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Preschool Resources

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Wednesday, October 8 | No Lunch Bunch (Staff Meeting)

Thursday, October 9 & Friday, October 10 | School CLOSED for Sukkot

Monday, October 13 | School CLOSED for Columbus Day

Thursday, October 16 |
Simchat Torah Klezmer Celebration, 6:15pm -- Join the congregation for singing, dancing, and live Klezmer music!

Thursday, October 16 & Friday, October 17 | School CLOSED for Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

Saturday, October 18 |
Tot Shabbat, 11:00am

Monday, October 20 | Foster Parent Information Session, 6:30pm-8:30pm (CLICK HERE for a flier with RSVP information)

Tuesday, October 21 & Wednesday, October 22 | Special Firefighter Lunch Bunch, 12:30pm

Wednesday, October 29 | School Photos for Chatool Sagol and Kof

Thursday, October 30 |
School Photos for Chatool Adom, Shafan, Parpar & Pilim


to order Rosendorff’s challahs for Shabbat!

Please place your orders by Monday evenings. Challahs are $6.00 per loaf, and checks must be made out to "Etz Hayim" and dropped at the office.  Please note, challahs need to be picked up on Fridays by 4pm.  Please make arrangements with the office if you cannot meet this time frame.

 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

 Preschool Application Process

The Preschool is open to members and non-members of Congregation Etz Hayim.  If you are interested in enrolling your child, please submit an Application Form.

 Download Preschool Forms

Find forms for your new or returning student and current information about Preschool activities.

Necessary Forms (Must complete & submit before school begins)
Student Profile form
Virginia School Entrance Health Form
Emergency Contacts and Permission to Treat form
Proof of Child's Identity form
Photo Release form
Early Drop Off tickets
Authorization for Dismissal form
Authorization to List in Preschool Directory form

In the Know: Calendars, Tuition & Challah Ordering
2014-15 Back to School Flier
2014-15 Preschool Year Calendar
2014-15 Preschool Holiday Celebration Calendar
2014-2015 Tuition Schedule
October 2014 Calendar

Other Forms and Materials
Parent Handbook
Learn about Lunch Bunch
Lunch Bunch Form: October 2014
Lunch Bunch Form: November 2014
Lunch Bunch Form: December 2014

Volunteer Opportunities
Descriptions of Preschool Committees
Parent Involvement

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