March 2012

From the Director
New parenting books are published every year.  Most get little or no media attention.  Last year, however, remember Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and the controversy it caused? Well, this year it seems Pamela Druckerman’s Bringing Up Bebe is getting a lot of attention. Pamela Druckerman is an American mother raising her three children in Paris. She writes about the mannerly way French children behave in restaurants, the acceptance of delayed gratification and the benefit of educating children rather than disciplining them all the time.

How refreshing to read a recent article (Sunday, February 19, 2012) in the New York Times entitled “Building Self-Control, the American Way.” The authors, Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang, write that self-control is important in all cultures and children “can learn self-control without externally imposed pressure.” They write as follows:

  • “The key is to harness the child’s own drives for play, social interaction and other rewards…”
  • And I really like this: “Play allows children to practice skills that are useful in adult life.  Young children build self-control through elaborate, imaginative games like pretending to be a doctor or a fireman…. Frequent practice is crucial.”

They go on to write: “Americans could take one tip from Asian and French parents: abandon the idea that they must support self-esteem at all costs…Chinese and French parents are sparing in their praise, yet children from those cultures do not have noticeably lower self-esteem…. An internally motivated approach to building self-control plays to traditional American strengths.”

From where I stand as I observe you and your children, I would say you are doing a very good job of parenting and keep on doing what you are doing.  If you would like to read this article in full, please let me know.  I have copies in the office.

Nancy Swanson, Director

Teacher Appreciation week is coming up on Monday, March 26.  Please have your child bring a flower from your garden to give to his or her special teacher that week.  This is a great time to let the wonderful SMCC Nursery School teachers know how much we appreciate all that they do!

Thank you,
Caroline Sayers, Vice President

There are three openings in the spring snack schedule:

  • Wednesday, March 14
  • Monday, April 16
  • Monday, May 14

If you did not sign up for snack twice this year and would like to, please contact Nutrition Chair, Colleen McGuinness,

Thank you,
Colleen McGuinness, Nutrition Chair

For those who are working on their summer plans, due to several conflicts, the Nursery School will not be offering the summer program this year. L

Please come to Community Day, Saturday, March 24, from 2pm – 4pm. The remodeling is all done and everyone is invited to see the beautification! Treats will be provided for the kids. Everyone in the Community to is invited, so encourage people to bring their friends and any prospective Nursery School families.

Thank you,
Ginger Bercaw, President

Returning Student applications will be available on March 26 and are due for processing on April 23.

Parents of Three Year Olds –>Please let Mrs. Swanson know if you are NOT planning to have your child return to San Marino Community Church Nursery School next Fall, 2012.

Thank you to Ann Pearson and Erin Lamb for the darling Luck of the Irish window display from Mrs. Talbot’s Monday-Friday class.  We can’t believe these kids are off to Kindergarten next year!!

We are organizing a clothing drive for the families of La Casa de San Gabriel. If you have gently used clothing for sizes infant and up that your children have outgrown, please save them to help out our neighbors. Boxes will be set up in the courtyard to receive and sort all donated items. Look for flyers in your child’s cubby in April. This will be a great time to do some spring-cleaning and help out some local families in need!

Thank you,
Allison McCroskey, Scholarship Chair

Are you interested in finding out more about MOMS Club of South Pasadena?  Please join them for an open house:

  • Monday, March 19
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Garfield Park

MOMS Club is a support group for full or part-time at-home moms living in South Pasadena, San Marino, Alhambra, and San Gabriel.  Check out more on their website: