Parent Organization Overview

Hagananim Committee is proud to have the active involvement of our parents. The purpose of Hagananim is to:

  • foster closer relationships among the parents, faculty, and administration;
  • organize and raise money for specific school programs;
  • promote activities that lead to improved school spirit and enthusiasm for our Jewish heritage;
  • conduct its affairs to benefit the public image of our schools, students, and faculty;
  • provide volunteer assistance to the school;
  • ensure that the parents' views and opinions are brought to the attention of administration.

Each year, Hagananim sponsors many fun and educational programs for students and their families such as holiday celebrations, fundraisers and educational/social gatherings. All of these activities require the assistance of volunteers to make them a success. Please, invest time with your children and join us! Utilize your expertise, display your talents, and help us make a positive difference. To join or for more information, email Patti Seeman or please call 757-424-4327.


Hagananim, Hebrew for the gardeners, is the volunteer parent organization for the Strelitz Early Childhood Center preschool. Our committees include:

  • Chanukah Shopping
  • Coffee Talks
  • Rosh Chodesh Celebrations
  • Tu B'Shevat Seder
  • Purim Carnival
  • Pesach Seders
  • Teacher Appreciation Week

To join us or for more information, please email Lorna Orleans, or call 757-424-4327.

Parent Partnerships

Parents are encouraged to join the preschool’s parent organization, which enriches and supports the preschool’s activities and is co-chaired by two parent volunteers. Parents enjoy Hagananim because it creates friendships and fosters involvement at school. 

Hagananim chairs recruit room parents who help coordinate class parties and volunteers for programs like our family model seders. Our parents also help with fundraising programs, like our annual Chanukah store. Money raised goes into the Hagananim fund to support Teacher Appreciation Week and special programing. 

Parents and families participate in two distinctive student programs:

Mystery Readers - In the three-year-old classes, parents and other relatives are encouraged to become Mystery Readers. Each adult registers for a specific day to come to a child’s class and read a story. 

This program supports literacy by creating excitement among our children for Mystery Reader Storytime. Experiences with books become positive as they are associated with family and fun. Some families provide additional activities that relate to the story. 

Family of the Week - In the four-year-old classes, each student is assigned time for Family of the Week. During the assigned week, the student and his or her family provide activities or visitors to showcase their interests. This program promotes community among our parent body as students and families learn more about one another and their common interests.