Newsletter – May/June 2018

Mark Your Calendars

  • Friday, May 25 Monday, May 28: Closed for Memorial Day
  • Friday, June 1: Spring Cocktail Party 7:30-10:30pm @GCNS

Last Days of School 

  • Monday, June 4: Last Day for Playgroup East
  • Tuesday, June 5: Last Day for Playgroup West
  • Wednesday, June 6: Last Day for Nursery East and West
  • Thursday, June 7: Graduation Pre-K East
    NO SCHOOL for Pre-k West
  • Friday, June 8: Graduation Pre-K West
    NO SCHOOL for Pre-k East
  • Tuesday, June 12: GCNS Summer Program Begins
A Note From our President,
Marissa Bogatch  
Dearest GCNS Families,Wow, time really does fly when you’re having fun!  As we wrap up yet another successful and seemingly fast school year here at GCNS, I can’t help but think back over all the good times we’ve shared.  From Potluck to Cabin Fever, building our new playground, the Children’s Event and everything in between, this has been a great year for our little nursery school.  Parent volunteerism was the foundation from which we built our big accomplishments and also central to so many unseen moments that were just as critical and necessary to our overall success.  Parents, THANK YOU ALL so much for donating your time to committee work, sitting in positions on our board, participating as class moms, and helping to maintain our building and grounds.  It is parents like you who make a cooperative environment flourish and this year we truly thrived.  I appreciate and congratulate you all.As sad as I am for my family to be transitioning away from GCNS, we are also excited and ready for new challenges.  By belonging to this special place, just as his brother before him, Eli has learned the skills necessary to walk into his Kindergarten classroom in the fall with his head held high.  He is confident with the person he is and my husband and I am confident in him.  We have all grown in so many ways over our years here due to the skills, love and dedication of our wonderful teachers and staff.If you too are a graduating family in June, I wish you the best of luck.  Go forth knowing you gave your child a strong and healthy first school experience.  Know that while it will pull at our heart strings when the bus pulls away for the first time, or you leave the school’s front door, we’ve got this.  This is what we’ve been practicing for!

If you are staying on at GCNS, LUCKY YOU!  Enjoy it!  Relish your special days and remember to stop and enjoy the small moments of growth and wonder with your child.  Also remember to embrace the comradery and inclusion of our families here at GCNS that is truly unique and difficult to find elsewhere.

These past 5 years that my family has spent in this community will always be most cherished!  And, it has also been my utmost pleasure to have served as your parent board president this year.  Thank you for entrusting me with such an opportunity.  I will forever look back at my time here with the fondest of memories and I can truly say that I would do it all again in a heartbeat!

 

Very sincerely,

: ) Marissa Bogatch

Garden City Nursery School’s Rite of Spring

 

Parents, staff and alumni will come together for the Spring Cocktail Party on Friday, June 1 to celebrate our children, wrap up another successful school year, dedicate the new Ann Amengual Playground, and honor our longtime business manager, Pat O’Conor.  Under the expert direction of the Hospitality Chairs, Eileen Perry and Megan Sorrentino and their committee, the playground will be transformed for a cocktail party under the stars.

New officers for 2018-2019 will be installed by Marissa Bogatch, our outgoing President. Marissa will be pinned with our logo lizard by Past President, Dawn Dennis.

Our children’s artwork will provide a beautiful backdrop on the playground.  Thomas Cardone, Tommy’s dad, created the children’s handprint artwork for the Playgroups; Melanie Sanchez, Cameron’s mom, organized the children’s marbleized hearts for the Nursery classes; and, our Pre-k students added their handprints to ceramic bowls.  These class projects and wonderful momentos will be auctioned off during the evening.

Capital Improvements

The children and staff are thrilled with the installation of “The Ann Amengual Playground” on the East side.  The playground will be dedicated to our beloved past director, Ann Amengual, on Friday, June 1 at the Spring Cocktail Party.  The GoFundMe donations of over $23,000 from current and past families, staff and friends of the school in just 1 month were beyond our wildest dreams.  Thank you to all for honoring Ann and supporting our school. The new playground will be well loved for years to come.

Fluttering Butterflies

Butterflies are amazing insects that are easily recognizable to children of all ages. Children are immediately intrigued by a caterpillar’s wiggly body and attracted to a butterfly’s colorful wings.  Butterflies provide a wonderful introduction to the world of insects.

This spring, the caterpillars arrived before Mother’s Day and the children have been watching their amazing metamorphosis.  Our children are observing the stages of the life cycle first hand. They are comparing the size of caterpillars as they grow and counting the days in the chrysalis.  The grand finale will be releasing the butterflies on the playground!

While the children wait for the metamorphosis, they are singing songs, reciting poems and fingerplays, reading stories (fact and fiction) and creating art projects about butterflies.  It is a rich, concrete experience. To enrich the experience, there are butterfly conservatories in the area to visit at the Aquarium in Riverhead and the Bronx Botanical Gardens, as well as online at the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History.

End of Year Picnic: A Dyno-mite Success!

Over 200 people attended the children’s event on Saturday, May 19.  The building was filled with current and future students and alumni.  The weather didn’t keep families from enjoying the reptiles from L.I. Science Museum in Port Washington, musical entertainment by GCNS parent Krysta Ferrara, face painting, fossil dig, crafts, and dino egg hunt.   A great time was had by all!

Thank you to Marissa Bogatch, Mary Sievers, Carolina Martin, Kristen Eberle, Christina Pantano and Michele Miuta and their hardworking committee for making the event a success.  Over $3,000 was raised for the school!

Thank you to everyone who came for the fun and supported our community.

Cover Those Toes

As the season changes, the temptation is great for children to wear sandals, crocs, flip-flops, or shoes without socks to school.  These shoes are not safe for outdoor play. For safety on the playground, please keep those toes covered and wear shoes with rubber soles.  Remember to wear socks since sand feels scratchy between the toes.

Enrichment Classes Preview
for Fall 2018
Check your mailbox for registration for Fall 2018 Enrichment Class offerings for the Pre-K students.  Enrichment classes are offered either before or after school and on Wednesdays in three sessions: Fall (October – early December); Winter (January – mid- March); and Spring (mid-March – May).  Each session consists of 8 classes. Each session explores different topics. Topics include STEM, yoga, Spanish and great artists.Enrollment is limited.  Children will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis.Additionally, Fran Rissland offers The Children’s Music Workshop.  The main goal of the workshop is to develop music competence and to introduce a few of the great composers in an atmosphere that is playful.  This is not a duplication of their school music program. Classes begin late September-January and are held after school.
Lucy Minardi, PG East, welcomed baby brother Clark Raymond on Monday 4/20/2018, weighing 7lbs 13oz and 20 ½ inches long.
Graduating Families

We will be sending Alumni emails periodically to keep you informed about school events.  Please read our newsletter on our website and stay in the loop with GCNS via Facebook Page.  Our school could not be what it is today without the continued contribution and spirit of volunteerism that our families share.  Thank you for your dedication and goodwill over the years!

Coppie’s Corner:
Rites of Passage on Graduation from Nursery School
What is graduation?  It is a ceremony which marks the moving from one stage of life to another.  It is a rite of passage. For any young person – nursery school, high school, college – graduation means leaving one world to move into another.  So, for our nursery school children, as with all graduates, they leave with both anticipation and apprehension.Their parents, too, must graduate with them, and for them the graduation is a bittersweet experience.  In a sense, their nursery school child is leaving home. The world of the elementary school is not a place where parent can come and go at will, chatting with other parents or the staff teachers as at GCNS.  In much of the child’s school life, they are excluded.Parents feel pride at the graduation of the child, but it is pride mixed with sadness and a sense of loss.  This will happen again and again as the child moves through life from graduation to graduation – nursery school, camp, high school, college, even marriage.  Therefore, we weep.In the words of the poet:

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit,
not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward or tarries.”

~ Coppie, GNCS Founder

Summertime Fun!

Our camp is filled with experiences for children to explore, learn, and have fun in a relaxed atmosphere.  It is staffed with certified teachers and experienced, caring people, many of them alumni, who understand and love children.  There are limited spots available.

Upcoming Local Events

Memorial Day Family Carnival at Eisenhower Park
1899 Hempstead Tpke. Field 2, East Meadow, NY 11554
The weekend will feature carnival rides, games, food and live music performances.
May 25, 6-11 p.m.; May 26 & 27, 2-11 p.m.; May 28, 2-7 p.m.

Nassau County Strawberry Festival
Bellmore BOCES School Ground at Corner of Jerusalem Ave. and Newbridge Rd., Bellmore, NY 11710
Visit the festival for strawberry treats like strawberry shortcake, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate-covered strawberries and more. Besides all things strawberry, there will be a pie-eating contest, carnival rides and live music.
May 31, 6-10 p.m.; June 1, 6-11 p.m.; June 2, 12-11 p.m.; June 3, 12-6 p.m.

Peter Pan and Wendy at the Cultural Arts Playhouse
170 Michael Dr., Syosset, NY 11791
See a live theatre performance of the classic tale.
June 2 and June 9, 1 p.m.; June 23, 12 p.m. | Buy tickets here: https://cap.booktix.com/cart.php?action=show_pers&show_id=74&show_sec=85352bd74f6915ca

Daddy & Me Rockets at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning
1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Celebrate Father’s Day by building a rocket and launching it with your child, with the help of CSTL staff members.
June 17, 10 a.m. | Register for the event here: https://www.cstl.org/event/daddy-me-rockets-3/

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