Dec 8: Our Annual Grand Bazaar & Silent Auction

Only two weeks until we open the doors to our 43rd Grand Bazaar and Silent Auction! We’re currently busy preparing for our biggest celebration of the year. All hands on deck – all CNS families are involved in helping making this a highlight event in Portland’s community.

This gorgeous poster has been distributed around Portland and neighboring towns and it gives you a little taste of what The Children’s Nursery School is about and how we like to celebrate. Child-centered, with lots of fun!

>>>Poster designed by the very talented local artist and CNS parent Michael Connor!<<<

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We hope you marked your calendar and we hope we will see you on December 8th, from 10am to 2pm at 159 State St within the historic State Street Church, where we hold our family-friendly fundraiser of the year.

F R E E    A D M I S S I O N !

Bring the kids, bring the extended family and invite your friends, get your holiday shopping done with hundreds of amazing auction items, while enjoying our child-friendly entertainment, fantastic raffle prizes and the best local foods.

Meet our CNS teachers and CNS families and meet old and new friends!

We are awaiting a larger crowd than ever before, so make sure you get there right at the start to not miss out on the fantastic raffle prizes, food, games, and all the fun!

The Grand Bazaar is bringing together Portland’s community and has been doing so for  43 wonderful years! Be a part of it and join us! 

[Click on the poster above to RSVP to our Grand Bazaar and to follow the most recent updates!]

 

 

 

April OPEN HOUSE & Art Playdate

Did you miss our last Open House? No worries! We are offering another Open House on the first Friday in April. 🙂 Mark your calendars or RSVP right now, so you will not miss any related info. 📌

Are you looking for a preschool for your little one? Do you like small groups with highly qualified and experienced teachers who simply stand out with their warm loving and caring attitude not only towards children? Would you like to have a say about how your child’s school is run and be able to choose activities and what’s best for your child on an ongoing basis? Have you always been curious about what a co-op-school is all about? This is the time to find out!

We open our classroom doors to the public for our second Open House of the year and you are invited. 😊 Bring your child(ren) for a CNS playdate in our spacious and multi-functional classroom, meet our wonderful teachers and some of our CNS families. 🧡💛🧡

Most people know the meaning of red hearts ❤️ (true love, passion), but who knows the meaning of all the other colors of heart emoji’s 🧡💛💚💙💜🖤 that are offered in all the various social networks and on social media platforms?

There is a reason why we used yellow/golden 💛 and orange 🧡 hearts in our Open House Invitation text.
A 💛 yellow or gold heart signifies happiness and friendship. It is synonymous with new beginnings, youth, hope (sunshine), positivity, spring, purity, and strength. The traditional heart of gold. (…): The yellow heart means someone is happy and optimistic. This emoticon stands for the joy of life.
An 🧡 orange heart expresses great care, comfort, and serenity. The color orange is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, heat, sunshine, enthusiasm, creativity, success, encouragement. Also the orange heart means you just wanna stick as friends and have nothing mutual.
So….we hope there will be lots of sunshine on April 5th and are enthusiastic to witness the start of new beginnings for some of you who will visit our school for our Open House that day. Meet us to experience the great care, warmth, creativity, and strength we teach our students. We are a joyful bunch of families who started out as strangers and became friends very quickly due to the pure magic that is happening at our school.
We are optimistic and hope to see you at our Open House on the first Friday in April!

Nov 13: Elsmere BBQ Fundraiser to benefit CNS

Join us for a delicious dinner and drinks and get in touch with the happy bunch of our CNS teachers, some of our CNS families and their kiddos during our non-profit fundraiser night at Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill in their new Portland location on 476 Stevens Avenue in Portland!

Besides BBQ type food, they have a variety of vegetarian and vegan meals as well! The newest Elsmere restaurant has been mentioned as the new hot spot in the Deering Center neighborhood. Come and check it (and us) out this coming Tuesday, November 13th!

A portion of the proceeds between 4 and 9pm will directly benefit the continuous existence of our school!

We have a very talented group of CNS families and are very thankful for the beautiful things our parents are able to do for our school, like the poster below, which has been designed by a CNS parent and local artist Michael C.

Click on the poster and a link will send you to our Facebook event where you can RSVP and where we post the most current event updates.

 

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This month: Eric Carle Inspired

Our author of the month is Eric Carle. We are currently painting in Eric Carle style, which includes water based paint to create streaks, patterns, layering, polka dots, etc.

Here is a video about Eric Carle and his famous book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. At 2:00 mins you will see him showcasing his unique painting style.

We studied Carle’s illustration techniques in our classroom and with the help of local illustrator and parent Michael Connor we began painting like Eric Carle does. Look –  no pen/pencil lines.  So much fun!

Wonderfully painted in Eric Carle style, little CNS artists!

 

CNS @ Little Monsters Ball • Oct 27

CNS is exited to (again) be in attendance at the Little Monsters Ball; a wonderful and unique Halloween costume party for babies and toddlers in Portland.

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Since the first LMB event in 2015, CNS has been collaborating with Birth Roots Center for Community Supported Parenting to not only create awareness about our unique, non-profit, cooperative preschool, but also to strengthen the community, focusing on the group of new(ly) parents with their littlest ones.

Quite a few of our wonderful CNS families have been found at this unique Littles’ event!

Please bring your 0-36 month old (and the grandparents!) and let them experience our ever-popular ‘Wash-A-Squash’! CNS teachers and CNS parents will be there to answer any questions you may have. 

Saturday, October 27th, 2018  9:00-Noon
Irish Heritage Center
34 Gray St, Portland, right down the street from Birth Roots

More info, including lots of photos from previous years, at the Birth Roots’ Little Monsters Ball 2018 Facebook Page.