QPPS

  • 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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  • November 2019

    Hello QPP families! This month of remembrance tends to bring our attention to things we are grateful for, and I think it’s safe to say all of us would place family high up on that list. How many times have we be given the advice to slow down and embrace this magical time of childhood because of how fast it goes? Nice and well-meaning, but sometimes not so helpful when we’re in the thick of it. The struggle is real for many of us who have very busy work, school and extra-curricular schedules to take a moment to pause. But if you can find time in your day, even just a few times a week, to sit down with your children and share a meal, for an example, it will have many benefits for you and your children. More on this, as well as tips and recipes after important messages from our executive and teachers, as well as information on an upcoming Epicure fundraiser. Message from our Executive Board Happy November! This month we are looking forward to seeing all of you at our Annual General Meeting on a November 5th at 7pm. Bring your cash for raffle and beer […]

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  • October 2019

    Hello QPP families! Happy fall! I love this time of year. The falling leaves, the crispness in the air, a new harvest of pumpkins, squashes and apples, and dishes like warm soups and stews with crusty bread. There’s something so cozy about a warm hearty meal that sticks to your ribs on a cool day…and if we’re dreaming here, pumpkin pie is always my autumnal dessert. And while I’m dreaming of the culinary treasures of the season, my kids are dreaming about an entirely different culinary experience! You guessed it, Halloween! Halloween is so much fun for our kids – carving pumpkins, dressing up and trick-or-treating. I love watching the joy on their faces. It is truly a magical time of childhood. But ghosts and goblins aside, some of us struggle with the pillowcases of candy and the sugar overload after the trick-or-treating has come to an end for another year. Is there a way to preserve the joy of the season while teaching self-regulation and control? More on that, as well as my favourite pumpkin pie recipe after an important message from our teachers and executive! Message from our Executive Board What a fun first month at preschool! Big […]

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  • September 2019

    Hello Queens Park Preschool Families! I thought I would send out the first newsletter and introduce myself as we soak up the last bit of summer and prepare for September and the start of a new school year. Whether you are a returning family or new to the preschool, welcome! My name is Angie and I will be the newsletter editor this year. We are a returning family with our son Ioan (pronounced ‘Yo-ahn’) going into the 3 AM class. I am currently home with my three kids, but another hat that I used to wear was in the medical field. I have a special interest in nutrition, so aside from passing on important messages from our teachers and executive, I will also contribute with pieces on nutrition and recipes, along with other articles that may be of interest to parents with young families. Currently however, I am an expert in toddler-ease (not to be confused with an expert in parenting) and diffusing situations such as fist fights between a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old over who has the bigger slice of cake despite using my fail-proof-cake-measuring-tape to cut exact share replicas. Sometimes I win, sometimes I don’t. But if parenting […]

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  • June 2019

    We can’t have a year-end newsletter without giving thanks. So bear with us, here we go! We want to send the HUGEST thanks to Ms. Donna and Ms. Jana for all of their hard work this year! The executive would also like to welcome Mr. Kelly to our team and thank him for joining us!  We would also like to send a giant thank you to all of the parents for volunteering throughout the year and stepping up to help run the preschool! And now in other news, we are moving the AGM financials to November instead of having them in May – an email went out about that earlier this month. We want to wish everyone a happy summer and we can’t wait to see everyone next year! Your Executive Team Risky Play Our June speaker is Dr. Ian Pike –  https://bcchr.ca/ipike. he will be speaking on “the importance of outdoor risky play.” It used to be normal for children to spend long hours outdoors and away from watchful adults. Today’s children spend more time indoors, supervised, in structured activities, and in front of screens. The evidence is clear that children need regular and repeated access to outdoor play […]

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  • May 2019

    Happy May! We are looking forward to seeing all of our current and new families at the May Annual General Meeting. In May, we will be approving the financials for the preschool and voting in our new Executive members. We are still looking for a Treasurer to join the board as well as Class Reps for next year, if you have an interest in joining the Executive Committee please reach out to us at president@qpps.ca. Our April Silent Auction was a great success. Thank you to everyone who participated and came out to enjoy a fun evening! Making Sense of Challenging Behaviour  No one is more susceptible to being misunderstood than the preschooler. Many of their most challenging behaviours would qualify them for any number of personality and behaviour disorders. Unlike infants and toddlers, preschoolers actually bear a resemblance to grown ups and therefore fool us into thinking that they are much more like us than they really are. Projecting our psychology onto them is a typical mistake. This month’s presentation will address commonly misunderstood preschooler behaviour including resistance, frustration, attachment, and impulsiveness. We will meet Christie Mackie, MA, RCC. She works as a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice, supporting […]

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  • April 2019

    Hope everyone enjoyed their spring break and got some sun and fun in. We are looking forward to an evening out with you all this month at the Silent Auction. Dress is cocktail or semi-formal so break out those party clothes. We will be serving dessert and small nibbles. Remember to bring cash for the bar and 50/50 draw. In order to expedite the Auction checkout, we will be pre-registering credit cards during April’s General Meeting, so make those handy on April 2. See you there! Duty days: In conjunction with the teachers the executive have decided to push the start time of duty days to 15 minutes before class begins. AM classes – 9:00 start  PM classes – 12:00 start This will allow the teachers time to prep for class and a lunch break. If you are on snack duty please be sure to have your snack prepped in a nut free zone before you come to the school eg. fruit and veggies cut up, cheese cut up. Thank you for all the families that participated in the survey sent out during spring break. Your responses will help guide the decision making of the executive. If you have any […]

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