Posts from 2015

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

Fall Open House

Our annual Fall Open House for prospective families will be held October 24, 2015 from 10;00am to 12:30pm. Bring the prospective children and your questions, and come see the space and meet our friendly teachers as well as some of the current parents. 

ESNS Kid's Stuff Yard Sale

Our yearly Kid's Stuff Yard Sale will be held October 3rd, 2015 from 8am to 1pm at the Community Church.

ESNS Families will donate gently used items and all proceeds benefit the school to offset tuition costs. Its a great event every year that helps reuse, recycle, and support ESNS. 

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! 

Let the Kids Learn Through Play

Let the Kids Learn Through Play

This article was recently published in the New York Times about the research-supported importance of play-based education for young children. ESNS is pleased to be a place where play-based learning is available and thriving for families with young children in our community.

Our Unit on Woodworking

Last week, we completed our unit on woodworking, one of our favorites at East Side Nursery School. We worked with hammers, a hand drill, and screwdrivers. We also sanded wood in the sand area. In our Science area, we investigated wood and explored fulcrums and pulleys. In blocks we explored ramps and added Large Hollow Blocks to the area. And we read books about tools during storytime. One of the parents in our community cut up lots of interesting pieces of wood that we used to create interesting sculptures, too! It was a fun month!

Wood blocks

Woodworking tools

Wood sculptures

Celebrating Mother's Day at ESNS

This Thursday and Friday, both of our classes are celebrating Mother's Day. We are making one of our favorite treatsESNS monkey breadand having a tea party with our moms to show them how much we love them and appreciate everything that they do for us. We've also been busy this week making beautiful crowns to give to our moms so they can feel like a queen for the day!

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day crown

ESNS Mother's Day Tea Party ESNS Mother's Day Tea Party

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

One more week until our silent auction!

We're just one week away from our annual silent auction! Our families are busy getting everything ready to make sure that everyone has an amazing, magical night "picnicking under the stars." In addition to fabulous company, a beautifully decked out space, and great food and drinks, here are some more things you can look forward to bidding on:
Like a day out with the kids? Bid on…
  • The Children’s Museum in Easton
  • Providence Children’s Museum
  • Santa’s Village
  • Story Land
  • Seekonk Speedway
 Enjoy an evening of culture? Bid on…
  • Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School  Rush Hour Series concerts
  • Trinity Rep vouchers for selected performances
  • Festival Ballet orchestra tickets to a mainstage program
  • Providence Athenaeum membership
 Need to get out and exercise after the LONG winter? Bid on…
  • Mind 2 Body Fitness private pilates lesson
  • OSSG Center free climbs
  • a 1 hour squash lesson with squash pro Vijay Chitnis & lunch at Agawam Country Club
  • horse riding lessons by Woodwind Farm
 Good eats anyone? Bid on…
  • Munroe Dairy box & $50 gift certificate
  • 4 quarts of farm fresh strawberries delivered to you when they come in by Red Tomato
  • a fine selection of oils and vinegars from The Olive Tap
  • a gift box of fine dark chocolates by Neuhaus
  • gift certificates to local restaurants, including Hope Street Pizza, Minerva Pizza, WildFlour, Garden Grille, Elmwood Diner, Hemenway’s and more!
We also have jewelry, framed prints & fine art, summer camps, sports memorabilia (Bruins or Red Sox fans, anyone?), family photography sessions, massage therapy gift certificates, gorgeous handmade quilts…and much, much more!
Plus, you will definitely want to bid on our famous ESNS pickles, finely seasoned compost, and the most endearing class gifts that will lighten up your walls…and your life for years to come!
We hope to see you there!

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!