Nursery
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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Welcome to Nursery School!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to the Nursery Program at St. Joseph School.  My name is Patricia Parahus, and I am very excited to be your child’s teacher!  Miss Christina will be our assistant.  We are both looking forward to spending a fun and exciting year with you and your child!

Our main goal for September is to help your child ease into comfortable school environment.  A big part of this is learning to be away from home, and away from mommy and daddy.  It is normal for your child to be shy or a little upset during the first few days of school.  If this is the case, please be comforted to know that we will provide your child with the extra love and nurturing that he or she needs to feel at ease.

Thank you in advance for your help in making this school year a fun and successful one!

Don’t forget…

Be sure your child has used the bathroom before he or she leaves the house and arrives at school on time…at 8:10 am.  Our day begins promptly, and we don’t want your child to miss anything!

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 he or she needs for snack and lunch…spoons, forks, and enough napkins for both meals.  Be sure they have two drinks, unless  milk is being purchased for lunch.  And don’t forget a snack and drink for aftercare!

Thank you for your cooperation!

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September Fun!

As we begin the month, we will be talking about what it is like to be “Back to School” by learning our daily routine and coloring pictures to decorate our classroom.  We will learn all about ourselves as we create pictures and complete lots of fun activities!

We will welcome autumn by talking about the changes that this season will bring.  We’ll watch as the leaves begin to turn many beautiful colors, and wait to see them fall off of the trees around our schoolyard.  We’ll make our own fall tree, paint colorful maple and oak leaves, and make our very own book!

During “Apple Week” we will look for the star that is hidden in the center of each apple.  We will marble paint a great big apple, and make apple prints.  We will also taste different apples, and decide which ones we like best…the red, yellow, or green ones!  Which apples are your favorites?

Please send in an apple…

Your child will need to BRING IN AN APPLE for an art project that we will be doing later in the month.  You will receive a separate note indicating what color apple you should send in.

Thank you for your help!

Illustration Of Books.jpgBook Club Information… 

September Book Club orders are due by Friday, September 14th. You can send in a check made payable to Scholastic.  Please do not send in cash. You can also order from a wider variety of books online by going to www.Scholastic.com/bookclubs and entering class code GKD4F.  
 

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL PURCHASES BENEFIT OUR CLASSROOM LIBRARY.

Thank you for your orders, and HAPPY READING!!


School Building.pngSchool Closings and Early Dismissals…

Please check the main website calendar for this information.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars!!!

IMPORTANT DATES:

Please check the main website calendar for this information.

 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.

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!

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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.