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! 



We Welcome May!

We hope that you have been enjoying the beautiful spring weather as much as we have!  Our visits to the playground have been just wonderful! 

Just a reminder…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, as we will be going out to our playground as often as we can. Also…please remember that SNEAKERS are your best choice for SAFETY! Thank-you!

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

Wishing all of the sweet mothers and grandmothers a wonderful Mother's Day!

A special thank-you…

Thank you to the parents who provided items for our Easter snacks and goodie bags.  The children all had so much fun celebrating with their friends!


May Fun

We will be enjoying the spring and all that it brings as we continue to take care of our marigold seeds!

We will also learn all about bugs and insects.  We will be reading some wonderful Eric Carle books, and creating lots of creepy, colorful creatures to crawl around our classroom:  caterpillars, butterflies, ladybugs, fireflies…and even…spiders!!  Yikes!  Hope you don’t have arachnophobia!!


School Closings & Early Dismissals…

There will be an early dismissal on Friday, 5/3.  Please be at the dismissal doors by 11:05.  After Care will be available. 
Thank you for your cooperation!

School will be closed for the Memorial Day weekend from Thursday 5/23 through Monday 5/27. 

School will be closed for Ascension Thursday on Thursday 5/30.  School will also be closed on Friday 5/31. 

Don’t forget to mark your calendar!

Important Dates to Remember
Last Day of School…

Believe it or not, the last full day of school is quickly approaching!  It will be on Wednesday, June 19th.

 End of the Year Program…

The children will be performing in an end of the year program

on Thursday, June 20th

It will be at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium/gym.

Additional information will follow.

xBook Club Information

Book orders are due by Wednesday, May 8th.  

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

Enter class code GKD4F.

 Have fun selecting some books to read with your child! 


Thank you for your orders and HAPPY READING!


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.

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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.


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. 


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! 


‚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.