In this edition of Ma Hadash, you will find information and updates including:
An Article from Darci
Dr. Dan Siegel: What Hearing “Yes” Does to Your Child’s Brain        *Dr. Siegel was also referenced by Stephanie Slater in January's parent webinar on Emotional Regulation
Yes is more than a word. It’s a state of being, of relating, and a gateway to curiosity, growth, and resilience, according to internationally recognized educator, neuropsychiatrist, and bestselling author Dr. Dan Siegel. He and co-author Tina Payne Bryson have written a new book that offers parents everywhere a roadmap for developing and growing their child’s inner spark and internal compass to guide them throughout their lives. Read the entire article here.
Important Security Information for February 1st 
Due to a special event happening at Adas requiring enhanced security:
*Gan staff/parents will need to enter/exit through the Gan door from 4PM on, and will have to go through security screening.
*There will be additional security at Adas all day which will include wanding of any individuals security guards do not recognize.

*The parking lot will be closed to the general public from 4PM on but will remain open for pertinent staff and Gan parents only. 
Upcoming February GPA Events
Winter Concert
Sunday, February 4th in the Gan Space
John Henry, renowned for his ability to connect with his audiences, will get your kids giggling and dancing. You don’t want to miss this annual popular concert!  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet other Gan families. Doors open at 9:30; Concert begins at 10:00.  
Sunday, February 11 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
TZINGO is a fun-filled afternoon for our Gan students that not only fulfills the mitzvah of tzedakah but helps our children understand tzedakah in a tangible way. The kids will have a great time--and a pizza dinner to boot!
The afternoon starts off with making hamantashen and decorating 'get well soon' cards for the children that Hope for Henry helps.  We then have a blast with a rousing game of TZINGO (a version of picture bingo) and prizes. The afternoon is capped off with pizza dinner and eating the delicious hamantashen that the kids have baked! 
Please bring a new children's book, plastic-wrapped toy, board game, or DVD, which will be delivered to sick children undergoing treatment through the auspices of Hope for Henry.
TZINGO is the primary fundraiser for one of the worthy organizations supported by the GPA - Hope for Henry. THIS IS OUR BIGGEST TZEDAKAH FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR AND WE ASK YOUR SUPPORT.

2018-2019 Enrollment Update
The Gan is filling quickly for the 2018-2019! Please remember to submit your $1,000 deposit within two weeks of receiving an acceptance letter in order to secure your child's spot. Pay the deposit here. 
    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 March lunches will close on February 23rd. 
    STEAM Room Materials Needed
Recycled Materials Needed!  The Gan Students have been busy in the STEAM Room, experimenting, constructing, and hypothesizing.  With such innovative work occurring, we are in need of more recycled materials!
Please save and bring to the STEAM Room, clean jars and lids of all shapes and sizes--especially small jars, which are perfect for children to use when creating their own paint colors.  Other small vessels, or any other recycled materials are welcome.  Thank you!
Community Offerings
Parent Child Journey: An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child
Click here to learn more about this 10-session program for parents of children (ages preschool through early adolescence) with challenging behaviors. 

Happenings at Adas
Multi-Cultural/Multi-Racial Jews Lunch and Meet & Greet
Sunday, February 11 @ 1pm in Funger Hall 
Adas Israel is proud to be a community of communities and we view the diversity of our membership as one aspect of our strength. For this event, we welcome Adas members and families who identify as multi-cultural, multi-racial and/or from different countries to join us for a lovely afternoon of connecting with one another, eating, schmoozing and learning about upcoming events at Adas that will celebrate the diversity within our community. With Rabbi Aaron Alexander, and Adas members, Blanche Cotlear and Lynn Zuckerman.
Shabbat Morning Babysitting: Now Available!
For children ages 4-7
To enrich your Shabbat morning davening experiences, our wonderful Gan teachers will be providing babysitting for children ages 4-7. Babysitting will be available from 9:30-11am in the art room (343). While this service will be provided free of charge, pre-registration is required. To register, click here.
Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
Saturday, February 3 @ 10:00
Join the Adas Education Department in celebrating Ice Cream for Breakfast Day! This day was started in the 1960s and is celebrated on the first Saturday of February. On February 3rd we will celebrate this special Shabbat with a buffet of ice cream (including non-dairy options) selections and toppings. As a special treat, Rabbi Ben Shalva will be joining us for singing and stories! Come for the ice cream and singing at 10am, stay for youth services afterwards. To register, click here.

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! 
Email Jocelyn for questions about other programs for children under age 2. 
3 Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
Concert for Families with Young Children
11 Tzingo! GPA Fundraiser Event
13-15 Class Photos
16 Shabbat Dinner for Families with Young Children
19 Gan Closed
26-March 2 Gan Dress-Up Days
28 Gan Purim Spiel
16 Shabbat Dinner for Families with Young Children
27 Burning of Chametz
28 Gan Seder
30 Gan Closed for Passover Break
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