About New Morning Nursery School

private, play-based preschool in Madison, WI

Get Ready for School with the 2017-2018 Calendar!

You can find the Google calendar under Current Families or a PDF version under Forms and Documents. As changes arise throughout the year, both versions of the calendar will be updated. Please mark your calendar for these important back-to-school activities and events in August and September:

  • August 31: Open House (Willow & Birch families): MWF-AM class, 8:30-9:30am; TR-AM class, 10-11am; TR-PM class, 1-2pm; MWF-PM class, 2:30-3:30pm
  • August 31: Open House (4K Oak families): Refer to schedule in email from Director
  • September 5: First Day of School: Oak Room (4K students)
  • September 5-8: First Day of School (Willow & Birch Rooms): Refer to schedule in email from Director
  • September 11 & 12: Back-to-School Coffee: 8:30-9:30am and 1-2pm
  • September 13: Family Picnic & Ice Cream Social: 5:30-7pm, front of Wingra school
  • September 19: Parent Night and Meet the Board Dessert: Classroom meetings, 6:30-7:30pm; All Parent meeting, 7:30-8:30pm, gym
  • September 26: Classroom Clean-up: 6:30-8:30pm, classrooms

Family Work Days

One of the reasons New Morning is such a special place is that it is a co-op, created by people like you for your children. Each family’s involvement, no matter how great or how small, benefits all. The cooperative aspect enriches the nursery school experience for parents, teachers, and most of all, the children. By volunteering, parents convey to their children that their school is important.

Each New Morning family is required to participate in their child’s school experience in certain ways, including attendance at two Work Days each school year. Work Day is a nice way to meet other parents and teachers, and become familiar with the classrooms. We really do need everyone to help out with Work Days. This commitment can be fulfilled by:

  • Attending two Work Days for two hours each day. Work Day options are:
    • August 26, 9-noon, on the playgrounds, all rooms
    • August 29, 8:30-noon for Willow and Birch Rooms; or 5-8:30 pm for the Oak Room
    • June 8, 6-9pm, all rooms
    • June 10, 9-noon, on the playgrounds, all rooms
  • Watching someone else’s children so they can come to work at school (can only fulfill one of your two dates)
  • Signing up for a take-home work-day job or project at any time during the school year (Check with Director)

If you have children enrolled in more than one classroom, please help in the Birch or Oak Rooms before school starts, since more work is required to clean-up and set-up after summer school.

End of the Year Picnic!

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Can you believe that next week is the last week of school? Wow, time flies! Luckily, the closing of the school year also means the End of the Year Picnic at Westmorland park – Wednesday June 7 from 5:30 pm – 7 pm. It’s always a wonderful time to catch up with the faces that have grown so familiar! Let’s hope for weather as wonderful as last year.

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Upcoming Events!

Spring is quickly approaching, and we have lots of exciting events coming up! Mark your calendars:

  • Tea Collection children’s clothing fundraiser: February 27-March 6
  • Kindergarten Panel Discussion: March 1, 7-8:30 pm
  • Classroom Clean-up: March 6, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • New Morning Spirit Days: March 6 & 7
  • Spring Auction: April 29, 6:30-11 pm

Giving Thanks

As we settle in to Thanksgiving recess, we wanted to express gratitude for our wonderful NMNS family!!

Remember, no school Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday this week. We look forward to reuniting next week and sharing stories from our short break.

 

Pancake Breakfast – Thank you!

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A huge thank you to our parent and board volunteers for their hard work in setting up, cooking, and cleaning up after our fun-filled and tasty pancake breakfast Saturday morning.

Thank you also to the Monroe Street Arts Center for the turkey-hat craft project!

And, of course, thanks families! You braved the cold, blustery weather to share in our wonderful event, and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Pancake Breakfast THIS SATURDAY!

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The Pancake Breakfast is fast approaching!  Mark your calendars for this Saturday, November 19th, from 9-11:00 in the school gym.  We’ll have delicious pancakes, Gates & Brovi bacon, and an art project for the kids put on by our friends at the Monroe Street Art Center!  Bring your friends and family and help support our school with this great annual fundraiser.  The cost is $6/adult, $5/child and $20/family.