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

Mrs. Parahus will be your child’s teacher this year, and Miss Christina 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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We Welcome December!

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”

That’s the way we feel about the Christmas season in Nursery School!  In spite of the quick pace of the holiday season, we hope that you take the time to enjoy the magic of Christmas with your child.  After all, there is nothing like experiencing Christmas through the eyes of a child!

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December Book Club orders are due by Friday, December 1st.  We will make every effort to get the books to you before our Christmas vacation.  Please be sure to make a note on your order form if any of the items are Christmas gifts for your child.  We will be sure to hide them when they come in! 

If you are sending your order in to class, please be sure to include a check made out to Scholastic.

You can also order from a wider variety of books online by going to www.Scholastic.com/bookclubs.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL PURCHASES BENEFIT OUR CLASSROOM LIBRARY.


Thank you for your orders.  HAPPY READING!


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Christmas Sing Alongs...

You are invited to join us in the auditorium on Friday, December 22nd  at 9:15 a.m. for our Christmas Sing Along.

At the conclusion of our program, children will be dismissed to a parent so we can all go to Carew Hall to enjoy the Christmas Pageant, put on by the children in Pre-K and Kindergarten.

This special event promises to be a beautiful way to celebrate the Christmas season together. We hope to see you there!  Feel free to bring grandparents or other family members to enjoy our Sing Along as well!

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School will be closed on the following dates:

School will be closed on December 8th for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

School will be closed for Christmas beginning on Monday, December 25th.  School will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd.

There will be an early dismissal on Friday, December 15th.  Please be at the dismissal doors by 11:05 a.m. to pick up your child.  There will be no aftercare available.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars!!!

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December Fun!

December is a time to remember the birth of Jesus and the true reason that we celebrate Christmas.

We will begin our celebration by explaining Advent to the children.  We will learn a special Advent prayer and make an Advent wreath with purple and pink “candles.”  Here is our Advent prayer if you would like to say it at home with your family when you light the candles on your wreath:

“Come Lord Jesus.  Be my friend. 

I’m glad Your love will never end.  Amen.”

We will talk about the story of Christmas, and make a special Nativity scene with Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

We will also be making a wonderful surprise that you will get to see at our Christmas Sing Along…we can’t wait for you to see them!

MERRY CHRISTMAS &
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.  We can’t wait to see you in 2018! 

 

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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.

Be sure to put your child’s name on everything he or she comes to school with…including lunchboxes, back packs and jackets.

Don’t forget to send your child to school with everything they need for snack and lunch…spoons, forks, and enough napkins for both meals. Be sure they have two drinks, unless they are purchasing milk for lunch. And don’t forget a snack for aftercare!

Please wait close to the doors at dismissal. Some of the children get overwhelmed when they walk out of the building and they don’t see a familiar face right away. Please be sure to arrive early since Nursery is always the first class to dismiss and wait as close to the doors as possible to make things a bit easier for the children.

PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK AND EMPTY YOUR CHILD’S FOLDER EACH NIGHT. PROJECTS WILL BE SENT HOME IN THE FOLDER, AS WELL AS IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM OUR CLASS AND THE SCHOOL.

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.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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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. 

HAPPY COLORING!

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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‚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!  
Amen.”

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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!

Cellphone.pngCONTACT INFORMATION:

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:

BACKPACK MAIL
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.

EMAIL
You can always send me an email. 
My email address is: 
pparahus@stjoeronkelem.org

Emails are generally responded to within 48 hours.

TELEPHONE
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.