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Early Childhood Center-School Year 2016-2017

"Play is the highest expression of human development."
Welcome to The One School At Temple Beth Am, Celebrating the Whole Child. We understand and respect that every child is essentially, ‘the one.’ Every child is unique. The specifics of how we nurture and grow each child are dependent entirely upon the needs of the child. This is how we celebrate each child - by engaging him or her at his or her point of need. The One School partners with every parent to ensure every child is championed and educated as an individual.

The One School is a NAEYC Accredited, Reggio Emilia Nature-inspired school, serving ages 18 months to five years. The One School offers certified teachers, a low student/teacher ratio, an emergent creative curriculum and specialty areas of study including science, art, music, foreign language and nature study. The One School’s curricula are supplemented by young family programs and parenting workshops, an infant and toddler program, Family Center, Summer Camp, after school enrichment classes and an active and instrumental Parent Teacher Organization. A commitment to contribute to the community and the world at large is also a part of the school’s social justice philosophy.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The One School

Today is a very special day, and since it affects all of us, we would like to take this opportunity to let you in on the big secret. Effective today, we are proud to announce that we have formally changed our name to The One School at Temple Beth Am. We have also added a new tag line, “Celebrating the Whole Child.”

This name change does not signal a change in our school’s curriculum or approach to early childhood learning. As The One School, we will continue to provide our play-based environment, as play is the highest expression of human development in early childhood. The One School continues to encourage self-confidence, self-reliance and a strong sense of belonging.

The countdown to our Open House Event is now at 24 days. With this new name comes a reason for celebration, so we hope that you, your family and friends will join us for an afternoon of fun on Sunday, January 12th from 3 – 5pm. There will be food, a petting zoo, make and take crafts and interactive exhibitions of our soccer, cooking, art, science and nature enrichment activities. Registration will be open for the 2014 – 2015 school year and anyone who enrolls a child on the day of the open house will receive $75 off the family registration fee, as well as FREE registration for summer camp. That’s a $150 value!

Finally, we would like to thank everyone for being a part of our school family. We are happy to share such an auspicious event in the life of our school with all of you and are committed to making a difference in your children’s lives every day that they are here. Most of all, we are grateful for the trust you have placed in us and promise you that we will not take that for granted.

Ms. Paula and Ms. Sherrie

The One School Administration

Friday, December 6, 2013

We Give Thanks for a great Thanksgiving Celebration

 Thank you to all those that made Thanksgiving Head Start celebration so special.

                                    Thank you to Lisa Board for her continual support
Thank you to Jana Taylor for facilitating the lunch and gifts for Head Start
Thank you to  Jackie Feldman for taking great pictures!

Mazel visits Kid's Shabbat

On November 15, 2013, the gift of time, fun and laughter made Kid’s Shabbat with Mr. Brett, at Temple Beth Am a hugely popular and successful evening. Featuring a visit from Mazel, the Shabbat Puppy, this family-friendly event was a perfect way to kick off Temple Beth Am’s participation in the Friedman CJE’s traveling curriculum based on the book written by Leslie Kimmelman and illustrated by Jaime Zollars. Rabbi Alon Levkovitz read Mazel’s beautiful story of finding Shabbat peace and Mr. Brett hosted a lively Shabbat sing-a-long to eighty preschoolers, siblings, moms and dads. The children hugged and danced with their favorite furry friends that they had brought from home. Decorations of dog houses and puppy puppets, created by the school’s Shining Stars, brought further excitement to the program as the children acted out their own stories throughout the informal Shabbat dinner that followed. Our families’ donations of much needed supplies for the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League rounded out the Shabbat experience with acts of the mitzvot of tikkun olam and gemilut chadisim.

We love Mazel!
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Mazel is Here

Mazel, the dog from the book Shabbat Puppy by Leslie Kimmelman and illustrated by Jaime Zollars is visiting our school for the month of December.  Each day he becomes part of our classrooms and participates in our activities and of course celebrates Shabbat with us.  Mazel brings many Jewish values to life as we read the book, Shabbat Puppy. In this book, Noah and his Grandpa take a walk every Shabbat and look for Shabbat Shalom, or Shabbath peace.  Noah wants to bring Mazel along on the walk but Grandpa thinks Mazel will disturb their Shabbat Shalom.  On their Shabbat walks they experience the remembering and observing of the Shabbath day, they participate in the value of shalom bayit (peace in the home) and they feel the awe and wonder of creation all around them on their walks together (appreciating God's creations). I hope you have a chance to read this delightful story and enjoy some of the simple, but important lesson in this book.  We are!!!!

Thank you to Friedman's CJE and PJ Library for sponsoring the Shabbat Puppy program

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
-Albert Einstein

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Princess Debate

"Marketers can claim 'princess' has the capacity to empower girls all they want; but at the end of the day, in the marketplace, princess culture always reduces girls’ interests to being pretty and finding romance," observed Rebecca Hain in her article "Anti-princess branding beyond the bandwagon" in Christian Science Monitor.

"As a result, the ubiquity of princesses actually limits young girls’ imaginations.  They aren’t seeing many other versions of girlhood promoted to them.  Although Melissa Wardy of Pigtail Pals Ballcap Buddies is always reminding people that there are many ways to be a girl, pop culture is showing girls too many minor variations on the princess theme and calling these similar items 'choices' — selling girls short in the process.

"The upshot is that today’s girls are like the sailors in Coleridge’s famous, poem 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.'  They’re adrift in a sea of princesses, and their imaginations are parched.  Being sold princesses everywhere they go — from toy stores to grocery stores to hardware stores — makes our girls’ worlds shrink."

In her article, Hain goes on to discuss the "princess pushback" and how some of the anti-princess branding has limitations of its own.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Scott Board Memorial Thanksgiving Program and Luncheon

The word Thanksgiving can be interpreted as giving thanks.  And today our community came together to give thanks for so many reasons.  We are so lucky to have our wonderful children who we cherish.
We are so lucky that so many in our community help in taking care of this world on child at a time.  Our Head Start friends enjoyed doing Thanksgiving crafts with our parents as others help prepare the beautiful meal donated by Morse Geriatric. Each child went home with gifts, and a basket of educational materials was given to Head Start teachers. Our teachers helped prepare our children so that they could sing words of joy and thanks. Thank you, Mr  Brett, our song leader who instills the love of music to our children. So many in our community donated their time today.  Thank you to Jana Taylor for organizing this event.  Special thanks to Dotty Wisch for always being there each year to volunteer to help with our program.  All food that was not eaten was donated to El Sol on military trail.  So many people to thank and so much to be grateful for.

                                     Thank you Jana Taylor
                             PTO moms preparing for Headstart
                                     Great Celebration
Gift for Headstart teachers

                                                 Headstart friends enjoyed the show
                                                   Thank you Alfredo and Marcello

                                     Thank you Mr. Brett
Thank you to all those that made our Thanksgiving celebration
so successful!
                                Kulanu- All of us Together!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

How to Win At Losing- Keeping our Children Healthy

Dr. Cathy Drour shared important information on keeping our children healthy. Pattern of food choices develop very early. And more importantly, they change our brain chemistry. Our job as parents are to make good health choices for our children before we cannot. Cathy gave us a great brochure to help guide families practice healthy living. 
5 eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day! 
2 limit recreational time to two hours or less every day (for under 2- no screen time)
1 Get one hour or more of physical activity every day
0 Drink zero sugary drinks every day.  Drink more water and low-fat milk.

Also check out the website" We Can" -ways to enhance children's activity and nutrition.

We have extra brochures in the office.  Come by

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Raising a thankful Child

Look for ways to be involved in community giving with your child.  These are some of the ways you can give right at Temple Beth Am Preschool!

1.  Bring in your old Halloween costumes to donate to Israel for Purim
2.  Pick a dreidle to buy a gift for children. JAFCO is the organization that cares for abused, neglected and special needs children in the Jewish community, and to work in partnership with families and the entire child
welfare community.
3.  Bring in dog and cat items for our collection for Peggy Adams Shelter.  With our visit from Mazel, the dog, we will be studying that we need to take care of animals that do not have homes.  Our collection begins at Kid's Shabbat this week.
4. Bring canned items for Headstart as part of our Thanksgiving program.
Collection will begin next week.

Jafco collection

Shubert has been visiting Shabbat and telling stories

You may have heard about Shubert,  He is a very special puppet who
really cares about our school and wants are children to learn about gratitude and other values The last two weeks Shubert has been talking about Thanksgiving and giving thanks. Being appreciative and thankful for what one has and for what others do for us are values that parents want their children to develop as they grow.
One great tip:  Keep gifts reasonable!  Why?  As children grow, it can be challenging to teach gratitude if they receive everything they ask for.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Good Mother

"I often hear people saying, 'Scott is such a great dad.' My husband is a great father. He is affectionate and fun, and he spends a lot of time with our kids. He bathes them and changes diapers and takes them out for ice cream and tries to soothe them when they’re sad. But it occurs to me that we set the bar much lower for fathers than we do for mothers.

"Because all those great things that my husband does, I do, too. I smother my kids in hugs and kisses. I say, 'I love you,' with my words and my actions throughout the day. I take them to the beach with their friends and keep them reasonably clean and reasonably well fed. I read their favorite books to them over and over again until the words feel like they’re melting my brain. And still, the Good Mother voice pops up to remind me that it’s just not good enough.

"One of the hardest things for me about being a mom is that I make about 107 little decisions every day, and most of the time, I am totally winging it. Unlike work at a paid job, I don’t get regular feedback on how I’m doing.

"So I think that as moms, we need to tell each other, 'You are such a good mom.' And we need to really hear it when our friends or family says it to us. We all parent differently. We parent from our personalities and from our wounds. From our heads and our hearts. We parent from our unconscious family patterns and from tips on books and blogs. And it is never perfect because we are human and messy, and our kids are human and messy."

"The Good Mother", Lynn Shattuck


Friday, November 1, 2013

Spanking May Leave a Lasting Impact on Children

Spanking may leave a lasting impact on children, well past their initial punishment.  This is the conclusion of an article inPediatrics, "Spanking and Child Development Across the First Decade of Life
  • Children who were spanked often early in life by their mothers were more likely to be aggressive later in childhood compared to kids who weren't spanked at all.
  • Being spanked by dads was also linked to vocabulary and language problems in kids.
  • Mothers who were still spanking their child by the age of 5 — no matter how often — were more likely to have a child who was more aggressive than his or her peers by the time they turned 9.
  • Mothers who spanked their child at least twice a week when they were 3 also had children more likely to have these problem behaviors.
  • Children who were spanked at least twice a week by their fathers at the age of 5 were more likely to score lower on vocabulary and language-comprehension tests

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fall is Here in Our school

We had such a good time making our hallway a beautiful fall
day.  Thank you teachers for decorating outside your rooms and
to Robin, our art specialist, for hanging our leaves and
preparing the final touches!!!

All dressed for Fall Day

Friday, October 25, 2013

Visit from Abraham and Sarah at Shabbat

Genesis 18:16
Abraham and Sarah were the focal point of  Shabbat!
We learned together that is so important to welcome guests into our home.
It is a mitzvah called Hachnasat Orchim.  Torah tells us that we should  go
above and beyond for our guests and  be polite when we visit others .

Parks make us Smarter -- Science proves it!

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Our Shining Stars are now smarter as they enjoyed a morning at the Park.
Our first field trip of the year!
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Last year, a group of Edinburgh architecture researchers asked a dozen students to take a walk. They began
on a tree-lined shopping drag, turned along the tranquil northern edge of the Meadows, one of the city’s larger parks, and wound up in a busy commercial district some half-hour later. The pastoral section of an otherwise urban jaunt, the researchers found, induced a significant increase in meditative thinking.
This may not strike you as a novel discovery. Thanks to Henry Thoreau’s trip to Walden Pond, Teddy Roosevelt’s sojourn in the Badlands, and America’s other legends of retreat, the idea that nature has restorative powers is deeply embedded in our culture. Science is in support: A raft of studies credit bucolic settings with reducing aggression, alleviating depression, and improving mental function.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Rabbi Alon 's "Raising a Spiritual Child"

Those who attended Rabbi's class on raising a spirtitual child learned of this week's parsha from the Torah.
In Parashat Vayeira, we learn about our patriarch Abraham, who kindness to guests was exemplary.  Abraham kept the sides of his tent open so that he could watch for the arrival of guests.  On this particular occasion a\Abraham was in this tent recovering from circumcision.  However, when he saw the strangers coming, he swiftly ran to offer the very best that he and Sarah could offer.  The welcome he and Sarah provided included providing the guests water for washing their feet and bidding them to rest in the shade.
The guests were also served a leisurely feast that consisted of cakes of fine-meal and tender calf.  Abraham was such a gracious host that when they left, he began....walking with them to send them off."  Genesis 18:16

Modeling more than the standard level of courtesy, Abraham embraced the spirit of hospitality. Rabbi encouraged those to use this story to help teach the importance of welcoming guests into our home.  

Here are some practical ways in which you can practice hospitlaity!
1.  Encourage your children to regularly particpate in playdates at your house
2.  Encourage them to accept invitations when they are invited to play at another children's homes
3. When you have house guests for an overnight visit, encourage your children to participate in making your guest feel comfortable.  They can set the table for dinner, or help bakes cookies for dessert.
4.  When you are invited to someone's house for a meal, model for and explain to your children the importance of bringing a small gift as a way of showing your appreciation.

These are some examples that evolve some sort of action:  planning, cooking, decorating, serving and ultimately demonstrating a genuine concern for and care about others.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Away for the Weekend

Our backyard from our Condo on Beech Mountain, NC.
I  enjoyed a cool relaxing weekend in North Carolina.
I am sorry I missed the holiday Bazaar.  I heard it was a huge success!
I believe the fresh cool air and scenery helped me come back refreshed and ready
for a great October week!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Don't Miss our Holiday Boutique

Please come support our school at the Holiday Bazaar
and get volunteer hours for just coming!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Helping Your Child Take Responsibility presented by Ginny Luther

Quoted from Ginny Luther's Newsletter

Routine is really the core of safety for all of us. We love to predict what is going to happen next because it helps us to feel more in control of our path. We can plan better and get more accomplished. As adults we rely on these daily from making lists to help remind us to using a GPS to guide us. We like to KNOW what is going to happen next. It helps us feels secure.
          Routines are important for children as well: especially young children who do not have mature self-talk that allows them to "think ahead" or predict the outcome of their choices. Toddlers are totally in the moment shifting from activity to activity needing on-the-spot redirection to help them stay on course. Four-year-olds make pictures in their heads that they talk out loud and of course they talk incessantly. They do not have much forethought in what to keep silent in their heads and what they can blurt out to others. Sometimes what comes out of their mouths is darn right scary.

Ginny Luther shared with us at our Parent Round Table Oct 2,

Emotions are critical for learning.  We are not in control of our child’s emotional responses.  Kids react in the moment.  Most of us parent out of guilt and based on how we were raised.
If we let them know what we want from them rather then what we don’t want they have a picture of a goal and are set up to succeed.  Whatever you focus on they will value.

Kids respond to your intent and energy.  Empathy is the key to communication.  This is when you can see and feel another’s point of view. 

It is so important to understand why children react in different situations.  We were so fortunate to have Ginny Luther, CCDI, LGA
Certified Conscious Discipline Instructor and Loving Guidance Associate  talk to us about the right way to discipline.  Interested in more information, please let our office know!

Telling and Retelling Stories

 The magnetic quality of the stories are the universal power to remember, entertain, inspire, create, and know.
Reading aloud and telling stories are both effective ways to share literature with young children and to support language and literacy learning. Children learn through retelling.  The first telling of a story for the teacher to a group of young children is an exciting introduction to the content, while retelling of the same story allows children to revisit the tale and refine their understanding. This pleasurable experience helps children develop concepts about words, print, and books.  Retelling also helps children build frameworks, characters, and vocabulary to use when they create stories.

Our school was filled with books from our Scholastic Book Fair to our participation in Read for the Record sponsored by the Literacy Coalition. We value children reading and teachers and parents reading aloud to their children.  Thank you, parents for supporting literacy for your children by donating books to the classroom.  They are greatly appreciated!!
Lisa from the Palm Beach Children's Hospital read us Otis by Loren Long

                Thank you to Amanda and Jennifer for leading our 
                  Scholastic Book Fair

We loved our breakfast and wearing pajamas
to school for our Scholastic Kick-off day

Thank you to all those who helped make the Scholastic Fair a success!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bake Sale

                                          thank you to the PTO for our wonderful bake sale

Friday, September 20, 2013

Ushpizin: Welcoming Guests into Your Sukkah

Sukkot tradition encourages families to ‘invite’ symbolic guests, biblical ancestors or
other people who we admire or who are important to us to be part of their Sukkot
celebration. One of the traditional activities is to tell stories in the sukkah. We all have
our favorite stories. 
Our children visited the sukkah all day today.  There were parties and meals in the Sukkah and lots of dancing and singing.  We enjoyed being with our friends in the Sukkah!  It is a mitzvah to be in the Sukkah.

Singing and Dancing in the Sukkah

Eating in the Sukkah

Our 2's enjoying Shabbat and Sukkot music

Dancing in the Sukkah

Mr Brett sang with our  toddler group about Sukkot

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Sukkot  begins four days after Yom Kippur. It is one of the three pilgrimage festivals. Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning “booths” or “huts,”refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest, as well as the commemoration of the forty years of Jewish wandering in the desert after Sinai. In ancient times, people would make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem to bring the first portion of their harvests to the priests to show thanks to God.On this holiday, we build small temporary shelters called sukkot (plural for sukkah) where families eat, socialize and even sleep, weather
Visit our sukkah anytime! Even in the rain!
                                                        In the Sukkah!
Mr. David shook the Lulav!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Teshuva- Act of Forgiving

On Yom Kippur, we do a process called teshuva – literally "return." Teshuva involves four steps:
  • Regret – acknowledging that a mistake was made, and feeling regret at having squandered some of our potential.
  • Cessation – Talk is cheap, but stopping the harmful action shows a true commitment to change.
  • Confession – To make it more “real,” we admit our mistake verbally, and ask forgiveness from anyone we may have harmed.
  • Resolution – We make a firm commitment not to repeat the harmful action in the future.
How can we teach our children character?
We want our children to react calmly to life’s twists and turns. Children cannot sometimes deal with even small disappointments. These are the little moments through which we can teach our children to remain composed while they confront their aggravations. Reacting calmly, working through the situation and not losing it despite being frustrated empowers a child to lead with his mind and not just his emotions.
The Gift of Anticipation
Many of us have fond memories of taking our film to be developed. We would anxiously wait for the allotted day and eagerly sort through the package of photos. Some have childhood memories of collections – coins, dolls, stamps, stickers, or stationary. Each time a new piece was acquired there was a feeling of thrill. Shopping trips meant waiting our turn and knowing that when the next sales person would be free we would be helped. I recall checking the mail each day waiting for friends overseas to respond to my letters. When I finally spotted the familiar writing, I would rip the envelopes open and hungrily read their words.
Our culture has trained us and our children to live in a world of instant gratification. In a split second pictures appear on our cameras. Food is zapped in the microwave. Emails and texts appear instantly. We buy online, our children scroll through shopping sites with ease. There is no learning to anticipate our turn. 
Our easy, hassle-free lifestyle has robbed our children of the gift of anticipation. Waiting for a moment to happen or anticipating a desired object makes us appreciate our gifts so much more. We value what we have because we have invested our time and energy. 
The Gift of Humility
There is another character trait that has remained out of reach as we try to make life easier for our children and that is the feeling of humility. When kids are not given the opportunity to see that others come first, they grow arrogant.
 As we greet a new school year, let’s help our children learn to confront the ups and downs with a more positive spirit. Allow them to learn that patience, anticipation, and humility make this world a better place for us all to live in.

Friday, September 6, 2013

A New Year and A New Garden

Today was a good start for our garden plan.  Liz Perez, Amy Russell, and our landscape architect, Albert
Jacob staked out  the beginning plans for the garden.  The garden plan is on its way---can't wait.  We will be planting seedlings very soon with your children

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Happy Happy New Year!

What a wonderful start to our new year it was.  As our children left on Wednesday afternoon, parents and children greeted me with wishes for a happy year!  It was so heart-warming as I left to prepare for the holiday.  Again, on Thursday I was greeted by preschool graduates, and my own  families from preschool as we entered the family Rosh Hashanah service.  Rabbi Alon, Mr Brett, and Cantor Jessica with a rock band led a warm, fun and meaningful service for our families.  The theme for this service led by Rabbi Alon was let's together build a wonderful world.  His sermon was based on the book by Loui Armstrong, What a Wonderful World.  The service ended with shofar blowing, singing "I like to Hear the Shofar Blast" and everyone receiving their own shofar.  The Temple Sisterhood had apples and honey for each child.  And for me personally my entire family enjoyed the family service
                                                     Cantor Jessica and Rabbi Alon
                                                                    Happy Families
                                                            Sermon with Rabbi Alon
                                                                  My family
                                               Rockin Time at Rosh Hashanah Service
                                           Sisterhood giving apples and honey for our families
.                                  As services ended, everyone was invited to the beach for Tashlich.