The New Interdisciplinary School

December Newsletter       




GIVING TUESDAY!  Remember NIS this Holiday Season!  Send your donations today!

12:45-1:45 & 7- 8 PM
Incredible Years Parent Workshop
Breakfast with Santa Payments Due
12/6, 1-4 PM
Saturday Respite Program
Reiss, Pet Therapy dog, visits
12:45 - 1:45 & 7-8 PM
Incredible Years Parent Workshop
12/11, 9:30 AM
Parent Council Meeting
12/13, 8:30 - 9:30 & 10:15-11:15
Breakfast with Santa
12/16, 10AM
Bumi, Pet Therapy dog, visits Miss Barbara, Miss Jennifer, Miss Linda A. & Miss Stephanie
Student Hanukkah Celebration
Student Kwanzza Celebration
12/20, 9 AM - 12 PM
Saturday Respite Program
12/23Santa Parade
12/24 - 1/2Winter Recess

We hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Our Thanksgiving Feast was a huge hit with our NIS students.  Special thanks to Aaron Knoll, Kim Cowell, Dawn Frick, Kelli Burnham, Ashley Grills and Nicole Pelliccia for volunteering to cook turkeys for the big day! We have so much to be thankful for this year, as evidenced by the feathers on the turkey depicted below, each of which displayed things our NIS staff and children are personally thankful for this year. We at NIS are so grateful to share our days with so many wonderful children and their families.  We truly are one big family! 


Click below to learn about the importance of:

We know you can all use tips on 

Click the above link to learn how to do just that!  

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your overwhelming support with the Thanksgiving Basket drive this year.  Special thanks to our Parent Council who put together a basket, and to NIS founder and former Executive Director, Claire Salant, who donated turkeys for each basket.  With your support and generosity, we were able to provide many families with a very Happy Thanksgiving!  We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


The First NIS Craft Fair was a HUGE SUCCESS thanks to the overwhelming support we received from parent, student and staff volunteers!  We are grateful for the 40 vendors that drew in hundreds of shoppers, and to all those who came out to support NIS!

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, December 11th.  At this meeting, we will start planning activities for 2015!





Children's zippered, hooded sweatshirts are available in pink, red and light blue. Adult sweatshirts are available in navy blue and a limited selection of gray.  Adult polos are also available in blue.  Pick up your Spirit Wear in the lobby or send your payment and order form in a sealed envelope to the attention of Susan Cali.  Order now while supplies last! 


ADULTS: $25, CHILDREN: $20   



First came Black Friday.
Then Cyber Monday.
And Now...

NIS has joined over 10,000 charities world-wide in helping create a national movement of GIVING on December 2nd.  Just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with shopping, we want GIVING TUESDAY to serve as a global reminder to give back to your favorite charities!

Please join us in keeping the spirit of GIVING alive this holiday season by spreading the word with your friends and family members to donate to NIS this December 2nd at  The easiest way to do this is via social media, which is why NIS has joined the Twitter Universe.  Please follow us on Twitter, like our Facebook page (if you haven't already), and most importantly, remember us this GIVING TUESDAY! Please take a picture of yourself holding a sign stating that you are supporting NIS this holiday season and post it on your Facebook page or ours.  Feel free to use this sign or make your own!

NIS is a not for profit early childhood learning center that relies on the generosity of charitable donations to continue enhancing the programs and services we provide to students and their families.  NIS provides full comprehensive evaluations in all areas of development at no direct cost to the parent.  Tuition and transportation for children who are eligible for program are paid for by NYS Dept. of Ed. and Suffolk Co. Dept. of Health.  Donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Checks should be made payable to Friends of NIS and sent to NIS, 430 Sills Rd., Yaphank, NY  11980. Credit card donations can be made on our website or by calling Susan Cali, Director of Development, at 631-924-5583, ext. 128.  

Don't forget to spread the word!  Together, we can make a difference!  No donation is too small.  

Thank You!

Follow us on Twitter  Like us on Facebook

Please join us at NIS for our 
6th Annual Pancake Breakfast



Bring Your Camera for Photos with Santa

Two Seatings: 8:30 - 9:30 & 10:15 - 11:15

$10 Adults, $5 Chidren Under 8

Send your cash payments and reply slips in by 12/5

Children are invited to wear their pajamas.

Ornament Keepsakes will be for sale for $2 each.

You Deserve A Break!

New Sessions Offered

December 6th
1 - 4 PM

December 20th
9 AM - 12 PM

JUNE 15, 2015

Port Jefferson Country Club

Contact Susan Cali, Director of Development, at 924-5583, ext. 128 or via e-mail at [email protected] for more information. Click here for sponsorship opportunities. We rely on raffle prizes to make this event a success.  Please ask around for gift cards and/or gift basket.  Click here for a raffle request letter.   We hope to see you there!
Research in early literacy has shown that children benefit from hearing stories in their home language.  We're excited to announce that with the help of Haydee Serrano, one of our wonderful volunteers, NIS has implemented a weekly Spanish language story time for NIS students whose primary language is Spanish.   Along with Chris Peterson, our librarian, the children will be entertained with stories, songs and finger plays in their native language.  


Check out this month's pictures on our
photo share site:

(password: niskids)



430 Sills Road 

Yaphank, New York 11980  
 (631) 924-5583 * Fax (631) 924-5687

 [email protected] 


Like us on Facebook
   Follow us on Twitter


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.