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Agudas Achim Preschool

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Registration Information for 2017-2018 AAC Preschool

General registration is NOW OPEN.

Refer to our registration packet for detailed information and fees.

The preschool, founded in 2005, operates in our educational wing. The school provides programs for students aged 2 through 5, with half-day and full-day options and flexible scheduling. Serving a maximum of 100 students at any given time the school provides a small and personal community. The school takes pride in its low teacher-to-student ratio.

In addition to the classrooms, the school uses other areas in the synagogue. Children play in the outdoor fenced-in playground every day (weather permitting), while the social hall serves as a large indoor playground with trikes, soft mats and blocks, and other age appropriate indoor toys. Bi monthly music classes and Shabbat celebrations take place in the chapel.

The rabbi, hazzan and synagogue religious school director participate with the preschool children on a regular basis.

Enrollment Plans

In keeping with the policies of the local public schools, children must be two years old by September 30, 2017 in order to enroll.

Two-Year-Old Classes

  • 2-Day Class – Tuesday and Thursday
  • 3-Day Class – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • 5-Day Class – Monday – Friday

Three-Year-Old Classes

  • 4-Day Class – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • 5-Day Class – Monday – Friday

Four-Year-Old Classes

  • 5-Day Class – Monday – Friday

Gan Chaverim (core morning program) 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

All children enrolled in the Agudas Achim Preschool participate in Gan Chaverim, or core morning program. Gan Chaverim, which translates as ‘Garden of Friends,’ operates from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and includes a healthy snack (provided by the school) and time for lunch (brought from home).

While at school, children participate in circle time with their friends; enjoy singing, dancing, and hearing stories; have time to explore toys and games during free play; create arts and crafts; engage in social and dramatic play with their classmates; are exposed to the Hebrew language; take part in teacher guided projects or explorations; and have opportunities to play on our playground and/or in our social hall, which is equipped with a variety of gross motor and open-ended toys.

We also celebrate Shabbat (or Sabbath) every Friday. Challah (braided bread) and grape juice are served for snack, and before dismissal we gather with other classes or the whole school and the rabbi, chazzan, education director, or preschool director. We sing songs and prayers, share stories and teachings, and welcome Shabbat as a community.

Sha’at Mischak (optional afternoon program)

All children enrolled in Agudas Achim Preschool’s Gan Chaverim program are eligible to participate in Sha’at Mischak, the optional afternoon program, which operates from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Sha’at Mischak translates as ‘Play Time.’

The program offers flexibility to enroll for one, two, three, four, or five afternoons per week, provided that the child has attended Gan Chaverim on that day. To allow for unexpected changes in families’ schedules, enrollment in Sha’at Mischak is on a month to month basis.

Activities

 Children who stay for Sha’at Mischak participate in the following activities:

  • two-year-olds
    • nap time for 2 – 2 ½ hours
    • snack
  • most three-year-olds
    • nap time for 1 ½ – 2 hours
    • snack
    • free play
  • some three-year-olds and four-year-olds
    • quiet time for 30 – 45 minutes
    • free play
    • snack
    • activities such as cooking, gardening, singing, creating arts and crafts, etc.\

Boker Tov (early drop-off) and Erev Tov (late pick-up)

To accommodate the schedules of working parents, Agudas Achim Preschool offers Boker Tov and Erev Tov (early drop-off and late pick-up). Boker Tov, or ‘Good Morning,’ is available from 7:30 am to 9:00 am, Monday through Friday.

Erev Tov, or ‘Good Evening,’ is offered from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. * In order to give our families and staff time to prepare for Shabbat, there is no Erev Tov on Fridays. Our school day ends at 4 pm every Friday.

During Boker Tov and Erev Tov, children have free play in the social hall, on the playground, or in one of the classrooms.

Payment for Boker Tov and Erev Tov is “as you go.” Families are charged $4 per 30-minute increment and are billed monthly.

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