The New Interdisciplinary School
January 2014
Happy New Year!  We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and wish everyone a healthy and prosperous year ahead!  
At NIS, we have a lot of exciting activities planned for 2014, including a FAMILY FUN NIGHT AT FRIENDLY'S ON JANUARY 14TH!  
We also have a new NIS picture site (password: niskids) that I'm sure you'll enjoy!  Read on to learn more! 
December in Review

The New Interdisciplinary School celebrated Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa this year!  Our festivities began on December 4th with a Hanukkah Celebration, whereby students learned about the story of Hanukkah told by Physical Therapy Coordinator, Peter Raalf, who stunned the children and staff by making one small bottle of oil miraculously last eight days!  He engaged the students by having an interactive staff singalong of Hanukkah songs, a couple of which he wrote himself!  The children truly loved this educational, fun presentation.

    

Thanks to the families who braved the snow to come to the Pancake Breakfast on December 14th.  We hope you had fun with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves!  The children seemed to truly enjoy coming to school in their pajamas, seeing the school transformed into the Polar Express, and eating breakfast with Santa himself!  

  

 
 
The Santa Parade held on Thursday, 12/19 was a huge hit!  The students had a blast seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus parade through the school!
  
  
  
  
Lastly, the children celebrated Kwanzaa on 12/20, just before they left for their Holiday Break.  NIS Executive Director, Helen Wilder, had children call out names of fruits and vegetables as she filled a basket, tell us the color of each candle in the kinara (candle holder), and collectively blow the candles out together. They then danced while she played a drum, and together, everyone sang a short Kwanzaa song.  It was an educational and enjoyable experience for all!   
 
The children truly enjoyed learning about all the holidays!  
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HELP NIS TODAY
$5 can go a long way!  
 
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Start the year off by helping others.  
All donations are 100% tax-deductible!  

Don't forget to shop online at YOUR FAVORITE RETAILERS, while helping NIS.  Simply visit the following sites:
 
 
  Visit our website at  for more information on giving opportunities  with NIS.   

 

FAMILY FUN NIGHT AT FRIENDLY'S

 

The New Interdisciplinary School is hosting Family Fun Night at Friendly's!  Come join the fun anytime between 4 - 9 PM on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 because a percentage of all sales will go to support our school!  Remember to bring your voucher!  You can print it by clicking here.  Be sure to print several copies and share it with your friends and family members.  A copy will also be going home in your child's backpack in early January.  Call Susan Cali with any questions or concerns at 924-5583, ext. 128. 

 

Friendly's Restaurant

700-80 Route 101

Medford, NY  11763 

 

 

 
January Events
1/1 - 1/3
SCHOOL CLOSED 
Winter Recess

1/8
PET THERAPY
10:00 AM
Miss Katrina, Miss Linda A., Miss Kelly, Miss Brittany
 
1/14
FAMILY FUN NIGHT AT FRIENDLY'S
Visit anytime between 4-9 PM
Bring your voucher and 20% of your bill goes to NIS

1/16
PARENT WORKSHOP
Transition from CPSE to CSE
7:00 PM

1/20
SCHOOL CLOSED 
in observance of 
Martin Luther King Day
 
1/22
PARENT COUNCIL MEETING
9:30 AM
Special Presentation By:
Peter Raalf, P/T Coordinator
Physical Therapy Strategies to Help Your Preschooler

1/23
PET THERAPY
1:00 PM
Miss Debbie, Miss Jessica, Miss Mary & Miss Brittany

1/29, 1/30, 1/31
Special Event
WINTER ACTIVITIES
 

 
  
Speech News
  
In this month's issue, learn about
THE IMPORTANCE OF HEARING
 
Many of you also expressed an interest in learning what Nancy Serrante, our Coordinator of Speech Services, covered in December's PARENT COUNCIL meeting.   Please click the link below to learn different techniques to FACILITATE SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THROUGH PLAY! 
   
SAVE THE DATE!
  
18TH ANNUAL
 NIS GOLF OUTING
  
Monday, June 16th, 2014
Port Jefferson Country Club
For more information, contact:
Susan Cali
Director of Development
631-924-5583, ext. 128
    
We are still looking for event sponsors, golf committee members, and raffle prize donations.
  
Click here to print out a
  
Ask stores, restaurants, hotels  and spas to donate a raffle prize.
  
Special Thanks 

Thank You to all of the parents who volunteered their time, money, and/or donation items to help NIS!

 

Dawn Andolfi, Deepa Aravind, Michele Beauford, Kristi Davis, Laura Foerster, Jessica Mayhew, Alaya McDowell, Haydee Serrano, Nicole Stetson, Jessica Tarar, Stephanie Vila, Johnana Scott-Walton, and others who have gone the extra mile in volunteering to help with  Parent Council opportunities.

Special thanks also goes out to those of you who have purchased items through the OneCause, BookBenefit, Mabels Labels, and Pampered Chef sites, and to those who sent us contributions this month!
Show Your School Spirit

NIS SWEATSHIRTS ARE STILL ON SALE!

Adult Sweatshirts Now Available in RED!

CONGRATULATIONS!
Congratulations to JENNIFER GROSS for winning a $25 gift card to Toys R Us for purchasing the highest amount of Pampered Chef products!  
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Contact Us
New Interdisciplinary School
430 Sills Road 
 Yaphank, NY 11980
(631) 924-5583 phone 
(631) 924-5687 fax

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.  While we receive funding from New York State and Suffolk County to provide programs and busing to our students with special needs, we rely on the support of contributions to expand the programs and services we provide to all of our students.  Please consider making a tax deductible donation today!  Ask your company if they have a matching gift program and you can make your gift go twice as far! 

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