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December 2018

We are so fortunate to be in this loving caring community of Riverdale Temple Nursery School. Each day the children come in with smiles and joy ready to start the day with their friends and teachers. They try new projects, read books, find their passions and make friends in our school. It gives us great hope that these wonderful children will grow up and help make the world a better place.

This year we have two new members of our community, Richard Bravato, our amazing new Security Guard. He is here from 8:00 to 3:15 each day making sure that we are all safe.

Anthony Purdy, our new Yoga teacher for our UPK children. Anthony joyfully teaches the children poses and gives them tools for centering.

It is an amazing gift for children that will last their lifetime.

We just had a lovely Children’s Concert with Luke. Children sang and danced in our Ballroom. Children also decorated cookies which were delicious!

We just celebrated Thanksgiving with all the children and teachers. Shara Yolkut, our delightful Music Teacher led the sing. 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 magical. We have so much to be grateful for with these incredible children.


We have already had many tours for the 2019-2020 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 4th 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 7st, 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 21st in the Ballroom. It will be a wonderful celebration and all are welcome.

Mommy and Me Class

Cristin Messinger continues to lead our Mommy and Me Classes. It is from 9:15 to 10:15. All are welcome. It is in our Library, Room 301. It is a gift to have Cristin here and see the wonderful work that she does with families and babies!


Storytime will begin on November 26th in Room 301 at 3:00. All are welcome! We will have stories and snack!!!

School Closings:

December 5 (Wednesday) – Parent Teacher Conferences

For Two Year Olds and Three Year Olds.

December 7 (Friday) – Hanukkah Party Two’s – Two’s dismissed after party.

December 21 (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, 2019

Just a lovely quote…

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.”

Rabbi Harold Kushner

November 2018

Riverdale Temple Nursery School is truly an incredible place for children and families! School is in full swing. The children are all busy working, making friends, exploring new areas and finding their passions. The whole school is working on Fall. Children have collaged on pumpkins, created clay structures with leaves and acorns, gone on Fall walks, studied the different leaves with leaf rubbings.

There has been a lot of cooking going on. The school halls smell of applesauce and Ms. Gabby and Ms. Anna’s class made Polish pancakes.

On October 14th, we had our second Annual Harvest Fair. There was face painting, pumpkin decorating, crafts, food and a good time was had by all. This year we had special entertainers at our Fair. We had a Bubble Van that filled the parking lot with bubbles and music, a Magician, who entertained the children with tricks and animals, a balloon artist who made balloon animals for children and our own wonderful Kara Tatelbaum who danced with the children with great joy. We hope you can all come next year and bring your families!!!

We are always working on kindness. We read books about kindness talk about kindness and will soon be doing an all school project about kindness.

A picture into our school:

The Two Year Olds have created a fall tree outside their classroom with colorful leaves and apples.

The Three Year Olds are also working on fall paintings and collages. They have they have painted leaves, created leaf collages, and made leaf rubbings to bring the feeling of fall inside the school. They did apple tasting and made graphs showing which apples they liked best.

The Pre-K unit this month has been the senses. They have been doing taste tests, smell tests, studying sign language and listening games.

This is our second year for our Mommy and Me Program on Fridays. If you are around peek into room 301. It is incredible! The class is on Friday from 9:15 to 10:15. It is taught by our own wonderful Cristin Messinger. Children do artwork, sing songs, read stories and do climbing. It is also a special time for Mommies and caregivers to get together.

We are trying to raise monies for gross motor play for the ballroom. We would love children to be able to shoot baskets, ride bicycles and build with blocks. Of course, all the equipment will be movable for when the ballroom is used for special events.

This year we have Soccer as one of our Afterschool Programs at Riverdale Temple Nursery School. It is on Wednesday afternoons in the Ballroom. We are working with a group called Happyfeet. You are all invited to come and watch our amazing young soccer players!!!

We are partnering with Westchester Community College and will be hosting students throughout the year to visit and support their studies. It is wonderful to have young educators come through our school!


Tours have begun for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have friends who are interested, please tell them to call the school at 718-796-0335 or email at I have already had a few tours and applications for next year and we do have limited space.

School Closings

November 6th – Pre-K is closed for Professional Development

November 12th – Veteran’s Day

November 22nd – Thanksgiving

November 23rd – Thanksgiving

Just a lovely quote

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.

  • Ralph Walso Emerson

October 2018

It has been an incredible beginning of the year here at Riverdale Temple Nursery School!

The teachers worked all summer making their classrooms and our school beautiful! We have been working at simplifying the classrooms, with less distractions, so that it is a calmer place for children to do their work.

The area that I am most proud of, is the feeling of community in our school. Teachers helping other teachers and other classrooms. I want us to all feel that we are all a part of the whole. Teachers were building, sewing, moving furniture, sharing ideas with each other. My vision is that we are all in this together and “we can do together, what we can’t do alone.”

Ms. Anna, one of our Pre-K teachers, continues to work on our beautiful tree. I hope when you come through our door you will notice all the different birds that have been added

We just had our first Ice Cream Social. The playground was filled with families eating ice cream, “schmoozing” and playing on the playground. It was a wonderful way to begin the school year and celebrate our amazing community.

The Two Year Olds are separating from their families and learning the routines of their class. They are collaging, painting and drawing with the loving Mrs. Cutler, Mrs. Turner and Ms. Lorena. Their colorful shofars and Jewish Stars are decorating the walls. Please come and look! They are learning about the holidays through play and songs and stories. You can hear their sweet voices as soon as you walk through our front door!

Our Three Year Olds are also learning about the holidays. They are making apple prints, eating apples and honey, making honey jars, cards for the holidays.

We have 3 Pre-K Classes this year. They are all working on celebrating the fall. The unit they are working on is All About Me. If you walk into the Pre-K classes you will see wonderful self-portraits that the children have made. We continue to do our “Building Blocks” Math Program. Children are learning math through games, songs and stories. Math is now immersed in their curriculum.

The theme that runs through the whole school is kindness. We read books about kindness, talk about kindness and practice kindness. We are raising children to make the world a kinder, gentler, more loving, caring place.

In our Nursery School, we have 4 specials, Music with Shara Yolkut, Movement with Kara Tatelbaum, Yoga for the Four Year Olds with Anthony Purdy and Storytime with Linda. Shara, Kara and Linda work with the teachers on supporting their curriculum, so that the music, movement and stories will connect to the studies children are doing in the classroom.

Cristin Messinger, our Parents’ Association President is teaching our Mommy and Me Class. Crawlers and Walkers with their Mommies or Caretakers are playing with toys together, singing, eating snack, collaging and playing with playdough. It is every Friday. If you are around, peep into Room 301. It is so lovely!

We have a lovely After School program this year. Monday is Science with Virginia Purdy.

Tuesday is Jewish Enrichment with Sandi Daniels. Wednesday is Soccer with Happifeet.

Thursday is Art with Sandi Daniels.

This year we are having our second Harvest Fair on Sunday, October 14th from 11 am to 4 pm. Each class will set up a table with a craft. There will be food, face painting a magician and a bubble van. It should be great fun. All our welcome!

Please know that my door is always open, if you have any suggestions about making our school even better. I truly believe that we can do together what we cannot do alone.

In October the school will be closed on:

10/1 (Th) Shemini Atzeret – School is Closed

10/2 (F) Simchat Torah – School is Closed

10/8(M) Columbus Day Observed – School is Closed

Lovely Quote:

“The moment you doubt where you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it”

Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

Happy fall to everyone!

Much warmth always,

Linda Herman