Events & School Life
The Weekday Nursery School is not just a school, we are a community of neighbors and friends who want to enrich the lives of our children through education, socialization, and creativity. RCWNS has many events and field trips for children and parents. Parents help and input is always needed and appreciated. Throughout the year, special occasions arise and sign-up sheets for parent help will be posted in our hallways.
School & Family Events
Open House (September)
Current RCWNS families and prospective families are invited to attend. Children will meet and greet old and new friends, visit with their teachers and explore the classroom. Parents will have a chance to connect with other parents in the class and ask any questions they might have about our programs, procedures and policies at RCWNS. Prospective families will be able to register at this time, provided the class is not yet full. All are welcome to attend! Remember to bring a friend!
Fall Festival (October)
This is a new tradition to our school and church family, established in the fall of 2017. The church lawn is the setting for this day of active 'booth type' games, crafts, face painting, concession stand, serving hot dogs, home made chili, coffee, tea, juice, and baked goods. There is often a raffle and other special happenings. Keep a lookout as October approaches! A fun time for the entire family.
Pumpkins and Pals Party (October)
With Halloween just around the corner, families and friends are invited to join the students at the school for a morning of costumes, crafts, and treats. The students enjoy showing their creative costumes to each other while joining in the fun! The morning party ends with special songs performed by the children.
Thanksgiving Family Feast (November)
A school wide family Thanksgiving luncheon! The children prepare place-mats and decorations for the tables and walls. Turkeys are roasted and sliced. Parents and families bring their favorite side dishes and desserts to share. We dine in our gymnasium which is transformed into a lovely dining room. This is another wonderful opportunity for families to visit with one another and share traditions.
Holiday Sing-A-Long (December)
Each class hosts a sing-a-long, inviting family and friends. Singing the familiar tunes of the holidays brings a smile to everyone’s face!
Current and prospective RCWNS children and their families are invited to attend school for the evening wearing their PAJAMAS! We also invite children to bring along a special 'stuffed' friend or blanket and be prepared for a fun evening of bed time songs, bed time games, bed time stories and a bed time snack. (Parents, you are welcomed to wear your p.j.'s too, but no worries if you choose to come in your day clothes!)
Open House (Spring)
Current and prospective RCWNS families are invited to the school to explore the school's space and to meet the classroom teachers and assistants. The children have a chance to meet and greet old and new friends as well as explore the classrooms. Parents will have the opportunity to have any questions regarding programs, policies and procedures at the RCWNS answered. Parents will also be able to register their child for the upcoming school year. All are welcome to attend, so please bring a friend! We offer evening and weekend open house dates. Please keep a look out for date and time announcements.
Spring Festival and Plant Sale (May)
This is a new tradition to our school and church family. The Spring Festival combines booth games, crafts, face painting, an obstacle course and food table on our church lawn. We also have a beautiful assortment of plants for sale (hanging baskets, potted, oval planters, flats). Our RCWNS families and church families have the opportunity to pre-order plants. The sale at our Spring Festival is for our neighborhood friends. But who knows, you might just want to pick up a few more of these lovelies! The Spring Festival is fun for children, parents and those who are still children at heart. All are welcome.
School Picnic (June)
Following a regular day of school both classes will head out to the church lawn where children will meet their families. We invite you to bring chairs, blankets and lunch for your family. This is a wonderful time of food and friendship between children, families and teaching staff. Weather permitting.
Moving Up Day (June)
This special Three Year Old class ceremony is a great way to celebrate a child's growth and readiness to "move up" to a Four Year Old class. The ceremony takes place on the stage in the gym. The children preform many of the songs, finger plays, and nursery rhymes that they have learned throughout the year. The ceremony is followed by a "make-your-own-ice-cream-sundae" event. Families and friends are encouraged to attend and reminded to bring their cameras and their appetites.
Graduation Day (June)
This special Four- Year Old Class tradition is a celebration of the children’s graduation to Kindergarten. The children share songs and tell their "favorites" about being four years old. This event takes place on the great stage in our gymnasium. The graduation is followed by a special snack. Families and friends are encouraged to attend. Remember to bring your cameras and your tissues!
Students enjoy a fun-filled morning at Trevor Zoo in Millbrook. The students have a chance to see wildlife up close and personal. The many exhibits show animals from ducks to porcupines! Check out their web site here!
Students continue to explore literacy in and out of the classroom. With their visit to the Adriance Library in Poughkeepsie, students have a chance to be surrounded by children’s literature, experience a story hour, receive a library tour, and obtain a library card! Check out their web site here!
Bardavon 1869 Opera House
Students and parents have an opportunity to experience this theatre in the fall or spring. Teachers carefully select a morning "show" that will extend our study of children's literature by bringing a story to "life." These shows are always colorful, entertaining, and "non-shhing!" This is a wonderful introduction to live theatre and to the beautiful Bardavon. Check out their web site here!
In House Field Trips
Sometimes we invite community members to come to our school to share their expertise with us! It is a great way to make good use of our wonderful facilities! Some examples of these In-House Field Trips include the following:
Song and Story Hour with Barbara Hutchings
The Poughkeepsie Fire Department
Yoga for Kids
The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
Students enjoy a trip to the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum for an ABC Detective Program. Led by the museum educator, children pretend to be detectives on a search for 3-D, alphabet letters. The search takes place at the museum’s Tiny Town and reinforces the process of putting letters together to form words. Check out their web site here!
Student enjoy a fun trip to the apple orchards at Meadowbrook Farm. The students have a chance to feed the animals, pick apples, and enjoy fresh apple cider and homemade cider donuts! Parents and students are welcome to visit the farm stand which offers a large variety of produce, delicious baked goods, potted plants and more!
Our visit to Hahn Farm is filled with many opportunities to do and learn. Farmer Hahn tours the children through his farm animal area where the children see and learn about chickens, pigs, sheep, turkeys, cows, goats, llamas, and pigeons. The children also visit the pumpkin patch to select a pumpkin and find an ear of decorative corn growing on the corn stalk. The farmer also has an area where the children are able to climb on a hay structure and whiz down slides as well as climb through tunnels. Farm Hahn also has a wonderful shop with fresh produce, meat, and crafts. (Families might want to visit on their way out!) Check out their website here!