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February 2020

Kindness and Community are the themes at Riverdale Temple Nursery School. We support children talking and acting in kind ways and working together on helping each other. We want children to know that they can learn from each other as well as teachers and adults. Children are learning about doing a Mitzvahs and we celebrate when they do one.

We have been reading many books about kindness and friendship and have wonderful discussions about what we have learned, and encourage children are able to share their ideas. One of our favorite books is Amos and Boris by William Steig.  It is a wonderful book for all ages.

We had a special All School Sing for Martin Luther King, Jr. with our amazing Music Teacher, Andy McGeagh on January 21st. The children  sang and celebrated Dr. King’s life. We read A Wonderful World. We ended it by singing “Happy Birthday to Dr. King!”.  Each class read stories about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in their class and about his vision of peace and everyone getting along together. One child said, “That is what we do in our school!”

The Two’s have been studying shapes and winter. Outside our Two’s Classes there are snowmen and snowflakes.

The Three Year Olds have also been studying Winter and hibernation. There are mittens, snowflakes and snowmen decorating the Three’s bulletin boards.

All of our Four Year Olds are studying their community. Please walk down the halls and see their amazing blueprints and then models of their homes. They are truly incredible. The Four’s have also been studying artists each month. The Green Room has artwork inspired by Picasso outside their room. The Orange Room has artwork inspired by Van Gogh outside their room. And the Purple Room has artwork inspired by Alexander Calder outside their room.

On February 7th we will be having Pajama Day. Children and Teachers will wear their pajamas and have breakfast in school and read Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.


We have been having many tours for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have friends who are interested, please tell them to call the school at 718-796-0335 or email at nsdirector.rtns@gmail.com. We have been getting many applications for next year and we do have very limited space.


We have an amazing Afterschool Program at RTNS. We have Ballet with Ms. Kara on Tuesdays, Soccer with HappyFeet on Wednesdays and Jewish Enrichment on Thursdays with Sandi Daniels, one of our amazing Four’s Teachers.  If you are interested in joining one of these programs, please contact Linda Herman, 718-796-0335 or nsdirector.rtns@gmail.com.


We are very excited about our fourth year of camp. We will be having a camp for 5 weeks for 2 years olds through 5 year olds. It will begin July 6th and run through August 7th. The Two Year Olds will go from 8:45 to 1:00, and the Three, Four and Five Year Olds will go from 8:45 to 3:00. This year there will be three groups, one for each age. There will be lots of projects, water, and planting. We will have face painters, farm animals, Greenburg Nature Center, a magician and the Balloon Rebbe. We know it will be great fun!

If you are interested, please contact Linda Herman at nsdirector.rtns@gmail.com.


February 7th – Pajama Day

March 2nd – Dr. Seuss’s birthday

March 10th – Purim/Crazy Hat Day

School Closings

  • Closed for Winter Break 2/17 – 2/21
  • School reopens on February 24th

Just a lovely quote…

“‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.’”

–E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web