December 2016

November 29, 2016By 0 Comments

farewellFrom the President

Farewell Miss Carrie

As most families have already read, it is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the resignation of Carrie Grant. Unfortunately, due to some increasing home life demands, Carrie felt she could not continue working and had to focus on her family.  We will miss Carrie’s energy and enthusiasm but we understand and support her decision. With Carrie’s departure this means more change is in store for our classrooms, but we are confident that we are able to find the right fit for our community and to join our experienced teaching team.  In the Meantime Miss Carli will be joining the class until the hiring committee has found a replacement. If you have are interested in joining the hiring committee please contact me by email.

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It’s getting cold outside!  Here is a reminder of what will happen if Mother Nature provides us with a blanket of snow…

The preschool will close if it is too dangerous for teachers, students and parents to get to the preschool. In the event of snow, one of the teachers will endeavor to get to the preschool to assess the conditions. If she feels it is unsafe for the preschool to operate, she will contact the President (Julie) and/or the VP (Amber). The decision to close the preschool will be decided between 8:00 – 8:30 AM. Closures will be communicated through the emergency phone trees and email. We will also contact CKNW radio station.

happyChristmas Break

Last day of classes – Friday December 16th

First day back – Tuesday January 3rd

First General Meeting  – Tuesday January 3rd

I hope everyone has a great Winter Holiday Break!!!

As always, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns at president@qpps.ca.

 

download-1Enrollment Update

Registration for all current 3’s students for next year 4’s classes will be at the first January GM meeting.  Registration form and fee details will be provided in your child’s cubby first week of December.

Thanks! Donald

 

silent-auctionSilent Auction – Arrange your babysitter’s!

The Queen’s Park Preschool Annual Silent Auction will be Saturday, March 4th at 7pm. This year’s auction will be held at the Glenbrook Park Amenities Centre, just a 2 minute drive from the preschool. The Silent Auction Team is busy working to make it a very memorable and fun night full of food, music, drinks and great company.

Family donations need to be handed in to the Preschool between January 30, 2017 & February 10, 2017. What can you donate? Gift certificates, gift baskets, hand crafted items, services, or any type of new item. If you are unsure, please ask anyone on the Special Event Team.

Each family will be given 2 tickets.  If you have friends or family who would like to attend the event, additional tickets will be available for purchase on a first come first serve basis.

We are looking forward to a great Silent Auction!

 

educationLet’s Get Educated

December 6th Parent Education Session

This month we will host Selma Smith from the Dalai Lama Centre in Vancouver on the Heart-Mind index (http://dalailamacenter.org/programs/heart-mind-index). This is the term used by the Dalai Lama Center (DLC) for Peace + Education to refer to creating a balance between educating the mind and educating the heart. While there is a great focus in our society on academic achievement, research has demonstrated the positive impacts of social and emotional learning and, in fact, that heart and mind learning are interconnected.

Research also shows that it is possible to foster positive human qualities such as compassion, confidence and kindness– and we can help children manage difficult emotions such as fear, anger and anxiety. We can successfully create conditions in schools and communities that build capacity in children to recognized their emotions, to understand and empathize with others, to behave in pro-social ways, and to make constructive choices. There is a growing body of knowledge that provides information about how each of these qualities develops in children, and how we can influence their positive development in families, classrooms and early childhood programs.

The Heart Mind Well Being Framework graphically defines what the DLC means by the term ‘Heart-Mind well-being.’ This framework was created through a series of consultations with child development experts and psychologists during the design of a population-monitoring tool called the Heart-Mind Index (HMI). DLC has taken the lead on translating and sharing emerging research that aims to shine a light on how to promote Heart-Mind well-being of young children in communities across B.C. Tickets will be available to the public for $10.

January 3rd, 2017 Parent Education Session

Next month we will welcome Deborah Macnamara from Kids Best Bet (http://macnamara.ca/) on helping children thrive. Tickets will be available to the public for $10.

If you have any questions or comments about parent education, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Angie Stephens (qpps.parenteducation@gmail.com)

 

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Fundraising

Thank you everyone who came out and supported our Pub Night fundraiser, there was lots of laughs and we raised lots of funds for the preschool.

Family Fall photos was another great success! Thank you so much to Sarah Johnson who did another fabulous job this year.

Meat pies will be available for pick up at our GM meeting. Please bring a cooler to keep those pies cold.

Remember to bring your big brother donations. All donations can be left at the front door of the preschool.

 

img_69953-Year Old Classroom Information

This month in our threes classes we challenged ourselves on the monkey bars and fire pole! We are a brave and heroic group! Firefighter and police officer play, as well as a continued interest in dressing up as lions, tigers, bears, veterinarians and chefs prove time and time again the relevance of dramatic play! Make believe is of huge importance to all. As natural nurturers we are a loving group of children who take great care of our baby dolls too!

Harvest, growing and the changing season invited the perfect spring board to talking about leaves and trees and of course one of our favorite and most familiar foods the tasty juicy tart and sweet apple! Together we made delicious apple juice and sweet perfect applesauce!

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Preparing the fruit, chopping and dicing and then watching what happens when the juicer turns the apple into pulp and liquid was noisy and fascinating and very delicious! Chopping and mashing apple pieces and noticing the change from solid to soft after adding water, cinnamon and a bit of sugar. Yum!

 

 

 

img_3110-2Remembrance Day was observed  by reading many  children’s books about the importance of honouring those who keep us safe and take care of our country. We had an opportunity to look at our globe and atlas and found our continent, our country and our province as well as the city we live in. We made and wore poppies together.

The books Red is Best, Little Cloud and Brown Bear Brown Bear and Were Going On A Bear Hunt were just four popular titles we read together at circle time this past month.

The three’s classes are proving to be full of budding artists and book lovers.

Construction vehicles and trains continue to be popular draws to attention as well as our ever changing playdough, sand and light tables! The month of November has absolutely flown by.

The playroom is calm and vibrant, full of kindness and laughter and friendships blooming!

We can not wait to see what next month brings!

Please make note of the date Thursday December 15th on your calendar. It is our Christmas holiday party celebration and all families are welcome to join us for our one hour class. We will be sharing treats, food, crafts, music and holiday cheer. Morning class will be 10:15am to 11:15am and afternoon class will be 1:15pm to 2:15pm.

With warmest wishes and gratitude, your teachers Ms. Donna, Ms. Carli, Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Stacey.

 

poppy4-Year Old Classroom Information

November has gone by so quickly, how is that possible?  The month started with discussions around Poppies and the people who keep us safe and what the Poppy means to them and to us.  It was wonderful to complete our look at Remembrance Day by sharing the Poem “In Flanders Fields”

 

smoreWe had fun camping and making Cotton Ball Marshmallows to roast on our camp fire.  The children were delighted to make and eat real Smores and did you know that Spelunking is another word for discovering caves?  If you have the right equipment you might find a bat or even hibernating bears in those caves.

The Monkey Bars have been popular as the children continue to master the skill of going across without falling into the “water” below  and the writing table has been very busy with letters to our families, friends and of course to Santa!

Dates to remember:

November 28th                  Class letter to Santa

December 14th                   Christmas Party (attendance is for 1 hour)

December 16th                   Last class before Christmas break

January 4th                         First Day Back

 

christmas-eventsWhat To Do This Christmas?

If you are wondering what to do with the family this holiday season – look no further! I have included some popular activities around our city and within, just click on the links for all the information.

 

 

Peak of Christmas – Vancouver’s North Pole at Grouse Mountain

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Vancouver Christmas Market

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Christmas at Canada Place

Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour – The Vancouver Trolley Company

Rogers Santa Claus Parade

Bear Creek Park Christmas Train

Candytown – A Yaletown Holiday Festival

Timberline Country Christmas

Within New Westminster

Santa Parade 2016

New West Craft Christmas Night Market

Breakfast with Santa

Holly Jolly Christmas Crafts

Passport to Christmas in Sapperton

A Very Canadian Christmas

 

 

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