April 2016

Letter from the Director

Happy Spring! The nursery school is abuzz with activity, and we are looking forward to a little rest before we kick off this next few months of fun!

As you know, our Spring Break will begin on Monday, April 4th, and we will return on Tuesday, April 12th.

This first day back will be a Staff Meeting, which means there is no Picnic Day, but it will be Pizza Day! If you have signed up to have Pizza this year, or if you would like to join us for $4 per person, please find us in the Courtyard after school on Tuesday, April 12. Our second Pizza Day for April will be Friday, April 15.

Over Spring Break, Phase One of our Campus Beautification Project will come to life as the Church’s God’s Gardners crew will be replanting the roses near the Community Room to make room for the Nursery School’s planters and garden beds. We are so grateful to all who have contributed to our Garden Fund project by purchasing seeds. We hope that you have either had an opportunity to purchase seeds for your home use, or to donate back to the school for the children to plant in our new beds. It is never too late to give, so stop by the Nursery School Office anytime to purchase your seeds. We are still in need of funds to purchase children’s gardening tools, soil and soil booster. The labor for the building of the Mini Farm Boxes over Spring Break has been generously donated by a church member, the Lukes Family, and we are so grateful for their contribution.

In the spring we often focus on growing and life cycle with our gardens and silkworms and butterflies. It is such fun to see the children’s faces as they watch this growth before their very eyes.

April is also Parent Teacher Conference Month. Your teachers will have more information regarding the scheduling of your conferences. If the day scheduled for your class does not work for your family, please arrange an alternate time directly with your teacher.

The Conference Days are as follows:

 Mrs. Perth’s Class- Tuesday, April 19

 Mrs. Conkling/Keith-Thursday, April 21

 Mrs. Fitzhugh- Friday, April 22

 Mrs. Brown- Tuesday, April 26

 Mrs. Conkling/Keith- Wednesday, April 27

 Mrs. Talbot- Friday, April 29

 Tuesday, May 3- Mrs. Chang

 Wednesday, May 4- Mrs. Chang

On Thursday, April 28th, we are excited to welcome Pump and Splash back to our school. On May 25, we welcome the Wildlife Center’s Animal Guys. Thank you so much to our Annual Fund Donors for making these extracurricular events possible.

Jane Walker
San Marino Community Church Nursery School


Spring Coffee

Please remember to mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 17, at 9:15am, for our upcoming Spring Coffee.We have the honor of hearing Dr. Melissa Springstead speak on the topic of “Do you or your child feel overwhelmed?” She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience teaching, tutoring and providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents and their families. She will discuss time management, and offer specific strategies on how to allow for a balanced life.Keep an eye out for more information in the courtyard and in your child’s cubby. Please note that there’s no childcare offered for siblings on that day.


Reduce, Reuse, Reread


Stock up on books for the summer and join us in celebrating Earth Day by donating your gently loved books for our spring fundraiser. Each classroom has a donation box and sticker chart. Bring a book, get a sticker.

The room with the most books wins a cupcake party!

We are accepting all genres of books.
Books will be sold on April 21st and 22nd.


Shea Najafi, Book Fair Chair


Spring Clothing Drive

It’s Spring Cleaning Time!..This April plan to clean out your closets and bring your gently used children’s clothing sized infant- size 12 to nursery school the week of April 12-15th for our Spring Clothing Drive benefiting La Casa Community Center children and their families.Collection boxes will be placed outside of the main office for your convenience! Thank you in advance for your support!

Kelly Studer, Scholarship Chair


Annual Fund

Thank you to all of our Annual Fund Donors this year! It’s not too late to donate for this year. We will gladly accept donations up until the end of May. Even if your child is moving on to kindergarten, a donation is a great way to celebrate your child’s time at SMCCNS. Thank you again for supporting our wonderful school!

Allison McCroskey, Annual Fund Chair

Picnic Day Sign-up for April

Mark your calendars!  Our next online Picnic Day sign-up will open on Friday, April 22nd at 10 am.  This sign-up will be for May Picnic Days. Please remember that payment is due by 12 pm on Tuesday, April 26th.  Checks should be made payable to San Marino Community Church Nursery School.  Please indicate your child’s name and the dates for which he/she is signed up on the check/note attached.  Please contact me with any questions.

Debbie Merryman, Picnic Day Chair


March Window Display
Thank you to Mrs Fitzhugh’s class and room mom Angela Liang for the spring themed March window display. We are lucky to have you!

Kristen Todd, Window Coordinator

Upcoming Dates


12         School Resumes

12-15  Clothing Drive

18         BOARD meeting (9:15 a.m.) Community Room

19-20  Chapel (8:30 a.m.) Community Room

21-22  Reduce, Reuse, Reread Book Event

22        Picnic Day Sign Up for May

19-29  Parent/Teacher Conferences


5/6       Parent/Teacher Conferences – Make Up Schedule

9          Board Meeting (9:15 a.m.) Community Room

17        SPRING COFFEE (9:15) Fellowship Hall