The New Interdisciplinary School

January 2015 Newsletter       




1/1 & 1/2School Closed - Winter Recess

1/5Dove Chocolate Fundraiser Begins
1:00 PM
Pet Therapy: Bumi visits Miss Barbara, Miss Jennifer, Miss Linda A., Miss Stephanie
10:00 AM
Pet Therapy:  Reiss works with Occupational Therapists
1/16Dove Chocolate Fundraiser Orders Due
9:30 AM
Parent Council Meeting
1/19School Closed - Martin Luther King Day 
10:00 AM
Pet Therapy: Bumi visits Miss Deirdre, Miss Darlene, Miss Karen, Miss Kathy, Miss Donna & Miss Heidi
7:30 PM
Parent Workshop
Transitioning from CPSE to CSE
9 AM - 12 PM
1/28, 1/29, 1/30Winter Wonderland Special Event

NIS has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Knapp-Swezey Foundation 
for use in our FEEDING PROGRAM!

The speech department is happy to report that our NIS Feeding Program is really taking off. By now, most of our classes are participating in Focused Snack Time and those that are not will be very soon. It's been a lot of fun. Kids are presented with a small sample of the same food every day for a week. They are encouraged to smell, touch, bite, kiss, lick, hopefully play with and explore the food. This past month we had some fun with yogurt, pineapple and whole wheat bread.

Our food groups are going great too!  Many of the children that wouldn't tolerate different foods are now tolerating them on a plate near them, touching them, licking, biting, kissing and even eating them!!!  Last month we explored RED foods. In January we will be introducing BROWN foods.  ALL GREAT STUFF!!

Now that we've received the generous grant from Knapp-Swezey, we will be able to continue to see amazing progress with our Feeding Program.  We will keep you posted. Don't forget to give your speech therapists and teachers updates on any improvements you are seeing with your children. 

Your children can learn language, cognitive and other skills from playing with some of the most basic toys they've just gotten for the holidays! 



Thank You for your participation in our #GivingTuesday appeal and for attending our Breakfast with Santa and/or Chuck E. Cheese fundraising events this past month.  Due to your support, we were able to raise much-needed funds for the students we serve.

Don't forget to get chocolates for your loved ones in time for Valentine's Day!  Order forms for Dove Chocolates will come home with NIS students on Monday, January 5th.  If you'd like to order chocolates and you do not have a student that attends NIS, please contact Susan Cali at 631-924-5583, ext. 128.  Orders due on Friday, January 16th, with a guaranteed delivery before Valentine's Day!

Did your children receive any unwanted gifts for the holidays?  NIS will gladly accept unopened toys as donations!  These toys will be used in raffle prizes to be used to raise funds for NIS students!  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 Friday, January 16th.  We've changed the day of the meeting to attract new members. Parent Council meetings are a great way to get to know other families and plan activities that will directly benefit your children.  We are currently in need of volunteers to help us plan our Family Fun Day at Shorefront Park, which will take place in April.  Please contact Susan Cali at 631-924-5583, ext. 128 to sign up or learn other ways you can become more involved at NIS!   

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     


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

(password: niskids)

You Deserve A Break!

New Sessions Offered

January 24th: 9 AM - 12 PM

February 19th: 1 - 4 PM

NIS has rented the entire building at
just for NIS Kids and their family members!  


The facility features hands-on education experiences which incorporate sensory and dramatic play.  The Imagination Village has many play areas set up to educate and entertain children of various ages.  From sand and water to trains and dolls, there is something to please every child.

When: February 17th, from 10 AM - 12 PM
Where: 1859 Lakeland Ave., Ronkonkoma
RSVP: $12/Child, Reply Form & Cash in Sealed Envelope labeled IMAGINATIONS AT PLAY by 2/13.

Call Susan Cali at 631-924-5583, ext. 128 for more information!


Come join the fun and find some treasure along the way!  X marks the spot for a pirate-themed 


Chart yer course for April 19th 
(rain date April 25th) 

Set Sail at 11 AM and stay a
'board 'til 3 PM  Shorefront Park in Patchogue

Help us culminate The Week of the Young Child™ by celebrating your children and our community today. 
Health & Wellness Vendors, Children's Activities, and a Pirate-Themed Grrrreat Time!
Call Susan Cali at 631-924-5583, ext. 128 for more information!  Sponsorship Opportunities Available!


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!


430 Sills Road 

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

 [email protected] 


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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.