Ho-Ho-Kus Waldwick Cooperative Nursery School (HWCNS) Ho-Ho-Kus Waldwick Cooperative Nursery School (HWCNS) Ho-Ho-Kus Waldwick Cooperative Nursery School (HWCNS) Ho-Ho-Kus Waldwick Cooperative Nursery School (HWCNS)

What is a Cooperative Nursery School?

A Cooperative Nursery School is a school that allows parents to participate in the classroom setting once or twice a month. Parents are there to assist both the children and the teacher in the everyday classroom activities. It also allows parents the opportunity to watch their child interact with other children their age and to see their social and emotional growth throughout the year. Non-cooperative membership is also welcome for parents unable to participate in the classroom at an increased tuition.

How often will I have to co-op?

Co-oping is approximately once a month for nine months. Typically parents do not co-op more than once or twice a month and only in their own child's class.

Can I bring along my younger child when I co-op?

Unfortunately no, younger siblings are not permitted in the classroom when you co-op. You will need to make other arrangement for that time.

What if I am unable to make my scheduled co-oping day?

It is your responsibility to switch with another co-oping parent or call the substitute aide list. Remember that you will need to compensate an aide for the day.

I work and my mother watches my child, can she co-op for me?

Unfortunately no, only the parents or legal guardians of the child are permitted to co-op. Finger printing is needed for all moms and dads working in classroom.

My family is non-co-oping, why are we still on a committee?

Our nursery school continues to thrive due to the involvement of our parents - not only through parents' participation in the classroom but as part of the school as a whole. As such, all families are required to be a part of a committee throughout the school year.

Why can't I bake cupcakes for my child's birthday?

Our school is committed to the safety and well-being of the children in our care. Because of that we do not serve food items that pose a possibility of allergic reaction or are known as choking hazards. Items such as nuts, peanut butter, raisins, popcorn, milk, eggs, or chocolate will not be served at school. Please see our Approved Snack List for Birthday Snack suggestions.

What is Handwriting without Tears?

The Handwriting Without Tears® (HWT) curriculum provides developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory tools and strategies for the classroom. Using these tools, such as the Wooden Pieces, Wet-Dry-Try Method, Stamp and See Screens and HWT Chalk Boards, the program follows a particular method and process of letter and number writing that is designed to help children master handwriting in a fun, structured way. For example, children learn capital letter formations as they imitate the teacher piece by piece using the HWT Wooden Pieces. ‘Big Line, Little Line, Big Curve and Little Curve’ Wooden Pieces are used to create and build letters. After following the HWT method for uppercase letters, children in the 4’s class move on to writing lower case letters and numbers.