A Note From Noah

Baby Play!

We are excited to share that we will be debuting Baby Play!, a new initiative, for the second half of this school year. We surveyed the parent body about this idea last month and hear back overwhelmingly positive response.  Based on your responses, here is what the program will be:

Baby Play! is for any children 0-18 months with older siblings who are current or former JCC nursery students. This is not a drop off program; one (or more) adult is needed for each child. RSVP will be encouraged but not required; there is no fee for the program.

Baby Play! will take place on one Friday a month, and will occur twice each day. The “morning session” will be 9:00am-9:45am, and the “afternoon session” will be 12:30pm-1:00pm. Dates for Baby Play! are:

January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 25

Initially, babies of any age are welcome at either the morning or afternoon session. After the first few sessions, depending on the age of the babies who attend, we may shift towards having smaller age bands for each session (0-9mo and 10-18mo).

Baby Play! will give babies a chance to explore fun, messy, funky materials – what we call in Reggio schools “provocations”. We will have the babies playing with clay, paint, fabrics, sticks, and other materials they may not often come in contact with.

Shari, Sari, and myself will staff each session. Beyond having babies explore the materials, our goals as staff are to deepen our relationships with parents and caregivers, and also model how we as JCC staff interact with babies and materials.

Please mark your calendar with these dates, and RSVP here for January 19.

Shabbat shalom and have a happy New Year,


Snow gear – as the weather turns even colder, please make sure to leave appropriate cold weather and snow clothing in your child’s cubby. Our classrooms use the roof nearly every day even throughout the winter. Each child should at a minimum have a hat and gloves every day; on snowy days please also leave boots and snow pants so that your child can enjoy the snow on our roof.

Paul’s music – is now streaming! For those long trips and stretches at home over break, Paul is sharing his “Live From The Common Space” album via soundcloud. You can stream the album here for all your nursery school favorites.