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Please fill out all forms, before Aug. 28, 2020
Our new Google calendar is available for upload. Click here.
For a PDF copy please click here.
All children will have a designated cubby in
their classroom to store personal items (see list below).
All belongings should be clearly labeled
with the child’s first name and last initial.
List of supplies
Lunchbox w/ice pack
Extra clothing including pants, shirts, underwear, hats, sweaters, and footwear
Extra diapers and wipes (if applicable)
Transitional object (ex. teddy bear, lovey, family photo, etc.)
Napping items (if applicable).
For example, a blanket, crib sheet, and optional small pillow in a bag/sack
(sleeping bags are not permitted).
We require that all bedding be brought home daily
to be laundered and returned.
Clothing/What to wear to school
Children should be dressed to allow for free participation in all activities,
including painting and outdoor play.
For the children’s safety, shoes worn must adhere to the foot.
Flip flops and sandals without a backstrap are prohibited.
The ECLC department ensures a kosher
environment by restricting food brought by all students to
dairy and vegetarian items only.
Meat (including kosher meat), shellfish, and meat products
(such as lard) are NOT permitted.
Food for the Class
Any foods served to the entire class must be purchased from Blueberry Hill
or delivered in a sealed package with a kosher symbol.
The most common kosher symbols can be found below.
If you have any questions please contact a school administrator
Kosher Symbols to Look For!
We are a "Peanut and Tree Nut Aware" school.
In an effort to ensure the health and safety of all our students, tree nuts
(e.g. cashews, macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts, almonds)
in any quantity are not permitted in our school.
We do no prohibit items whose labels read
"Manufactured in a plant that may process nut products
or may be produced on equipment that also processes nuts."
Lunches and Snacks
Each parent will provide their child with lunch daily.
Hot lunches are available for purchase at drop off and are prepared by our on-site caterer,
The cost is $5.00 a lunch. If you forget to order/ bring lunch,
one will be provided to your child at a cost of $6.50.
To preorder lunch, click here
Our teachers try to encourage healthy eating habits. Gum, candy, and soda are NOT permitted in the ECLC.
Keep in mind the teachers will not force children
to eat their healthy options first.
The ECLC provides a morning and afternoon snack.
Snacks are served between 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
and 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Snacks include selections from the following categories:
For more lunch tips and tricks, click here
Click here to see our educator curated books
Goodbye Brings Hello by Dianne White
Mama's Work Shoes by Caron Levis
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas
Preschool Day Hooray by Linda Leopold Strauss
Lena’s Shoes are Nervous by Keith Calabrese and Juana Medina
Hello School! by Priscilla Burris
Bye-Bye Time by Elizabeth Verdick
Oh My Baby, Little One by Kathi Applet
Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
Dad’s First Day by Mike Wohnoutka
Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave by Jessica Hische
Goodbye Friend, Hello Friend by Cori Doerrfeld
Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis
Creating a safe and healthy environment for your
children and our staff is our highest priority.
In accordance with governmental orders and guidelines,
we are taking extra precautions to help our community stay safe and healthy.
In addition, we are asking you – our parents – to partner with us
by adhering to health guidelines and maintaining
open & honest communication.
We thank you for your patience.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging
from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, cough,
sore throat, headache, new loss of taste and/or smell.
This list is not all-inclusive.
Please consult your medical provider for any other
symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
What does this mean for the Aronoff Preschool?
In order to operate safe programs and maintain the health of
our staff and children
the following protocols will be in place for all
Aronoff Preschool programming
and maybe adjusted periodically as advised by community care licensing,
CDC, as well as local, state, and federal government guidelines.
Due to current restrictions in place by the state of California
our preschool hours will be 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday.
Employee and Child Health
The health and safety of our employees and preschoolers
is our number one priority.
Adults and children will be advised to practice physical distancing
by standing at least six feet away from non-family members
Employees will be reminded not to touch their faces.
Preschool staff will be given clear training on how to recognize
and report any suspected cases of COVID-19 at camp.
Preschool staff are instructed to stay home if they do not feel well
and are instructed to immediately contact an Administrator
if they notice a coworker or child with a cough,
shortness of breath, or any other known symptoms of COVID-19.
If we are alerted to a suspected case of COVID-19 in our school community,
we will immediately work with local health care agencies
and follow all recommendations and requirements set forth by the agency.
Correct hygiene and frequent handwashing with soap are vital to help
combat the spread of viruses.
All staff will be instructed to wash their hands,
or use sanitizer when a sink is not available, every 60 minutes (for 20-seconds)
and after any of the following activities:
using the restroom, sneezing, touching the face, blowing the nose, cleaning,
sweeping, mopping, eating, drinking, entering and leaving campus,
going on break, and before or after starting their shift.
Appropriate PPE will be worn by all employees based on their role and
responsibilities and in adherence to state or local regulations and guidance.
Preschool employees will be trained on how to properly use
and dispose of all PPE.
Teachers will be required to wear masks at all times while at work.
All JCC and preschool staff will be screened and their temperatures taken
prior to entering the facility.
Any staff member presenting with COVID-19 symptoms while at work
will be immediately sent home.
In these circumstances, staff members will be required
to follow the latest CDC guidance.
Staff and families are temporarily excluded from the Merage JCC campus
if any member of the household has
(or has been in close contact with anyone who has):
A suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19
(for example – close contact at school, work, religious services, social gatherings)
Traveled international, or domestically, from an area outside of
Southern California which is experiencing widespread community transmission of COVID-19;
or from any area which is the subject of similar travel restrictions under
applicable state and local guidance.
Preschool administration will work with their employees and families
to determine the necessary protocols and steps
for allowing employees/participants to return to campus.
Child Drop-Off Procedures
Parents must be on the alert for signs of illness in their children and keep
them home when they are sick. Children’s temperature should be taken by
parents at home prior to coming to school.
Parents/guardians will not be permitted to enter the building.
Parents/guardians must park and walk up to the check in tables.
Parents/guardians must wear a face mask during drop-off.
Parents/guardians will sign their child(ren) in and out for the day. Parents
must print their first and last name legibly. Please bring your own pen.
An Aronoff preschool staff member will walk your child into the school and
to their class.
You will be asked to confirm that your child is healthy enough
to attend school daily.
We will take yours and your child’s temperature
with a touchless thermometer.
If either temperature is 100.4 or above,
your child will need to stay home until
you and your child are 72 hours fever-free without medication.
Please be patient as this process may take extra time to implement
Children will immediately wash their hands upon entering the classrooms
Child Pick-Up Procedures
Upon arrival to pick up your child, parents/guardians
will walk up to the check-in table.
If a staff member is not present, please inform security you are here
to pick up your child.
A staff member will retrieve your child from class
and bring your child and their belongings to the front of the school.
Parents/guardians must wear face masks during this time
and maintain social distancing as much as possible.
You will need to sign your child out for the day by printing your name.
Children will be sent home with all of their personal belongings each day.
Preschool and JCC staff are not permitted to place children
in a vehicle or secure children in a child seat or safety belt.
COVID-19 Modified Illnesses Policy
This policy shows temporary modifications to our standard Illness policy
Parents must make other arrangements for the care
of their children when they show symptoms of
any deviation from normal health.
Children should not be sent to school if they are vomiting,
have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
diarrhea, eye discharge or pink eye, excessive coughing,
oozing sores, head lice, an undiagnosed rash, or any of the following:
fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache,
sore throat, new loss of taste, or smell - or are obviously not well.
If a member of your household has a fever of 100.4 or higher,
your child(ren) may not attend school until the member is
symptom free for 72 hours.
When a child becomes ill or injured at school, the staff’s first priority
is to meet the child’s physical health needs.
In case of illness, we will take the child’s temperature, as well as perform an
overall visual health assessment.
A phone call to parents will be made when the school deems it necessary.
If parents are requested by the school to pick up their sick child,
they must do so within one hour.
Children may not return to school until they are 72-hours symptom-free
and fever-free without medication.
Parents are advised to make alternate plans for care in the event that the
child becomes ill and is not able to attend school.
If a sick child is not picked up within one hour of being called, we will cal
l your emergency contacts to request pick up.
Failure to pick up a sick child in a timely manner, or disregard of this policy
by parents, may result in the removal of your child from the preschool.
While a physician’s note may be helpful, it does not guarantee that a child
may return to school. Final decisions on allowing a child to return are
made by an Administrator.
Due to limited access into the school, information should be shared with
preschool staff during the Wellness Check upon arrival, which will then be
relayed to the classroom teacher. In-person parent meetings will not be
available. Digital communication is recommended, such as email, Zoom,
phone calls, etc. when necessary.
Reinforcing Classroom Etiquette with the Children
Discussions and education will take place, age-appropriately, with the
children to provide an understanding and promote healthy and safe
guidelines for children to follow. Visuals will be included to remind children
of the new practices. Respiratory etiquette will be reinforced, including
covering coughs and sneezes. Children will be educated and responsible for
healthy practices such as covering their mouth with inner elbow when
sneezing or coughing, followed by 20-second vigorous hand washing with
soap and the use of a disposable paper towel.
Teach, model and reinforce hand washing.
Practice frequent handwashing by teaching a popular child-friendly song or
counting to 20 (handwashing should last for at least 20 seconds)
Encourage children to thoroughly dry hands after washing. Handwashing
included front, backs, tops of hands and between fingers with vigorous
strokes to properly wash hands.
Signs will be posted in restrooms and near sinks that convey proper
Model and practice handwashing before and after eating, after coughing or
sneezing, after playing outside, and after using the restroom.
Caring for Infants and Toddlers
To the extent possible, when washing, feeding, or holding very young
children staff will protect themselves by wearing a smock or long-sleeved
shirt and by wearing long hair up in a ponytail or other updo.
Teachers will wash their hands, neck, and anywhere touched by a child’s
secretions. Teachers will change the child’s clothes if secretions are on the
child’s clothes. They will change their own smock/shirt if there are
secretions on it, and wash their hands again. Contaminated clothes will be
placed in a plastic bag or washed in a washing machine. Infants, toddlers,
and their providers should have multiple changes of clothes available.
Teachers will wash their hands before and after handling infant bottles
prepared at home or prepared on campus. Bottles, bottle caps, nipples, and
other equipment used for bottle-feeding will be emptied, rinsed, and placed
in a bag to be sent home.
Children will rest alternating head-to-toe positions and be situated 3-6 feet
apart whenever possible. Bedding (fitted sheet and blanket) will be sent
home on a daily basis for washing.
Stuffed toys, pillows, and other
personal items should be kept at home until further notice.
Classroom Sanitizing Procedures
Bleach solution must be made fresh each morning.
Teachers will disinfect nap mats, toys, countertops, cubby and nap areas,
and other parts of the classroom throughout the day with a mild bleach
disinfectant solution. Leave the solution on for at least 2 minutes and allow
to air dry when possible.
Maintenance staff will sanitize faucets, toilet handles, door knobs, etc.
several times throughout the day.
Maintenance staff will continue to come every night and use disinfectant
products to clean restrooms, floors, sinks, and counters.
Multiple toys and manipulatives will be accessible in the classroom that are
easy to clean and sanitize throughout the day. Dramatic play fabric items
and any other materials not easily cleaned or disinfected have been
removed from each classroom.
Each class will have a designated tub for toys that need to be cleaned and
wiped after use.
Playground equipment and outside toys will be sanitized in between each
Food Preparation and Children’s Mealtimes (Snacks & Lunches)
Teachers will sanitize tables and ensure children wash hands prior to and
immediately after eating.
Teachers will wash their hands and wear a face mask/covering and gloves
before preparing food and while assisting children to eat.
Children will be spaced a proper amount of distance at tables.
Toothbrushing must be done at home and cannot be done at school.
Only disposable paper goods, utensils, and cups will be used.
Meals will be served individually by staff and not served family-style.
Staff members may not contact exposed, ready-to-eat food with their bare
hands and should will suitable utensils such as spatulas, tongs, single-use
gloves, or dispensing equipment.
All food, once served or handled outside the food preparation area, will be
Additional Guidelines for Staff and General Campus Precautions
Preschool staff will be trained on the enhanced precautions and
preventative measures to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Staff is required to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Non-affiliated persons will not be allowed onto campus; i.e. school tours, all
visitors, educator tours, children’s presenters, etc.
School tours may be conducted virtually via Zoom or Facetime.
No school gatherings, i.e. All School Shabbat Sing Along (they will be done
inside the classrooms), Havdalah, etc.
Emergency Exposure Protocol
Administration will immediately contact local health officials who will help
determine the defined course of action.
Any child who has been directly exposed will need to provide a negative
COVID test, as well as quarantine for 14 days from exposure.
Any faculty member who has been directly exposed will need to provide a
negative COVID test, as well as quarantine for 14 days from exposure.
What programs do you offer?
Infant/Toddler Center (ITC) for children six weeks through 2 years
Full-Day 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Three- or Five-Day Options
Preschool Programs for ages 18 months – 4 years
Half-Day 9 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Plus-Day 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Full-Day 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for children ages 4 to 6 years
Plus-Day 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Full-Day 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Infant/ Toddlers 4:1
Do I have to provide snacks?
No, we provide snack for your child. We will have healthy and nutritious
snacks depending on the program you choose you will either have one or
two snacks a day.
What does Kosher mean? Can you heat up my child's lunch?
At school children are not allowed to bring meat or chicken and any type of
shellfish. Children can bring dairy products and we have a list of suggestions
for lunch ideas. Yes, we have microwaves in every class and can heat up
Do you offer a hot lunch program?
Good nutrition and it begins in the early stages of life... Healthy eating can
stabilize children’s energy, sharpen their minds, and even out their moods.
At Aronoff Preschool, we have partnered with Blueberry Hill Catering
company. Parents have the option to sign up at a low price of about $5 a
day or parents may also pack their child’s lunch.
For the hot lunch menu and to order in advance, click here.
Does my child have to be potty trained?
We do not have a potty-trained prerequisite for children until the Pre -K
year. We will work with families when they are ready to transition into
Do you offer summer camp?
Make the summer magical for your child at Camp Yeladim. At the fabulous
facilities of the JCC, your preschooler can enjoy the summer camp
experience in the security of our nurturing Sheila & Eric Samson Family Early
Childhood Learning Center. Our credentialed and highly trained Early
Childhood Educators will guide your child through a summer of making new
friends, learning, creativity, imagination, and of course, lots of fun!
What philosophy do you teach?
We are Reggio inspired. Using a Reggio - inspired approach to early
childhood education our teachers design an emergent, integrated
curriculum based on shared interests of the students & teachers. Children
work collaboratively with one another, we work in small and large groups, to
prepare kids for kindergarten, we value the children’s ideas and want kids to
ask questions and we value their opinions… we believe learning can happen
anywhere. Research shows that children learn and retain more information
when it has value to the many hands-on activities.
How will I know how my child's day was? Do you use an app for communication?
For Children in the Infant and Toddler room, you will have a daily log which
will include how much they ate, bathroom, and sleeping schedule. With our
Preschool age kids, we encourage families to talk to the teachers at pick up
or drop off. You can always send your teacher an email with specific
questions. If there was ever an incident you will be contacted by phone
immediately. We also upload pictures on to Shutterfly.
What percent of the school is Jewish?
We open our doors to everyone and we are a diverse community, however,
our Jewish values, traditions, and holidays are very important to us. I would
say 60% Jewish 40% not
Can I change my schedule during the year?
Yes, you can change your schedule during the year. As a courtesy, your first
change is at no cost. After that, each change is $50. We also need to see if
we can make those accommodations at that time.
What is the napping policy?
Naptime from 1:00-3:00 pm except for the TK classrooms which nap is
optional. Classroom lights are off and soft/classical music plays in the
background. All classes rest either on cots or mats. Crib sheets and
blankets are sent home weekly to be laundered and brought back.
What is your withdrawal policy?
We require a 30-day written notice to withdraw from the Preschool. There
are no more withdrawals after March 1st. All deposits are non-refundable.
What are the qualifications of your teachers?
Our dedicated teachers build a solid foundation for our preschool. Every
teacher has extensive child development experience bringing their unique
style to the classroom. All teachers have at least 12 ECE units, while some
teachers’ have a bachelor’s degree and their teaching credentials. Teachers
have completed a federal background clearance, are trained in pediatric
CPR and First Aid training.