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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.