What should my child bring to school?

Children should bring a backpack (large enough for art projects) with them every day to transport projects made at school, notes from teachers, dirty clothes, etc.  Please be sure to label the backpack with your child’s name.

Children should also wear proper shoes for the playground.  No open toed sandals please! Sneakers are preferred, but if other shoes are worn to school, sneakers may be put in the child’s backpack for the playground.

During winter months, children play outside every day except in the most severe conditions. Please label hats, mittens, snow pants, boots etc. with your child’s name.

If your child is staying after 1:30 p.m., they will need a labeled blanket for rest time.

All children must have a small blanket, change of clothes (including underwear, pants, shirt, socks and slippers) to be kept at school for emergencies, spills etc.

What should I send if my child is staying for lunch?

Please send what your child will comfortably eat and drink.  We encourage children to eat their main portion first, and then his/her fruit etc.  We will send any unused portion of the lunch home so that you can monitor food intake.  All lunchboxes, thermoses and containers must be labeled.  We keep the lunchbox at room temperature, and are not able to refrigerate or warm food.

Does my child need to be toilet trained to attend NNS?

All children entering the 3s class, staying for lunch or extended day must be fully toilet trained.

What happens if I am running late to pick up my child?

If you are running late, please contact the school and let us know immediately.

The state of New Jersey mandates that if a child is not picked up at the end of the school day and the school has not been able to reach you or any of your emergency contacts, the School is required to contact the Department of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) and have them assume responsibility for that child.

Recognizing that it would be traumatic for a child to be left in the care of DYFS, NNS staff members have offered to stay at NNS with any child who has been left at school after every effort has been made to contact a parent or known caregiver.  A charge of $25 an hour will apply until a parent or known caregiver can be located to pick up the child.

My child has an allergy. What do I do?

Nassau Nursery School is sensitive to the needs of our students who have allergies.  We will attempt to accommodate the needs of children who have allergies to foods within the confines of that child’s classroom for snack time.  It is the responsibility of the parents of children who have serious allergies to make the school aware of the condition and to provide a list of safe and appropriate snacks to the classroom teacher and to the parents of other students in the class.  Due to the fact that the Nassau Nursery School premises are shared with Trinity Church, Nassau Nursery School cannot be a peanut-free school.

How long do I need to wait before sending my child back to school after he/she has been sick?

You can send your child to school if has been at least 24 hours since he/she had a temperature, diarrhea or vomiting.  Please check with your pediatrician to ensure it is safe for your child to return to school.

Does NNS have teacher conferences?

The 2½ ‘s and 3’s classes parent/teacher conferences are held one time during the school year, and the JK parent/teacher conferences are held twice during the school year.  If at any other time you wish to discuss any concerns with a teacher, please make an appointment with her.  Please try to avoid fragmented conversations in the hall or while you are helping in the classroom.  We like to hear reactions and discuss happenings, but it is difficult to concentrate during class time. We encourage you to discuss your concerns before they become problems.  We strive to be accommodating and always take the children’s best interest to heart.  If you are not comfortable mentioning issues to the teacher(s), please bring them to the attention of the Parent Assiocation President, or the Director.

Does NNS use computers or other electronic media in the classroom?

NNS values verbal communication and personal relationships.  To support this value, we do not incorporate television, videos or computers in our classrooms.