The first week of school went extremely well. It was calm and busy at the same time. The children began their transition into their new settings and the teachers were able to start forming friendships and trust within their classroom families. Even our youngest students were separating and their discomfort was short lived. By 1pm dismissal today, the children left with smiles and their first baked challahs. (Always a favorite.)
A NORMAL FEELING
It’s natural for your young child to feel anxious when you say goodbye. Although it can be difficult, separation anxiety is a normal stage of development. With understanding, patience and coping strategies, it can be relieved and should fade as your child gets accustomed to their new surrounding, teachers, and as the school schedule becomes regular. Please know, helping children to transition into school is something we expect and are used to. We know with love, patience and lots of fun activities, the children will acclimate quickly.
The teachers plan fun and engaging activities to help the children over the hurdle of separating. Our teachers are in their perspective age groups because they truly have a gift with that particular age. They have seen it all-- and have the patience to see it through. They are amazing and are already working their magic.
Please know if separating in the morning, with your child upset is upsetting to you, feel free to hang out in the library or MPR. Please do not stay in the hallway or peek in the door of the classroom. The children always see you and that makes the separation harder. Thank you so much for your support.
Try these tips to break the crying at drop-off cycle:
TOTS N TORAH TONIGHT
I look forward to seeing so many of you at our first Tots n Torah. We have record RSVP's and are looking forward to celebrating and playing with you.
FYI- As it is the first day of Pre-K-5th grade Youth Ed, so you will see older children and their families around the school. Come through the school wing to get to the Chapel. The parking lot will be full so you may want to allow for a little extra time. Lastly, as we will be on the playground for dinner, please bring a sweater or jacket. Can't wait to see you tonight!
SHABBAT ON FRIDAYS AT PRESCHOOL
Families and caregivers are warmly invited to join us at 12:40 in the Chapel for Shabbat on Fridays.
As we end Shabbat right before the 1pm pick up, if you are not joining us in the Chapel, please wait for Kim to open the door so our little ones make it back to their classrooms for dismissal. Thank you.
Welcome to PTS Happy Hour
Are you new to PTS and looking to make connections and have a fun evening? Please join the PTO board and myself on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:30 pm in the Social Hall for Happy Hour and challah baking. Come to schmooze, meet new people, enjoy a beverage and of course a nosh or two. Micah from Village Hummus will be here to make challah and cookies with whomever would like to bake and we all look forward to getting to know each other better. Watch your inbox for your evite--coming soon!
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Please remember to apply sunscreen before your child comes to school and if you need it reapplied, your child needs to have their own sunscreen with their name on it in their cubby. As we are outdoors a lot, and play with water, long sleeved shirts and sun hats help us keep the children safe from the sun. Thank you for partnering with us.
I know many of you like to play in the MPR after school and we LOVE that the space has helped form community. However, this year our extended program is so full that we are using that room for our enrichment classes and can no longer allow families to play in there after school. Thank you for your understanding.
CALENDAR REMINDERS-A LOOK AHEAD!
September 6- Tots n Torah in Chapel 6pm- Dinner to follow
September 17-Welcome to PTS Happy Hour- 7:30pm
September 26- Back to School Night (Parents only) 7pm
September 30- Preschool Closed for Rosh Hashanah
September 30- Tots n Torah Rosh Hashanah 9:00 am in Chapel
October 1- Preschool Closed- Second day Rosh Hashanah
October 8- Preschool Closes at 1pm- No Afternoon extended
October 9- Preschool Closed for Yom Kippur
October 9- Tots n Torah Yom Kippur 9am in Chapel
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!