Newsletter – November/December 2017

Mark Your Calendars

  • December 2nd: Last Maintenance for the fall, 7-10am
  • December 25th – January 1st: No school; Holiday recess
  • January 2nd: School reopens
  • February 3rd: Cabin Fever Party 
Potluck Supper – A Great Evening!

Our first social function of the year, the Pot Luck Supper, was so much fun that most people didn’t want to go home!  Our families had a great time catching up with friends and making new ones.  A special thank you to all members who brought a wonderful selection of food.

Hospitality chairs, Eileen Perry and Megan Sorrentino and their committee planned a first rate evening.  Our nursery school was re-incarnated into an adult space with a beautiful autumn touch.

The evening’s excitement was heightened by the fast bidding on fabulous packages put together by our Auction/Raffle Committee.  A big round of applause to Carolina Martin, Kristin Eberle and their amazing team. They did an extraordinary job of putting together a tremendous list of packages with a beautiful presentation. Our spirited auctioneer, Matthew Mohan, kept the bidding at a quick pace that added excitement and enthusiasm. The auction packages and raffles netted over $10,000! – a superb beginning toward our total fund raising goal.

A very special thank you to Marissa Bogatch, President and Mary Sievers, VP of Fundraising for their untiring guidance throughout the planning process. They supported both committees to make this event a spectacular success.

Miss Chocolate 

Miss Chocolate orders were delivered just in time for Thanksgiving.  Jess Fabilli organized the fundraiser, which raised a record $4,524 for the school. Thank you for your participation.

     Holiday Wreaths

Holiday wreaths and baskets full of fresh greenery have been on display in the lobby and were available for pre-order. All orders will be delivered the first week of December.  Thank you to Caroline Duff for coordinating this festive holiday fundraiser.

Our fall fundraising efforts have been a resounding success – thank you for supporting our school!

Registration 2017-2018

Registration for the next school year is under way.  Our Playgroups will be meeting two mornings a week, 9:00-10:45am, our Threes will be meeting three mornings a week, 8:45-11:15am and our Fours, Pre-Kindergarten classes will meet four days a week, 11:45-2:45pm for the fall semester and 11:45-3:45pm for the spring semester. Our fours will be learning how to eat lunch in school!  This schedule will help our children transition to a kindergarten day.

We have been receiving many calls—so if you are planning to re-register, please return your forms and deposit.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Maintenance Session

Our last maintenance session of the fall semester will be December 2nd, from 7-10 am. Each family is required to attend one of three maintenance sessions scheduled for the fall (or pay a fee of $125).  If you were unable to attend one of the sessions, but would like to fulfill the required maintenance with a special project, please talk to Francie.
When In Doubt, Dress To Go Out

We always go outside for a least a few minutes (unless it rains).  Please make sure your child is dressed with a jacket, hat, gloves/mittens, and on very cold days, snow pants and water-resistant boots.  Please send in a pair of shoes to wear indoors when boots come off (extra socks, too). Label your child’s outerwear—there are lots of black snow pants in the same size!

For our two and three year olds, remember to update your child’s extra clothes to winter clothing.

The Traveling Wilderness Museum

On November 27th, “The Traveling Wilderness Museum” also known as Tipi Ted, came to our school.  The “museum” offers in school programs on Native American life.  Children helped build a tipi, and learned about native lifestyles.  The children completed an age appropriate take-home craft and explored additional hands-on learning centers to round out the experience.

Suggested Reading:
How To Talk so Little Kids Will Listen

By Joanna Faber & Julie Kinger

  • A must have survival guide and parenting resource
  • Effective Developmentally Appropriate solutions to common parenting challenges
  • Tools and Tips organized by topic and supported by anecdotes and cartoons
Sing Along Time

Here is a song your children have been singing during this beautiful autumn season.

Five Little Leaves

5 little leaves all bright and gay

Dancing about on a tree one day

Wind came blowing through the town,


One little leaf came tumbling down,

Dat, dat, dat, dat, dat…

4 little leaves…

3 little leaves. . ..

2 little leaves . . .

1 little leaf …

A math and literacy (rhyming) experience while singing and playing!

Garden City Nursery School’s Traditional Cranberry Relish

Cranberry Relish is a Thanksgiving tradition at GCNS.  The three and four year olds all take part, helping prepare the cranberries, apples and oranges and grinding them into small pieces. The children are fascinated by the old fashioned grinder – a simple machine that they make work. It takes lots of muscle power to make relish! They were all excited to share the relish with their families on Thanksgiving.

1 bag fresh cranberries

1 large apple

1 large orange

1/2-1 cup sugar (to taste)

Wash cranberries.  Cut apple and orange in small pieces–leaving skin and rind on.  In school, we use a manual grinder, but you can use a food processor.  If using a manual grinder, add fruits in a few at a time to grind until you have used up all your fruit. If using a food processor, add fruits to the bowl and process altogether.  When completed, mix in sugar.  Cover and refrigerate. Can last for a few days to one week covered in the refrigerator.  Serve at room temperature.

Coppie’s Corner

All parents are victims of the urge to nudge.  Most of us send our children to nursery school to have friends and play amicably with others.  When, on some participation day, our child seems more engrossed in individual activities than with his peers, the urge to nudge toward social play overcomes us.

First remember that there is a progression in the development of play. The infant and toddler are accumulating a database.  He is on a scientific voyage of discovery, investigating the properties of matter:  gravity (things fall down), water (slips through fingers), and other such important concerns, as well as learning to manage his body and use his speech.

Others on the same journey are good to have along, unless they get in the way.  Play is parallel at two and three.  As children become four, they join together in common projects in the block room or house area, or on the playground—learning to negotiate with each other for turf and to enjoy each other’s company.

Nevertheless, every child need to remove himself from the group from time to time in order to pursue some individual project or problem—alone, and guarded from interference by another child or adult, and guarded from the “urge to nudge.”  In play, the choice is the child’s.

 ~ Coppie, GNCS Founder

Upcoming Local Events

Frosty the Snowman at BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont
Elmont Public Library – 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003
Frosty and his friend Jenny must save the town of Chillsville from Ethel Pierpot’s evil plan to melt all the snow.
Dec. 2, 9, 23 and 30 at 2 p.m., Dec. 3 at 11:30 a.m. | Buy tickets here:

Simplicity Parenting for the Holidays
Waldorf School of Garden City – 225 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
Learn how to simplify the holiday season by creating more space for family time, rituals and traditions that enrich your family’s celebrations.
Dec. 6, 9-11:00 a.m. | Register here:

The Village of Garden City & Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Spectacular
7th Street Between Franklin & Hilton, Garden City, NY 11530
“A flurry of fun for all” with holiday music, carolers, hayrides, face painting and more.
Dec. 15, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | More information:

Christmas Children’s Story, Santa & Reindeer 
Hicks Nursery – 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY 11590
Enjoy The Spirit of Christmas, a walk-through animated story, meet Santa and visit live reindeer.
Through Dec. 23: Monday – Friday 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-6 p.m. | More information:

Celebrations and Holidays at GCNS

We love to celebrate holidays at nursery school.  Holidays are times of anticipation and preparation, festive feelings, warmth, and family togetherness.  We like to honor the traditions of all the children and families in our school as an important part of the connection between home and school.

The main ingredient for successful holiday activities in nursery school is the same as for all good early childhood curricula.  We plan engaging activities that are developmentally appropriate and have meaning to the children.  We continue to support the children’s developmental need for familiar, predictable routines during this busy, often over stimulating season.

For two-year-olds, we introduce simple songs and books in class before the holidays occur.  At home, parents can continue the discussion after a holiday, when children’s experiences with their families are fresh in their minds.

Our three year olds are ready for activities that reflect what their families do at home.  They are sensory oriented and need opportunities to smell, touch, and listen to focus their attention and help them make meaningful connections to family celebrations. Our threes love holiday related books and songs.

Our four year olds are ready for conversation about holidays! Many will remember celebrations from last year and will want to help with decorations and preparations for this year’s upcoming holidays at home. Four year olds are able to understand simple information about the meaning of holidays. Songs and books are also favorites.

Art activities for all our children are open-ended and focus on the process of creating more than the final product.  We provide materials in the colors of the season so children can explore all media. Many of these activities involve small motor skills, math, science and social development (pincer grip, working together, sharing materials and waiting for a turn).

With so many holidays coming close together – combined with the preparations, decorations, music and shopping – the children become over excited.  At school, our recognition of holiday activities remains part of our familiar routine. It is our experience that is best not to make the holiday the entire focus of the curriculum for an extended time.

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