teachers to adjust to the new classroom, our P-T conferences will be held on December 11 (not Dec. 4 as originally posted).
Dec. 4 will be a regular dismissal day for the full school.
December 11 will be noon dismissal for the whole school. There will be no after care that day.
We have a google doc sign up for your convenience to be able to schedule a time to meet with our chilld/ren's teacher. 
If you cannot find a time to meet with the teacher at the allotted time, please contact Janel at our office, and we will be happy to schedule you for another time to meet with your teacher.

Message from PTO Representative - PTO dues:
Dear Parents,
Chanukah is almost here and we would like to show our appreciation to our wonderful and dedicated staff at the Alef Bet Montessori. To allow that, we would like to collect $60 from each family to cover the cost of Chanukah/End of Year gifts for our teachers and staff, and the cost of the End of Year Picnic on the last day of school.
Please make a check out to Alef Bet PTO, and give it to the 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!
Adi Cymerblit Sabba
PTO Representative

Calendar Updates:
Nov 21. Volunteer Opportunity from 3 - 5 p.m.
Nov 22. Volunteer Opportunity from noon - 3 p.m. (1:00-3:00 babysitting available at Aish )
Nov 26 - Chanuka Party, Noon Dismissal. Note change in date 8:45 a.m. drop off at Ring house. 9:45 a.m. parents are invited with cameras and smiles to see your children performing. 10:30 refreshments.
11 a.m. full school dismissal. No school after 11 a.m.
Nov 26. Volunteer Opportunity from 11 a.m - 5 p.m. AT GROSVENOR SCHOOL.Nov. 27. Volunteer Opportunity from 9 a.m - 5 p.m. AT GROSVENOR SCHOOL. (9:30-3:30- babysitting available at Aish)
Nov 27, 28,29 - Thanksgiving, School Closed. Note change in date
Dec. 1. 10:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Meet and Greet at Grosvenor School
Dec. 2 School reopens at Grosvenor Lane. Mazal Tov!!!!
Dec 11- Parent teacher conferences, children come half day (Note change in date. no noon dismissal on Dec 4)


11/13/2013
Babysitting is Available for Volunteers
During our meeting last week, we discussed the possibility of having childcare available for younger children so parents can help with volunteer work for the school.
We are happy to inform you that we are able to offer babysitting for two of the days during the hours when volunteers are needed. They are:
Friday, November 22, 1 - 3 p.m. at the Aish Center
Wednesday, November 27, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Aish Center

We will add the column for babysitting on the sign-up sheet, so that you can mark it with an asterisk(**). Once you mark the page our babysitters can be prepared for an appropriate number of children. Only children who are registered on the sign-up sheet at least one day in advance will be allowed. Parents need to provide appropriate kosher snacks and a change of clothes (including diapers if necessary) for each child.

The babysitters are teenagers from the Aish Greater Washington community, from the Boltax, Herman and Lichtash families, plus some of their friends. They all have ample experience and regularly run the children’s programming at their respective synagogues. They are wonderful group of girls and we a blessed to have them as volunteers.
11/12/2013
Follow up update for Parents and Staff – Let’s get Moving
If you haven't had the chance to drive by the new location, please do so. The address is 5701 Grosvenor lane, Bethesda MD 20814.

Yesterday the first group of volunteers were at the school to help posting signs, planting, setting up the phone system and more. Each got a new T-Shirt, and the moving spirit was high.Inline image 1

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Our new school has wonderful outdoor grounds, large fields, a huge playground area, plenty of rooms for gym, music, a library and more. Our office staff will have a meeting room with work area.
Our teachers will not need to pack their classrooms every Friday and reopen every Monday morning before the children arrive. It will be a home. 

Lease Agreement
We are working with the County on the Lease Agreement and the small details are getting finalized. We are hoping to sign the agreement by November 15. 

Painting the Parking Lot
Per our request: The Grosvenor School's parking lot spaces, cross walks, fire lane and curbs were painted last week.

How to break the news to our children
We believe young children under 6 really cannot understand the concept of time. An hour, a day or 30 minutes are all very much the same. So we would refrain mentioning or discussing the move with these children right now. During the week of November 18, the teachers of the Rimon and Dvash classrooms will be preparing the children, packing with them and talking about our new school. 

The Toddler classroom will be talking about it on the 22nd.
Elementary children, on the other hand, can understand concept of time, calendar and dates. The teacher will be discussing it with them and preparing them for the move. Children will be able to volunteer to help with the move and engage with it in a positive way. 

Observing the classrooms in Grosvenor in Action
Once we move into the building, we would like to allow the time for the classes to settle down before we invite you in to observe the children in the classroom. 

We posted a Google spreadsheet where you can sign up and come see us in action in the new building. We believe that will be December 12-13.

Fixing up the Grosvenor premises
We have submitted a list of items that we asked the county to address and fix at the Grosvenor facility. These include some adjustments to the phone system, changing a few tiles in the bathrooms and painting the parking lot, the last of which has already been addressed. These items are being taking care of quickly.

11/11/2013  
Freed Photography School Photos of your Child and the Whole Class
Watch for your email this weekend from Freed Photo with a password to the Freed link to view your children’s photos and place orders.  Retakes are being rescheduled we will post the date as soon as we get it. 

What is in a Language?
hope you are planning to join us on Nov 19, Tuesday at 8 pm, to see our Language Curriculum.
Click here and see how does Montessori prepare you for 1st grade and Elementary level.
It is our pleasure to provide you with a warm and meaningful education.

Grosvenor Lane Update - Let's Get Moving

If you haven't had the chance to drive by, please do so. The new school address is 5701 Grosvenor lane, Bethesda MD 20814. Our new school has wonderful outdoor grounds, large fields, a huge playground area, plenty of rooms for gym, music,a library and more. Our office staff will have a meeting room with a work area. 
Our teachers will not need to pack their classrooms every Friday and reopen every Monday morning before the children arrive. It will be a home.














Calender Reminders
Nov 15 - Elementary (only) Noon Dismissal (Ken Gar). Professional Day. (added 10/9/2013)
Nov 11 - Volunteer Opportunity at Grosvenor School 9 .m. - 5 p.m. contact Janel or simply register on the google doc.
Nov 19 - Educational Night - Primary and Toddler parents, come and see our Language Curricula.
Nov 21. Volunteer Opportunity from 3 - 5 p.m.
Nov 22. Volunteer Opportunity from noon - 3 p.m.
Nov 26 - Chanuka Party, Noon Dismissal.    Note change in date 8:45 a.m. drop off at Ring house. 9:45 a.m. parents are invited with cameras and smiles to see your children performing. 10:30 refershements. 11 a.m. full school dismissal. No school after 11 a.m. 
Nov 26. Volunteer Opportunity from 11 a.m  - 5 p.m. AT GROSVENOR SCHOOL.
Nov. 27Volunteer Opportunity from 9 a.m  - 5 p.m. AT GROSVENOR SCHOOL.
Nov 27, 28,29 - Thanksgiving, School Closed.   Note change in date
Dec. 1. 10:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Meet and Greet at Grosvenor School
Dec. 2 School reopens at Grosvenor Lane. Mazal Tov!!!!


11/8/2013

Call for Volunteers: Come help Alef Bet Montessori School with our move

We have a moving company for the day of the move, Monday, Nov. 25. But there is lots to do before and after.  These are the days and times that we need volunteers:

 

Monday, Veterans Day, Nov.  11 9am - 5pm.  Our big volunteer day. 

Thursday Nov 21 between 3 - 5

Friday, Nov 22 our packing day, noon- 3 p.m. is when we need the most help.

Tuesday Nov 26 from 11 - 5 p.m.

Wednesday Nov 27 from 9 - 5 p.m.

Please click on the link here and sign up.


Volunteers will be helping us move and will receive a great smile from all the staff.  Volunteer work includes:

·       placing signs,

·       decorating bulletin boards,

·       preparing signs,

·       hospitality (prepare sandwiches for those who are volunteering and staff),

·       packing our classrooms into boxes,

·       unpacking.

We have laid out the times and specific days of work.

Please link to the Volunteer google doc. It has separate tabs for each day.


NOTE RE ELECTRONIC BILL PAY:  If you pay your tuition through electronic bill pay, please update your payments with our new address:  5701 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814


11/2/2013
Call for a Parents Meeting to Discuss the Move to Grosvenor Lane - This Monday at 8 p.m.
Dear Parents, 
This week we were able to successfully pass the Fire Marshal inspection and initial inspections by the Office of Childcare and the Maryland Dept. of Education. This means that we are permitted to move our school to the Grosvenor school facility. 

We would like to invite everyone to discuss the move an learn more details as we proceed in our planning to move the school. 
We plan to move on the week of Thanksgiving. We will have to make some amendments to the school schedule to allow the move. 

The meeting is called for this Monday, November 4, at 8 p.m. at the Aish facility. 

Please send us an email to confirm your arrival. 

Please note the following changes to our calendar:
Friday Nov. 22 - will be a noon dismissal (At noon our staff will be packing with a group of volunteers)

Monday Nov. 25 - regular school day

Tuesday Nov. 26 - Chanuka party at Ring House and early dismissal.  Parents bring children directly to the Ring House at 9:00 for rehearsal.  Chanuka Show begins at 9:45.  Parents are encouraged to stay.  Dismissal is at 11 a.m. from the Ring House. (This was originally scheduled for Wednesday Nov 27) (Staff will be unpacking at Grosvenor school starting 11:30 a.m. with volunteers)

Wednesday Nov 27 - School Closed. Staff is working at Grosvenor school to unpack with volunteers.

Sunday Dec 1 - 10:30 a.m. Meet and Greet at Grosvenor school for parents and children. 

Monday Dec 2 - regular schedule at Grosvenor school. 

We hope that you can help us and volunteer to make our move successful. We will be sending out a volunteer sign up google page.

Let's start MOVING....
Ellie

Our new Pet - In the Rimon Class
We have a brand new friend in our Rimon classroom! He is a very cute and fuzzy guinea pig. We have been wanting to have a pet for a long time and our new guinea pig came this morning. The children were so excited and amazed that he suddenly showed up here. Well after all the excitement died down we realized that we needed a name for our furry friend. Hmmmm what to name a guinea pig? Most of the children weren't sure about what to name a pet. One of the children said "How about Chaim?" I told them that we didn't want a name for a person but a name for a pet. I suggested pet like names like Rainbow or Sparkles or Nibbles. Then one of the kindergarteners went around to all the children and asked suggestions for a name. One of the suggestions by a three year old was "watermelon". I said that is something he would eat but this little guy insisted on Watermelon. A number of other children also liked that name. Other suggestions were Futti, Pebbles, Nibbles and the best yet, Fred which was suggested by our four year old who is also a big Beatles fan. Go figure. At lunchtime we took all the possible names and folded them up and put them into a basket. Morah Andrea closed her eyes and picked a paper out and the name is...............Nibbles. So please help us welcome Nibbles to our classroom.

11/1/2013
Why Professional Days?
This Friday our Primary and Toddlers classroom will be observed by the professors and the training staff of Loyola, the AMI training center. They will watch our classrooms in action. Following the noon dismissal, they will meet with our teaching staff to go over elements in our classrooms that we can review and reflect. 
This important session is scheduled in advance with the professors from Loyola university. 
The Elementary staff will be going through the same routine on Nov. 15. 
This is our way to enhance the education in our school. We believe in self critique, self improvement and, most of all, the best care for the children. 

Why we do not Celebrate Halloween?
Jewish Schools among the nation do not celebrate Halloween. To read more, please click here

Elementary Program Field Trip - November 12
Our Elementary School is going on a Field Trip this month on November 12. The children had planned that trip for the last month. They raised money, through the Baking Fundraiser last month to be able to pay the cost for the ranger and entery fee. Here are some nuts and bolts about the trip:
Class leaves at 8:15 am
Who is driving: Boltax, Sterne, Yachin
Where are they heading: Flag Pond's Nature Park 1525 Flag Ponds Parkway Lusby, Md 20657
What time expected there: 10:00-2pm
Who do they meet: Andrew Brown, Ranger.
What do they plan on doing: Explore life in the bay with hands on experience
Lesson learned: To understand and learn first hand about the unique life forms and the largest estuary in North America.
What time expected to be back: 3:30pm
Who is leading the trip: Ms. Amanda Hess and Rabbi Daniel Moses.

Breaking News - New Location for Our School
Dear Alef Bet Parents, 
For the past five years, Alef Bet Montessori has been looking for a permanent home. Our search, it seems, is over for now.
Montgomery County has awarded us the rights to lease its facility at 5701 Grosvenor Lane in Bethesda. This former elementary school is in great condition and has plenty of space to house our whole school – Toddler, Primary, Elementary and even the administrative staff – with room to grow.

Since we opened our doors in 2005, we have been leasing space in the Aish Center on Tilden Lane. In 2012, we added space in a county park building in Ken Gar Park. The new location is ideal, only 2 miles from both current locations and with easy access from Beach Drive, the Capital Beltway and I-270.

As we grew toward and then surpassed the capacity of the Aish Center, our dream has been to bring the whole school together under one roof, provide larger classrooms and more outdoor play area, and have room to grow the school. With the county’s decision, we believe we have taken a giant leap toward our goals.

Last summer, the county offered several school facilities for lease as part of the county's bidding process. We bid on the one that was appropriate for our school based on location and size. The award notification came through this month (October 2013). 

This week, we are working with the county on logistical details, including licensing for the new location, inspections, lease negotiations, etc. We have a meeting scheduled for this Thursday to discuss upcoming issues.

As of now, we do not have further information about the exact timing of the move, but we do plan to complete it before the end of 2013, hopefully over the Thanksgiving/Chanukah break.

I will follow up with more information as soon as it becomes available.

Please note, if you are planning to drive by to check out the building, there are speed cameras on Grosvenor Lane as you approach the school from Old Georgetown Road.

As always, you should feel free to contact me or the office, with questions and inquiries. At this time, we are working on the details, and we will make sure to follow up with the information as soon as possible.

Yours Faithfully,
Ellie



Sifriyat Pijama:
We will be having our first Sifriyat Pijama event, November 6th Please see flyer below. This is a really fun event for the children- come join your children!

                   


Box Tops:

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Calender Reminders

Nov 5 - Nov 7. Parents observations in our classrooms. 
Nov 6- Sifryat Pijama event 3:00-3:45, children and parents invited. See flyer above.
Nov 15 - Elementary Noon Dismissal (Ken Gar). Professional Day. (added 10/9/2013)
Nov 19 - Educational Night - Primary and Toddler parents, come and see our Language Curricula.
Nov 26 - Chanuka Party, Noon Dismissal.    Note change in date
Nov 27, 28,29 - Thanksgiving, School Closed.   Note change in date

10/25/2013
November 1 - Noon Dismissal. Professional Day (Toddlers and Primary only).
Elementary is a regular day. Elementary Professional day is on Nov 15, noon dismissal.

Sifriyat Pijama:
We will be having our first Sifriyat Pijama event, November 6th Please see flyer below. This is a really fun event for the children- come join your children!

See flyer below
                   


Box Tops:

Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education® is a school fundraising program. Earn cash for Alef Bet Montessori by clipping 10¢ Box Tops from hundreds of products and sending them in to our office.  Thank you for your help!  


Calender Reminders

Oct. 29 - 8 p.m. Open House for new applicants to our school. Tell your friends about the opportunity to observe our school.
Oct 30 - Original Parent Educational Night - has changed to November 19. CHANGE ON THE CALENDAR.
Nov 1. - Toddler and Primary - noon dismissal, Professional Day. Elementary regular dismissal (added 10/9/2013). El Professional day changed to Nov 15.
Nov 5 - Nov 7. Parents observations in our classrooms. 
Nov 6- Sifryat Pijama event 3:00-3:45, children and parents invited. See flyer above.
Nov 15 - Elementary Noon Dismissal (Ken Gar). Professional Day. (added 10/9/2013)
Nov 19 - Educational Night - Primary and Toddler parents, come and see our Language Curricula.
Nov 27 - Chanuka Party, Noon Dismissal.
Nov 28,29 - Thanksgiving, School Closed.


10/18/2013
Reminder: NO SCHOOL OCTOBER 18. CLOSED FOR PROFESSIONAL DAY. Elementary program is not closed. Only Primary (ages 3-6) and Toddlers (ages 18 months - 3) at the Aish Center
  
Box Tops for Education
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We had a wonderful Parent Educational Night on Wednesday. The parents were all intrigued by the Math curriculum. They learned what powerful educational tools each of the materials are, and how, collectively, they create an incredibly solid math foundation for the children.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the next Educational Night, November 19, when we discuss  the Language curriculum.

Calender Reminders

Oct 18 - Primary and Toddler classes closed. Professional Day. (Note this is a change to our calendar added on 9/18/2013. We will open for school on March 28, 2014 instead).
Oct. 22 - Tuesday Picture Day. Have your child ready for individual and a class picture. We start the pictures at 8:30 a.m.
Oct. 29 - 8 p.m. Open House for new applicants to our school. Tell your friends about the opportunity to observe our school.
Oct 30 - Original Parent Educational Night - has changed to November 19. CHANGE ON THE CALENDAR.
Nov 1. - Toddler and Primary - noon dismissal, Professional Day. Elementary regular dismissal (added 10/9/2013). El Professional day changed to Nov 15.
Nov 5 - Nov 7. Parents observations in our classrooms. 
Nov 15 - Elementary Noon Dismissal (Ken Gar). Professional Day. (added 10/9/2013)
Nov 19 - Educational Night - Primary and Toddler parents, come and see our Language Curricula.
Nov 27 - Chanuka Party, Noon Dismissal.
Nov 28,29 - Thanksgiving, School Closed.


10/4/2013
This Sunday - A very Informative Lecture about Israel History and Current Issues

PJ Library books for Children direct to your home
The Federation of Greater Washington is offering again free library books for children, in English and in Hebrew. Parents can sign up for both. 

For PJ Library (books in English)

PJ Library® (PJ, as in “pajamas”) provides families raising Jewish children from 6 months–8 years old with a FREE treasury of high-quality, expertly-selected and kid-tested (!) Jewish books and music each month.  These books are in English and are available one per family.  These books are a gift for your family to keep forever!  Sign up your family today: www.shalomdc.org/pjlibrary

  

For Sifriyat Pijama B’America (books in Hebrew)

Sifriyat Pijama B’America (SP-BA) is a Hebrew and Jewish family engagement literacy program implemented throughout the United States. We mail free, high-quality Hebrew Jewish children's literature and music on a monthly basis to children ages 2-8.  These books are a gift for your family to keep forever!  Register your family today athttp://www.sp-ba.org/online-registration

 

For questions regarding the books please contact:  

Sarah Rabin Spira

PJ Library Outreach Associate

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

t. (301) 230-7243

f. (301) 230-7265

Sarah.RabinSpira@ShalomDC.org

www.shalomdc.org


Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy HADAS presents LES MISÉRABLES Adapted by Tim Kelly, From the novel by Victor Hugo.  A dramatic version with co-ed ensemble singing.  Thursday, November 21, 7:00 pm AND Saturday, November 23, 8:00 pm

Tickets: Students/Seniors  $7.00; Adults $10.00.  Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, Sylvia S. Ely Auditorium, 13300 Arctic Avenue, Rockville, MD.  Support their efforts and the future of hadas by becoming an “Angel.”  For more information about sponsorships, contact Rena Fruchter at email fruchterr@mjbha.org.  Checks, payable to MJBHA-HADAS, should be sent to MJBHA no later thanFriday, November 15


Calendar Reminders:
Oct 10 - 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Coffee with the Director. Join us for a lively discussion on Discipline and Self Discipline: how to work with your child and set up limits. 
Oct. 16 - 8 p.m. Parent Educational Night. Primary and Toddler parents, come and see our Math Curricula.
Oct 18 - Primary and Toddler classes closed. Professional Day. (Note this is a change to our calendar added on 9/18/2013. We will open for school on March 28, 2014 instead).
Oct. 22 - Tuesday Picture Day. Have your child ready for individual and a class picture. We start the pictures at 8:30 a.m.
Oct. 29 - 8 p.m. Open House for new applicants to our school. Tell your friends about the opportunity to observe our school.
Oct 30 - Original Parent Educational Night - has changed to November 19. CHANGE ON THE CALENDAR.
Nov 1. - Toddler and Primary - noon dismissal, Professional Day. Elementary regular dismissal (added 10/9/2013). El Professional day changed to Nov 15.
Nov 5 - Nov 7. Parents observations in our classrooms. 
Nov 15 - Elementary Noon Dismissal (Ken Gar). Professional Day. (added 10/9/2013)
Nov 19 - Educational Night - Primary and Toddler parents, come and see our Language Curricula.
Nov 27 - Chanuka Party, Noon Dismissal.
Nov 28,29 - Thanksgiving, School Closed.


9/24/2013
Important Reminders:
  • No aftercare tomorrow, September 25- the eve of Shmini Atzeret
  • No School September 26 & 27
  • October 18- no school for Primary and Toddler (change from original calendar)


9/18/2013
Important change to the Calendar - Primary and Toddler classes
Dear parents, we have a wonderful opportunity to train our staff in a Professional Training session with fantastic speakers this October 18. This opportunity was not available at the time we planed the calendar. Therefore, we will close on October 18 for a Professional Day for our Primary and Toddler Staff. 
Elementary class is working as usual. 
Please note, that we will open on March 28 (in lieu of Oct 18)  as a regular day for the Primary and Toddler class. 
Please mark your calendars. 

Calendar Reminders:
Sept. 18 - Sucot Holiday Eve. Noon Dismissal
Sept 19 &20 - Sucot Holiday. School Closed.
Sept 23 - El Class Field Trip - Cancelled.   
Sept 25 - Erev Hoshana Raba. No After Care
Sept 26 &27 - Hoshana Raba and Shmini Atzeret. School Closed.
Oct 10 - Coffee with the Director
Oct. 16 - Parent Educational Night. Come and see our Math Curricula.
Oct 18 - Primary and Toddler classes closed. Professional Day. (Note this is a change to our calendar added on 9/18/2013. We will open for school on March 28, 2014 instead).
Oct. 29 - Open House for new applicants to our school. 
Oct 30 - Parent Educational Night. Come and see our Language Curricula.

9/12/2013
Calendar Reminders:
Sept 13- (Tomorrow)school closed for Yom Kippur eve
Sept. 18 - Sucot Holiday Eve. Noon Dismissal
Sept 19 &20 - Sucot Holiday. School Closed.
Sept 23 - El Class Field Trip.  
Sept 25 - Erev Hoshana Raba. No After Care
Sept 26 &27 - Hoshana Raba and Shmini Atzeret. School Closed.

Today's Coffee with the Director:
We had an amazing talk today, with 7 parents. We started with several advanced Montessori materials, and learned their purpose. Then we discussed Tantrums... and crying from pain... and how to tell the difference. Then we discussed how to deal with each of those scenarios, with all participating and bringing in real-life examples.  
If you missed this Coffee with the Director, I hope you can join us for the next one, October 10. Upcoming topics- bedtime, meal-time, sibling rivalry, and much more.



9/4/2013
 We wish our school families a happy and wonderful new year.
May this year bring to your home plenty of joyful smiles, may this year bring to our school a new home.
Shana Tova  שנה טובה ומתוקה לכולם
Ellie Lichtash איילת and Alef Bet Staff

Photos of Second Day of school
We played music for Rosh Hashana at the Toddler class and at the Primary level on Wednesday morning, with Yechezkel Dori, our volunteer. Click here for photos.

Schedule Items
Sept 5 & 6 - Rosh Hashana. School Closed.
Sept 9 - First Day New Primary (Noon Dismissal) and New Toddler Students (One hour transition).
Sept 11 - Apple Picking Field Trip at 4 p.m., Butler's Orchard. Forms and directions available here.
Sept 13 -  Yom Kippur Eve
Sept. 18 - Sucot Holiday Eve. Noon Dismissal
Sept 19 &20 - Sucot Holiday. School Closed.
Sept 23 - El Class Field Trip.  TBA
Sept 26 &27 - Hoshana Raba and Shmini Azert. School Closed.
Oct. 10 - Coffee with the Director. at 8:45 a.m - 9:45 a.m.

8/30/2013
Welcome Back to school,
Please be reminded that Tuesday and Wednesday next week at the Aish Building (Primary and Toddler is Noon Dismissal).
 
Apple Picking Field Trip -  at Butler's Orchard - Full School Activity
Please join us for  a full family Field Trip of Apple Picking and a hay ride, on Wednesday September 11, 2013 at 4 p.m. at Butler's Orchard.
Have your child wear the School Shirt, and if you wish, put one on yourself (we have adult size in the office).
for more details, click here to print out the flyer. Forms and Handouts.
 
Elementary Class
We are planning a trip to Hershey Park for Monday September 23. More details TBA.

 
Schedule Items
Sept 2  - Labor Day. School Closed
Sept 3 - El full day. Primary/Toddlers returnting students noon dismissal.
Sept 4 - full school noon dismissal.
Sept 5 & 6 - Rosh Hashana. School Closed.
Sept 9 - First Day New Primary (Noon Dismissal) and New Toddler Students (One hour transition).
Sept 11 - Apple Picking Field Trip at 4 p.m., Butler's Orchard.
Sept 12& 13 - Sucot, School Closed.
Sept 23 - El Class Field Trip. Hershey Park. TBA
Sept 26 &27 - Hoshana Raba and Shmini Azert. School Closed.
 
 
Please click on the link on the left side bar, with your class (Elementary, or Toddler & Primary) for more info.
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend,
Ellie
 
8/20/2013
Happy Summer to all
Dear Parents, 
Summer is a wonderful time for parents to spend time with the children in a meaningful way. Planning a vacation or just staying home, is always a bonding time with the children. Click here to check your parenting skills. 

Back to School Information
While you are enjoying your summer, our school office is working hard to get everything ready for your family. 
We sent the Back to School Packages in the mail to all the parents, and we hope you have received them. If you haven't, please call our office or email us at info@alefbet.....org  asap.

Elementary Parents
To email your classroom and inform the teachers or late arrival, no arrival, early pick up, or any other items please use elementary@alefbet...org.  This email will be checked daily at 8 am. and at noon and before dismissal. 
Soccer in the Fall with Brit Am Soccer Coach  

Ages:             3 to 5 years old      
At:                  Alef Bet Montessori Elementary School Field
                       4140 Wexford Drive, Kensington MD 20895
                       (Entrance to park is on Beach Drive)
 Dates   :        Thursday, September 12th - Thursday, November 7th (7 weeks)
                        Skip Sept 19 & 26 for the holidays
Times:            3:30-4:15pm
Cost:               $105 (includes t-shirt) for Tots class
Deadline is September 5th
Register on  the WWW.BRIT-AM.COM website

Download the flyer under forms & handouts.

Rosh Hashana Gift - Fundraiser for Our School
We will be offering for sale, a Rosh Hashana fabulous gift bag for $15 per bag. With each purchase 30% will be donated to our school. This great gift includes a Tehina made in Israel, with honey and a spoon, wrapped beautifully - for a Sweet & Healthy New Year. The gift packages will be available on Back to School Night. 

Suto Dance for ages 3-5, Boys and Girls - Mondays at 3:15 p.m.
Each year our school holds a dance class for boys and girls at Suto Dance Studio (located a minute away from our school). We have posted the Information and Registration sheets on the Forms & Handouts page. click here. 

Satisfaction Survey
This year we have drafted a survey so that you can help us learn what we can improve. We will be sending a link to each parent (mom and dad), and ask you to complete it. Tell us how did we do last year by completing the 4 min survey. Your feedback is critical to our performance and our success in the further. We trust that you can help us do better. Thank you for taking the 4 min survey.

Calendar Items
The calendar is available online Forms & Handouts. We have made changes as of August 1, 2013. Changes are marked in bold. A hard copy was sent to your home in August.

8/22/2013...... at 8 p.m. Thursday - Elementary (1st-6th grades) Back to School Night –  at Ken Gar. 
8/26/2013 ..... at 8 p.m. Monday @ Aish Center. Orientation Night - This evening is geared for new parents who have never been with our school during the school year. Even if you participated with us over the summer in the camp, please make sure to attend this important evening. During this meeting with me and the staff we will cover a great deal of important information, procedures and policies. 
8/29/2013.....at 8 p.m. Thursday @ Aish Center. Back to School Night - this meeting is for all parents (not elementary), novice and experts, where you will be meeting only with your teachers at your classroom and will go over the curricula and other important materials. Even if you attended Orientation Night on Monday, we still ask that you join Thursday to meet personally with your teachers and hear from them. 
8/30/2013....... from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Friday. Meet and Greet for the Primary and Toddlers (not Elementary) on our playground at the Aish center. 

When does school start?

Our school starts on different dates for different students level due to the upcoming transition time:

·       If you are a Returning Toddler staying in the Toddler program(18 month – 2 years old), who has been with us during the year or summer program, you are welcome to return on September 3rd (corrected 8/20) for half a day.

·       If you are a Returning Toddler graduating to the Primary program(2.5+ years old), who has been with us during the year or summer program you are welcome to return on September 4th (corrected 8/20) for half a day.

·       If you are a New Toddler - (you have never been with us before) you are welcome with your child for the first day on September 9th (corrected 8/20), for one hour in our classroom (9 - 10 a.m). The next day we will start transition with your child. Please check the attached copy of letter to Toddler’s Parents explaining the Transition process. It is important that you read the explanation to understand the schedule of the week for your child. Please read page 3 below

·       If you are a Returning Primary (Children 3 + years old who attended the PRIMARY class last year),you are welcome in our classroom on September 3rd (corrected 8/20) for half day.

·       If you are a New Primary (Children 3 + years old who are new to the school), you are welcome to our classroom on Monday, September 9th. Your child's schedule is half day for the first week of school. The reason why we invite you on this week, is because we would like the Returning Primary children to get readjusted to their classroom. Once they are comfortable in their environment, they serve as wonderful greeters and welcome the new children to the classroom.

·       If you are a Returning Elementary student or a First Grader who graduated our Primary classroom, your first day is August 27, full day. Note: Erev Rosh Hashana is half day.

·       Elementary students who are starting with our school for the first time are invited to our classroom for transition time with the teacher on August 21 and August 22 between 9 – 10:30 a.m.

 


7/25/2013
Last Year our Tzdaka project was to raise money for Chai Lifeline. We collected enough money to buy them few items. Chai Lifeline sent us a thank you letter and certificate to thank the Primary classes for their donation to the sick children of Chai Lifeline. we will be reading it to the children on the first week of school. 


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

Box Tops for Education

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