January/February 2020 Newsletter


Jan. 20:  School closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 28:  General Membership meeting and speaker
Feb. 3:  Pre-K class time extends from 11:45 – 3:45 pm
Feb. 5:  No School – Staff Professional Development Day
Feb. 17 – 21:  No School – Winter Recess

Notes from the Director

The winter is a wonderful time to curl up with a good book.  One of the best readiness tools we have for children of all ages is reading books together – real books – not i-pads or electronic stories which are more like videos.  From board books, to simple repetitive and rhyming stories, to fairy tales, nursery rhymes and chapter books – good literature is timeless.  The library is an exciting destination for young children.  Let them choose books.  Set aside time each day to read with your child.  Quickly, your child will learn the magic books hold, and you will snuggle together through hundreds of stories.

Pre-K Class Time Extends on February 3rd

Pre-K East and West will extend their day from 11:45 – 3:45 beginning on Monday, Feb. 3rd.  The extra hour will give the students time to delve into hands on Kindergarten readiness activities.

New Family Joins Playgroup!

Playgroup East welcomes:
Sadie Onofrio.  Big brother Max is in Pre-K East.
Timothy Donoghue. Mom, Alanna and Dad, Daniel are excited to be part of the school.

Welcome to the World!


Esther Junian, born Jan 11, 2020 weight 5.2lbs.  Big brother Jasher, in Pre-K W, is overjoyed!

Jason Lum in PG W is a big brother!  Emily Grace was born Jan. 13th and weighs 8lbs 12oz.

General Membership Meeting + Speaker: “Understanding Sensory Needs”

Tuesday, January 28 at 7:00 pm
Join us for the Membership Meeting (we will vote on the summer program budget) followed by an insightful talk by the Child Care Council of Nassau, Inc. Learn about the sensory needs of everyday learners that impact children’s behavior.

Tipi Ted and The Travelling Wilderness Museum

Tipi Ted will visit the Nursery and Pre-K classes on Jan. 17.  The children will experience 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 5, all the staff will complete CPR training and attend the workshop on Understanding the sensory needs of everyday learners. We will gather over lunch to reflect on our teaching practices and plan for second semester.

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.

February “Baby Shower” for the Interfaith Nutrition Network

Every year, we chose an organization to support.  In February, we will be collecting much needed baby items for the INN.  40% of the population served by the INN are young children.  They are requesting:

  • Diapers and pull-ups (all sizes)
  • Baby wipes
  • Formula
  • Baby clothes, socks, Tee shirts

There will be a collection box in the lobby for anyone who chooses to donate.  No perishable or glass items please.

Science at Home:  Making a Volcano

Create a small mountain of playdoh or clay around an empty can.  Fill can ½ to ¾ with white vinegar.  Add a few drops of red food coloring.  Add a spoonful of baking soda.  Watch the lava flow! The chemical reaction between the acid in vinegar and baking soda releases carbon dioxide!

Summer Camp is around the corner!

Registration will open February 3rd for families in school and on March 2nd to the community.  Camp begins on Monday, June 15 and runs through July 31.  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.

Books & Beers GCNS Dad Book Club

The next meeting is Wednesday, January 29 at 8pm at Plattduetsche to discuss Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo. All are welcome. Please email jamesclark87@gmail.com if you’re interested!

Billing Reminder

Everyone should have received their bill for Spring tuition.  It is due February 1stEveryone was charged $150 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 jenrusso@gmail.com if you have any questions.


At this time, we have very limited openings.

Nominating Committee

Nominating Committee is beginning their search. If you are interested in a position, please let the office know!

Coppie’s Corner:  Outdoors 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!

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