Children are encouraged to be independent and self-motivated by learning through self-directed play and guided group activities. They are allowed to grow at their own pace while learning social, emotional, and intellectual skills.
A cooperative nursery school is a school in which parents have the unique opportunity to participate in their child's first experience with school. Through their involvement in the classroom, parents ease the children's transition from home to a classroom environment while seeing for themselves how their children learn and grow and interact with others.
Self Esteem and independence are so important in a child's development. Niskayuna Co-operative Nursery School works with you and your child to develop these skills for the coming years. Your child will get the confidence they need to take the next step to Kindergarten and the Elementary School years ahead.
The Niskayuna Cooperative Nursery School was founded in 1960 and is chartered with the New York State Board of Regents.
2012-2013 School Year
Tuition costs at our school are used to pay classroom rent, teacher's salary, insurance and other operating costs. For the 2014-2015 school year, our tuition rates are as follows:
- 2 Day Class: $100.00/month ($1000 per year)
- 3 Day Class: $ 125.00/month ($1250.00 per year)
- Registration fee $55.00 (non-refundable)
- Supply fee (September only) $25.00
Download the registration packet.
In the cooperative spirit of this nursery school, parents are required to serve on the executive board or on committees. There are a variety of board positions and committees to choose from.
|Hospitality||Makes refreshments for one parent meeting or open house and helps coordinate the Family Dinner held in February.|
|Housekeeping||Leads one clean up day with participating families and launders towels and dress|
|Newsletter||Publishes and distributes the three newsletters using input from the executive board.|
|Publicity||Assists Publicity Chairperson in the distribution and posting of flyers to advertise school events to the community throughout the year. Maintains and updates the website.|
|Arts, Crafts & Sewing||Maintains parents bulletin board with seasonal decorations (four times a year), mends costumes, doll clothes, smocks, etc., as needed.|
|T-shirts and Original Works||Distributes sportswear order forms at September Parent Meeting, collects and places orders and distributes purchased items in the early fall. Distributes order forms, collects and places orders and distributes purchased items for Original Works fundraiser in the spring involving gifts made from the children's artwork.|
|Silent Auction||Helps organize this Springtime fundraiser which includes selecting a banquet-type location to hold the event, contacting local merchants and families for prize donations, organizing auction display and procedures, and sending thank you notes to donors.|
|Hannaford Fundraiser and Class Photos||Coordinates Hannaford's "School Dollars" fundraiser in the fall. Schedules and coordinates class photos with professional photographer and manages associated orders in the spring.|
|Scholastic Books||Distributes catalogs/order forms, collects and places orders and distributes purchased items for this monthly book program.|
|Garage Sale||Assists the Garage Sale Chair in planning and managing the annual Garage Sale fundraiser in November. Committee members help with sorting and organizing items collected throughout the fall, and setting up, running and cleaning up the sale at the Niskayuna High School. Organize a bake sale to raise additional funds on the day of the Sale.|
|Playground and Equipment||Maintains playground equipment, and classroom furniture and toys as needed.|
|Grant Writer||Seeks out and applies for grants as they become available at various institutions (both public and private) and follows through with any requests the institutions may have.|
Summer play dates and picnic
Parents coordinate their schedules to get together over the summer so that parents and children can become familiar with each other. Many pack a lunch every time, and traditionally, the final play date is joined by the teacher, who brings along dessert to share.
Summer Home Visits
The teacher makes a quick visit (10 minutes or so) to each child's home. This is an opportunity for each child to ask about school and to become more familiar with the teacher.
A short school day in the class is a gentle way to begin the school year. The two-day class will be divided into two sessions.
While the new 3-year-olds continue to adjust to the classroom, our adventurous four-year-olds take a trip to the apple orchard, with stories and cooking in class with their bounty.
A major fundraiser and well-known annual event in the community, all families participate in the garage sale.
The children scoop out pumpkin seeds and toast them and enjoy other spooky activities like creating finger ghosts at circle time. Parents send along tricks or treats for their children to distribute to their friends.
Students and their families come together to share pizza or potluck. With music and dancing and special crafts, this event is fun for everyone.
Students address Valentines to each of their classmates and deliver them to homemade mailboxes.
Students' special artwork is reproduced for t-shirts, mouse pads, mugs, etc. . . . This great fundraiser is generally timed so that you can take care of your Mother's Day shopping for Grandma.
School Pictures (Spring)
Individual and group class portraits take place during a normal school day. You can bring along siblings and have them pose for their own portraits or with their preschool brother or sister.
Students share a special night with dad (or a special someone) enjoying desserts that they've prepared in school.
I Love You Tea
Students share a morning with mom (or a special someone), entertaining her and presenting her with a handmade gift.
Parent-Teacher Conferences (Spring)
This is an opportunity for the teacher to cover basic information about how your child has been evolving in school. Of course, if you have specific concerns you can always ask the teacher. You'll also have the opportunity to see all of the children learning and growing during helping parent days.
This fundraiser is a night out for grown ups. Bargains for you and income for the school. Check out the items that are up for bidding.
Each spring, the children breathlessly await the arrival of new baby chicks, counting off the days until hatching time, and carefully turning eggs each time they come to class.
The classes take advantage of our excellent location to hike from the school into Central Park. After school, many parents and siblings join the students for a picnic lunch at the playground.
Summer Birthday Party
Students who have birthdays during the school year enjoy being helpers on their special days, and the summer birthday crowd shares a special party with their classmates at the end of the year.