February 2018 Newsletter

February Dates:

February 1 & 2 – Tuition Due

February 2 – Ice Cream Social 4-5:30

Friday, February 9 – Community Registration begins @ 8 am

February 13(T/Th) – Class Valentine Celebrations

February 14(MWF & 5-day 4s) – Class Valentine Celebrations

Monday, February 19 – No School, President’s Day

February Snacks:

This month the children will enjoy these delicious snacks; Goldfish and apple juice, Nilla Wafers & peach slices, mini bagels and cream cheese and Animal Crackers and apple juice.

Valentine’s Day Celebrations:

Valentine’s Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 13th for the T/Th classes and Wednesday, February 14th for the MWF and 5-day 4s class.

Don’t forget to bring your Valentines!

The two, three and four-year-old children will celebrate by bringing a Valentine for each of their classmates. Your child’s name should be on the card and the outside should be left blank.  Please check your class bulletin board for additional information.

4 Corners Community Nursery Ice Cream Social

The Annual Ice Cream Social will be on Friday, February 2nd. John Henry England will entertain us with his music and fun!  This has been a fun family event for several years.  Bring your whole family for a fun afternoon of dancing and making ice cream sundaes and mingling. Snow is in the forecast for Friday, if MCPS closes school or cancels afternoon/evening activities, we will postpone our event.

Open House/Community Registration

We have been very busy giving tours for prospective families. Many thanks to Brenna Mikesell, Alana Laliberte and April Alemroth for helping out with Open House tours. Please continue to let your family, friends and neighbors know about 4CCN!  Community registration begins on Friday, February 9th at 8 am.  If you have not yet registered for 2018-19, please do so before the 9th.

4CCN Snow Days

It is only the end of January, beginning of February and it has been quite a winter with snow closings, delays and early dismissals.  As of this writing we have had a school “snow day” (school closed) on Thursday, January 4th and Wednesday, January 17th. We have had 3-2-hour delays; 1/5, 1/9, & 1/ 30. One early closing on Monday, January 8th.  4CCN policy has 4 snow days for Tuesday/Thursday classes and 6 days for Monday/Wednesday/Friday.

January 2018 Newsletter

January Dates:

January 1 – No School – New Year’s Day

January 4 & 5 - Tuition Due

January 8 – In-house Registration Begins

January 15 – No School – MLK Day

January 24 – Community Open House 9:30 -11 am

January 26 – No School

January 29 – Alumni Registration Begins

February Date:

February 2 – Ice Cream Social 4 -5:30

February 9 – Community Registration Begins, 8 am


January Snacks:

The children will enjoy the following snacks this month: Graham crackers and apple juice, goldfish and juice, Nilla Wafers and peach halves, cinnamon bread and cream cheese, Saltine crackers and cheese slices.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

The 2, 3 and 4 year old classes will have their parent-teacher conferences in January and February. Please check your classroom bulletin board for conference date and sign up for your conference time. Conferences will be held on the second floor in the library.

January 8 – Mrs. Temenak – MWF class

January 17 – Mrs. Schaefer MWF/5 day class

January 22 – Mrs. Campbell – MWF class

January 23 – Mrs. Campbell – T/Th class

January 29 – Mrs. Sampson – MWF class

January 30 – Mrs. Lyon – T/Th class

January 31   - Mrs. Lyon – MWF class

February 1 – Mrs. Dunmire’s class

4CCN Snow Policy

4 Corners Community Nursery follows the Montgomery County School’s closing policy.  MCPS will notify radio and television stations of the decision, usually by 6am.  If it is necessary to close school early, 4CCN will close at 11:45 am.  When MCPS is delayed by two hours, 4CCN will open at 11:15 am and remain open until 1:15 for ALL ages

Tax Forms

Some of you may be able to use child care expenses as a deduction on your income tax.  If this is the case, please stop by the office for more information.

In House Registration

Registration forms for the 2018-2019 school year have gone home with the 2 & 3-year olds. If you need additional forms, please stop by the office to pick some up. Registration will begin on Monday, January 8th at 9:00 am. Registration is first come first served.

Alumni/Community Registration

Registration for past 4CCN families will be the week of January 29th.

Registration for incoming/new families will be on Friday, February 9th at 8am.

All registration is on a first come first served basis.


Once again the 4CCN community did not disappoint!  Thank you all very much for your generous donations of food for the Luther Rice Food Bank.  Your donations were very much appreciated by the Church.

Holiday Dinner Boxes

I would like to express my sincere thanks to the families participated in the Holiday Dinner box gift.  Your generosity has helped needy families in this community. Thanks to all of you who have helped those in need through this program and Stuff-A-Truck.

Outdoor Play

We will continue to go outside everyday as long as the weather is not too extreme.  Please continue to dress your children in warm clothes, coats, hats and mittens. Please label all garments.

Community Open House Help

 Community Open House will be on Wednesday, January 24th from 9:30 – 11 am.

We need some parent volunteers to help give tours to prospective families. If you are able to help volunteer with tours, please stop by the office and let us know. We give you a cheat sheet with answers to frequently asked questions!  Thank you!

 4 Corners Community Ice Cream Social

Our 7th Annual Ice Cream Social will be held on Friday, February 2nd . The event will take place in the Social Hall from 4-5:30. The children and families can make their own sundaes and sing and dance with John Henry England.

Look for more information on how you can help out on your classroom bulletin board in the coming weeks.

It’s Not “Just Play”

 Play is an essential part of early learning.

It is the lifeblood of the learning process.

 As children play they are developing the cognitive, socio-emotional and physical skills they will need to take them into a successful adulthood.

They are developing their curiosity, problem solving, intentionality, flexibility, and verbal & non-verbal skills.

 Socio-emotionally they are developing their emotional intelligence – learning confidence, cooperation, negotiation, sharing, empathy and how to communicate appropriately.

 Physically their fine motor and gross motor skills are being practiced and developed.

 It’s not “just play” they are skills for life!

 MHC Early Childhood Solutions

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December 2017 Newsletter

December Dates:

December 7 & 8 – Tuition Due

Friday, December 8 – 4CCN Stuff-A-Truck

Monday, December 25 –Monday, January 1 – Winter Break


January 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018 – No School

Monday, January 8 – In-house registration begins

Monday, January 15 – No School, MLK Birthday

Wednesday, January 24 – Open House, 9:30-11 am

Friday, January 26 – No School

Monday, January 29 – Alumni Registration Begins



The children will be enjoying the following snacks this month; cookies and fruit, crackers and juice and crackers/goldfish and juice – in other words – LEFTOVERS!


Dressing for School

Cold weather is on its way and we will continue to go outside unless the weather is extreme.  This is a pleasant experience if your child is properly dressed.  Please make sure that your child has a warm coat, pants, hat and mittens – all labeled with their names.


Winter Break

The school and offices will close at the end of the school day on Friday, December 22nd and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Enjoy your holidays!

11th Annual Stuff-A-Truck

Since 2007, 4 Corners Community Nursery has collected non-perishable, not expired food donations for the needy in our area. In the past, the families have been very generous.  Again this year, we will have a truck parked at the front door for “stuffing” on Friday, December 8th.   Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church has provided food and clothing for the needy in this area for the past 30 years. All donations will go directly to LRMBC food pantry. This food goes directly back to those who live in our community.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

Holiday Dinner Boxes for the Community

Families have another opportunity to help the needy in our community. The dinner box serves a family of six including $15.00 gift card or a canned ham, potatoes, cranberry sauce, vegetables, fruit, sweet potatoes, stuffing, gravy, dinner rolls, a baked good and anything else you would like to include.  If you are interested in making a Christmas dinner basket for a family, please stop by the office for information.


Community Open House and In-house Registration

We will have a community Open House on Wednesday, January 24th from 9:30-11am.  Please let your friends know about 4CCN.  Word of mouth is our #1 marketing tool! Thank you for your support

In-house registration will begin on Monday, January 8th at 9am. Registration forms will be sent home with 2 & 3 year olds the week of January 2nd.  Extra forms will be available in the school office. 

Alumni registration will begin on Tuesday, January 29th – families who have had children here in the past and do not currently have a child enrolled.

Community registration will begin at 8 am on Friday, February 9th.

All registration is first come first served.

We get so much positive feedback from the community! Thank you all for telling your friends about 4CCN.


Ice Cream Social

Join us for some fun!  The annual Ice Cream Social will be on Friday, February 2nd  from 4 – 5:30 pm.  Make your own sundaes while John Henry England entertains us with his music. More details will follow in January.


2017-2018 Tuition

We will have a $15.00/month tuition increase for September 2018-May 2019. Monday Wednesday Friday will be $365.00/month, Tuesday Thursday $305.00/month and the 5-day program $485 .00/month.

Holiday Tips for Parents

The best part of any holiday is waiting and planning for it to arrive. But when children anticipate the arrival of a big celebration, especially one involving gifts and other goodies, the waiting can dissolve into wails and whines.  November and December are full of “can’t wait” celebrations. People everywhere are celebrating.  The downside to all this merriment is that holidays demand we pack a lot of extra work into our already busy schedules.  While holiday stress is almost unavoidable, the following tips may help with the waiting game.

·         See things from a child’s point of view.  Young children can’t often identify why they are uncomfortable.  Try to see whiny and stubborn behavior as an ineffective way of telling you he us uncomfortable, hungry, tried or on holiday overload.

·         Involve your child in preparations.  Provide your child with simple tasks to complete and remind him/her how valuable the contributions are.

·         Avoid using language that holds no meaning for your child such as X holiday will be here in 2 weeks.  Instead look at a calendar, cross days off, make a paper chain link and count down days.

·         Keep your own anticipation to a minimum. Perfection and young children do not mix especially during the holidays.

Happy Holidays!

As the 2017 year comes to a close, the staff at 4 Corners Community Nursery would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season.  We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. All the best to 2017!!


Playing outside seems to help kids’ vision

By Karla Zadnik and Don Mutti November 11

The ready availability of technology may make the children of today faster at configuring a new smartphone, but does all of that screen time affect the development of their eyes?

While conventional wisdom dictates that children should do less up-close viewing, sit farther from the television and perhaps even wear their eyeglasses less, we have found in recent studies that another factor may be at play: Kids need to go outside and, if not play, at least get some general exposure to outdoor light.

To our surprise, more time outdoors had a protective effect and reduced the chances that a child would go on to need myopic refractive correction. The size of the effect was impressive.

What causes nearsightedness?

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a condition in which you can’t see far away but can see up close without glasses or contact lenses. It typically starts during the early elementary-school years. Because kids don’t know how other kids see, they often think their blurry vision is normal, so regular eye examinations are important.

With myopia, the eye is growing, but growing too long for distant rays of light to focus accurately on the back of the eye. A blurry image results.

For children, eyeglasses or contact lenses move the focus back to the retina, and a clear image is formed. The too-long eye cannot be shrunk, so refractive correction is then a lifelong necessity. In adulthood, surgery is an option.

But kids don’t always like wearing glasses, sometimes with good reason. It is harder to play sports in them. Swimming is nearly impossible, and kids tend to lose or break them.

Myopia on the rise

A worldwide epidemic of nearsightedness has been reported, associated with a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Besides creating the need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses or to seek a surgical remedy, myopia can result in blinding eye diseases late in life, including retinal detachment or degeneration.

Risk factors include having myopic parents. A debate about the influence of reading and other close work has flourished for more than a century.

The bad actor in the environment was always assumed to be near work, such as reading, sewing and now computer, video game and smartphone usage. That theory makes so much intuitive sense. The eye in childhood is naturally growing longer, even in normally sighted children. In a child developing myopia, the eye grows to focus on the frequently observed, near-viewing field.

No less than Johannes Kepler, the astronomer and inventor who refined glass lenses for eyeglasses, was convinced that his poring over astronomical charts and calculations in the late 1500s was responsible for his nearsightedness. Kepler had it right when it came to the orbit of planets, but he was wrong about how the environment influences prescriptions for eyeglasses. The latest evidence says that near work is not to blame for nearsightedness.

We studied this question for over 20 years in 4,979 children as part of the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Ethnicity and Refractive Error (CLEERE) Study, funded by the National Eye Institute, in order to put near work, computer use and watching television in their proper place: essential for study and recreation but not an important factor in whether a child will need glasses.

Impressive differences

If a child has two nearsighted parents, the hereditary genetic effects increase the child’s chances of needing glasses to about 60 percent if time spent outdoors is low.

More time outdoors, about 14 hours per week, can nearly neutralize that genetic risk, lowering the chances of needing glasses to about 20 percent, the same chance as a child with no nearsighted parents claims.

A survey of papers from around the world, including Australia, England and Singapore, in the past decade align almost perfectly with what we published in 2007 from the Orinda Longitudinal Study of Myopia.

Parents may ask: What about children who already wear glasses? Does more time outside help already nearsighted children?

Unfortunately, we and others have found that time outdoors has little to no effect on how prescriptions change over time in children who are already nearsighted, although more study of this is ongoing.

Enlightening theories

So what’s so good about being outdoors for a child without glasses? There are several theories.

One is that children may exercise more when they are out of doors and that exercise is somehow protective. Another is that more ultraviolet B radiation from the sun makes for more circulating vitamin D, which somehow prevents abnormal childhood eye growth and myopia onset. Yet another is that light itself slows abnormal myopic eye growth and that outdoors light is simply brighter.

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The dominant theory is that the brighter light outside stimulates a release of dopamine from specialized cells in the retina. Dopamine then initiates a molecular signaling cascade that ends with slower, normal growth of the eye, which means no myopia.

Evidence from our work and from animal models of myopia indicate it’s the actual light exposure, not just a decrease in the time spent reading because children are outdoors, that may work the magic.

There’s clearly much more to learn, but before you send your children out to run around the block, remind them to put on sunscreen and to wear sunglasses. Even as time outdoors might prevent the development of nearsightedness, parents will want to ensure they aren’t creating other skin and eye problems from ultraviolet light exposure.


Read more

Blue light from electronics disturbs sleep, especially for teenagers

Teens are sleep-deprived. Here’s how that affects sports, school, health.

Decoding the mysteries of a child’s developing brain


Zadnik is the dean of the College of Optometry at Ohio State University. Mutti is a professor of optometry there. This article was originally published on theconversation.com.



November 2017 Newsletter

November Dates

November 2 & 3 – Tuition Due

November 23 & 24 – No School Thanksgiving

November Snacks

The children will enjoy the following snacks for the month of November; Nilla Wafers and vanilla yogurt, Saltines and cheese, pretzels and hummus and Ritz crackers and peanut butter.

 Fall Consignment Sale

Fall Consignment Sale

The 4CCN Fall Consignment Sale was once more a success!  A special thank you to all of the families who helped with this year’s sale. We appreciate all of your dedication, hard work, and volunteer efforts. 

Also, thanks to Regina Parks who did the accounting for the sale. Our total sales grossed $11,000.  The money raised for the sale funds important school items such as our beautiful playground equipment and maintenance, in- house field trips, and classroom equipment. Also, many of the remaining items that did not sell were donated to different amazing local organizations. 

What a great feeling for all of us to come together as a school community to make such a large event occur that ultimately benefits all of our children as well as our greater community. We hope you enjoyed meeting new people. 4CCN is a fantastic community!

Our Spring sale is scheduled for the week of April 16-20, 2018. It never hurts to get started tagging early, so if you just consigned with us, let us know if you want to keep your code.

Andrea Altuner and Laura Stewart, co-chairs

I personally would like to thank Andrea & Laura for all of their hard work. They ran a well-organized and smooth sale. Thanks to all of the families who volunteered for the sale. It is a huge undertaken but with everyone’s efforts the sale continues to be a success. Thanks to all!


Open House Dates and 4CCN Registration

4 Corners Community Nursery will have Open House days on Wednesday, November 29th and Wednesday, January 24th 9:30– 11:00 am. If you are interested in helping 4CCN with tours of our space, please let me know. We need about 6 volunteers to take small groups of families around to the different classrooms.

Registration for in-house families will begin on Monday, January 8th, alumni registration beginning on January 30th and community registration will be on Friday, February 9th.  Registration forms for in-house families will go home after winter break.


 Dressing for Cold Weather

As the cold weather approaches in November, please remember to dress your child for outdoor play.  We will continue to go outside to play in the winter months.

Please send your children to school with hats, mittens, warm coats, etc. Make sure every piece is labeled with your child’s name.  It is also important your child wears appropriate shoes to school. Please send your children to school with sturdy, close-toed shoes.


4CCN Emergency Evacuation Procedures

4 Corners Community Nursery is required by the State of Maryland to practice their emergency preparedness procedures.  Each month we have a fire drill and evacuate the building.  The children know exactly what to do when they hear the fire bell sound.  In the event that we need to evacuate the building, we would shelter at Young Israel (next door) or Forest Knolls Elementary.


2017-2018 Room Parents

We have a few vacancies.  If you are willing to take on the role of a room parent for your class, that would be greatly appreciated.  Many thanks to those of you who are volunteering!  Room parents coordinate holiday and end of the year gifts for the teachers.  Sometimes the teacher may need the room parent to coordinate some other class activity.

Mrs. Campbell MWF – Kristin Maki

Mrs. Campbell T/Th –

Mrs. Temenak – Rosemary Wilson

Mrs. Schaefer MWF –

Mrs. Schaefer T/Th –

Mrs. Lyon MWF – 

Mrs. Lyon T/Th – Kelly Barnard

Mrs. Sampson – Audrey Ho, Matthew Rakola

Mrs. Dunmire – Jennifer Cox