Iris Family Center Newsletter for the Week of January 23, 2012


Dear Parents,We had three great events in the last week!  For our preschool families we had our bowling program, for our staff we had an Outdoor Classroom training session, and for new moms in the local community we had a playgroup.

BowlingWe want to thank all of the families who came out on Sunday for our bowling program.  A special “thank you” to Rachel Fishkin for running this fabulous program!  It was a great success, everyone had a great time, especially the children!  George Lange, one of our preschool parents, happily took pictures of the event for us!  Click here to view them.  Thank you George!garden welcomeThere were approximately 15 staff members who participated in our third Outdoor Classroom training last week lead by three members of the Kayam Farms Educational Outreach Program.  During this training teachers had the opportunity to make a terrarium, create a worm composte bin, and used a variety of recycled materials to create planters.  It is very exciting that our plants are already blooming, and the 3,000 red wiggler worms are working hard to create nutrient rich soil from our garbage!

babyBaby Time: Playgroup With A Purpose was a great success this morning!  Thank you to Debbie Vijayvergiya for starting this program!  We had a nice group of mommy’s who were able to share the common bond of parenthood, while playing with their babies, and having time to eat breakfast!  The group will be meeting again on Wednesday, February 8th.

If you have an idea for a group that you think other families in the local community would be interested in, please let us know!

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Carol & Andrea

Preschool Board



 Then Look No Further!

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Rated P…For Parenthood, a new musical written by our own preschool mom Sandy Rustin Fleischer, has come to Off-Broadway and will be opening February 29!

We are offering tickets during previews for a special TSTI Night on Saturday, February 11, 8 pm at the Westside Theater (407 West 43rd St., NY, NY). Tickets are $50 each, and proceeds of the ticket price will go towards the development of our new outdoor classroom. You are also invited to a post-show discussion with members of the creative team and cast.

Rated P…For Parenthood chronicles every stage of modern-day parenting, from conception to college, with giant doses of heart and humor. A versatile cast of four, including preschool dad David Josefsberg, takes the audience through the ups and downs of child-rearing – from the sublime to the ridiculous – in a series of comic and musical vignettes in under 90 minutes.  We hope you can join us for this hilarious and touching show.  Please click here for the form and submit to the preschool office.  Any questions, please contact Erica Barton


challah1Preschool Challah ProgramYou can still sign up for our challah program for the second half of the school year – the flyer with all of the information can be found here.


Any board related questions, please contact:

Erica Barton, Chair –

Debbie Vijayvergiya, Co-Chair –



Registration packets can be downloaded or can be picked up from the Office of Registration located at the Board Office, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood.

(Note: Emergency cards are not available online and must be completed in person, during registration).Packets may be picked up Monday-Friday from 8:30 am -4:00 am.  All completed packets can be returned to the Office of Registration Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am -12:45 pm, or by appointment only. The office is closed for administrative work on Fridays.

  Only parents or legal guardians may return registration packets. To expedite your registration process, please ensure that all packets are completely filled out and signed.  Packets may also be downloaded by clicking on the links below. 

  Please print out documents as single-sided documents ONLY.  (Two-sided packets will not be accepted.)


TSTI PS LOGODoes your child miss the cut off date? Do you think that your child might not be quite ready for a full day of kindergarten?  Click here to learn more about the Explorer’s Pre-K Program @ TSTI!


Quick Links

“Important Dates”


TSTI Home Page

PJ Library

Upcoming Dates  
January 25th

Parenting Center:
Baby Time


February 1st

Parenting Center:
Chat & Chew


February 12th/13th

Pancake Pajama Days 

For a full calendar of events, please click HERE

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