May 2019 Newsletter

 The Last Day of School

The last day of the school year for the Tuesday/Thursday class is Thursday, May 30th.  The final day of school for 2018-19 is Friday, May 31st.  Please read “End of the Year Celebrations” in this newsletter regarding the last day of school.

 May Snacks

During the month of May, the children will have Graham Crackers, Goldfish and Chocolate Cat Cookies with juice. The final week of school, we will finish up what is left!

 In-House Field Trip

Under the Sea will visit us on May 1st & 2nd. We will explore creatures that live in the sea. You can visit more aquatic life at the Glen Echo Park Aquarium,

 Board of Directors Meeting

On Wednesday, May 15th, the Board of Directors will meet. If there is anything you would like discussed, please let a board member know. The board members for 2018-19 are Andrea Altuner, Jocelyn Donnelly, Jessica Goudiss, Alana Kravitz, Brenna Mikesell, Nikki Rosen, Helen Lyon, Carla Temenak, Laura Stewart and Susie Ostermeyer.

 Staffing Changes

Nanci Schaefer will be retiring after 30 years at 4CCN. Nanci has been such a huge part of 4CCN. Nanci has seen so many changes during her time here at 4CCN.  Thank you Nanci for all of your wisdom and your love for teaching and enriching so many children’s lives.

As of this writing, decisions on staffing arrangements have not been finalized.


 September Dates

Returning families here are some dates for your calendar:

September 2nd – Labor Day

September 5th & 6th – Get Acquainted Open House 9:15-10:15

September 9th – First Day of School, first week 9:15-12:15

September 30th – No School, Rosh Hashanah


 Openings Available

We still have openings available in our T/Th 2s & T/Th 3s programs. Please let your friends know about 4CCN.  Please have them give us a call 301-681-9520 or send an email  You are our #1 advertiser, help spread the word about our great program.

Summer Work

This summer we will have all the asbestos floor tiles removed from the hallways and classrooms. Work will begin at the beginning of June. We will not have access to our space during this time.  New flooring will be laid mid-end June.

Annual Survey

The 4CCN Annual Survey will be emailed to you directly in the beginning of May. Please take some time to fill out the survey. Your input is important to us. The Board of Directors evaluates the results and gives us an opportunity to discuss any necessary changes.  Thank you.

 Playground Use after School

The weather is getting warmer outside and we are enjoying the playground after school.   Safety of all children is very important even after school.  Please supervise your children at all times.  Please follow these safety rules we have in place during the school day:

·         Parents only unlock gate

·         Keep gate closed at all times

·         Parents need to supervise children at all times

·         No jumping off equipment

·         No climbing on fence

·         Cover sandbox after use

·         No throwing mulch/sticks/rocks/sand KEEP SAND IN SANDBOX!

·         Stay away from classroom windows

·         Please remember to lock gate if you are the last one off the playground

·         Parents/care takers are liable for the safety of their children after school hours

AP Testing

High School students from the area will be taking their AP Exams during the weeks of May 6 – May 17. Testing will take place in the Social Hall (consignment room).  You may notice more teens around the building during those two weeks.

End of the Year Celebrations

Friday, May 31st is our last day of school for the 2018-19 school year.  It is a 4CCN tradition to have an end-of-year picnic at a local park. All classes and staff will come together from 10-12:30 to celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. More information will follow in the next few weeks.

4CCN does not have any kind of promotion or graduation ceremony for our 4-year old children. Children respond differently to situations. Where some children are very comfortable with a celebration like this, it makes others very anxious. We want the end of the year to be a positive one for all children. Please celebrate this mile stone as a family that suits your child/family best.


Kindergarten Orientation

Is your child heading off to kindergarten in the fall? If you plan on sending your son/daughter to public schools, please call your designated school for registration information and orientation schedule.

 Remember to Unplug

Unplug to Connect

·         Kids who spend less time with screens spend more time with their families

Caring adults help children:

·         Feel comfortable with themselves

·         Have success with friendships

·         Love learning

Screen-free connections don’t have to take a lot of time; they can easily happen every day:

·         Chat on the way home from school

·         Cook meals together. Kids love stirring and measuring

·         Share songs and stories during bath time.

No app or program is as interactive as a teacher, parent or playmate.


Unplug to Learn

          How do Preschoolers learn best?

·         Exploring with all their senses

·         Through hands-on free play

·         Having lots of conversations

·         When grown-ups read to them

Children who spend less time with screens:

·         Do better in school

·         Have more time for creative play and interacting with caring adults, tow activities essential to learning


Unplug for Health

          Children who spend less time with screens:

·         Fall asleep faster

·         Sleep longer

·         Eat healthier

·         Get more exercise

Be a positive role model

·         Kids learn screen-time habits from parents and caregivers

·         Encourage outdoor, free play as often as possible – it helps develop strong, healthy bodies

·         Make bedtime routines screen free – kids who use screens at night have more sleep problems.

·         Keep screens out of bedrooms

·         Enjoy screen-free, family meals – they encourage healthy eating

Unplug and Play

Children naturally create their own fun. But if they ever need help getting started, her are a few suggestions:


Alone or with a friend:

·         Draw with sidewalk chalk

·         Dig in mud

·         Make sheet tents for indoor camping

·         Play dress up

·         Build with cardboard boxes

Doing chores

·         Paly “I Spy” at the grocery store

·         Make sorting laundry game

·         Sing songs while cleaning up

Traveling and eating out

·         Find cars in different colors

·         Count stops until your station

·         Draw on paper napkins and placemats

Did you know?

·         There is no evidence to support the popular view that children must start using screen technologies early on to succeed in a digital world.

·         How children spend their time is important – lifelong habits and behaviors are formed in childhood.

·         TV, digital game and the internet can be habit-forming.

·         Content matters: Even a little exposure to fast-paced, violent, sexualized or commercialize games and programs can be harmful.

·         The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding screens for children under 2 and no more than 1 to 2 hours of screen time a day for older kids.

·         4 Corners Community Nursery is a screen-free program!


A BIG Thank You!

So many of you helped us throughout the year. Thank you for being part of this community of families.


J Thanks to everyone who apportioned snack for us.

J Thanks to those who served as room parents, helped with the BBQ and Ice Cream Social.

J Thanks to the parents and teachers who served on the Board of Directors.

J Thanks to Stacee Silagi & Kerri Thauby for two successful Consignment Sales.

J Thanks to those of you who fulfilled your required consignment hours and extra thanks if you worked additional hours.

J Lacey Talero, our Scholastic Books coordinator.

J Regina Park who has formatted the monthly newsletter for me.

J Thanks to a great staff who work so hard throughout the school year.

J Thank you for sharing your children with us. They give us so much joy and laughter.

J Thank you for being a part of this great community!

April 2019 Newsletter

April 2019 Newsletter


The children will enjoy the following snacks this month: Nilla Wafers and apple juice, animal crackers and juice, mini bagels and cream cheese and oatmeal cookies and apple sauce.

Final Tuition Due

The final tuition payment is due by Friday, April 5th, if you paid May tuition at the time of registration. If you need to pay for May, Laura will send you an invoice in April.

2019-2020 School Year Openings

We still have openings in our Tuesday/Thursday 2s & 3s and 5-day 4s.  If you know anyone who may be interested in learning more about 4CCN, please have them give us a call. Your recommendations are our best advertising!

In-House Field Trips in April/May

In the next two months we will have several groups come visit 4CCN.  April 25th & 26th Squeals on Wheels will bring some farm animals to share with the children. May 1st & 2nd the Under the Sea program will bring sea critters that live in the ocean.

Our in-house field trips are funded by all of the parent’s efforts will the consignment sales. Thank you!

Board of Directors Meeting

A Board of Directions meeting will be scheduled for some time at the end of April, beginning of May. If there is anything you would like discussed at the meeting, please send Susie an email at or speak with one of the other board members: Helen Lyon, Carla Temenak, Alana Kravitz, Andrea Altuner, Brenna Mikesell, Jessica Goudiss, Jocelyn Donnelly, Nikki Rosen and Laura Stewart.
I do want to thank some of our parents who have served on the Board of Directors for several years. Brenna Mikesell and Jessica Goudiss will be “graduating” at the end of the year. Their many years at 4CCN has benefited decisions we make that affects us all. Thank you, Brenna & Jessica.

 Spring Consignment Sale

 A huge thank you to Kerri Thauby and Stacee Silagi for a very successful spring consignment sale.  Kerri and Stacee were a great team organizing and running both the fall and spring sales this year.  The sale was a big success! Thank you very much Kerri and Stacee.

 A Note From our Co-Chairs:

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and/or consigned with us at the Spring sale. We appreciate your support!

The money raised from the sale helps to maintain our beautiful playground and classrooms, as well as fund the in-house field trips and our other social events throughout the year.

 Many of you decided to donate your remaining items that did not sell. I am pleased to inform you that your contribution helped seven different local organizations. Each one of them was incredibly grateful to receive such needed items to help out others in our community.

This sale was a great success and we absolutely couldn't have done it without you! Thank you for playing an active role in our 4CCN community. It truly takes all of us to make this event happen twice per year. 

 he Fall sale is set for the week of October 21. Please reach out if you need any information.

 Best wishes and we look forward to working with you again! 

Kerri Thauby & Stacee Silagi


 Kindergarten Orientation

Is your child heading off to kindergarten in the fall? If you plan on sending your son/daughter to public schools, please call your designated school for registration information and orientation schedule.

 Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt

Pastor John Cheek has invited the 4CCN families to and Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20th from 10 am – 12 pm.  If you are interested in coming, they are asking that each family bring 1 dozen colored hard boiled eggs for the hunt. This has been a fun event for families in past years. Hope you can make it!




·         Struggling with handwriting?

·         Difficulty learning new motor skills?

·         Avoiding coloring, drawing or cutting?

·         Clumsiness? Covering ears during loud noises?

·         Always “on the go” or fidgety?

·         Bothered by tags on clothing?

·         Annoyed by messy hands or fingers?


The Treatment and Learning Center is offering FREE screenings in April.Occupational Therapists are skilled in assessing how a child’s sensory processing abilities, fine motor skills, visual motor skills, and gross motor skills impact performance and function in daily life including self-care, play and academics.  Proficient skills in these areas are imperative for children to be successful in the classroom environment.  The screens can also be used as a preventative measure to ensure that your child’s development is on track and the child will have the foundation skills necessary to be able to learn.  Screenings are available for all ages of children and take 30 minutes.




 Healthy Eating:

 It is good that children develop a fear of new things around the time are more able to explore on their own. When they encounter something new, they don’t put it in their mouth to figure it out like they used to. It is not so good when this fear of unfamiliar things includes food. We want children to have a healthy habit of eating a variety of foods. Research tells us that children are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. Remember that it may take 10 -15 introductions to a new food before a child accepts it. Part of that introduction should take place daily as through planned activities such as circle time, story time, cooking and gardening. Each introduction helps to increase familiarity and comfort with foods. Teach children where their food comes from. Show them how it grows. Have them participate in preparation of food. Engage with children in unplanned informal conversations about healthy eating. Extend and reinforce learning by engaging with families through newsletters that describe new foods their child is exploring with you. 

Kindergarten Students With These 2 Skills are Twice as Likely to Obtain a College Degree (And they Have Nothing to do with Reading)

The good news is, every child is capable of learning these skills--we just have to teach them.

By Amy MorinAuthor, "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do"@AmyMorinLCSW

Your child's skills at age 5 matter more than you think.

CREDIT: Getty Images

It's hard to believe that what your child knows at age 5 could influence his future chances of success. But that's exactly what a 2015 study published in the American Journal of Public Health found.

But researchers discovered that the skills that predict future success had nothing to do with reading or writing. Instead, they say your child's social and emotional skills are what determine how likely your child is to go to college rather than end up in jail.

What the Research Found

Researchers from Penn State and Duke University interviewed kindergarten teachers about children's social and emotional competence. The teachers weighed in on how well the kids shared, listened to others, resolved problems with their peers, and were helpful.

Then researchers followed up with the kids once they became young adults to see what happened to them. They discovered that the kids with the highest social and emotional competency scores in kindergarten fared better overall.

For every one-point increase in children's social competency scores in kindergarten, they were twice as likely to obtain college degrees. They were also more likely to have full-time jobs by age 25.

But the kids who had trouble cooperating, listening, and resolving conflict were less likely to finish high school--let alone college. They were more likely to have legal problems and substance abuse issues.

For every one-point decrease in social competency at age 5, a child had a 67 percent higher chance of being arrested in early adulthood. A one-point decrease also meant a child had a 52 percent higher rate of binge drinking and an 82 percent higher chance of living in public housing (or at least being on the waitlist).

Social and Emotional Skills Can Be Taught

With all the evidence that supports the importance of social and emotional skills, isn't it incredible to think that we still pour most of our resources into teaching kids academic skills? From Baby Einstein music to flash cards for toddlers, there are tons of products on the market that promise to help your kids succeed.

But none of those products will actually help your kids become emotionally competent. You have to teach those skills yourself--your kids won't learn them in school.

And don't panic if your child is already past kindergarten. You can teach those skills at any time--but it's important to give kids the opportunities to practice using their skills firsthand.

How to Teach Kids Emotional and Social Skills

In my book 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I outline specific exercises that teach kids of all ages how to manage their emotions and sharpen their social skills. With regular practice, kids can develop the mental muscle they need to reach their greatest potential.

Here are a few simple strategies that can help your child begin to gain emotional competence:

  • Label your child's feelings. Say things like "It looks like you're feeling sad today" or "I can tell you are mad right now." Eventually, your child will learn to verbalize his feelings on his own.

  • Validate your child's feelings. Resist the urge to say things like "Calm down--it's not a big deal." Instead, say, "I know you're really upset right now." Regardless of whether you think his emotional response is out of proportion to the situation, teach your child that it's OK to have big feelings.

  • Make empathy faces.  Say, "Make a face that shows me how that boy felt when you hit him." When your child makes a sad or angry face, he'll actually experience that emotion for a moment. And he'll develop more empathy--which is a key ingredient in social success.

  • Let your child experience uncomfortable emotions. It's healthy to feel bored, angry, scared, or lonely sometimes. Teach healthy coping strategies to deal with discomfort, and coach your kids as they practice. With your support, they can learn that uncomfortable emotions are tolerable.

  • Correct the behavior, not the emotion. Make it clear that angry feelings are OK but aggressive behavior isn't. And teach your child that it's OK to feel sad but screaming at the top of her lungs in the grocery store isn't OK. Use discipline that teaches better ways to deal with emotions.

Incorporate Skill Building Into Your Daily Life

Whether your child is 4 or 14, make mental strength training a part of your daily lives. By making it a family activity, you'll also sharpen your skills (or perhaps learn some new ones for yourself). And you'll be giving your child the tools she needs to reach her greatest potential.

January 2019 Newsletter

January 2019 Newsletter

January Dates:

January 1 – No School – New Year’s Day

January 3 & 4 - Tuition Due

January 7 – In-house Registration Begins

January 21 – No School – MLK Day

January 28 – No School

January 29 – Alumni Registration Begins


February Date:

February 8 – Ice Cream Social 4 -5:30

February 4 – Community Registration Begins


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. Children will have a regular school day on their conference day, a substitute will be in the classroom for the teacher.


January 15 – Mrs. Schaefer T/Th class

January 16 – Mrs. Schaefer MWF class

January 17 – Mrs. Lyon T/Th class

January 18 – Mrs. Lyon MWF class

January 24 – Mrs. Campbell – T/Th class

January 25 – Mrs. Campbell – MWF class

January 30 - Mrs. Carbin’s class

January 31 – Mrs. Temenak’s class

February 1 – Mrs. Siff’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 2019-2020 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 7th 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.

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.


Children’s Yoga Class

Audrey Ho is a former 4CCN parent who is in the process of getting her certification for children’s yoga.  She will be teaching some classes with our children at the beginning of January. Many thanks to Audrey for sharing your talents with our children.


4 Corners Community Ice Cream Social

Our 8th Annual Ice Cream Social will be held on Friday, February 8th. 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.


Help You Child Learn to Make Choices

Do you ever wonder why you child says “no” so often? Saying n is how your child first learns to make choices. Like adults, children like to feel in control of what they do. When children make their own choices, they learn about themselves, how to make good decisions, and lets them know that you trust them.  And, being able to make choices help children avoid peer pressure when they are older.  Allowing children to make choices does not mean that they are allowed to do whatever they want. Below are tips on ways to help your child make choices that work for him/her and for you.



·         Give your child a toy that makes different sounds and has different features. Let her see what happens when she pushes the buttons and pulls the levers.

·         Put three toys within reach of your child. Let him choose the toy(s) to play with. Your child may pick up the toys, look at, and play with them one or all of them.


·         When helping your toddler get dressed in the morning, give her choices. At first, give clear choices. For example:

·         Show two shirts and say, “You can wear the blue shirt or the red shirt today. Which one do you want to wear?”

·         Show tow pairs of shoes and say, “Do you want to wear sneakers or sandals?”

Then ask, “Which shoe do you want to put on first – the right or the left one?”

·         Ask your toddler to pick out two bedtime stories to read together.


·         Let you child help you make lunch. Give her several choices” “Do you want a banana or an apple?” or “Do you ant a cheese and crackers or a cheese sandwich?”

·         When playing with your child, let her choose the games or toys to play with. She will love the chance to play her favorite game with you.

·         Let your child decide in which order he will accomplish tasks. For example, at bedtime, say: “It’s time to get ready for bed. Do you want to brush your teeth or wash your face first?”