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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 Rolling Application Process

Spaces are still available for the 2015-16 school year beginning January 4, 2016 on rolling admission for children ages 18 months through 5 years. 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.) no later than December 11, 2015.

January Enrollment Form (Click to download)

Open House Dates for the 2016-17 School Year
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7pm (snow date Jan. 26)
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 10am (snow date. Jan 27)

Applications for the 2016-17 school year will be accepted beginning January 12, 2016

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

 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 part-time 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
Parent Handbook 2015-16
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: December 2015
Lunch Bunch Form: January 2016
Form: December Special Lunch Bunch
Form: January Special Lunch Bunch

Volunteer Opportunities
Descriptions of Preschool Committees
Parent Involvement

 Challah Orders

CLICK HERE to order Rosendorff’s challahs for Shabbat!

Challahs are $6.00 per loaf and must be picked up on Fridays by 4:00pm. Please submit your order and drop off payment in the synagogue office. Checks should be made out to Congregation Etz Hayim.


          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!

            CLICK HERE for the complete 2015-16 Preschool calendar on Google!

Thursday, November 5 | Staff Meeting; No Lunch Bunch

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

Monday, November 9 & Tuesday, November 10 | Parent Coffee

Wednesday, November 11 | Parent/Teacher Conferences. No school for children.

Wednesday, November 18, 11:30am | Thanksgiving Celebration. Lunch Bunch for Martial Arts class ONLY.

Thursday, November 19, 11:30am | Thanksgiving Celebration; No Lunch Bunch

Monday, November 23 | Last Math Class

Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27 | Thanksgiving Break (School CLOSED)

Tuesday, December 1 | Last Science Class

Wednesday, December 2 |
Challah Tots at Whole Foods (at Whole Foods Arlington, 2700 Wilson Blvd)

Thursday, December 3 | School CLOSED for Professional Development

Friday, December 4, 6:15pm | Tot Shabbat with Morah Deborah

Monday, December 7 & Tuesday, December 8 | Parent Coffee

Tuesday, December 8 & Wednesday, December 9 | Hanukkah Celebrations; No Lunch Bunch or Martial Arts

Wednesday, December 9, 6:00pm | Congregation Hanukkah Party

Monday, December 21 - Friday, January 1 | Winter Break (School CLOSED)

Wednesday, December 23 | Challah Tots at Whole Foods (at Whole Foods Arlington, 2700 Wilson Blvd)

Monday, January 4 | Classes Resume.

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