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Jewish Little Star...
Educating, inspiring,
and preparing children
for life

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Why Little Star?

Little Star is one of the leading Hebrew day schools in Staten Island. We create a vibrant environment for our students to flourish. We foster Jewish values and promote the highest quality secular and Jewish education in warm and friendly surroundings, as we know that a well-rounded child is a well-adjusted adult.

facilities

Licensed, State-of-the-art Facility

Designed with your child’s safety and well-being in mind, we are licensed by the NYC Department of Health. Our educator-designed facilities feature different centers which engage the whole child.

teachers

Experienced & Warm Teachers

Our teachers meet the requirements of the NYCDOH. They are warm, caring, experienced and capable of bringing each child to his or her full potential.

Jewish education

Vibrant Jewish
Education

Your child will receive an extensive Jewish education, by trained educators, learning the Hebrew alphabet and gaining an appreciation of our Jewish heritage.

superior education

Superior
Education

In addition the New York State core curriculum, the children’s minds are stimulated by other fascinating topics such as current events and nature. Trips and special presentations add to our children’s understanding of the world around them.

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Nurturing our Children

Positive Play

Positive
Play

Social Agility

Social
Agility

Warm Teachers

Warm Teachers

Nourishing Meals

Nourishing Meals

Safe Environment

Safe Environment

Center-based Education

"..strength, value, dedication, and knowledge in all areas of study..."

-M. Guterman

At Little Star, we utilize center-based education to create a well-rounded curriculum. Each learning center is designed for hands-on learning, giving our students an enriched learning experience. Age-appropriate centers focused on varied skills enable each Little Star student to flourish and shine bright.

Reading

Reading & Writing

Reading & Writing

A child who reads will be an adult who thinks. Reading and writing skills are essential for every young students, and even the youngest of children can benefit from introductory speech and language skills. Exposure to reading and writing improves literacy and gives kids a positive attitude toward learning. Early literacy and pre-reading skills give our students a head start and prepares them for school. Our expert teachers introduce reading and writing in our literacy center with alphabet games, learning ABCs, tracing, and arts and crafts projects that keep our students engaged, curious and always learning.

Coloring

Shapes & Colors

Shapes & Colors

Shapes and colors are the foundations of learning and the tools with which children build, play and explore the world. From the earliest stages of child development, shapes and colors are prevalent and prominent, giving children visual comprehension, sorting and classifying, and school readiness skills. Through flashcards, toys, painting, identifying, show and tell, and many more interactive, creative and hands-on activities, we focus on the basics of visual learning and give our students a rich and colorful learning experience.

Math

Math & Science

Math & Science

We believe in the essential logic and problem solving skills that a proper mathematics education can give to young students. Math isn’t just about numbers – it’s about understanding and building processing and logic skills. Our math and science curriculum focus on the critical brain development of the formative years and explore all areas of the math and sciences such as hypothesizing, problem solving, STEM skills, decision making, numbers, sorting and counting, learning about the world, environment, nature and seasons, and even conducting experiments and learning about essential tools like the microscope and thermometer. Our math and science centers instill a love of learning, exploration and discovery.

Judaic Studies

Judaic Studies
(Aleph Bet/Holidays)

Judaic Studies

Little Star is unique in that we include a full curriculum dedicated to Judaic studies. Sponsored in part by Kars4Kids, our Jewish learning includes all cultural aspects of the program like learning about Jewish holidays around the year, Aleph Bet and fundamentals of the Hebrew language, study and exploration of the weekly Torah Portion, and much more. Judaic understanding and Hebrew literacy gives our students a head start on their Hebrew studies and a familiarity with their rich history and heritage. Jewish values are central to our learning environment and instill in our students a love and appreciation of the Jewish culture and its fundamental beliefs.

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Imaginary Play

Imaginary Play

Imagination can take you anywhere, and at Little Star we let it do just that. We encourage imaginative and cooperative play which helps our students develop crucial problem solving skills, actively develops their social and emotional intelligence, encourages creativity and nurtures their own imaginations. We provide the safe environment to let our students dream and learn about themselves and the world around them by engaging with their own originality. The building blocks, kitchen set area, dress up center and variety of dolls and stuffed animals help our students put their play into practice and keeps their minds moving.

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Outdoor Play

Outdoor Play

Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. Every child benefits from a healthy freedom to grow and develop and there’s nothing quite like the outdoors to provide that. Among the myriad benefits of outdoor play are increased activity level, freedom to run, jump and climb, social and gross motor skills engagement and building, exposure to sunlight and fresh air, and a motivation to move that staying indoors won’t provide. Our outdoor playground, complete with slides, tunnels, swings and much more, was built with safety in mind and is padded with soft cushioning as well as completely fenced in. At Little Star we aim to build confident and healthy children and by involving the children in outdoor play on a daily basis we can achieve that.


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Parents' Perspectives

Our Staff

Our great team of skilled teachers are hand-picked for their warmth and professionalism. Each teacher is experienced and fully trained to give each student what they need to succeed. With a high teacher-to-student ratio, at Jewish Little Star Preschool, you’ll know your child is in good hands!

Aliza Perles

Aliza Perles

Director

Aliza Perles, Director

Born and raised on Staten Island in a family of educators, Aliza has strong ties to the community and to the profession of education. Aliza joined Oorah in 2006 and has connected with the organization as much as she has with the children and families Oorah helps.

Aliza's compassion, intellect, and fun energy made it easy for her to take on new roles such as Head Counselor of Oorah’s TheZone Camp and the founder and leader of Staten Island Girls ChillZone.

Prior to coming to Little Star, Aliza taught for five years at the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Girls School in Staten Island. She started as a Pre-1A assistant and was asked to take over as the upper grades teacher for several subjects. Aliza was and continues to be admired by her peers and former students.

Sarah Shulman

Sarah Shulman

Kindergarten

Sarah Shulman, Kindergarten

As the granddaughter of a master educator and the founder of Oorah, Rabbi Chaim Mintz, teaching and loving every Jew runs in Sarah’s blood. She has been involved in Oorah and its programs for most of her life. Sarah was the Head Counselor of Oorah’s TheZone Camp in 2017 and has run the ChillZone in Twin Rivers, NJ. Sarah joined Little Star with a wealth of experience working in Bnos Esther Malka Elementary School as well as Richboro Hebrew School.

Regina Kleynbok

Regina Kleynbok

UPK

Regina Kleynbok, UPK

After five years of being a head teacher at Hannah Senesh Community Day School, Regina came to Little Star with a wealth of experience. An expert at encouraging children to explore the world around them, Regina enjoys observing her students develop self-confidence and a positive self-image. With a Master’s degree from Brooklyn College in Literacy Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Regina is a respected and valuable asset to the Little Star staff.

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Rochel Leah Adams

Nursery

Rochel Leah Adams, Nursery

Rochel Leah’s motherly nature endears her students to her. She has experience working at a playgroup and we are fortunate that she has joined Little Star. Rochel Leah is truly devoted to her students and cares about them dearly both inside and outside the classroom.

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Adina Mozes

Hebrew Teacher
Pre-K/Kindergarten

Adina Mozes, Hebrew Teacher Pre-K/Kindergarten

Adina’s extensive preschool experience gives her the ability to develop an excellent rapport with her students and their parents. Her stellar story-telling abilities make her lessons come alive! Adina’s warmth and creativity make her an exceptional teacher and cherished member of our staff.

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Chava Pfeiffer

Pre-Nursery

Chava Pfeiffer, Pre-Nursery

Chava is a longtime, cherished member of the Little Star team. Her warmth and contagious enthusiasm makes her a beloved teacher by the students and parents. Chava enjoys teaching and loves the children as her own. She is currently finishing a Master’s program majoring in Early Childhood Education. Living across the street from Little Star gives her the unique opportunity to feel like a part of the Oorah family.

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Miri Falk

Pre-Nursery

Miri Falk, Pre-Nursery

Miri’s enthusiasm and cheerful personality light up Little Star! She is a beloved teacher at RJJ in the mornings and enthusiastically leads our Toddler class and After Care coverage for the school. Miri keeps her Toddlers engaged with exciting activities and can be heard singing, cheering, or reading accompanied with the children’s squeals of delight!


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FAQs

Children at Little Star must be 2, 3, 4, or 5 years of age and have all necessary vaccinations.
Drop off is between 8:30-9:00 am and pick up is at 3:30 pm. Additional supervised hours may be available upon request.
Each class has the following activities: learning centers, Judaic studies, letter of the week, circle time, story time, free play, dramatic play, art, aerobics, and other special activities. During the afternoon rest period your child will have a chance to refresh with either a nap or quiet time. Daily schedules will vary.
Lunches, along with snacks and drinks, will be served without any additional charge! Little Star is just as concerned with your child’s health as you are, which is why our lunches will not only be delicious, but also nutritious.
Our Parent Connection Program offers several events throughout the year for parents’ participation. Each child will be sent home with a newsletter at the end of each week that will include an overview of their studies, tidbits, and announcements. Follow us on Facebook for pictures.
Just take one look at his/her smiling face: the joy will be all the proof that you need!

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Contact Us

Contact Info

374 Ridgewood Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10312

718.948.7827

info@jewishlittlestar.org

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