• December 2017

    From the President Happy December! Hope you all had a great (although wet!) November. Things are ticking along at QPPS with lots of small projects on the go from grant applications to new dishwashers, websites to alumni list building. Many thanks to all the families for their ongoing work to keep the school running. And to our staff for continuing to amaze and thrill our children each and every week. Our last day of classes before winter break will be December 21st.  May you all enjoy the holiday season and find time to spend with your little ones during this very special time of year. See you in 2018! Best, Amber   Stay Connected Here are some helpful tips for busy families on the go – and now there really won’t be any excuses for missing the monthly meeting 😉 Add Queens Park Preschool to your Google calendar: Just add qpps.vp@gmail under “Other Calendars” Join our Closed Group on Facebook: Go to Facebook. Search ‘Queen’s Park Preschool 2017-2018’ in the search tab, request Join Group. You just need to give your class and child’s name and you will on your way for up-to-date information   What happens on a Snow Day? […]

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  • November 2017

    From the President Happy November! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving celebrations and had some Halloween fun. Thanksgiving is also a great reminder to say “thank you” a little more often – so it might just be the theme of my message this month 😉 October was a great month at the preschool as we had Ms. Queenie join our school. We are still searching for one more Support Worker, so if you know someone who would be the perfect fit, please let your executive know.   Huge thanks to Marti Longstaff, Vice-President for stepping into the role of substitute teacher this month. Both her and Jana Royal did a great job in the class supporting Ms. Donna.   I’d also like to thank those on the fundraising committee for their hard work. Thanks to Sarah Johnston of Notting Hill Photography for the family photo shoot and braving those long days outside. Thank you, Leah Yallop for organizing the pub night. It was a ton of fun and a great way to kick off the year.   I’d also like to thank our social coordinator Karyn Audet for her SkyZone event. Not only was it a fun night of […]

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  • October 2017

    From the President Hello QPPS Families! It has been a fantastic and busy first month at Queens Park Preschool. I hope you have all had the chance to settle in with your new routines and your little ones are thoroughly enjoying the school. As October is the month to be thankful, I want to thank our incredible teachers for their hard work in making the school such a beautiful space and welcoming all our kids to their new classes. This month, we will introduce one new staff member: Ms. Queenie who will be joining as a teacher in our 4-year-old classes. She will no doubt be a great addition to the preschool. I also want to thank all of you for your volunteer hours so far. Be it cleaning the school or organizing a fundraiser, designing a website or crunching numbers, without you, this school wouldn’t be the place it is. So many thanks for being part your children’s first school experience. The beginning of the school year is always full of such excitement and many plans for activities and events to come. I do hope that you will take full advantage of the social activities, fundraising outings, and in-class […]

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  • June 2017

    From the President Its the end of another year at Queen’s Park Preschool. It has been my honour to have been your president this last year. Thank you all for such a wonderful year, I have truly enjoyed meeting so many new families and formed so many friendships. As the year comes to an end, I would like to take the time to thank all of our teachers.  Thank you to Ms. Stacey and Ms. Lynda for joining us. Thank you to Ms. Stacey and Ms. Donna for all the hard work this year and always going over and beyond for the preschool and the children. Also, a big Thank you to all our amazing executives this year! You volunteered knowing it meant extra meetings and more work – please know you are appreciated so very much, the preschool would not function without such a great executive. Sapperton Day Street Festival Come Join Us! The preschool will have a display at Sapperton Day Street festival (June 11). Sapperton Days we’ll be painting faces. Thank you to everyone who has offered to help out… we’ll be recruiting a few more volunteers over the next few weeks. Whether you stop by to […]

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  • May 2017

    From the President I cannot believe it is May already. It has been such an exciting and busy year. Welcome Teacher Lynda! I am so thrilled to say that Teacher Lynda will be starting in our 3’s Classes this month. Please help me in welcoming her into the preschool. Thank you Teachers! I wanted to take some time to say a BIG THANK YOU to Miss Donna and Miss Stacey for all their hard work this year. They have both gone over and above this year to help make QPPS what it is. All of their hard work and passion have truly been appreciated. Survey Thank you to everyone who provided feedback so far. The reviews are in progress and will be completed by the end of May. If you haven’t already please take the time to complete the surveys listed below. This is a great chance for families to provide feedback about their overall preschool experience and our Teachers.  I would like to really encourage you to share your thoughts… this is a great way for the executive to learn what is working well and what might need to be changed.  The more information we hear from families, the […]

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  • April 2017

    From the President Farewell Teacher Carli It is with great sadness that we announce the departure of Teacher Carli. Carli has accepted a position with the Burnaby school board. This has been a goal of Carli’s for some time and while we are devastated she is leaving the preschool, we are very happy for her as well. Preschool Survey In the coming weeks, members will be requested to provide feedback about their preschool experience. We will have a general survey and a classroom survey. When you see these surveys in your inbox, please take a few moments to provide us with your thoughts. BC Gaming Grant We are thrilled to announce the preschool has once again received a BC Gaming Grant. This money must go toward preschool operations (unlike the New Westminster grant that must be used in capital project). A BIG thank you to Megan Sweet, our grant writer and to everyone else who helped compile the necessary reports. Thanks, Julie   Upcoming Social Event – Easter Egg Hunt Come on out for a QPPS Easter Egg Hunt in The Park.  The event is an opportunity for kids and parents to hang out outside of the school. Please bring […]

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  • 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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