Welcome.. let’s stay in touch!

We would like to welcome all of our ‘baby bears’ to our Doobonim 1 Class.  We are excited to get to know you and watch you grow.

There are many ways that you can stay connected to your child(ren)’s class!

This blog will be updated periodically with classroom info.  It’s a great place to find out about some of the activities and programming that we offer.  Your teachers may also send periodic emails with classroom info as well.

The DuBow Preschool and Martin J. Gottlieb Day School also send out a weekly email to keep everyone updated with school happenings.  You can see an example of this email HERE.  If you are not receiving these emails, please email amanda.watsky@mjgds.org for additional assistance.

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Let’s have an amazing year!

New Year…New things!!

It has been a whirl-wind in our 1-year-old class, Doobonim!  We had a fabulous fall, full of all things pumpkin and Thanksgiving themed.  Our Little “Pumpkins” at the Thanksgiving Program put on a great show…We were so proud of them!  We moved on to Hanukkah, where sang songs about lighting the menorah, spinning dreidels and Judah and the Maccabees.  Our very first ever, Hanukkah Workshop, was a huge success!  Parents had a chance to visit their little one in their class, learn something about the holiday as well an interactive activity…they continued to move through all three classrooms, learning something new as they went, and ended up all together in the Indoor Playroom to nosh on yummy latkes our littles help make and jelly donuts!

Over the last few months, we have also had some changes, all good because we are GROWING and our “family” is getting bigger:)

We welcomed our new Doobonim Assistant, Ms. Brooke, and cannot say enough good things about her!  She is caring, lovely and completes our Doobonim Team.

New students are also being incorporated to our classroom.

Just look at these pictures. They “SAY” it ALL!!!!

Thank you for all you do!

Best,

Ms. Billie & Ms. Brooke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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L’Shana Tovah!

It has been a GREAT month in Doobonim!  The baby bears have been busy, busy, busy with painting, P.E., nature walks, art observing and learning about all of the Jewish High Holidays…Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah.  These baby bears are learning and growing..all of the time 🙂

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Our favorite time of the day 🙂
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“Itsy Bitsy Spider”
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Our class pet, “Peanut” the dwarf hamster!
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All-Preschool Shabbat in the synagogue sanctuary

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Story time and bubbles are also a favorite among our class.

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Our sensory experiences include, but not limited to: playing with oats, squishing play dough, petting our soft class pet, Peanut the Hamster, and getting our feet painted with cold, wet paint to make keepsake art work 🙂

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For Rosh Hashanah, it was ALLLLL about apples, honey and Shofars! We used all of our senses to observe them. We smelled apples,  felt them to feel how hard they are, and we looked at them to compare and contrast different sized apples and different colors. We also tasted the sweet treats for snack almost daily 🙂

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“Apples with Abba” was a fun time had by all! Abba’s (Daddy’s) were welcomed to our classroom to stamp with real apples with their preschooler, but of course, mommies, grandmas and grandpas were welcomed with open arms 🙂  We also made honey cake in class, with the help of our little chefs of course!

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Doobonim-ers got dirty with finger paint too! They got to smear around red, yellow and green paint to make big, beautiful apples…their own works of art!

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It has just started cooling off enough for our little class to venture outside. Our gross motor skills are taking off! We are climbing, sliding, running, jumping, digging and having a BLAST while doing it 🙂 P.E. class is also fine tuning our physical agility.

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In the 1 year old class, we are BIG into Art! Our entire building (synagogue, Day School {elementary & middle school} and preschool) is the perfect place to look at the different creations created by our Galinsky Academy Family 🙂 We talk about shapes, colors, people, places, things…your little ones soak it all in…it’s our own little museum.

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Day School art (Kindergarten)
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Our very own preschool art!

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Until next time from the Doobonim team…Todah Rabah!  “Thank you” for all you do!!

 

 

 

 

Doobonim 2016/2017!!

Circle Time very morning
Circle Time Every Morning 🙂

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Snack Time!
Snack Time!

Welcome to PRESCHOOL Doobonim students and parents! We are off to an amazing start! These sweet one-year-olds have already settled into their new classroom and adjusted to Ms. Britnie and I nicely 🙂 They are all amazing and unique in their own way and we are already over-the-moon about them!

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Our theme for the first two weeks has been all about “Back to School”. We have been learning one another’s names, finding out about each other and adjusting to our classroom routines.  Doobonim has been singing “The Wheels on the Bus”….A lot 😉 This song not only goes along with our “back to school” theme, it incorporates a portion of our curriculum from Foundations for Success, “opposites”…as in “the windows on the bus go UP and DOWN” and “the doors on the bus go OPEN and SHUT”. The amazing part about our curriculum is the little’s don’t even know they are learning; it is just fun to them 🙂

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For gross motor skill development we have been moving and grooving to songs (some of these guys are dancing machines!), making little trips to the playground to run and slide (it is still very hot and we do not stay out for too long) and enjoying P.E. with coach Jackie on Tuesdays!

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We experimented with sensory activities (which also develop fine motor skills) like finger painting with shaving cream, squishing play doh, and getting our tiny hands painted with cold, wet paint to make a special handprint! We have also practiced holding a crayon, putting it to paper and using dotting markers.

P.E. fun!
P.E. fun!
looking handsome while not being "into" shaving cream ;-)
looking handsome while not being “into” shaving cream 😉

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P.E. Time!
P.E. Time!

 

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We have lucky patcher enough to also celebrate not one, but TWO birthdays our first week of school! HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY to two, very sweet boys, Brody and Nathaniel!

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Resources are another amazing part of our days at DuBow Preschool. We have Jewish Studies with Morah Rachel and Morah Miriam every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There, the little ones are introduced to Hebrew words of the week, morning prayers, blessings, and fun songs that teach them about Jewish holidays and Jewish “ways”.

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We have Music class with Ms. Zina on Thursdays. The children love to hear her beautiful piano playing and listen to her fun songs. They really get into it!! Soon, they be dancing all over the room 😉

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Ms. Amanda does science and gardening. It has been too hot and muddy to go out this week, so she brought the fun to us! Last week she brought in a baby lizard from the garden for your little’s to see and this week she brought in OObleck! They loved to watch it stretch and ooze…and roll into a ball!

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Please never hesitate to email us with any questions or concerns 🙂  We are looking forward to a fun and enlightening year with these amazing little people!

 

Best and warmest wishes,

Ms. Billie & Ms. Britnie

 

Important Reminders:

 

Wednesday August 31:         PTA Meeting- Neil F. Portnoy Youth Lounge -8:30 a.m.

Monday September 5:           School Closed/No Kids Club – Labor Day

Thursday September 8:        Back to School Night – Parents Only 7pm

 

Gan Shabbat-11:15am every Saturday

 

Gan Shabbat is a fun, family-friendly children’s Shabbat service held right here in the preschool! It takes place in the indoor playroom every Saturday morning at 11:15am and it is geared towards all of our preschool-aged children, infant through VPK. Every week it is lead by an amazing volunteer varying from preschool teachers, member of the synagogue clergy, a parent or another beloved member of our congregation. Parents are able to hang out with their children while we sing fun Shabbat songs, say prayers, march with torahs, read Shabbat stories and finish the morning of with Kiddush, where we bless the grape juice and challah…and then eat it! Come and join us, meet new people and start a Shabbat service tradition for your little one!

 

Parents are welcome to lead this service! We have training packets and will have a Gan Shabbat leader training session later in the fall. Please contact Billie McNett if you are interested.

 

bmcnett@dubowpreschool.org

 

 

Welcome Spring Time! 💐

It’s so hard to believe it’s already spring time! The flowers are starting to bloom and butterflies are fluttering everywhere outside, we’re even taking care of some of our own if you haven’t heard. It’s been almost two weeks since our little friends, the caterpillars came crawling into class and before we even had a chance to blink they weren’t little caterpillars anymore but chrysalises! Soon we hope to see the butterflies flying around our own little butterfly net, at least for the first few days before we release them!

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Speaking of changes have you had a chance to spend the afternoons outside!? We know that Ms. Billie and Ms. Melissa have so many fun things planned for us each an everyday, but we can’t spend all day inside doing work! So we make sure to remind them that we need some important play time outside each an everyday. Some days we need those heavy coats, but lately it’s been perfect!

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Late last month we had the opportunity to learn all there is about outer space! Comets and planets were on the agenda and we got to color our very own rocket! Curious George had a chance to complete a very important mission into space, taking his very own rocket for a spin in space! 3, 2, 1! BLAST OFF!

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It’s very important to thank our friends and family everyday, but we learned that we have more than them to thank. Community helpers are always there when we need them the most, from the police men that helps us cross the street, to the fire fighter who keeps us safe by instructing us how to act when there’s a fire! Some of us may choose to be a doctor to help people or a veterinarian to help our four legged friends. All we can say is thank you for all the work you do for us in the community and thanks for letting us take a look from your point of view, we sure have some big shoes to fill when we grow up!

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While we’re waiting for our caterpillar friends to morph into butterflies, Ms. Amanda showed up with another surprise! With spring comes new life and each class was presented with our very own chicken egg! Now we know what you might be thinking and no it’s not for breakfast, our egg friends are sitting in this contraption called an incubator, kind of like a little oven to keep them warm like they were with their mommy. From what we heard it takes 21 days from the eggs to turn into chick and we’re just passed the half way mark! We can’t wait to meet our new egg-cellent friends! Now all we have to do now is think of a good name, any suggestions?

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Last but not least we have two holidays just around the corner! One’s coming up quicker than we imagined and we’re finishing up and getting ready for it. PURIM! We’ve prepped masks and groggers. We even had time to make some Hamentashen, boy were they yummy! We managed to save some and take it home to our families. We look forward to dress up with the whole school and march in a parade, it’s such an exciting time! What will we wear!?

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Purim is great fun and all but an even more important celebration is just at our door step: Passover. We have a lot of preparations to do in a short time but it’s sure to be one we won’t forget!

New Year time is soon to kick in. We must get ready to graciously welcome it. On the count of last seconds of the year, we welcome a brand New Year by sending best New Year 2017 wallpaper and messages.

That about wraps it up! So good-bye for now from the Doobonim class!

 

We have FUN….AND learn!

 

We have been so busy in Doobonim!  We have had the pleasure to welcome not one, but TWO new friends to our class!  We are already totally smitten with little Vivienne and Mark 🙂  Welcome to our family!

 

 

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Mark

 

After all of the Hanukkah celebrations, BRRRRR!  It got cold!  We had four weeks of “winter” themed fun 🙂  We made snowflakes, played with “snow” ( frozen shaving cream), had a “snow day” at school and tried on warm clothes like scarves and gloves.  In doing all of this, we were able to compare cold and warm, learn about what animals live in the snow and work on our motor skills!

 

After the frost left, we “drove” into the theme “Transportation”……by land, sea and air!  We played with a toy boat in real water to compare things that float and sink, made a painting by driving a real toy car in paint to make tracks, glued triangles down to make colorful sailboats, and stamped our footprints to make them into airplanes!

Please enjoy the pictures of all of our fun times….

 

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Shaving cream-sensory fun!
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Stamping circles to make snowmen.
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Our “snow”. Frozen shaving cream! It felt like the real thing!
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Brrrr! “Snow”!
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Gluing real yarn to make a cozy sweater!
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Horray for snow day!!!
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Veggies from our garden
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Will it float or sink?!

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Happy Hanukkah

What a busy few months we’ve had here at DuBow Preschool! Thanksgiving and now Hanukkah has kept us on our toes but it’s been so much fun!

This November we learned that we have so much to be thankful for! Our wonderful parents and families that take care of us each day as well as our teachers. With fall comes a whole new season, the changing of the leaves and with each change of the season we grow bigger and stronger.

We started off the fall season when Ms. Billie made some amazing play-doh thbat smelled just like a pumpkin, it smelled absolutely delicious it was almost good enough to eat!

Since it’s fall that means Pumpkin flavored everything! We were able to get our hands a little dirty while mixing our very own Pumpkin bread, which was absolutely delicious thanks to the help of our teachers, we made sure to stay safe and let them do the heavy lifting! It’s so different from a real pumpkin though, not orange but brown! We learned to compare the differences between the bread, the play-doh and the real pumpkin; what a day that was!

We started to notice the differences each day we went for our walks that more of our geese friends began to show up, but we couldn’t understand why. Ms. Billie and Ms. Melissa explained that while it was getting colder here, the seasons were changing even faster up north and they came down here to stay away from the cold! So their number grew from 10 or 15 to 30+! Don’t worry though, we had enough yummy challah to share.

Speaking of Challah, we look forward for every Friday to spend some time with two very special teachers, Morah Rachel and Morah Miriam. If you haven’t met them, they know the best songs! Each week we learn something new about our heritage and about the people who long ago influenced our lives! Stories like Noah’s Ark and Abraham were some of our favorite stories thus far, they really brought them to life right before our eyes. Every Friday we end our Shabbat services with our blessings and a special treat: Challah! We’re so lucky!

But after all that Challah and sitting patiently, we admit one of our favorite things to do is spend time on the playground. It’s been so nice out these past few weeks, we just have to go out and play! It’s hard to believe that only a few months ago we were wobbling and now we can run and take charge of our playground just like the big kids! From climbing up stairs to go down the slide to saying please to take our turn on the swing, it amazing how much school has taught us.

And if that didn’t keep us busy enough, Thanksgiving was incredible! Since we learned so much about pumpkins, we became some ourselves! And what adorable pumpkins we were, if you didn’t see us were were hiding in the corn fields during the Thanksgiving program! Did you happen to catch a glimpse?

Oh we forgot the mention the petting zoo! We saw so many different animals: donkeys, pigs, sheeps and ponies! Even a real turkey! The bunnies were so soft and fluffy it was hard to not take one home, but we were very brave and got to pet one…you sure I can’t keep this friend?

Good thing he stayed on the farm though, because I don’t think his little legs could’ve kept up in Ms. Alyse’s P.E. class. Boy does she keep us busy! Between climbing through the tunnels and balancing on the balance beam, nap time can’t come soon enough. We love it though and we can’t help but get a little sad when it’s time to put away all the toys. We always say thank you though- Manners matter!

Ms. Amanda really gave us a treat though! If you haven’t met her, she’s our science teacher. Every week she brings us an experiment to try out in the class, some a little messier than others, but nothing we can’t handle! Anyways she managed to set up a meet and greet with a special animal restoration organization. We learned about different sea creatures and ways we can make the enivorment better for us and our sea friends! She brought us in some crabs and sea stars for us to see up close and personal. Pretty cool if you ask me.

Last but not least I don’t know if your guys know what time of year it is but the smell of Latkes and all the Menorahs makes me think that it’s Hanukkah! We had such a a wonderful time this pass week doing all of our crafts and finally showing our parents all the hard work we put into our songs at the Hanukkah program! We sizzled like a latke and watched our friends spin like dreidels and fight like a Maccabee against the mean Antiochus, what a night!

We are looking forward for the new year and what it holds! Here’s to hoping it’s going to be even more fun than this year!

Best Wishes,

Doobonim- The baby bears!

 

Important Dates:

Dec 18th: Last day of school

Dec 21st-31st: Winter Break Camp

Jan 4th: Classes Resume

Jan 8th: School wide Shabbat at 10:00am (Parents welcomed)

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Yummy pumpkin bread our class made:)

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We Are “Fall”-ing for Doobonim!

WOW….Has the last month been busy!  With Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simhat Torah, it has been a whirl wind of learning, singing songs, days off, and services of course:).  Now that the high holidays are behind us, we have started talking about all things Fall!  When we go on our walk, we look at leaves and talk about the changing colors (okay, the leaves here in Florida are either green or brown, but we have to work with what we’ve got! 😉  We also love singing this song:

(Sing to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)

“the leaves are falling down

the leaves are falling down

red, yellow, orange and brown

the leaves are falling down”!

Your little ones are already learning so much!  Their fine motor skills have already improved;  we’ve been picking up leaves, having them work on placing pegs and large buttons in the correct opening…they can all officially do it now!:)  They’ve been sprinkling sand, painting with sponges and stamping their hand prints. They are a smart bunch and we can’t wait to watch them grow and improve even more.

We also welcomed a new friend, Eden, to our class.  She is fitting into our class seamlessly, bringing joy to the children and Melissa and myself :-). Please help me welcome this wonderful family to our school and class.  Amir, Einat, and Eden…..WELCOME!

 

Important dates:

Monday, October 19: Vision Screening for ages 3 and up
Thursday, October 22: Speech Evaluation for ages 3 and up
Friday, October 23: PJ LIbrary Shalom Baby at 11:00 AM
Monday, October 26: School Closed – Teacher In-Service Day – Kids Club
available by reservation only! (Form)
Thursday, October 29: Critter Caravan Petting Zoo Visit for all classes
Friday, November 6: All school Shabbat at 10:00 AM (Parents Welcome!)

 

Yummy healthy lunch!
Yummy healthy lunch!
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Our class pet-“Peanut” the hamster!
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Get ti to know “Peanut” the hamster:)
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Apples with Abba 🙂
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We get the Shabbat set out every Friday to practice the blessings.
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Geese watching!
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Science with Ms. Amanda 🙂
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Ben loves Art, puzzles and books!
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Lily loves her friends! Hugs are the best from her:)
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Rainy day play inside.
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Every morning we have circle time:)
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Alyssa loves her baby doll, blocks and water:)
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Abigail (Galli) loves art, swinging and cuddling:)
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Luke loves balls, running and tickles!
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Science with Ms. Amanda is always a blast! This was a color-changing foam experiment:)

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Our new classmate, little Eden! :-)
Our new classmate, little Eden! 🙂
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Learning about Noah’s Ark in Jewish studies
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Eden loves art, playing and lunch!

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Our class!!
Our class!!

Doobonim-We are the Baby Bears!

Hello Doobonim family and friends! Melissa and I are SO happy and honored to be your child’s first Teacher! It’s only been two weeks and we are in love! :-). There are officially no more tears at drop off, throughout the day OR nap time…so I’d say we’ve made some progress! 😉

We are spending a lot of time on the floor with your littles playing, pointing out colors and shapes, talking and cuddling! We also explore the outdoors with walks in the baby buggy….there is a large family of geese that live on the property that we love to go see and feed! In the spring they will have goslings and it’s a great experience for the children to see :-). The exploring doesn’t stop there! We have a lovely science teacher, Ms. Amanda, who always makes science baby-friendly for our group. Whether it’s baby frog, robot bugs or other experiments, she always comes to us to let the littles get the experience. We also have Jewish Studies three times a week with either Morah Rachel or Morah Miriam…and on Fridays for Shabbat, we are blessed with both of them:). They make learning about Jewish holidays and basic Hebrew words easy and fun! We use “shalom” (hello/goodbye), Boker Tov (good morning) and Todah Rabah (thank you) on a daily basis 🙂

I will update this blog the first week of every month; be sure to subscribe so you’ll get an email notification of blog updates! Keep enjoying your daily tadpole reports with picture and activities. Check our school Flikr account by going to the school website, clicking on the parent portal and scrolling down the page till you get to the Flikr tab. The pictures there are updated every week an are school-wide. Thank you for allowing us to take care of your most prized possessions! We are honored 🙂

Best,

Ms. Billie & Ms. Melissa

Here are some important upcoming dates for the month of September!! And pictures from our first two weeks 🙂

September::

4–Preschool Wide Shabbat at 10:00 AM

4–Shalom Baby at 11:00 AM

7–DuBow Preschool Closed – No Kids Club – Labor Day

9–Apples with Aba at 8:15 AM – 9:00 AM

14-15–DuBow Preschool Closed – Rosh Hashanah

17–Back to School Night 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Levin Indoor Playroom (Adults Only)

22–Noon Dismissal – Kids Club till 3:00 PM – Erev Yom Kippur

23–DuBow Preschool Closed – No Kids Club – Yom Kippur

25–Shalom Baby in the Goldman Sukkah

28-29–DuBow Preschool Closed – No Kids Club – Sukkot

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Super Luke!

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Under the Sea

Happy Wednesday!

The last few weeks have been quite busy as your littles have been wrapping up their first year of preschool! This week has been all about the ocean and the creatures that live in it. They have loved reading books about sea animals and making silly fish faces!

Our last day of school is next week Tuesday, June 2nd. We will have our end of the year party the day before, June 1st at 11:30 AM in the garden. We will provide fruit salad and lemonade. If Monday is not your little one’s usual school day, please feel free to come by at around 11:30 to enjoy our garden picnic (you can bring a dairy-kosher lunch with you if you’d like, or you can partake of our fruit salad and refreshments).

Here are some other important dates to take note of:

  • May 29: family Shabbat dinner at 5:45 PM
  • June 1:  end of the year party at 11:30 AM in the garden
  • June 2: Tzeeporim’s (VPK’s) “Moving Up” ceremony at 11 AM
  • June 2: last day of school—Noon dismissal—kid’s club until 5:30, if registered.

Thank you for making this year the best one yet for our Doobonim class! We loved every minute of interacting with your precious little ones and hope you have a fabulous summer!

With love and thanks,

Ms. Billie and Ms. Katherine

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