November 2012

With November we begin the holiday season. Families travel and get together with cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles. The Swanson family knew only one grandmother who lived in Minnesota and came to California for the holidays. We have a very small family and our two sons did not really know their few cousins, aunts and uncles very well because they lived far away. However, we met two other families at SMCC Nursery School who also had extended family far away and it became a long-standing tradition to celebrate holidays together. We started out with three moms, three dads and seven children adding an occasional grandma and/or grandpa to the mix. As the years passed, we continue to celebrate Christmas Day together adding sons in law, daughters in law and now seventeen (yes seventeen) grandchildren! The sit down dinners with place cards are behind us but the fun has multiplied just like the numbers. We have danced at all the weddings and given baby showers galore. We all feel blessed to have found these friends and it just started because we were alone for the holidays.

I only mention this in case some of our nursery school families do not have extended family close enough to visit during the holidays. Look at this as an opportunity to invite other families who have a similar situation to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years with you.

Happy holidays to all,
Nancy Swanson

Thank you so very much to our Class Coffee hosts!  You provided a wonderful opportunity for all the parents, the teachers and Mrs. Swanson to get better acquainted as well as the chance to hear more about your children’s classroom curriculum and experiences for this year.  A great time was had by all – thank you!

Group I                     Mrs. Talbot                       Sue Lee & Sharon Lu (Morris)
Group II                    Mrs. Brown                        Carrie Walker & Molly Hollingsworth
Group III                   Mrs. Fitzhugh                     Kancy Ko and Hong Yoon Plurad
Group IV                    Mrs. Randall                      Natalie O’Connor & Yanling Ma (Huang)
Group V                     Mrs. Conkling                     Debbie Merryman & Jenny Rowe
Group VI                    Mrs. Perth                        Ivy Lee (Keltner) & Debbie Kurtz
Group VII                   Mrs. Conkling                     Allison McCroskey & Joelle Grossi
Group VIII                  Mrs. Randall                      Annie Brassard & Joy Flores

Thank you to all the families who brought our delicious Halloween delights!

Group I                     Mrs. Talbot                      Chloe Segimoto
Group II                    Mrs. Brown                       Aldo Cali
Group III                   Mrs. Fitzhugh                    Lauren Petersen
Group IV                    Mrs. Randall                     Will O’Connor
Group V                     Mrs. Conkling                    Ryan McGuinness
Group VI                    Mrs. Perth                       Samantha Kim
Group VII                   Mrs. Conkling                    Eliza & Matthew Babcock
Group VIII                  Mrs. Randall                     Jake Flores

During the month of November, you will have an opportunity to observe your child in the classroom (through our one-way mirrors) and have a discussion with your child’s teacher about your son’s or daughter’s progress thus far.

A big thank you to Alice King and Anita Tao-Huang from Mrs. Conkling’s Tuesday/Thursday class for the new Welcome Fall window. Please make sure to stop by to see the children’s artwork.

The second in our successful parent education series features SMCC Nursery School mother and Valentine Elementary Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Krista Diaz, with “Kindergarten Readiness.”

Thursday, November 8th
The Community Room
9:15am – 11:30am

Babysitting:  Sign-up sheets will be posted in the courtyard.  $10 per child.  Please contact Joy Flores if additional information:

With the ever-changing world of Kindergarten it can be difficult to know what to expect.  Krista will discuss this and other key topics including knowing if your child will be prepared and the current expectations for kindergarten students.  Krista will give you the tools to put your mind at ease with detailed information including: current kindergarten standards, changing trends in education, and tools to encourage and model social skills. With lots of great parenting freebies and handouts, you will leave knowing how to facilitate a successful Kindergarten year.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, January 8th.  SMCC’s Associate Pastor, Rev. Karen Burns will speak on “Nurturing Faith-filled Children:  Helping Your Children Grow Spiritually to Know and Love God, People, and Creation.”

Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9
Free service to the community

Permission slips and flyers will go home Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2.
Permission slips should be returned Tuesday, November 6 and Wednesday, November 7.

Extra copies are in the nursery school office.

The annual SMCC Nursery School Book Fair is right around the corner. Hundreds of books and educational toys from San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe will be set up in Fellowship Hall between 8:30am and 1pm on November 27 and 28. This is a great opportunity to get some holiday shopping completed and 20% of everything you buy goes directly back to the school!

This year we are delighted to welcome Tao Nyeu, award-winning children’s author of Squid & Octopus: Friends Forever. Ms. Nyeu will be signing books at the fair (on Tuesday) and also doing presentations in the classrooms with the children. Check out her whimsical and beautiful books on her website You’ll be able to pre-order any of her three books and have them signed and personalized. A great gift!

There are still opportunities to volunteer at the book fair. We have openings on Wednesday Nov 28, 10:45 – 1230pm and the all-important clean up shift from 12:30pm – 2pm. Any help is greatly appreciated. There will be a sign up sheet available beginning of November in the courtyard, near the Picnic Day sign ups.  You may also contact Hong Yoon Plurad at

We look forward to seeing you at the Book Fair!
Cynthia Chylinski & Hong Yoon Plurad, Book Fair Co-Chairs

There are no Picnic Day sign-ups this month.  The next sign-up days are Thursday, December 13 (only Thursday Picnic Days) and Friday, December 14 (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday Picnic Days).  These sign-up dates will be for Picnic Days taking place in the month of January.

As a reminder or to those who may not know, you must pay for Picnic Day at time of signing up your child.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Debbie Merryman.

Debbie Merryman, Picnic Day Chair

Holy Family School
Friday, November 2 & Friday, December 7 – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Pasadena Christian School
December 6 and January 24 – call 626-791-1214

Integrated Learning Solutions     
Walden School , Tuesday, November 13 – 6:30 – 8:00
Gooden School , Wednesday, December 5, – 6:30 – 8:00

Polytechnic School
Wednesday, November 14 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 4, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Pasadena Waldorf 
Thursday, November 8,  Tuesday, December 11 & Thursday, January 17
Call 626-794-9564 for reservations

Remember to wear your school t-shirts, hats and/or sweatshirts on Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30 to celebrate the November spirit days!!

Room 2                        Mrs. Eaton
Room 3                        Miss Liao
Room 4                        Mrs. Powell
Room 5                        Mrs. Chang

Our Christmas Adopt -A-Family program will begin Monday, December 3rd.  Please look for the holiday trees to be placed at your child’s classroom where you can choose an ornament with a listed gift item.  More information will follow in your child’s cubby.

Claire Hart, Scholarship Chair

The Annual Christmas Wish List is a long-standing tradition at SMCC Nursery School.  In the past, the financial contributions made to the Wish List have allowed us to do structural repairs and maintenance, provide teachers with new educational tools to enrich their classrooms, and bring in special programs for our children.

You will soon be hearing more about this opportunity to support our wonderful school and its beloved teachers.  Please consider making a contribution to our Annual Christmas Wish List this holiday season.

Janice Segimoto, Wish List Chair


Hello! Here is the link to Crowell Public Library’s November calendar for families.