New Morning Nursery School Blog

Why 4K at New Morning Nursery School?

New Morning Nursery School hosted a 4K Info Night in early December. Here are some of the reasons our families choose to be a part of New Morning’s MMSD 4K Program. 

  • Over 45 years of play-based learning in a safe, loving environment
  • All teachers are DPI licensed and have chosen to work in early childhood and are passionate about the field
  • An extensive collection of high quality learning resources
  • A developmentally appropriate play-based curriculum that prepares children for a lifetime of learning
  • In depth study through play of a wide range of topics, including Famous Artists, Fairytales, Nursery Rhymes and Folktales from around the world
  • A strong focus on social and emotional growth, the foundation for your child’s future academic learning
  • The opportunity to add on 4K plus and extend your child’s learning in a small group setting and Lunch Bunch to prepare your child for eating lunch at school
  • A partnership between parents and teachers support the education and development of your child and to create a larger sense of community
  • Parents are invited to spend time in the classroom
  • The chance for your child to be the “big kids” or role models. Children’s learning accelerates when they have mastery over their environment
  • The chance to spend another fun-filled year with friends that may not be following them to their future elementary school
  • Teacher flexibility to meet all students’ needs at a wide variety of levels and in an unending range of ways

Upcoming Event: New Morning Kindergarten Panel Discussion on March 13

On Tuesday, March 13 from 7–8:30pm in the upstairs gym, four local 5k teachers from Franklin Elementary, Midvale Elementary, Thoreau Elementary, and Wingra School have been invited to share their knowledge about the kindergarten experience.

This is a great opportunity for parents to learn first-hand about the transition to kindergarten and what to expect. It is applicable to all New Morning parents and please feel free to invite neighbors and friends as well. All are welcome!

Discussion topics include:

Kindergarten Readiness

  • Describe “Kindergarten Ready.” What do you look for?
  • How can parents help prepare their child for kindergarten socially, emotionally, physically and
    academically? What can we do at home to prepare and support our children?
  • Describe the wide range of normal development for children entering kindergarten.
  • Do you have advice on how to ease the transition to kindergarten?
  • Any other relevant and important information on this topic.

Describe a Typical Kindergarten Day

  • Describe the general schedule for the day.
  • Do children have free time to play in the classroom or outside? How often?
  • Are there breaks and/or rest time?
  • How long is the lunch period? Is there also a snack time?
  • Do kindergarten children join groups of older children?
  • Do children have opportunities to pursue their own interests?
  • How is technology used in the classroom?
  • Any other relevant and important information on this topic.

Expectations and Communication

  • Describe kindergarten orientation.
  • What are the goals/expectations for children by the end of the kindergarten year
  • How does the common core standards impact the classroom curriculum and assessment?
  • Describe how the child’s progress is assessed/parent-teacher conferences.
  • Describe how information is communicated between teachers and parents regarding their child’s kindergarten experience, development, concerns.
  • What are the opportunities for parent involvement in the classroom/school?
  • Any other relevant and important information on this topic.

Surviving and Thriving

  • How can parents help their child adjust to the lunchroom experience, the playground, and the bus?
  • What safety measures are in place during lunch, on the playground, or on the bus?
  • How do you make sure children get from the bus to their classroom?
  • How is challenging behavior handled?
  • What strategies are used to reach and teach kids at different academic levels?
  • Any other relevant and important information on this topic.

Final Comments

  • Briefly describe what is unique about your school/class/program or anything else not covered that is important for families to know.
  • Open forum for questions and discussion.

There will also be time for parents to ask questions.


Tea School Days

Save 15% on Tea Collection and Support New Morning

The fundraiser runs from February 26th – March 5th, 2018.


  • Participants will need to go
  • Once you arrive at, all customers will need to log in or create an account.
  • Once you enter the site, you will see that all Tea Collection items (excluding non-Tea merchandise or Tea clothing sets) have been marked down 15% for School Days participants.
  • Once you add items to your cart and proceed to checkout, you will be prompted to enter your organization’s promo code and hit “apply my code”. New Morning’s unique promo code is: SDS18NEWMORNING
  • Once the code is applied, New Morning Nursery School will receive 15% back of the final order total before tax and shipping for each purchase using this code.
  • In addition, the customer will receive free 6-10 business day shipping (6-10 business day shipping must be checked for code to apply) which will appear on the last page of checkout.
  • Orders placed without this code cannot be adjusted.

Tea School Days

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!


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.


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