October 2015

Letter from the Director

Greetings nursery school families! A warm welcome to you all.  I hope that the school  year is off to a great start for you and your family! We have had a wonderful first few weeks of school and it seems as though everyone has made a smooth transition. Thank you to all of the parents for your dedication, patience and trust in the teachers and the process.

The beginning of the school year often finds many of us dropping off one child, picking up another and heading to soccer practice, sandwich one hand and homework in another! Please be reminded that while all of the extra curricular activities are fun and exciting, sometimes it can be a bit much on us all, especially our youngest students (and parents!). Children, no matter what age, all need down time. They need opportunities to be creative and find ways to self entertain, almost a lost art in this crazy day in age. With camps, writing class, ballet and karate, it is often difficult to find time to eat dinner together. I encourage you all to find a day to do nothing.  Pick one day out of the week where you all join together to eat dinner, yes at the table, and enjoy one another’s company. Recall those lost lazy days of summer and enjoy a little family time together, and dare to be creative with your children. Check out SMCCNS on Facebook- we often post fun activities that you can do together on our page.

Please feel free to see me anytime to chat, visit or just to say hello!!

Jane Walker, Director


Letter from the Board President

Dear SMCC Nursery School Families,

I could not be more thrilled and I hope you agree, that this school year is off to a fantastic start!  Thank you to all the families who attended our Pizza and Drumming with Rythum Child Welcome on Thursday, September 10th.  We had such an amazing turn out and got a break from the heat with the AC runningfull blast inside Fellowship Hall. We have such an enthusiastic and engaged group of families this year! I hope your whole family felt welcomed.

Thank you, also, to all who attended our Annual Fall Coffee on September 22nd.  We heard from Jane Walker, a few staff members at San Marino Community Church and the Nursery School Board of Directors.  Thank you for letting me share with you and be your trusted MC for this informative event.  Know that you belong and that you matter at SMCCNS.  Kim Prater M.A. finished the morning off and reminded us to be mindful of every moment and to not let this special season of life pass us by.  There are more ways than one to eat a sour patch kid!  When we slow down and are willing to take every aspect of an experience in, our perception changes.

We have such an incredible opportunity this year to transform the landscape of our Nursery School Courtyard with our “Learning Garden”.  I have such a spirit of expectation and I hope you feel the same.  I can’t wait to look back, years from now, and see the learning garden being enjoyed by children for years to come.

Lastly, I encourage you all to attend your respective Class Coffees.  It is the best way to get to know your child’s teacher and to get acquainted with the other class parents.  We all know there are so few opportunities to socialize with parents and teachers without children present, you do not want to miss it!  Thank you to everyone involved in making each class coffee special and welcoming for all of our families.  What an honor it is for me to serve you this school year.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Joy Flores, President, 2015-2016

Tuition Reminder

Fall Tuition is due tomorrow, October 1! Thank you to all of you who have turned in your payments. If you have not already done so, please place your payment in the box hanging on Jane’s office door or mail it directly to me. Payments received after October 1 will be subject to a 10% late fee. E-mail me at renitaolivia@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Renita Lin, Treasurer



School Spirit Days

School Spirit Days are the last Thursday & Friday of the month (October 29 & 30). This is a great day to wear your SMCC Nursery School clothes. Check out some of our new and comfy items – modeled by a current student here. If you haven’t already ordered yours, please send in your merchandise forms by this Friday, October 2nd. For questions, contact allismarie.lee@gmail.com

Allis Lee, Merchandise Sales Chair



Admissions Open House

Hi all and welcome back to school.  I wanted to inform everyone in our community that we are having an admissions open house on November 3rd at 10am for perspective students.  Please spread the word to any families that are interested in our school.  Also we would love for current parents to volunteer, whether it be baking goods, bringing fruit or greeting perspective parents. If you are interested please contact Jane or Kirsten @ kirsten@kmpinteriors.com.  Thank you in advance for your help.

Kirsten Poole, Admissions Chair


Snack Day

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for their snack days on SignUp Genius. If you haven’t reserved your days yet, please go to SignUp Genius and get us to 100% participation.

If you did not receive your SignUp Genius invite or the nutrition guidelines via email, please contact me ASAP at amandabtracey@gmail.com.

Thanks again. Here’s to a delicious and nutritious year!

Amanda Tracey, Nutrition Chair


SSMC Book Fair Save Date

Book Fair

Love to bake but feel guilty eating it all? Bring those fluffy butter bombs to share!  Don’t bake but want to be part of the fun? We have a spot for you on the team.

Contact shea_wenk@yahoo.com or lonoschu@sbcglobal.net for details.

Shea Najafi and Lori Shumann, Book Fair Co-Chairs





Annual Fund

Thank you to the few families who have already contributed to our Annual Fund! We are off to a good start and hoping to raise $10,000 this year with participation from EACH of our families. This year our Annual Fund will finance enrichment programs such as Pump and Splash, a visit from the Wildlife Learning Center’s Animal Guys, and our Parent Education Series. In addition, the Annual Fund will contribute to the new Learning Garden to be located in the courtyard. It’s an exciting time at SMCCNS and we thank you in advance for your contributions. Please give at one of the following recognition levels: $1-$149 (Bronze), $150-$499 (Silver), $500-$1499 (Gold), or $1500 and above (Platinum). Submit your donation in the Green Annual Fund Envelope to the Annual Fund box in the Directors Office. Thank you!

Allison McCroskey, Annual Fund Chair


Picnic Day

Mark your calendars! Our next online Picnic Day sign-up will open on Friday, October 23rd at 10am.  This sign-up will be for the month of November.  Please remember payment is due by 12 noon the following Tuesday, October 27th.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Debbie Merryman, Picnic Day Chair


Halloween Costumes

Halloween is a special time of year, and dressing in costume is an eagerly anticipated activity for many children. However, we ask that on Halloween, you dress 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.



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Upcoming Dates


1              Mrs. Conkling’s T/TH+ A Day Class Coffee (9:30 a.m.) Off Campus

5              Mrs. Chang’s M-F Class Coffee (9:30 a.m.) Off Campus

7              Mrs. Conkling’s M.W.F.. Class Coffee (9:30 a.m.) Off Campus

8             Mrs. Talbot’s M-F  Class Coffee (9:30 a.m.) Off Campus

9              Mrs. Brown’s M-F Class Coffee (9:30 a.m.) Off Campus

12            BOARD MEETING (9:15 a.m.) Community Room

16            CRECEF Teacher Conference- NO SCHOOL

23           Picnic Day Sign Up for November & December (Payments due October 27)

27/28    Pumpkin Patch

29/30    HALLOWEEN Cookie Days



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


23-24     THANKSGIVING Cookie Days