May 2018

April 27, 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 is for current families (children and extended family members welcome) but closed to the general public.
We will be serving light refreshments and beverages.

Thursday, May 24 gallery hours (open to public)
Friday, May 25 gallery hours (open to public)
Saturday, May 26 gallery hours (open to public)
Sunday, May 27 gallery hours (open to public)

*Art show ends 5:00 pm Sunday, May 27

Promoting Peer Social Confidence

I hope you all enjoyed April’s Parent Education session on social media and all things digital. For May, we welcome Christopher Burt for a session on Promoting Peer Social Competence. Learn the importance of this key developmental skill, how it is connected to emotional self-regulation and school readiness, and how you can support your preschooler to initiate and maintain friendships. Christopher is educated and trained as a Family Counsellor, who has been supporting individuals, families, organizations and the community for over 20 years.

In June, we will have our very own Rolande Barbon, a QPPS parent and dietician, talk about helping families raise healthy eaters. Got a picky eater in the family? If so, don’t miss this one!

Tickets will be available to the public for $10. If you have any questions please contact qpps.parenteducation@gmail.com

3 Year Old Classroom Info

Spring has sprung and our ideas and relationships continue to blossom in the 3s class.

In preparation for the arrival of the chicks (yes chicks!) we have been learning about farm life this month, which has been of great interest to all.

To tie in with the natural rhythm of life around us, we have been exploring insects, have discovered flowers blooming in our play yard, and have been discussing the patterns of weather.

We have been busy bees ourselves creating some special art pieces for the upcoming gallery show!

Highlights of the month; the Sun Run as well as our firefighter visit (QPPS’s very own Matthew)!

Important Dates:

  • Saturday, May 5 – Yard Tidy Up
  • Wednesday, May 9 – Chicks arrive
  • Thursday, May 10 – Mother’s Day Tea
  • Wednesday, May 23 – Art Show Opening Night
  • Thursday, May 24- Sunday, May 27 – Art Show

Warmly,
Ms. Lynda and Ms. Donna

4 Year Old Classroom Info

During the month of April we have explored magnets in many forms, our sensory table contained messy magical goop our sand table contained delicious smelling herbs and teeny tiny seeds. We explored plasticine and noticed how different it is from playdough.

The fours really enjoyed playing Farm Sound Bingo testing our auditory strengths and our imagination at the same time!

Our upstairs loft has returned to being a much needed quiet space.

Our loose parts craft activity is certainly our most popular invitation yet! So popular we need two large tables to accommodate everyone interested.

The outdoor mud kitchen and water table became “nature made soup” including ingredients such as sand, water, pinecones, leaves and cedar. Our wagons have become buses and taxis and trains. The children have been busy digging and scooping with our shovels creating holes and dykes and rivers. The forest yard (our expanded yard) is always popular. It just feels good to run the hill and hide behind bushes.

In addition to all this fun and so much more we participated in a mini Sun Run and had a special visit from the City of New Westminster’s Garbage collection and Recycling Department!

In both our three and four year old classes we have been so very busy creating various works of art for the upcoming show that will be held at The Gallery In The Park (New Westminster Arts Council). The show is called CONNECTIONS. There you will see a variety of acrylic paintings, some fabric art, mixed media art and sculpture.

And May is Childcare Month. How is it already May?
In the month of May we will be welcoming eggs and (then chicks), hosting our Moms and other special ladies for Mother’s Day tea (Friday, May 11) and of course our third annual art show is coming up on Wednesday, May 23.

Warmly,
Ms. Donna and Ms. Queenie

 

 

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