January 2017

January 2, 2017By 0 Comments

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It’s registration time!

The January general meeting will be your opportunity for current families to register children for the 2017-2018 preschool year. Bring your $100 deposit fee if you are registering a child for next year.

The executive would like your very quick and valuable feedback on the preschool.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TQQHM5

It is a very small 4 question survey that should only take a couple minutes out of your day. All answers are completely anonymous unless you identify yourself for follow up conversation.

If you have any questions or concerns

Please don’t hesitate to ask.

Julie

 

2016 Important Tax Information

Did you know you can claim your preschool fees on your tax return? The person with the lower net income may claim preschool tuition as childcare provided that they have earned income. CRA’s current stance on this (per Income Tax folio S1-F3-C1) is that payments made to an educational institution for a child under the compulsory school age (e.g., preschool) are generally considered child care rather than education, unless facts indicate otherwise. As such, preschool tuition would generally qualify (unless facts indicate otherwise).

If the lower income spouse does not have any earned income, or any income at all, then tuition can be applied to the arts credit by the higher income spouse. Also, if the preschool tuition paid exceeds the childcare deduction limit for the individual, you can apply the excess, up to $250, to the child arts amount. Here is a link to describe what a prescribed program is and criteria to be claimed for the child arts amount:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/ddctns/lns360-390/370/prgrm-eng.html

QPPS meets the required criteria of a prescribed program, so you can claim tuition fees under the arts credit.

The Treasurer of QPPS would like to remind all families to make sure  that QPPS has your correct address for tuition tax receipts.  If you are unsure or have further questions please send an email to qpps.receipts@gmail.com.

 

download2017 Enrollment Update

Tuesday January 3 – Current Student Registration @ GM Meeting
Priority registration for current attending 3 year old students advancing to 4 year old classes and also siblings of current students. $100 registration fee per family is due at this time. Extra Registration Day form will be available at the GM if needed and the full registration package will also be given out.

Wednesday January 25 – QPPS Open House Information Night > 3:00pm-7:00pm
If anyone is interested in helping out at the Open House event to talk to prospective parents and promote the school please let the teachers know.

 

educationLet’s Get Educated

January 3rd, 2017 Parent Education Session

This month we will welcome Deborah Macnamara from Kids Best Bet (http://macnamara.ca/).  She will be speaking on ‘Raising Kids in a Digital World.’

Tickets will be available to the public for $10.

The digital world is here to stay changing our society in a way that has far reaching consequences for our children.  What are the implications for raising children?  How do we harness the spectacular connecting potential and yet avoid the pitfalls of attachment technology gone awry?  How do we prepare them to live in this world and yet preserve what is required for healthy development to take place?  We have followed our children into the digital world and yet for their sake as well as ours, we need to restore our lead in order to avoid the insidious dangers that live in the shadows of this potent technology.  We will consider the digital revolution through the lens of developmental science committed to helping adults help children reach their full human potential.

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

Angie Stephens (qpps.parenteducation@gmail.com)

 

foodNew Year’s Resolutions: A Family Affair

Welcome 2017! The arrival of a new year often finds us resolving to make positive changes. This year, why not make it a team effort and involve the whole family? Here are a few simple resolutions that improve our health along with suggestions to sustain the change.

 

  1. Have vegetables and/or fruit with every meal.In addition to tasting great, fruit and vegetables give us loads of dietary fibre that keeps intestines healthy, help blood sugar stay stable and lower cholesterol. Vegetables and fruit provide an abundance of vitamins and minerals that our body needs to stay healthy, not to mention antioxidants that help keep our blood vessels clear and fight cancer.How to sustain the change? Experiment with lots of different types of fruits and vegetables and ways of preparing them to keep it interesting. Buy in season for the best flavour and price. Get your pre-schooler to help pick out fruit and vegetables from the store. Try planting a garden; if you are tight on space a small container will do! Research shows, involving kids in the shopping and the growing of fruits and vegetables increases their intakes.
  2. Cook with your kids every day.Involving your kids in meal prep and cooking bring lifelong benefits. The University of Alberta did a province-wide survey of Grade 5 students. Their research suggests the best way to get your child to eat healthier foods — and actually enjoy them — is to have them help with meal preparation. Eating healthier food makes for better overall health. In addition to the health benefits, cooking with your kids is fun and will help them grow to love cooking, a valuable life skill. The preschool years are a great time to get kids involved in the kitchen.How to sustain the change? Keep it simple: mixing batter, tearing lettuce, tossing salads, helping to add ingredients, pressing the button on the blender or food processor are all age appropriate tasks for pre-schoolers. In addition to cooking at home, we can also advocate for connecting kids with cooking at school. Check out this exciting program being offered in the Vancouver school district projectchef.ca.
  3. Plan at least one meatless dinner per week.A plant based meal emphasizes fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes and nuts and is rich in fibre, vitamins and other nutrients. This is a great opportunity to experiment with non-meat sources of protein, if you’re not already. In addition to being healthful, meatless meals are environmentally friendly and taste great. Check out lentils.org/recipe-diet/vegetarian for some easy recipes to get you started.How to sustain the change? Pick one night of the week and declare it meatless (i.e. meatless Monday) and experiment with new recipes to find a family favourite.These resolutions are examples of small changes that have big health benefits. Best of all they involve the whole family! Here’s to a happy and healthy year ahead.Rolande Barbon, RD

kids3-Year Old Classroom Information

Happy New Year from your teachers in the 3’s classes!

December was a spectacular celebratory month slowly but surely building upon the excitement of the holiday season that was upon us all! Our yard and park were literally turned into a winter wonderland!  Our three year old classes enjoyed Christmas influenced activities, we learned about arctic animals and hibernation, we talked about changing weather and changing seasons and most of all we enjoyed the snow fall, playing in the snow, slipping and sliding on ice and sledding down our hill!

bearWe spent December continuing to read about bears and other animals who sleep during wintertime. Most of our arts and crafts activities centred on making Christmas gifts for our families. It was wonderful to celebrate Christmas together sharing a potluck and festive songs at our Christmas party on our last day of preschool. Thank you so very much to all of our families who generously shared time and food with all of us.

Thank you also for the many good wishes and warm hugs, cards, photos, gifts and words of encouragement these past few weeks. Our threes families are really an affectionate wonderful bunch who really care deeply about QPP. It is our families who are the heart of the preschool. Your appreciation and hard work in tandem with the teachers and the executive really make QPP a special place!

January will be a new beginning and wonderful fresh start. After our winter break we will ease back into our routine of the day and get settled back in. During the month of January we will be having pajama day, making pizza, playing in our new yard, going on nature walks and talking and learning about earth quake safety, fire safety and we might even have a visit from a firefighter!

It is going to be a fantastic second half of the school year filled with fun and laughter, learning and friendship!

Best regards, Miss Donna

 

winter-wonder4-Year Old Classroom Information

What an amazing Winter Wonderland we have been experiencing.  December really buzzed along inside and out.  All the children took part in making Christmas presents for someone special and we saw our tree dawned with their ornaments. Christmas in the classroom would not have been complete without experiencing the fun of decorating and eating cookies, they were yummy!

The children were so excited to explore and play in the fresh snow that continues to fall.  We made snow angels and snowballs and of course took advantage of having a hill right outside our door and went sledding.  As one friend said “it really is great fun!”

December came to a close for us with the warmth of the Christmas Celebration, we enjoyed making Jingle Bell bracelets , Reindeer Food and sharing the delicious pot luck .

Thank you to everyone for the thoughtful relaxing gifts, the teachers will enjoy them!

 

Upcoming dates:

Friday January 6th    Pancake Day (children only)

Friday January 20th  Pizza Day (Children Only)

Wednesday January 25th  Open House from 3:00 – 7:00 pm

 

Silent Auction – Reminder

Family donations need to be handed in to the Preschool between January 30, 2017 & February 10, 2017.

Please keep an eye out for an instruction sheet that will be placed in your child’s box at school.

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.  Did you get an unwanted or not needed Christmas present that you don’t know what to do with it?  Donate it to the Silent Auction!

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