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Council Corner

My name is Ashley Tan. I am your new representative for the San Mateo Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools, Inc (SMCPPNS). The San Mateo Council is the San Francisco Peninsula branch of the statewide California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools.  There are 13 schools in the San Mateo Council.  The main purpose of the Council is to promote growth and interest in the parent participation movement by supporting its member schools.

It’s been a while since MNS had a representative to the Council, so the council members were excited to have us rejoining again. Did you know that $5 of your tuition goes to the Council each year? That’s how the Council is able to sponsor the following activities:

  1. Provide collaborated advertisements in local publications such as Bay Area Parent, Parenting on the Peninsula, and Family Navigator.
  2. Host network events for teachers and directors
  3. Host consultant services for all family members
  4. Be the liaison to the greater California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools community

The next event the Council hosts is on November 11th ,which is Network Night, an appreciation dinner where the effort and hard work of our teachers and directors are recognized. In order to cut down on the cost of this event, we are calling all schools to create the table centerpieces. So MNS, let’s put our creative minds together and create something unique and representative of our school!

Millbrae Nursery School Sibling Policy

Millbrae Nursery School has the best sibling policy of all preschools in San Mateo County, siblings can be brought to parent’s workdays with very few exception. Read the entire policy that is  also found in the handbook here:

Siblings under two (2) years of age will be allowed at no charge when the following guidelines are met:

  1. The attendance of the child has been arranged with the teacher or Admissions Coordinator prior to the parent’s workday.
  2. Only one (1) child under the age of two(2) will be allowed per class session.
  3. For the safety of all children, the sibling must be supervised by his or her parent while the parent accomplishes their assigned workday duties.
  4. The State adult:child ratio must be maintained.

Siblings two (2) years or over will be allowed when the following guidelines are met:

  1. The attendance of the child has been arranged with the Director prior to his or her attendance.
  2. The child must be between the ages of two (2) and six (6).
  3. The child will be billed at the drop in extended care rate.
  4. The child’s care and safety will be the responsibility of Millbrae Nursery School.


If you are doing a workday for pay you will only be able to bring one (1) child who is currently enrolled in the school program with you on that workday. NO siblings less than 2 years or over 7 years will be allowed to accompany you on a paid workday.

Why I love MNS – Let’s begin with the Teachers and the Staff!

MNS Teachers are very dedicated and have a knack for guiding children.  I am amazed again and again on how Teacher Brigidan, Liselle, Norma, and Megan are all consistently calm, warm, and relaxed whenever I see them.  They patiently listen to kids and encourage the sharing of ideas by all, either all morning or all afternoon.  They are respectful and insist on the same from everyone as they tirelessly remind the children to “use words” and to use “soft touches.”  I know that the kids are learning valuable social skills to get along with each other.  I know that the kids are getting consistent guidance on how to handle conflicts or difficult emotions.  Kids naturally know how to play and explore, but when it comes to being safe and respectful, that takes a lot of work and reminding by the adults, and in this area and in the area of making learning fun and making experiences new, the teachers and staff are pros! I feel so lucky that my son and I are surrounded by such nurturing, hardworking teachers and staff.  They have allowed and encouraged my son to blossom in many ways that has truly surprised me and made me proud (a topic for another day).  I too have learned a lot from the teachers.  They are inspiring mentors and have my most heartfelt thanks.

Lily Wang Harvey

Chinese New Year 2010

Thanks to Lily for sponsoring this event at our preschool.
Thanks to I-Immersion Institute’s director, Alice Kuo, for putting together the presentation!

Lily also will try to find a corporate sponsor, so we can have a Chinese New Year’s Celebration at Millbrae Nursery Schools in years to come!

I-Immersion Institute Presents at the Millbrae Nursery School
on Tuesday, Feb 16th

Chinese New Year Show and Tell

There will be 2 presentations, the one for the morning class starts at 11:15, and the one for teacher Liselle’s class at 1pm. As I understand it even children who do not usually attend at this time are invited, but please check with Lily or your teacher before you bring your child. Please note that the table below has times for the morning class and the flyer below the afternoon schedule.

11:15-11:25 Welcome Song
11:25-11:40 The Zodiac Story with puppets
11:40-11:50 Happy New Year Song with Felt Board Images
11:50-12:00 Pass out red envelopes and Mandarin tangerines

Gong Xi Fa Cái!
Hóng Bao Ná Lái!

Somewhere in there, although not mentioned, there will be Lion Dancing.

Btw, in case you didn’t know, Chinese New Year (Year of the Tiger) technically starts this Sun, Feb 14th; yes, it coincides with Valentines Day this year… So Happy Chinese Lunar New Year Everyone!

Lily Harvey

Why We Like Our New School.

Leilani has been attending Millbrae Nursery School since July, and all of us love it.

Although our previous preschool was very expensive and prestigious, Leilani had cried often about not wanting to go, now it is the opposite, I have a hard time getting her home.

The playground is awesome. Indoors, additionally to the educational toys there are dolls, plastic dinosaurs and animals as well as trains; There is dressup and pretend play, free play, creative play, and after having had Leilani in a school for a year that did not have any of these makes me really appreciate the difference. Leilani loves the loft area, a special area that gets opened occasionally, they climb up on the ladder, and play with the “special” toys that are up there.

The teachers are all super nice. They know all the names of kids and family, and they work with kids socially and teach them not to only play with their friends and within their cliques, but also play with others. I am so impressed how they work with behaviorally challenged kids and integrate them within a short time, I could not believe the change in behavior I have seen in at least 2 kids within a short time.

Leilani made huge progress, her communication and conversation skills I find impressive, she shows much more empathy and is able to listen longer (unless of course we preach or lecture her…). She writes her name in upper and lower case letters, and now starts reading the regular way. She does beautiful artwork, drawing, painting, that was an area she had regressed so much in within the previous year, and I am so happy that she developed that interest again.

I was a little scared of the co-op experience at first, but it is a real community, and very enjoyable, and educational for the parents. Leilani loves my workday, then I am teacher Sonja, and I often get to do art projects with the kids, that’s a lot of fun for me almost as much as for the kids.