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Preschool Resources

The JiFFY Newsletter  (Jewish Information for Families & You) is available through JConnect for your convenience.

Click Here for Preschool calendar events & notices!

2015-16 Preschool Application Process

Limited space is still available for 2015-16 school year. Please complete the following form, and return it to the preschool office along with your application fee and proof of identification for your child (birth certificate, passport, etc.).

For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Alexis Joyce in the preschool office at 703-979-4466 or

Open Registration Form
(Click to download)

 About Us
The Preschool at Congregation Etz Hayim is a thriving part of our congregational family. By way of our skilled teachers, excellent student-teacher ratio, and rich curricula, our youngest members are immersed in Judaism and make new friends. Your child will learn the traditions of Shabbat and other Jewish holidays, visit Israel as they learn about its culture with the guidance of well-traveled teachers, and take educational field trips—recently the zoo and the supermarket. The children express themselves through art, music, drama, crafts, storytelling, and role-playing with a Jewish twist.

The Preschool was created to offer the youngest members of our community the opportunity to engage in early learning experiences within a Jewish setting. We offer a traditional preschool curriculum in addition to teaching about Jewish heritage and customs. We enroll students in two-, three-, four-, and five-day classes, including an option for early drop off.

We are committed to helping each child develop emotionally, physically, socially, intellectually, and spiritually. Each child is appreciated for her or his uniqueness.

Every action-packed weekday at our Preschool includes both structured learning and unstructured social time and play with other children—both inside and outside. Every family is connected to the curriculum and progress their child is making toward developmental goals with parent-teacher conferences, backpack mail, and e-mail as needed.

The Preschool experience does not end in the classroom. Join our community at Tot Shabbats, Preschool Family Shabbat Services and dinners, puppet shows, Purim Carnival, and picnics. After-school enrichment programs in art, sports, and Jewish literacy make Congregation Etz Hayim’s Preschool the place to be.

The sturdy foundation of Judaism constructed in our Preschool seamlessly supports our Religious School program—watch your children apply what they have learned en route to bar or bat mitzvah.

For more information, please contact our Preschool Director at

 Preschool Educators

Alexis Joyce, Preschool Director

 Forms and Materials

Required Forms - Must be submitted before school starts

VA School Entrance Health Form
Student Profile
Emergency Contact & Permission to Treat
Authorization of Dismissal
Photo Release

In the Know: Parent Handbook, Calendars & Tuition

2015-2016 Tuition Schedule
2015-16 Preschool Holiday Celebration Calendar

Calendar: October & November 2015

Early Drop Off and Lunch Bunch
Early Drop Off tickets
Learn about Lunch Bunch
Lunch Bunch Form: September and October 2015

Volunteer Opportunities
Descriptions of Preschool Committees
Parent Involvement

 Challah Orders

Information about ordering challahs coming soon!


           Re-link your Harris Teeter VIC card to Etz Hayim Preschool!
Our TIE code is 2472. Simply link your card on your next visit to Harris Teeter, or use your login at the Harris Teeter website. You can link up to 5 schools to one card!

Thursday, September 10, 7pm | Parent Orientation- This event is for parents only.

Friday, September 11, 11:00am-12:30pm | Open House for Parents and Students

Monday, September 14 | SCHOOL CLOSED for ROSH HASHANAH

Tuesday, September 15 | SCHOOL CLOSED for ROSH HASHANAH

Wednesday, September 16 | First Day of School!

Tuesday, September 22 | Kol Nidre; SCHOOL IN SESSION. No Lunch Bunch

Wednesday, September 23 | SCHOOL CLOSED for YOM KIPPUR

Sunday, September 27, 5:00pm | Sukkot Family Event

Monday. September 28 | SCHOOL CLOSED for Sukkot

Tuesday, September 29 | SCHOOL CLOSED for Sukkot

Friday, October 2, 6:15pm | Tot Shabbat with Morah Deborah


Tuesday, October 6 | SCHOOL CLOSED for SIMCHAT TORAH

Monday, October 12 | Columbus Day; SCHOOL IN SESSION

Friday, October 23, 5:30pm | Young Children’s Shabbat and Potluck Dinner

Wednesday and Thursday October 28 and 29 | School Pictures

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