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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)

 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: March 2015
Lunch Bunch Form: April 2015

Volunteer Opportunities
Descriptions of Preschool Committees
Parent Involvement


Tuesday, February 24 | Make-up Science class (from Feb 17th)

Saturday, February 28 |
Tot Shabbat, 11:00am

Sunday, March 1 |
Purim Carnival, 11:00am-1:00pm   ($10/child, $20 max per family, Adults free!)

Tuesday, March 3 & Wednesday, March 4 |
Purim Celebrations

Monday, March 9 |
Yoga Begins

Tuesday, March 10 | Kids' Fitness Begins

Wednesday, March 11 | Martial Arts Begins

Tuesday, March 17 & Wednesday, March 18 | Tie Dye Lunch Bunch

Thursday, March 19 | Final Soccer Class

Friday, March 20 | Young Children's Shabbat & Potluck Dinner, 5:30pm

Saturday, March 21 | Tot Shabbat, 11:00am

Sunday, March 22 | Religious School Open House, 10:00am-11:30am

Wednesday, March 25 & Thursday, March 26 | Passover Celebrations

Monday, March 30 | Spring Break Begins (School CLOSED March 30 - April 10, classes resume Monday, April 13)

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