The New Interdisciplinary School

April 2015 Newsletter       


9:45 - 10:45 AM
Incredible Years Parent Workshop
Spring Recess
9 AM - 12 PM
Registration Required
4/12 - 4/18
Week of the Young Child
various activities planned
1 PM
Bumi, Pet Therapy Dog, visits classes Blue A - G
9:45 - 10:45 AM
Incredible Years Parent Workshop
Bobaloo, Children's Entertainer, performs for all students 
9:30 AM
Parent Council Meeting
All Shorefront Volunteers Strongly Encouraged to Attend
9:30 & 10:30 AM
Story Time 
Registration Required
1- 4 PM
Registration Required
11 AM - 3 PM
NIS Walk-a-Thon and Family Fun Day
Shorefront Park, Patchogue
(rain date 4/25)
10 AM
Reiss, Pet Therapy Dog, works with OT
8:15 AM
Golf Committee Meeting


Arts & Music Special Event
schedule to follow in children's backpacks
10 AM
Bumi, Pet Therapy Dog, visits Red B, C, D, G


Getting Ready for Kindergarten Lunchtime...


Are you wondering what you can do to get your preschooler ready for lunch time in the school cafeteria?


Here are some suggestions:

  • Teach your child how to open and close a lunchbox, open those difficult little straws in the juice boxes, zip locks and other containers they may have to manage on their own now.  Practice at home.  They can practice at school too.
  • Start exposing your child to some of the cafeteria food options if your child will be eating school can serve these foods family style.  Let your child explore the food and see you and family members eating it. Remember, tell your child he doesn't have to eat it but can keep it on his plate or his try bowl. During a scheduled snack time, you can encourage your child to touch, smell, lick and bite the food. He can spit it out if he doesn't like it.
  • Talk to your child's speech therapist about the food goals and see how the therapist can help you food chain to get to the goal.
  • Send in your child's preferred lunches to preschool every day, but start including a little piece of the goal food so that he can be exposed to it. Don't stop providing the food if your child chooses not to eat it. Keep presenting it over time. Rotate the foods you'd like him to eat.
  • Check out Pintrest for lunchtime ideas for picky'll find good ideas on how to pack the food and snacks that will be more appealing to your child (Bento boxes, using cupcake liners, etc).
  • If your child is able to...have him help you pack his lunch... have him pick a protein, a grain, a fruit, a veggie, a snack, a dessert and a drink.
  • Remember to follow the Division of Responsibility Model ( )

-Adults decide the what, when and where of feeding

-Children decide whether they will choose to eat the foods offered and how much to eat


Are looking for some fun things to do with your children?  Our NIS Library has a wonderful Parent Resource Collection where you can find books that will give great suggestions on such topics as play, typical development, sensory integration, toilet training, picky eaters, developmental disabilities, the new baby and much more!


You can take any book out under your child's name.  So, please feel welcome to drop by! Contact Chris Peterson, Library Teacher, for more details, at 924-5583, ext. 321.  



Thank you for your continued support of our fundraising endeavors.  Special thanks to our Parent Council members who continue to go above and beyond in planning and executing all of our efforts to make the school a better place for everyone.  
Original Works artwork will arrive at the end of this month.  We're sure you're excited to see your children's artwork transformed into various keepsakes!

The Chinese Auction at the IGHL St. Patrick's Day Dinner was amazing thanks to your contributions.  It was nice seeing familiar faces there in support of NIS child care!  It was a very successful event, and we have YOU to thank for that.  

We are currently looking for volunteers and WALKERS at our upcoming event at Shorefront Park on 4/19.  If you are interested, please contact Susan Cali.  

We also need to start collecting raffle donations for our golf outing.  Please consider putting together a gift basket, donating a gift certificate, or asking restaurants and stores to donate to our raffle. We also have several sponsorship opportunities still available.

Contact Susan Cali, Director of Development, at 631-924-5583, ext. 128 or [email protected] for more information.  We hope you will be able to attend both of these exciting events!

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 at  school or send your payment and order form in a sealed envelope to the attention of Susan Cali and we will send the shirts home in your child's backpack. Order now while supplies last!  

ADULTS: $25, CHILDREN: $20     

You Deserve A Break!

9 AM - 12 PM


1 - 4 PM

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. 


Vendors, Children's Activities, and a Pirate-Themed Grrrreat Time!  Walk, Shop, Play and Be Healthy!


Contact Susan Cali at 631-924-5583, ext. 128  or [email protected] for more information!  Sponsorship Opportunities and Vendor Space Still Available!


MAY 7 & 8

Graduates will have pictures done in cap and gown

All other students will have regular portraits taken

class schedule to follow in children's backpacks


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!
June 17, 2015

Mediterranean Manor


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.  O
ur commitment is to provide therapeutic and educational services in a nurturing environment with the highest standard of expertise.