June 2016

June 3, 2016

From the President

It’s the end of another year at QPPS and I am honoured to have had a chance to help guide our preschool on behalf of all of you. I have made so many friends along the way and it has been wonderful to get to know all of the families this year. I don’t want to get too sappy on you – so for now it’s down to business 🙂

Executive Elections 

Since our May GM, we have had several families accept nominations for the remaining roles on the executive committee.  Thank you to everyone who has stepped up and offered to help run the preschool next year!

We are still looking for a family to take on the role of Orientation Elect.  This is a calendar year position, so requires a families who will be in the preschool for the next 2 years.  The orientation coordinator works with the Enrollment Coordinator, welcoming new and returning families back to the preschool.  The person in this role helps ensure our families are trained and ready to be duty parents in the classroom.  While there is some preparation and training before and after, the majority of the work in this role is in April-June 2017, and September 2018.   Please let us know if you are interested or would like to learn more!

Outdoor Play Area Expansion 

As was announced at the last General Meeting, we are thrilled to announce that our outdoor expansion proposal has been approved by the New Westminster City Council!  Exciting things have been happening to the side of the preschool building, as the park’s crews have been clearing out the invasive underbrush, topping 2 dead trees and turning them into nurse trees (for woodpeckers and other wildlife) and removing ivy from the building walls.  Over the summer, the fencing will go up, our licensing officer will be invited back to approve the final product and some purposeful planting of native plants will go in… all ready for next the kids next September!

Upcoming Dates You Need to Know

  • Tuesday, June 14th: Current and Incoming Executive Meeting, 7pm at the preschool
  • Thursday, June 16th and Friday, June 17th: last day of classes for this school year
  • Monday, June 20th: Preschool Take Down Night, 6:30pm – This is the night we clean up the preschool for the summer.  It is a requirement for 3 year old class families to send 1 parent/caregiver to assist.  The event takes about 1.5 hours and involves removing things from the walls, moving furniture, light cleaning, outdoor tidy-up and light maintenance.

Do you have Keys to the Preschool?

If yes, they need to be returned to Jeff Arason before the end of the school year.  If you no longer need your keys, please bring them to the June GM.  If your role still requires keys, then please ensure you return them directly to Jeff.  Do not simply leave the keys in his child’s cubby, as he need to know whom each set of keys are from.  Please do not keep the keys over the summer, even if you believe you will need them for next year’s role (we change the alarm code each summer).


Farewell to Teachers Barb and Eleanor

Gather the kids and come join us in saying goodbye to Barb and Eleanor. Here are the details:

Ice Cream Party
Thursday, June 16th, from 3:30 – 5:00pm
Queen’s Park playground (at the picnic tables near the fire engine) 

We’ll bring the ice cream, sprinkles and whip cream, for a good ol’ ice cream play date.  We’d like to keep as litter free as possible, so ask families to reusable bring bowls, spoons and glasses if possible (yes, we’ll have some back ups as well).   Spread the word – let’s get as many families – both past and present-  as possible!


IMG_5156Enrollment Update

We now have 3 spots available in our 4PM class, due to families moving out of town.  Please help spread the word!   Registration information is available on our website, or email enrol@qpps.ca.

Save-the-dateAttending QPPS Next Year? Save the Dates!

More information on these dates will be provided in the Summer Newsletter, emailed out in mid August.
  • Monday, August 29th: Preschool Set Up Night, 6:30pm. This is the night we set up the preschool.  It is a requirement for 4 year old class families to send 1 parent/caregiver to assist.  The event takes about 1.5 hours and involves moving furniture, light cleaning, outdoor tidy-up and light maintenance.
  • Tuesday, August 30th: first Executive Meeting for the 2016/2017 school year, 7pm at the preschool
  • Tuesday, September 6th: first GM for the 2016/2017 school year, 7pm at the preschool
  • Wednesday, September 7th: Orientation Night for new and returning parents, 7pm at the preschool. Please note, not all returning parents need to attend Orientation night – it depends on the number of years absence.  Families will be contacted by our orientation parent to confirm if  attendance is required.  All new families are required to attend.
  • September 6-9th: Meet and Greets scheduled with new families. The schedule will be included in the Summer Newsletter
  • Monday, September 12th: 1st day for the 4 year old classes
  • Tuesday, September 13th: 1st day of gradual entry for the 3 year old classes


overdue-books-pParent Participation

On June 7, we are lucky enough the welcome back Hilary Feldman, Backyard Naturalist, just in time for you to learn a few tips and tricks to encourage all our budding scientists to get outside and discover the wonders of the outdoors!  For a change of pace, this talk will be outside and she will skillfully walk us around the preschool outdoor area and demonstrate how to encourage our children’s interest in nature, biology and science.  If the weather does not cooperate, then we will talk about nature from the comforts of our seats inside.  Hilary Feldman is a freelance writer and mother of two parent participation alumna. A past Council Board member, she is an advocate for parent participation and community building. Tickets will be available to the general public for $10.

Lastly, a few reminders, if you have any books or educational materials borrowed from the preschool, please return them ASAP, we need them back prior to the school closing for the summer.  Also, we’ve made it through another year of school and that means as parents you have completed 10 hours of Parent Education, which in combination with your orientation requirements, enables you to receive a Responsible Adult Certificate!  This is a real title!  Should you wish to add this to your resume please contact Marti and she can issue you a certificate.

If you have any questions or comments about parent education, please don’t hesitate to contact Marti Longstaff (martilongstaff@gmail.com).


Our fundraising team would like to send a HUGE thank you to all the families that supported the fundraising initiatives this year – we couldn’t do this without you. And a quick reminder…if you ordered meat pies, they will be ready for pick up at the June GM.

stock-photo-17191019-child-drinks-water-from-bottleHealth Column w/ Jess Pirnak
Staying Hydrated

Summer is almost here – the kiddies are out of school this month, the sun is shining and as a bonus it’s actually hot outside. Staying well hydrated when it’s hot is definitely a must to prevent dehydration. Fluids help us stay healthy and energized by controlling our body temperature, aiding digestion, carrying nutrients around our bodies and cushioning our organs and joints. Here’s what you need to know to stay healthy and which fluids you should choose most often.

Nothing satisfies thirst better than a tall glass of cold water – plus it’s sugar free. Add a slice of lemon, lime, cucumber & mint, frozen berries or a teaspoon of jam to make it more refreshing. You can also turn water into a nutritional goldmine by adding chia seeds for extra fibre, protein & heart healthy omega 3s.

Enjoy a beautiful bowl of local produce. Cucumbers, lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, green pepper and watermelon, to name just a few, are more than 90% water! So besides staying hydrated these fruits and vegetables provide lots of fibre, vitamins & minerals and antioxidants.

Still craving something carbonated? Grab some kombucha! Kombucha is a cold, fermented tea that can satisfy any pop drinkers carbonated craving. Besides being sugar and caffeine free, kombucha also provides us with gut healthy probiotics, digestive enzymes to aid digestion and B vitamins for energy. For kids under 12 stick to ½ cup/day.

Have a great summer and following Jess’ blog (www.foodyourself.com) during the school break for your nutrition fix.

The Very Busy Spider3-Year Old Classroom Information

In the 3’s this past month it has been a plethora of bug discovery, particularly the 8-legged kind! Where are all those spiders coming from? YIKES! Perhaps it has been due to the fact that the book ,‘The Very Busy Spider’ by Eric Carle, has found its way to our reading area this month. Additionally, we have been investigating the life cycles of bees, butterflies and frogs. Our indoor water fountain has been a popular source of pond life discovery!

IMG_5787 (2)After a great deal of waiting and wondering, we had baby chicks arrive! Nine out of the twelve eggs hatched, only to abruptly disappear back to the farm. As a complement to our planting, growing and egg hatching, farming and farm animals has been a most popular subject.

While the sun has been blissfully shining, our rain barrel has managed to remain magically filled and has provided us with ample opportunity to create lakes, moats and volcanoes in our sandbox plus our wee chefs have “cooked” up a number of delectable sand pies and stone soups in our mud kitchen.

Inside/outside days have been wonderful. Our 3’s are continuing to enjoy plein-air easle painting, chalk art on pavement, log coloring/drawing, water painting (brushes, buckets and water) and bubble-blowing. Reading books under the leaves and dappled sunshine is so very peaceful and relaxing – somehow book time and cuddles in the warm sunlight make every story even more fantastic.

289 (2)(1)In the next few weeks we are beginning a journey of self-discovery with charting our growth, our weight and paying close attention what makes us special and unique – as well as what makes us all similar. Foot painting, hand prints, block body tracing, body tracing and creating salt dough hand prints are just a few of the upcoming activities we will be exploring in the 3s classes.

Teacher Lynda promised to share her munchie mix recipe with us all. And you will find it in the recipe section of the newsletter! We enjoyed her savoury treat, along with juicy watermelon during our recent ‘blanket on the hill’ family picnic. A relaxed way for all of our 3’s families to come together in conversation while the children ran in the wind chasing streamers and bubbles. The sun shone for us and we even lucked out when a rainbow appeared!

A super thank you to Brick And Mortar Living for donating the gallery space for our recent pop up art show. The event was a huge success and our preschool even made the local paper! Mark your calendar for next year’s art show – Friday May 26th, Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th – upstairs in the Art Gallery in Queen’s Park. More information closer to the date!

Please keep in mind our last day of preschool in the 3’s is Thursday, June 16th. Morning class on this date is 10am-11am and afternoon class will be from 1pm-2pm. Teacher Donna and Teacher Lynda are going to prepare a few treats for the children to enjoy including a lemonade stand and snow cone machine! We will play together in our lovely classroom and yard for one last Inside/Outside day, share a light snack and short farewell circle. Siblings and extended family are welcome to join us.

With regards,
Teacher Lynda and Teacher Donna

fire_engine_clip_art_228504-Year Old Classroom Information

Another year has flown by and it is is June ALREADY!! We had a month of mixed emotions in May. The excitement and wonder of the chicks hatching (were they ever cute) and also the joy of our first art show (we have incredible artists!)… to the sadness of having to unexpectedly say goodbye to our beloved Teacher Eleanor. Thank you to all the families that came to the “Picnic in the Park” and had a chance to create bug boxes, go on a scavenger hunt, eat some DELICIOUS food, and say a final farewell to Teacher Eleanor. (Happy Sailing Eleanor!)

This month we will finish off the year with two special events:

Class Trip to the Fire Hall on June 8 – both the morning and afternoon class will meet at the preschool at the regular class time and then walk down to the Firehall (at 6th and McBride) for a tour by our preschool parent Christie Bruce! Please make sure to pack your child a snack and water bottle, as we will have our snack at the fire hall. Please make sure that you fill in the permission form for the trip

“Last Day Party” on June 17 – at this party we will have some special activities, a preschool “photo booth”, and yummy treats, and then we will finish with a sing-a-long and a presentation of preschool certificates and the children’s portfolio binders. All the children and their parents/grandparents/nannies and siblings are invited to attend. (Please note that there will not be a regular preschool class that day – just the party.) As there will be no duty parents we ask that each child come and stay with a parent/grandparent/nanny. We will have a sign up for the yummy treats at the general meeting.

The party times are:
4am class: 10am –
4pm class: 1pm-2pm

I, along with Eleanor, would like to thank you all for being part of our preschool year. It has been wonderful to see your children develop and grow. We have loved getting to know you, and your families, and especially your children. We appreciate all the time and effort that you’ve spent on duty and doing other preschool jobs. Thank you for the kindness and support (and laughs) that you have shared with both of us and how you have cared for each other. We wish you a safe and fun summer……and then another incredible year of playing and learning!

With regards,
Teacher Barb

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