• January 2022

    A message from our executive team: Hello QPPS Families and Happy New Year! We hope you all had a lovely holiday break and are enjoying the winter wonderland outside. Just a quick reminder that our next general meeting will be on the 11th of January, and an email with all the details will be sent out soon.   We look forward to seeing you all then!   In Gratitude, Laura Newman   An update on our fundraisers: Thank you to QPPS families for supporting our Santa photos fundraiser! It was a huge success and we raised $640 for the preschool. Stay tuned for more great fundraisers in the coming month.       A recipe to try: So Good Pizza Muffins (with veggies!) This recipe makes a perfect savoury snack that kids (and us grown-ups too) will love. Plus, you can choose your favourite “pizza topping” ingredients to customize it. Check out So Good Pizza Muffins (with veggies!), courtesy of Amy Palanjian, Yummy Toddler Food: yummytoddlerfood.com/pizza-muffins.     A book to read: Bear and Wolf Written and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, this is a beautiful story about a bear and a wolf who take a walk together in the snow and become friends. […]

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  • December 2021

    An update on our fundraisers: Thank you to the QPPS families for an amazing start to the fundraising year! We have done fundraisers with Cockney Kings, Pumpkins from Columbia Square Save on Foods, Me & Ed’s Pizza, Neufeld Farms, and Purdy’s Chocolate. Save the date for pictures with Santa coming up on December 11th.   Thank you so much for your participation and keep your eye out for exciting fundraisers coming next year! A message from our event coordinator: Hi QPPS Parents! We just wanted to give you a quick heads up that we will be doing  photos with Santa at the preschool on the morning of Saturday, December 11th. The cost will be $20 in cash on the day of the event and a digital photo will be provided. Next week we’ll be sending out more info and the the chance to sign-up for a time slot. Families from the same class will be grouped together and siblings are welcome! We’ll have some fun activities outside and then invite each family inside one at a time.   More details and sign-up to come soon. We just wanted to get this on your radar so you can book it in […]

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  • November 2021

    An update on our fundraisers: Thank you again to everyone who participated in September’s Cockney Kings fundraiser! A total of $450 was raised for the school.   Also, thank you to every who bought a pumpkin for our Pumpkin Carving Pizza Party! Overall, 80 pumpkins were sold, raising $400 for the school. Special mention and a huge thank you to Save On Foods in Columbia Square for donating all of the pumpkins! We really appreciate it.   We currently have a Neufeld Farms fundraiser going on, which has a great selection of appies, sweets and top-quality meat for the upcoming holiday season. Orders must be in by November 5th and pick up will be at the school on November 15th at 4:30pm. Take a look here: https://app.neufeldfarms.ca/fundraising/2021-queens-park-preschool   Looking ahead, there will be a Purdy’s Chocolate fundraiser later in November and photos with Santa in December.    A recipe to try: Maple Carrot Soup Here’s a cozy seasonal recipe that’s perfect to make when it’s chilly outside. You can even add your own toppings! Check out Maple Carrot Soup, courtesy of Today’s Parent magazine: todaysparent.com/recipe/soups/maple-carrot-soup-recipe.       Warmly, QPPS teachers qppseditor@gmail.com  

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  • October 2021

    An update on our fundraisers: Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our fundraiser through Cockney Kings Fish and Chips! It was a huge success. In October, there will be a Neufeld Farms fundraiser in the second half of the month. We are also planning a family pumpkin carving pizza night with Me & Ed’s pizza, so stay tuned!   A recipe to try: Freckled Vanilla Ghost Pops Here’s a spooky-themed recipe perfect for October. It’s fun to make with the kids and will delight little ones and grown-ups alike. Check out Freckled Vanilla Ghost Pops, courtesy of alive magazine: alive.com/recipe/freckled-vanilla-ghost-pops       Looking forward to another wonderful year! Warmly, QPPS teachers qppseditor@gmail.com  

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  • June 2021

    It is that time of year when saying thank you is simply not enough. Saying thank you is only the beginning. Queen’s Park Parent Participation Preschool would not exist without the support and encouragement of the community. The fact that a not-for-profit such as ours exists and successfully thrives year after year is directly in relation to the local community and the families in our community, our healthy membership, and our parent volunteers. So thank you one and all. Every parent job is vital and your volunteerism is most necessary and integral. Your teachers wish to thank our endlessly hardworking executive members led by our current tireless president Nina who along with our executive board, our class representatives and our expanded green team members and shopping parents helped keep the preschool running effectively and smoothly. It has been a busy year for one and all. Together we navigated, adapted and supported one another. So thank you all so very much. It has been a rewarding and positive year. Most of all, your children had fun, learned through play and built the beginnings of foundational relationship skills that will last a lifetime. THANK YOU! Waterparks  Summer and warm temperatures are right […]

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  • May 2021

    A Resource For Big Emotions Please see this chart from the teachers that children can use when they feel big emotions. It is being used in the classroom, so may be helpful to be familiar with it if you’d like to use it at home too.    Popsicle Recipe With the weather warming up, I find it’s time again to break out the blender to make some cool treats. Here’s a nutritious recipe from Super Healthy Kids for Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Popsicles that’s a yummy hit in our home: https://www.superhealthykids.com/recipes/peanut-butter-banana-yogurt-popsicles/ A&Bqppseditor@gmail.com  

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  • April 2021

    Autism Awareness  April is autism is awareness, acceptance and appreciation month. Source: https://www.autism-products.com/how-to-be-a-friend-to-someone-with-autism/ Cherry Blossoms  An unmistakable sign of Spring, beautiful pink and white cherry blossoms are in full bloom around the lower mainland. Each tree blossoms for about two weeks so take in the sight while you can. 604 Now has compiled a list of places to see cherry blossoms in New Westminster. After viewing them you may be inspired to create some cherry blossom themed art. You can create these pink flowers using tissue paper or paint and fingertips, check out these links for inspiration: https://604now.com/cherry-blossoms-new-westminster-2021/ https://www.toddleratplay.com/2020/03/03/cherry-blossom-craft/ http://learncreatelove.com/fingerprint-cherry-blossom-tree/   A&Bqppseditor@gmail.com  

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  • March 2021

    Message From Our Teachers During the month of Februrary Queen’s Park Preschool was filled with extra love as we celebrated Valentines Day, friendship, family and kindness together. Highlights of the month included heart shapes, the colour red and searching for treasure, heart treasure that is. Together we have been working on our art show art projects for our upcoming art exhibit called Lines and Dots. The art show will feature wire sculpture, abstract paintings and self portraits! Getting up close and personal with our guineau pig Windy offered some of us a way to practice gentleness and loving care. Bringing out our big blue mat to jump, bounce, roll and dance was so much fun! We love our big blue mat as it offers us a chance to use our large muscles and really use our leg strength and core. This month we baked together making carrot cake and banana muffins. We also helped make jello together. Delicious fun! We hope you had an amazing month of February! We know we sure did!   Important Dates The General Meeting originally scheduled for March 2nd has been postponed to April 6th. Spring break is from Monday March 15th to Friday March […]

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  • February 2021

    Message From Our Teachers There have been many highlights this past month. One of the big ones has been interacting and observing Windy, the class guinea pig. Pet care builds upon the natural desire to share gentleness, compassion, tenderness and a sense of responsibility for another living creature. Our QPP students are very lucky to have Windy in our midst. This little animal adds a sense of wonder and added learning opportunities as well as a sense of calm in our often busy room. A few activities we shared in the class included wheels and gears in our 3’s and gears and pulley systems in our fours. In the four year old classes we began drawing self portraits with ink on cardstock as an extension to the interesting mirror fascination that evolved from setting out mirrors and feelings cards. The opportunity to name and express feelings and emotions is so vital. Making silly faces and looking closely at personal features is a wonderful self awareness and self empowering activity.  Clay was introduced as a new and exciting medium to create with. Music making has been popular as well as dress up and dramatic play. It was a wonderful January!  Happy […]

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  • January 2021

    Message from our teachers December This month, we excitedly opened our loft area! Children were very excited to explore the space and enjoyed using flashlights there. It was a great extended activity using flashlights in the loft space from the celebration of “Diwali” last month. We also enjoyed shadow puppets on the projector and children enjoyed mixing different shapes of shadows to create many great stories with their wonderful imaginations.  We couldn’t avoid celebrating this festive season! We were all busy making surprise gifts for our families and it was very sweet to see the children working very hard. Teachers also put out our Christmas Tree in the classroom and children had a great time making cute star ornaments with glitters and sparkly glue. They were happily and joyfully putting the handmade star ornaments up on our Chiristmas tree. We also made many holiday cards and sent them to local seniors and they were dropped off at the New Westminster Library. On the last day of preschool, we had a lot of fun at our Holiday Party! We did special activities and we had a dance party at the end of the class! We had a special circle time and […]

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