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Shoresh Preschool is a play-based program that focuses on specific educational objectives for each age group. This means our classrooms all have various stations and the children are allowed to self-dictate parts of their day and what they will be interacting with. The development of social and emotional skills are at the forefront of our school as our teachers work hard to create an atmosphere of discovery, exploration and appropriate risk-taking. Academics are woven into our students learning as integrated activities within various play themes: nature, seasons, Jewish traditions, STEM, puzzles, movement, and athletics.

We welcome children of all religions, races, and family styles. Our student body comes from Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair and surrounding communities attending our program. Individualized attention and the ability to provide a nurturing safe environment is made possible by our small class sizes and low teacher /student ratio. Our highly qualified and experienced teachers and assistants love what they do and understand the developmental needs of the children they teach. This allows each child to develop at their own rate in a comfortable and nurturing environment.

Our preschool classes begin at age 2 and continue through age 5.  Our curriculum is play based. It is through play that children strengthen and develop their social emotional skills, which is essential for learning. It is through play that children develop early literacy skills, number concepts and cognitive skills, in a warm and nurturing setting. The curriculum also includes art, music, movement, cooking, science and nature. Children learn best through play and exploration of their environment. Through hands-on learning experiences the children become active, curious and creative learners. Judaism is integrated throughout our program. We celebrate the Jewish holidays and we come together as a school on Fridays to celebrate Shabbat. We encourage the development of a positive Jewish identity and Jewish values, helping others. We are inclusive and welcoming of children in all faiths and backgrounds in our program. 

 

Shoresh Parent Handbook 2022-2023

2021 Shoresh School Calendar

 
We are currently full in our 2022 Camp Program and 2022-2023 School Year. 
To be added to our wait list of our 2022-2023 School Year, fill out this form.

 

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Shoresh Summer Fun Camp

Our summer program consists of 10 fun-filled themed weeks! We spend a lot of time outside on the playground, riding bikes, and splashing around in the water sprinklers. The splash mat is always a big hit!

Each week we are visited by a special guest like our animal friends from Kafka Farms, the Bloomfield Fire Department and their big fire engine, our nature expert Ms. Laura, the City Green Veggie Mobile, and lots more exciting visitors! What better way to wrap up our summer fun than a surprise visit from the ice cream truck? Each child has an opportunity to select a frozen treat of their choice and enjoy them picnic style under the sun.

You can look forward to:
  • Low Ratio of Children to Teachers: Maximum 10:2
  • Outdoor Play:
    • Splash Mats and Sprinklers
    • Soccer, Kickball, T-ball
    • Relay Races
    • Shaded Playground
    • Movement
  • Indoor Play: 
    • Bikes and Scooters
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Manipulatives and Toys
    • Storytelling/Books

We are excited, as always, to welcome back last year's Camp Director, Morah Danielle, who will be helping to shape our fun filled weeks. We hope you will join us for some or all of this year's summer adventures!

Camp Session Dates*:
June 20th - June 24th
June 27th - July 1st
July 5th - July 8th
July 11th - July 15th
July 18th - July 22nd
July 25th - July 29th
August 1st - August 5th
August 8th - August 12th
August 15th - August 19th
August 22nd - August 26th

Tuition Rates:

Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm: $3,000/10 weeks, $300/per week
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 1:00pm: $2,000/10 weeks, $200/per week
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm: $1,800/10 weeks, $180/per week
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00am - 1:00pm: $1,200/10 weeks, $120/per week
Kid's Club, 3:00pm - 5:30pm: $24 a day, $120 a week, or $1,200 for the 10 weeks.
You will be billed on June 1st and full tuition is due before the first day of camp, June 20th, unless other arrangements are made with our office. 

*The current school year ends on Thursday, June 9th.

Questions? Reach out to us Shoresh@nertamid.org or 973-338-1500 ext. 120
 

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Programs

Shoresh offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of our families. We offer extended morning hours for working parents as well as after-school hours. Our afternoon enrichment classes offer you the option of a longer school day with a different enrichment class each day of the week for our three’s and four’s.

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the whole child. We ensure that the children experience a balance in scheduling, which includes independent play, group activities and quiet time. The classrooms are set up with different centers to give the children the opportunity to choose their play area. Some of their choices include dramatic play, painting at the easel, book corner, blocks, manipulatives, playdoh, and a writing and coloring table. As the children experience these different centers, they are working on so many important skills. They are learning how to use their imaginations, express ideas, cooperate with others, make decisions, develop hand-eye coordination, improve their fine motor skills, and become problem solvers.

Typical Schedule: 

7:30am - 9:00am: Breakfast Club
8:40am - 9:00am: Drop-Off, Free Play Center Time (in the classrooms)
9:00am - 9:30am: Circle Time
9:30am - 10:00am: Playground, Bike Room, Nature, Israeli Dancing
10:00am - 10:30am: Snack Time
10:30am - 12:00pm: Activities
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch/Clean-Up/Free Play
1:00pm - 2:00pm: 2's Nap Time, 3's Enrichments, 4's Quiet Time
2:00pm - 3:00pm: 2's Nap Time, 3's Quiet Time, 4's Enrichments 
3:00pm - 5:30pm: Kids Club, see current schedule
 
Enrichments: Cooking, STEM, Art, Amazing Athletes, Yoga
 
 

Facilities

Shoresh Preschool features a first-rate facility designed to allow learning through play and exploration. Bright, cheerful colors are present in classrooms and hallways, with bulletin boards displaying children artwork of current lessons and seasonal celebrations.

Our newly renovated (winter 2022) playground features a main climbing structure, three slides, a balance log, with a smaller section for our younger students, a crawl through caterpillar, and a play house.  Our grounds have four vegetable garden beds, two herb garden beds, a log circle, and large outdoor lawn space. We also utilize our parking lot for outdoor bikes and calk play.

Inside, students enjoy a fully equipped play area, filled with age-appropriate toys, riding equipment, tumble mats, and much more. Our space also features a large multi-purpose room, sanctuary for singing and prayers, and newly designed dress-up station.

Shoresh Preschool has a full-time security guard on site Monday- Friday 8:30am - 3:30pm. Our building is equip with newly installed cameras (everywhere except the classrooms and bathrooms), upgraded security access system, and shatter proof glass. 

What Parents Are Saying

"Shoresh is hands down the most loving and nurturing environment for children we have found- including what we had in Brooklyn. Our eldest (5) and youngest (2) both have attended. Our eldest entered Kindergarten with all the skills necessary to adjust to the public school environment. They are amazing at teaching developmentally appropriate material in a way the children want to learn, through ample time to play. The Director is very involved in the children's day and is incredibly available to parents. They host a number of community gathering events so we feel connected even beyond the school to our larger community. And we are not Jewish, and have never felt like we needed to be in order to be fully connected. It's an incredibly inclusive environment which makes us want to be even more involved. Our girls have loved it here. As parents, we have loved everything about it as well." - Suzy G.

"I love this preschool! The teachers are loving and engaging.  We are now about to start our 4th child at Shoresh and I can't imagine sending her anywhere else. I always felt supported and listened to as a new mom and now I feel valued as I've learned so much along the way.  I wish that I could attend Shoresh!" - Allison G.

See more reviews on our Yelp! page. 

Tuition for 2022-2023 School Year

The first day of school is on Tuesday, September 6th, the last day of school is Thursday, June 8th and there are 39 weeks of instruction. We have a Thanksgiving break, winter break, and spring/Passover break along with observing all the major secular holidays (President's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Columbus Day, and Memorial Day) and Jewish holidays (High Holy Days, Passover, and Shavuot).
 

Tuition (Billed Monthly*): 
2's Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00am - 1:00pm: $4,150
2's Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:00am - 1:00pm: $6,100
2's Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 1:00pm: $10,000

2's Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00am - 3:00pm: $4,850
2's Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm: $7,250
2's Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm: $11,750

3's Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 1:00pm: $10,000
3's Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm: $11,750

4's (Pre-K) Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm - $11,750

Breakfast Club, 7:30am - 9:00am, 5-Days: $2,050
Breakfast Club, 7:30am - 9:00am, Per Day/Year: $410

Kids Club, 3:00pm - 5:30pm, 5-days: $3,500
Kids Club, 3:00pm - 5:30pm, Per Day/Year: $700

Discounts (to be applied to first month's tuition):
Sibling Discount: $300 for each additional sibling in the program
Returning Student Discount: $250 per student

Drop-off times will be assigned by age group and will begin at 8:40am.

*Monthly billing will be posted on the 15th of the previous month, is due on the 1st of the month, and a $30 fee will be added on the 10th of the month if tuition is not paid. 

PJ Library

PJ Library is a free program that mails your child a wonderful, age-appropriate Jewish children’s book or CD every month. PJ Library is available to any family raising Jewish children from 6 months through 8 years old, whether affiliated, unaffiliated, interfaith, or non-traditional.

PJ Library in Greater MetroWest NJ is more than just the books! Once you subscribe you’ll be in the loop on all the Jewish holiday celebrations, mitzvah activities, and special programs we host throughout the year. You’ll also have access to our constantly updated JFamily Calendar and receive our monthly e-newsletter filled with information on family events and resources throughout the Greater MetroWest NJ area. Events are open to all and are a great way to connect with other families.

Children with special needs who are older than 7 who would benefit from our books are also welcome to receive a PJ Library subscription. Call (973) 929-3128 to enroll.

What are you waiting for? Sign up for PJ Library today.

We know you’ll look forward to receiving your monthly PJ Library surprise as much as your kids do! And don’t forget to tell all your friends.

PJ Library in Greater MetroWest is a gift from our lead donors Maxine and Ted z” l Murnick, Paula and Jerry Gottesman Family Supporting Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

Shoresh Leadership

Michelle W. Malkin
Interim Director for
Shoresh Preschool
973-338-1500 ext. 120
 

Marie Dieterle
Assistant Director
973-338-1500 ext. 116
 
 
 
Debbie Kravitz
Vice President for Shoresh Preschool
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shara Miller
Samantha Nowak
Jana Luber
Shoresh Parent Committee
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Morah Sonia
Floater
 

 

Morah Jaileen
Floater
 

 

Morah Sandy
Floater
 

2's Teachers

Morah Pam
Lead Teacher

Morah Pamela
Lead Teacher
 
Morah Jenna
Lead Teacher

 

Morah Holli
Assistant Teacher
 

 

Morah Susan
Assistant Teacher

 

Morah Dom
Assistant Teacher
 

3's Teachers

 

Morah Janeth
Lead Teacher

 

Morah Cynthia
Lead Teacher

 

Morah Danielle
Lead Teacher

 

Morah Melissa
Assistant Teacher
 

 

Morah Roxanne
Assistant Teacher
 

 

Morah Leeann
Assistant Teacher

 

Morah Cathy
Lead Teacher
 

 

 
 
Morah Cindy
Preschool Assistant

 

 

4's Teachers

 

Morah Sue
Lead Teacher

 

Morah Maria
 Lead Teacher

 

Morah Kate
 Lead Teacher

 

Morah Hilda
Assistant Teacher
 
 

 

Morah Gwen
Assistant Teacher
 
 

 

Morah Toni
Assistant Teacher
 
 

 

Shoresh Preschool

Strong Roots. Thriving Children.

Current COVID Policies As Of 1.7.2022

Shoresh has adopted a hybrid of the CDC's recommended 5-day isolation period and test-to-stay (for vaccinated staff and students) policies to remain open and available to as many people as possible while staying as safe as is reasonable.  If your child has tested positive in the last 90 days, they do not need to isolate after exposure or travel. 

If your child tests positive on a rapid or PCR, they are required to isolate for 5 days from the positive test (date the sample was taken). On the 6th morning or the next morning they return to school, if they test negative on a rapid test and are no longer experiencing symptoms, they can come to school. In the event your child tests positive on the rapid test on the 6th morning, they will need to isolate for another 5 days to ensure they are no longer contagious. 

If a teacher has a close contact but remains asymptomatic, daily morning rapid tests are required for 5 days following the exposure. If a teacher tests positive, the 5-day isolation with a negative test on the 6th and 7th morning is required as long as they are no longer experiencing symptoms.

In regards to travel, unvaccinated child will need to follow the same protocol as if they had a close contact - 5-day isolation with a negative rapid on the morning of the 6th day or the first day they return to school. Teachers and vaccinated children who do not display any symptoms, will need to take a rapid test for the first morning they return to school.

We know these policies often change as new guidance comes out and we do our best to balance providing necessary childcare and keeping our unvaccinated population safe. It is important that you be in touch with us when you have any of these situations so we can approve the specific approach for your situation. 

Thank you all for your flexibility and understanding!

If your child tests positive, here are some quick turnaround PCR testing options:

Clinical Laboratory of New Jersey
Adams Diagnostic Lab
Free At-Home Mail-In Testing in NJ (requires a child to be able to spit a large amount into a tube)

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