Spaces available at RPNS
Spread the word that we have spaces available in our Toddler and Junior Preschool classes. Many RPNS families heard about our program from other families!
New for January 2016, city of Ottawa Floating Subsidies! Families that qualify for subsidized child care can choose nursery schools as an option for their child. Currently families needed to find early learning and care programs that have allotted subsidy spaces from the city. In January, these subsidizes will go ‘with the child’, so parents will have more options in their choices for quality care. Parent must register with the city of Ottawa Child Care Registry & Waitlist https://onehsn.com/Ottawa
Barefoot Books Book Fair
Thank you to everyone who shopped on Oct. 29 & 30 and ordered items!
If you missed out, orders can be placed directly to Dina firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly provide your orders by December 5th to ensure they are delivered before the school closes for the Christmas holiday. Teachers have ‘wish lists’ that they provided to Dina, so should you wish to buy something for the classroom or a holiday gift for your child's teacher, just contact Dina.
National Child Day 2013 – November 20th
We will be celebrating this special day with the Singh Family Players (musically talented alumni children)! Everyone is welcome. RPNS will be handing out blue ribbons for parents to wear on Nov.20th.
Check out Canada’s goals for our nation’s children!
REMINDERS FOR PARENTS:
The cold weather is coming and we want to enjoy outdoor play! Kindly ensure that your child is appropriately dressed with coats, splash pants/snow pants, hats, mitts (no attached strings please~ strangulation hazard), neck warmers (safer than scarves). Label everything, please! See the Mabels Labels link on our website http://mabelslabels.com/.
Mitten clips are available at Boomerang Kids on Bank Street and Growing Kids at Billings Bridge.
All children need to have a full set of extra clothing in their school bags (remember the undies and socks!)
Canadian Tire Money is used to purchase maintenance items so feel free to drop off any CT monies in the box provided on the Communication Table.
By placing Scholastic Book orders through RPNS you are actually providing the teachers with free coupons for Educational items. Scholastic Books make great holiday gifts! To ensure delivery before Christmas, have your orders in by Nov.16.
Too much Halloween candy?!! Donate it to the school and we will use the candy to decorate our Gingerbread Houses in December. The children’s beautiful houses are donated to a local senior’s home.
“Christmas is for Sharing” ~ The children will experience the “gift of giving” by decorating boxes filled with donations for children at a local Head Start Nursery School. A complete list of needed items will be posted shortly in the hallway. “Re-gifted” items are accepted too!
How you can contribute to our BUILDING FUND:
* ‘like’ us on Facebook and spread the word about our Building Fund!
*tell all your family, friends, coworkers, neighbours about our PayPal button on our website www.rpnsottawa.com Income tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20. Send them an email about donating to our Building Fund and ask them to “Play it Forward” to 10 other email contacts!
*participate in our “Date Nights” and tell your friends about it. A child does not have to be currently enrolled at RPNS to participate. Our next Date Night is Friday, Nov. 13th. Sign up on the list in the hallway or send an email to email@example.com to reserve a space!
*let your employers know that RPNS is a registered charity and United Way Donations collected at your work place can be directed to us. Our charity number is BN:119120822RP0001
*by filling up our “Giving Tree”! Our beautiful wall art tree needs many more leaves. Donators to our Building Fund will always be remembered as a leaf in their honour is placed on our “Giving Tree”. Want to give a special gift to someone this Christmas? Purchase a “leaf” in their honour and we will send them a handmade holiday card letting them know that they are now part of our “Giving Tree”. Donate an amount that suits you: $25 to $50 ~ buys a bronze leaf; $51 to $100 buys silver leaf; $101 and up buys a gold leaf. (tax receipts provided to the donor)
Remembrance Day ~ Nov.11
The nursery school is open for business on Wednesday, Nov.11
Christmas Concerts! SAVE THE DATE!!
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Dec. 15 & Wednesday, Dec.16 for our annual Christmas Concerts & Parties starting at 9:00 am. Your whole family is welcome to attend!
The nursery school will be closed Dec.21, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015 inclusive for the Christmas Break.
November Newsletter 2015
Toddler and Junior Preschool Groups
We ended the month of October with fun Pumpkin Parties on Thursday and Friday. This was the first time that these groups have had time to play in the Senior room. They have had the experience of a group circle in this room, but they had never had a “play” time. Some parents were present which helped with this transition, but others were just with us (the educators) and everyone enjoyed themselves in this new situation! It is wonderful to feel the sense of empowerment that we all feel when we walk positively into a new experience. I used the pronoun “we” because we have all learned and are still learning skills which allow us to move out of our comfort zone and enjoy a new practice. Some of the skills needed to achieve a positive change of environment are written in the Elect Document under 2.2 Self-Regulation, in the Toddler document (14 months to 3 years) and 2.5 Regulating Attention and Emotions and Behaviour, in the Preschool Kindergarten document (2.5 to 6 years). Please note that the Elect document attempts to show that age is just one of the many factors that goes into our development. Working in groups and individually in a preschool setting allows children to acquire the skills needed for a balanced approach towards intellectual, emotional and physical development; which are the necessary ingredients to have success with continual learning.
Using our observations from the Elect Books, which are achieved by watching and interacting with the children as they play during the morning, has allowed us to begin to really understand the Emergent Curriculum style of planning. The children loved the steering wheels, they packed bags (4.4 Spatial Exploration Toddler Elect Doc) for a picnic and sang “Down on Grandpa’s Farm” (5.4 Auditory Skills and Music Preschool Kindergarten Elect Doc.) as they “drove” (5.1 Gross Motor Skills Toddler Doc.) to the farm and had picnics. This whole interaction was also Representational and Pretend Play which incorporated Making Friends and Social Interest. The steering wheels are staying in November but the “cars chairs” will be replaced with” hollow block airplanes” and the children can pack doll clothes and mittens into their bags to go on the plane. We washed cars with the “car wash” (a box with material cleaning “fringes” that Lisa made, not all toys are from a store) which was well used until someone sat on the box. It squashed and ended up in the recycling bin! This was a whole lesson in itself, about consequence, physical strength and recycling paper. The buckets and scrubbers and cloths that were introduced to wash the cars in place of the car wash were not a big success. These have been removed and a washing machine in the Everyday Living Area will take up the “washing” theme for pairs of mittens that will then be hung to dry on a clothes line using clothes pins which are a difficult concept but fabulous for Fine Motor Development. It has been noted that many children try to unclip the clothespins that are used to hang the children’s art work.
We hope that the illustration above has given you some idea of why we use the materials and equipment that you see in our room. We are thoughtful about our environment and hope to pass this caring along to everyone who plays here.
Keeping with a natural and caring environmental awareness we will be monitoring our Outdoor Composter during the winter months to see how our gourds and pumpkins (that got too soft and started to rot or decompose, at our science table) behave as the temperature lowers and snow covers the ground. We will keep you posted with pictures “From the Composter”. We are also observing a, Wooly Bear Caterpillar, as it diapauses, or sleeps all winter. We found it in the playground, put it in a special specimen bottle, gave it leaves; some to eat and some to make a bed for sleep, and are leaving it in the Red Shed, for the winter. We will look at it periodically and wait excitedly to see what will happen when the warm weather returns in the spring. We have a wonderful book on our library shelf in our room. It is called Not A Buzz to be Found, Insects in Winter, by Linda Glaser. You are welcome to take a look at it next time you are in the room.
It is quite normal for children to cry and fuss, even be angry, when parents or caregivers leave them in a “strange” place with people they don’t really know. It is our wish that your confidence in us as educators will allow your children to feel comfortable, safe and interested in attending a preschool experience for 2.5 hours in the morning. We expect and are ready to help children integrate and engage in this new activity. Crying is a way of releasing the tension that anxiety can produce. Crying and then learning positive ways to self-sooth are skills that we all need to learn, to help us with different situations. As parents you always come first. If we feel that your child is not able to handle the situation we will always call you to come and intervene.
On a final note we want to tell you about our experience with Co-operating using a democratic spirit. When Lisa was cutting open the pumpkin, to make the Jack-O-Lantern, we decided to use a paper illustration of each shape that she could make, for the pumpkins’ eyes, mouth and nose. She asked each child which shape they wanted and then counted the number of votes for each shape. The shapes that were used were the ones that got the most votes. It was interesting that the children seemed to pick the shape they liked best because the variety of votes was diverse. Quite often children and humans in general will choose an answer that has already been used because we aren’t able to distinguish our own thoughts, in a timely manner. These children knew their shapes and which ones they wanted very quickly. They were using their Memory and Representational skills!
A few words from Tina
Hello everyone! October flew by and the children are doing a wonderful job at school. We worked hard on following routines and were very successful! We also worked on turn taking. The group enjoyed the singing game “Pumpkin Patch” and did a great job finding their friends who were hiding.
We have been observing and taking notes and the result is…… November will be Teamwork month!
There is no better example of teamwork, outside of sports and E.C.E, than Firefighting. The children will suit up and work together to put out the fire. We have also introduced tools and steering wheels so that they can construct vehicles or buildings. Working together will be the key. There will be many opportunities for communication and for lots of role playing. It will be loud. You have been warned.
At circle time, we will look at some fire safety. I will teach them how to “Stop, drop and roll” and how to crawl low under smoke.
I have a fun song to go with Firefighting:
“Fire, Fire, Fire, Fire!”
Fire, fire, fire, fire hear the whistle blowing.
Fire, fire, fire, fire: everbody’s going.
Hoist the ladder, squirt the hose, with a ch,ch,ch,ch, out the fire goes!
Let the fun begin!
October is gone, the Pumpkin parties were a success and a nice way to end the month. Thank you all for your help with pumpkin carving and the potluck for the parties. Here are some of the songs that the children will be learning.
Violette à bicyclette
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (French)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Violette à bicyclette
Les roues de l’autobus
Roulent, roulent, roulent, roulent, roulent, roulent,
Les roués de l’autobus
Tout la journée.
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
Nous allons à la lune
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
Nous allons y arriver bientôt
Si vous souhaitez faire un voyage
Montez à bord de mon fusèe
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
Nous allons à la lune
5, 4. 3. 2. 1…. Décoller !