Welcome to the Judy Sare Nursery School & Camp Simcha Webpage

Located in Bensalem, we are proud to be an integral part of the Lower Bucks County and Northeast Philadelphia communities since 1989. All children are welcome regardless of race, religion, sex or national ancestry. We provide a setting that respects the differences of children and their families regarding culture, religion, race, gender, language and disabilities. We welcome you to browse the site and feel free to contact us if you have any questions, or to request more information. We look forward to seeing you soon! Celebrating more than a quarter century of The Judy Sare Nursery School & Kindergarten.

NURSERY PLANS

Shalom,

My name is Marsha Meyer and I direct the Judy Sare Nursery School, Kindergarten, and Camp Simcha of Tifereth Israel. Here at Judy Sare, we are dedicated to the development of the whole child. As Director, I promise you a high quality education for your child in a safe, nurturing environment. A well-rounded curriculum will enhance your child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. Each curriculum is creatively designed to meet the varied needs of each particular age group as well as those unique needs of individual children. Our goal is for each child to reach his or her maximum potential. Math and reading readiness skills, music, art, health and physical fitness, social awareness, hands on science, Jewish programming and computer fun will all be an integral part of your child’s nursery school experience.

Our camp program is designed with the young child in mind with just the right mix of active outdoor fun and relaxing indoor activities.

Marsha Meyer mmeyer@tiferethisrael-pa.org

What makes us different?

We operate the Judy Sare Nursery School in a state-of-the-art facility. Our dedicated staff of teachers and aides provide an educational, social and emotional atmosphere where you and your child are treated with respect and understanding. The children receive the attention that they need in a nurturing environment where they are praised and encouraged. Our school offers a wide ranging and well balanced program to promote intellectual, physical, emotional, social and cultural development. Play is encouraged in all areas of learning. There is a choice of activities and materials that will help your child develop emotionally and grow academically. Our teachers have experience in working with children and actively engage in activities with them. Children learn consideration of others and are taught to feel good about themselves. They receive individual attention and their strengths and accomplishments are praised. Learning occurs in ways that they can understand.

Parents are provided with ongoing information about their child’s activities and progress. We also provide full day kindergarten as well as half day kindergarten enrichment with pick-up and drop-off to and from area elementary schools.

We stress the importance of family involvement by hosting several yearly opportunities for parents to take part in special programs. We sponsor an active PTO that works on various fundraising events throughout the year. We also have an Education Committee that works on policymaking and program development. Parents are welcome at any time to observe our program.

You want your child involved in a secure, nurturing, and healthy school environment.

We are dedicated to the development of the whole child.

We promise you a high quality education for your child in a safe, nurturing environment.

A well-rounded curriculum will enhance your child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth. Each curriculum is creatively designed to meet the varied needs of a particular age group as well as those unique needs of individual children. Our goal is for each child to reach his/her maximum potential. Math skills, reading readiness skills, music, art, health and physical fitness, social awareness, hands on science, Jewish programming and computer fun will all be an integral part of your child’s nursery school experience.

Our modern state-of-the-art facility consists of spacious, colorful classrooms, each designed with both rug and floor areas, child sized furniture, and age appropriate learning materials. Our building is completely air conditioned. Our full time maintenance staff keeps the rooms clean and sanitary. Our nap room has child size cots and most of our rooms are equipped with sinks. We have an indoor playroom for inclement weather, as well as a very large outdoor playground divided into two sections by age. All playgrounds are fenced in and have safety surfaces. We have a large multi-purpose room for gym time and other large group activities.

Our Director and teaching staff are carefully chosen.

Every classroom has competent, caring and qualified teachers. Our nearly 20 teachers build warm relationships with families that foster learning and enable an easier adjustment to the school environment. We employ a wide variety of teaching techniques and methods from “Back to Basics” to the newest in modern teaching ideas and strategies. Our teachers are continually learning through in-service training given by various educational and Judaic organizations. Our staff has been given training by the Bensalem Police & Fire Department regarding the safety of our students, our building and ourselves. We also have yearly CPR and first aid training.

During late care hours, along with our adult supervisors, we also employ high school and college students to “stay and play” with our extended care children.

Safety

Policies and procedures are in place at the Judy Sare Nursery School for security, safety and well-being of each child entrusted to our care. We believe that your child’s learning experience is maximized when he/she feels safe and secure.

At the Judy Sare Nursery School we have installed a state-of-the-art security system. This consists of a front door keypad, several television monitors, and audio connections through our phone system. The doors are kept locked and/or physically manned during school hours. The keypad code is available to staff members and synagogue personnel and is changed periodically. All others wishing access to the building must ring the doorbell. You will then be viewed by our office, school and/or maintenance staff via the television monitors and either be buzzed in or asked for identification. Throughout the building, we have also installed peepholes in every classroom door so that we can see out. All classrooms have numbers on the windows and doors, inside and out, for easy identification by police, if needed.

Tuition fees for nursery school, kindergarten and camp are available upon request. To request a fee schedule via email, please contact Marsha Meyer, Early Childhood Director. A limited number of financial need-based scholarships are available through the Judy Sare Nursery School and Jewish Federation of Philadelphia.

Our camp program is designed with the young child in mind. We have just the right combination of active outdoor fun and relaxing indoor out-of-the-sun activities. From water play, mini sports, arts and crafts, nature, cooking, and music to special visiting programs like pony rides, clown show and chick hatching, every day is a special day at Camp Simcha.

We also have our special, special days like Camp Talent Show, Backwards Day, Disney Day and Carnival Day to name a few. The learning never stops: counting games, ABC activities, our “Book A Day” Whole Language Reading Program, etc. continue throughout the summer. And of course, Shabbat doesn’t take a vacation as Fridays are just as special in the summer as they are during the school year. Values such as mitzvot (good deeds), tzedakkah (charity), family, kindness and friendship are evident in all of our programs on a daily basis.

Our programs are planned in terms of the needs of each child. A well-balanced program of indoor and outdoor activities is provided. Morning and afternoon sessions are divided into free play, clean up, snack, teacher-organized activities, rest and activity periods.

Hours

Early Care 7:00am – 9:00am
Morning Care 9:00am – 11:45am
Lunch 11:45am – 12:45pm
Afternoon Session 12:45pm – 3:30pm
Full Day Session 9:00am – 3:30pm
Extended Care 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Sample Schedule

Please note that this sample is subject to change and varies for each age group. Times also vary to accommodate separating indoor and outdoor times by age group.

7:00am-9:00am Early Care Supervised play indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.
9:00am Regular Arrival Puzzles, books and table games.
9:20am Circle Time Weather, calendar (days of the week, months, years, counting), attendance, good morning songs, flag salute, daily jobs and the day’s events. Vocabulary and conversation skill development.
9:45am Project/Work Time Large group, small group or individual time. Children not working on a project have indoor free time or selected activity such as sandbox, play-doh or table games. Projects are usually theme related (reading readiness, math skills, or arts & crafts). Projects are child-made and age appropriate.
10:30am Clean Up Self-help skills are stressed. Bathroom/Diapers and hand washing break.
10:45am Snack Children participate with various jobs.
11:00am Outdoor Play If weather permitting, outdoor play time. If not, indoor play includes a choice of games, activities, musical instruments, beanbags and educational games stressing listening and following directions.
11:30am Circle Time Activity Story, finger plays, songs and morning review along with the next day’s highlights. Weekly Show & Share.
11:45am Dismissal for AM Students Lunch and Play (indoors and outdoors, weather permitting)
12:45am Outdoor Play Bathroom/Diapers and hand washing break. Outdoor play, weather permitting.
1:30pm Indoor Time Nap for younger children. Learning activity or project for older children.
2:30pm Recess
3:00pm Snack
3:15pm Story Group story reading.
3:30pm Dismissal
3:30pm – 6:00pm Extended Care Indoor and outdoor play, weather permitting.

*Shabbat – Schedule differs; Gym, music, and science according to calendar. Special cooking projects and computer time may alter schedule. *Ongoing Skills – Reading readiness, math skills, science, social skills, etc., work into all activities.

*Judaic Programming is ongoing.

Additional hours policy (drop off, pick up, and coupon information) Early Room Care is available from 7:00am – 9:00am If you are using early care on a per diem basis, we would appreciate 24 hours notice. Please pay for early room upon entering. If your child is registered for early care, then a reduced rate has already been assessed to your bill. Please do not drop off your child before 9:00am if he/she is not scheduled for early care.

Any time prior to 9:00am is considered Early Room Care. If your child attends full day, the regular pick-up time is 3:30pm.

Any time after 3:30pm is considered Late Room.
Extended care is available until 6:00pm. Unfortunately, we cannot remain open past 6:00pm. We reserve the right to charge $5.00 for every 5 minutes that your child is here past 6:00pm.

If you are using extended care on a per diem basis, we would appreciate 24 hours notice. Please pay for this service when your child is picked up. If your child is registered for late room, then a reduced rate has already been assessed to your bill. We realize that emergencies do occur. If you need to send your child to early care or extended care, please let us know as soon as you know. If someone else is picking up your child, please put this in writing, if possible. If not, please call with the time of pick-up and the name and description of the pick-up person. This is for the safety of your child. If we are unclear about this person, your child will not be released until you are reached.