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December 2019

It has been truly amazing at Riverdale Temple Nursery School. When I walk through the classrooms, children are singing, building, painting, cooking and reading. Each day when I greet the children, they greet me with hugs and excitement about playing with their friends and learning and growing. We are blessed to be a part of this community!

This year we are so fortunate to have three new members of our community. Rachel Goldner is our new Administrative Assistant. She is also the mother of Joshua in the Blue Room Three’s and the wife of Jonathan. Please look at and like the Riverdale Temple Nursery School Facebook page. Rachel has been updating it with pictures of children and their work. She will also be updating our website! Yeah!!

Anna Walko is our new Two’s Teacher in the Pink Room and Mendije Haxhija is the Assistant Teacher in Two’s Pink Room. Please peek into Room 201 – it is magical in there! The two’s children joyfully come in and work and explore.

We just celebrated Thanksgiving with all the children and teachers. Each class performed their own Thanksgiving songs. All their friends listened with respect and love! And, of course, clapped! We then sang songs together. We all ate muffins, fruit and juice together. It was truly wonderful. We have so much to be grateful for with these incredible children.

This year we have a Playground Committee. We have met twice. We are working on improving our playground. We would love to have the sand removed from the playground and a rubber matting put in place. We will be working on fundraisers to achieve our goal.

Last month at a Staff Meeting we opened the meeting listening to the song, Flowers are Red by Harry Chapin.  I feel strongly, as a Director, that I want children to be able to have their own ideas, think out of the box, make magical mistakes and be excited about learning and exploring.


We have already had many tours for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have friends who are interested, please tell them to call the school at 718-796-0335 or email at

Next year we will have 2 Two-Year-Old Classes, 3 Three-Year-Old Classes and 3 UPK Classes. Our school keeps growing!

Book Fair

We had a wonderful Book Fair the week of November 3rd in the Ballroom.  There were crafts and snacks for children and an amazing selection of books.  We were raising money for new bicycles and basketball hoops. 

Holiday Celebration

On December 19th, Thursday, the Two’s will have their Hanukkah Celebration. They have been practicing songs and reading stories and are ready to entertain their families.

The Three’s and Four’s will be having their Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa Celebration on Friday, December 20th in the Ballroom. It will be a wonderful celebration, and all are welcome.


Storytime is every Monday in the Library on the 3rd Floor. Please know all are welcome. We read stories and have cookies!!!  It is such fun!!!

School Closings

December 4th (Wednesday) – Parent Teacher Conferences

  • For Two Year Olds and Three Year Olds – No School
  • For UPK Children – School ends at noon.

December 19 (Thursday) – Hanukkah Party Two’s

  • Two’s dismissed after party. 

December 20 (Friday) – Family Winter Party

  • 3’s and Pre-K.  It will begin at 9:30 in the Ballroom. All are welcome!
  • School ends after the Winter Celebration.

School re-opens January 2, 2020

Just a lovely quote…

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”

– Fred Rogers