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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

Registration begins on Monday, February 2, 2015. 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)

Summer Camp Registration

Registration for Etz Hayim Preschool's Summer Camp is now open! Our theme this summer is Community Helpers. CLICK HERE for more information and for the registration form. Early bird registration closes May 15th.

Book Fair!

The Book Fair will be held Tuesday, May 5th through Friday, May 8th. Shop before and after school as well as Tuesday night and online. Our online book fair is open through May 19th. CLICK HERE to visit the online fair!

Join us Tuesday, May 5th from 5:30 to 7:00pm for Pajama Story Night! We will be collecting New pajamas and books to benefit the Pajama Program. Don't forget to wear your pajamas! If you cannot join us Tuesday evening, pajama and book donations will be accepted all week.

Breakfast with Books will be held Friday from 9:45am to 11am and is especially for families with babies and toddlers ages 3 and younger. Join us for a light breakfast, story time and information on how you can bring new books for free into your home each month through the PJ Library.

 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

 Challah Orders

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.

 Forms and Materials

In the Know: Parent Handbook, Calendars & Tuition

2015-2016 Tuition Schedule
2014-15 Preschool Holiday Celebration Calendar

Calendar: January 2015-September 2015 
(See attached update)

Early Drop Off and Lunch Bunch
Early Drop Off tickets
Learn about Lunch Bunch
Lunch Bunch Form: May and June 2015

Volunteer Opportunities
Descriptions of Preschool Committees
Parent Involvement


Sunday, May 3 | Lag Ba'Omer Picnic, 10:00am (at Lacey Woods Park)

Tuesday, May 5 - Friday, May 8 | Book Fair!

Tuesday, May 5 | Pajama Story Night (5:30-7:00pm)

Friday, May 8 | Breakfast with Books (9:45-11am) for families with toddlers

Tuesday, May 12 & Wednesday, May 13 | Brazilian Lunch

CALENDAR UPDATE: Thursday, May 14 | Lunch Bunch and Soccer

Friday, May 15 | Early Bird Camp Registrations Closes

Wednesday, May 20 & Thursday, May 21 | Shavuot Celebrations

CALENDAR UPDATE: Thursday, May 21 | Staff Appreciation Lunch -- NO LUNCH BUNCH

Monday, May 25 - Shavuot; Memorial Day | Preschool CLOSED for Shavuot and Memorial Day

Thursday, June 4 | School Picnic (at Westover Park)

Friday, June 5 | Last Day of Preschool; Pilim Siyyum

Monday, June 15 | Summer Camp begins!

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