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 November!

November is a time to be thankful for all of the blessings in our life--family, friends, health & happiness, to name a few.  In the coming weeks, we will be asking the children what they are thankful for.  We will post their thoughts for you to read and enjoy! 

What are you thankful for?

One thing the teachers and children are thankful for is the beautiful autumn weather!  While it may be getting crisp and chilly outside, it’s still great weather for our outdoor excursions.  Please be sure to send in a jacket or a sweater (labeled with your child’s name) when necessary.  And don’t forget sneakers for safety!  Thanks!

We are thankful!

We wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Enjoy this special time!

Thank you for sharing your children with us!  We count our many new little friends as one of our special blessings! 

Happy Thanksgiving!


Thank you to all of the parents that contributed items for our Halloween snacks---they were delicious!  And thanks for all of the sweet treats in our goodie bags. 

You made our Halloween very special!

November Fun!

Naturally, the month of November will be spent learning about the very first Thanksgiving Feast.  We will make Pilgrims, Indians, and turkeys to decorate the classroom.  We will talk about the harvest and how scarecrows  guard the cornfields from the crows.  We will also sing lots of songs and read many stories about this wonderful time!


xBook Club Information… 

November Book Club orders are due by Wednesday, November 7th.   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 and entering class code GKD4F.

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


Thank you for your orders, and HAPPY READING!!

School Building.pngSchool Closings and Early Dismissals…

School will be closed on the following dates:

Thursday, 11/1 for All Saint’s Day

Tuesday, 11/6 for a Teacher Workshop

Monday, 11/12 for Veteran’s Day

11/22 & 11/23 for Thanksgiving.

There will be an early dismissal on Wednesday, November 21st.  Please be at the dismissal doors by 11:05 a.m. to pick up your child.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars!!!

 Walk To School.pngDon’t forget…

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.