It was wonderful seeing so many of you at Parents' Night Thursday. For those of you who were unable to make it, we missed you but rest assured that your child's teacher will let you know any important information that was discussed.
 
September 11th and 12th was an exciting day in the lives of 173 children at Huguenot Nursery School! Those were the first days of school. As I walk around the school visiting the classrooms it's hard to believe that we have only been back at school for 6 days. For the most part, all the children have made a happy and successful transition from the lazy days of summer to the more structured days of fall. Of course, as expected, the 2's classes will take some extra time.

 

I know that this year will be a successful and exciting year for all of us involved in the school. The beginning of any new adventure is filled with questions and comments. I look forward to hearing from you your comments about the first few weeks of school. Please feel free to stop by the office or call to discuss any questions or concerns you might have.
 
Each newsletter I try to send something of interest that I have come across. Here is a list that is making the rounds of pre-schools that I know. Hope this brings a smile to your day:
 
10 Things NOT to Worry About When Your Child Starts School
 
"You've enrolled your child in a wonderful preschool, prepared him or her thoroughly, and followed the school's recommendations about getting off to a good start. So don't worry if, in the next few weeks your child:
  1. Brings home sheet after sheet of easel paper completely covered with greenish-brown paint. Don't worry, he's not depressed. It's just one of the earliest stages of painting. To kids, it's a major accomplishment to cover the entire sheet of paper. They also like to paint one color over another...resulting in that murky shade of brown. It may not look like much, but it takes a tremendous amount of concentration to do.
  2. Brings home a paper covered with twenty pounds of glue and one tiny scrap of blue construction paper. Most kids concentrate on mastering one skill at a time when doing art projects. Attaching actual items to the paper will be more interesting once he's thoroughly figured out the glue's possibilities.
  3. Doesn't bring home any artwork at all. There are so many other interesting things to do. And they're every bit as worthwhile. You just can't hang them on the refrigerator.
  4. Claims she isn't going to be invited to someone's birthday party. Birthday parties are standard preschool bargaining chips as in.."If you don't give me a turn on the swing right now, I won't invite you to my birthday party." Rest assured that such threats have nothing to do with actual parties.
  5. Is unusually obnoxious at home. Kids make a real effort to behave well at school for the first few weeks. Meanwhile at home, where they feel safe, they let it all out. Don't worry. Their refined company manners will wear off as soon as they feel comfortable at school-and they won't need to bring all those pent-up feelings home to you.
  6. Won't tell you anything about what he did at school. Some kids just like to keep home and school separate. Others find it confusing to try to summarize a day's events. Try asking about specifics. If you are really curious, feel free to check with your child's teacher.
  7. Can't name any of the other kids in her class. There's so much that's new and so many kids. Teachers will help the children learn each other's names once they're sure everyone knows the more vital things-like where the bathroom is and that it's ok to use it.
  8. Comes home in "school" pants because his somehow got wet. See number seven. Lots of young children are reluctant to use unfamiliar bathrooms and decide to wait until they get home to go. Don't worry, teachers are used to changing wet pants. With time, the school's facilities will be on your child's list of Approved Bathrooms.
  9. Starts acting wild and racing around the room the minute you come in to pick her up. Some kids wonder exactly who is in charge when both parent and teacher are present. Acting up is one way to find out. Confer with the teacher to find out who's going to call the shots.
  10. Says she isn't going back to school tomorrow or ever. Around the second month of school reality sets in: It dawns on your child that you actually expect her to go to school each and every week. Even kids who love school sometimes raise objections at this time of year. Remain matter-of-fact and confident as you send her off. It may help to remind yourself that you aren't the only parent whose child has come down with the please-let-me-stay-home-today blues.

- Barbara Klein, Nursery School Director


Upcoming Events

Hopefully you have all received the information form from the Parents' Committee. Their first event is the Parents Cocktail party on Friday, October 13th. This is a wonderful time to get to reconnect with old friends and to meet other families in your child's class. There will be more information coming about the party soon.


Curriculum Corner

 

Welcome to a new school year at Huguenot Nursery School. My name is Marie Maseo and not only do I teach a morning 4's class, but I am also the schools curriculum director. I am excited to share that the faculty attended an early September workshop on Process Art experiences. The training was given by Anne Bedrick , artist, author, and lower school Art Teacher at Rye Country Day School. Anne shared her expertise in providing developmentally appropriate art experiences for children. Anne’s workshop was an opportunity for reflection and inspiration. The faculty looks forward to sharing some new and exciting process art experiences with the children.
 
This school year the HNS faculty will be working together to “Make Our Learning Visible” via our wall displays and newsletters. We hope to keep everyone up to date on the what, how and why’s of our learning experiences . As a school community, we will be taking a closer look at our experiences in music, cooking, art, and discussing new projects for our students. We will keep you informed as the year moves along….
 
Here’s to endless possibilities in learning.    
 
- Marie Maseo

 

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