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Modified Hours: Feb 5

SJCC will be open on a modified schedule today, from 11:15 am to 4 pm. Come workout, watch a family-friendly movie, or run around with your kids and blow off some cabin fever. 

11:15-4 pm: SJCC Open

  • Kids zones (require parent supervision) – 3 and under; 5 and under, pre-K through age 11 with activities, crafts, games, and more
  • Fitness Center open (no fitness classes)
  • Basketball gym open (1/2 for lunchtime hoops from 12 pm-1:30 pm)

Noon-3:45 pm: Pool Open

  • Pool open with 2 lap lanes and 2 open swim lanes
  • No scheduled aquatics programs, lessons, or classes

1 pm: family-friendly movie in the auditorium

If the roads you travel to get to the J are unsafe, please don’t venture out; we’ll see you when the weather is better. If you do come, please exercise caution in the parking lot; it has been de-iced but may remain slick in some spots. 

We hope to see you soon!

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Vote for the J!

It’s time for the 2018 ParentMap Golden Teddy Awards! 

Nominations are open until April 15. Just for voting, you’ll be entered to win more than $2,500 in prizes, including a family escape to Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort in Leavenworth and Cirque du Solieil tickets. 

Vote now

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Acts of Kindness

In Judaism, we’re taught that “we are all responsible for one another.” This year, the J is taking that teaching to heart—and we want you to join us.

From Passover to Sukkot, we’re providing weekly suggestions of acts of kindness you can perform to foster a sense of caring, generosity, and connection for yourself and your community. The activities are easy and accessible ways for your whole family to spread joy and happiness to those around you.

Stop by the Welcome Desk at the J to pick up a set of cards. As you work your way through, you can join our Facebook group to spread the kindness a little farther. 

We all benefit from more compassion and goodness in our lives, so let’s work together to bring a little more light into the world—one act of kindness at a time.

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Infant Care & Beyond

infant careThe SJCC is so thrilled to start 2018 with our new Director, Early Childhood, Carrie Stull. Carrie comes to the J with more than 15 years of experience directing preschool and infant care programs in the Seattle area, including directing Minor Ave. Children’s House and building Evergreen Academy Montessori from the ground up.

Much of Carrie’s infant care and early childhood leadership experience is Montessori and play-based, which translates well to the Reggio-Emilia philosophy of our school.

Jewish Learning + Universal Values

Carrie and her family belong to Temple Beth Am in Seattle’s north end, and she has always been enthusiastic about Jewish education. “I love working with children and I’m passionate about Judaism, so I can’t think of a better job.”

Although our preschool is part of a Jewish Community Center, you don’t have to be Jewish to attend—families of all kinds are welcome. We do learn about and celebrate Jewish holidays, but in ways that resonate with children—whether that’s learning about taking care of the environment by visiting our garden or reading The Lorax on Tu B’Shevat (the new year of the trees), or singing songs about friendship and sharing meals every Friday on Shabbat.

infant care jewish valuesThe Jewish values that we incorporate into our classrooms aren’t focused on the religious aspect of Judaism so much as on the values of Jewish living. “You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate the values of common courtesy, welcoming others, and community,” Carrie says. “Those are just some of the values we infuse into our classrooms, and they’re beneficial for preschoolers and adults alike, no matter your religious affiliation.”

To learn more about the J’s Early Childhood School, head here.

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