U2 - A place for parents and caregivers to connect, toddlers to grow, and a community to thrive!
Join us Friday mornings to move, play, make music and interact with friends in our Nursery School and Temple community.
About our Program: U2 has served as the Rivertown’s virtual park bench - and introduction to an Early Childhood program - for over 20 years. Designed to bring together toddlers, caregivers and families, our main goal is to build community and friendships that continue for years to come. Jewish traditions are woven into the class, allowing us to introduce universal themes including weekly and seasonal holidays and building connections to one another and to our natural environment. At Temple Beth Shalom, families of all backgrounds and denominations are welcome and encouraged to join our Early Childhood program as part of a long tradition of inclusivity and respect for all.
Our Morning Routine: We will start off each Friday with playtime, including slides, mats, tunnels, exploratory toys and crafts! Class then moves into our room for mindful community time to celebrate the end the week and the magic of Shabbat. Activities may include a moment of Shabbat and song with our Rabbis and Cantor, yoga with our Nursery School’s yoga and mindfulness teacher, and storytime - always with snack and time for mingling to catch up with one another. Following the end of our class, families are invited to join our Nursery School classes for songs in the Sanctuary - one of our program’s most beloved traditions!
During Sessions 1 + 2 there will be an OPEN HOUSE on:
from 9:30 - 10:30 am.
Followed by singing in the Sanctuary.
Join us then to learn more about our program.
Classes meet on Fridays from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Each child is to be accompanied by their adult (parent, grandparent, caregiver, etc.)
Open play starts at 9:15 am followed by class activities beginning at 9:30 am
Songs in the Sanctuary are immediately following class from 10:30-10:45 am
Session 1 - 10 weeks 9/28 - 12/7
Session 2 - 10 weeks 1/11 - 3/29
Session 3- 10 weeks 4/5 - 6/21
(No class 11/23, 2/22, 3/22, 4/19, 5/24)
If you are Interested in Enrollment in U2, please email the Temple office.
Although we deeply regret when this happens, please note that if the Temple is closed due to the weather then U2 will not be held or re-scheduled.
KODEM KOL (“FIRST OF ALL, FIRST OF EVERYTHING”)
Early drop-off begins daily at 8:00 am (or a little earlier if needed.)
After School Programs Include:
Jewish Culture and Language
Creative Movement and Music
Sports and Gym
AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT
is back by popular demand with an extended schedule to provide an amazing array of age-appropriate enrichment programming. Beginning in September and then continuing into June, classes will follow the Temple Beth Shalom Nursery school calendar with the exception of the last week of school (no After School classes June 24, 25 and 26). Programs are available Mondays thru Thursdays until 2:00 pm.
Special Program Notes:
• Twos enrolled in Afterrnoon Enrichment first stay for Lunch Bunch from 12:00 - 1:00 pm (with separate registration).
• Sach HaKol (Late Stay) is available from 2:00 - 3:00 pm following Enrichment class dismissal (with separate registration).
Here’s how it works--participating children will bring their own prepared lunch and beverage to school and enjoy the pleasure of eating together with friends, having additional recreational time both indoors and out, and experiencing the following phenomenal opportunities with Nursery School staff and specialists:
MONDAYS - 2:00 pm dismissal | September 17 - June 17
2s - Play Lab, following Lunch Bunch, provides a terrific opportunity for exploration and fun! Participants will explore our the great outdoors, learning about nature and seasonal changes and engaging in creative projects to reflect their discoveries.
3s + Pre-K 4s/5s - Scribble Art Workshop is a developmentally based art program that sparks creativity and creates a life skill of art appreciation in children. Scribble Art instructors will engage your children in an exploration of art materials including collage, painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking, while encouraging visual literacy (analyzing artwork and images) all while having a great time.
TUESDAYS - 2:00 pm dismissal | September 25 - June 18
2s - Construction Site, following Lunch Bunch, our 2s will endeavor to work with found objects to become young engineers, and designers!
3s + Pre-K 4s/5s - Terrific Tuesdays offers a dazzling range of activities, fluctuating specialists for the Fall’s Kaleidoscope (music, drama, photgraphy, and culinary arts), Winter’s GymGuyz (sports, physical training, and kick boxing), and Spring’s Let’s Go! (travel Israel and throughout the World, weaving in Hebrew language and culture as we trot the globe, and arriving in Israel just in time for Spring holiday celebrations).
WEDNESDAYS - 2:00 pm dismissal | September 26 - June 19
2s + 3s - Cooking & More will allow a healthy hands-on exploration of how to create delicious recipes,and experiment with growing food too. Instructor Sue Malat joins us to teach your children to love cooking in a fun environment.
Pre-K 4s/5s - Mad Science returns for their twentieth year and continues to provide extraordinary hands-on and interactive age-appropriate science experiences that—as highlighted in the New York Times—provide fun and exciting activities and take-home projects that give children a clearer understanding of what science is really about and how it aects the world around them, as taught by the likes of scientists Neutron Nancy and Johnny Argon.
THURSDAY - 2:00 pm dismissal | September 20 - June 20
2s - Terrific Twos enter a funtime world of goop and glitter sensory experiments, where thrilling creations abound.This will be our lab setting for understanding play materials by using the familiar in new and different ways.
3s + Pre-K 4s/5s - Motion Commotion brings back creative movement specialist Michelle Wurf (MK Dance) to provide playful and productive classes that encourage cool moves, awesome group cooperation and turn-taking, and super fun for everyone
two's LUNCH BUNCH
Mondays-Thursdays, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Following our Two’s Daily Class, we are oering a Lunch Bunch program on Mondays - Thursdays, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. The children will have the enjoyment of extended playtime, the comaraderie of having lunch together, and a special story, allowing for pick-up at 1:00 pm or followed by Afternoon Enrichment until 2:00 pm and Sach HaKol (late stay) until 3:00 pm if so desired.
SACH HAKOL (LATE STAY)
Monday - Thursday from 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Following our Afternoon Enrichment programs, some families’ schedules necessitate a later pick-up time. The Temple has responded to this scheduling need with a late stay program, “Sach HaKol”.
“Sach HaKol” (translated as “the end of it all”) is offered Monday - Thursday from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. Your children will be signed into Sach HaKol in the “Red Room” by their After School enrichment teacher. Billing is based on this sign-in. The program is facilitated by our preschool staff and provides supervised play for a limited number of children who need to be here later.