RPNS JANUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER
From the desk of the Director, Paulette Young
Happy New Year and best wishes to all of you for 2016! January brings a new year with new changes….we said “good bye” to a couple of our RPNS families but we are happy to welcome new ones this month.
Winter Outdoor Play
Outdoor play with plenty of fresh air keeps children healthy and active! We still play outside in winter; enjoying sledding, shovelling, making snow angels and snowmen. When the temperature dips below -20*C (including wind chill) or the city of Ottawa has sent out a frost bite advisory, we will stay indoors. Paulette checks the temperature at the Environment Canada Weather Line 613-998-3439. Kindly ensure that your children are dressed appropriately for the weather.
Tuition receipts will be prepared this month by our child care management system, Child Care Pro. The receipt will sent to you via email from email@example.com in February (check you spam box). The amount on the receipt covers tuition fees paid in 2015 (note: registration fees and activity fees are not part of tuitions) Another set of receipts will be provided in June 2015.
Nursery School tuition receipts can be used for income tax purposes under Child Care. Keep your receipts as there is a $15 administration fee for additional receipt requests.
Our “Sister Program” Holiday Sharing Program was a great experience for everyone. Thank you for you kind donations! They were very much welcomed by the children of Annavale Headstart Nursery School.
Everyone had lots of fun decorating the gingerbread houses on Dec. 17 and 18 with help from some volunteer parents (thank you!). Thorncliffe Place Retirement Home warmly welcomed the little houses and they brought some cheers for the seniors.
Our Christmas Concerts and Parties were successfully fun due to the efforts and talents of the children, teachers and parents who provided food and applause! A big “Thank You!” to Santa who still managed to get here by sleigh without any snow!
Heartfelt thanks from all the teachers for all the lovely gifts, warm hugs and donations to our “Giving Tree” we received from RPNS children and families!
Need some alone time with your partner after the busy holiday season? Reserve you space for our next date night on Friday, Jan.8 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Parents must register their children and pre pay by Jan. 6. (your space will only be guaranteed with your pre payment!). We will have fun with a New Year’s Pajama Party Theme!
Sad News about our Hermit Crabs
Our hermit crabs had been doing well until the beginning of December when they started burying themselves in the sand of their habitat for extended periods of time. At first, we didn’t find this unusual as they had secluded themselves in the past. Big Fella had looked for a new shell home, but then decided to return to his old one (empty shells of various sizes are provided in their habitat). We decided to leave them at the nursery school for the holidays (they had visited RPNS family homes during the summer months) instead of disturbing them. I came in to check on them and found Big Fella dead. Speedy and Mousie had buried in the sand and were also found expired. Why this happened is still a mystery as they were no changes to their hermit habitat/food/water recently. However, hermit crabs are very sensitive creatures and they may have come in contact with a contaminant or just got sick. We had adopted these hermit crabs from a child care centre, so their exact age was unknown.
The children were told that they had died so they may talk about this at home. Death can be a difficult topic for us adults to talk to children about, but it is better to answer their questions truthfully. Good bye, Big Fella, Speedy and Mousie…we will miss you.
Toddler and Junior Preschool Newsletter
Welcome to 2016! Our Christmas Concerts and Parties, went well and we thank all the children and their families for bringing their joy and cheer with them to make our goodbye to 2015 a grand success!
We will continue to go outdoors as much as the weather allows. The warmer and rainy weather has helped our compost. The pumpkins have disintegrated (“broken into small pieces” as one of the children stated) and we have been able to stir the leaves with sticks which has helped with the decomposing process. Our two Woolly Bear Caterpillars have finally curled up under the leaves inside their container. They need to hibernate during the winter to be able to cocoon and turn into Tiger moths in the spring. We will still check them each day we go outside to watch this hibernation process. We will embrace the weather whatever it may be. The physical abilities that are encouraged through outdoor play not to mention the corresponding bond with nature are huge factors in the positive overall development of children. We will go outside if the weather permits, down to -20 degrees Celsius. Please ensure that your child is dressed suitably for the weather. The full enjoyment of outdoor play, especially in the winter months, is directly proportional to the appropriateness of outdoor clothing.
Indoors we are continuing with the children’s attentiveness with anything that has wheels and dressing, undressing and feeding the dolls! The construction trucks and driving track has a huge attraction and the toy tool boxes are out to help with any repairs that are needed during the morning.
The musical mats, which encourage jumping and hopping, seem to be the physical activities that are inspiring the children at the moment. The set of stairs between the block and everyday living areas, are still providing some of the toddlers with a developmentally appropriate activity.
The sensory bin will contain bowls of water and toys frozen into ice. Turkey basters, eye droppers, spoons and mittens will be available for the children to use to try to get the toys out of the ice! Fine motor and observations skills are just two developmental processes that immediately come to mind with this activity.
The posters on the wall that are at child sitting levels are there to help the children settle while getting dressed and undressed. These posters document the children’s activities with their photos. The posters foster conversations and memories as the children wait for their friends to get ready.
In keeping with the Emergent Curriculum our materials and activities will continue to follow the children’s interests. If the resources in the room change that indicates a change in the children’s needs and behaviours.
Introduction to French Senior Preschool
Bonne année, I hope you all had a relaxing holiday. This month we are going to focus on fine and gross motor. We may even try some yoga posses. Here is one song that we will be learning.
Promenons-nous dans le bois
Pendent que le loup n’y est pas
Si le loup y était
Il nous mangerait
Mais comme il n’y est pas
Il n’nous mangera pas
Loup y es-tu? Que fais-tu? Entends-tu?
Je mets ma chemise…
Je mets ma culotte …
Je mets ma veste …
Je mets mes chaussettes …
Je mets mes bottes …
Je mets mon chapeau …
Je mets mes lunettes …
Tuque, chapeau/ hat pantalon de neige / snow pant
Manteau / coat bottes / boots
Mitaines / mittens chandail / sweater
Neige/snow flocon de neige / snow flake
A few words from Tina...
Hello Everyone! This January, we are going to be changing things up a bit. Welcome to our “Get Motoring” month! We will be focusing on both gross motor and fine motor activities in the classroom. I predict an increase in climbing and cutting skills!! The activities may seem a bit strange at first glance, but they were carefully selected for the children from a lot of observation.
At circle time. We will turn our focus to “concepts”: colours, numbers, days of the week, shapes, opposites and rhyming. We will, of course, do this in the most fun way possible! We cannot ignore winter and one of my favorite stories to read during the winter months is “A Snowy Day” by Ezra Keats…..the children can relate very well to the main character!
Here is a poem and a song that we will be learning:
Heave Ho! Buckets of snow! (sweeping arms together: Loud voice!)
The Giant is combing his beard (soft voice)
The snow is so high (up on tip toes), that it touches the sky
(swoop down with arms and curl up around knees), and the world disappears .
Chubby Little Snowman (action rhyme)
A chubby little snowman,
(Hold hands out to demonstrate "chubby.")
Had a carrot nose.
(Point to nose.)
Along came a bunny,
(Hop like a bunny.)
And what do you suppose?
(Shrug shoulders; hold out hands, as if to question.)
That hungry little bunny,
Looking for his lunch.
(Hold hand above eyes, as if searching for something.)
Ate that snowman's carrot nose,
(Pretend to eat.)
Nibble, nibble, crunch!!