• December 2013

    Holidays are fast approaching and we are getting very excited with a ton of wintery/holiday activities planned. One of the signature events for the year are the Christmas parties that each class will get to enjoy. This year at all the Preschool Christmas Parties, the preschool will be collecting non-perishable food items that will be donated to the local food bank. Please take a minute to bring something down to help the families in our community. Parent Education News The parent education topic for this month is “outdoor play”. There will not be a guest speaker attending the general meeting, but instead we will be reading and discussing an article in small groups. The article “When every day is a field trip day” by Catherine McClean (p. 98-102, May 2013 edition, Today’s Parent magazine) was e-mailed to members a few weeks ago and there are also a few paper copies available in the parent education folder at preschool. Please read the article before the meeting so that you come prepared to participate in the discussion. The parent education portion of our meeting will be shorter than usual, recognizing this time spent at home. You are also encouraged to visit the […]

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  • November 2013

    Jo’s Tidbits Wow, how time flies, its November already.  I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving celebrations and had a safe Halloween.  Josh went as a goalie this year (surprise surrise), Joey dressed up as Eeyore, my husband Eric was Heisenberg (Walter White) and I took the easy way out and went as a Hockey mom with my Tim Hortons in hand 🙂 I am happy to report that things are running well at the preschool and I do not have a lot of information to pass on this month.  We do not have a general meeting this month and so parents have the option of doing homework or attending the workshop “Teacher Tom” put on by the council on November 14. The teachers will in attendance at the workshop as well. Have a great month and I shall see most of you at the beginning of December! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns Johannakswanson@gmail.com Count down to Christmas…….jingle bells jingle bells!!!!!!!  When is it not considered too early to put my tree up? We Want to Hear from You! How did you find out about Queen’s Park Preschool? We want to do a […]

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  • October 2013

    Jo’s Tidbits – From Our President Welcome to the 2013/2014 School Year!  I hope the start of the school year has been an easy transition back to routines, early bedtimes and watching hockey 🙂 As I write this, Josh our oldest is negotiating a later bedtime so he can finish watching the Canucks preseason home opener. I love this time of year when you can go for a walk in the leaves on a sunny crisp day with a pumpkin spice latte in hand and then come home and watch hockey or football. Some of you may have already completed your first duty day and I hope you enjoyed it. I was in Josh’s class today and loved seeing how much the kids have grown since June and how quickly their abilities are changing. I was stationed at the climber today and saw some incredibly strong kids monkeying across the bars. Wow, I was impressed! I think the best moment however, was when one girl was cheering on her friend to keeping trying so she could make it across. Most of the times our kids learn from us, but it’s those times that we learn from them that really put […]

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  • June 2013

    Registration Update It’s almost summer time! Families will be frolicking at the beach, vacationing in the sunshine and building memories with their preschoolers. But wait – we still have some spaces available in the 3s and 4s classes that need filling. Work your magic QPPS parents – let’s get these spaces full before everyone disappears over the summer. Tweet it out, post it on Facebook, spread the word, chat with friends and family. Direct anyone you know that might be interested in attending to call the preschool (604-526-1153) or the enrollment coordinators at Enrollment@QPPS.CA. Sapperton Days Festival Queen’s Park Preschool will have a booth at the Sapperton Days Festival on June 9 to help promote our preschool. We will have face painters, bubbles and playdoh. There is a volunteer sheet circulating with a list of time slots where your family could help out. Here are the details: Location:  400 Block of E. Columbia St Date:  Sunday, June 9th Time: 11 am – 5 pm Set up: 9am Take down: 5 pm More about the festival: The 2013 Sapperton Day Street Festival is a non-profit community event put together by the Sapperton Business Association with some help from both the McBride Sapperton Business Association and Wesgroup Properties. This will be the events 10th consecutive year, after returning from a short hiatus. Sapperton Days […]

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  • May 2013

    President’s Note We were just shown to a booth at Boston Pizza. Before even glancing at the menu, my ten year old quickly began to work on the BP kids’ page of “Draw A Picture of You and Your Mom”. My eight year old was writing out her own menu, while my four year old kept poking holes in a Ziploc bag containing pencil crayons. After ordering my comfort food – spaghetti and meatballs, I casually glanced at my big girl’s ‘Mommy and Me’ masterpiece.  She drew two figures, both smiling and holding hands. The taller figure was looking out and telling whoever is looking at the picture, “We are a Pair!” Then she filled the rest of the picture with beautiful background colours of green and brown – similar to a nature trail. My heart melted and I was filled with gratitude. I was so happy to be a pair with her, my first born baby! Wasn’t it just 10 minutes ago that I impatiently asked her to not leave her book in the waiting area at Boston Pizza? Didn’t I yell at her that afternoon about her mess in the room? Wasn’t my stomach churning with acid because I […]

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  • April 2013

    A Note from the President Spring is HERE!!  I know I am not the only one excited about the warmer temperatures, sunshine and blue sky. My kids have been having great time out in the backyard during the last week without me nagging them to put on their coats. Our neighbours have quite a selection of plants and flowers to be added in their front garden and hearing the motor of the lawn mower brings a smile to my face. Believe it or not, I actually opened some windows in our living room today! Nothing quite excites the whole neighbourhood than the coming of spring. We shred our winter jackets and dare to venture out with just one layer of fleece. We enjoy strolling a few blocks down the streets for coffee instead of driving an extra 10 minutes in search of the nearest drive-thru Starbucks. Somehow, the message “it is possible” blows through the air in the warm breeze. What is possible? Items on my list include SUCCESSFULLY potty-training my youngest child, de-cluttering the two storage (aka “junk”) rooms in the basement, and – oh yeah – attempting to get into an exercise that I look forward to doing […]

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  • March 2013

    Fundraising and Auction News Thank you for all your support in our fundraising endeavors so far this year. Big Brothers Clothing Drive – Please bring all of you bags of second hand clothes, boots, shoes, linens, purses, and belts to the next General Meeting on March 5th. Shopping Cards – The next shopping card orders will go in on March 6th. Cut off for ordering is also at the General Meeting on March 5th.  Order forms are at the preschool. Adams Meat Pies – The meat pie orders are due on the 25th of March for delivery in April. These order forms are also available at the preschool. Queens Park Preschool Silent Auction Evening – March 9 March 9th is gearing up to be a fantastic night!  There will be terrific items to bid on, wonderful door prizes, bidding wars with friends, and a chance to bid on live auction items as well. This enjoyable evening also offers time spent with others, a chance to relax and enjoy a drink, have a snack, and share in the excitement of a wonderfully successful fundraising event. Music with DJ Patrick, and dancing is planned for the last hour – so bring your […]

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  • February 2013

    Alumni and General Enrollment is Up and Coming! Let your friends know…  The “Alumni Enrollment” will take place at the Wednesday night, February 6 at 7pm and is open to families who previously attended the school. “General Enrollment” is open to the general public will take place Saturday morning February 9th at 8am. $70 cheque (preferred) or cash per family to cover the registration fee due on the registration days listed above. If you have any questions about enrollment, please email enroll@qpps.ca. Silent Auction Evening Book your babysitters and get ready for a fun-filled evening! March 9is gearing up to be a fantastic night. There will be prizes, bidding wars with friends, and a chance to bid on live auction items as well. This enjoyable evening also offers time spent with others, a chance to relax and enjoy a drink, have a snack, and share in the excitement of this successful fundraising event. There may also be some interesting surprises during the evening. We have already received a number of items for the silent auction and can’t wait to see what else will come our way. As we would like all members attending the auction to know what has been […]

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  • January 2013

      Fundraising Update A big thanks is in order to all the families who supported the Win Win ticket sales. The Queens Park Preschool sold all of our 40 booklets – which resulted in a profit of $320 – yay parents! Here is a little update on the up and coming: 1.  Clothing bags – we are doing very well with this fundraiser and will continue to collect clothing bags on the first Monday (drop off at the preschool) and Tuesday for delivery Wednesday morning. Please feel free to bring bags to the general meeting – it’s a great time to clear out the old and make room for all the new winter items received over the holidays. 2.  Shopping Cards – this monthly fundraiser has been very successful and we are looking forward to continuing. Some families have given a standing order (same order each month – re: groceries, gas, clothing stores) with post dated cheques for  the first Tuesday of each month. If this is something you feel would be helpful for you, please let Kathleen know and it can be arranged. Just a reminder regarding dates – all orders are to be in on the first Tuesday of […]

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  • December 2012

    Give Love on Christmas Day – Community Support Dear Parents, It’s hard to believe, but our holiday season is quickly approaching us. For many years our preschool has worked with two community groups, New Westminster Family Place and Fraserside Community Services, to offer some extra support to New Westminster families in need, during the holiday season. (In the past we have donated books, apple juice, toilet paper, and Food/Toy Hampers). We have contacted both of these societies to find out what their needs are for this year. Family Place would again appreciate a donation of books… and the preschool has already ordered these books with free coupons through our Scholastic book program. They would also appreciate donations of gift cards that they will use towards: Purchasing simple snack supplies/bathroom supplies for the programs that they offer Purchasing age-appropriate small toys (that will be given as gifts) and food for the Family Place Christmas Party that is offered to families that attend their programs Gift-cards that can be given to families in need, to purchase their own family groceries If you wish to donate a gift card, Family Place suggests that the following stores would be the most useful: Safeway, Save-On-Foods […]

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