Parent Teacher Conferences January 29th

There will be two Parent/Teacher conference days this semester. Sign up sheets for these dates will be outside the classroom about a week before: 


  • MWF classes will be Friday January 29th
  • Tu/Th classes will be Thursday March 24th 

There is no school the day of the conferences, though you can arrange to have someone watch your child in the classroom while we meet. There are no surprises at this meeting, it is simply a checking in time for parents and Michele and I. They last about 15 minutes. 

— Carole

Spring Semester Schedule

Important Dates for the upcoming Spring semester. 

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

Thursday, January 21 @ 6:30pm — Mandatory Parent Meeting 

Tue, Jan 26 & Wed, Jan 27 — Child Outreach at ESNS 

Friday January 29 — NO SCHOOL MWF classes Parent/Teacher Conference

February 15 - 19 — NO SCHOOL February Vacation

Saturday, March 19 — Silent Auction (Proposed Date) 

Thursday March 24 — NO SCHOOL Tu/Th classes Parent/Teacher conference

Friday, March 25 — NO SCHOOL Good Friday

April 18 - 22 — NO SCHOOL April Vacation

Thursday, May 5 — T/TH Mother’s Day Tea. Families welcome at 11:30am 

Friday, May 6 — M/W/F Mother’s Day Tea. Families welcome at 11:30am

Happy December!

This fall has just flown by. The Harvest feast was so much fun — seeing the children create an event that their families could come to!

The way we approach this time of year at ESNS when there are so many different holidays' people celebrate is to sing, talk and share with each other about the holidays. We are not looking to educate the children about specific Holidays, but to help them realize that people can and do celebrate many different Holidays. We just touch on a few — Hanukkah, Christmas and Solstice — that are celebrated at this time of year, but if you have holidays that are important to your family that you would like to share we would love for you to talk to us about them and to include them.

We will be singing, making gifts, setting up dress up like a fancy dining room table for having company. And we will be making gifts for our families. We’re looking forward to celebrating! 

Giving Box

Each year we decorate a box we call our Giving Box. In it we collect books for Books are Wings, a local organization dedicated to giving books to children who may not have many books. We like this because the children can be involved and we are not asking them to buy anything. We are asking that the children look around with their parents to see if there are any gently used books to donate. We are hoping that you may have duplicate books, outgrown books, or books that do not match your child’s interest that you could donate.

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

Winter Weather

As winter approaches, we still try to go out each day. Please dress your children for the cold weather. If your child is wearing a skirt or dress feel free to send extra pants to put on underneath.

With the children we chant “Jackets, Hats then Mittens” as they learn what clothing items to put on first. And Carole chants “Mittens not gloves PLEASE!” Even if your child can get their own gloves on it doesn’t always work smoothly and we all end up sweating more if there are gloves. If your child argues in the morning have them in gloves but please, oh PLEASE, send mittens for the school day. Thanks!

A Message from Carole

November is here and we are enjoying the fall weather! I want to start by thanking all those involved in the yard sale. It is always so amazing to me when our community starts coming together to support the school. Also to those who helped out with the Open House, ESNS and the children benefit from all of your involvement.

Each class is growing so much. The MWF class is exploring the classroom and new relationships as the new children and the returning children get to know each other. The Tues/Thurs class has grown a tremendous amount. Each day we discover new things about each child and with that and their discoveries about how school works and our daily routines we are growing into an enthusiastic and fun loving group of children. 

During the month of November we will be celebrating the Earth’s harvest at school. At ESNS we have chosen to celebrate a Harvest Feast instead of Thanksgiving because harvest is the basis for many celebrations around the world. The children cook all month in preparation for the Feast. We freeze all of the food they cook and then we invite you and your family to join us at 11:30 for our Feast on November 24th or 25th. This is a time when the children really begin to feel ownership of the school and their community. They feel great pride in the Feast they create.

The Feast also incorporates all the learning areas. We will learn Math while measuring the food. Science while we see the transformation of the foods, Literacy, Language and Vocabulary as we talk about the foods and the recipes. We try to cook with foods traditionally harvested in New England which incorporates Social Studies along with working in small groups, cooperating and taking turns. We even sing about it all!

As always we are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Thanks Carole 

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