AGE GROUPS & SESSIONS
Lindgren Nursery School is for all pre-kindergarten children, ages 2½ to 5. Each class has a team of two teachers responsible for the daily program.
We hold morning, afternoon or full-day sessions, 3, 4, or 5 days a week, with classes organized by age group. Our current makeup is:
- Two toddler classes of 12–15 students each (a September class & a January class)
- Two 3-year-old classes of 15–18 students each
- Three 4 and 5-year-old classes of 18–20 students each
Applicants may choose from the following sessions:
- Morning class only 9:15AM–11:45AM
- Morning class with lunch hour 9:15AM–12:45PM
- Full day class with lunch and rest time 9:15AM–3:30PM
- Afternoon class 1:00PM–3:30PM
- Before care 7:30AM–9:15AM
- After care 3:30PM–5:30PM
The daily schedule for all of our classes is fairly similar.
9:15AM–11:45AM Morning session
9:15AM–10:15AM Free play
10:15AM–10:30AM Clean-up time
10:30AM–10:50AM Circle time
11:00AM–11:45AM Outdoor play
11:45AM Morning session ends
11:45AM–12:45PM Lunch and outdoor play for morning students / lunch and rest time (ages 2½ to 4) for full-day students
1:00PM Afternoon session begins
1:00PM–2:00PM Toddlers’ rest time
1:00PM–3:30PM Older students have a similar schedule to the morning
SPECIAL ACTIVITIES are offered in the afternoons — yoga, singing, gardening, and art classes of clay, stitchery, and weaving.
Extended days & childcare during vacations and breaks
We offer childcare before school from 7:30AM, and after school until 5:30PM for an additional hourly fee. We also offer care during the February and April vacations, and the 2½ weeks between the last day of school and the first day of camp.
Meals & Snacks
At Lindgren we promote healthy eating. We provide daily midday snacks of crackers, pretzels, chips, fresh and dried fruit, vegetables, cheeses, etc. Teachers cook and bake with the children sometimes using our own fresh eggs, herbs and vegetables. We always offer water, as many children cannot tolerate juice or milk. Nut products are allowed, but restricted in classes where students have allergies. We can accommodate allergies by class, so those learning together can enjoy the same snack.
We are located at 211 Irving Ave., Closter, NJ. If you are driving your child, we’re only 10 minutes from the George Washington Bridge.
Busing is available to and from most local towns for an additional fee.
We offer an orientation session the day before classes begin. This is an opportunity for parents and children to meet teachers and other students, and see the classrooms and playground first-hand.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
Parents and guardians come into the classroom each day to sign in and sign out their child. This gives our teachers the chance to briefly touch base with families daily. Parents and teachers can share any events or concerns for that day
Parent-teacher conferences are held for two days in January, though parents and teachers are encouraged to arrange a conference any time there is a need.
Parents are welcome in the classroom at any time if they wish to observe, or join us in cultural celebrations, or share their own interests or talents with the children. All visitors must check in at the office first, and bringing a special activity to share should be arranged with the teachers. We’ve had wonderful visits from parents who were policemen, firemen, dentists, violinists, pianists, clarinetists, opera singers, and pastry chefs.
Parents have also joined their child’s class to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Lunar New Year, Diwali, Japanese Children’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Hanukkah, and Greek Easter, just to name a few.
These are opportunities for the children to share their school with their whole family.
- Back-to-School Potluck Supper. Dishes brought in by parents represent many countries and cultural traditions along with American favorites. This is a great time to meet other families and all the teachers.
- Holiday Craft Fair. Each December local artisans, including parents, join us to sell art, pottery, handcrafted items, and homemade delicacies. Lindgren offers hot and cold beverages and baked goods.
- Winter Wonderland Lantern Walk & Soup Supper. As the sun sets, lantern in hand, parents and children are led by a naturalist for a walk through the Nature Center. Warm soup and bread await our return.
- Spring Picnic. Parents visit the classroom to see their children’s artwork, and each family brings food for a picnic while the children play.