Preschool & Kindergarten

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Entrust your child to the very best!

Begun in 1956, Congregation Anshei Israel's Preschool/Kindergarten and its teachers are the recipients of numerous education awards. The school has twice received the "Solomon Schechter Award for Excellence" from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and two teachers have been selected as "Educator of the Year" from the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.

As of 2015, Lynne Falkow-Strauss, our Preschool/Kindergarten Director, has been with the school for 43 years and, with an extremely low turn-over rate, some of our teachers have been with us for more than 25 years!

We're very proud of the relationships built due to the low student-to-teacher ratio. Our programs are designed to enhance the physical, social, emotional and religious growth of ALL children ages six months through six years. In addition to a rich and meaningful age-appropriate Judaic and secular education, we offer programs in music, art, science enrichment, Spanish, beginning computers, and library.

Stressing parent involvement, the school has a thriving Parent Action Committee and offers parenting classes taught by Rabbi Robert Eisen.

A Parent’s Testimonial:
We have had an amazing experience having three of our four children at Anshei Israel's Preschool/Kindergarten. The warmth and caring of all the staff radiates through the halls, and the leadership is exceptional, including the involvement of the clergy. Curriculum, lessons and programs are executed on a level of excellence, while supporting each child’s social and emotional growth, and helping each become independent and self-confident. The foundation a child receives in Anshei Israel’s program will serve them well for their futures. Thank you!
   ~ Ariella & Rodney Mollen

Our programs include: 

Parent-Tot Class, Tuesdays, 9:00 – 11:00am
Free and open to the public, this class for children 9- to 24-months in age and their parent(s) is fun and educational. Participants sing songs, make art projects, read stories, have a snack, and share parenting advice with each other. Occasional guest speakers help tackle specific issues such as: food allergies, sun safety, baby sign language and more. Water play is included in May and September. For more information, contact Lynne Falkow-Strauss.

18-Month-Olds
A class to assist the toddler in understanding his or her expanding world and to begin to lay a sound foundation for a positive emotional Jewish identity. The child is provided a rich environment in which he or she can explore freely.

2- & 2-1/2-Year-Olds
Due to the development that takes place between the ages of two and two-and-a-half, we offer programs for each age. Centered on a child attaining a positive self-image while he or she learns a new sense of independence, the program allows the child to discover the joys of cooperative play and the satisfaction of completing tasks.

3-Year-Olds
Ready for new challenges, the child is provided classroom activities that strengthen and sharpen both motor and social skills. Hands-on introductions to art, music, science, math, and geography encourage curiosity and are designed to stimulate growth.

4-Year-Olds
Cognitive skills are further developed through individual and group experiences that encourage a child's natural curiosity. Stimulating activities nurture later proficiency. The child learns to explore his or her environment and to recognize the larger world around them. A growing knowledge of the beautiful traditions of Judaism further enhances the child's love of learning.

Kindergartners
A comprehensive, full-day program and an introduction to the exciting world of elementary school in which the child's curiosity about the world grows. Basic concepts in reading, writing, math, science, and art help the child build confidence in his or her ability to learn and develop self-esteem through greater independence. Visits by specialists and field trips are included. Jewish traditions and history are introduced through music, art and a beginning Hebrew vocabulary program.

 

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REGISTRATION FORM for Preschool or Kindergarten 2015-16!

Scholarships are available for Kindergarten students. Families requesting financial assistance may apply on-line withFAST logo(Financial Aid for School Tuition) by clicking on the logo at right. Funding for financial assistance is primarily provided by JETCO (Jewish Education Tax Credit Organization). Confidential applications are reviewed by an impartial committee. Tuition and financial aid information is always kept strictly confidential. The FAST application fee is $38. The application fee is non-refundable and payable by MasterCard, Visa or American Express.

2015
June

1 Summer Camp for Kids 2 to 6
Camp runs weekly through July 24 (no camp July 3)

August

10

FIRST DAY Preschool/Kindergarten classes

 

11

Parent/Tot Classes resume regular schedule

 

16

Welcome Back Party: Ice Cream Social
(For families with children currently enrolled in school.)
  26 Open House at the school for families with children currently enrolled in school. Parents: Meet your child(ren)’s teachers and tour the classrooms!

October

19-26

Scholastic Book Fair
Open to all, this fair has books for children Pre-K-8th Grade, and a few for adults. The school’s teachers will have their “wish lists” for books they would like for their classrooms. Proceeds benefit CAI’s Esther B. Feldman Preschool/Kindergarten.
 

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“Dad & Me” Breakfast, 8:00am
Children of the preschool/kindergarten & their dads (or dad substitutes) enjoy a breakfast buffet made by the moms. Includes fun activities.

December

7

Preschool/Kindergarten Hanukkah Celebration

2016 
January

13

Kindergarten Info Night for 2016-17 Class
Make an informed decision about your child’s kindergarten experience! Meet Director Lynne Falkow-Strauss and classroom teacher Ronnie Miller to learn about the coming year and curriculum in CAI’s full-day kindergarten. Low student-to-teacher ratio; programs designed to enhance the physical, social and emotional growth of your child; secure facility with park-like playground and much more! Upon completion of our program, children are fully prepared to enter First Grade … anywhere!

  23 Casino Night Annual Fundraiser
February 5

“Mom & Me” Breakfast, 8:00am
Children of the preschool/kindergarten & their moms (or mom substitutes) enjoy a breakfast buffet made by the dads. Includes fun activities.

March 4

PK Schoolwide/Tot Shabbat, service 5:45pm; dinner 6:15pm
All families in CAI’s Preschool/Kindergarten and any family with young children are invited to share this special Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Robert Eisen to welcome the Sabbath with stories; songs performed by the Preschool/Kindergarten children led by music specialist Susan Kravitz; followed by kid-friendly Shabbat dinner.

  24 Preschool/Kindergarten Purim Celebration
April 18 Model Seder

May

19 Preschool/Kindergarten Closing Ceremony & Graduation

June

6 Summer Camp for Kids 2 to 6
Camp runs weekly through July 22 (no camp July 4)

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Proudly teaching children from generation to generation.
For more information about CAI's award-winning Preschool/Kindergarten, space availability,
or to schedule a personalized visit, please contact Lynne Falkow-Strauss.

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