2014-2015 Parent Survey Results

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director

Every spring, we ask our parents to fill out a survey to let us know how their year went. Here’s a sample of what they shared with us.

About their overall experience:

  • Experienced staff that guide learning and make it fun to explore new topics.
  • I am impressed with the 5-Day program and all they do.
  • We love the program. It is a very nurturing environment to learn in.
  • This was our first year and we could not be happier with the program.
  • Enjoyed the diversity of programs.
  • I felt very comfortable leaving my child at school and I was very impressed with all she is learning.
  • The 3-Day Pre-K (ages 4-5) was very well organized and educational. It was a great year!
  • A well rounded program that was a great first step into Preschool.

About our teachers:

  • My son and I were always welcomed with open arms!
  • The teachers are amazing!
  • The 5-Day teachers were amazing!
  • Loved my daughter’s teachers.
  • The teachers cared so much about the children in their class.
  • Teachers are warm and quick to share feedback about children’s experiences and behavior.
  • The teachers are warm and approachable.
  • The teachers are excellent and always smiling.

About our facility:

  • Facility and classrooms are always bright, clean, and tidy.
  • Very clean and well organized.
  • The classrooms were always very clean and accommodating. Bathrooms were also clean!
  • Terrific facility, clean, well-cared for, and inviting.
  • My daughter’s classroom was always very clean!
  • Always clean, age-educationally appropriate toys in room.

About whether their child was prepared for their next level of education:

  • She went in not knowing her numbers and letters, leaving knowing them ALL!!
  • 5-Day was the best decision I could have made for my son!
  • I am impressed with the content and exposure (math journals, centers)
  • No doubt in my mind that he is ready for Kindergarten! Such a great feeling!
  • We have seen our daughter grow so much this year!
  • Impressed with quality and amount of work/projects completed.

About the communication between home and school:

  • As a working mom, I am not always able to be involved in pick-up and drop-off or PTO meetings. However, the email updates from Mrs. Landrieu and our child’s teachers, the flyers home, and the pictures from time to time really made me feel in touch with what was going on in the classroom and at the school in general.
  • Appreciated all the emails keeping parents informed.
  • Teachers are warm and quick to share feedback about children’s experiences and behavior.
  • Really enjoy my Thursday emails.
  • Emails home each week are great. Felt like I was in the classroom.
  • Loved receiving weekly emails and one on one discussions with the teachers!
  • I am a working mom and feel very connected even though I am not at the school often.
    LOVED the emails from teachers – photos and video were wonderful!
  • I loved getting the emails every week telling me what happened in class that week and what would be happening the following week. I always felt informed.

About whether our program lived up to their expectation of why they chose our program over other programs:

  • Never had any fear or doubt that my child was safe and in a loving environment. Loved how supportive the teachers are and how learning occurs, but in a way that allows kids to play and have fun!
  • 5-Day program was fantastic! Glad we held off on Kindergarten.
  • The program was everything I had hoped it would be.
  • Love the Bible based curriculum and the entire program. NBRC Preschool is warm and welcoming.
  • Mrs. Landrieu and the teachers are all so warm and welcoming. We wanted a caring and nurturing environment for our child’s first school experience. The preschool exceeded this expectation.
  • Absolutely! The friendly staff and teachers, cleanliness, curriculum, and overall feel that you get when you enter the Preschool has continued from Day 1.
  • As a parent of a third year student, I can say my expectations were exceeded. The kindness and love provided by the staff, as well as the academic program have helped our daughter grow and prepared her socially and academically for Kindergarten next year. We are so grateful and look forward to sending our other children to NBRC Preschool in the future.
  • Fun place to bring your child. Feel safe and comfortable here.

Grandparent’s Week

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director

What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance.
They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life.
And, most importantly, COOKIES!

GP1This week was Grandparent’s Week at the Preschool and we welcomed bunches of grandmas and grandpas into our classrooms for the first hour of school.

Some grandparents had the opportunity to play with playdough, others painted at the easel, and some attended Language Arts, Music, or Gym classes.

We saw grandparents sitting on the floors building cities, eating pretend meals in the housekeeping center, and giving giant hugs to the little ones.


Farm Field Trip

By Jennifer Landrieu

BusIn preparation for their trip to Norz Hill Farm, our three-year-old preschoolers have been learning all about farm animals! We hatched chicks, read stories, and sang songs.

Now they were ready to go!

MazeThe children learned all about the sounds animals make, the food they eat, and how the farmer takes care of them all.

Everyone enjoyed a bumpy hayride around the farm!

All plants begin as a seed, so the children planted seeds, which will grow into plants.

A great time was had by all.

Thank you Norz Hill Farm!


Welcome to Our 3-Year-Old Room!

By Mrs. Kiser and Mrs. Halligan

Wow! Where did the time go? There are only four more weeks left to our school year. What fun we’ve had watching our three year olds become more independent, grow, and mature over the last eight months. They’ve had many new experiences, making new friends, learning class routines, sharing, taking turns, following directions, walking in a line, using inside voices and walking feet, talking in a group situation, and helping to clean up their toys.

Each day, during our Moring Meeting, the children wait patiently for their turn to be the leader of the day, help with the calendar, or to be the weather forecaster. Our children are enthusiastic, energetic, and bright boys and girls who love to be challenged. Whether it’s guessing what’s in the Mystery Box after clues are given, playing games, or solving puzzles, they keep us on our toes. They are all very observant and curious learners who notice any changes in our room, like when our new windows were installed or when someone is missing from our class.

Chick1April has been a very special and exciting time in our classroom. We’re learning about the Life Cycle of a Chick, hands-on! On April 14th, each child carefully placed a brown fertilized egg into our incubator. We talked about the importance of maintaining the appropriate temperature and humidity in the incubator, since we do not have a mother hen in class to do that very important job. Every day, we count down the number of days left until the chicks will begin to pip their way out of their shells. It’s amazing that this miracle only takes 21 days! We are anxiously awaiting their arrival around May 4th. After they hatch, we’ll keep them in a brooder in our class until they’re ready to be sent to the farm, which will be approximately two weeks after they hatch. We’ll keep you posted!

Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director

When Pastor Todd and Pastor Mark visit our classrooms this month, they’ll tell the children the story of Joseph and his colorful coat. You can find the story in your bible in Genesis chapter 37.

aa3f7beda60ed28b9275ee964fc7f9d3 Joseph was the favored son of Jacob and also the youngest. He was known as a good, faithful, cheerful, kind, and thoughtful man. As a sign of favor, Jacob gave Joseph a long coat with many colors. Joseph’s brothers were jealous and sold him as a slave to men going to Egypt. He spent many years in a prison, but others realized that he could translate God’s message through dreams and he became important to the Pharaoh of Egypt. The Pharaoh gave Joseph rule over Egypt. During his rule, he collected excess grains because he was told through his dreams that God would send a famine to the land. Years later, Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt for food, but didn’t recognize Joseph at first. Joseph was kind to his brothers, gave them food and forgave them.

The Story of the Wide Mouthed Frog: A Musical Presented by Ext. Day Class

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director

Ext. Day WMF Play Crocodile We are so proud of the children in our Extended Day Class. They presented two performances ofThe Story of the Wide Mouthed Frog. They performed for the entire school in the morning–about 100 children and teachers–then an afternoon matinee for their families.

The class began preparing for the musical in January. They created their own costumes and scenery. There were elephants, monkeys, lions, a crocodile, and frogs who sang and danced. A small reception followed their last performance which was enjoyed by all!

The Extended Day Class is offered to children in our four and five year old programs and extends their regular preschool hours until 2pm. Audience

Vacation Bible School at NBRC

August 17th to 21st
9am to 11:45am

Theme: Gospel Lights’s Son Spark Labs: Discovering God’s Plan 4U = Jesus!

$30 for first child registered
$25 for each additional child
No refunds after 6/1/15

Open to children ages 4 (by December 31, 2015) through 5th grade. Completed 6th grade and above are encouraged to be volunteer helpers.

Registration ends June 1st.

More information

PTO Silent Auction

Saturday, April 18TH
4pm to 7pm
(bidding ends at 6:30pm)
**Pre-Sale for Preschool Families ONLY on Thursday, 4/16 and Friday, 4/17.

Join us for the PTO’s Silent Auction on Saturday, April 18th and help support the Preschool!

You’ll have the opportunity to bid on over 100 items, enjoy dinner, and something sweet from the Bake Sale.

We’re receiving new items every day! Here’s a peek at some of them…


  • Olive Garden Gift Card
  • Maggiano’s Gift Card
  • Vinnie’s Pizza and Pasta Gift Card
  • Grilling Basket
  • Gift Wrap Basket
  • Handmade Wooden Child’s Adirondack Chair and Bench
  • Date Night Basket
  • Gym Memberships
  • Alstede Farms Family Pass
  • Bridgewater Sports Complex Laser Tag and Ice Skating Passes
  • Baby Basket
  • Crocheted Items
  • Hand-Tied Fleece Blankets
  • Lego Basket

…and much more


$5 per bidding number, included (1) dinner ticket
$5 per extra dinner ticket
(Bake Sale items vary in price.)
Payment: Checks Only Please

We hope to see you and your family at the Silent Auction!

Take a peek through the door… here is what happens in room 204!

Lisa Vidal

Fun on the RugWhat a fantastic year we have had so far! Each day starts with our Morning Meeting which is full of learning. We have our leader of the day start by holding the flag and we all recite the Pledge of Allegiance. From there we sing songs about the days of the week and the months of the year. We figure out the date, review the months, color, shape and use straws to count how many days we have been in school. We bundle them by 10 and count them either by ones or tens. We find out how many straws all together and then how many more to get to another bundle of 10. Making MusicWe have a weather bar graph to learn more, less, greater and fewer when comparing the different types of weather. We are also charting our class’s birthdays to make comparisons. In addition we use this time to introduce our letter of the week. We learn how to write it and it’s sound. Then we do activities and projects incorporating that letter. We also come up with words that start with that letter and add them to our Word Worm that has already headed out the door.

On the BusThen we are off! This month has been a busy one. We started off with Father’s Saturday. We were so lucky that all of our Dads were able to join us. We made them special key chains in class and colored ties with them that day. We celebrated Valentines Day also. Every child decorated a valentine box out of a tissue/shoe box (like the “old days”) and distributed their valentines to their classmates by matching the names from the valentine to the name on the box. They all did amazing!

At the EaselAnother fun project we are working on is Original Works. Our theme is Sea, so we decided to get creative and use both the children’s hands and one of their feet to create a lobster! They came out so cute and it was so fun to hear them giggle when their foot and hands were painted! PlayingFinally we have been learning a little about dinosaurs (our theme this month) and dental health. We combined the two the other day and had the children use a toothbrush and white paint to brush a dinosaur tooth clean (yellow paper cut in a dinosaur tooth shape). They LOVED it! In our class, having the children excited about learning and loving school is our goal. We hope you enjoyed a look into our classroom and would love you to stop by some time!

Jesus Loves the Little Children

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director

Then Jesus called the children over to him and said to the disciples,
“Let the little children come to me! Never send them away!
For the Kingdom of God belongs to men
who have hearts as trusting as these little children’s.
And anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith
will never get within the Kingdom’s gates.”
Luke 18: 16-17

Our Pastors visited each classroom this month and read a story from the children’s Bible about how Jesus loved the children. Mrs. Sheeley, our Music Teacher, has been singing songs like Jesus Loves the Little Children and Jesus Loves Me.

You can listen to these songs here…

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