November 2018

October 29, 2018

Welcome our Practicum Student Ling!

Ling was born in Taiwan, and moved to North America when she was 20 years old. She lived in Florida for over 5 years. During that time she completed her Bachelor degree in Fine Arts, got married, and started her own family. She and her family moved and settled in Vancouver since 1997. Ling has been working as an ECE for over 10 years, and has had many wonderful experience with children aged from 0-6 in different group settings. Ling was a stayed at home mom for over 10 years. She was involved with her children’s learning, and volunteered both in and out school activities, such as teacher’s helper, PAC member and involved with school council planning, and one of the Cub Scout Leader from Scout Canada. She loves to learn with children through their play, curiosity, and creativity every day. She is grateful to be able to have this opportunity to walk along aside with each child for a short period of time in their life and share countless great moments with their family with trace of their children’s growth in every developmental areas. She has her ECE Basic Certification and Infant Toddler Certification, and is working on her Inclusive Practice Certification.

She looks forward in connecting with the children, family, and staff at Queen’s Park Preschool during her 5 week practicum from October 29 to December 4.

Stress and Anxiety in Preschoolers

Dr. Karyn Audet is a Counsellor and Developmental Psychologist and parent to three young kids and a past parent at Queen’s Park Preschool. She teaches child and adolescent development at Douglas College, conducts various research projects on children and adolescents’ development and had her own counselling practice where she worked with children and families.

In the November GM education session Karyn will discuss stress and anxiety in preschool children focusing on sources of stress, how to recognise stress and anxiety in preschool children and ways to reduce their stress and anxiety. Karyn is passionate about working with children and families, especially in helping parents feel empowered to help their children with struggles and difficulties they may be experiencing. Karyn loves working with children to help them overcome their anxieties and recognise their own individual strengths.

The Fundraising Low-down

Please help QPPS’ Fundraising Team reach the $5000 goal!  Money raised is used for a variety of things, some of which are: operating expense shortfalls in years where enrolment is not at full capacity, staffing costs for extra support in the classroom as needed, replacement of existing classroom supplies or purchase of new items, higher quality art supplies and paper; bringing in special in class visitors like OWL Rescue, Mike’s Critters, etc.  Now you won’t be stuck saying “oh I didn’t know about that one” – here is your quick and dirty on upcoming fundraising for the preschool.

Current:

  • Pub Night – November 17, 2018 – see news item below
  • Sapperton District Taphouse @ 6:30pm – Tickets are $20 – available for purchase at the November GM
  • Purdy’s Chocolates – orders due by November 12, 2018 – Pickup at the December GM

Coming soon (before Christmas!):

  • Cineplex movie ticket fundraiser
  • Fundscript gift card fundraiser
  • Kicking Horse coffee fundraiser

Ongoing:

  • Monthly Raffle at the DMs – 1 for $2, 3 for $5, 10 for $10
  • Big Brother’s Donations at the GMs
  • Scholastic Canada
  • Oliver’s Labels & Mabel’s Labels

 

Pub Night Fundraiser!

Come by, have a burger and a beer and/or wine, play a little toonie toss & you may even go home with a prize! Added bonus: no children allowed! *wink wink*. Also, feel free to Invite your friends and family.

Further details are as follows:

  • Where: Sapperton District Taphouse
  • When: November 17th – 6:30pm
  • Tickets: $20 and include: Chicken, beef or veggie burger and a pint of Budweiser or Red Truck beer. For $2 extra, you can upgrade to the house red or white wine.

It’s an 8 minute walk from Sapperton Skytrain Station. Invite all of your friends and family to come support Queen’s Park Preschool!

Your ticket also includes your chance to win some amazing door prizes, including gift baskets from The Cafe at Mandeville (Gardenworks) and The Daily Bagel. Get your throwing arm ready and bring your toonies for the toonie toss. A bottle of spirits in placed on the ground and the closest toonie at the end of the night, wins the bottle!

Buy your tickets here: https://zohosecurepay.com/checkout/wtzezvm-c3q7efodegnlz/QPPS-Pub-Night-Fundraiser

3-Year Old Classroom Info

A gorgeous October has come and gone. It’s true that our 3-year old classes have been thoroughly enjoying the wonderful fall sunshine and singing about the changing weather during group time (What Is The Weather Like, Oh Mr. Sun, and Rain Is Falling Down). To be able to play outside without full muddy buddies and rain gear has been such a treat!

In October we made our way to the art gallery to view spectacular collage art by Seth Macbeth. We also took part in our first fire drill practice and collected pumpkins in our very own pumpkin patch!

Making playdough together from scratch, building a paper maché volcano and erupting it together has been just a few highlights from the month of October.  Dinosaurs had a huge presence in our classroom for the longest while. The children’s interest in dinosaurs is enormous! You may have noticed dinosaurs in the library corner, playdough table, sand table, playhouse and block areas. Basically dinosaurs in every shape and size have taken over our play space.

We have been busy making watercolour paintings, leaf stencil art, leaf rubbing art and leaf watercolour paintings too. Who knew leaves could be so utterly inspiring?

November is sure to be another amazing month. We will be continuing our dinosaur explorations, autumn inquires and making some discoveries about light and dark in a variety of ways following the interests of the children among other things…stay tuned!

Don’t forget we have pajama day on Thursday, November 8 and our next art gallery visit is on Thursday, November 22. If all goes well we will be having a nature walk on Thursday, November 29 (subject to change).

Warmly,
Your 3’s teachers!

4-Year Old Classroom Info

Oh the busy busy 4-year olds! So much passion and excitement in our 4-year old classes!

Inspired by our art gallery visit to view Seth Macbeth’s collage art, the children have been creating their own collage art using cardboard as a base and cutting out magazines and colourful paper. Loose part creations heavily laden with tape and glue continue to be a popular opportunity for self-expression.

For a gross motor activity, the children helped the teachers create an obstacle course using carpet squares, balance beam and the bridge.

Dinosaur exploration is at the top of our list right now. Activities include digging up dino bones in the sand box, reading about how dinosaurs became extinct and painting dinosaurs at the easel.

Beading with alphabet beads and round beads on pipe-cleaners and tracing and cutting autumn inspired shapes are just a few ways we are encouraging fine motor skill development.

The 4-year old classes had an opportunity to peel and chop apples in preparation to make apple sauce together and then ate it at snack time! We also made playdough together. So many chefs amongst us!

Important November dates to make note of are:

  • Wednesday, November 21s -Art gallery visit
  • Wednesday, November 28- Fire drill

Warm regards,

Your 4’s teachers!

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