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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, October 30, 2014

Grandparents Love

It seems like only yesterday
Our lives were just beginning.
Your love for us never failed,
Our hearts continually mending.

It is strange to watch the time fly
Before our very eyes,
Which reminds me of the blessing,
That we have you in our lives.

To have yet to feel the touch
That's as gentle as your hand
The closeness of our family
One could never understand.

As each of our lives
Continue to change,
Reflections of your love
In each of us remains.

You have pointed out the path
And led us along the way;
The wisdom you have planted,
We each still hold today.

You sheltered us through childhood
And saw us through today,
Taught us of the Lord above,
About faith, and how to pray.

One day we'll all be in heaven
Dancing on the throne,
Praising God for giving us
A family like we've never known.

No matter where our lives may go,
We will trust the Lord above
And through it all always thank him for our grandparents' love. 

                                      Come to our Grandparent's and Grandfriend's Shabbat

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/a-grandparents-love#ixzz3HedhSMeM
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Sukkah Celebrations

At the Sukkah celebration, our children decorated
fall pumpkins and decorated the Sukkah

Sukkot is named after the booths or huts in which Jews are suppose to dwell during the week-long celebration.  Sukkot came to commemorate the wanderings of the Israelites in the desert after the relevation of Mount Sinai, with the huts representing the temporary shelters the Israelites lived in during those forty years.
The Sukkah is a filmsy structure with at least three sides, whose roof is made of thatch or branches, which provides some shade and protection from the sun, but allows the stars to be seen at night.  It is traditional to gaily decorate the sukkah and to spend as much time in it as possible.  Weather permitting, meals are eaten in the sukkah, and the hardier among us may also elect to sleep in the Sukkah.  It is traditional to welcome guests into the Sukkah.

Sukkot decorations 

Our Sukkah

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Forgiveness during Yom Kippur

On the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, a central prayer is the Al Chet or communal confession of sins committed against others and is described  at Yom Kippur as the time for reconciliation and forgiveness. We are reminded "If we cannot forgive others, how can we expect God to forgive us?"

This holiday always poses an interesting question for me: Can I really forgive someone who has wronged me? Of course, I am not talking about overwhelmingly traumatic acts that are unforgivable -- genocide; physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; and other crimes that harm innocent victims. Although there are amazing people who can forgive even these things,

I guess forgiving others is not something that happens until you reach a certain age, although we work hard in telling our children that they must say they are sorry.  It is a very hard concept and we hope they will understand this sooner than later.
One thought I have about this is rather obvious. It's the old "you always hurt the one you love" thing. So I get how it is hardest to forgive  a friend who has betrayed us.
But lately, I have come to believe the power to forgive is always mine. Exercising that power makes me stronger, not weaker. It definitely makes me happier.  Like Elsa from Frozen, my mantra is "Let it go."
There's a lot of power in forgiveness. 
Over many years as a preschool director, working with countless parents and teachers, I learned another truth about forgiveness. Much of the time, it turns out the hurtful behavior really had little to do with the target of the behavior. When co-workers or parents or teachers were attacked in various situations it was typically a projection of unhappiness elsewhere in that person's life. 
So back to the question of whether I can forgive someone who has hurt me: My answer is a resounding "yes." In fact, it goes beyond "Can I do it?" to "I must do it to lead a happy and meaningful life." The harder task is to forgive myself for the wrongs I have done to others.

Gmar Hatimah Tovah.
May you be sealed in the Book of Life!