We had a great first week of school!

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Our students enjoyed a very busy week getting to know their teachers, classmates and classrooms. The teachers were very busy getting to know your child(ren) and orienting them to their new classroom(s).

Each classroom was buzzing with activity. As I walked through the halls and visited each class I saw children painting, building, cutting, playing, singing, dancing, talking, listening to stories, participating during circle time, creating their first masterpieces, chanting the alphabet, learning about colors and numbers, measuring how tall they are, feeding fish and so much more. On Wednesday it was a pleasure to watch the children begin to add their artistic touches to their own siddurim (prayer books) with Morah Rachel & Morah Miriam. On Thursday, there was beautiful music flowing from Ms. Zina’s music class. On Friday each class celebrated Shabbat with Hazzan Holzer, their teachers, Morah Miriam, Morah Rachel,Shoobee Doobee and Lavana, our Hebrew teddy bears.

Wow! What a wonderful first week!!

Lunch is going well. In the coming weeks and months, we will teach proper etiquette, how to clean up after ourselves, and healthy eating. If you send in a lunch, please make sure you are following our guidelines, on pp. 22 – 26 in your Family Handbook. If you have any questions, please call our office.   Please remember, we are a kosher and nut-free school. Please send in only dairy lunches that are nut free. Would you like samples of soy butter or sunflower butter? Please stop by our office and we are happy to give them to you. Also, please make sure to send in a drink and utensils each day. If your child has any allergies, please inform the office so we can help keep your child healthy. If your child needs medication and has special instructions from their pediatrician, please fill out a medical form in our office.

The half-day dismissals at 12:30 and full-day dismissals at 3:30 went fairly smooth this week. Remember that if you choose to walk in to pick up your child, please enter through the side door and stay in the “Parent Waiting Area” until your child comes to you.   Having you wait there helps keep our front entrance area available to all the children who wait for their parents in the carpool line. Children still waiting at 12:45 or 3:50 will be taken back to their group and the parent called. If you need to leave your child a while longer after their pick-up time, please let the office know. The drop-in rate of $10 an hour will be due for late or extended pick-ups.

Please adhere to our PARKING LOT SAFETY RULES:

  1. Drive very slowly.
  2. Stay off your cell phones.
  3. Make sure you have a proper car seat for all children riding in your car. Assist the teacher to make sure your child is securely buckled in.
  4. Help teachers load your child into your car on the right side, so we do not need to walk between cars.
  5. When parking and walking in, do not walk in the grassy area or walk between cars. Take a few more minutes to use our sidewalk. We all must model this for our kids

Kids Club is off to a great start! This year, Amy McClure has taken on a new role as the Kids Club Coordinator. The theme this year will be “Alphabet Adventures”. Each week the children will be busy participating in fun indoor and outdoor activities that relate to each letter of our alphabet. She will also throw in a little alef bet at times! Check out the Kids Club blog each week to look at the beautiful photos and keep up to date on what is going on!

Please mark your calendars now!

Join us for our annual Back to School Night next Thursday, August 28 at 7 P.M. I encourage all parents to attend this evening. Please arrange for a babysitter to take care of your child(ren). This is a night for parents only. We will meet in the DuBow Preschool’s Abe and Harriette Levin Indoor Play Area at 7 P.M. and then go to your child’s classroom to meet with the teachers. You will learn more about your child’s teacher, the classroom and what to expect this year.

Communication is very important to us. We will do our best to make sure all information is shared with you in a timely manner. We are a “green” school and thus, most of our communications will be electronic. Each Thursday morning you will receive our weekly Preschool Connections e-newsletter with links to all the classroom blogs. You can also access much of this information via the Parent Portal on our website www.dubowpreschool.org. Join our Facebook page too!   We have adopted a new electronic tool this year called Tadpoles. All Doobonim, Tzavim and Kofim families will be receiving daily notices about their child(ren). Teachers are learning how to use this and in time we will get more sophisticated and you will enjoy even more information.

If you have a question about our school, the Galinsky Academy or the Jacksonville Jewish Center, please call me, or stop by. If you have a question about your child, please ask the teacher, as she knows her classroom and your child well. If you need additional assistance, I am happy to help you.

The teachers, Dina and I are very excited about this school year. Thank you for sharing your precious child(ren) with us! I know it’s going to be a great year!

Shabbat Shalom!

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