Newsletter – January/February 2018

Mark Your Calendars

  • February 1: Pre-K extends the day: 11:45a-3:45p
  • February 3: Cabin Fever!
  • February 6: No School; Professional Development Day
  • February 7: General Membership Meeting
  • February 19-23: No School, Winter Recess
General Membership Meeting & Speaker:
“Exploring Bullying in Young Children”
Date: Wednesday, February 7 @ 7pm
Join us for the Membership Meeting (we will vote on the summer program budget) followed by an insightful talk by Nomi Rinke on “Exploring Bullying Behavior in Young Children.”Learn about pre-bullying interactions, power in relationships, and what parents can do to teach empathy, assertiveness and problem solving.

Nomi Rinke M.S.W., C.S.W., Diplomate is a dynamic and informative speaker who specializes in psychotherapy, family therapy and marital counseling.  She has presented on many topics over the years.

Pre-K Extends The Day
On Thursday, Feb. 1, both Pre-K classes extend their day from 11:45a to 3:45p.  The extra time allows the teachers to delve into the curriculum and fully support Kindergarten readiness skills. The participating parent will bring snack for the class.

Cabin Fever: February 3rd!

Come one, come all!  Break the winter blues and party the night away at the Casino!

     Welcome to the World!
Raegan Marie Slevin was born January 10, 2018 at 8lbs 13oz and 20.5 inches. Big sister Kyleigh in Nursery East and big brother alumni Colin are very excited!
Henry Francis McGlynn was born January 15, 2018 at 7lbs 3oz. and 19.3 inches.   Big brother Freddie in Playgroup East is thrilled!

Billing Reminder

Everyone should have received their bill for Spring tuition.  It is due February 1st.  Everyone was charged $125 for spring maintenance.  If you plan to attend one of the maintenance sessions or complete the obligation in some other way, deduct this amount.  Please email Jennifer Russo at if you have any questions.

When the Weather Outside is Frightful…
The easiest policy for you to follow for cold weather is to dress your child for outdoor activity as a matter of course – warm clothes, snow pants, boots, hats and mittens!  Participating parent as well!

Unless it is bitter cold with an extreme wind chill, a blizzard or rain, we will go outside for a little while.  Children, who are dressed properly for cold weather, do not get sick by going outside for a short time, they get sick from other people.

Now That Flu Season is Upon Us
Children need to be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school – i.e. fever free without medicine, or diarrhea and vomiting free.
Children with strong coughs or messy runny noses are susceptible to more illness at school; they will be more comfortable at home.

At this time, we have limited openings.  It’s not too late to encourage your friends to contact the school.

Summer Camp is Around the Corner!
Registration will open mid-February for families in school and on March 1 to the community.  Camp begins on Tuesday, June 12 and runs through July 27.  The program is for incoming 3 year olds through children entering Kindergarten.  There is no family participation.  Avoid being closed out – only 38 students per day can be accepted.

Play Doh Recipe

GCNS’s recipe is better than store bought!  Try it!  It stays fresh for months if stored in a covered container in the refrigerator

1 cup flour
½ cut salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup water mixed with 2 tbsp oil
1 tsp food coloring of your child’s choice

Mix all ingredients in pot over medium heat until a ball forms.  Remove from heat and knead for a few minutes.  Keep in a tightly covered plastic container.

Nominating Committee

Chaired by Mary Kim Mehlman, the nominating committee is beginning the search for the Executive Board for the 2018-2019 school year which will be announced in spring.

Coppie’s Corner: Outside in the Cold

The recent frigid weather raised questions for all of us about children out-of-doors in cold weather, so we asked two pediatricians for opinions.

Both made the point that parents in Maine and Minnesota (not to mention Canada or Alaska) can have no such questions.  As long as children are warmly dressed and active, short periods of outdoors even in very cold air can do no harm.  Heat loss during exposure to the cold is more of an issue if one is inactive, which cannot be said of our children!

To quote an article from the American Academy of Pediatrics “like adults, children produce metabolic heat at sufficient ratios during exercise in cold air to compensate for the heat lost to the environment.  (Suitable) clothes help prevent excessive loss of body heat.  In fact, even on very cold days, metabolic heat often exceeds heat loss and results in heat storage.”

On bright cold days the children benefit from their outdoor time.  They come in rosy, relaxed and ready for the indoor curriculum.  (Sometimes they would like to stay out longer than adults wish!)

In allowing for cold weather outdoor time, we are guided not so much by numbers on the thermometer, but by those more accurate comfort indicators – the sun, the wind and the rain!

 ~ Coppie, GNCS Founder

Tipi Ted & the Traveling Wilderness Museum

Tipi Ted visited on January 18.  The children experienced a hands-on presentation about brown, black and polar bears, their habitats, food and the need for hibernation, adaptation and migration in winter.  The presentation makes our curriculum on animals in winter come to life.

Staff Development Day

On February 6 all the staff will visit other schools in Nassau County followed by CPR training.  We will gather over lunch to reflect on our observations and teaching practices.

Upcoming Local Events

Little Red Riding Hood at BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont
Elmont Public Library – 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003
Little Red goes through the woods, where she encounters a variety of forest creatures, including the Wolf, who discovers her destination and arrives at Granny’s house before she does.
Feb. 3 and 10 at 2 p.m., Feb. 11 at 11:30 a.m. | Buy tickets here:

Be Mine Ball
Long Island Children’s Museum – 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
A fun event for the whole family on the weekend before Valentine’s Day: dress in red, get your face painted, dance and create crafts.
Feb. 10, 6-9 p.m. | Buy tickets here:

Curious George: The Golden Meatball at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center
Westermann Stage, Concert Hall – 1 South Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
Join the lovable little monkey Curious George on a fun-filled adventure in this new musical.
March 10, 2 p.m. | Buy tickets here:

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