The New Interdisciplinary School

October Newsletter       


Thank You so much for your feedback on the music surveys that came home. We are excited to try to integrate the variety of cultures and musical interests you have described into our music curriculum.  We've learned that our students have been exposed to and enjoy songs and instruments from a variety of cultures and genres.  Hindi, Spanish, Greek, Italian, Irish, Filipino, Portuguese, and Colombian music were all mentioned, as well as 
, salsa and meringue.  Contemporary music and children's songs, specifically "Let It Go" from Frozen were popular responses, and most children's favorite instrument was the drums!  


October Units:  

Doing Your Best in School

Feelings, Solutions


Social Skills of the Month:

Raising a quiet hand

Waiting and Patience skills

How to detect feelings

Learning about feelings

Solutions for feelings




You may have already heard about Bumi from your children.  Bumi is a certified Pet Therapy dog that visits each class three times a year.  This adorable Shih Tzu has already visited with several of our classes.  Bumi is scheduled to visit  with Miss Meghan (AM), Miss Katrina (AM), Miss Mary (AM & PM), Miss Brittany (AM & PM), Miss Debbie (PM) and Miss Jessica (PM) this month.  See the schedule for details.  
Our other pet therapy dog, a Labrador Retreiver named Reiss, works alongside our therapists and is currently scheduled to come in once monthly at 10 AM to visit with various students.  All of the students truly enjoy having the dogs visit.

Exciting News!  Construction for our new playground began on Monday, September 29th!  This playground will be named after our friend and beloved supporter, Richard J. O'Brien, who passed away in September 2010.  We could not have built this state of the art playground without the funds the Richard J. O'Brien Foundation has provided to us the past few years.  
On September 22nd, they held a well-attended Golf Outing at the Southward Ho Country Club in Bay Shore.  We are honored to once again have been chosen as a recipient of a portion of the proceeds earned at this event.  To learn more about the Richard J. O'Brien Foundation, please visit their website here.

Thanks to those of you who have participated  in the variety of fundraisers we have had so far. Our Halloween Costume, Barefoot Books, Original Works, Spirit Wear, and Kids Stuff Coupon Book sales have helped us raise much needed funds for our students.  If you have not yet partaken in any of our fundraisers, please consider doing so today.  The last date to order Barefoot Books online is October 3rd.  Kids Stuff Coupon Book and Original Works tile payments are due on October 10th.  The Halloween Costume and Party Fundraiser is still underway. Click here to choose from over 20,000 costumes today!

Please remember we are a not for profit school that relies on the generosity of your donations to enhance the programs and services we provide to our students, so your participation in any of our fundraisers is greatly appreciated.  If you prefer, you may just make an online donation by clicking here or make a check payable to Friends of NIS in any amount you are comfortable with and send it to school in a sealed envelope to the attention of Susan Cali, Director of Development.  All donations are 100% tax-deductible.  We even have a scholarship fund you can donate to to help students receive the education they need and deserve regardless of their economic background.  
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Golf Committee, we were able to install new flooring in our gym, OT/PT rooms, and open space just last week! 
We are always open to new ways to raise funds and welcome your suggestions at our monthly Parent Council meetings. Our next meeting, as outlined on the calendar, is scheduled for 9:30 AM on Thursday, October 9th.  Our largest fundraiser of the year is our Golf Outing, which will take place on June 15th, and preparations are already underway.  We invite you to join our planning committee on October 7th at 8:15 AM.  We hope to see you there!  




Adult Sweatshirts - NAVY BLUE 


Children's - DARK PINK and LIGHT BLUE!


NIS coolers, jackets, shirts, bags and more are always for sale in the front lobby.

 See Dottie at the front desk to purchase!  Click here to print an order form!
 Send completed form with your payment in a sealed envelope addressed to Susan Cali.

We are so proud of Miss Donna's students, Hayden Barna-Scileppi and Logan Sulzer for being so brave and learning to surf! For those of you who are interested, the organization is called Surfers Healing, and is free to children and their families living with autism. It comes highly recommended by parents of two current students and one graduate! 



 The New Interdisciplinary School is an innovative early childhood learning center that respects the unique needs of all children and their families.  Our commitment is to provide therapeutic and educational services in a nurturing environment with the highest standard of expertise.    


We're proud to report that the children have adjusted wonderfully to the new school year! We are seeing big smiles each day and are amazed at how quickly the children have learned the daily routines.  

Thank You for coming to Back to School Night. I'm sure you enjoyed meeting the staff and seeing the classrooms where your children spend their days.  At NIS, we strongly believe in the rights of parents to have a real voice in their children's education, so your presence at these events is encouraged and greatly appreciated. 

We have a lot of fun things in store this month, and look forward to enjoying them with the entire NIS family!





Last date to order Barefoot Books onlilne! 

10/7, 8:15 AM
Golf Committee Meeting - All are Welcome!
10/7, 7 - 8 PM
Sensory Integration Parent Workshop
10/9, 9:30 AMParent Council Meeting
10/10Kids Stuff Coupon Book & Original Works Tile $ Due
School Closed in observance of Columbus Day 
10 AM - Bumi, Pet Therapy Dog, visits Miss Meghan, Miss Katrina, Miss Mary & Miss Sarah, Miss Brittany
10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 12:45 and 7 PMIncredible Years Workshops - Call Samantha Boutis at x504 for more information.
10/18, 9 AM - 12 PMSaturday Respite Program - open to any NIS student ages 3-5, $10 per family
10/18, 9:30 & 11:30 AM
Parent Child Story Time
10/22 & 10/23Picture Days - Please see schedule to the left.
10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15
Saturday Enrichment  Story Time - Free to all NIS students and parents
10/27Picture Make-Up Day
10/28, 1PM
Bumi, Pet Therapy Dog, visits Miss Mary & Miss Sarah, Mis Brittany, Miss Debbie & Miss Jessica 
10/29Fall Special Event -Pumpkins & Farm Animals!
Halloween Costume Parade



The NIS Speech Department is very excited to implement our new NIS Feeding Program, which includes mealtime strategies, special food groups and the introduction to healthy foods during snack time. The guidelines and approaches we are implementing are supported by evidence based research and are proven to be successful in helping children expand their food repertoire from the picky eaters to the children with more involved feeding difficulties. Parents will be hearing from their Speech Therapists in the coming weeks! 


October 22 & 23

Make-Up Day: October 29

10/22: Infants, Miss Brittany, Miss Linda A., Miss Meghan, Miss Katrina, Miss Jennifer, Miss Donna, Miss Kathy, Miss Darlene

10/23: Toddlers, Miss Mary & Miss Sarah, Miss Stephanie, Miss Jessica & Miss Alyssa, Miss Debbie, Miss Linda M., Miss Barbara, Miss Karen, Miss Heidi, Miss Deirdre

JUNE 15, 2015

Port Jefferson Country Club

We are currently looking for committee members to help us plan this huge fundraiser.  We are also looking for tennis players.  If there is enough interest, we will add tennis to our tournament day.  Our first meeting is at 8:15 AM on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.  All are welcome! Contact Susan Cali, Director of Development, at 924-5583, ext. 128 or via e-mail at [email protected] for more information.  We hope to see you there!

First Annual NIS

Saturday, November 15

 11:30 - 4 PM

(set-up at 10:30 AM)


If you interested in being a vendor at our craft fair, please contact Susan Cali, Director of Development, at 631-924-5583, ext. 128 or via e-mail at [email protected].  Great Selling Opportunity!!!  Tables only $25 with a Raffle Prize Donation, $50 without. Raffle prize donations requested from those without tables, too.  Click here for an application!

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430 Sills Road 

 Yaphank, NY  11980   


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