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BARNERT TEMPLE PRESCHOOL

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Now More Than Ever!
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Barnert Kid LogoSimply walk through our doors and you feel it.  Before you even meet us, you and your child will sense an energy, a “vibe”, a “gut feeling” that this is the place you’ve been looking for!  It's the #barnerteffect.

At Barnert Preschool, you’ll discover a community where the home-school feel of our private preschool touches each individual family, helping your child's growth and development to soar!  You will experience a place where children and educators joyfully learn and laugh all day long.  You will quickly know that you have found a school and community that are very special.Preschool Photo Collage

Preschool in a Time of COVID-19

In recent months, we have learned and adapted our offerings to better meet the needs of our preschool community, and we are ahead of the game compared to many public schools and even other private preschools in our area.

Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted all schools in our area, including Barnert Preschool.  For a school built on real, meaningful connections, hugs and community, not gathering in our halls and classrooms has been painful.  With that said, we are proud to say that Barnert Preschool quickly pivoted to meet the needs of our children and families.  We went from a loving community that hugged hello each morning and enjoyed the laughter and occasional tears of our preschoolers, to an online community of virtual huggers, searching for the smiles coming from our computer screens.  With our teachers and parents joining together, our children are still learning, still connecting, and feeling loved.

What happens next?

Though we do not yet have answers for all possible scenarios for the upcoming school year, we can respond to some of your key questions.

  • Will our school building be open in September? 
    We honestly don’t know.  We believe it is likely that 2020-21 will be a “hybrid” year in which we spend some amount of time in the building and some learning from home.

    Whether our building is open or not, our teachers are ready to teach our children in person and online, as the situation necessitates.  We’ve learned a lot from these past months.  We will build on our learning and success and continue to focus on supporting children and families through close, ongoing relationships with our beloved teachers.
  • Will tuition be different if children have to learn from home?
    Yes.  We are working on a new tuition structure that reflects in-person versus remote learning, if we need to have a hybrid model in the fall.  We will be share those details as soon as they are available.
  • Will there be kindergarten at Barnert?
    Yes.  We will have a wonderful kindergarten class ready to support small-group instruction and online learning.  Sharon Ramsey, who is certified in Orton Gillingham, is already preparing for all possibilities and will be able to give her students the individualized attention parents want from Barnert.  

    Click the image below to learn more about our kindergarten and transitional kindergarten program.
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  • Will there be traditional day camp this summer?
    No.  We will not have any on-site programming at Barnert Preschool this summer.
  • Will there be summer programming of any kind at Barnert? 
    Yes!  Based on overwhelmingly positive responses to our survey, we are creating a summer of online offerings for children from kindergarten through teens.  Look for more information in the coming weeks.
  • When will preschool/kindergarten registration open? 
    We will open up registration as soon as we have more information about regulations concerning the use of the building and the final tuition numbers.

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Facilities

Our classrooms are spacious and airy, designed to reflect our early childhood philosophy. Our 10-acre grounds surrounded by forest offer multiple areas for optimal outdoor learning. Children are given ample time for exploration of the natural world. Connecting children with nature is a core value at Barnert. We know that nurturing that connection at an early age enables children to become environmental stewards, while fulfilling the Jewish value of tikkun olam, repairing the world.

Curriculum

At Barnert, play is education. In our thoughtfully created environment, our children learn to think deeply and to play with purpose, which leads to a strong sense of self. Their confidence levels are high as risk-taking is supported and encouraged. Based on the most current research in early childhood education, our curriculum is cutting-edge while simultaneously maintaining core principles in child development. Every child’s needs are honored, valued, and regularly assessed to provide optimal growth potential.

Values and Judaism

Throughout the day, we are faced with many choices. Both parents and children must make decisions that impact themselves and others. Jewish values are taught as our internal GPS, guiding us toward making good decisions. Whether you and your children are Jewish, interfaith, or of another faith, whether you believe in God or not, the values we teach our children will become the basis for them to become positive forces. These values include:

  • Tikun Olam: Repair of the world
  • Gemilut Chasadim: Acts of kindness
  • Tzedakah – Charity
  • Derech Eretz  – The right path
  • Bikor Cholim  – Visiting the sick
  • Baal Tashchit  – Not destroying the world
  • Tzaar Balei Chayim – Not causing suffering to animals

Jewish holidays are joyful and give us many opportunities to celebrate our heritage with music, art and food. Friday begins Shabbat, the weekly reminder to use the Sabbath as a time to disconnect and reconnect. Every Friday fills the building with the delicious smell of children’s individual challah baking, while the whole school comes together to sing joyful Shabbat songs. It is in these times that we are a community of diverse people with a deep desire to see the best in each other and in the world.

Quick Facts

  • Celebrating our 31st year of successful Jewish early childhood education, still under the guidance of our founding Director, Sara Losch.
  • Beautiful park-like grounds including forest areas for exploration, large multi-sensory playground, working garden, and mud-kitchen.
  • Exciting Enrichment Programs offered Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:30 – 2:30 PM.
  • Weekly curriculum specials include Hebrew, yoga, gym, and music.
  • Work closely with top Occupational, Physical and Speech therapists to bring best practices from their fields into our work.
  • Low child to teacher ratio and personalized attention.
  • Strong parent involvement includes many opportunities for working parents.
  • Half-day: 9 AM – 12:30 PM; Full-day: until 3 PM; Extended-day: 8 AM – 4:30 PM.
  • We infuse our spaces (inside and outside) with sensory experiences recognizing the importance of fulfilling sensory needs for all children.
  • Open to families of all faiths and cultural backgrounds.
  • Creative programming for children 15 months through pre-k.
  • Warm, loving atmosphere.
  • Strong security provided (Security Fee: $375 per year provides full-time security guard and full security services).
  • Membership/Facilities Usage Fee: $675 per year, per family.
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