September 2018

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new members of our Little Crane family and welcome back all of our returning students!  The new school year is already off to a great start.  

To begin a successful 2018-19 school year, we would like to highlight the following:

Written notes:

When you would like to relay a message or ask questions to a teacher before or during school hours (ex: early pick up, class absence, travel) please provide a written note. This pertains particularly during the morning hours as we would like to focus our attention on the children’s safety as they walk down the main staircase. We would like to refrain from long conversations with parents during morning greeting to avoid any accidents.


Snack begins on Monday September 17th.  Once a month, each family will be asked to provide a snack for the class on a rotational basis. It is our policy to serve wholesome, nutritious foods in order to encourage healthy eating habits.  Please refrain from providing snacks containing any nuts, chocolates, artificial ingredients or foods that have a high salt, sugar or fat content.  We welcome cut fruit and vegetables, as well as home baked items. 


On your child’s snack day he or she will have the opportunity to share one object.  Please help your child pick an object that starts with the “sound of the week”, and include three written clues to help the class guess what the object is.  Sharing is an opportunity for your child to cultivate confidence through public speaking.  The following is an example of a sharing object and its clues: Object: monkey  

clue 1  I am an animal.

clue 2  I have a long tail.

clue 3  I live in trees.


Library will begin on Wednesday, September 26th.  Every child will select a book to bring home on Wednesday.  Please return the book by the following Monday

Labeling outerwear: 

Please put your child’s name on the tag or inner collar of his or her outerwear to avoid any confusion.

Recently, we have been informed by Marina Fabian that she will not be joining us for the 2018-2019 school year.   As many of you know, Marina recently gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby girl – Sakura.  She has decided to take a leave of absence to take care of her newborn for this year.  We wish her the very best and will miss her dearly.  

We would like to introduce our returning teachers and give a warm welcome to our new teachers for the 2018-2019 school year! 

Kathy Reidda will be teaching a literature class once a week. 

Ivel Quintana will be continuing Spanish lessons once a week.

Jessica Picciotto-Eusebio 

Jessica is a wife and mother of three wonderful children, and reside in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. She earned her BA in Mass Communications, with a minor in multilingual journalism in 2000, then went on to earn a Masters of Art in English Education at SUNY Empire State College. For the past eight years, She has worked with students in grades Pre-K ~ 8th grade. She loves teaching children and is looking forward to helping our children grow academically, socially and emotionally.  She is excited for a year filled with hands-on fun and adventure. Jessica enjoys reading and decorating in her free time. She is also a big fan of New York Giants! 

Mary Brennan

Mary has been a dedicated Montessorian with close to 20 years experience in Montessori schools.  She earned an American Montessori Early Childhood certification through the Center for Montessori Teachers’ Education/N.Y. and has worked with children ranging from infants up through kindergarten. She was the owner and operator of Ladybug Montessori Learning Center in Belleville for 15 years and is so proud of her work and dedication to the Montessori method. Mary recently moved to Glen Rock with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys to spend time outdoors, cook, make crafts and play silly games with her family.    

Gale Walker

Gale brings 13 years of experience working with pre-school children.  Prior to her background in early childhood education, she worked in the Midland Park Public School System for 8 years assisting the High School Librarian. Gale has enjoyed a busy family life raising her three sons. In her free time, she finds joy in nature, animals, reading, yoga, biking, hiking and kayaking.  She is excited to prepare books for our children’s favorite story time.

We look forward to an exciting school year!


Chizuru Fukuda