• March 2021

    Highlights From Our Teachers Over the past few weeks we have been touching on Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Friendship and Family. Other highlights included making banana muffins and carrot cake with our three year olds and making JELLO with our four year olds. We incorporated learning about heart shapes, the animals of the Chinese zodiac, what it means to share kindness and of course the colours pink, red and purple for Valentine’s Day and red, black and golden for Chinese New Year. We are continuing exploration of wire with our fours, expanding the experience with different types of wire and adding wooden doweling. In the threes we explored making shapes and lines with pipe cleaners and added round wooden beads. Our castle and little people was popular in all classes. Wooden blocks, little animals and small people provided for imaginative play and in all classes we enjoyed using our geo boards with elastics which is a fantastic fine motor activity that challenges our imagination and builds on the learnings of shape, lines and form. In all classes we have been working on art projects for our upcoming art show which will happen this spring at the Gallery in The […]

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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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  • December 2020

    Message from our teachers November went by so quickly! We had so many special days to acknowledge and celebrate together. It was such a pleasure to share Remembrance Day and Diwali at preschool. We made poppy pins with big red circles and small green circle stickers and spent time looking at the photos of our peace makers who maintain world safety. During the Diwali celebration, we all enjoyed the coloured rice and paper collage rangoli art, decorating diyas, clay oil lamp dish and paper lanterns, and floating paper flower activities and special Diwali colouring. We had our snack with diya candles in the centre of the table. The children loved it and it definitely made us feel so special and magical during snack time. We were very happy to celebrate and share Diwali together In 3’s class, we’ve been enjoying musical instruments, Duplo, turtles in the sand table. We also enjoyed pumpkin stamping and forest animals with autumn leaves. We heard some children are talking about the scenery outside and crunchy leaves and it was fun to bring some leaves inside the preschool to take a closer look with magnifying glass and play with the woodland animal figures. Some children were […]

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  • November 2020

    Message from our Executive Board Hello families! Wow – the school year so far has flown by. While many things have changed for this year, it’s been great to see so many new and returning families to the preschool. Thank you for being flexible as we navigate what this year looks like for the preschool!Some items to note, our AGM is coming up on November 3 at 7pm! Please make sure to have at least 1 family member call in as our AGM and general meetings are mandatory to attend, we have a great speaker lined up and important information to present and approve.Additionally, we still have some spaces in the 3’s and 4’s – please tell your friends and family about our great little school! We look forward to getting to know you all throughout the school year! JenVice PresidentQueens Park Preschool In the classroom According to our teachers, both the 3’s and 4’s classes have settled in wonderfully. Some of the interests that the children explored in the last month were pumpkins, leaves, dinosaurs, vehicles, spiders and storytelling. They created with a wide variety of materials including Duplo, markers, paint and made faces with loose pieces. There were […]

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  • October 2020

    Message from our Teachers September and October 20203’s and 4’s Programs Suddenly September arrived and preschool life began again. The late summer sunshine created a warm emerald green cast in our lovely outdoor space (especially under our fig tree!) We are so lucky to have such a large play yard don’t you agree? Tentative new beginnings and comfortable returnings happened almost seamlessly. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back! How we missed one another! Hello Jump-a-roo, hello wooden blocks, hello books! Gradual entry was a success by all accounts. Thank you QPP families. Thank you and welcome to Queens’s Park Preschool. Bubbles, crayons and painting outdoors at the art easel, a collective love of trucks, sand, and dinosaurs ushered us through the tentative start of the school year in comforting familiarity. Finally a chance to test our bravery, the opportunity to reach out and step into the unknown, our rock wall becoming a metaphor for limit testing. Yes our rock wall has been opened up at last! In our classroom we have explored hand print painting, group collage, self portrait drawing and rainbow dabbing art! We have had a few dance parties, and we have created indoor and outdoor obstacle courses […]

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  • March 2020

    Message from our Executive Board Thank you all for a super successful enrolment in February. Was great to see many of you there. General Meeting on Tuesday March 3rd at 7pm. Looking forward to a great speaker and some updates about our school. Spring break is March 16 through 27. Classes start back up on Monday March 30th.  NinaOn behalf of the Executive  Message from our Teachers This month was all about love and kindness. We celebrated Valentine’s Day, Family Day, and Pink Shirt Day to think about our friends and family. “Kindness begins with me” is our chant this month! Even though we had a surprise snow day early this month, we feel like spring is getting closer! We can hear birds singing and beautiful sunshine makes us feel warmer these days! We cannot wait to spend more time outside as the weather gets better and warm in spring!! Here’s what we’ve done this month… 3’s Class Ice cream making day was very fun to start this month! Teachers were very happy to have many little chefs at the table to mix the ingredients together! Measuring and counting is a great way to get familiar with numbers and math skill. Of course, […]

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  • February 2020

    Message from our Executive Board February is registration month! Looks like we will be having a busy year coming in, if you have any friends share the dates below! Please bring a completed registration form (available at www.qpps.ca) and $100 cash/cheque. CURRENT FAMILIES (3’s and siblings) Tuesday February 4th at 6pm ALUMNI FAMILIESWednesday February 5th at 6pm NEW FAMILIESSaturday February 8th at 4pm Don’t miss out on your class social this month! The last few have proven to be so much fun and a great way to get to know some of the families in your child’s class. Hope to see many of you in the coming weeks. NinaOn behalf of the Executive  Message from our Teachers The month of January has simply flown by. Everyone returned from winter break refreshed and relaxed. The snowfall created a wonderful play opportunity outside in our yard where we had snow ball fights and made snow angels. It was also a great deal of fun to get out on the hill. Some of us had a chance to observe what happens to snow when it comes inside. The Snowy Day written by Ezra Jack Keats is the perfect classic children’s story to read during Winter. Other books […]

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  • January 2020

    Message from our Executive Board Happy New Year and welcome back to all our families! We hope everyone had a memorable holiday season. Reminders: General Meeting January 7th at 7pm, please send one member of your family to attend. Bring cash, we will have wine and beer for sale as well as raffle.  We are gearing up for a fresh year with our annual Open House for incoming families. Help us spread the word in the community! Mark your calendars for January 21st from 4pm – 7pm – children are welcome and encouraged to attend! Message from our Teachers First of all, teachers would like to say thank you to all the families. We had such an amazing fall and winter school year, and it wouldn’t be the same without your help and contribution! We hope everybody who could make it had a wonderful time at the Holiday Potluck Party and enjoyed the holiday gift that the children worked hard to make! Thank you for all the lovely cards and gifts to the teachers! We were so grateful and felt loved :). Have a wonderful rest of Winter Break! We’re excited to see you all in the New Year! Happy […]

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  • December 2019

    Happy December! It’s been a wonderful first few months at QPP! With the holidays upon us I thought I’d share some of my favourite healthy treats after important messages from our executive and teachers! Message from our Executive Board Happy holidays everyone! December is such an exciting time with little ones in the home. A reminder to all that last day of classes for 3’s is December 19th and last day of classes for 4’s is December 20th for a one hour potluck.  We want to extend a big thank you to the City of New Westminster for awarding us a grant this year. We were able to upgrade our outside space with the addition of new mulch and a safe bridge, as well as several gross motor toys inside. Thank you!  Message from our Teachers 3’s Class In our 3’s classes after a beautiful show-and-tell of two perfect seahorses we continued following our interest in ocean animals and various ways of exploring, including water-colour painting of sea horses and crayon-rubbing art using ocean-life stencils. This led to the felt story ‘Slippery Fish’ and many renditions of the song ‘Baby Beluga’. Our applesauce making day was a sticky fun mess that […]

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