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Welcome to the Aronoff Preschool and the 2020-2021 school year!
We are thrilled that you have joined our community and are ready
to begin making memories with us.
 

 

 

 

Everything you need as a parent in one place.

 Please fill out all  forms, before Aug. 28, 2020

Download and fill out all of the forms and check out

our parent information. 

 

 

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

 Water bottle

Extra clothing including pants, shirts, underwear, hats, sweaters, and footwear

Extra diapers and wipes (if applicable)

Sunscreen

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.  

Watch this video for Tips and Tricks!

 

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

at prschooladmin@jccoc.org 

Kosher Symbols to Look For!

Food Allergies

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,

Blueberry Hill.

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

Lunch Ideas:


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. 

Snacks

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.

Protocols

COVID-19 Symptoms:

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.

 

Modified Hours

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

whenever possible.

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.

Screening:

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.

 

Communication

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.

 

Hand Washing

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

handwashing techniques.

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.

 

Napping

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

group’s use.

 

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

discarded.

 

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

12-Month Program

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.

Ratios

          Infant/ Toddlers 4:1

Alef  6:1

Bet 12:1

Gimel 12:1

TK 12:1

Language 12:1

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

lunches.

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

diapers.

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.