• March 2017

    From the President Enrollment Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is now open. So if you know anybody interested in our preschool please have them call the school 604-526-1153 or email enroll@qpps.ca Teacher As you may have heard we have a new teacher joining the preschool.  Lynda Joshi will be joining Donna in the 3-year-old classes starting May 2017. Lynda is a fully licensed Early Childhood Educator who has over 15 years of experience providing care and support to children and their families. She joins us after working with the Burnaby School District in a variety of programs including StrongStart. Lynda is currently working at Westcoast Child care resource center in New Westminster. Lynda lives in New Westminster with her three children. Her interests include yoga, meditation, literature, fashion, film and fitness. She loves getting out into nature, as well as enjoying great food. Please help us in welcoming Lynda to Queen’s Park Preschool! Thanks Julie   Silent Auction Can’t wait to see you all at the Silent Auction this Saturday, March 4th!  The Silent Auction Team is very excited and all ready to go!  Here is a little preview of some of the Live Auction items:     Three nights in San Jose del Cabo in […]

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  • February 2017

     From Our President I just want to say thank you to everyone for your support over the last few months while we continue searching for the perfect teacher. I hope to have great news to share with you all very soon. Big thank you to everyone on the hiring committee and our Teachers for going over and beyond during this time. Survey We have our survey results in, I really appreciate everyone that took some time out of their day to provide some very useful feedback. I was very happy to see that the school seems to be doing very well and that our members are happy. There will be a more formal survey done again in April to go into more details regarding the school, jobs, and teachers. Enrollment Thanks to Katie and Donald for all their hard work this year. Thanks to their efforts we have a few new families starting up at the school. Please help welcome the new families into our QPPS family. Executive Search 2017-2018 As the school year is chugging along and gearing up for warmer weather fun, have you ever wondered what goes into making a preschool run? It’s more than the play […]

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  • January 2017

    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 […]

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  • December 2016

    From 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.  Snow 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 […]

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  • November 2016

    From the President Wow, how time flies, it’s November already. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving celebration and had a safe and fun Halloween. The preschool is running well and I don’t have a lot of information to pass on this month.   Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. President@qpps.ca Cheers, Julie Enrollment Update Please make note that there are still 2 spots available in the 4AM and 2 spots in the 4PM classes.  We are asking if you can reach out on social media and see if anyone has 4 year old children who have not enrolled in a preschool yet. Thanks! Donald   Fundraising Pub Night, Friday Nov 4th @ 730 will be at the Paddlewheeler Pub on the Quay. Tickets are on sale now for $20 each. $20 gets you either your choice of beef, chicken or veggie burger and either a beer, wine or spirit to drink.  If you buy your tickets before the end of next GM you will be entered to win a $50 Visa gift card.   There will be 50/50 tickets, prize draws and a toonie toss.  Great evening to get to know your fellow preschool parents, […]

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  • October 2016

    From the President Yay! The preschool is off and running. We have two new teachers joining us this year, Miss Stacey and Miss Carrie. Please help me in welcoming them to our Queen’s park family. Big thanks to everyone on the hiring committee for all the hard work over summer. I’m very excited to see what all the teachers have in store for the children this year. As you may have noticed, over the summer the preschool had some upgrades. Thanks to Ron Booth and the Queen’s Park Facilities Staff for replacing the ceiling tiles. Thank you to Shelley Stevenson for facilitating the expansion of our outdoor space. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know. Thanks, Julie   Save the Date! Mark your calendars for the biggest night of the QPPS year. The Silent Auction will be on Saturday, March 4, 2017 held at the Glenbrook Amenities Centre in Fraserview. Enrollment Update Please make note that there are spots still available in the 4AM and 4PM class.  We are asking if you can reach out on social media and see if anyone has 4 year old children who have not […]

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  • June 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 […]

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  • May 2016

    From the President We’re less than 1 month away from our 50th anniversary celebration!  We’re so excited to welcome our current and past families for an afternoon of family fun.  Join us May 14, from 12:00 noon – 3:00pm for music, games, princesses, and more! We’re looking for volunteers for the day.  If you know of older kids, teens, grandparents… anyone who might like to help out for the afternoon – we’d love to hear about it!  Help is needed between 11:00am – 5:00pm on May 14th. Duties include: help with setting up, assisting with games and the BBQ.  For older kids who need volunteer hours for school, we can provide a letter to document their volunteer hours. Also, if you haven’t yet noticed the big, white box on the counter… the chicks are coming! During the first week of May there will be baby chicks hatching at the preschool! So exciting. The chicks will be with us until May 10. Preschool Art Show In celebration of Queen’s Park Parent Participation Preschool’s 50th Anniversary, the current students at Queen’s Park Preschool have joined together to create colourful works of art to share with the New Westminster community. Inspired by recent […]

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  • April 2016

    From the President Welcome Spring!  I’m so pleased to see the flowers blossoming, the sun shining, and smiles all around. Once again I get to start off this month with some “sunshine and roses”.  First and foremost, a very warm welcome to Teacher Lynda (read a little further on for more about her!).  We are so pleased to have Lynda join the 3s and look forward to getting to know her more over the coming months. And welcome to all our new and returning families joining in September! We’ll see you soon at the Coffee Party in April. A few thank you’s as well – firstly to Artisan Landscaping for donating sand for our outdoor sandbox and to all the parents who arrived in the rain to move the sand!  Next to Kelly, from the 3-year old afternoon class, for offering to take over as Class Rep for the remainder of the year.  We will sorely miss Tasha and her family as they begin their new adventure elsewhere. Contacting your Executive Members As part of our goal of improving communications, we have created generic email addresses for our executive members.   This will allow an easier transition from year to year, as the […]

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  • March 2016

    From the President A few THANK YOU’S to get us started this month Enrolment Team A HUGE thank you to our amazing enrolment team of Donald and Natalie!  Not only is the preschool full for next September, the process was smooth and easy for all involved.  Donald and Natalie have been making changes to the process and further streamlining the paperwork involved – with wonderful results.  If you see them in your classes, please be sure to say thanks.  Word of mouth is best advertisement, so thanks to everyone who raves about us to their friends and neighbours. Document Review An equally HUGE thank you goes out to Jeff, our VP, for tackling the document review.  This involved the always exciting job of reviewing the preschool’s constitution, bylaws, handbook, polices and procedures.  As you can imagine, upwards of 60 pages gave him many evenings of inspired reading!  This review is to be done every 2-3 years, and the preschool was several years behind, so we thank Jeff very much for bringing us back up to date.  And thank you to those other families who assisted with proof reading and providing feedback… it is very much appreciated. Teachers If you have […]

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