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Recap - Back to School Night-August 27, 2012

Dear Parents,                                                                                                    August 27, 2012
We are so excited to start a new school year and are happy to have you with us. We wanted to share some of the important highlights of our Back to School Night on Monday. Here is a short recap: 
o       Parent Handouts  All Parents received the back to school packet. If you did not attend, the packet will arrive in the mail.
o     Please review the packet and familiarize yourself with all its contents.
o        All parents should have also received a school shirt that will be used for school trips, etc. If you did not take one, please come in and ask for one in the office. Shirts are available for parents in adult sizes to purchase for $5.
o        Communication with our school - We mainly communicate via emails. If you have not received an email from Ellie Lichtash , please contact me to add you to the e-mail list. 

o        Please use the Notes at the end of the Parents Handbook to communicate with the Teachers, or leave a message on Extension 20. El Class – we will have an email for class. Again, Check the Parents Page/Director’s Desk each week.

o        Please check the Parents Page on the left side bar on the website for Director Desk and Bulletin updates. You will find the list of items that you need for school – such as Indoor Shoes!

o        Vision: we shared our vision of expanding the school and the opening of our elementary class this fall 2012. 

o        Introducing Rabbi Buxbaum. Rabbi B invites the school parents to join the  Aish Community for the High Holidays services at the JCC of Greater Washington. Free Admission for Alef Bet Families. Check

o        Introducing - Miriam Singer, our Judaic Director, and new staff members Jordon Grubnic, Orit Hertz. 

o        Introducing - Chair of the PTO, Maryanna Walls. Important: Please return the Volunteer page to us on the first day of school.

o        Gala Event this year: Mark your calendars for Dec. 6, 2012. Home of the Meltzer Family. Honoring Sally Oren, the wife of the Ambassador of Israel.

o        Extra Curricular Activities - at additional cost:

o        Soccer: children 3 and up can join a Soccer session on Tuesdays at 3:15, at Tilden Woods. Registration online will be available soon.

o        Dance Studio on Roseland Drive, walking distance from the school. A volunteer is needed to coordinate a school class.

o        Music Kids is offering violin classes at our school for an afternoon program. These are private lessons at additional cost. See School Forms on the left bar of the website. 

o        Ice Skating for Elementary Class.

o        Calendar items:  

§         School closed 9/3 – Labor Day 

§         School closed 9/17, 18 – for Rosh Hashana. 

§         Apple Picking Tuesday 9/12 at 4:30 p.m. at Homestead Farm 

Ø       Staff: Our 3 classrooms are named after the 7 species of Israel: Rimon (Pomegranate), Dvash (Honey) and Gefen (Vine). Each class has a Montessori teacher and support staff members.

Ø       Farhana is the teacher for Dvash (Primary Class Ages 3-6) Support staff – Jordon;

Ø       Sorah Rivka is the teacher for Rimon (Primary class Ages 3-6); Support staff – Ofer;

Ø       Sharmaleen is the teacher for Gefen (Toddler Class, Ages 18 month – 3) Support Staff – Efi and Marcia;

Ø       Melinda (Mrs. Melone) is the teacher for the Elementary Class ages 6 – 12 (1st through 6th grade), Support Staff – Miriam Singer and Orit Hertz.

Ø       Miriam Singer is the Director of Judaics for the School and the Director of Education for Primary Level.

Ø       Office staff includes: Janel Herman, Business Manger (on all questions of payments, contracts and so forth), and Golda Rivka (Assistant to the Head of School) and Ellie Lichtash, Head of School.

o        Arrival – importance of arriving on time. We ask you to drop your child between 8:30 - 8:45 a.m., we enforce locked door policy at 8:45 a.m., because of interruption to the Rimon Class. If you arrive after 8:45 a.m., please use the upper level door. 

o        Dismissal – Please note: in order to accommodate the number of cars on the driveway, parents have 2 options – Kiss and Ride Carpool Line or Park your Car and say Goodbye at the Door. If you choose Kiss and Ride, please do not get out of your car. If you need to take your time, please park your car. Morning time and dismissal are the busiest time for the teachers. Please try to avoid those times to have conversations with them. Parents are asked not to enter the classroom in the morning – but say Goodbye at the Door. 

o        Parents are invited in our classroom

o        Come and observe our classroom after the first Month – Please call to schedule time – you can join us on Friday mornings from 8:45 – 9:30, or schedule another time. 

o        Join us on Shabbat party, any Friday at 11 a.m. (avoid the first week) 

o        Join us for the Birthday party of your child (talk to the teacher how to do so) 

o        Meet with the teacher every Wednesday at 2 p.m. – 2:30 in the library for the first month. And every first Wednesday of the month from November till June. 

o        Coffee with the Director, every Thursday at 8:45 – 9:30 a.m. for the first month, and every first Thursday of the month from November till June. 

o        Observation for an hour is scheduled on the calendar. 

o        Most important phone number –Extension 20. This is where you can leave a message for your child's teacher. Also extension 20- check inclement weather and the emergency line. Please do not leave messages on the Directors’ line if they are for the teachers (such as: your child is late, he forgot lunch, you wanted to check if you need to bring diapers, etc. 

o        Make sure to pick up a School Shirt for your child and for yourself (used on Field trips and school activities.

o        Volunteer’s List for the year to the PTO – be sure to sign up for 2 items on the list 

o        Late Dismissal Option – 4:30 p.m. (not on Fridays) – And Early Drop Off – starting at 7:30 a.m.  Please let us know if you are interested. The cost for the year is on our tuition schedule. You can drop off per day as well. 

o        Please notify your teacher: If a parent is travelling or if there is a change in the house such as- Grandma is in town, someone close is going through a family crisis or procedure – please let us know. Your child’s emotions are dear to us, and every little change in the house affects her/him. 

Ellie Lichtash and Alef Bet Montessori Staff