May 2016

Letter from the Director

A Brief History of San Marino Community Church Nursery School:

On July 10, 1953, the Evening Guild of San Marino Community Church sent out a survey to parents of three and four year olds who attended Sunday School. On September 21, 1953, a meeting was held of the mothers of preschoolers who were interested in participating in a nursery school program. The first Board was elected to carry on the business of the school through the year. Policies and Procedures were written and approved.

School opened on October 1, 1953, to 49 children –25 three year olds on Tuesday and Thursday ($10.00 per month) and 24 four year olds on Monday-Wednesday-Friday ($15.00 per month). The program was described as follows:

“Guided outdoor and indoor play; Establishment of health habits – rest, eating, toilet, play; Creative expression thru clay, sand, painting, drawing, building; Music appreciation, singing, rhythms, games; Sympathetic guidance for the discipline or other behavior problems of the individual child.

As of January 1, 1955, seventy-six children registered with a staff of five teachers. The total budget in 1966 was $16,860. In 1970, the proposal to turn the nursery school in to a full day care center was brought up and defeated. The Scholarship Fund was established by donations from the Deacons of the church in 1972. In September, 1978, Mrs. Jil Sheldon was hired to start the five-day program in Room 5. Picnic Days began in 1979 on Wednesdays and Thursdays for a fee of $4.00 per afternoon. In 1979, Mrs. Nancy Swanson began as an assistant teacher and became a lead teacher two years later. When the third director, Mrs. Sally Cramer, retired in 1987, Mrs. Swanson became the fourth director in the history of the school.  In June of 2013 Mrs. Swanson retired, and Jane Walker became the fifth director of the school. In 1991 SMCC Nursery School was accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and has been re-accredited every year since that time.

As you can see, our sweet school has been around for quite some time, and has weathered the years very well. With a strong partnership with the church and the community at large, we have stayed very true to our vision and original mission.

We are dedicated to growing our program. We have instituted Early Drop Off at the request of our members, as well as added additional Picnic Days every week as the need arose. Our Gardening Project is well under way and so far is a big hit with teachers, students and parents. Children have been able to plant and care for seeds and plants and watch them sprout and grow. We extend many thanks to all of our families and church members who selflessly gave of their time, talents and treasure to bring this dream to reality.

On behalf of the teachers and myself, I thank you for learning and growing with us. It has been a joy to watch your children sprout this year.

Jane Walker
San Marino Community Church Nursery School


April Window Display

Thank you Mrs. Walker for the beautiful window display announcing our Summer Fun Days and recognizing all of the cool programs that happen at SMCCNS thanks to our Annual Fund donors. We are a blessed community!

Kristen Todd, Window Display Coordinator


Annual Fund

Thank you to our Annual Fund donors this year! There is still time this year, to leave a legacy gift to celebrate your child’s year at SMCC Nursery School. If your child is moving onto Kindergarten next year, please consider making one last gift before you leave. Any amount in appreciated and will help better our school for years to come. Below are the families who have helped contribute this year to help bring our garden to life and have helped pay for our special “extras” at school, such as visits from Pump and Splash and The Animal Guys.

Thank you again!
Allison McCroskey
2015-2016 Annual Fund Chair

Bronze ($1-$149)
Anakarino Lara
Ken and Nicole Hsu
Lily Alexanderson
Elliott and Allis Henry
Lauren Suh
The McCroskey Family
The Woods Family

Silver ($150-$499)
Renita and James Lin
The Poole Family
The Lopez Family
The Hoecker Family
The Segimoto Family
The Todd Family
The Mellis Family
The Najafi Family
The O’Mara Family
Be Happy
Ryan and Stephanie McLean
The Merryman Family
The Thomassen Family
Marjanovic Family

Gold ($500-$1499)
Ken and Lori Schumann
Francesca and Brandon Gill
Howard Shen and Julianne Chun

Platinum ($1500 up)
Graydon and Siena Felgner
Haley Rhee
Lisa Nguyen and David Lee
The Tracey Family


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.

Earth Day Book Fair



The Earth Day Book Fair was a complete success. Teachers and kiddos stocked their bookshelves and we earned just over $550.  Additionally, we were able to donate over 170 books to our local foster agencies.  Thank you!

Shea Najafi, Book Fair




SMCC Nursery School Family Survey

As the school year draws closer to the end, we are asking our families to participate in a short survey to gain feedback on your child’s experience! Your input is invaluable to us and would be appreciated. To maintain our accreditation, we need 80% of our families to submit feedback. Please keep an eye out for an email in the next week. Thank you for your participation!

Important Upcoming Dates


5/6   Parent/Teacher Conferences – Make Up Schedule
9       Board Meeting (9:15 a.m.) Community Room
17      SPRING COFFEE (9:15) Fellowship Hall


6      Last Day for MWF and M-F Classes
7      Last Day for Tuesday/Thursday Classes
8     FUN FAIR (10:30 – 11:30) ALL 4 year old classes
9      FUN FAIR (10:30 – 11:30) ALL 3 year old classes
21-July 14     SUMMER FUN DAYS