CNS Newsletter – Week of 6/10/19

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In this edition:

  1. Calendar Reminders
  2. End of Year Survey – deadline tonight
  3. Board Update – Annual Meeting, potluck
  4. Parent Participation Update – new
  5. Photos – Hike & Alumni PJ party
  6. Community Classifieds

CNS CALENDAR REMINDERS

  • Today: Survey deadline!
  • Tuesday, June 11: Annual Membership Meeting, 7pm, CNS Studio
  • Wednesday, June 12: Ladybug Picnic, 10:45am
  • Friday, June 14: Last Day of School
  • Friday, June 14: Parent Potluck, 7:30pm

BOARD UPDATE

Annual Membership Meeting – Tuesday, June 11 at 7pm

Did you know that all parents of children enrolled in the school are voting members of our school’s corporation, and that each June, you — yes, YOU! — are to meet and hold an Annual Meeting to vote in the new board? (See Article III of our school’s bylaws in your handbook for more information.) Please attend this year’s meeting on Tuesday, June 11 at 7pm, and join your fellow parents to form the necessary quorum to vote on next year’s leadership! We will vote in the new board, hear reflections on the past year, including what this year’s board has been working on, and also joyfully welcome in the new parents who will be part of CNS next year!


Beyond The Jiggly Bus Potluck – Friday, June 14 at 7:30pm

And just like that, the year at CNS is coming to an end. Please save the evening of Friday, June 14th to gather together for dinner and to celebrate our CNS families who have a child transitioning into the world beyond the jiggly bus.  I am happy to continue the tradition of past board presidents in hosting this potluck — we’re at 1357 Mass Ave in Lexington and will look forward to seeing you at 7:30pm. Potluck sign-ups are here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C044FADAC23A5F58-potluck


I have been to several of these sweet farewell potlucks — both as a parent whose child was leaving CNS, and as a parent who wanted to say goodbye — and I have found them to be beautiful and heartwarming. So many memories and joys are shared, further cementing those bonds that were made during parent help days connecting with each other’s children, through tantrums and tough drop-offs, coffees in the studio, or chance meetings in the library after drop-off, those last minute requests for help watching kids, at a crazy hour doing committee work, or at those lovely picnics on the green slopes in front of, yes, the jiggly bus.  All this and so much more to carry us through the summer and beyond!

Looking forward to seeing you!

-Tuna Chatterjee, President of the CNS Board (mactuna@me.com)


END OF YEAR SURVEY

Deadline tonight!

Why is the survey important? Parent feedback has been instrumental in making so many changes that we now take for granted, and it also honors the hard work that your fellow parents have done for the year. Past survey results have resulted in many wonderful changes including:

  • New weekly email communications from the Afternoon Program teachers
  • Decrease in the number of school closings for conferences days
  • Earlier start date for Afternoon Program and Lunch Bunch.

On the strength of the mid-year survey, we’re bringing back early drop-off and moving conferences earlier in the fall semester, among other changes. So go ahead and have your voice be heard!  And yes, as always, it’s anonymous. Survey ends tonight.


PARENT PARTICIPATION UPDATE

We look forward to seeing all current families and new, incoming families at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening at 7pm. We will reflect on the work of this past year and look ahead to the next – receiving parent job assignments and voting in the new board. Please plan to be there!

Thank you to everyone for completing your jobs reports! If you have yet to complete yours, please do so. Be sure to add any relevant, helpful documents to your Google drive as well. If you need any assistance, please reach out to me at ninaai@yahoo.com.

Thank you for returning binders! If you still have one, please leave it with Stacy at the front desk.

Another huge THANKS to everyone for all your hard work this year! Your efforts and contributions are greatly appreciated. Hope you had a little fun along the way. Have a great summer, and to those families leaving us, you will be missed!

-Submitted by Nina Irani, CNS Parent Participation Chair, Mom to Troy in the Red Door


PHOTOS – Family Hike & Alumni PJ Party

Sunday Hike – What a beautiful day!
Thanks Social Committee!
CNS Alumni PJ Party – CNS Fundraiser (part of YBF Auction)
Never too big for the Jiggly Bus!
#CNSForever

COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS

Dear CNS Community,
Does anyone have a fabulous babysitter/nanny they could recommend?  We are looking both for someone who could cover occasional evening commitments/date nights, as well as, someone who would be able to help for a few hours a few days during the week on a regular basis.  We would love someone with lots of experience caring for young children.  Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.  Please email mwintner@yahoo.com. Thank you so much!

Merissa Bresler (mom to Joseph in Red Door and baby Ariella –  who’s hardly a baby anymore!)


This is the last newsletter!  Hope you’ve found them useful! Keep in touch. Email me at alilynch@gmail.com.

CNS Newsletter – Week of 6/3/19

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In this edition:

  1. Calendar Reminders
  2. Board Update – Annual Meeting, potluck
  3. Social Committee – Hike
  4. Parent Participation Update – Job Reports
  5. Summer CNS
  6. Community Classifieds

CNS CALENDAR REMINDERS

  • Wednesday, June 5: Return Job Binders
  • Thursday, June 6: Job Reports Due
  • Sunday, June 9: Family Hike, Great Brook State Farm, 10am
  • Tuesday, June 11: Annual Membership Meeting, 7pm, CNS Studio
  • Wednesday, June 12: Ladybug Picnic, 10:45am
  • Friday, June 14: Last Day of School
  • Friday, June 14: Parent Potluck, 7:30pm

BOARD UPDATE

Annual Membership Meeting – Tuesday, June 11 at 7pm

Did you know that all parents of children enrolled in the school are voting members of our school’s corporation, and that each June, you — yes, YOU! — are to meet and hold an Annual Meeting to vote in the new board? (See Article III of our school’s bylaws in your handbook for more information.) Please attend this year’s meeting on Tuesday, June 11 at 7pm, and join your fellow parents to form the necessary quorum to vote on next year’s leadership! We will vote in the new board, hear reflections on the past year, including what this year’s board has been working on, and also joyfully welcome in the new parents who will be part of CNS next year!


Beyond The Jiggly Bus Potluck – Friday, June 14 at 7:30pm

And just like that, the year at CNS is coming to an end. Please save the evening of Friday, June 14th to gather together for dinner and to celebrate our CNS families who have a child transitioning into the world beyond the jiggly bus.  I am happy to continue the tradition of past board presidents in hosting this potluck — we’re at 1357 Mass Ave in Lexington and will look forward to seeing you at 7:30pm. Potluck sign-ups are here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C044FADAC23A5F58-potluck
I have been to several of these sweet farewell potlucks — both as a parent whose child was leaving CNS, and as a parent who wanted to say goodbye — and I have found them to be beautiful and heartwarming. So many memories and joys are shared, further cementing those bonds that were made during parent help days connecting with each other’s children, through tantrums and tough drop-offs, coffees in the studio, or chance meetings in the library after drop-off, those last minute requests for help watching kids, at a crazy hour doing committee work, or at those lovely picnics on the green slopes in front of, yes, the jiggly bus.  All this and so much more to carry us through the summer and beyond!

Looking forward to seeing you!

-Tuna Chatterjee, President of the CNS Board (mactuna@me.com)


April Board Meeting Minutes

At the last Board meeting, the April meeting minutes were approved. Take a look to read about the budget discussion and so much more! Here they are: CNS Board April Meeting Minutes

Previous meeting minutes are available through the Parent Portal of the CNS Website. (login: cns-parent, password: fairy-house+jigglybus)


SOCIAL COMMITTEE

FAMILY HIKE – Sunday, June 9:

Please save the date for the CNS family hike at Great Brook State Farm in Carlisle on Sunday, June 9 at 10 am. The hike takes about 30 minutes and is accessible with a jogging stroller. Please feel free to pack a snack or lunch to enjoy after the hike by the pond, and even get an ice cream and/or visit the animals! If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Coakley at suzanne.burbidge@gmail.com.

PARENT PARTICIPATION UPDATE

Job reports are essential to the well-being of our school and a tremendous help to future parents. Please complete yours if you have not already by this **THURSDAY, JUNE 6**.

For your job report link, please see my email from May 27 or May 28 or feel free to reach out to me at ninaai@yahoo.com.
Please also add any relevant, helpful documents to your Google drive as well. If you need any assistance, please reach out to me at ninaai@yahoo.com.

If you have a hard copy binder: Please return binders by Wednesday, June 5 by leaving them at the front desk with Stacy or making arrangements with me at ninaai@yahoo.com.

THANK YOU to everyone for all your hard work this year! Your efforts and contributions are greatly appreciated. Hope you had a little fun along the way. Have a great summer, and to those families leaving us, you will be missed!


-Submitted by Nina Irani, CNS Parent Participation Chair, Mom to Troy in the Red Door

SUMMER CNS – INTERNS NEEDED

Please pass along this message to any high school students interested in working as an intern at Summer CNS.

Community Nursery School is looking for High School Students interested in earning COMMUNITY SERVICE CREDIT this summer.  It is a fun and joyful way to earn your Community Service hours! 

The Summer CNS Program is for preschool-age children and runs for six weeks from June 24 – August 1. Volunteer intern hours are 8:30am-1:15pm, Monday through Thursday. Interns must commit to a minimum of one full week.  

If you are interested, please join us TODAY – Monday, June 3rd. We will be available from 4:00-5:00pm.  You will learn more about the role and fill out the application. Please plan on spending about 15 minutes to complete this process. If you have questions, contact the Summer CNS Director, Sutton Rockwood, at srockwood@cnslex.org or call the school at 781.862.0741.

COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS

Dear CNS Community,
Does anyone have a fabulous babysitter/nanny they could recommend?  We are looking both for someone who could cover occasional evening commitments/date nights, as well as, someone who would be able to help for a few hours a few days during the week on a regular basis.  We would love someone with lots of experience caring for young children.  Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.  Please email mwintner@yahoo.com. Thank you so much!

Merissa Bresler (mom to Joseph in Red Door and baby Ariella –  who’s hardly a baby anymore!)


Submit your items for next week!  Email Ali at alilynch@gmail.com.

CNS Newsletter – Week of May 28

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In this edition:

  1. Calendar Reminders
  2. Board Update – Annual Meeting, potluck
  3. Yellow Balloon Fair – Haystack Hunt Winner!
  4. Social Committee – Hike
  5. Parent Participation Update – Job Reports
  6. Summer CNS
  7. Community Events
  8. Community Classifieds

CNS CALENDAR REMINDERS

  • Thursday, June 6: Job Reports Due
  • Sunday, June 9: Family Hike, Great Brook State Farm, 10am
  • Tuesday, June 11: Annual Membership Meeting, 7pm, CNS Studio
  • Wednesday, June 12: Ladybug Picnic, 10:45am
  • Friday, June 14: Last Day of School
  • Friday, June 14: Parent Potluck, 7:30pm

BOARD UPDATE

Annual Membership Meeting – Tuesday, June 11 at 7pm

Did you know that all parents of children enrolled in the school are voting members of our school’s corporation, and that each June, you — yes, YOU! — are to meet and hold an Annual Meeting to vote in the new board? (See Article III of our school’s bylaws in your handbook for more information.) Please attend this year’s meeting on Tuesday, June 11 at 7pm, and join your fellow parents to form the necessary quorum to vote on next year’s leadership! We will vote in the new board, hear reflections on the past year, including what this year’s board has been working on, and also joyfully welcome in the new parents who will be part of CNS next year!


Beyond The Jiggly Bus Potluck – Friday, June 14 at 7:30pm

And just like that, the year at CNS is coming to an end. Please save the evening of Friday, June 14th to gather together for dinner and to celebrate our CNS families who have a child transitioning into the world beyond the jiggly bus.  I am happy to continue the tradition of past board presidents in hosting this potluck — we’re at 1357 Mass Ave in Lexington and will look forward to seeing you at 7:30pm. Potluck sign-ups are here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C044FADAC23A5F58-potluck
I have been to several of these sweet farewell potlucks — both as a parent whose child was leaving CNS, and as a parent who wanted to say goodbye — and I have found them to be beautiful and heartwarming. So many memories and joys are shared, further cementing those bonds that were made during parent help days connecting with each other’s children, through tantrums and tough drop-offs, coffees in the studio, or chance meetings in the library after drop-off, those last minute requests for help watching kids, at a crazy hour doing committee work, or at those lovely picnics on the green slopes in front of, yes, the jiggly bus.  All this and so much more to carry us through the summer and beyond!

Looking forward to seeing you!

-Tuna Chatterjee, President of the CNS Board (mactuna@me.com)


April Board Meeting Minutes

At the Board meeting last week, the April meeting minutes were approved. Take a look to read about the budget discussion and so much more! Here they are: CNS Board April Meeting Minutes

Previous meeting minutes are available through the Parent Portal of the CNS Website. (login: cns-parent, password: fairy-house+jigglybus)

YELLOW BALLOON FAIR

The children voted at the Haystack Hunt and the winner is….

The African Library Project!

Thanks to everyone who donated or collected change! $104 will be donated to Lisa Foo’s African Library Project! For more information about the project visit the website here. Did your child vote at the Haystack Hunt? Let them know who won!

–>If you have a yard sign, please return it to CNS so it can be used again next year for the 48th Yellow Balloon Fair!


SOCIAL COMMITTEE

FAMILY HIKE – Sunday, June 9:

Please save the date for the CNS family hike at Great Brook State Farm in Carlisle on Sunday, June 9 at 10 am. The hike takes about 30 minutes and is accessible with a jogging stroller. Please feel free to pack a snack or lunch to enjoy after the hike by the pond, and even get an ice cream and/or visit the animals! If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Coakley at suzanne.burbidge@gmail.com.

PARENT PARTICIPATION UPDATE

Thank you to everyone for your dedicated work this year! Most all of you have finished or are finishing up your parent jobs for this year. The last step is to complete the Job Report for your position. The information you provide will be a valuable resource to the person who will perform your job next year.


Please look for my email with information on completing the job report for your position.

  • Please complete reports by *Thursday, June 6*.
  • Also, be sure to add to your Google drive any relevant reference documents, emails, etc. which you think would be useful to future jobholders. (Note that all jobs should now move over to Google drives from binders if they have not already. If you need information on your Google drive, please reach out to me.)

Lastly, for those who have hard copy binders: Please return binders by Wednesday, June 5 by leaving them at the front desk with Stacy or making arrangements with me.


Please let me know if you have any questions. I may be reached at ninaai@yahoo.com or 781-761-4933. Thank you for all your efforts to support our school!

-Submitted by Nina Irani, CNS Parent Participation Chair, Mom to Troy in the Red Door

SUMMER CNS – INTERNS NEEDED

Please pass along this message to any high school students interested in working as an intern at Summer CNS.

Community Nursery School is looking for High School Students interested in earning COMMUNITY SERVICE CREDIT this summer.  It is a fun and joyful way to earn your Community Service hours! 

The Summer CNS Program is for preschool-age children and runs for six weeks from June 24 – August 1. Volunteer intern hours are 8:30am-1:15pm, Monday through Thursday. Interns must commit to a minimum of one full week.  

If you are interested, please join us on Monday, June 3rd. We will be available from 4:00-5:00pm.  You will learn more about the role and fill out the application. Please plan on spending about 15 minutes to complete this process. If you have questions, contact the Summer CNS Director, Sutton Rockwood, at srockwood@cnslex.org or call the school at 781.862.0741.

COMMUNITY EVENTS 

Teaching Children Healthy Boundaries
Facilitated by Judy Hu, LMHC (CNS Alumni family)
Sun, Jun 2: 1-4pm
Location: Arlington, MA

  • How do I teach my child to be kind without getting “walked on”?
  • How do I help my child develop a healthy self-esteem—not one dictated by the opinions of others?
  • How do I support my child to be assertive and practice effective conflict management skills?
  • Answer these questions and more by learning about healthy boundaries.

Cost: $75/person; $65 early bird registration by Fri, 5/3. Deadline to register is Mon, 5/27. *Scholarships available.
Questions or to Register: Judy@JudyHuCounseling.com
Workshop limited to 8 new participants (adults only)


LexFUN! Scholarship – Deadline June 1

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to apply for a Fall 2019 LexFUN! scholarship is quickly approaching on June 1st.  Families who think they may be interested in applying should complete the application found on https://lexfun.org/Preschool-fund and submit before the deadline. Applicants should be residents of Lexington who are applying to a Lexington preschool. 

-Christie Leitch, LexFUN! Scholarship Chair

COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS

Dear CNS Community,
Does anyone have a fabulous babysitter/nanny they could recommend?  We are looking both for someone who could cover occasional evening commitments/date nights, as well as, someone who would be able to help for a few hours a few days during the week on a regular basis.  We would love someone with lots of experience caring for young children.  Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.  Please email mwintner@yahoo.com. Thank you so much!

Merissa Bresler (mom to Joseph in Red Door and baby Ariella –  who’s hardly a baby anymore!)


Submit your items for next week!  Email Ali at alilynch@gmail.com.

CNS Newsletter – Week of 5/20/19

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In this edition:

  1. Calendar Reminders
  2. Board Update
  3. Yellow Balloon Fair 
  4. Social Committee
  5. Parent Participation Update
  6. Summer CNS
  7. Community Events

CNS CALENDAR REMINDERS

  • Tuesday, May 21: Board Meeting, 7pm, CNS Studio
  • Monday, May 27: No School – Memorial Day

BOARD UPDATE

The next board meeting is on Tuesday, May 21 at 7pm in the Studio. All welcome!

YELLOW BALLOON FAIR

What a celebration on Saturday! The sun was shining and our school was transformed into a joyful wonderland! Our community all came together to put on a wonderful, magical 37th Yellow Balloon Fair that was enjoyed by so many people!

Further updates coming once the YBF team has a chance to gather their thoughts, but thank you for your sticks and loose change, your lawns for signs, your handmade prizes, contributions to the raffle and auction, your willingness to rearrange schedules and make time to volunteer at the fair, and more!

A million thanks and congrats to the hard-working YBF team for their hours of work, for their leadership, for set up and clean up, for getting and managing student volunteers, for planning all the games, crafts and prizes, for marketing the fair, for the raffle and auction, for getting sponsorships, for planning, shopping and serving food…phew! Great Job TEAM!

There will be an opportunity for comments and suggestions about the fair in the End of Year Survey.

–>If you have a yard sign, please return it to CNS so it can be used again next year for the 48th Yellow Balloon Fair!


SOCIAL COMMITTEE

FAMILY HIKE – Sunday, June 9:

Please save the date for the CNS family hike at Great Brook State Farm in Carlisle on Sunday, June 9 at 10 am. The hike takes about 30 minutes and is accessible with a jogging stroller. Please feel free to pack a snack or lunch to enjoy after the hike by the pond, and even get an ice cream and/or visit the animals! If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Coakley at suzanne.burbidge@gmail.com.

PARENT PARTICIPATION UPDATE

The Parent Participation Job Selection and Board Nomination process for 2019-2020 has begun!  Please see my emails from May 12 (Job Selection for returning families and Board Nominations for all families) and submit the respective Google forms by this Friday, May 24.  Any questions, please contact Nina Irani at ninaai@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

-Submitted by Nina Irani, CNS Parent Participation Chair, Mom to Troy in the Red Door

SUMMER CNS – INTERNS NEEDED

Please pass along this message to any high school students interested in working as an intern at Summer CNS.

Community Nursery School is looking for High School Students interested in earning COMMUNITY SERVICE CREDIT this summer.  It is a fun and joyful way to earn your Community Service hours! 

The Summer CNS Program is for preschool-age children and runs for six weeks from June 24 – August 1. Volunteer intern hours are 8:30am-1:15pm, Monday through Thursday. Interns must commit to a minimum of one full week.  

If you are interested, please join us on Monday, June 3rd. We will be available from 4:00-5:00pm.  You will learn more about the role and fill out the application. Please plan on spending about 15 minutes to complete this process. If you have questions, contact the Summer CNS Director, Sutton Rockwood, at srockwood@cnslex.org or call the school at 781.862.0741.

COMMUNITY EVENTS 

Teaching Children Healthy Boundaries
Facilitated by Judy Hu, LMHC (CNS Alumni family)
Sun, Jun 2: 1-4pm
Location: Arlington, MA

  • How do I teach my child to be kind without getting “walked on”?
  • How do I help my child develop a healthy self-esteem—not one dictated by the opinions of others?
  • How do I support my child to be assertive and practice effective conflict management skills?
  • Answer these questions and more by learning about healthy boundaries.

Cost: $75/person; $65 early bird registration by Fri, 5/3. Deadline to register is Mon, 5/27. *Scholarships available.
Questions or to Register: Judy@JudyHuCounseling.com
Workshop limited to 8 new participants (adults only)


COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS


Submit your items for next week!  Email Ali at alilynch@gmail.com.

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