Nursery A
Welcome to the Nursery Program at St. Joseph School in Ronkonkoma.

Mrs. Parahus will be your child’s teacher this year, and Mrs. Ferretti will be our assistant.

We are both looking forward to spending a fun and exciting year with you and your child! 

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March Fun...

Since March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, we began each circle time by deciding what kind of weather day it was…a calm, sunny and bright “lamb day“, or a windy, cloudy and cold “lion day!”
  We learned about different kinds of weather and reviewed what we know about the four seasons.  After all the chilly, windy and snowy lion days we have had, we just can’t wait for the SPRING-like lamb days to begin!!

As March comes to an end, we will be learning all about our five senses.
  We will even be creating our very own book about the senses so we can teach you all about them! It should be lots of fun!

Father And Daughter Under Tree.pngWe Welcome April…

After the chilly and “lion-like” days of March, we are all ready for the warm, “springy” days of April!  We can’t wait to enjoy our daily visits to the playground again…let’s just hope there aren’t too many April Showers in store for us!  

Jumping Rope.pngA little reminder…

Much like the weather at the end of autumn, the first few weeks of spring tend to be a bit on the chilly side.  For this reason, we would like to remind you to send your child to school with a coat or jacket that is appropriate for the day’s weather.  We will be going out to our playground as often as we can.  Thank-you!

Please don’t forget to label your child’s coat! 

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 Spring is a great time to review some of our playground rules with your child:

-Children should be going “up the ladders, and down the slides” on their bottoms.  We do not allow climbing up the slides or sliding down on bellies.

-Children should not be playing with sticks or rocks.  Often, children swing or throw these items, not realizing they can hurt a friend if they do so.

-Children must “keep their hands to themselves.” 

Thank you for helping to remind the children of these important playground rules. 

Illustration Of Three Colored Easter Eggs.pngCelebrating Easter…

We will be coloring Easter eggs with the children on Thursday, April 6th & Friday, April 7th.  Please send in two hard boiled eggs for your child on the appropriate date.  If your child attends five days, they should send in eggs on both days.

The eggs should be wrapped in paper towels and placed in a bag that is clearly labeled with your child’s name.

The children will be taking their eggs home with them in their Easter baskets.  We will not be eating the eggs in class.

Please send in a treat, such as individually wrapped candy or stickers, to put in our Easter baskets.  We have 13 children in the class.  Please be sure to send in enough for everyone.  Treats should be sent in on the above dates.  Thank you! 

 April Fun

This month, we will be learning about the story of Easter and how much Jesus loves us!  We will decorate the classroom with spring bunnies, chicks, and beautiful crosses.

“April showers bring May flowers.”  That is what is said about this rainy spring month.  When we return from the break, we will learn all about how plants grow.  We’ll even plant our very own marigold seeds and learn how to take care of them!

We will thank God for the Earth and learn about the many ways we can take care of our beautiful home as we celebrate Earth Day. 

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April Book Club orders are due by Friday, March 24th.  We are trying to get orders early to ensure delivery before the Easter Break. 

If you are sending your order in to class, please be sure to include a check made out to Scholastic.  Please do not send in cash. You can also order from a wider variety of books online by going to

Have fun selecting some Easter books to read with your child.

Don’t forget to use your bonus coupon…if you spend $5 you get to choose a free book!

Don’t forget…all purchases benefit our classroom library!


Early Dismissal…

There will be an 11:05 a.m. dismissal on Friday, April 7th &

Wednesday, April 12th

School Closings…

School will be closed from Thursday, April 13th through Friday, April 21st for Easter Break.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar.


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Don’t forget to continue to practice cutting with your child!  Check the back of your child’s projects to see what areas he or she needs to work on. 

Please take some time to work with your child on his/her coloring skills.
  At this point, we are working on coloring with a back & forth motion to completely fill in a space. 


Young children learn best through repetition and practice.  If you haven’t done so already, now would be a great time to use everyday activities such as shopping or driving to school to help reinforce concepts that we will be learning in school.  For example, play games with your child to see who can find the most yellow items in the food store.  Point out red stop signs as you walk or drive around town.  You can even take a tour around your house to see how many circles you can find.  With a little thought, you can turn just about any everyday activity into a learning experience for your child!  


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A few reminders…


We are required to keep attendance records.  If your child is absent from school, please send in a note when he or she returns.  If we don’t receive a note, it will be listed as an illegal absence.

It is very important that your child arrive at school on time.  We begin our day as soon as the children unpack.  If your child is late, he or she misses the core of our learning experience…Circle Time activities, story time and our daily lessons.

Please be sure your child has used the bathroom before coming to school.  We are trying to establish a routine with the children, and our first scheduled bathroom visit is at 9:00 am.  If your child is requesting to use the bathroom as soon as he or she arrives at school, he or she will once again miss out on very important learning opportunities.

As always, thank you for your cooperation!


‚ÄčLearning about the Bible begins in Nursery...

The children in Nursery will read many stories from the Bible throughout the school year.  These include stories about Christmas, Easter, Noah's Ark and Creation.

Throughout the school year we will also try to follow the ideas taught in 
Psalm 15:

Just like it says in Psalm 15, the children in Nursery School will always try to...

Obey God.
Do what it right.
Never tell a lie.
Be nice to others.
Never say anything bad about anyone.
Choose friends who love God.
Keep promises.
Share what we have.
Never hurt anyone to get what we want.

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We are learning to pray...

Each day before snack and lunch we say a special prayer to thank God.  You may want to share it with your family…

“God is great.  God is good.
Let us thank Him for our food.  Amen.”

Here is another prayer we have been saying at meal time:

"Thank you for the world so sweet.
Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the birds that sing.
Thank you, God, for everything!  Amen."

We also say a prayer when we start our day. 
Here it is for you to share:

“God made the birds. God made the bees.
God made the sun.  God made the trees.
Look around, and you will see.  
God made you, and God made me!  

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Learning how to be a LEADER begins in Nursery...

Nursery School Mission Statement

The children in Nursery School want a classroom where everyone is nice and friendly!

The children in Nursery School want to get ready for Pre-K!

The children in Nursery School always want to do our best!

The children in Nursery School always try to do things that make Jesus happy!



One of the most important things in making this school year a happy and successful one is forming and maintaining a connection between parents and teachers.  The following are the best ways to keep in touch with me if you have any questions, concerns or important information to share about your child:

The easiest way to communicate with me is via backpack mail.   If you place a note in your child’s folder, I will respond to you, usually that day.

You can always send me an email. 
My email address is:

Emails are generally responded to within 48 hours.

You can also call the main office and leave a message with our school secretary. 

The school phone number is 631-588-4760.

Phone calls will be returned during one of my preps in the morning.  If your message is received after my prep time, your call will be returned the next school day.

In order to maintain the lines of communication between us, please be sure to keep all contact information up to date.  This includes your home, work, and cell phone numbers as well as your email address.