The CCNS Parents’ Association (PA) exists to help parents get involved with the school. All parents are members. The two officers of the PA are elected to two-year terms and serve on the CCNS Board of Trustees. The PA also organizes fundraisers and teacher appreciation events. Volunteering at CCNS is a great way to get to know fellow parents and to offer your unique talents in ways that benefit our school community. Volunteer opportunities range from being a class parent to helping plan one of two fundraising events (please see the attached list for more detailed information).
Along with outstanding teachers and curricula, CCNS students benefit from enrichment programs such as music, movement, storytelling, literacy, and visits from nature specialists. These programs, as well as financial aid and playground improvements, are supported by proceeds from the CCNS Fall Fun Fair and a Spring Silent Auction.
We encourage ALL parents to get involved in the CCNS PA in some way. Not only is parent involvement very rewarding (and much appreciated!), it is one of the many things that makes our school such a wonderful place for our children to learn. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions. Thank you for your interest and your support!
There are a variety of opportunities to volunteer.
Below is a link to the sign-up genius with some of the remaining volunteer openings that we would love to have filled by any of you wonderfully talented parents. Below are the descriptions of the positions. If you would like to share any ideas regarding the Parents' Association, we would love to hear them! Please contact your co-chairs Kristan Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Eileen Alberi (email@example.com). Thank you!
Please scroll through to see volunteer opportunity descriptions for the year!
Class Parents – 2 per class
Every classroom has 2 class parents. This is a great way to get involved in the school and in your child’s classroom. Responsibilities include:
· Serve as a liaison between class and parents
· Work with teachers to create class auction item for spring auction
· Coordinate holiday and end of year gift giving
· Coordinate emergency phone/email chain
· Organize social events for parents and children in your class
CCNS Touch-A-Truck Fair – Unlimited volunteers
The CCNS Fall Fair is an annual event, which began over 30 years ago as a way to raise funds for the school. The 2017 Fair will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 10-2pm rain or shine in the CCNS parking lot. The Fair includes age appropriate vehicles, rides, crafts, food, bake sale and a raffle.
Nicole Stocks and Alexis DiMarco will be chairing the event. The fair is entirely staffed with parent and family volunteers and we will ask all families to please sign up to work a minimum of one shift that day. Please keep an eye out for the volunteer sign-up email that will be sent.
Spring Silent Auction – 6-8 volunteers
The Spring Silent Auction is the main social and largest fund raising event of the school. It is a festive event attended by all parents and faculty. This year’s event will be held in March. Committee co-chairs are needed to coordinate the event, i.e. solicit silent auction items, print auction catalogue, send invitations, coordinate event details. If you have a background or interest in event planning, we need you! Eileen Alberi and Nicole Stocks have graciously offered to chair the auction this year.
Parent’s Night Out – 2 volunteers
The Parent’s Night Out is a great way for moms/dads to get out of the house and enjoy each other in a casual, fun atmosphere. Help is needed to host or choose locales and coordinate the events twice per year. Events can include a wine and cheese event, movie night, pot-luck dinner, cookie swap, etc. Last year we did a wine tasting at Tarry Lodge that was a great success!
Graduation Committee – 2-4 Volunteers
Parents in the red and yellow room help organize and set-up a bagel and fruit breakfast for the families attending the Celebration ceremony at the end of the year.
Community Service Committee and Carver Center Drop Off - 4-6 volunteers
Organize a couple of community service opportunities throughout the year (coat drive, specific can drive, etc..) and coordinate the Carver Center drop off. As part of the monthly chapel service, students are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Carver Center Food Pantry. At the conclusion of the chapel service, a parent volunteer will be asked to drop off the donations to the Carver Center.
Your gift truly makes a difference in our small-by-design school.
Our school is constantly striving to have the best resources for our students and professional development for our staff.
Your support with our Back to School Giving Trees, Fall Fun Fair and Spring Auction will help attain these goals.
If you wish to wish to make a financial contribution, please make checks payable to Christ's Church Nursery School.
Thank you for your support.
Welcome to Christ's Church Nursery School community in Rye. We are pleased to share this virtual tour of our early childhood program and invite you to come for a personal visit. CCNS is dedicated to providing your child with the highest quality early education experience. We offer morning and afternoon programs for ages two through Pre-K and partner with local organizations to provide extended day enrichment opportunities.
On behalf of our teachers, our families, and children welcome! We look forward to seeing you soon.
The CCNS Family
Our morning programs run
Monday through Friday
8:45 - 11:30.
Our afternoon programs run
Monday through Friday
Our toddler program runs
on Fridays from
9:00 - 11:15
The Red Room is a place where children develop a love of learning and become confident in the context of separation and individuation. It provides a safe, stimulating and loving environment that allows children to develop a sense of self and autonomy. We work on independence, including self-help and self-care skills, in a gentle classroom setting.
In the Red Room children are prepared with core foundational skills that they take with them as they progress through school. These foundational skills include core social, play and self-regulatory skills. For example, children learn to become confident in the context of separation from their primary caregiver(s), begin to play cooperatively and symbolically, learn how to resolve conflict in a prosocial manner, and form a sense of community and belongingness in their small group.
The Red Room integrates routines that help children feel safe and secure as well as a sense of mastery over their environment. Some of the children will move onto the 3’s class fully toilet trained! Children are able to actively explore their classroom environment with a variety of materials including clay, paint, play dough, sand and water.
The 3’s class, known as the Yellow Room, is a dynamic, nurturing, and child-centered classroom. It is organized with different learning centers: blocks, dramatic play, library, art materials, mathematics manipulatives, and sensory tables. The centers promote learning through play and this developmentally appropriate environment invites children to explore, examine, question, predict, test, and investigate.
Children use their imaginations as they take on pretend roles and further develop a sense of symbolic thought and mental representation. The classroom teachers function in accordance with the dynamics of the classroom, adjusting to individual and group needs. A creative and dynamic curriculum is used which is revised as children’s needs and interests change. Frequently the children self-select a particular focus, allow for an emergent curriculum which illustrates our respect for each child’s capacity to think, plan, act, work and play.
The 4’s classes, known as the Blue and Green Rooms, are warm, nurturing, and aesthetically pleasing classroom environments that promote learning through exploration. We recognize that children’s play is the building block of learning, as it contains key questions and allows children a vehicle to explore the answers to their questions. The classrooms integrate a strong visual art component that provides a link to literature, literacy, math and science.
Children take an active role in their learning and exploration of classroom materials and create their own literature which helps them to develop a deeper understandings of explored social and academic concepts. We believe in scaffolding children’s learning; that is, we come alongside them in order to support their learning and development.
The Green and Blue Rooms are places where children learn to how to love to learn. Our classrooms provide a safe place for children to make friends and become socially aware. Each child is individually supported within a group environment. Children leave the Blue and Green Rooms ready for a successful experiences in Kindergarten or in a 5’s class.
The 5’s class, the Orange Room, is comprised of children who will turn 5 years-old in late summer, early fall or winter. This classroom is ideal for children who will benefit from an extra year to grow socially and emotionally before beginning kindergarten. Our child-centered classroom immerses students in creativity and learning. It teaches children a strong sense of responsibility and community and provides a nurturing environment that encourages children to express their point of view and personality through painting, sculpture, drama and play.
Daily literacy activities and materials enable children to actively engage in storytelling and retelling and develop letter-sound awareness as well as reading/listening comprehension. Children are given opportunities to develop their expressive language throughout the day in their play, art, writing and game playing. Children are provided with rich experiences and time to develop a sense of natural curiosity and love of learning.
We chose Christ Church Nursery School because we saw first hand the incredible experience our friends with older children had in the CCNS community. 3 boys graduated CCNS and years later entered college as wonderfully grounded and well-rounded young men. They attended different grade schools and high schools yet the boys and their parents remained best friends over a decade later. CCNS' intimate community fosters meaningful relationships between classmates, their families and a caring staff. We are thrilled our children are able to grow and explore in such a nurturing and dynamic environment.
From the bright, open and engaging classrooms to the incredibly warm and nurturing staff, we've loved our experience at Christ Church Nursery School. After my son's first day, he ran to me and said, "MOM! They have a whole room, just for blocks!" I couldn't believe it when the whole class worked together together to build the Eiffel Tower, hard hats and all.
We immediately got a sense of a happy family at CCNS. We have made many very good friends there and our boys have flourished. The teachers are warm, the community strong and the learning fun. Our older son has moved on to kindergarten with confidence and our younger son enjoys the endless new activities and experiences
We chose CCNS because of the quality instruction, close-knit parents group, and nurturing environment. The rooms are large and bright, the teachers are engaged and caring, and the children are comfortable in a smaller school setting. My daughter is excited to go to school each day and is thriving in the classroom.
We chose CCNS because of its small by design and progressive (developmental-interactionist) approach. It has instilled in our children a love of learning, a sense of community and fellowship, and cemented core traits in our children like confidence, empathy, caring and joy. All of the teachers at CCNS share in this love of learning and have a zeal for teaching. The sense of community of CCNS is amazing and our family has found lifelong friends at CCNS.
We love CCNS! The teachers are thoughtful patient and truly care about my kids. The small size makes everyone accessible and makes us feel like we're part of a family. We've made friendships here that will last a lifetime.