Ladybug, Ladybug!

by Jennifer Landrieu, Director

5 little ladybugs climbing up a door.
One flew away, then there were 4.
4 little ladybugs sitting on a tree.
One flew away, then there were 3.
3 little ladybugs landed on a shoe.
One flew away, then there were 2.
2 little ladybugs looking for some fun.
One flew away, then there was 1.
1 little ladybugs sitting in the sun.
She flew away, and then there were none!

2013051002The Monday-Wednesday-Friday four-year-old classes are learning about the ladybug’s life cycle and they have a front row seat! Each classroom has a ladybug habitat with ladybugs in various stages. When they arrived, there were eggs and larvae. We now have ladybugs in the pupa and beetle stages.

Some children witnessed a beetle emerging from the pupa stage this week! We were a bit surprised to see that it was yellow and not red at first. It takes a few days for the ladybug to turn red and then her spots appear, too.

Our ladybugs like eating raisins and we add water to their habitat daily. We’ll keep them for a week or so and then let set them free in the church gardens. The children are excited to watch them fly away.

You can do it at your house, too! Visit and search for ladybugs.

Week of the Young Child

by Jennifer Landrieu, Director

Week of the Young Child - NBRC Preschool Bridgewater NJThe National Association for the Education of Young Children is dedicated to excellence in early childhood education and in their efforts to educate others, created the “Week of the Young Child.” This week-long celebration is held every April and at the North Branch Reformed Church Preschool we celebrate it with fun activities for our students.

Week of the Young Child Fun Bus - NBRC Preschool Bridgewater NJSome of our fun themed days were PJ Day, Crazy Hat/Hair Day, and Backward Day – several of our little friends even walked into school backwards! Our oldest classes visited the Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College to see “Treasured Stories of Eric Carle.”

The children were excited when the big, green FUN BUS pulled-up in our driveway and each class had a movement/exercise class on board. Everyone had lots of fun sliding out the back of the bus, too.

We loved celebrating with our 150+ young friends and look forward to doing it again next year!

Grandparent’s Week

by Jennifer Landrieu, Director

13042603We have the best group of grandparents at the North Branch Reformed Church Preschool!

This week is “Grandparent’s Week” and our Preschoolers invited their grandparents to join them for the first hour of classes.

13042604If you were at the Preschool this week, you may have seen a grandpa lying down on the floor as he helped to build a block castle, a grandma who helped to host a tea party in the housekeeping center, a grandma rolling playdough caterpillars, and a grandpa reading a story to a group of very interested preschoolers. Best of all, we saw lots of hugs, kisses, and smiles!

Thanks for visiting us grandmas and grandpas!

(The Preschool is accessible to all with handicapped parking available, exterior ramps to the main floor, and an elevator to gain access to the second floor classrooms.)

Life of a Butterfly (Part 1)

by Kim Sodano & Gerianne McGowan

The story of the Monarch butterfly…an annual journey that spans a continent, three nations, and multiple generations of monarchs…captures the hearts and minds of people of all ages.
(Journeys MTN, 2010)

13042201Our thoughts when we heard about a workshop about the Life of the Monarch Butterfly was, “What could someone possibly teach us about caterpillars and butterflies that could take 15 hours?” To our surprise they were able to intrigue us on these beautiful creatures.

Walking into the building at Raritan Valley Community center, the first day we saw two large tents surrounded by cages of butterflies. We were told to come in and feed the butterflies. Really?!…feed the butterflies?

With the instructor teaching us how to properly catch a butterfly from its cage, we brought it over to the tent where we were shown how to feed them using a tooth pick to pull out it’s proboscis and feed it juicy juice. We were then introduced to the butterfly enthusiasts that came from all over the U.S. and Canada to volunteer their time to teach. Each one of them loved and cared for these butterflies and caterpillars, as if they were their own children.

We thought, “Wow!, we would never get that carried away…” Until we found ourselves on the side of the road searching for caterpillar eggs and milkweed plants to bring this journey of hope to our classrooms.


How Do I Talk to My Children about Faith?

by Mark Swart

Train a child in the way he would go and when he is old he will not turn from it.
– Proverbs 22:6

130410Have you ever wondered…
How to talk to your children about faith?
How to squeeze one more thing into a hectic, stressful day?
How to share your own faith story with your children?
How to help your children apply important lessons from the old biblical stories?
How to answer kids questions about faith?

Sunday, April 14,10:45-11:45am at NBRC
Join Pastor Mark and other parents to talk about successes, failures, and all the challenges that result in trying to raise a child, especially in faith. Suggested resources will be available.

Childcare will be provided upon advance request by contacting the church office at [email protected].

Please join us!

Our Craft & Vendor Fair

North Branch Reformed Church Preschool PTO will be hosting their Fifth Annual Craft and Vendor Fair on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10:00AM-3:00PM. It will be a perfect opportunity to pick up gifts for Mother’s Day, Dads and Grads, or just because!


Make a day of it and stop for lunch at the café. It will be open from 10:00AM-2:00PM.

Hot Option: $5.00

  • Penne ala Vodka
    (donated from Tommy D’s Pizzaria)
  • Dinner roll
  • Drink
Cold Option: $5.00

  • Italian Sandwich
    (donated by Bensi Restaurant)
  • Bag of chips
  • Drink

Drinks sold separate as well. Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, orange Soda, water, lemonade.

Silent Auction

You won’t want to miss our Silent Auction it runs from 10:00AM-2:00PM

(4) One day Hopper Passes!!!!!

Preschool Fun
Includes Candyland, Sesame St. bingo and an Elmo/Cookie Monster vibrating ball.

Great for grandma’s house or a new parent gift!

Little Gym
Includes 2 Camp Days, T-Shirt, Water Bottle, ball!

Are you looking for a fun summer activity for your little one – this is the basket for you!

Prince Martial Arts
One month of free karate lessons for the entire family.

This is an exciting way to do something together and keep fit while doing it!

IPad Cover
This IPad cover is made to withstand children’s hands all over it!

Frozen Falls
(5) Gift Cards

The weathers getting warmer, cool off with the Frozen Falls gift cards!

Nikon Cool Pix L26 digital camera ( Best Buy)
Are you looking for a smaller compact camera for the summer adventures, one you can throw in your pocketbook? You are in luck!

8Diamond Nation
(5) 30min Private Lessons

This is a perfect Father’s Day present or gift for your baseball obsessed son, nephew, grandson!

Diamond Nation
(1) week of summer camp, T-Shirt, water bottle

Another perfect present for your son, nephew, grandson and an added bonus quiet time for mom!

Branchburg Sports Complex
2 games of laser tag, 30min batting cage, T-Shirt, water bottle and bag

WOW what else do you need on a rainy day!

Crisp Insurance Bucket of Car Wash
Lots of car wash and car care products in one great bucket!

You could be driving the cleanest car in town!

Basket of Fun
Variety of items for children and many fun hours!

Christmas Basket
Gorgeous basket of Christmas items, a gift light, ornaments and Merry Christmas banner and a HoHoHo picture frame!

That’s one Christmas present you don’t have to think off!

Jump Zone
(3) Open Passes, Cup and TShirt

Looking for play date ideas or rainy day activities that keep kids busy – this is just the thing!

14Art Basket
Magnetic Tile Art, Sock Puppets and Oriental Trading Gift Certificate

This is a great rainy day basket of play date entertainer basket!

Bible School Basket and Craft
Instant Bible Lessons for Toddler, God Takes Care of Me and Growing Up for God, Bible Stories for 2-3 and 4-5 and Bible Crafts on a shoestring budget.

SB United Basket
(1) Adult TShirt, (1) Childs Football Tahirt, (1) Childs Cheer Shirt, Magnet, stickers, hand sanitizer, bracelet and $25 off registration for Football or Cheerleading.

Evolution Training Center
$75 one month (60min) class and T-Shirt

What a great surprise for the dancer in your life!

Hallmark Gift Certificate and Puzzle
Do you have lots of birthdays coming up, consider this gift certificate to help and relax in the evenings with this puzzle!

Books and Villa Salon Manicure

Planetarium Passes and Dinner at Willie McBrides
Spending time with the family is key, so use this package to bump start your quality time!

Body Shop Gift Set
Great Lengths Manicure and Vera Bradley Small Wristlet

Looking for some self-pampering, this is the perfect gift for yourself!

Eastern Mountain Sports
(1) Two day Kayak or Snowshoe Rental

Do you have an adventurer in your life? This EM gift certificate could help satisfy their next adventure!

Panera Bread For A Year
Each month you get a free loaf of bread!

Centenary Stage Co (2) Theater Passes 2013-2014 (2) Complimentary Tickets
Enjoy a night out enjoying your cultural side!

29Pole Position (2) Annual Memberships
Includes one race on the day the racer registers, one race during the birthday month, one t-Shirt and discounted member pricing!

This indoor go-karting might be the perfect date night or boys night out!

Somerset Patrioits Tickets
(4) Upper Box Tickets

Let’s go out to the ball Game, Lets go out to the field!

Kid Junction $200 off Ultimate Party package
A perfect place to hold your child’s birthday party!

Microsoft Store Gaming Gift Certificate
You and 15 of your friends can come to the Microsoft Store for three hours and use the latest technology and hottest games. Food, drinks and bling will be provided!

Coppermine Swim Club June Membership
Do you have your swim membership this summer season? If not, try Coppermine out!!

Williams and Sonoma Cooking Class
Looking to enhance your cooking techniques, use this gift certificate and learn from the best with the best cookware and utensils!

Golf Galaxy Gift Certificate
Graduation gift, Confirmation Gift, Fathers Day gift, Birthday Present….

(4) Rutgers Football Tickets
Are you a Rutgers fan? This one is for you!

Ahn’s Tae Kwon Do
(4) 2 weeks of Unlimited Classes

This could be two whole months of classes or split them with a friend! Seems like a good deal to me!

6Francesca Jewelry Set
This jewelry set is perfect for a romantic evening out or just a get together with your girlfriends!

Jane Ammon Photography Session
(30 min mini session and 5 digital files)

Many of us say let’s get our family portrait taken and then never set it up, here is your opportunity to do just that!!

American Girl Doll
Straight from American Girl Doll Corporation, this donation allows you to name your own American Girl!

YMCA 3month membership
WOW! Great time to take advantage of this and get in bathing suit shape!


Alaine Sheeley Designs
Embroidered clothing and gifts and feltie hairclips

Arbonne International
Skin care, health and wellness products

Make-up, skincare, perfume

Beautiful Jewels and Handbags

Busy Sheep Crafts
Knitted & crocheted items

Clever Container
Organization products

Fibi and Clo
Designer sandals

From Israel to You
Handmade jewelry and gifts from Israel

Gold Canyon
Fragrance products and home decor

Hi Ho Vacations
Disney Vacation Planner

Hobby N Home
Handbags, wallets, handmade soap

I Cannoli Bake Biscotti
Homemade biscotti

It Works Global
Health wellness- site specific body applicators

Jamberry Nails
Fun, fashionable, affordable designs for your nails. Over 250 styles, even a junior line

J Miller Designs
Silverware jewelry, recycled wine bottle cheese boards

Jersey Featherheads, LLC
Handmade accessories with fabric, leather, feathers, beads. Party packages for girls.

Lia Sophia

Baskets, pottery, home décor items

Marie’s Impressions
Earthenware clay jewelry, pottery, home and garden decorations

Mary Kay
Mary Kay skin and body care

Miche/Uniquely Designed
Handmade Beaded Scarves and Miche Handbags

Wooden roses, scarves

Origami Owl Living Lockets
Customizable lockets and charms that can tell the story of your life

The Pampered Chef
Cooking tools

Partylite Gifts, Inc

Pat Schwartz
Crocheted items and fleece blankets

Priceless Events Pics
Photo Greeting and Notecards

Ronan and Fields Dermatologists
Dermatologist created skincare products

Sarah Jones
Painted gift bags, cards and photo storage boxes

Electric wax warmers, wickless candles
High quality nutraceuticals and weight management solutions

SugarTops LLC
Hand stamped jewelry; boutique wire wrapped jewelry

Stained glass suncatchers

Tastefully Simple
Gourmet food

Tote bags

Tokens To Cherish, LLC
Greeting cards

Usborne Books and More
Children’s books and learning tools

Volunteer Guardianship One on One Inc.
Non-profit organization that provides volunteer guardians

Woodshed Wood Crafters
Handmade wooden pens, ice cream scoops and other wood items

Contact Nicole Young at [email protected] for further info.

Annual Spring Flower Sale

20130405-3We are happy to announce that we will be holding our 3rd Annual Spring Flower Sale at North Branch Reformed Church Preschool.

We have once again partnered with Hionis Greenhouses in Whitehouse Station to bring you great prices on healthy, gorgeous flowers direct from the greenhouse. Hionis Greenhouses offer an amazing array of annuals and perennials, and a wide variety of hearty vegetable and herb plants. They are located conveniently at 4 Coddington Rd., Whitehouse Station.

You can also purchase gift cards for Hionis Greenhouses in denominations of $25, $50, $75 and $100. If you are unsure about what you would like to put in your gardens this year or just want to pick out your flowers on your own, then a gift card purchase is perfect for you! NBRC Preschool will receive 20% back from the sale of all gift cards!

Here is a helpful Flower Guide detailing the flowers we have available. The flowers will be pre-ordered and you can pick up them up at NBRC Preschool on Saturday, May 11th between 10 am and 12 pm

Keep in mind that Sunday, May 12th is Mother’s Day. What great timing to pick up something for that special Mom, Grandma, Aunt, Sister, etc. in your life!

Please ask your friends and families to consider making their flower purchases from our fundraiser this year. The prices are comparable to what you would pay at any of the local nurseries or garden stores and you are guaranteed gorgeous flowers! Keep those gift card purchases in mind – what an easy way to make a donation to our fundraiser!

To place your order:

  • Completely fill out this Order Form.
  • Make your check payable to: NBRC Preschool
  • Return the form with payment to Mrs. Landrieu no later than: Wednesday, April 24th.*
    Place orders in the mailbox located on the preschool office door or mail them to:
    NBRC Preschool
    203 Route 28
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Orders received AFTER Wednesday, April 24th are NOT guaranteed to be filled.

Dental Health

by Jennifer Landrieu

20130315Our Preschoolers learned all about keeping their teeth healthy when Dental Hygienists, Donna and Danielle, visited our classrooms.

It’s recommended that a child should visit the dentist within six-months of their first tooth’s arrival, or by their first birthday, and every 3-6 months after that. Your dentist will usually spend 15 to 30 minutes performing a gentle exam and cleaning.

Children should brush their teeth twice a day for about two-minutes, spending 30-seconds on each quadrant of their mouth. You can help them reach this goal by singing songs or setting timers. Some toothbrushes even have flashing lights or music built-in, which can encourage them to keep brushing. Remember to change their toothbrushes every three-months and whenever they have been sick.

Mainting a healthy diet, limiting sweets, and eliminating soda can help your teeth stay healthy. Our Preschoolers saw what happens to an egg when it sits in soda and it was not a pretty sight!

Easter Egg Hunt at NBRC

by Jennifer Landrieu

201303222My two boys have been bringing their Easter baskets to the North Branch Reformed Church’s annual Easter Egg Hunt since they were toddlers.

The church’s senior high youth group stuffs eggs with nut-free candies and symbols of Easter, like feathers, coins, and crosses. Then, they spread hundreds of eggs on the church lawn and playground.

201303221Families meet in Fellowship Hall and are given directions as to where each age-group will go for their hunt. Once all the eggs are found, everyone returns to Fellowship Hall to hear our Youth Pastor, Mark Swart, retell the Easter Story.

EVERYONE is welcome to attend ~ Preschool Families, church members, non-church members, neighbors, and friends! This year’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at 10am.

Bring your baskets and we’ll see you then.

Just Imagine…

by Jennifer Landrieu

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.
~ Ephesians 3:20

The Preschool is a special place for so many families. We share smiles, hugs, high-fives, and handshakes with everyone who visits.

Just like a good neighbor, we welcome our families through the back door of the church and into our seven colorful classrooms. The Preschool’s 150 children and 20 staff members use the church sanctuary and education building (which includes the classrooms, Fellowship Hall, Upper Lounge, kitchen, and basement) on a daily basis.

The North Branch Reformed Church has begun a capital campaign to ensure that our building is here for Preschoolers and their families to enjoy in the future. If you’re interested in helping us preserve our facility so that other families may enjoy it, we ask that you consider making a financial contribution to this campaign. You’re invited to visit the NBRC 2013 Capital Campaign website. There’s a link to PayPal on the site, which makes giving more convenient.

You’ll also find a rich history of our church and local area dating back 187 years!

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