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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

Priority registration for current preschool and synagogue families is open now through January 30, 2015. Please email for a priority registration form.

For new families, open 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.).

Open Registration Form
(Click to download)

2015 Open House Dates

Etz Hayim Preschool will host two informational events for prospective families on Tuesday, January 13 from 6pm-7pm, and Wednesday, January 14 from 10am-11am.
If you would like to attend one of our Open House events, please RSVP to or 703-979-4466 by Monday, January 12th. Please note that
the evening event will not include teaching staff. Our Wednesday event will give you
an opportunity to observe interactions between our teachers and children.

Two additional informal open house play date events will be held on Sunday, February 8th and 22nd from 2pm-4pm. Come and see our preschool rooms and meet some of our preschool families.

 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

Parent Handbook
2014-15 Preschool Holiday Celebration Calendar
2014-2015 Tuition Schedule
Calendar: January 2015-September 2015

Early Drop Off and Lunch Bunch
Early Drop Off tickets
Learn about Lunch Bunch
Lunch Bunch Form: January 2015
Lunch Bunch Form: February 2015

Volunteer Opportunities
Descriptions of Preschool Committees
Parent Involvement


Wednesday, December 24 - Friday, January 3, 2015 | School CLOSED for Winter Break

Monday, January 5 |
Preschool classes resume

Tuesday, January 6 & Wednesday, January 7 |
Science Enrichment begins

Thursday, January 8 |
Soccer Enrichment begins

Sunday, January 11 |
Preschool Social Action Sunday, 1:00pm

Tuesday, January 13 |
Preschool Open House, 6:00pm-7:00pm (RSVP required:

Monday, January 19 - Martin Luther King Day |

Tuesday, January 20 & Wednesday, January 21 |
Rosh Chodesh Lunch

Wednesday, January 21 | Preschool Open House, 10:00am-11:00am (Rescheduled from January 14; RSVP Required:

Friday, January 30 |
Priority Preschool Registration Closes

Saturday, January 31 |
Tot Shabbat, 11:00am

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