Policies and Procedures
School runs Sunday through Thursday from 8:00AM-4:30PM between September 1, 2016 and August 3, 2017. During the first few days of school we will operate according to a planned phase-in schedule that will differ for each age group and will be set and communicated by the teachers. After phase-in is complete, we will also offer an early drop-off option beginning at 7:30AM. Please refer to the School Calendar for a complete list of holidays and vacations.
We request that parents arrive before 9:00am so that children will have time to get settled before morning meeting. Parents are always welcome to spend time in the classroom helping their child transition from separation to engagement. Once the children have acclimated to the routines of school and are comfortable with their teachers and environment, we will offer a curbside drop-off option: one teacher from each group will be available to bring children in during arrival times. If you would like to use this service, we ask that you call the school office (03-6527011) and not the teacher’s personal cell phone. After 9:30am the front gate will be locked for security purposes.
Children in groups 1 and 2 will be picked up from their classrooms. Groups 3 and 4 will be dismissed from the backyard. Only pre-authorized (by parents) individuals will be allowed to pick up your child. Once the children are acclimated to the routines of school and are comfortable with their teachers and environment, we will offer a curbside pick-up option: one teacher from each group will be available to bring children out during dismissal times. If you would like to use this service, we ask that you call the school office (03-6527011) and not the teacher’s personal cell phone. Unless there is an afterschool class using the outdoor space in the afternoon, families are welcome to spend time in the garden. We ask that parents please supervise their children during this time. Please make every effort to collect your children on time to ensure that we as a community respect our staff’s personal time and support their work/life balance.
Children are welcome to join our Friday Club which will operate on the first three Fridays of every month and will run from 8:30AM to 12:30PM. These Fridays will be run by an auxiliary staff and include special programming and activities, including a school-wide Shabbat celebration. On the last Friday of the month, there will be a Family Trip for all JECC children and parents, organized by parents of each classroom.
The Friday club will begin operating on 9th of September 2016. Registration for our Friday Club will be open all year round for families to join at their convenience. In order to register or cancel registration please email firstname.lastname@example.org, we require at least 1 month notice for registration/cancelation to ensure adequate staffing.
We provide two healthy snacks and a wholesome home-made lunch, all prepared with the help of the children. The goal is to facilitate a bond between the children and food that fosters healthy habits and a positive attitude towards eating. Our focus is on delicious, slow-cooked food that is presented in ascetically pleasing ways, served on real dishes at a beautifully set table, and enjoyed in the company of good friends. We are always interested in input from the families when it comes to food. If you have a great recipe or family favorite, we would love to hear about it! Please do not send any food in with your child, including breakfast or after-school snacks. The only exception to this rule is children who drink breastmilk/formula during their school day, which we are more than happy to store and prepare.
Our menu will be available on our website and school notice board. Any changes to the menu will be updated on these boards.
What to Bring Each Day
Children should come to school with a change of clothes in a bag each day. Labeling all backpacks and clothing items helps keep loss to a minimum. Although we have an assortment of clothing for children to borrow, many children prefer to wear their own. Please also make sure to send a clearly labeled water bottle each day. During summer months we ask parents to add mosquito repellent and sunscreen to their children’s backpacks and during winter months boots so they can enjoy the outdoors. We strongly recommend that children not bring toys and other personal belongings into school. School materials are carefully chosen and toys from home may create unnecessary conflict. Additionally, personal items are easily lost or broken during group play.
Children in diapers should have at least 4 diapers and a pack of wipes in their cubbies each day. Teachers will inform you when your child’s supplies need to be replenished. For those children who are in the toilet-learning process, please send in several pairs of underwear, shorts/pants, and a towel so they can be washed if needed.
One of the important life-skills we will be supporting throughout your child’s year is the ability to listen to his or her own body. This includes the ability to determine whether he/she is hot or cold, being able to describe bodily pain, knowing when he/she is hungry or full, and determining whether or not he/she feels tired and needs to sleep. In the older groups, any child who wants to sleep will be able to in a quiet darkened room. Children who do not need to sleep will use the time for calm, restful activities in a different room.
Every Sunday, please send in bed linens and anything your child uses to facilitate sleep – pacifiers, lovies, etc. They will be returned to you each Thursday for washing. We ask that all children, regardless of it they nap or not, be sent in with bed linens on Sunday.
For children in the younger two groups, the first few months of school will be spent gently transitioning to a communal sleeping schedule. Gradually, all of the children will sleep on their rest mats in their classroom. Naptime takes place after lunch and lasts between 1-2 hours depending on the child.
Dress For A Mess!
Each school day is full of opportunities for the children to use what Reggio Emilia founder Loris Malaguzzi referred to as “the hundred languages” to express themselves. From making breakfast to working with clay to exploring a mud puddle in our garden, children connect to the world around them in countless ways. We want them to be able to freely explore materials without fear or worry that their clothes might get ruined. Furthermore, because independence is a crucial aspect of your child’s development, it is also important that he or she be able to easily dress and undress him or herself when needed. Please send your child to school in comfortable clothes that he/she can easily put on and take off by him/herself. (And, of course don’t forget to label everything!)
At the JECC, we view our outdoor space as an extension of the indoor environment, with just as many, if not more, opportunities for exploration, learning, and deep play as there are inside the classroom. As part of our fundamental believe that children have the right to spend as much time outside as possible, we will go outdoors every single day unless there is thunder and lightening, dangerous air conditions, or excessive heat. If it is raining, we will most likely go outside to splash in the puddles and play in the rain. On these days, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather and has a change of clothing, including an extra pair of socks, shoes and, if relevant, underwear.
Together as a community we gather around important moments in the Jewish and Israeli calendar. These holidays are a time for asserting a feeling of connection, remembering our national history, and honoring the beauty of tradition. With that said, The JECC embraces families from all cultural and religious backgrounds. We welcome any opportunity to expose the children to holidays, rituals, and traditions that they may not be familiar with in their home life. Families are always welcome to come in and present an aspect of their culture to the children. Please speak with one of your teachers to organize the activity.
Birthdays are a very special time in the life of a child, both in terms of his or her personal identity and also as a familial milestone. Together as a group, each class we will develop the rituals and traditions that mark this special day at school. Parents are invited to take part in the celebration, including bringing a cake or small treat to share, however we ask that you not send in any party favors or decorations. For birthday celebrations that take place outside of school, if you choose not to invite the entire class please do not distribute invitations in school, which may lead to hurt feelings.
As parents you are a vital part of our community, partners in the work we do as teachers. Our classrooms have an open door policy and we encourage you to spend time in them, whether it be informally during drop-off and pick-up or leading a planned activity. Parents are welcome to read a book, help in the garden, join us on field trips, present something related to a project we are working on, or share a passion or hobby with the children. Please speak to one of the teachers about setting up a time to come in. After drop-off or before pick-up you are invited to spend time with fellow parents in our community gathering area in the front of the school.
One of the fundamental aspects of our educational philosophy is the importance of open communication between parents and teachers. This includes sending photos and videos, documentation that is e-mailed to parents, portfolios, the keeping of daily records for the children in our younger groups, phone conversations and when necessary face-to-face meetings. Above all else, we strive for what we call Quality of Interaction, looking for ways to dialogue with each other that are respectful, genuine, thoughtful, and collaborative. To this end, we have made a conscious decision not to create WhatsApp groups, which can sometimes negate Quality of Interaction.
One of the traditions we will bring with us from last year is our monthly family trips. These trips usually take place on the final Friday of each month (see the School Calendar for a complete list of dates), at different outdoor sites throughout the region. Similar to last year, the trips will be planned and organized by parent volunteers from each group. If you would like to be in charge of your group’s trips, please contact us. In looking at the incredibly close-knit community that developed among our families last year, these monthly outings are the single most contributing factor. While participation is not required, it is highly recommended!
In 1972. Architect Simon Nicholson developed The Theory of Loose Parts; the idea that loose parts, materials, which can be moved around, designed and redesigned, and tinkered with; create infinitely more opportunities for creative engagement than static materials and environments. In recent years, this theory has crept its way into progressive early childhood environments. It’s the reason you won’t find a lot of close-ended, single use toys in our classrooms. Instead we have stocked the shelves with materials that encourage open-ended learning and support imagination. But we need your help! We are always on the look-out for new “loose parts” to add to our collection. Here are some of the materials we will gladly take off your hands if you are looking to get rid of them:
Health and Safety Policy
Our first priority is for the health and safety of the children. In keeping with the Reggio Emilia approach, The JECC views the physical and mental wellbeing of children as a basic human right. Please review the health and safety policies detailed below. We thank you for your cooperation.
Any child who displays one or more of the following symptoms should be kept at home or will be sent home:
· Fever (no fever within 24 hours)
· Thick, yellow/green nasal secretions
· Sore throat or throat spots
· Constant cough
· Vomiting or nausea (no vomiting within 24 hours)
· Eye infection
· Unusual rash
· Lethargic behavior and/or unusual crying
· Symptoms of a communicable disease (acute conjunctivitis, head lice, chicken pox, etc.)
This list subject to change according to the Ministry of Health requirements and regulation changes.
Children may return to school again when:
· Fever has been broken for 24 hours
· Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea has subsided for 24 hours
· At least 4 doses of an antibiotic have been given over a 24 hour period for infectious diseases
· The child is feeling well again/normal behavior has returned
Accidents or Injuries
Every effort is made to provide a safe environment for the children. When an accident occurs, the staff will ensure that the injured child is properly cared for. Teachers are fully trained in first aid and have fully equipped first aid kits with them at all times. In case of serious accident or injury, we will make every attempt to contact the parents or emergency contact. In the event that neither can be reached, staff members are authorized to contact emergency medical care.
If you need to have medication administered to your child, contact one of the teachers in person. Complete a permission slip that lists the following: 1) name of child requiring the medication 2) name of the medication 3) dosage with amounts, frequency and duration 4) reason for medication 5) signature of parent
We do not have a policy not to accept unimmunized children to the nursery, however we are obliged to inform parents if there are any children that were not immunized to prevent infecting newly-born and other unimmunized children. Unimmunized children may be asked to stay at home during an outbreak of vaccine preventable disease.
PLEASE KEEP THE SCHOOL UP-TO-DATE ON PHONE NUMBERS AND EMERGENCY CONTACTS