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December Events and Activities

Important dates for ESNS families and friends: 

Thursday, December 17 – Tue/Thur Holiday Party. Families welcome at 11:30am 
Friday, December 18 – Mon/Wed/Fri Holiday Party. Families welcome at 11:30am 

On the 17th or 18th of December you are all invited to our Potluck. We will gather in the classroom for a Holiday Celebration before our break. In the tradition of Kwanza it is a potluck. In the past we have asked that families bring something that is a tradition or favorite for them in the holiday season. This has been wonderful to share with each other but please don't stress!

Mon, Dec 21 - Fri, Jan 1 – NO SCHOOL Winter Vacation 

Mon, Jan 4 & Tue, Jan 5 – School Resumes 

Monday, January 18 – NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 21 @ 6:30pm – Mandatory Parent Meeting 

Tuesday, Jan 26 & Wednesday, Jan 27 – Child Outreach at ESNS

Important November & December Dates

Here are some important dates to remember for ESNS families. Please mark your calendars for special no school days. 

Wednesday, November 11 – NO SCHOOL for Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 24 – Harvest Feast for Tues/Thurs families starting at 11:30am

Wednesday, November 25 – Harvest Feast for Mon/Wed/Fri families starting at 11:30am 

Thursday & Friday, November 26-27 – NO SCHOOL for Thanksgiving

Thursday, December 17 – Holiday Party for Tues/Thurs families starting at 11:30am

Friday, December 18 – Holiday Party for Mon/Wed/Fri families starting at 11:30am

Monday, December 21 through Friday, January 1 – NO SCHOOL for Winter Vacation

Important Fall Dates

As fall continues, these are important dates and days off to remember. Please add them to your calendars.

Monday, October 12 – NO SCHOOLfor Columbus Day

Saturday, October 24 – Fall Open House for prospective families from 10am - 12:30pm

Wednesday, October 28 – Halloween Parade! Bring your costumes and we'll march around the block. Parade at 3:30pm, rain date Thursday, October 29 

Tuesday, November 3 – SCHOOL OPEN on Election Day 

Wednesday, November 11 – NO SCHOOL for Veterans Day

Important September Dates

There are some important dates coming up at East Side Nursery School! The full school calendar is available in the Parents section, but please make sure your own calendar is up to date with all these September happenings:


  • Tuesday September 8: All-Parents' Meeting, 6:30 p.m. At least one parent from each family MUST attend.
  • Wednesday September 9: Orientation day for MWF class, 10:00-11:00 a.m., followed by playground time. NOTE: this is NOT a full school day. Parents remain at the school with their children.
  • Thursday September 10: Orientation day for T/TH class, 10:00-11:00 a.m., followed by playground time. NOTE: This is NOT a full school day. Parents remain at school with their children.
  • Friday September 11: First day of school for MWF class, 8:45-12:00; optional lunch 12:00-1:00; optional extended day program 1:00-2:30
  • Monday September 14: NO SCHOOL due to Rosh Hashanah
  • Tuesday September 15: First day of school for T/TH class, 8:45-12:00
  • Wednesday September 16: ESNS Family Picnic, 5:00 p.m. at Gladys Potter Park (Humboldt Park)
  • Wednesday September 23: NO SCHOOL due to Yom Kippur


ESNS Spring Family Picnic

We are having our end-of-the-year family picnic on June 4 at 5:00 p.m. at Gladys Potter Park (aka Humboldt Park). Please bring a picnic dinner for your family and ESNS will supply the watermelon! This is a fun time for all families, new and old, to get together to visit and play. Please RSVP on our Facebook event page. We hope to see you there! 

Proudly Presending the 2015 ESNS Art Museum!

For the past several weeks we have been discussing art and the artists who create it. To begin with, the children learned that it is possible to make an entire drawing simply by using lines. We looked at books and samples of artwork created in this manner and then the children made their own line drawings. In addition, we explored the use of color in works of art and discussed how light and dark colors make us feel. After these discussions, the children created paintings using colors from both ends of the color spectrum. During these weeks the children also explored some of the materials used by artists to craft their masterpieces including different types of homemade paper and the tools and materials of painters and woodworkers.

We rounded off our in-depth look at art by investigating the work of several well-known artists: Georges Seurat, Mary Cassatt, and Vincent van Gogh. The children were encouraged to recreate the style of pointilism by making small-scale paintings using only dots. Next we studied the technique of mono-prints and made spectacularly colorful masterpieces. In order to paint in the impasto style of van Gogh the children were offered thickened paint and different tools to create bold, bright works of art on paper.

The resulting artwork of the past several weeks of the children of ESNS is now on display at the Community Church at 372 Wayland Ave. through Sunday, April 12. The children are quite proud of what they have created and we hope that you will enjoy our Museum.

ESNS Art Museum 2015

Paintings in the style of Mary Cassatt

Using dark colors (left)

Paintings in the style of Vincent van Gogh

Thank you for a wonderful silent auction!

What an amazing and wonderful event we had last Saturday! Thank you so much to everyone who attended and supported our silent auction this year! It was a huge success! We couldn't have done it without the tireless efforts of our dedicated parent community and the generous support of our wonderful donors. Thank you so much to each and every one of you for supporting our school, our community, and our children!

A Candid Birth

AAA Southern New England

Alayne White Spa

Arthi Sundaresh Photographer

Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Bellani Maternity

Blackstone Massage Therapy Center

Blooming Blossoms

Books on the Square

Boston Bruins

Boston Red Sox

Campus Fine Wines

Carolyn Musgrave

Christine Chitnis

Circa Secondhand




Custom Cakes by Kayla

David Hazlett

Dharma Healing Center

Dust Buster Cleaning Co.

East Side Music Together

East Side Pockets

Elmwood Diner

Emerald Aromatics

Erin Hazlett

Festival Ballet

Fish Bowl


FunKtion Jewelry Designs

Garden Grille


Heather Dolan Acupuncture

Hemenway’s Seafood Grille & Oyster Bar

Hope Street Pizza

Hy-Line Cruises

Impact Skate Park

JLS Photography

Jump Dance Company

Knitting Needles


L’Artisan Café Bakery

Launch Trampoline Park

Loscombe Park

Luke Walden

Meeting Street Café

Mind 2 Body Fitness

Mindy Sabota

Minerva Pizza

Munroe Dairy

Museum of Natural History, Roger Williams Park

Myles Dumas

Neuhaus Chocolate

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Nikki’s Liquors

Ocean State School of Gymnastics Center

Plimoth Plantation

Pottery Barn Kids

Providence Athenaeum

Providence Children’s Museum

Providence Preservation Society

Red Stripe/Mill’s Tavern

Red Tomato Farms

Renaissance Gymnastics Academy

Rhode Island Philharmonic

Rhode Runner

Rhody Craft

Salon Persia

Santa’s Village

Seekonk Speedway

Shaila Sundaresh

Silk Purse Studio

Simply You Photography

Sonia Lewis

Stella Dot



The Children’s Museum in Easton

The Clay Space by Jill Brumberger

The Little Gym, Smithfield

The Olive Tap

Touchstone Crystal

Town Wine & Spirits

Trinity Repertory Company

Vijay Chitnis

Wandering Bird Designs

Wayland Square Fine Wine & Spirits

Wheeler School

White Electric Coffee

Whole Foods Market, Waterman Street

Wildflour Vegan Bakery


William Gallagher

Woodwind Farm

Zumstein Family Dentistry

Silent Auction

The 2015 Silent Auction “A Picnic under the Stars” will transform the space into a unique experience. A silent auction will be accompanied by raffles and a live auction for some really fun items. An evening of celebration, bidding, delicious food, and great company awaits. Our parents work together to procure fabulous items, design a wonderful atmosphere, and create the delicious food. All are invited to attend. 

More details to come as the date grows closer.

Our 2014 Auction was a huge success! Thank you to all the individuals and businesses that donated items, services, and food! And thank you to our families for making it such a great evening!