Newsletter – March 2018

Mark Your Calendars

  • Wednesday, March 14 and 21: Speech evaluations offered for 3s
  • Thursday, March 15: Pre-K East visits Dr. Emma’s dentist office
  • Thursday, March 22: Pre-K West visits Dr. Emma’s dentist office
  • Thursday, March 22: Class photos for Playgroup East, Nursery West, Pre-K East
  • Friday, March 23: Class photos for Playgroup West, Nursery East, Pre-K West
  • Saturday, March 24: Maintenance 7-9:30am
  • Thursday, March 29 – Friday April 6: School closed for Spring Recess
  • Wednesday, April 18 @ 7:00pm General Membership Meeting with Speaker
  • Thursday, April 19: Pre-K East visits L.I. Science Museum
  • Saturday, April 21: Maintenance 7-9:30am
  • Thursday, April 26: Pre-K West visits L.I. Science Museum
General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, February 7 at 7pm
Election of Officers
2018-2019 Budget Vote
Speaker: Dorren Miller “Temperament”

On Wednesday evening, following the budget vote and election of officers, we will have a speaker on the always popular parenting topic of temperament.  Doreen Miller will share insight into general qualities of easy/flexible, active/feisty and slow to warm up/cautious personalities. Bring your questions!Doreen Downs Miller is a parent educator with 20 years of experience working with parents and children.  She specializes in early childhood development, temperament and early childhood education. She is an adjunct professor at Adelphi University and is a founding member of the Adelphi Institute for Parenting.  She holds an MA in the Psychology of Parenthood from NYU, and MBA and Honorary Doctorate degrees from Adelphi University.Friends and family are welcome.  Refreshments will be served.

The Slate of Executive Officers for the 2018-19 Board of Directors will be posted in the lobby at the end of March.  The proposed Board will be voted on at the General Membership meeting on Wednesday, April 18th.

“Additional names for any office may be submitted to the nominating committee three days before this meeting.  If the name is submitted by 2 or more persons, it shall constitute a nomination. Nominations from the floor with the consent of the nominees shall be accepted at the April meeting.” By-Laws, Article XIV, Sec. 1

The nominating committee: Mary Kim Mehlman, Debbie Dengler, Andreana Mirabella, Kim Fellingham, Laura Bonelli, Lauren Sbeglia

Spring Maintenance

The 3 maintenance sessions will be held on Saturday, March 24 and April 21 and a TBD Saturday in May from 7-9:30am. An additional session will be held over the weekend of April 7-8 after the installation of the new playground equipment.  If you are able to help that weekend please let Francie know. Day/time will be determined based on availability.

It’s Photo Time!Class photos will take place during class time on Thursday, March 22 and 23.

Thursday, March 22:  Class and Individual Photos will be taken of Playgroup East, Nursery West and Pre-K East.

Friday, March 23:  Class and Individual Photos will be taken of Playgroup West, Nursery East and Pre-K West.

Siblings are invited to have their pictures taken, individually or with their nursery school sibling at no cost or obligation. Check with Francie for timing.

Class Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the end of March for Nursery and Pre-k classes.  The ten minute conferences are held during class time in the office. Francie Cohn will cover the classes.  Follow up discussions can be scheduled at other times.

Nursery East: Wednesday, March 28.
Nursery West: Wednesday, March 21.
Pre-k East: Tuesday, March 27
Pre-k West:  Monday, March 26.

New East Playground Equipment Is On the Way!
The new climbing set is scheduled to be installed over Spring recess.  Both playgrounds will also be repaved. Keep on the look out for these school improvements!
Children Need 30-Minutes of Lap-Time Activities Daily

It takes 1000 hours of “lap-time” for young children to have the readiness skills in place to learn to read.   ~ National Institute for Children’s Health and Development

“Lap-time” means one-on-one interaction between a parent or caregiver and a child where meaningful language interactions take place.  Types of lap-time activities include: Talking, Singing, Rhyming, Chanting, and, of course, Reading.

Amazingly, it can add up to reading 1,000 books before Kindergarten!

GCNS Summer Camp

Just a reminder to turn in those summer camp registration papers.  Spaces are limited and they go quickly. A few days during the first two weeks are almost closed out.


Sing Along Time: The Garden SongInch by inch, row by row,
gonna make this garden grow.
All it takes is a rake and a hoe,
and a piece of fertile ground.Inch by inch, row by row,
gonna make this garden grow.
Someone bless these seeds I sow,
Someone warm them from below
‘til the rain comes tumbling down.
Easy Letter Pretzel Recipe

Follow this recipe to make your own delicious letters!

  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups flour 1 egg
  • Cooking spray Salt or sesame seeds

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  Grease a cookie sheet. Dissolve the yeast in warm water.  Stir in the honey and salt. Then add the flour. Knead the dough.

Form the dough into the letters of your choice.  Brush them with a beaten egg. Sprinkle the letters with salt or sesame seeds.

Bake the letter for about 10 minutes.

Coppie’s Corner:
Behavior Changes and Conflict
The period from 3 to 5 years is one of rapid growth and dramatic change.  Our younger 3’s and our older 4’s will show you the contrast at a glance. It is almost unbelievable.Rapid growth in a child always brings with it instability of behavior which necessitates an adjustment in attitude on the part of the parent.  One must remember that as they grow, these children are trying to find out who they are – to establish their own identities, separate from you, separate from siblings.  They are experiencing perhaps the first of life’s “identity crises.”These conflicts between us and our children which result from growth and behavior changes sometimes make the critical 1 ½ to 5 year old period a difficult one for all concerned.  With deadly accuracy, children find out our vulnerable spots, and develop potent defenses against our pressure to civilize and socialize them. The endless dawdling, the passive resistance, the evasion or postponing of small responsibilities, the often defiance, the loud self-assertion, the bursts of temper –whatever the symptoms may be in your household you will find, as you chat with other parents in our hallway, that you are not alone.Maintain what sympathy you can.  It’s not easy to grow up.

~ Coppie, GNCS Founder

Upcoming Local Events

Children’s Planting Workshop
Hicks Nurseries – 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY 11590
Children learn about indoor gardening skills while planting a plant in a pot.
March 23, 5 to 6:30 p.m. | Reservations not required

A Year With Frog and Toad at BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont
Elmont Public Library – 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003
Enjoy a charming performance about the friendship of beloved characters Frog and Toad throughout the four seasons.
March 29, 1 p.m. | Buy tickets here:

Barnyard Egg Hunt
Queens County Farm Museum – 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY 11004
Go on an egg hunt in the orchard, play games, take a hayride, visit the farm animals and see the Whiskers the Bunny.
March 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Advance tickets must be purchased:

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