Here at N.E.M.J.D.S students are greeted by upper schoolers that they look forward to seeing, as well as Ms. Abolofia and Mrs. Gresham. Once they enter the Kindergarten classroom, students can choose from a morning chart, their greeting for the day. Some choose a fist pump, a hug or a pinky shake. This sets the tone for their day. Mornings and community are an important aspect of our day in Kindergarten. After tefilah, students sing morning songs where they greet their friends, sings songs about the days of the week and months of the year. In addition to learning, students are developing community and getting their brains ready for learning. It is true that the truly important lessons are taught in Kindergarten-always acknowledge others, persevere, have a positive attitude, and create a community. Kindergartens are learning these life long skills each and every morning. Come visit us and say hello.
My previous principal always stated that the first thing a child should hear in the morning is a greeting and something kind and positive. Many of my previous students came from impoverished homes. Some had parents that were at work when they left for school. The first words directed to them for the day were often from their teacher in the morning. Our principal urged us to make their beginning of the day positive and kind.