The New Interdisciplinary School

November 2013    






Common Core Foundation for Preschool

 11/6 @ 9:45 AM

 11/7 @ 1:45 PM



 AM Meeting

          11/8 @ 9:30 AM
             Special Topic

Play: Why is it so important for child development?

Presented by 

Boneh G. Avidor, PsyD

 PM Meeting

          11/14 @ 7:00 PM
             Special Topic

Pre-School Children's Development

Presented by

Samantha Boutis, PhD



Monday, 11/11

 Veterans Day



Turn Fun into Funds!

Chuck E. Cheese's will donate 15% of the sales generated from this event to NIS!

11/15, 3:00 - 9:00 PM



Our special pet therapy dog will be visiting:

Miss Donna, Miss Heidi, Miss Debbie, and Miss Jessica's classes 

11/14 @ 10AM

Miss Stephanie, Miss Linda A., Miss Jennifer and Miss Jeraldine's classes

11/21 @ 1PM



Wednesday, 11/27



Thursday, 11/28

Friday, 11/29

Thanksgiving Recess





 Thank you to all who bought Kids Stuff Coupon Books.  We sold many books and earned 50% profit (over $2,000) from this fundraiser, so we are very grateful.  If you have forgotten to send in your payment or return your books, please do so as soon as you can.  We hope you enjoy the great savings the books offer. 



Visit to shop at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Groupon, Wireless Emporium, Toms Shoes, Life is good, Lillian Vernon, Current, CardStore, Discount School Supply, PetMeds, Auto Parts Warehouse,, Shades Shutters Blinds, Zinio, Best Deal Magazines, MagMall, Franklin Covey, Sheet Music Plus, Hooked on Phonics, PBS Kids Shop, BuildASign, FlattenMe, SpaFinder Wellness, ed2go, BookCloseouts, FAFSA, Alibris, CampusBooks, Kobo,, Chegg,, CampusBookRentals, CourseSmart, Kno, and more.  5% of all sales generated through the site will go directly toward NIS!



Yay! We are one step closer to eliminating our lost and found!  NIS is fundraising with Mabel's Labels, the leading provider of cute, durable personalized labels that are as tough as they are cute.   Sticky Labels, Peel and Stick Clothing Labels, Bag Tags, Allergy Alert labels & more... there's a label for everything your kiddo brings for the day.

Personalize your labels with names, initials, phone numbers - whatever you choose. Cool icons help even little ones identify their own belongings. Dishwasher, microwave, laundry safe and kid tested!

Easy, online ordering gets your labels dispatched within one business day to your door.



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NIS sweatshirts are still on sale!  Show your school spirit while staying warm in our hooded, zippered sweatshirts .  Children and Adult sizes in various colors are still available!  Click here to print out an order form.


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Dear NIS Friend,  


Welcome to the first edition of the NIS e-newsletter.  We hope you find this form of communication helpful in keeping up to date on the latest events happening at our school.  Please forward this newsletter on to your friends and family members and ask them to join our e-mail list so they can stay informed, too!  Remember to visit our blog and Facebook page!  Be sure to ask your Facebook friends to 'like' our page to help spread the word on everything NIS has to offer children in our community!

October was an exciting month at NIS! The Yaphank Fire Department visited NIS and students were able to learn about fire safety, see the inside of a fire truck and learn about the equipment used in fighting fires.  They also learned all about ambulances and were taught what to do in the event of an emergency.  The students truly seemed to enjoy this visit.


Some of our students had the opportunity to meet Bumi, one of the dogs we use for pet therapy.  Bumi and other therapy dogs will be returning to NIS to meet with more students all throughout the year.  All students will have had the opportunity to meet with a therapy dog before the end of the year.  The classes Bumi will visit this month are listed on the schedule to the left. 


At our Halloween Celebration, students had a blast picking pumpkins and feeding farm animals at school! They also enjoyed participating in the Halloween parade!  






Properly fitting shoes are important!  

Click Here to learn why "Bigger is Not Always Better" 





Our Children and Family Services (CFS) department has been busy this past month planning for the holidays. We will be providing Thanksgiving food baskets  for our NIS children and families in need this year. Each of our classes and departments will be putting together a basket for a family, and we are asking for your assistance with donations to fill these baskets.  Giving is a privilege that can make the holidays even more joyful for those who can give.  The holiday season spirit of giving is ensuring that we all will have the opportunity to celebrate and give thanks together. See the flyer we sent out previously or give us a call if you need more info.


CFS Psychologists and Social Workers are facilitating several support groups this year, some during the day and some in the evening. We recognize that families of children with disabilities are in a unique position to help each other with emotional support, innovative ideas and shared knowledge. Our support groups and ongoing parent workshops have been well attended and are off to a good start this year. We are happy to have been able to add a daytime "Incredible Years Parenting Workshop" and an evening "Spanish Speaking General Support Group" as well. New members are always welcome! See the attached flyer for  descriptions and schedules of groups and workshops. 


Boneh G. Avidor, Psychologist and Coordinator of CFS will be doing a presentation at the November 8th meeting of the NIS Parent Council on "Play: Why is it so important for child development?"  Samatha Boutis, Psychologist, will will do a presentation at the November 12th Parent Council meeting on "Development in your Preschooler." 


Children and Families Services is also proud to announce a new addition to our staff. Christie Schrank-Krupa, School Psychologist, will be joining us on November 4th. Her experience  and her enthusiasm are a welcome addition and we all look forward to working together with her to help our students reach their goals. 

Click here to see the schedule of upcoming Children and Family Services Support Groups and Workshops.

                                PARENT COUNCIL


Our first Parent Council Meeting had a great turn-out and was very productive.  We hope to continue to grow attendance at our Parent Council meetings, and are offering an evening meeting in addition to the regularly scheduled morning meeting, in order to accommodate different schedules.  Your presence and input are greatly valued, and we hope by adding this additional meeting time, more parents will be able to attend.  Please see the schedule for dates and times of our November meetings.               




We are looking to expand our Golf Committee.  Our outing will take place in early June, but we are currently in the planning stages of this large fundraiser and appreciate your participation in helping make it a success!  If you are unable to attend our planning meetings or outing, but have any corporate contacts who would be interested in sponsoring our event, please contact us.   We are also appreciative of any raffle prizes you can donate to us for our big event!






NIS is a not for profit school that provides a range of therapeutic and educational programs for both typically developing and developmentally delayed children from birth to five years old.  Funding for our program and services is provided by federal, state and county governments, as well as through fundraising.  NIS relies on the support of donations to provide the best programs for our students. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today!

The New Interdisciplinary School is a circle of people who envelop those we serve with warmth, enlightenment, and security.  We are a creative learning center for the community, for children with disabilities, and those who are typically developing.  Our commitment to provide therapeutic and educational services with love and the highest standard of expertise to all who come to NIS remains constant, strong, and deep.  



Susan Cali, Director of Development
The New Interdisciplinary School