• May 2018

    From the President Happy May! Finally feels like Spring is here. It’s hard to believe we only have six weeks of school left this year. Sending a big thanks to Karyn Audet for organizing the social at the Burnaby train park on April 22. It was a fun and sunny afternoon. Stay tuned for news on a year-end BBQ! I am happy to report that the school calendar is now on the QPPS website and we have moved a number of documents to a parent portal. You should have received a password from your class rep. If you haven’t, please ask for it. We still have space in our classes for the 2018/19 school year, so spread the word. Please grab postcards and posters and leave a review on our Facebook page. As always, thanks to our incredible teaching staff for all their hard work. I am excited about the art show this month, hope to see you all there. Enjoy the sunny days ahead! Best, Amber Mark your calendars Upcoming Art Show (a chance to show off your little Picassos!) Wednesday, May 23, 2018 6:00 – 8:00 pm is the opening night of our collective art show Opening night […]

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  • April 2018

    From the Vice President The sun has been shining – happy that the Easter Bunny seems to be bringing the good weather with him! It’s a busy time at QPPS with many thanks deserved to all the volunteers who are making things run so smoothly!  Thank you to Katie and Sylvia for all their hard work for organizing registration, thank you to Monica and her treasurer assistant for working on the tax receipts and thank you to all of you for completing the annual survey. Lastly, and a huge thank you to Tara and the silent auction team for such a fun and successful night!   We have a lot of fun coming up this month with the Sun Run, a coffee party and more Art Gallery visits. Then in May – the return of the eggs and chicks (my favourite!). Also, for those of you receiving this Newsletter for the first time as incoming families, welcome! The Newsletter is a great source of information about the happenings in the school so enjoy! xo Marti A HUGE Thank You A heartfelt thank you to all who donated and to all who attended our silent auction this year, making it the […]

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  • March 2018

    From the President Welcome March! Spring is just around the corner and the kids have had a great February. Valentine’s Day and the gallery visit were highlights for my kids. Enrollment is well underway now with our classes filling for the 2018/19 school year. We still have space in some of our classes, so spread the word! If you haven’t had the chance to complete the preschool survey, please do by clicking here.  Your feedback is highly valued. Have a restful March and enjoy Spring Break – March 19-23. Got a Talent for Budgets? The budget committee is established on an annual basis to participate in the review and preparation of the budget for the following year (this includes setting the tuition fees for the upcoming year). The committee includes the Treasurer, President, Vice-President, the teachers, and at least two volunteers from the general membership who will be returning members.   At the March GM, we will be asking for volunteers from the membership to join the budget committee. The budget committee meeting will be held from 7-9pm on Wed., March 14. If you are available to attend the committee meeting, are interested in learning more about how we plan […]

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  • February 2018

    From the President I can’t believe we are already looking ahead to September and the new school year.  We have just had our first open house and will be starting enrollment for 2018/19 school year early this month.  Huge thanks to Katie Orford for all her help and a big welcome to Sylvia Steigervald who is taking over helping our families get set for the new year. After enrollment begins orientation and then our Orientation Coordinator steps in.  Many thanks to Rolande Barbon for her work last year and welcome to Glen Murray who has taken over for her. Another round of thanks to James Stenabaugh who has been working very hard on the new website.  It looks amazing and is no easy task to undertake.  So THANK YOU! This preschool would be what it is without the parents (and your “voluntold” jobs) and dedicated teaching staff – thank you.  We still have lots of fun ahead with the auction around the corner.  I hope you had fun sourcing your item and have booked your sitter for March 3.  It is always a great night out! May your month be filled with all things Valentine – love, kindness and friendship.   Best, […]

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  • January 2018

    From the President Happy New Year! Hope you all had a fantastic holiday season with lots of family time, good eats and eggnog. We are looking forward to a great 2018 at QPPS. Lots on the go and we’ll see you at the GM on January 9. Best, Amber   Fundraising Update For new fundraising in January, there will be another meat pie order  – perfect for the winter months ahead. Also, be sure to bring your cash/cheques to the GM the monthly raffle. And of course we’ll be collecting big brothers donations!   Parent Education This Month JANUARY Nicola Lott from Notch Hill Learning will do a presentation entitled “Play With Purpose – Building Reading Readiness Skills” Would you like your child to choose books over technology? In this workshop we look at the foundation skills preschoolers need to master before blooming into readers. You’ll walk away from our brainstorm with dozens of quick ‘n’ easy, play-based, early-literacy ideas and a deep understanding of your child’s needs. http://www.notchhilllearning.com FEBRUARY Next month, Dr. Ian Pike from the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute will be doing a presentation on risky play and its importance on children’s development.   3-Year Old Classroom […]

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  • December 2017

    From the President Happy December! Hope you all had a great (although wet!) November. Things are ticking along at QPPS with lots of small projects on the go from grant applications to new dishwashers, websites to alumni list building. Many thanks to all the families for their ongoing work to keep the school running. And to our staff for continuing to amaze and thrill our children each and every week. Our last day of classes before winter break will be December 21st.  May you all enjoy the holiday season and find time to spend with your little ones during this very special time of year. See you in 2018! Best, Amber   Stay Connected Here are some helpful tips for busy families on the go – and now there really won’t be any excuses for missing the monthly meeting 😉 Add Queens Park Preschool to your Google calendar: Just add qpps.vp@gmail under “Other Calendars” Join our Closed Group on Facebook: Go to Facebook. Search ‘Queen’s Park Preschool 2017-2018’ in the search tab, request Join Group. You just need to give your class and child’s name and you will on your way for up-to-date information   What happens on a Snow Day? […]

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  • November 2017

    From the President Happy November! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving celebrations and had some Halloween fun. Thanksgiving is also a great reminder to say “thank you” a little more often – so it might just be the theme of my message this month 😉 October was a great month at the preschool as we had Ms. Queenie join our school. We are still searching for one more Support Worker, so if you know someone who would be the perfect fit, please let your executive know.   Huge thanks to Marti Longstaff, Vice-President for stepping into the role of substitute teacher this month. Both her and Jana Royal did a great job in the class supporting Ms. Donna.   I’d also like to thank those on the fundraising committee for their hard work. Thanks to Sarah Johnston of Notting Hill Photography for the family photo shoot and braving those long days outside. Thank you, Leah Yallop for organizing the pub night. It was a ton of fun and a great way to kick off the year.   I’d also like to thank our social coordinator Karyn Audet for her SkyZone event. Not only was it a fun night of […]

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  • October 2017

    From the President Hello QPPS Families! It has been a fantastic and busy first month at Queens Park Preschool. I hope you have all had the chance to settle in with your new routines and your little ones are thoroughly enjoying the school. As October is the month to be thankful, I want to thank our incredible teachers for their hard work in making the school such a beautiful space and welcoming all our kids to their new classes. This month, we will introduce one new staff member: Ms. Queenie who will be joining as a teacher in our 4-year-old classes. She will no doubt be a great addition to the preschool. I also want to thank all of you for your volunteer hours so far. Be it cleaning the school or organizing a fundraiser, designing a website or crunching numbers, without you, this school wouldn’t be the place it is. So many thanks for being part your children’s first school experience. The beginning of the school year is always full of such excitement and many plans for activities and events to come. I do hope that you will take full advantage of the social activities, fundraising outings, and in-class […]

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  • June 2017

    From the President Its the end of another year at Queen’s Park Preschool. It has been my honour to have been your president this last year. Thank you all for such a wonderful year, I have truly enjoyed meeting so many new families and formed so many friendships. As the year comes to an end, I would like to take the time to thank all of our teachers.  Thank you to Ms. Stacey and Ms. Lynda for joining us. Thank you to Ms. Stacey and Ms. Donna for all the hard work this year and always going over and beyond for the preschool and the children. Also, a big Thank you to all our amazing executives this year! You volunteered knowing it meant extra meetings and more work – please know you are appreciated so very much, the preschool would not function without such a great executive. Sapperton Day Street Festival Come Join Us! The preschool will have a display at Sapperton Day Street festival (June 11). Sapperton Days we’ll be painting faces. Thank you to everyone who has offered to help out… we’ll be recruiting a few more volunteers over the next few weeks. Whether you stop by to […]

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  • May 2017

    From the President I cannot believe it is May already. It has been such an exciting and busy year. Welcome Teacher Lynda! I am so thrilled to say that Teacher Lynda will be starting in our 3’s Classes this month. Please help me in welcoming her into the preschool. Thank you Teachers! I wanted to take some time to say a BIG THANK YOU to Miss Donna and Miss Stacey for all their hard work this year. They have both gone over and above this year to help make QPPS what it is. All of their hard work and passion have truly been appreciated. Survey Thank you to everyone who provided feedback so far. The reviews are in progress and will be completed by the end of May. If you haven’t already please take the time to complete the surveys listed below. This is a great chance for families to provide feedback about their overall preschool experience and our Teachers.  I would like to really encourage you to share your thoughts… this is a great way for the executive to learn what is working well and what might need to be changed.  The more information we hear from families, the […]

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