November 2015

Letter from the Director

Happy November!

It is hard to believe that we are on the doorstep of the holiday season already.  Thank you all for such a smooth beginning of the school year. What a joy it has been to see all of the growth that the children have experienced thus far. I hope you will all take advantage of the opportunity to come and observe your child(ren) in their classroom environment, and meet briefly with the teacher to discuss your observations and ask any questions.

I wanted to share with you all an introduction to an article that I recently received and printed up for the teachers. The full article is available in the office, and I would be happy to print a full copy out for anyone who would like one. The article points out the seven keys to resilience and happiness. Such a great reminder of why we do what we do at nursery school, and why we focus so much on cooperation and developmentally appropriate experiences.

In her article, “Making Happy Happen: Building Resilience in Children,” Rachel Robertson points out that “one of the best ways to nurture happiness is to prepare children for the adversity they are guaranteed to encounter in life: in other words, develop their resilience.” In the article, Robertson shares seven elements that contribute to a child’s resilience as identified by Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg:

  • Competence: A child’s competence is built through opportunities to fully develop and master specific skills or strengths.
  • Confidence: Children need to have a general belief in themselves and their abilities.
  • Connection: Strong relationships serve as a safety net for all individuals, particularly children.
  • Character: Although the lines between right and wrong are still blurry in the early years, children are beginning to develop an internal moral code to guide them… as they make increasingly complex decisions.
  • Contribution: Having opportunities to make a positive impact are essential to children’s sense of worth.
  • Coping: Children need to develop internal coping responses that allow them to navigate challenges without turning to destructive behaviors or relying solely on others to help them through difficult times.
  • Control: From their first assertive “NO!,” young children declare their control over their own lives.

Wishing you all the very best that the fall season has to offer! Remembering al of the things for which we have to be grateful is a wonderful benefit of this season.  I am so very grateful for the opportunity to share this parenting and schooling journey with you and your children.

~Jane Walker



October Window Display

Many thanks to Room Parents, Caryn Lundgren and Tracey Spiegel from Mrs. Talbot’s class for their festive October window display! It was a Hoot!!

Many thanks,

Kristen Todd,  Window Coordinator


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Book Fair

Book Fair FlyerCome to the Book Fair!  It’s a wonderful way to jump start your holiday shopping
and give to the Nursery School at the same time!  Your opportunity to start shopping
begins Monday evening at 6pm where there will be Storytime and cocoa & cookies
for the kids.


Tuesday hours are 8:30am – 1:00pm, and Wednesday hours are
8:30am – 10:00am & 12:00pm – 1:30pm.  We greatly appreciate and welcome
volunteers and baked goods as well!  Please contact and/or with questions/comments/volunteer signups!  Thank you!




Annual Fund

Thank you to families listed below for their contributions so far to our school’s Annual Fund! We are well on our way of reaching our goal of $10,000 by the years end. To contribute, please leave your check in the green envelope and place it in the box outside of the Directors Office. There are great things in store for this year, and we thank you for your support! The list below is as of October 29, 2015.

Thank you,

Allison McCroskey, Annual Fund Chair


Bronze Donors
Anakarino Lara
Ken and Nicole Hsu
Lily Alexanderson
Silver Donors
Renita and James Lin
The Poole Family
The Lopez Family
The Hoecker Family
Gold Donors
Ken and Lori Schumann
Francesca and Brandon Gill
Platinum Donors
Lisa Nguyen and David Lee
The Tracey Family




Nursery School Chapel will be Tuesday November 17th & Wednesday November 18th in Fellowship Hall.  The stories will be read by SMCC Nursery School parents – Kristen Todd on the Tuesday & Joy Flores on the Wednesday.



Thank you to the parents who brought snack in October and to those who provided treats for Halloween Cookie Days! What sweet celebrations our classrooms had. There are still open spots for upcoming cookie days in some classrooms. Please check the Signup Genius or with your room parent if you would like to participate. Also, we are ALMOST fully booked for snack for the year. if you have not yet signed up for two snack days for each child enrolled, please do so via Signup Genius ASAP! Contact Amanda Tracey ( with any questions. Thank you!

Amanda Tracey, Nutrition Chair


Important Upcoming Dates


2-4          Book Fair

3              OPEN HOUSE for Perspective Families 10:00 am to 11:30 a.m.

9              BOARD MEETING  (9:15 a.m.) Fellowship Hall


17-18      NURSERY SCHOOL CHAPEL (8:30 a.m.) Community Room

23-24     THANKSGIVING Cookie Days




11            Picnic Day Sign Up for January (Payment Due Tuesday, December 15)

17           CHRISTMAS PARTIES (10:30 a.m.) T. Th. Classes And Mrs. Brown’s Class (Classrooms)

18           CHRISTMAS PARTIES (10:30 a.m.) MWF Classes