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"Discipline and freedom are so co-related that if there is some lack of discipline, the cause is to be found in some lack of freedom."  Maria Montessori
5/22/2015
HAPPY SHAVUOT HOLIDAY  
WE WILL SEE YOU ALL NEXT TUESDAY

Today's Shavuot Programming was a smashing success!
A big round of applause to all the students and staff that participated in Alef Bet's own walk to Jerusalem for the Shavuot holiday.  We did a processional with drumming, signs of all seven species, our toddlers carrying baskets of vegetables and fruits and a presentation of our first harvest offerings to our own in-house COHANIM (MATAN & ELI) at the KOTEL. There was music, food, popsicles and as always a bit of learning! Enjoy the slideshow of today's festivities! 

YouTube Video



http://www.visraelschool.com/pages/unit_detail?unit=unit_twelve&activity=videos&lang=English

Elementary Shakespeare experience...
We are so proud of our Elementary Class and their participation in the 36th  Folger Children's Shakespeare Festival.  The event took place on Monday, May 18th at the Folger Shakespeare Theater in Washington DC.  Our students performed an abridged version of "Hamlet" to the hundreds in attendance. Yasher Koach to the Elementary (2nd, 3rd and 4th graders) Class on a wonderful performance:



Summer Camp - Time to Sign Up
During the Summer we have a Camp program at Alef Betclick hereThe program for ages 18 months - 3.5 years old remains the same. But for 4 (as of Sept 1) and up, it is operated on our facility by Gan Israel. All the info is on our web under Programs. 

MoEd, an award winning Jewish After-school Program 
is coming to your neighborhood. 

In the academic year of 2015/2016 MoEd will open in the Alef Bet Montessori school on Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda (Near Wildwood Shopping Center). 
Transportation will be provided through Montgomery County Public School buses. 
MoEd currently has other locations operating in Chevy Chase, MD
and the DCJCC. 
Join us and learn about the program and bring for your family. 
Open House 
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 
4 p.m. -5:00 p.m. 
Alef Bet Montessori School 
5701 Grosvenor Lane 
Bethesda, MD 20814 
Visit our website: www.moedcommunity.or
For more information please contact Orna at orna@moedcommunity.org

Removal of Portables
We are glad to share with you that Montgomery County Public Schools intend to remove the 4 portables (temporary class structures) behind our building attached to our entry way to the building near the Primary classrooms.
The removal and construction will start Monday and will last 2 weeks. During this time we will be changing the outdoor play area for our school and also will be taking advantage of the Fleming park located 2 blocks away from our school, on Fleming Ave.
As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns,
Ellie
5/15/2015
We Are Ready for Shavuot!  Thursday, May 21
Shavuot, which we will celebrate in a week is a "double celebration" of both the giving of the Torah and the festival of entry into the promised land. While we are envious of those of us living in Israel, in our small school we plan to replicate the Festival of entry into the Promised Land. and fulfilling the Mitzva of going to Jerusalem. We will be marking the holiday at school  on Thursday May 21, at 11 a.m. with a parade and a large outdoor activities.

Please send your child with a School white shirt and blue pants/skirt. 

Shakespeare Theater Festival
Our Elementary students will be participating this year at the Children's Shakespeare Festival at the Folger Theater 201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 this Monday, May 18. All information was sent home in an email. Please let the office know if you did not receive it. (info@alefbet....)

Calendar Items:
5/18 - Elementary at the Folger Shakespeare Theater Festival, in DC, performing Hamlet. Added on 4/15/2015.
5/20 Open House for Prospective Parents 9 a.m. - 10 a.m
5/21 Shavuot Ice Cream Party at the after care 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. drop off price $10.
5/8/2015
Picture Day pictures by Freed Photography
Dear Parents,
Freed Photography is working tirelessly to our children's portraits. We hope to have the the Freed link posted to all individual and class photos by next Wednesday, May 13th.

This week has been full of lots of fun! Check out this video!!

YouTube Video



5/1/2015
Lag B'Omer Bon Fire Party on Thursday
Don't forget to RSVP for our fabulous Lag B'Omer Bonfire. More about Lag B'Omer read here.
The event will take place on Thursday, May 7th 4-6pm
Please see the attached flyer for info on food and payment.
If you could fill out the form and send it back with your child(ren) by Friday, May 1st -we would greatly appreciate it!
NOTE:
May 7th is a 3:30 pm dismissal from AFTERCARE - there will be no aftercare past 3:30 p.m.
It will be an event filled with food, fun and song! Looking forward to seeing you there!
Any questions? Email us at info@alefbetmontessori.org

Garden and Botany Lessons at our School
Over the past two days the Elementary Program have been quite busy. Many children had the opportunity to bring some of their botany studies alive through a GOING OUT trip to he US Botanical Gardens. While there, students had the chance to see real living examples of many of the varieties of plant types they had been learning about in class.
We have also been continuing to work on our garden and set up our worm composting bin in class. Children have also continued to work on creative writing, writing using patterns of basic sentences, adverbs and non-fictional prose. They are using those  skills to write journals to describe their gardening experience. 
Students also continued working on their Hebrew handwriting and reading skills through Chumash and Hebrew lessons. Many children have also been intrigued by stories of the Neviim (Prophets) and have been studying the structure and content of Tanach. Many students have also begun working on basic concepts of algebra and honing math skills at various levels of complexity with the basic operations. We have also experimented with wind, currents of the ocean and collected and observed samples from the natural environment near school.

Calendar Items:
5/6 - Parent Teacher Conferences. Noon Dismissal for children. Babysitting available at extra cost. Meeting with teachers start at noon. 
5/7 - Lag B'Omer Bon Fire Party. More about Lag B'Omer read here. No Coffee with the Director this day.
5/8 - Grandparents Day - 8:30 - 10:30 am at the school.(Previously was on 5/21).
5/18 - Elementary at the Folger Shakespeare Theater Festival, in DC, performing Hamlet. Added on 4/15/2015.
5/20 Open House for Prospective Parents 9 a.m. - 10 a.m
4/24/2015
Yom Hazmaut - Israel Independence Day
This week we marked Memorial Day and Israel Independence Day with a celebration of our Graduation. 



      

Care for the Birds 
Dear Parents, the birds in the Elementary are available on weekends and weeks over the summer.  If you are interested in taking the birds home for a visit, please click on the link below to sign up. Easy instructions are provided on how to care for the birds.  Your kids will love you if you do this :)  Bird Care Sign Up
Thank you,
Ms. Hess & Rabbi Moses

Summer Camp Registration
The summer is approaching quickly. Please make sure to sign up for summer camp. For details click here

Picture Day on Tuesday April 28
Dear Parents, on Tuesday we will be taking individual and Class Pictures of our children and staff. Please send your child with fresh clothing, and a change of cloths if needed. The photographers (Freed Photography of Bethesda) will be here starting 9 a.m. and will be taking pictures of all the children. We have sent home the flyer by Freed Photography. You will be able to order the photos online.                                                                       

Elementary to Perform at the Folger Shakespeare Festival - Mark the Date May 18, 2015
Parents of the Elementary program (1st - 6th grade):
We have the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Children's Shakespeare Festival. Our performance of Hamlet will be on Monday May 18, 2015 between 9 a.m. -1 p.m. We received a special exception which allows our second years to participate. The students will travel by metro to the festival in D.C. 
The Folger Children's Shakespeare Festival brings hundreds of students in grades 3–6 together to perform Shakespeare for one another. Students engage with Shakespeare's language, characters, and plays by performing a scene, and they learn from the performances of others.
We will send you more information as soon as the Shakespeare Theater sends it out.
All the best,
Ms. Hess and Rabbi Moses

Did you know?
"Childhood experience shapes the structure of the developing brain" and the most important component in the first years is Love. Read more about the importance of the first year. National Geographic 2015. 
 


Calendar Items:
4/28 - Picture Day - Added on 4/13/2015. With Freed Photography.
4/28 - Elementary Parents and Children - Class Workshop (5:30 pm - 7 pm) (Originally scheduled for 4/15.)
4/30 Open House for Prospective Parents 9 a.m. - 10 a.m

5/6
 - Parent Teacher Conferences. Noon Dismissal for children. Babysitting available at extra cost. Meeting with teachers start at noon. 
5/7 - Lag B'Omer Bon Fire Party. More about Lag B'Omer read here. No Coffee with the Director this day.
5/8 - Grandparents Day - 8:30 - 10 am at the school.(Previously was on 5/21).
5/18 - Elementary at the Folger Shakespeare Theater Festival, in DC, performing Hamlet. Added on 4/15/2015.
5/20 Open House for Prospective Parents 9 a.m. - 10 a.m

Highly Recommended Movie for your Teens 


4/17/2015
Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Day Remembrance
This week we marked Holocaust Memorial Day through the great honor of hosting Mr. and Mrs. Novice: two individuals who lived through difficult times during World War II in Europe. Our Elementary students (first through sixth grade) participated in the conversation by asking questions and sharing personal family recollections related to the Holocaust. As a result of books and conversations we have been having over the past several days, the students had the chance to hear from and appreciate the stories of earlier generations. 

YouTube Video


After our program concluded, students picked up with biographical research projects. We also worked on math operations and multiples. Students practiced composing numbers and understanding place value. We also continued with Chumash lessons, practice with written and spoken Hebrew and research of Israeli geography and culture. Students practiced identifying various parts of speech and continued language explorations with creative and non-fiction writing.

Ms. Hess and Rabbi Moses
Alef Bet Montessori
Elementary

Folger Shakespeare Theater Children's Festival
Elementary Parents, please mark your calendars for 5/18 - Elementary children will perform Hamlet at the Folger Shakespeare Theater Festival, in DC. Added on 4/15/2015 More information will be sent shortly. Please plan for 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. for performance time.

New Garden Installation at Alef Bet!
We are proud to announce that earlier this week Alef Bet installed two
6' x 8' garden beds. We can't wait to start planting, growing, and harvesting our own vegetables.  A huge shout out to our Garden Angel - Ami Sheintal (Grandfather of Matan Katz) who has donated the garden to be named after his boyhood home in Israel, Gan Shomron.  Stay tuned for more updates on this wonderful new endeavor.


Calendar Items:
4/23 - Graduation / Chag Ha-Chumash Party. Independence Day of Israel.
4/28 - Picture Day - Added on 4/13/2015. With Freed Photography.
4/28 - Elementary Parents and Children - Class Workshop (5:30 pm - 7 pm) (Originally scheduled for 4/15.)
4/30 Open House for Prospective Parents 9 a.m. - 10 a.m

5/6
 - Parent Teacher Conferences. Noon Dismissal for children. Babysitting available at extra cost. Meeting with teachers start at noon. 
5/7 - Lag B'Omer Bon Fire Party. More about Lag B'Omer read here. No Coffee with the Director this day.
5/8 - Grandparents Day - 8:30 - 10 am at the school.(Previously was on 5/21).
5/18 - Elementary at the Folger Shakespeare Theater Festival, in DC, performing Hamlet. Added on 4/15/2015.
5/20 Open House for Prospective Parents 9 a.m. - 10 a.m

3/27/2015
HAPPY PASSOVER
3/30 - till 4/10.  School Closed. Spring Break and Passover.

How did we Celebrate and Prepared for the Seder?
Check out what has been happening this past week as we have been preparing for Passover. The toddlers made homemade grape juice. The Primary classes had Seder meals in their classrooms. The Elementary planned, cooked, and had a Seder meal. They also re-enacted the story of Passover.

Passover 2015



Clay Project at the Elementary Level
Dear Parents,
The Elementary children have started learning about ceramics. Eli C., Matan and Itai went out digging for clay near the Rock Creek Trail and we found some interesting things. We plan to make clay pots out of both purchased and collected clay.
In the future we would like to fire these pots in something called a “pit firing.” This technique fires the clay and hardening it similar to a kilm. We will be digging a hole in the ground, filling it with an assortment of papers, woods and colorants, lighting the pit on fire, and letting the pots sit in this assortment for an extended period of time. The pit firing will take place at the end of April beginning of May. Further information will be coming on the specific time and day.
There are specific things you can put into the pit that will have different effects on how the pots will be decorated. Different chemicals interact with the clay in different ways. Things that have either copper, iron, or salt in its make-up have chemical effects on the surface of the pots and give them different colors or textures. For example banana peels are a known colorants because they make a beautiful purple color when thrown into the pit with the pots.
It’s important to start collecting materials for the firing, and we would really appreciate the help of the families. Materials that are useful:
- Wood shavings/sawdust/ wood-chips
- Newspapers
- Any sort of dry wood (pallets, wooden boxes, anyone who is in the restaurant business they usually throw away wooden crates which are perfect!)
- Colorants!
The children will be coming home with a list of colorants. Please collect over the break and bring when we return, along with any other materials that would be useful for the firing.
If you are interested in reading more about pit firings I’ve attached a link:
http://www.upinsmokepottery.com/pit-firing.html
or
http://www.eduardolazo.com/pitinstruct.html
and this website posts a lot of before an after pictures of different colorant experiments!:
http://www.roguepotters.com/2013/02/03/first-urban-pit-firing/


3/20/2015
Calendar Items:
3/25- Open House for Prospective Parents 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
3/30 - till 4/10.  School Closed. Spring Break and Passover.

4/15
 - Elementary Parents and Children - Class Workshop (5:30 pm - 7 pm) 
4/16 - Considering the Montessori Elementary Program? Coffee with the Director at 8:45- 9:45. Please join us for an informative Open House about Montessori Elementary program. Bring a friend, and come see.
4/16 - Yom Hashoa Program. (Elementary Program only). 
4/23 - Graduation / Chag Ha-Chumash Party. Independence Day of Israel.
4/30 Open House for Prospective Parents 9 a.m. - 10 a.m

5/6
 - Parent Teacher Conferences. Noon Dismissal for children. Babysitting available at extra cost. Meeting with teachers start at noon. 
5/7 - Lag B'Omer Bon Fire Party. More about Lag B'Omer read here.
5/8 - Grandparents Day - 8:30 - 10 am at the school.(Previously was on 5/21).
5/20Open House for Prospective Parents 9 a.m. - 10 a.m


ALEF BET MONTESSORI IS BLOOMING WITH
NEW PROJECTS

Here at Alef Bet not only is our school growing, 
but what we have to offer is too!

We are expanding the breathe of our amazing programs with the following Spring 2015 Projects:

Kitchen installation: We are excited to announce that our school kitchen will be operational after Pesach. This will allow us to serve hot meals and enjoy the “joys of cooking” with the students. The kitchen with be dairy/parve and will also be used by a local caterer. We are very thankful that the majority of the kitchen equipment was donated by an Alef Bet Angel and that In-N-Out Movers was kind enough to move it all to Alef Bet as a Mitzvah Move! Thanks to all that have been part of this amazing project!

Action Sensory Gym: It is a pleasure to let you all know that with the help of Matan and Fun & Function, Alef Bet will install an Action Sensory Gym in Classroom 15 before the end of the school year. The gym includes: jumping stations, a special rope swing, climbing wall and lots more! We are still looking for funding help to ensure the success of the project. Alef Bet feels that this will be a great addition to enhance the learning of our students that need Occupational Therapy and work with Dr. Curro. Email development@alefbetmontessori.org if you would like to help with this project!

Spring Showers Bring May Flowers (and vegetables!): With great pride we announce the creation of the new Alef Bet Garden. With the help of one of our student’s grandfathers and our angel donor – we will be installing the beds in early April. Our Elementary students have already begun to plant the seedlings indoors that will be moved outside as weather permits. Our sincere thanks to the parents that contributed the hundreds of packets of seeds! The gardens will consist of all types of vegetables and flowers – the students will receive hands on experience planting, growing and harvesting. We look forward to the “fruits (and veggies) of our labor” as the school year comes to a close!

A big round of applause to the many generous parents, grandparents and supporters of Alef Bet that are making these projects and come to fruition. We can’t thank you enough for your hard work and efforts to ensure that all our students grow and thrive in this fabulous place we all call home – Alef Bet Montessori! Want to be involved? We’d love to have your help… call
301-556-5010 or email:devlopment@alefbetmontessori.org

3/13/15
Pre-Pesach Food Drive: March 9 - March 30, 2015
Over the next three weeks, please bring your food donations in support of local area food banks.  A box is located inside our front entrance.  See details below.



March 15, 2015:  Good Deeds Day with Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Pre- registration for Good Deeds Day 
Closes on Tuesday!

Don’t miss your chance to join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington for Good Deeds Day, the biggest volunteering event of the year. On March 15, over 6,500 people have signed up to be a DO GOODER! Many of the projects are filling up, so make sure to secure your spot today!

Grab your space in these exciting projects before they fill up:

  • Help build and paint devices for the therapeutic riding program at the Potomac Horse Center
  • Assist at A Wider Circle’s furniture and housewares donations warehouse
  • Deliver Care Packages to local Holocaust survivors with The Jewish Federation
  • Assemble meal and hygiene kits for vulnerable members of our community at Washington DCJCC
  • Join The Jewish Federation to clean up Glenmont Park in Silver Spring with Family and Friends

Reserve your spot today!

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Read more and register today at GoodDeedsdayGW.org

Good Deeds Day is made possible by Drs. Ellen and Stuart Lessans, in loving memory of Sara and Samuel J. Lessans.

Good Deeds Day is produced in partnership with Federation's Jconnect, the local Jewish Community Centers, Federation partner agencies, congregations and other organizations.

IF you require special accommodations, please contact us, and we will make every effort to meet your needs.

Photographs will be taken at this event, and your picture may appear on our website or in other publications. If you do not want your image to appear, please contact us so that we may honor your request.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington welcomes the participation of interfaith couples and families, and people of all abilities, backgrounds and sexual orientations.



3/6/2015
Happy Purim Festival
What an Amazing Staff - What a Party
Our staff braved the slushy roads, unclear small streets and opened our school today. Few other schools, JCCGW, Har Shalom, Tikvat Israel and YI Shomrai also opened with a delay. 
Our staff came to work today to make sure we celebrate with our children Shushan Purim. What a great team of Staff Members we have. Please show they your appreciation and thank them, when you see them or via email. 
Shushan Purim is the day in which Purim is celebrated in Jerusalem and other walled-cities (to  read more click here). The Multi Purpose room and the Toddler Play room were a great party place. We place a huge Moon bounce for the children. Each class took turn and had a ball. Volunteer teenage girls from Aish community helped our children with face coloring. It was a great day. The children were surprised and thrilled.

Don’t Text While Parenting — It Will Make You Cranky
A new study from Boston Medical Center reveals that parents who get absorbed by email, games or other apps have more negative interactions with their children, making them feel like they're competing for attention with their parents' gadgets, for full article click here.  Thank you to Melissa Stein (mother of Madeline and Zoe) for sharing.

Calendar Items:
Don't forget to spring forward! Clocks change ahead an hour on Saturday night, March 7th.

3/12 - Coffee with the Director - Join us for a coffee and discussion about child development.
3/18- Open House for Prospective Parents 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
3/30 - School Spring Break, and Passover.

2/27/15
Calendar Items:

3/4 - Purim Party in each classroom at 11 a.m. - Noon Dismissal.
3/5 - Purim Day, School Closed. 


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



2/6/2015

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

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

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

Parenting Classes - Learning Social Skills for Children

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

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

1/30/2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to access the full community calendar

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

The Parenting Treat Box  

CURSIVE WRITING V. 
Since when do kindergartners learn to write in cursive? Most public schools don’t even start teaching cursive writing until at least third or fourth grade, if they teach it at all. While us Montessorians have deliberated for years whether children should learn to write first in cursive or manuscript, we've all agreed cursive was an essential skill. 
Click here for the full article.

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

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

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

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












































































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

Box Tops for Education

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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! 
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