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.



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.

Annual Grand Bazaar and Silent Auction


 Save the date!

December 8, 10 am – 2 pm. 



Join us for the 43rd annual Grand Bazaar and Silent Auction!

Featuring hours of free family events, including family-friendly
entertainers, face painting, lots of children’s activities, and plenty of delicious, local food.

Some entertainment highlights:
Sparks’ Ark performs at 1:00 pm.
Sweetums the clown – balloons animals and fun clowning.
Local artist Michael Connor – drawing with kids.

This event is free, with a variety of food and great items for sale and auction.

All proceeds benefit The Children’s Nursery School directly; a parent run, NAEYC accredited preschool in the heart of Portland’s West End.

More information to come!

Collecting Seeds at Kettle Cove Beach

This is a staple field trip every year and a favorite among children and their guardians. We explored Kettle Cove beach (in Cape Elizabeth) and its surrounding trails. The kids walked the trails in their socks to collect seeds.


We also collected nature’s finds along the way, like rocks, sticks, pretty leaves, apples (yes!), animal feathers, empty cans, bottles, pieces of garbage, flowers, shells – their bags and buckets filled up quickly.

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After a picnic with kids and parents at the beach the kids enjoyed playing in the little stream, feeling the sand underneath their feet, balancing on wooden wiggly beams, inspecting the seaweed and discovering new objects, running and climbing on the bridge, and playing imaginary games of sea captains, boat builders and beach ballerinas. Life is fun when it’s at the beach!


We spotted students continuing trying out the “does it float or does it sink?” method, like L. with the yellow boat. Jumping in in and out of the pools of water was a favorite of course as well.

A field trip means that parents are invited to join, which is a highlight for the children, and it makes especially the new students like C. feel more comfortable while we still get to know each other and while we learn, discover, and play together in those early weeks of school. We had a full outdoor classroom with at least one parent per child present at this field trip. Woohoo! It was FUN! Thanks for coming out in one of those last nice September days!