January 2013

Happy New Year!  Thanks to all you wonderful families for participating in our Book Fair, our Adopt A Family and our Christmas Wish List.  You are the best!

I invite you to come in to the office to look over the additions to our Parents’ Library.  Maybe you will have time in the new year to do some reading.  We have purchased the following parenting books suggested by our Parent Education Forum speakers:

Talking to Your Kids about Sex by Dr. Laura Berman (recommended by Dr. Ginger Bercaw)

Nurture Shock:  New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman (recommended by Krista Diaz)

Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential by Eileen Kennedy Moore (recommended by Krista Diaz)

Your One Year Old, Your Two Year Old, Your Three Year Old, Your Four Year Old, and Your Five Year Old by Ames, Ilg and Baker (recommended by Maribeth Henry

Kids, Parents and Power Struggles by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (recommended by Maribeth Henry)

Superbaby Abigail’s Lunchtime Adventure by Melissa Halas Liang (recommended by Melissa HalasLiang

Havoc at the Hillside Market with the Super Crew by Melissa Halas Liang (recommended by Melissa Halas Liang

Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow by Carol Kranowitz &J. Newman (recommended by Dr. Susan Spitzer)

We also have a number of tried and true books for you to borrow and read, such as The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell, The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine, and if you have a boy, how about Speaking of Boys by Michael Thompson, The Wonder of Boys by Michael Gurian, Raising Cain by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson, and Lost Boys by James Garbano and many more.

Happy reading in 2013!
Nancy Swanson, Director

Thank you to all of the families who contributed to the Christmas Wish List!  Your generous donations will make it possible for us to replace the outdated equipment in the Director’s office, bring in a variety of educational programs for the children and parents, and purchase the new classroom toys and teaching tools chosen by the teachers.

Your generosity and thoughtfulness will benefit the children and the school for many years to come.  On behalf of the SMCC Nursery School board, staff, and teachers, thank you again!

Janice Segimoto, Wish List Chair

Thank you for your generous support of our Adopt-A-Families program.  Each child from our five families received a new item of clothing (pajamas or a sweatshirt/coat) and a new toy; one which they requested or which met their special interest. 

Also, with your monetary contributions totaling almost $1,300, each family received a gift card to Target, and the La Casa Community Center received a donation to help with their needs.

Your giving has blessed many, and I hope you felt blessed this holiday as you enjoyed special time with family and friends.

Thank you again,
Claire Hart, Scholarship Chair

Thank you to all the parents who made the Christmas parties so special!

Mrs. Talbot M-F Class: Bennett Gertmenian, JT Morris, and Zachary Tsai

Mrs. Brown’s M-F Class: Colin Gertmenian, Harvey Green, and Benjamin Wu

Mrs. Fitzhugh M/W/F Class: Elena Barber, Parker Plurad, and Aidan Munoz

Mrs. Randall M/W/F Class: Adelynne Yang, Violet & Olivia Chin, and Mary Bingham

Mrs. Conkling M/W/F Class: Samantha Brown, Grant O’Mara, and Lukas Shen

Mrs. Perth Tu/Th Class: Tyler Knight, Akira Luk

Mrs. Conkling Tu/Th Class: Kara Choy, Sophia and Phoebe Chen

Mrs. Randall Tu/Th Class: Sydney Zhang, Clayton Fong, and Jamie Chung

Please join us on Tuesday, January 8th (the day after we return from break) for SMCC’s Rev. Karen Berns with “Nurturing Faith-filled Children:  Helping Your Children Grow Spiritually to Know and Love God, People, and Creation.”

Rev. Karen Berns will present helpful guidance for parents of young children based on child-development research and biblical wisdom.

What is faith? What are age-appropriate ways of introducing and fostering faith and a spiritual life? What are ways you can respond to challenging questions from a realistic, faith-encouraging perspective? Bring your questions about this topic to an experienced pastor and spiritual guide.

Tuesday, January 8th
The Community Room
9:15am – 11:30am

Babysitting:  Please put your child’s name on the Babysitting Sign-Up Sheet or email Joy Flores directly. $10 per child. Please contact Joy Flores if additional information: joycedawnbon@aol.com

Thank you for being so efficient in bringing the school snack! The January schedule is on the website under the “Nutrition” tab. Please view if you are bringing snack this month.

Nicole Anido, Nutrition Chair

The first half of the school year was amazing with so many fun and creative activities planned by the room parents.  Mrs. Conkling’s T/TH class had a potluck feast for their Christmas party while Mrs. Perth’s class munched on yummy cookies at their own holiday playdate.  They also went to Lacy Park where they watched the San Marino Fire Dept. do practice drills.  Mrs. Conkling’s MWF class ventured to the SMCC South Lawn where they giggled through games and picnicked in picture perfect weather.  Mrs. Randall’s MWF class partied it up with a Halloween fiesta and continued their enthusiasm with another party the morning before their class Christmas party, a “pre-party, party”!  Mrs. Fitzhugh’s class had an amazing Halloween party as well with games like “bobbing for donuts” and other delicious treats and also got together for a friendly, competitive bowling-playdate at 300.  And finally, Mrs. Talbot’s class began the year with their own spirited Halloween gathering (where even the parents dressed up), had get-togethers at Lacy Park, and organized a classroom project combining both parents and children in making beautiful gingerbread houses for Christmas.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to all the Room Parents for their enthusiasm and dedication in creating such a fun and exciting experience for our precious children!  Have a Happy New Year full of love, laughter and happiness!

Rosemary Lay, Room Parent Coordinator

Each year our lead teachers are asked to write teacher recommendations for children applying to various private schools in the area. The teachers and I spend a great deal of time and effort making sure that each and every recommendation sent reflects the child described. These recommendations are written during out-of-school hours, and the school pays for the teacher’s time. Therefore, we ask that parents do the following when requesting teacher recommendations:

1. Please give Nancy Swanson the recommendation form at least two weeks before it is due. The longer the time the teachers have to fill out the recommendations, the better.

2. Please include a stamped, addressed envelope with each recommendation.

3. Please pay the school a processing fee of ten dollars ($10.00) for the first recommendation and five dollars ($5.00) for each recommendation thereafter. Some schools in the area are now using the same teacher recommendation form. Only one processing fee of ten dollars ($10.00) will be charged regardless of how many copies are made.

Thank you for your cooperation.

It’s Teddy Bears, Hearts and Tea Time!

Sunday, January 27, 2013
2:00 to 2:30 p.m.  Registration
2:30 to 4 p.m. Program
Fellowship Hall
San Marino Community Church

Please bring a teddy bear to be donated to Huntington Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and Angel Interfaith Network.

$20 per person, children are free when accompanied by an adult and teddy bear

RSVP  626.282.4181 or W@smccpby.com