Friday, November 16, 2012

Announcements: Week of November 16, 2012

Dear New Amsterdam Community,

Before we break to celebrate Thanksgiving we will meet for our Lantern Walk.  The date is Tuesday November 20th.  This year we will gather at the entrance to Tompkins Square Park at Avenue B and 7th St. at 4:30 PM to begin our walk through the park.

Enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and break. We will be closed from Wednesday, November 21st through Friday, November 23rd, 2012. We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday November 26th, 2012. 

Blessings to all!

- Lantern Walk
- Tuesday, November 20th 4:30-5:30PM

We understand some of you may be traveling to begin your Thanksgiving break but hope you will be able to join us before you begin your journeys. We will celebrate our first festival of the school year. In consideration of space limitations and safety, we are able to extend this invitation to only the New Amsterdam Community this year. Join us at Tompkins Square Park entrance at Avenue B and 7th St. for this year's Lantern Walk. Check out the official invitation letter.  >> more

- Lecture November 26th: Importance of Self-Initiated Play for the Young Child (Pre-Birth to 3 Years Old)
- Monday, November 26th

Please join us for an evening of discussion on the importance of self-initiated play for the young child pre-birth to three years old. How can we create an environment inviting children to move freely and out of themselves?  Why is this play so important and how is it laying a foundation for their future? These questions and more we will address.

Speakers: Lisa Bono and Anna Ruth Myers currently teach Parent and child classes at NAECC. They look forward to seeing you there.

- Parent Study Resumes
- Wednesday, November 28th

We will resume Parent Study on Wednesday November 28th.  All are welcome to attend. 9:15-10:30AM.

- Re-Enrollment Applications Due
- Friday, November 30th 

If you would like your child to continue on at New Amsterdam in the 2013-14 school year please complete the first page of the preschool application and return it to the school by November 30th.  The applications are an opportunity for you to indicate the program you would like your child to enroll in next year.  They also assist us in planning for the future.  There is no application fee for returning families. Re-enrollment contracts will be sent out the second week of January and are due back with deposits by February 8th, 2013. 

Please contact if you have any questions about re-enrolling.

- Spiral of Light Festival
- Saturday, December 1st

11:30-12:30 Parents of Parent/Child
3:15 Bridge
4:00 3 Day Nursery
4:45 Ms. Elea's Class
5:30 Ms Greta's Class

- All-School Parent Evening
- Monday, December 3rd 6:30-8:00PM

Our next all-school Parent Evening will be held on December 3rd, 2012. One family member is expected to attend.  We will start at 6:30 with a short discussion with our mentor teacher Louise deForest on first grade readiness and then move into our classrooms with your teachers. >> more

- Save the Date: Holiday Auction and Cocktail Reception
- December 5th 6:00-8:00PM

In celebration of our winter season and in support of our annual school year fundraising campaign, on December 5th we will launch our Holiday Auction with a cocktail reception at Von on 3 Bleecker street, from 6:00 to 8:00PM, For more information see the post. >> more

- Holy Mama/Holy Papa Continues
- Wednesday, December 12th

For the full schedule, see the flyer >>more

- Garden News!

Read the latest update from the Garden on the Clothing Fundraiser, the effects of the Hurricane, and the success of the last garden day. >>more