Summer Reading List


Green, Green: A community gardening story, Marie Lamba and Maldev Lamba

Bear Snores On, Karma Wilson
Not a Box, Antoinette Portis
I Don't Want to be a Frog, Dev Petty

The Girl who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin, Julia Finley Mosca
One Day in the Eucalyptus Tree, Daniel Bernstrom
The Watermelon Seed, Greg Pizolli
There was an Old Mermaid who Swallowed a Shark, Lucille Collandro

Happy Dreamer, Peter Reynolds
How to Catch a Mermaid, Adam Wallace
World Pizza, Cece Meng
The Girl with a Mind for Math, Julia Finley Mosca

Refresher on the process:

Go to:
Create an account by clicking on "Parents Get Started". 
If you need more details, look for how-to video lower down on the right side of the page. 
Connect your child with Cindy and the Hastings Co-op Preschool on the website. 
Or you can use this CLASS CODE K24Y6 and list "Cindy" as the teacher (regardless of which class your child is in)
Your orders will be delivered to your child’s classroom for your pickup.
Co-op teachers accrue points!

Scholastic picks for March

There's a Bear on My Chair, Ross Collins
The Carrot Seed, Ruth Krauss
I Need a Hug, Aaron Blabey

The Kissing Hand, Audrey Penn 
Harry the Dirty Dog, Ezra Jack Keats
The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal, Nick Seluk

Stellaluna, Janell Cannon 
Festival of Colors, Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal
The Snail and the Whale, Julia Donaldson

Refresher on the process:

Go to:  
Create an account by clicking on "Parents Get Started". 
If you need more details, look for how-to video lower down on the right side of the page. 
Connect your child with Cindy and the Hastings Co-op Preschool on the website. 

Or you can use this CLASS CODE K24Y6 and list "Cindy" as the teacher (regardless of which class your child is in)
Your orders will be delivered to your child’s classroom for your pickup.
Co-op teachers accrue points!
Use DISCOUNT CODE BMSM2019 (expires March 4th)

Donate to our Annual Giving Campaign!

Dearest Co-op Parents and Alumni,

We cannot believe how quickly time is flying by this school year. It’s already February and before we know it, it will be time for our annual Auction event where we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Co-op! Over the years we have shared wonderful moments, made lifelong friends and watched our babies grow together.

It’s also this time of year that we reach out to our amazingly generous community to ask you to give back to a place that is so cherished in our hearts and memories. The Co-op consistently works to surround our children with the best staff and resources possible. Our programs continuously develop and strive for excellence. In our fundraising efforts, we aim to keep these programs growing and to maintain our school as the place we all love and adore, not just for our children, but for ourselves as well.  

As you make your giving plans this tax season, please consider contributing to our Annual Giving Campaign. Any financial donation you are able to make to our beloved school would be greatly appreciated. The donations go a long way to ensure that our children’s needs are not just met, but exceeded each year.  As The Co-op is a nonprofit institution, all donations are 100% tax-deductible.

In addition, we are excited to offer a small gift to our donors this year.

Friend: $50 donation level will receive a magnet

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Supporter: $150 level donation will receive a small tote bag

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Patron: $250 level donation will receive a mug

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You may donate by sending a check written to Hastings Nursery School and mail to 7 Farragut Parkway Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706 (memo: Annual Giving Donation) 
or trough Paypal here:

Any size donation large or small is accepted. Please also let us know if you do not wish to receive your donor gift. Donation deadline to receive a gift is April 15, 2019. 

Many thanks and best wishes for a successful 2019!


Cat Fellows (Juniper 3 day ‘2s) and Dae Yoo (Leo ‘4s)
Co Vice-Chairs

Scholastic November Recommends

November Picks:


  • Will Bear Share, Hilary Leung

  • Be Who You Are, Todd Parr

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Mo Willems


  • Best Friends in the Universe, Stephanie Watson

  • If You’re Thankful and You Know it, Chrissy Bozik

  • How Do Dinosaurs Go to School, Jane Yolen

  • Stellaluna, Janell Cannon


  • How to Catch a Turkey, Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton

  • The 12 Days of Thanksgiving, Jenna Lettice

  • Angus All Aglow, Heather Smith

  • Drawn Together, Minh Lê

  • Stellaluna, Janell Cannon


  • Create an account here by clicking on "Parents Get Started". 

  • If you need more details, look for how-to video lower down on the right side of the page. 

  • Connect your child with Cindy and the Hastings Co-op Preschool on the website. Or you can use this CLASS CODE: K24Y6 and list "Cindy" as the teacher (regardless of which class your child is in)

  • Your orders will be delivered to your child’s classroom for your pickup.

  • Co-op teachers to accrue points!

Scholastic October Recommends

To order books, go to, and when it asks who your child's teacher is, use this CLASS CODE: K24Y6 and list "Cindy" as the teacher (regardless of which class your child is in). In addition to adding to your child’s library at home, each classroom/teacher earns points for every book we order, and at the end of the year, they get to select free books for their classrooms. It's a win-win.

OK, here we go with our October recommendations!


Let it Fall, Maryann Cocca-Leffler

The Leaves on the Trees, Thom Wiley

I Like Myself, Karen Beaumont


The Littlest Mummy, Brandi Dougherty

Spooky Wheels on the Bus, J .Elizabeth Mills

Clifford's Good Deeds, Norman Bridwell


Peppa Pig: The Pumpkin Contest, Meredith Russo

The Story of Ruby Bridges, Robert Coles

The Lion and the Mouse, Jerry Pinkney

Giraffes Can't Dance, Giles Andreae

Winter Faire 2018


Pancakes and pajamas.  Join us at the Winter Fair on February 10th 9.30am at the James Harmon Community Center for a fun morning filled with friends, singing, and pancakes.  You don't even have to get dressed!  Come in your pajamas and enjoy some fresh made pancakes while you spend time fellow Co Op families.  Each year we come together in our comfy attire to grow closer as a community.  The children sing and play and everyone enjoys delicious pancakes.  Please purchase your family tickets for $20 below.

Stacey Merchant, Special Events Committee Chair


Scholastic Books

This week you'll find the new catalogue for Scholastic Books in your mailboxes. Browse the catalogue with your child or go online and browse through a greater selection including books for older kids. The possibilities are endless: stock up on future birthday party presents or grow your own home library. Ask your child's teacher if there is a book the class is reading that might be fun to have at home as well. Lots of good Halloween and Thanksgiving books in there now. It's very easy to do it. Here's how:

1.   Register at Scholastic Book Clubs' secure Web site and create your own User Name and Password. 

2.    Enter the one-time Class Activation Code. It is K24Y6.

3.    Choose and pay for the books that you would like to order and they come right to your child’s cubby at school!  (approximately 2 weeks after placing your order).

The co-op thanks you and earns credit for each order placed.


I'm happy to pass this along, from your auction co-chairs:

We are thrilled to share that, thanks to the incredible generosity of our Co-op community, this year’s Auction raised nearly $23,000! Thank you to everyone who joined us to make Auction night so much fun, bid online, bought teacher wish list items, bid silently, or bid loud and proud at the Live Auction! Together we have achieved something special for our kids and our school.

The Auction would not be possible without the generosity of individuals and organizations who donate items and services. We are fortunate to have many in our community with exceptional talents to share and local businesses that are extremely supportive. Please visit our Supporters  and join us in saying thank you.

Special thanks also go to the Auction committee, to Ann Marie Gunther, to Adel and Sarah Hinawi for the beautiful Purpl space, and to auctioneers Joe Seely and Jeremy Rynders—true stars of the evening!

The success of this year’s Auction speaks to what a special place the Co-op is and what a special community of people it creates.

With many thanks,

Dorothy and Susannah

Auction Co-Chairs


Bidding Has Begun!

Browse the Auction NOW for a staggering array of merchandise, services, and experiences up for bid.

Bid online at or on your mobile phone at!

You could score amazing deals on things you'd be buying anyway (like summer camp!), as well as one-of-a-kind items and experiences you won't find anywhere else (like a tour of the UN!). Share these links with friends and family, too.

Here is just a sampling of what you'll find.


The weather is warming up, and summer is just around the corner. What should we do with the kids??? The Auction has an answer for you. You could win:

  • One week of Little Splashers Swim Camp
  • Two weeks of Oasis Day Camp for the price of one
  • One week of Kids Half-Day Tennis Camp at The Tennis Club of Hastings
  • $50 worth of Indoor Basketball Open Play at House of Sports
  • A Tennis Play Date for up to 5 Children at The Play Place
  • Summer Classes and Play Passes at Scribble Art Workshop
  • A Gymcats Gymnastics Total Experience
  • Local dance and yoga classes

and much more!

The Auction has big fun for everyone!


Enjoy the best of the Rivertowns with delicious offerings such as:

  • Gift certificates from Hastings favorites Juniper and The Mill
  • Lunch at the Blue Hill Café at Stone Barns—as well as a market bag filled with take-home goodies and a copy of Chef Dan Barber’s most recent book, The Third Plate
  • A super-special five-course chef’s tasting menu for two, including wine, at Wolfert’s Roost, in Irvington

Don’t want to go out? Have an amazing whole food, plant-based family meal delivered to your door by a Natural Gourmet–trained chef. Or get your kids into the kitchen with a hands-on cooking class for up to 5 children led by Co-op alum Kate Sonders, an accomplished food writer, food photographer, and recipe developer.

The Auction has something for every taste!


Birthday parties will be a cinch this year with one of our amazing Auction party packages:

  • A Penny Lick Ice Cream party at their beautiful new shop on Warburton Avenue (complete with an ice cream­–making lesson and make-your-own sundaes)
  • An all-inclusive party at Elmwood Day Camp (including food, beverages, and camp counselors to lead the games)
  • A Young at Art birthday party (with a great art project that each child can take home)

Or, build your own party with pizza from Slices, a birthday cake from By the Way Bakery, and a rec room rental from the James Harmon Community Center.

Party time begins at the Auction!


Get out and explore! Take home passes to the American Museum of Natural History, or a membership to Wave Hill gardens in Riverdale, the Hudson River Museum, and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Explore the world from the comfort of a darkened movie theater with a membership to The Jacob Burns Film Center, in Pleasantville, which is dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema.

Let the Auction expand your horizons! 


The Auction website also includes Teacher Wish List items! Give a gift to the teacher who made this past year so wonderful for you and your family. Or buy an item that you know your child will enjoy playing with in next year's classroom. Share the links above with friends and family (hello, grandparents!) and imagine all the kids who will enjoy this gift for years to come. 

Shop the Auction to help teachers spark your child’s imagination!


Mother’s Day is May 8, and Father’s Day is June 19. Cross something off your to-do list and win brownie points with a fabulous gift from the Auction:

  • Gift certificates from Indigo clothing boutique and Maisonette home design
  • A flower bouquet from Village Balloon & Flower Shop
  • A cotton and ostrich-leather handbag from Aki Kano in Brooklyn
  • Private yoga classes
  • A facial from Luna Belle Aesthetics
  • A full car detailing from C&B Automotive

Don’t end up in the doghouse! The Auction has you covered for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.


Let’s face it: You have an empty spot on your wall (or many). And you really meant to get family portraits taken last year (and the year before). So shop the Auction catalog to fill your photo albums, and your walls, with art and photography. This year’s Auction features:

  • Cartoon art from local artist Isabella Bannerman
  • A framed paper sculpture by Co-op alum Marisa Silverstein
  • Original Hastings photographs by Co-op dad Cory Merchant
  • Whimsical watercolor prints that will brighten up your child’s room

You can also book photo sessions for the family with Tiffany Arment Photography, Audrey DeWys Photography, or Christina Torpie Photography.

Let the Auction surround you with art that brings you joy!


Looking for something truly special and unique? You’ll find it at this year’s Auction:

  • A personal, exclusive-access tour of the United Nations for 3 adults and 3 children led by Co-op dad Boaz Paldi, Engagement Manager for the UN
  • A Chinese Tea Tasting (Gong Fu Cha) with the Co-op’s own Dae Yoo, a former Chinese tea specialist who trained with the tea masters of the Tea Gallery and the Mandarin’s Tearoom
  • Two tickets to Foods of New York Tours, which offers food tasting and cultural walking tours through NYC’s most delicious and historic neighborhoods

Tackle your bucket list at the Auction! 

Auction Tickets Now On Sale!

Tickets are now on sale for this year's Hastings Nursery School Auction, which will take place on Thursday, April 14th! 

It will be a fun and fabulous night at Purpl, Hastings' own one-of-a-kind event space, featuring:

•  Live music

•  Open bar

•  Gourmet buffet

•  The best shopping experience you'll find all year!

Buy tickets now at:, or, using your mobile phone, at:

Online bidding begins April 7, and purchasing your tickets online ensures that bidding will be quick and easy. Watch for news and alerts highlighting the unique items up for auction this year so you can bid early on your favorites. Don't miss out!

The Co-op Auction Committee sends a big thank-you to all those who have donated their time, skills, or valuable work. 

We hope to see you all there!




A Very Special Goal for This Year's Auction

It's the Co-op's biggest night of the year! Here, from the Auction committee, are some exciting and important details about the big event.

What is the Auction?

The Auction is our school’s biggest fundraiser, and it’s also a fun and fabulous night for grown-ups!

The event is Thursday, April 14, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Purpl, the beautiful space run by our very own Co-op parents Sarah and Adel Hinawi.

Here’s what the evening has in store:

·      Gourmet buffet dinner by Roquette Catering of Brooklyn

·      Live music by drummer/steel drummer/singer-songwriter Peter Barr

·      Open bar with signature Co-op themed cocktails

·      Silent auction featuring original art, food and wine experiences, kids’ activities, gift certificates from local businesses, and much more

·      Exclusive and once-in-a-lifetime live auction featuring priceless art and experiences

Tickets will be sold online beginning Thursday, March 31, for $50.  

Why is this year’s Auction special?

In August 2016, the Co-op will celebrate 10 years in our warm and welcoming space at 7 Farragut Avenue.

Just over 10 years ago, however, we came very close to not having a Co-op. Our old space, in the Unitarian Society, sustained a major flood. Three feet of water destroyed nearly everything. But instead of admitting defeat, the Co-op community came together on a grand scale. A new space was secured. All the classrooms were renovated, and the 4s classroom was created from completely raw space. New furniture. New supplies. New toys.

Special recognition belongs to the American Legion, who provided a temporary home free of charge, and to alum parent Jason Fein, who went above and beyond to make sure all the classrooms had what they needed. It was a labor of love by the Co-op community of parents and teachers—but also an unavoidably expensive undertaking. Loans were taken out to cover the construction and renovation costs and the costs of outfitting all the new classrooms.

In an incredible achievement, the Co-op has paid off more than $100,000 thanks to the passion and generosity of parents, teachers, and the local community.

All that remains is one small business loan that we continue to chip away at.

To honor the 10th anniversary in our beloved space, we want to allow the Co-op to begin its next 10 years debt-free.

So we are setting a big, fat, audacious goal for this year’s Auction: let’s raise $25,000 and pay off that loan.

Erasing this debt will allow more than $3,000 a year to be redirected toward programming and enrichment for our children, and toward retaining the finest teachers. That is an amount that will make a real difference in the annual operations of the Co-op.

What else will the Auction’s profits help support? Every year, Auction proceeds are dedicated in part to funding end-of-year teacher bonuses—an important way to support our teachers and thank them for their priceless contributions.

Can we come together and do something incredible for our school? It has happened before and I know we can make it happen again.

It is also important to note that this school year marks the 15th anniversary of Irene and Cindy being co-directors of Hastings Nursery School. Let’s use this Auction as a way to come together and celebrate their leadership, passion, and commitment, and to invest in the future of the Co-op. Cindy and Irene, as well as all the wonderful Co-op teachers, nurture and encourage our children. But they also care for us as parents. Sharing encouragement and words of wisdom. Sharing perspective. Sharing compassion and understanding.

For this special anniversary-year Auction, let’s give as generously as we can to the Co-op community that gives us so much!

New Year's Eve at Purpl

I'm passing this on from Purpl (the fabulous venue for the co-op auction this spring):

Raise your glass, raise your voice and raise the roof at Purpl's blow-your-mind, yes-its-back-by-popular-demand, sing-and-dance-your-butt-off, best-party-in-town New Year’s Eve Live Band Karaoke dance party and fundraiser. 

Enjoy food from Dave DiBari and "EatSeriousHaveFun" folks at The Cookery, sing with your very own live band behind you, and bid on works of art from Katie Reidy, Isabella Bannerman, Jennifer Smith, Kit Demirdelin, and Daniel Featherstone.

This is not your mother's gala. The drinks will flow, the band will rage, the karaoke will, well, karaoke, and we will all help support lower Westchester's best-loved music venue and people incubator.

$100/ per person

$179/ per couple 

$425/ table of 6

Prices include food and drink. All ticket options are 50% tax deductible. 

Gather your friends and plan for a great night out in the party venue that loves you back. Spaces are limited, so