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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.

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.