April 2018

April 3, 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 memorable and successful evening that it was. We’d also like to extend our gratitude to those who generously and beautifully catered our event: Earnest Ice Cream for the ice cream station, Oyama charcuterie, Benton Brothers Cheeses, Bon Macaron, Beaucoup Bakery, Wishing Treats, Save On Foods, Superstore, Choices, “Enza’s Kitchen”, Divine Samosas, Small Bites, and to Bulk Barn for the candy station. You all made the food tables as delicious as the deals on the auction tables! Thank you very much. Can’t wait to see it all happen again next year!

PS: If any of the attendees managed to take pictures of the event, could you please contact me at: lleilahchernovsky@gmail.com? We are getting a lot of requests from our caterers!

Thanks, and happy spring, everyone!

 

Curious about Your Kids and Social Media?

April’s Parent Education speaker is Jesse Miller – Internet Safety and Social Media Awareness. Jesse Miller is a national speaker presenting and consulting to schools, non-profit groups and companies across Canada since 2007. Jesse is in high demand as a speaker on the topics of social media awareness, Internet safety & online content evaluation.  More information on Jesse Miller can be found on his website at https://www.mediatedreality.com

Looking ahead to May, we welcome back Christopher Burt, who will be returning to QPPS with his talk on Promoting Peer Social Competence. We will learn the importance of this key developmental skill, how it is connected to emotional self-regulation and school readiness and how we can support our preschoolers to initiate and maintain friendships.  Christopher is educated and trained as a Family Counsellor and has been supporting individuals, families, organizations and the community for over 20 years. You can find out more about Christopher at http://www.christopherburt.net

Tickets will be available to the public for $10.  If you have any questions about parent education please do not hesitate to contact Garry at the general meeting or at  qpps.parenteducation@gmail.com

 

What is Neufeld Farms?

At the April GM there will be another raffle and we will be collecting Big Brothers – so don’t forget!

We are also doing Neufeld farms!  We will hand out the order forms and give more info at the April GM and the products will be delivered at 6:30 pm on May 1 – GM. All the cheques should be made out to the preschool.

 


3-Year Old Classroom Information

During the month of March our play house was transformed over and over again as our three year old classes continued to enjoy dramatic play that included grocery store, grocery shopping, bakery and sushi restaurant. Using a cash register, paper bags, realistic play money and shopping carts!

The loft area became a train station complete with a coal toss gross motor activity and ticket booth for buying train tickets.  

The balance beam and bridge were brought out and the children had  opportunities to shuffle, sidestep, step, leap, jump, carefully move and of course test personal limits finding our footing practicing first on a tape line and then gradually moving on to the challenge of the balance beam.

Our March art gallery visits exposed us to giclees (print on canvas) and oil paintings by local artist Iris Mes Low.

Giving a nod to St. Patrick’s Day we wore green and made shamrock art as well as made jello together.  Our playdough was minty (the smell of green?) and our water table transformed into a pot of gold!

Two adorable bunnies visited our classroom. What a pleasure to meet Chester and Whiskers! We also enjoyed an outdoor easter egg hunt together.

In April, among other invitations we will be exploring insects, Spring, pond life, farm animals and rainbows. We will begin working on our art for the upcoming May art show. Weather permitting, as the sun shines and flowers bloom we will soon be enjoying our inside-outside days.

Warmly, Ms Lynda and Ms. Donna

 

4-Year Old Classroom Information

In the month of March, we continued our discussion about kindness and focused on relationships. Using very hands on and senorial experiences such as spice making, soup making, and pasta cooking during play time, it brought the children of the class together.

Naturally, we read the story of Stone Soup, and families were invited to support the children’s investigation. The children were asked to choose a vegetable with their families, and bring it to preschool so we could make our own version of Stone Soup. We looked closely at the vegetables and painted pictures of them before peeling and cutting them up. Our soup was shared during the last class before Spring Break, which was a great way to connect our class together before we part ways for a break.

Stay tuned as we continue with our investigations and see where the children lead us in the month of April.

Thanks, Ms. Queenie and Ms. Donna

 

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