May 2018 Newsletter

The Last Day of School

The last day of the school year for the Tuesday/Thursday class is Thursday, May 24th.  The final day of school for 2017-18 is Friday, May 25th.  Please read “End of the Year Celebrations” in this newsletter regarding the last day of school.

May Snacks

During the month of May, we will be finishing up all the snacks we have left in our cabinet. Cookies, crackers, juice, Goldfish etc.

In-House Field Trip

Under the Sea will visit us on May 8th & May 9th. 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 16th, the Board of Directors will meet. If there is anything you would like discussed, please let a board member know. The board members for 2017-18 are Andrea Altuner, Jessica Goudiss, Brenna Mikesell, Nikki Rosen, Helen Lyon, Carla Temenak, Laura Stewart and Susie Ostermeyer.

Staffing Changes

4CCN has been very fortunate to have had so little turn over the past years. Unfortunately, we have some staff who will be retiring at the end of this year.

Kathy Dunmire and Kathy Sampson both have worked at 4CCN for many years, Kathy D since 2007 and Kathy Sampson since 1998. Carrie Ewachiw will stay home to spend more time with her family and Ann DeVol will no longer work as an assistant but be our lead substitute teacher.  We have been so fortunate to have these ladies part of the 4CCN community. They will definitely be missed but we wish them well.

September Dates

Returning families here are some dates for your calendar:

September 3rd – Labor Day

September 6th & 7th – Get Acquainted Open House 9:15-10:15

September 10th – No School, Holiday

September 19th – No School, Holiday


2018-2019 Staffing

(as of May 1, 2018)

MWF 2s Mrs. Campbell (lead)  Aide position vacant

T/Th 2s Mrs. Campbell (lead)  Aide position vacant

MWF 3s Lead vacant  Kathleen Ficco (aide)

MWF 3s Mrs. Schaefer (lead)   Aide position vacant

T/Th 3s Mrs. Schaefer (lead)   Mrs. Ficco (aide)

T/Th 3s Mrs. Lyon (lead)  Mrs. G. (aide)

MWF 4s Mrs. Carbin (lead)  Mrs. McKneely (aide)

MWF 4s Mrs. Lyon (lead) Mrs. G. (aide)

5-day 4s Mrs. Temenak (lead) Mrs. Nadelhaft (aide)

Openings Available

We still have openings available in our MWF & T/Th 2-year-old program, T/Th 3s and MWF 4s 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.

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 finally 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

·         Go down slide only

·         No climbing on fence

·         Cover sandbox after use

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

·         Stay away from classroom windows

·         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 April 7 – April 18th. 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

4CCN over the past years has had an all-school picnic at a local park or a small good-bye celebration on our playground on the last day of school. As of this writing, we have not determined if we will be at a local park on Friday, May 25th or have something at 4CCN. We will discuss this at the May 16th Board of Directors meeting. If you would like to voice your opinion on which option you prefer, please compete the annual survey when you receive it in your inbox!

4CCN does not have any kind of promotion or graduation ceremony for our 4-year olds. 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.

Help Your Child Develop Personal and Social Responsibility

Your child demonstrates personal and social responsibility when he acts and behaves in ways that show he cares for and respects himself, others, his belongings, and the world.  Teach personal and social responsibility by creating a home where your child is expected to be helpful.  Young children love to help. In fact, your child may want to help you make the beds or put away the laundry, he may imitate or copy you dusting the furniture or sweeping the floor or may say, “Let me do it” while you repair a toy. Take your child up on his or her offers to help: these are teachable moments!

·         If your child accidentally tears a page in a book, help her repair it with tape or glue. Then, read the story together

·         Have your child make a “get-well” card for a friend who is sick or make a “thinking of you card” for a relative.

·         Show your child how to feed the fish, water the plants, and weed the garden. Thank him/her by giving him/her a sticker to wear or putting a stamp on his/her hand.

·         Make a chart that shows everybody’s responsibilities for taking care of the house to show your child how everyone helps with chores.

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 Andrea Altuner and Laura Stewart 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 Thank you to Matt Rakola who photoshopped our class photos.

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!

March 2018 Newsletter

March Dates:

March 1 & 2 – Tuition Due

March 7 & 8 – Vision Screening for 3 & 4-year old children

March 14 & 15 – In-house Field Trip Maryland Zoo Zoo Mobile

March 26 – April 2 – Spring Break

April Dates:

April 3 – No School – Teacher Professional Day


March Snacks:

This month we will be cleaning out our cupboard from all the snacks from our short weeks these past weeks.  The children will enjoy Saltine crackers and cheese slices, graham crackers and apple juice, cookies and apple juice.

 Ice Cream Social:

It was so good to see so many families at our annual Ice Cream Social. Everyone who came had such a great time dancing and creating yummy sundaes. Seeing our alumni students come back to visit always makes the afternoon extra special.  Thank you all for supporting the event by participating, buying toppings and helping with the clean-up.

Consignment Sale:

The spring consignment sale will be held the week of April 16 – 20.  The fall and spring consignment sales are the only fundraising activities at 4CCN.  Everyone’s participation is required for the success of the sale. Money raised for the sale pays for playground equipment and maintenance as well as purchase furniture and materials for the classrooms.

The link for Sign Up was emailed to families on                         There are limited spots for each day/time slot. Sign up early as spots are on a first come, first served basis. 

If you are interested in consigning, codes are available for $5.00. Please stop by the office and pick up code, tags and information.

Consignment Sale Chair People

Laura Stewart and Andrea Altuner have run the consignment sale for the past two years. In December Laura took the position of Business Manager and is now employed by 4CCN. She will not be able to fully commit to her role as Consignment Sale Co-chair. We are looking for 1-2 new Consignment Sale Chair people to shadow this year’s spring sale to take over for Fall 2019 sale.  If you are interested or would like more information on what is involved in running the sale, please speak with Laura or Andrea or Susie.  This is such an important part of 4CCN as this is the only fundraising we do. It provides funds to maintain the playground, purchase classroom equipment and expands the learning with In-house Field Trips.

Vision Screening:

The 3 and 4-year old children will have their vision screened on either Wednesday, March 7th or Thursday, March 8th.  Information was emailed to 3 & 4-year-old families. Parents are encouraged to practice the HOVT matching game (3-year old) or the “E” game (4/5-year old) at home.  Teachers will also work with the children during class time. If your child wears glasses, be sure that they have them at school on the day of screening. Results of the screening will go home with your child at the end of the day.

Class Photos

Class photos are available from your child’s teacher. They are $5.00 each. The teacher has one photo per family. If you need more copies, please let us know and we will order more.Many thanks to Matthew Rakola for a fantastic job of Photoshopping the not so perfect photos. 


Registration for the 2018-2019 school year has begun! Thank you for promoting 4CCN to your friends and families!  We still have openings in our MWF & T/Th two year old classes and our Tuesday/Thursday 3s program and MWF 4s program.  If you know of anyone who is interested in enrolling their child, please have them call the school office. Thank you!

 Teachers Professional Day

On Tuesday, April 3rd the 4CCN staff will attend required training. 4CCN will be closed on that day so the staff can attend.  This day of training extends spring break one more day.

Encouraging Independent Behavior

As your child grows, he/she will be able to do more and more things on his/her own.  With your help and support, your child will lean many tasks – getting dressed, eating, using the bathroom, making some decisions, and playing independently, just to name a few.  While your child will not be able to everything that an adult can do, being able to do things by him/herself, makes him/her feel good about him/herself, successful and confident.

 Encourage your preschooler to use words to express him/herself. For example, if your child would like another glass of milk at the dinner table, wait until he/she asks for it before giving it to him/her.

Have your child put away toys and material before moving from one activity to another.

·        Encourage you child to help you around the house. Let your child sweep, dust, put away clean clothes, or match the clean socks.

Book suggestion: Little By Little by Amber Stewart & Layn Marlow



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

Don’t Forget to check out 4CCN on Facebook!


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!!