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Congregation Mishkan Tefila Nursery School

300 Hammond Pond Parkway
Newton, MA 02467

(617) 332-7770


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The nursery school at Mishkan Tefila gateway offers a warm and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow. We foster a love of learning and Judaism.

We offer a play based curriculum.

Our Curriculum is rich in Judaic content. We teach the children the traditions of the Jewish holidays, as well as Jewish values. We also introduce some Hebrew into the children's lives through song and prayer.

A Typical Day

9:00-9:15 welcome
9:15-9:30 morning meeting
9:30-10:30 center time
10:30-10:40 cleanup
10:40-11:00 snack
11:00-11:30 circle, story, activity
11:30-12:00 playground

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year