October 2013

Letter from the President

Dear SMCC Nursery School Families,

What an exciting few weeks it has been! It’s so fun to see both familiar and new faces each morning as we all settle into our new routines. The halls are filled once again with smiles and laughter and our children and teachers are well underway to another school year.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 3rd Annual Watermelon Social on Friday, September 13th! It’s always a fun way for the kids to show their families their new classrooms and play yards, and this year was no different. I also wanted to thank everyone who attended the Fall Coffee on September 17th. It was a wonderful and informative morning and a great kick off to the year. Congratulations to the raffle winners who will no doubt enjoy their picnic day vouchers and Starbucks gift basket!  Thank you to our Hospitality Chairs, Mary Buckley and Ann Pearson, for creating such a festive event!

Don’t miss the 60th Anniversary Celebration Fiesta for SMCC Nursery School on October 20th from 5-7pm on the South Lawn. Be on the lookout for more information, but plan to join us to help celebrate and commemorate the past 60 years of our precious school. The celebration will be fun for the whole family and will include food, games, and a dedication ceremony for the Campus Rejuvenation Project. Don’t miss it!

We are excited about the kick off of the 2nd year of our Parent Education program! We will welcome Dr. Robert Riewerts, Chief of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park for “The Doctor is In” – on October 23rd. Sponsored by Mrs. Perth and Mrs. Fitzhugh’s classes, we hope you can all join us for this informative morning!

Thank you to everyone who has embraced our switch to Sign up Genius for sign-ups around school! The switch was seamless and appears to be going well for nutrition, cookie days, and picnic days.  There are spaces available for October picnic days, so be sure to sign up (www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4CA5A82AA64-october/8830639) or remove your name from the waitlist for the days you want. The monthly limit only applies to the first day of sign ups, so feel free to add your child’s name to any available picnic day posted.

There are more fun events this fall that you and your children can look forward to. Photo days are ongoing THIS WEEK! So, send your child with a smile to school and our photographer will capture candid photos of each student as they play in the yards. Also, Class Coffees are set to begin, where you’ll have a chance to hear from the teachers about what your kids will be doing in the classroom this year. It’s always a great chance to hear from the teachers and meet the other parents in your class. Don’t miss it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me, Jane Walker, or any board member. I hope your school year is off to a great start!


Allison McCroskey
Nursery School Board President, 2013-2014

Message from the Director

What a great start we are off to this year! Echoes of laughter are filling the classrooms, and the teachers are all busy updating bulletin boards with Daily News and Special Persons. The children are settling into their routines, making new friends and are bounding through the doorway with excitement. What a pleasure it has been getting to know all of them and all of you.

Each summer, before the beginning of a new school year, I scour the internet for articles to share with parents about topics regarding Back to School and Separation Anxiety and other topics that are relevant to parents of young children. This summer, I came across one of my favorites, called “Cherishing Childhood”. I was reminded of the importance of appreciating each moment- the big moments and the little moments. They are easy to let slip away during our fast paced, media filled and academically pushed society. Our days are filled with so many distractions, and I appreciated the reminder to slow down and notice the little moments that will comprise our children’s childhoods.

There is finally a little chill to the air and, while it is no longer sweltering, we are not yet warming up with cups of cocoa by the fire. During this time, I encourage you to find a moment to slip outside with your little ones to look at the clouds, read a book or collect some leaves. These small but significant shared moments mean so much.

Jane Walker

Upcoming Dates

October 9 – Mrs. Talbot (M-F) Class Coffee

October 10 – Mrs. Conkling (T/Th) Class Coffee

October 11 – Mrs. Conkling (M/W/F) Class Coffee

October 11- Deadline to order SMCC NS t-shirts/merchandise

October 15 – Mrs. Brown (M-F) Class Coffee

October 16 – Mrs. Randall (M-F) Class Coffee

October 18 – Teacher Training – NO SCHOOL

October 20 – 60th Anniversary Celebration (5:00 pm)

October 23 – Parent Education Series – “The Doctor is In” (9:15 am)

October 25 – Online Picnic Day Sign-ups (10:00 am)

October 30/31 – School Spirit Days

October 30/31 – Halloween Cookie Days

Kindergarten Open Houses

Some of you may be thinking about Kindergarten for your child for next year. A few local private schools are offering tours and Open Houses. Below are some dates provided by those schools. As we receive more information, I will pass it along to you. I do encourage you to peruse the websites of the schools that you wish to tour.

The Gooden School
Open House Dates:
Saturday, November 16, 2013 and Saturday, January 11, 2014
Orientation begins at 10:00 am.
Classrooms are open until 12:00 pm.
Children are welcome and no RSVP is necessary.

Chandler School
Open House
October 19, 2013
9:00 A.M. until Noon
The whole family is invited.
No reservations are necessary.

Mayfield Junior School
Tour Information
(Grades K – 4)
Thursday, October 17, 2013 / 9 – 11 a.m.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 / 9 – 11 a.m.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 / 9 – 11 a.m.
Please contact the school to make a reservation for a tour.

Calendar Corrections

October: Picnic Days Sign-Ups are on 10/25 (not 10/17) at 10:00 am
November:Thanksgiving Cookie Days will be November 25-26 (not 25-56)
December: Book Fair will be December 3-4 (not 2-6)
March: Picnic Days Sign-Ups are on 3/21 (not 3/14) at 10:00 am
April: Picnic Day Sign-Ups are on 4/11 (not 4/17) at 10:00 am

Tuition Reminder

Fall Tuition was due October 1st.  If you missed the deadline, please contact the SMCC Nursery School Treasurer, Debbie Kurtz at deborahkurtz@sbcglobal.net or 626-287-6341 to make your payment.  Late payments are subject to at 10% late fee.

Parent Education Series

Wednesday October 23, 9:15-11:30 in the Community Room, “The Doctor is in: Q&A with Pediatrician Dr. Robert Riewerts”. Please join us for our first Parent Education Series with this esteemed local pediatrician.  We will discuss issues on childhood nutrition, development, vaccinations and any other questions that come up.  In this informal format, you will be able to ask anything related to the health and well being of your child.  Please feel free to email me directly with any questions or topics you would like discussed.  hongyoonplurad@gmail.com

This event is free to SMCC NS families so there is no need to sign up.  Childcare will be available, please look for childcare sign up sheets in the courtyard.  Hope to see you all there!

Hong Yoon Plurad
Parent Education Series Coordinator

Picnic Day

We just completed our first round of online picnic sign-ups! Mark your calendars! Our next picnic sign-up will open online October 25th at 10am. This particular sign-up will be for the months of November and December due to the shortened calendar. Please remember payment is due by noon the following Tuesday. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Jessica Martignetti
Picnic Day Chair

Nutrition Information

Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far to bring school snack!  We greatly appreciate everyone participating in this activity. The children get great joy out of delivering “The Cart” to all the classrooms.

Please take a look at the Nutrition folder under “About Our School” above – there is lots of great information. Also under the Parent Portal page is the October Snack Sign-Up Schedule.  Each month we will include the month’s schedule so you can double-check your scheduled days. SignUpGenius will also send you a reminder before your scheduled day.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Hilary Kingston
Nutrition Chair

Book Fair

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 4

Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping at the Nursery School Book Fair located in Fellowship Hall at San Marino Community Church and sponsored by San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe. You’ll find tables filled with their most popular titles, book suggestions from our teachers, educational toys and much more! Plus, 20% of the proceeds go directly back to our school.  This year, we also will welcome local author/illustrator, Frans Vischer, (author of A Very Fuddles Christmas… about a fat, lazy cat named Fuddles). He will be doing presentations with the children and be available to sign and personalize copies of his book.  So save the date – come shop, we’ll wrap for you! Please contact Cynthia Chylinski or Joelle Grossi if you’re interested in volunteering.

School Spirit Days

School Spirit Days are the last Thursday & Friday of the month (October 30 & 31 this month). This is a great day to wear your SMCC Nursery School t-shirts. If you haven’t already ordered yours, please contact Natalie O’Connor.  She will help get your order placed as soon as possible.

The deadline to order your t-shirts/merchandise is Friday, October 11th.  If you have any questions, please contact Natalie O’Connor at nhoconnor@gmail.com.

Natalie O’Connor
Enrichment Chair

Room Parents

Thank you to the following room parents for volunteering this year!  Your time and dedication enhance the nursery school experience for all our children.

GROUP 1:  Mrs. Talbot’s Monday-Friday Class
Natalie O’Connor, Mary Buckley, Leah Bielvedt and Jennifer Bingham

GROUP 2:  Mrs. Brown’s Monday-Friday Class
Sheryl Brown and Ivy Lee

GROUP 3:  Mrs. Fitzhugh’s Monday/Wednesday/Friday Class
Nicolette Felgner and Andrea Yamamoto

GROUP 4:  Mrs. Randall’s Monday-Friday Class
Joelle Grossi and Colleen McGuinness

GROUP 5:  Mrs. Conkling’s Monday/Wednesday/Friday Class
Amanda Tracey and Renita Lin

GROUP 6:  Mrs. Perth’s Tuesday/Thursday Class
Natalie O’Connor and Jeanne Wong

GROUP 7:  Mrs. Conkling’s Tuesday/Thursday Class
Tracey Spiegel and Melissa Bin

Halloween Costume Policy

Halloween is a truly a special time of the year.  Dressing in costume is a favorite past time of many children. However, we ask that on Halloween, you keep your child in their regular clothing for school that day. While some costumes are fun for your child, they may be scary for others.  We will celebrate with Halloween cookies and special napkins.  Thank you.