In this edition of Ma Hadash, you will find information and updates including:
     
     
               
   
A Note from the Director
One of the benefits of being an NAEYC accredited preschool is being able to read current articles on best practice. While we know that play is the work of children and children learn best through play, this does not mean we are not intentional in what goes on in the classroom. A recent article in Young Children, the NAEYC monthly magazine illustrates how children learn to write from the time they hold writing implements. The stages of writing, from drawing to conventional writing, are fascinating. I invite you to read the article and enjoy watching your child progress along the path. Gan teachers provide opportunities for this growth.
       
           
               
   
Gan Update for the 2018-2019 School Year
The Gan class schedule is changing! 
Starting September 2018, Onah classes (2,3,5 mornings, 5+2, 5+3, 5+5) will meet from 9am-12pm or 9am-3pm. 
Early Bird will still meet from 8-9am and Lunch Bunch will meet from 12-3pm. The Kiss and Ride carpool line will operate at 9am, 12pm, and 3pm.  
Please contact Abby if you have any questions about this update. 
       
           
               
   
Gan Closure December 7th 
The Gan is CLOSED next Thursday, December 7th for Professional Development. Our faculty will attend the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's annual Jewish Early Childhood Education Conference.  
       
           
               
   
Tzedakah Charity Opportunities
Adas Israel's Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
As you may know, in addition to fully sponsoring a Syrian refugee family for one year, Adas is partnering with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) through the family mentorship program. Through the IRC program, Adas members are mentoring six refugee families who were resettled in our region in the past 3-12 months.  These families are from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Congo.
As winter approaches, these families are in need of winter clothing for children and adults. We are also collecting donations toward the purchase $30 cell phones and SmarTrip cards. With as little as $25 on a SmarTrip card, a refugee will be able to travel by bus to attend a cultural orientation class, enroll children in school, travel to a job interview, and go to a medical appointment. Lastly, we are looking for a laptop for a family. This would be a huge help for the school-age children.
If you are interested in donating any of these items, please click here. Donations may be dropped off in the Gan Space (basement level of Adas) in a bin labeled Refugee Response Donations. Monetary donations may be sent to Adas. Please indicate on your check that the donation is intended for a cell phone or Smart Trip card for the Adas Refugee Response. 
We are hoping to have all donations by December 8.
If you are not already part of the mentorship of families and are interested in participating, please complete the Volunteer Interest Survey.
 

Women's Health Products for Homeless Women and Girls
December 12 - January 15
A woman shouldn’t have to choose between feeding herself and her personal health. Sisterhood and the Social Action Committee are teaming up to organize a collection drive for I Support The Girls (ISTG).  ISTG, the amazing charity started by local mensch, Dana Marlowe, collects and distributes donations of new bras, sealed packages of tampons, and maxi pads to homeless women and girls in the DC area, across North America and four locations worldwide.  Look for the donation box in the cloak room. Join us in bringing light into the world by helping to restore dignity and self-respect to thousands of women. Contact Jodi Ochstein or Jamie Butler with questions.
       
           
               
    Register Now! 
School Lunch
Register now for School Lunch. Check out our upcoming menu, and remember that the deadline to register is the 23rd of each month. Registration for January lunches will close on December 23rd. 
       
           
               
    Tell Your Friends: Gan Open House!
Believe it or not, we're already gearing up for Fall, 2018! While registration for next year will not open until January (see the Gan's website for details), we have several Open Houses for prospective families planned in the coming weeks. Please help us spread the word to your friends, neighbors, and community lists!
Upcoming open houses:
November 29, 7:30pm
December 6, 9:30 am
January 19, 10:30 am

To register, please call the Gan at 202-362-4491 or email Abby.
       
           
               
   
 
 
Community Offerings
Chanukah Hebrew Story Hour @ Milton (formerly JPDS-NC)
On Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 pm, please join us at the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School (formerly JPDS-NC) for a Chanukah Hebrew Story Hour geared toward children ages 3-6 years old. Our dynamic Hebrew teachers will bring a Chanukah story to life as they perform for the children in Hebrew. They will also lead the children in Chanukah-themed Hebrew songs and a fun and engaging craft activity. Come experience an afternoon of Hebrew immersion in action! The program is free but you must RSVP to admission@miltongottesman.org. The event will take place at the Milton South Campus - 4715 16th Street NW. 
 
Social Success Parent Groups- Winter 2018
1/18: Helping Siblings Get Along 
1/25: Helping Children with Sleeping Problems
 
The Danger of a Single Story
There's a well-worn cliché in Developmental Pediatrics: "If you've met one person with Autism...you've met one person with Autism." This is also true for ADHD, learning disabilities, mood disorders - any developmental difference. Whether we realize it or not, we have all been influenced by limited experience and narrow perspective. All too often, our view of different people reflects only a single story. And this single story can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Click here to watch Ted Talk.
 
CESJDS 2017-18 Speaker Series
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 7:30 – 9 p.m.
A Deep Understanding of the 2e Experience: Durable Strategies for Twice Exceptional Children and Students
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Coping, Grit, and the Growth Mindset
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Self Control – Understanding the Relationship Between Attention, Executive Function, Self Regulation and Motivation
 
Learning Session on Childhood Spirituality
The Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership invites parents to a unique learning session with Rabbi Dr. Howard Deitcher on
Wonder, Curiosity and Meaning: Cultivating the Spiritual World of Young Children
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
at the home of Tamar and Reuven Zakheim 
1400 Iris Street, NW, Washington, DC 20012 
No registration fee. RSVP by November 29, 2017

Young children encounter spirituality on a regular basis and express a sense of curiosity and wonderment about the mysteries of the transcendent and the divine. In this session, we will explore children's spiritual queries and how they comprehend, wrestle with, and ultimately make sense of their inner lives. Through analyzing young children's conversations about spirituality, reviewing excerpts from children's books, viewing video clips and doing interactive exercises, we'll try to understand how to help cultivate their world of wonder within.
       
           
               
   
 
 
 
 
 
Happenings at Adas
Winter Kangaroos
For children 18-24 months old. Children in this program have the opportunity to get to know Gan HaYeled as a warm and secure place, while exploring the facilities and materials of the Gan. Email Abby to register! 
 
Hanukkah Book Event for Young Children
with Adas Israel Author Pamela Ehrenberg
Sunday, December 10 @ 10am Register Here
Pre-schoolers and accompanying adults are invited to the Adas Book Launch of Pam Ehrenburg’s just-published, Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas, a charming tale that blends Jewish and Indian traditions. Pam will read her book and lead a fun activity. Book-signing to follow. Register for this free event here. You may also reserve one or more copies of Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas to be picked up and purchased at the event for $17 each plus tax (purchases by cash or check only). This event is co-sponsored by the Adas Library and Gan HaYeled.
 
Israel Through the Decades - Community Concert
Saturday, December 9 @ 7pm Register Here
We hope you will join us as we look toward Israel’s 70th anniversary with a celebration of 70 years of song. Our community singalong session will include a musical Havdallah, hit songs of Israel from each decade, and songs from the band Banot performing several of their original pieces, representing the new wave of Israeli music. Our evening will continue with Israeli dancing and dessert. Click here to hear our guest band Banot.
 
What Now? Meditation for Times of Transitions, Change, and Upheaval with Yael Shy
Tuesday, December 5 @ 7:30pm, $10 Register Here
Change is hard. Transitions can often feel de-stabilizing and disorienting. In this special JMCW workshop, Jewish meditation teacher and author, Yael Shy, will share strategies and wisdom from Judaism, psychology and other traditions to help us ease our way through life's many transitions. This program will include some meditation practice, teaching, and discussion. Yael Shy is the author of What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond. There will be select books on hand for purchasing and signing after the event.
 
Coffee with Babies  
Drop in Tuesday mornings any time from 9:30-11:30 to meet other parents of babies. Use our Keurig to make your coffee or bring your own. Either way, you’re sure to make a new friend or run into existing ones. The cozy corner of the Beit Midrash is the place to be on Wednesday morning if you have a baby! Some of the best Adas ideas come from congregants and this gathering was suggested by new member Sharon Cohen as a way for her to meet other parents with babies. Come get to know Sharon and schmooze. 
 
Yad B'Yad Toddler Drop-in Playgroup
Yad B'Yad, the Gan's drop-in tot playgroup is available for children 9-18 mo. old. Running every Thursday the Gan is in session, Yad B'Yad runs from 9:00-10:00am, and segues right into story time at 10am with Adas librarian, Robin Jacobson, in the Adas Israel library (see below). This group is free, and open to all!
 
Sing N' Play
Bring your little ones into our cozy library for stories and songs! This program is for children age 2 and under, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Thursdays mornings when the Gan is in session at 10am.
 
Email Jocelyn for questions about Coffee with Babies, Yad B' Yad Play Group, or Sing N' Play. 
       
           
               
   
November
29 Gan Open House 7:30pm
 
December
 Kitten New Parent Social 
Gan Open House 9:30-10:30am *volunteers needed* 
Gan Closed for Professional Development 
10 Hannukah book program in the Adas Library
12 First night of Hannukah 
15 Shabbat Dinner for Families with Young Children 
18-January 1 Gan Closed for Onah classes
(3 mornings, 5 mornings, 5+2, 5+3, 5+5)

25-January 1 Gan Closed for Shanah classes (8am-6pm classes)
       
             
         
   
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