Queens Park Preschool

  • January 2019

    Welcome back to preschool! Hoping everyone had a special time with their families over the holiday’s. The structure of the Queens Park Preschool executive has shifted since we voted in the new bylaws in November. Please welcome the following members into their new roles: Mike Daws – President Nina Priddle- Vice President Leanne Steel – Secretary Monica Hoover – Treasurer Yolanda Lavorata – Outreach Director (oversees Fundraising, Parent Education, Special Events, and Marketing) Allie Sayles – Member Services Director (oversees Orientation, Enrollment, Class Reps) Tina Jhingan – Staffing Director (oversees Teachers, Jobs Coordinator, Personnel) You may be hearing from the director or executive member assigned to oversee your job in the preschool this year as we work on completing handbooks and policies for the preschool as well as expanding all job descriptions. A friendly reminder that attendance at the General Meetings is mandatory for one family member, as per Queen’s Park Preschool’s policies. Attendance will continue to be taken and absences followed up on. We have incredible speakers lined up for 2019 and we look forward to seeing you all there! SAVE THE DATE!  The Queen’s Park Preschool Silent Auction is scheduled for April 6th at The Hive on Front Street. We will […]

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  • December 2018

    Big news for the month! Ms. Queenie will be starting her maternity leave after the December 4th General Meeting. We are all sending her love and warm wishes as she embarks on this new journey with her family! My child pretends to shoot guns – what do I do? For our parent education session this month, we welcome Sarah McCarthy. Sarah created ECE Connect in 2015 with the idea of connecting early childhood educators together, and offering workshops that she feels are needed in the field. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and Training, a diploma in Early Childhood Education and Montessori (0-12 years) and a certificate for Children with Special Needs. She has worked in play based centres, Reggio inspired centres, Montessori schools, and Forest schools. She’s been in the educational field for over 16 years; currently teaches in the Native Education College and Vancouver Community College, and is a board member of the ECEBC Vancouver branch. Our presentation at the general meeting will be about Superhero Play. All children have a right to play. This includes superhero play, sometimes weapon play and shocking themes like shooting storm troopers! Objectives for this workshop: Understand what children mean […]

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  • November 2018

    Welcome our Practicum Student Ling! Ling was born in Taiwan, and moved to North America when she was 20 years old. She lived in Florida for over 5 years. During that time she completed her Bachelor degree in Fine Arts, got married, and started her own family. She and her family moved and settled in Vancouver since 1997. Ling has been working as an ECE for over 10 years, and has had many wonderful experience with children aged from 0-6 in different group settings. Ling was a stayed at home mom for over 10 years. She was involved with her children’s learning, and volunteered both in and out school activities, such as teacher’s helper, PAC member and involved with school council planning, and one of the Cub Scout Leader from Scout Canada. She loves to learn with children through their play, curiosity, and creativity every day. She is grateful to be able to have this opportunity to walk along aside with each child for a short period of time in their life and share countless great moments with their family with trace of their children’s growth in every developmental areas. She has her ECE Basic Certification and Infant Toddler Certification, and […]

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  • October 2018

    Welcome to all new and returning Queen’s Park Preschool families! The beginning of the school year is always full of such excitement and adjustments. For some of you, the transition to school has been as bumpy as daylight savings to bedtime. For others, your kids have been ready for preschool since they could walk or somewhere in between. I hope you are settling into a new routine with your little ones after our first month back. A huge thank you goes to our teachers, Ms. Donna, Ms. Lyn, and Ms. Queenie and our support staff, Ms. Roop and Ms. Amber, for a successful launch to the school year with our beautiful new indoor and outdoor spaces. I would also like to thank all our families on watering duty over the summer for keeping our play yard thriving and beautiful, and also to James and Adam for the awesome new teacher/duty parent cubbies and fresh paint. Be it cleaning the school or organizing a fundraiser, designing a website or crunching numbers, this school wouldn’t be the amazing place that it is without you. So many thanks for being part your children’s first school experience. Our Executive team has identified three main […]

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  • June 2018

    From the President Welcome, June! Wow! Where has the year gone? We are ending the year with a bang with an exciting past month full of yard upgrades, the beautifully done art show at the New Westminster Art Gallery and our first year being involved with the Hyack Festival. With only a couple of weeks of school left, we have lots to be proud of and huge thanks to our community of parents, members, extended family, teachers and staff for all they have contributed over the school year. It has been an absolute pleasure playing a role in the operations of the school and I couldn’t have done it without the amazing group of fellow Executives. A special shout-out to Marti Longstaff, VP, and Monica Hoover, Treasurer for their countless hours. I am thrilled about the fresh group of people coming into the Executive and look forward to hearing about the preschool’s continued success. Lastly, many thanks to the fantastic group of educators – the preschool would not have the reputation it does without you. Thank you! Hoping to see many of you at the wrap-up event on Saturday, June 16th. Until then, enjoy watching your little ones as they […]

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  • May 2018

    From the President Happy May! Finally feels like Spring is here. It’s hard to believe we only have six weeks of school left this year. Sending a big thanks to Karyn Audet for organizing the social at the Burnaby train park on April 22. It was a fun and sunny afternoon. Stay tuned for news on a year-end BBQ! I am happy to report that the school calendar is now on the QPPS website and we have moved a number of documents to a parent portal. You should have received a password from your class rep. If you haven’t, please ask for it. We still have space in our classes for the 2018/19 school year, so spread the word. Please grab postcards and posters and leave a review on our Facebook page. As always, thanks to our incredible teaching staff for all their hard work. I am excited about the art show this month, hope to see you all there. Enjoy the sunny days ahead! Best, Amber Mark your calendars Upcoming Art Show (a chance to show off your little Picassos!) Wednesday, May 23, 2018 6:00 – 8:00 pm is the opening night of our collective art show Opening night […]

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  • April 2018

    From the Vice President The sun has been shining – happy that the Easter Bunny seems to be bringing the good weather with him! It’s a busy time at QPPS with many thanks deserved to all the volunteers who are making things run so smoothly!  Thank you to Katie and Sylvia for all their hard work for organizing registration, thank you to Monica and her treasurer assistant for working on the tax receipts and thank you to all of you for completing the annual survey. Lastly, and a huge thank you to Tara and the silent auction team for such a fun and successful night!   We have a lot of fun coming up this month with the Sun Run, a coffee party and more Art Gallery visits. Then in May – the return of the eggs and chicks (my favourite!). Also, for those of you receiving this Newsletter for the first time as incoming families, welcome! The Newsletter is a great source of information about the happenings in the school so enjoy! xo Marti A HUGE Thank You A heartfelt thank you to all who donated and to all who attended our silent auction this year, making it the […]

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  • March 2018

    From the President Welcome March! Spring is just around the corner and the kids have had a great February. Valentine’s Day and the gallery visit were highlights for my kids. Enrollment is well underway now with our classes filling for the 2018/19 school year. We still have space in some of our classes, so spread the word! If you haven’t had the chance to complete the preschool survey, please do by clicking here.  Your feedback is highly valued. Have a restful March and enjoy Spring Break – March 19-23. Got a Talent for Budgets? The budget committee is established on an annual basis to participate in the review and preparation of the budget for the following year (this includes setting the tuition fees for the upcoming year). The committee includes the Treasurer, President, Vice-President, the teachers, and at least two volunteers from the general membership who will be returning members.   At the March GM, we will be asking for volunteers from the membership to join the budget committee. The budget committee meeting will be held from 7-9pm on Wed., March 14. If you are available to attend the committee meeting, are interested in learning more about how we plan […]

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  • February 2018

    From the President I can’t believe we are already looking ahead to September and the new school year.  We have just had our first open house and will be starting enrollment for 2018/19 school year early this month.  Huge thanks to Katie Orford for all her help and a big welcome to Sylvia Steigervald who is taking over helping our families get set for the new year. After enrollment begins orientation and then our Orientation Coordinator steps in.  Many thanks to Rolande Barbon for her work last year and welcome to Glen Murray who has taken over for her. Another round of thanks to James Stenabaugh who has been working very hard on the new website.  It looks amazing and is no easy task to undertake.  So THANK YOU! This preschool would be what it is without the parents (and your “voluntold” jobs) and dedicated teaching staff – thank you.  We still have lots of fun ahead with the auction around the corner.  I hope you had fun sourcing your item and have booked your sitter for March 3.  It is always a great night out! May your month be filled with all things Valentine – love, kindness and friendship.   Best, […]

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  • January 2018

    From the President Happy New Year! Hope you all had a fantastic holiday season with lots of family time, good eats and eggnog. We are looking forward to a great 2018 at QPPS. Lots on the go and we’ll see you at the GM on January 9. Best, Amber   Fundraising Update For new fundraising in January, there will be another meat pie order  – perfect for the winter months ahead. Also, be sure to bring your cash/cheques to the GM the monthly raffle. And of course we’ll be collecting big brothers donations!   Parent Education This Month JANUARY Nicola Lott from Notch Hill Learning will do a presentation entitled “Play With Purpose – Building Reading Readiness Skills” Would you like your child to choose books over technology? In this workshop we look at the foundation skills preschoolers need to master before blooming into readers. You’ll walk away from our brainstorm with dozens of quick ‘n’ easy, play-based, early-literacy ideas and a deep understanding of your child’s needs. http://www.notchhilllearning.com FEBRUARY Next month, Dr. Ian Pike from the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute will be doing a presentation on risky play and its importance on children’s development.   3-Year Old Classroom […]

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