The Fruit of the Spirit is Faithfulness

— Jennifer Landrieu, Director

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
-Galations 5:22-23

For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
-Psalm 100:5

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
-Psalm 86:15

fruit-of-the-spiritThe word faithful means having or showing true and constant support or loyalty. In the bible verses above, it shows God’s faithfulness to us. If we choose to live a Christian life, we will be comforted in knowing that regardless of how worthy we feel, God will always be faithful to us.

The Bible tells us to be faithful to God. The fruit of faithfulness is seen in our lives by our faithfulness to Him. We can show that faithfulness by worshipping, obeying God’s word and praying.

Our God is an awesome God!

The Benefits of Pet Ownership

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director

Three of our teachers recently welcomed new puppies into their families!

Karen and Bailey Kim and Luna Lisa

Mrs. Reinhart & Bailey.

Mrs. Sodano & Luna.

Mrs. Vidal & Peyton.

Studies show that having a pet makes you happier and healthier, reduces stress, encourages responsibility, and offers non-judgemental acceptance which can boost self-esteem.

Parents need to decide which type of pet would best suit their family and be prepared to take full responsibility for the care of the animal.

Exploring Dinosaurs Inside Room 204

by Kim Sodano & Dotty Moony

Dinosaur sIn February a very fun theme we have is Dinosaurs, so in our MWF class Room 204 we decided to dedicate a whole week to this fun theme and incorporate our letter of the week “D”.

Language Arts

To introduce this theme, at morning meeting the students learned the strokes to write the letter “D”, as well as the sound, as they named many words starting with that that letter. They eventually discovered that the word “dinosaur” starts with D. They then wrote the letter “D” in their journals, wrote the word “Dog” and stamped a picture of a dog. They always get a sticker on their page for a job well done.

Fine Motor and Hand Strength

There are dinosaur cookie cutters and molds at the play dough table.

Math and Fine Motor

Classifying and sorting rubber dinosaurs by color or type using kid friendly chop sticks.


We will read many fiction and non-fiction books about dinosaurs that will teach the names and characteristics of many types of dinosaurs. They will learn new vocabulary about the theme such as carnivore and herbivore.


Creating DinosThe children had many dinosaur art activities to stimulate their creativity. We love giving the children opportunities to use their own creativity and imagination by just giving them the tools they need and a theme without patterns or structured art projects. On the easel they were able to paint any dinosaur they chose or could even make up their own. They also were given several shapes cut out of green paper and told to create a dinosaur using the shapes and incorporating a little bit of math for shape recognition.


Using salt dough that kids will help make, we will make our own fossils by pressing a dinosaur shape into the dough and painting when dry.

We love themes like this because the kids are genuinely interested and love to learn about these wonderful creatures. As you can see we are able to incorporate many concepts using this theme for children to learn. We have as much fun as they do!

It is Okay to Play with Our Food!

HEALTHY CHEFSHealthy Chefs offered in the Winter Enrichment session to all ages!

Children slice, dice, spread, and measure the food ingredients they need to make their healthy snacks with Mrs. Gaboda and Mrs. Belardo.




Projects Have Included

Sandwich on a Stick


Fruit Kabob


Healthy House


The King of the Jungle


Fruit Parfait


The Fruit of the Spirit is Love

“Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

You might hear our Music Teacher, Mrs. Orlando singing songs like “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” “Jesus Loves Me,” or “I’ve Got the Love of Jesus Down in My Heart.” You might see children painting and gluing pink and purple hearts on their projects and you might even feel the warmth of a hug from one of our teachers or students.

As the Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, love is a wonderful thing!

Here are some ways you can show your child that you love them…

  • Shower them with hugs and kisses!
  • Really listen to them when they want to tell you something.
  • Write a love note and stick it in their lunchbox.
  • Laugh with them.
  • Turn off the car radio and play “I Spy”
  • Turn on the car radio and sing loudly to a kid song they like.
  • Go on a date with them – out to lunch or a movie.
  • Pray for them.
  • Have patience with them.
  • Tell them EVERYDAY that you LOVE them!

— Jennifer Landrieu, Director

The Winter Olympics Come to Preschool

This week our preschoolers arrived at gym class to discover they were now Olympic athletes.

Torch Each child ran and carried the torch around Fellowship Hall and then it was time for the games to begin.
They ice skated on paper plates Skating3
Skating2 and did pairs skating.
There was a ski run and they played hockey (with pool noodles and ballons). Hockey
GoldMedal At the end of the games, all were awarded special "gold" medals.

Greetings from Room 103

Puzzle SolvingHi! We are Maureen Gaboda and Karen Belardo and we run the 3 day 3 year old class. They are the older 3’s and have to be potty trained for this class. We have settled in by this time of year and the children have made new friends and have become very social in the process. We enjoy our morning meeting where the leader of the day does the calendar and then becomes our weatherperson! Being the leader is important to the children and gives them a sense of accomplishment.

ClimbingWe then go on to the special of the day. Monday is Language Arts with Mrs. Young, which the children all come back smiling. She usually takes half the class which is 7 children and works in that smaller group. Wednesday is music with Mrs. Orlando and the children love to sing and learn new songs. The rhythm sticks have been so much fun to find the beat! On Friday, Mrs Kolb will work their large muscles while having a great deal of fun.

Working on Art ProjectEveryday we have a project for the children and we take them one at a time while the rest of the children have free play. We work on skills such as counting, fine motor, numbers, and letters.

Our children have matured greatly since September and are learning while having so much fun playing. They love to come to school and see what new and exciting experience await them! Until next time!

Sincerely, Maureen and Karen

Helping Your Child Learn to Read

By Kim Sodano & Nicole Young

Teaching Your Child to ReadThe best way to help your child learn to read is to read, read, read!

  1. Model reading in front of your child. Read directions on recipes, the newspaper, labels on clothing, and street signs. Show your child the importance of reading, and also the pleasure we can get from reading.
  2. Set aside a special time each day to read with your child. It might be right before bed, or you could wake your child up each morning with a story.
  3. Point your finger under the words as you read them.
  4. Talk about the title of the book, the author, illustrator, etc. What is the setting? Who are the characters? Could this really happen or is it just pretend?
  5. Take your child to the library. Help your child get her own library card and take responsibility for books.
  6. Teaching Your Child to Read

  7. Create a special basket or shelf in your home where you keep books and magazines for your child to read. You might also want to keep a backpack filled with books in your car.
  8. Create a soft snuggly place to read. Maybe in the corner of a room with a mountain of pillows or on the bed.
  9. Let the child choose the book he/she might want to read. Even if you have already read it 100 times that week or it is very wordy and not that interesting to you. You can choose to read parts of the wordy story or have him/her help you read the book that he/she has memorized.
  10. Leave a few books in the bathroom.

Winter Books We Love

Winter sure is showing off this year!

We’ve had two snow days already and perhaps a few more to go before Spring arrives. I’d like to share with you a few of our favorite winter books which you can share with your child anytime.

  • Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
  • The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler
  • The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel
  • A Little Bit of Winter by Paul Stewart
  • Snow by Roy McKie and P. D. Eastman
  • Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
  • The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (wordless!)
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Thank You, God, For Winter by Jane Belk Moncure
  • When Winter Comes by Robert Maass

Happy Reading!

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director

What is VBS?

by Karen Reinhart

VBS SanctuaryI first heard about Vacation Bible School eleven years ago when my oldest sons were attending NBRC Preschool and to be honest it was something I had never considered before but it would be a long summer so I signed the kids up.

I have to admit that when I dropped my 4-year-old twins at NBRC’s VBS while I struggled with a baby in a carrier a two-year-old clinging to my hand, I wondered if it would be worth the trouble but my twins loved everything — the games, music, crafts, lessons, carnival and the beads for memorizing bible verses — so the following year the baby was in the nursery while I volunteered as a guide.VBS Teachers

It didn’t take long for me to be blown away by the energy, creativity and excitement of the 70+ volunteers who diligently work bringing the Bible alive for over 175 kids and NBRC VBS has been a part of my families summer ever since — my three oldest are all volunteers now and “the baby in the nursery” has one more year as a “Carnival Kid” before becoming a volunteer himself. (The Carnival Kids creates games for the younger kids to play at the carnival on Friday after VBS ends.)

VBS Guide And KidIt’s been wonderful watching my children grow from being the youngest to becoming junior guides enthusiastically helping the little ones navigate VBS.

Every year we look forward to the special week of VBS — seeing old friends and making new.

We hope you will be among them!

Vacation Bible School runs this year, August 11-15, 2014 from 9-11:45 AM and is open to all children 5th Grade completed through 4 years old by 12/31/14. Information can be found here.

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