Parent’s Handbook

Welcome to Gan Shir Hadash!  We are looking forward to a brand new year filled with fun, excitement, and learning.  As we are preparing for the new year, we would like to keep you informed of some important dates, policies, and pieces of information.

Dates to keep in mind

Gan Shir Hadash 2018 – 2019 (5779) Calendar


29.8.18 (Wednesday)    Open House 4-5 PM


2.9.18 (Sunday)               First Day of Gan – Short Day – 8:00- 11:00

3.9.18 (Monday)             Second Day Gan – Short Day – 8:00 – 12:00

4.9.18 (Tuesday)             Third Day Gan – Short Day – from 8:00 – 13:00

5.9.18 (Wednesday)       Regular Schedule – 8:00-13:00/16:00


9.9.18- 11.9.18                No Gan (Rosh Hashana)

18.9.17- 19.9.18              No Gan (Yom Kippur)



23.9.18 – 2.10.18               No Gan (Sukkot)



7.12.18 – 10.12.18            No Gan (Chanukah vacation)



15.3.19                              No Gan – Jerusalem Marathon (Friday)

20.3.19                              Taanit Esther – Early Dismissal (Gan ends at 13:00 – No Tzaharon)

21.3.19 – 22.3.19            No Gan – Purim and Shushan Purim



16.4.19 – 28.4.19             No Gan (Pessach)



8.5.19                               Early Dismissal, 8:00 – 13:00 (Yom HaZikaron)

9.5.19                             No Gan (Yom Ha’atzmeut)



2.6.19                            Early Dismissal, 8:00-14:00 (Yom Yerushalayim)

9.6.19 – 10.6.19           No Gan (Shavuot)



26.7.19                            Last day of Gan

28.7.19                            Summer Kaytana begins



11.8.19                             No Kaytana (Tisha B’av)

15.8.19                              Last Day of Kaytana


**Please note that we have created this schedule to be as accommodating as possible since many of you are working.  However, we will be in constant contact with you and if your child is having a hard time adjusting we will try to find ways to ease the transition.  For the beginning weeks of gan, please try to be flexible with your time in the case that you are needed to stay with your child a little bit longer, or if you need to pick him/her up earlier.  We want to do what is best for the child and for the group as a whole.



Beginning in a new childcare setting is a big step in the growth of your child.  Learning to be a part of a group, sharing toys and space, and most importantly, separating, are all challenging goals for your young child.  Therefore a person, parent or caregiver, should be prepared to stay with him/her until he/she becomes acquainted with the new people and surroundings.

While you are here please try to encourage your child to try a toy or project.  Take cues from your child- if he/she wants you to remain close, it is okay, and if they are involved, it is a sign that you can leave.  Remember, each child is different and might adjust at a different pace. Upon leaving, always say goodbye to the child and teacher, and reinforce to him/her that you will return.  Be on time when picking up.





Gan is Sunday through Friday at 8:00AM.  Before that time, teachers are busy setting up the rooms and preparing for the day.  Please do not bring them into the classrooms earlier, as the teachers cannot give the child the attention that s/he needs.  There is an early drop-off at 7:45 AM for those who need.


School ends at 13:00 and on Fridays at 12:00.  The Tzaharon finishes at 16:00. Please be punctual when picking up your child.


For safety reasons we will only release your child to you.  If you wish your child to be released to someone else, please inform your child’s teacher.  Children will not be released unless a call or letter is received.



  1. A healthy snack should be sent in a labelled container in your child’s backpack every day. In order to accommodate your child’s specific allergies, we ask that all snacks be peanut-free. The school requests that you bring dairy or parve snacks.
  2. A water bottle or sippy cup
  3. 2 full sets of extra seasonably appropriate change of clothes. All items should be clearly labelled. (clothes, undergarments, sun hat, and bedding) Should any of these items be brought home during the course of the year, please send a replacement.
  4. One package of wipes will be requested to be brought in at the first of the month every month
  5. Diapers and Diaper cream (if needed)
  6. 5 photos of your child (you might not get these returned)
  7. A box of tissues
  8. A bottle of hand soap (with a pump)
  9. A smock (a T-shirt for art) REMINDER: Paint might not come out of your child’s clothing, so dress them in clothing that might become ruined!!










  • REMINDER: Please visit your local Tipat Chalav to make sure that your child’s vaccinations are up to date!



Each day before you send your child to school, make sure s/he is not showing symptoms of communicable disease.  If you bring your child to school when s/he is sick, you will be asked to take your child home.  We must do this to protect everyone’s health, staff and children alike.  We will not administer medicine.

Keep your child at home if s/he is displaying the following symptoms:

Severe coughing or trouble breathing

Conjunctivitis (pink eye)

Unusual spots or rashes

Infected skin patches

Unusual behaviour

Sore throat


Swellings, rash or suspicious sores


Red or runny eyes (symptoms of conjunctivitis)

Severe cold symptoms: yellow mucus discharge from nose or frequent coughing

Diarrhoea (This spreads very quickly and easily)

Fever (Keep your child home for a full 24 hours after fever before resuming full activity at school)

Lice (Please keep child at home until all lice or nits are pulled out)


PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILD OUT OF GAN FOR 24 hours after temperature, vomiting or diarrhoea so as to not to infect other children.


When a child becomes sick at school: A staff member will call you or your emergency contact and you will be required to take your child home.



Communications from the administration and/or head teacher Chaya Kluwgant are performed through e-mail. 

Rachel Pear: (phone 0547821102)

Ian Pear: (phone 0547821103)

Chaya Kluwgant:


If you do not have e-mail, or do not check it, and would rather another form of contact, please let us know.

Teachers will hand out their cell phone numbers to you in case of emergency.  Since they are tending to the children throughout the day, please leave a message or SMS, and they will return your call as soon as possible.

If a problem arises in your child’s classroom, please speak to the teacher first.  If you feel the need has not been satisfied, the next step is to speak to the Director.  The Director will be pleased to help you.



We are delighted to celebrate your child’s birthday at school.  Our experience has shown us that children enjoy simplicity.  Discuss the party with the teacher in advance so we can schedule accordingly.  We make the cake and card, and you bring a present for your child’s class and classmates.



Except for transitional objects, which are kept in the child’s cubby, no toys should be brought to school.  Teachers cannot be responsible for broken or lost objects.



The following are financial and work policies which all parents with children at Gan Shir Hadash should be made aware of:

  • Postdated checks for the 2017-18 school year should have been handed in to the administrator by June 29th, 2017.
  • If you need to withdraw your child from the program:

Until October 1 – we will need one month notice of your leaving, and one month extra

tuition paid.

Until December 31- we will need one month notice and three months tuition paid.

After January 1- there will be no tuition refund

  • If your child remains past 16:00 for pickup there will be a 50 NIS charge.

These policies are created for the well-being of the program.  This is necessary for the school to function, pay its bills, and hire staff.


*Exceptions can be made with the approval of the administration

  • There is a daily Tzaharon option. If you are not signed up regularly and would like to join for the day, you must make your request with the administrator and head teacher in advance, and no later than the day before you need extended care.





A well run pre-school does not just happen.  A joint effort between the administrator, director, staff, and parent body is essential in creating a warm, positive, and welcoming learning environment. Gan Shir Hadash is depending on the talents and time that parents can donate to the school.  Please enjoy yourself.  Not only is participating a great way of getting to know the parent body, teachers, and children in the school, but it is also a lot of fun!


We understand that when we sign this agreement, we agree to accept the rules and regulations of Gan Shir Hadash, as stated in this handbook.


NAME OF CHILD _______________________________



PHONE NUMBER:___________________


For office use only:


DATE:_________   BY:___________________________




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