From the Director’s Desk: aka Paulette’s little office cupboard
The children will be learning all about life cycles this month through a wonderful science & discovery special event! We have ordered little caterpillars that should be arriving via FedEx during the first week of May. The children’s task is to place the little caterpillars in a butterfly house and take care of them every day. We will watch them eat , poop (which they do a lot!) and shed their skins. In a couple of weeks, the caterpillars will pupate, which means that they will form a chrysalis and sleep. We will have to wait a little bit longer to watch them emerge from their chrysalis as Pink Lady Butterflies!
These lovely butterflies will continue their life’s journey as we release them in our play yard.
Be sure to visit our Butterfly Science Station to see this amazing event!
Dressing for Outside
With spring arriving later this year, our play yard tends to be damp and muddy early in the morning. Splash pants for your child not only keep their clothing clean but they also help to keep the inside of our nursery school clean!
Time to put away the winter hats and bring out the sunhats!
Please apply sunscreen to your preschool child before coming to school. The preschoolers start their day outside and it is recommended that sunscreen be applied 15-30 minutes prior to sun exposure!
Time for Trikes and Ride On Toys!
We are bringing the bikes out of their winter storage so remember to bring in your child’s bike helmet. The children need to wear a bike helmet if they want to ride a bike.
RPNS GRADUATION CEREMONIES
Mark your calendars, book off work and bring your tissues!!! June 20th and 21st are the scheduled Graduation ceremonies for the children. This is a very special event! These dates also mark the last days of school. (This is a good opportunity to go through our school’s Lost & Found and reclaim any items you may have forgotten! Remember to take all art work, helmets, toys, etc. home with you! Otherwise, these items will be donated to a local charity.)
Parents and family members, come celebrate with us in recognition of your amazing children and all their scholastic accomplishments! More details will follow, so please remember to check your child’s file in the communication box!
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
May is the month to meet with your child’s teacher. Parent Teacher interviews are not mandatory and we do have limited time slots available with each teacher. See the sign up list posted on the Parent Board.
FAMILY FUN DAY!
Join all the current and new (2013-2014 school year) families on Saturday June 8 for games, outdoor fun, races and a potluck picnic! We are collecting small prizes for the games (dollar store items, fast food place toys etc).
The Operations Chair and myself have been keeping track over the year of which parents have volunteered in any manner with our nursery school (excluding duty days). Should you have not volunteered yet, we will be contacting you shortly to help out on Family Fun Day.
Kindly keep your eyes posted when you visit garage sales this spring for outdoor ride in wagons (ie: Little Tykes, Step 2 etc.).
SPRING CLEAN UP 2013
Many thanks to Jo-anne Dusseault for coordinating the spring clean up of our outdoor play ground and a big Smiley Face to all the parent volunteers who did a super job on Saturday April 20.
On Saturday April 13, some hard working parents joined me in some indoor spring cleaning. Thanks for your hard work!
2013-2014 RPNS SCHOOL YEAR ENROLMENT
Wow! Our nursery school has many families returning this September for another year with us…..we must be doing something right! Thanks for preregistering your children and also for spreading the word about our wonderful nursery school to family, friends and neighbours.
Currently all Senior Preschool and French Introduction classes are full but there are spaces available in our 2Day Toddler and 3Day Junior Preschool.
Should you have not provided your registration package for September to Paulette, kindly do so before May 10. Thanks!
From Jenna and Janet (and Lisa!): Toddler and Jr. Preschool
The playground is finally free from snow! It has taken almost the whole month of April to rid the playground of the mounds of fun snow that kept us sliding and digging all winter long. We finally got to wear splash pants and rain boots and light mittens at the end of the month. We are hoping that May blooms forth with a warm sun and lots of green grass and great flowers.
Our theme is Spring camping and insects. The dramatic centre is set up with a camp fire, grill, hot dogs and cooler filled with lemonade and milk. The floor toys have a carnival and school buses. We are hoping that the school bus driver, (who parks his bus in our parking lot), can make arrangements for us to get on and sit on the bus, while he gives us a quick talk about school bus safety.
The caterpillars will be arriving the second week of May. We intend making a terrarium for the caterpillars. We will be able to watch them eat, spin cocoons, and come out transformed into butterflies. Then we will let them fly away from the top of our playground hill.
We have made some butterfly and lady bug images and glued them to popsicle sticks. We dance around the room with our insects and sing the following song:
Lady bugs and Butterflies (3 x)
Fly away home,
Fly away home, (2 x)
Lady bugs and Butterflies,
Fly away home.
From Tina – Sr. Preschool
May has finally arrived and we will be focusing on Spring camping and all the nature we see during our outdoor adventures. We will be talking about bees, bugs and butterflies, as well as pond life. We will be closely observing our Butterfly eggs (when they arrive) and closely observing their life cycle. It’s going to be fun!
May also means we have to say Good bye and Good luck to our dear friend Jessica. She has completed her placement with us and is moving onto Carleton to continue her studies. The children have grown fond of her and will miss her terribly. May 3rd is her last day. Thanks for all that you have contributed to our program Jessica!
Here are a few songs we will be learning: Enjoy!
FIVE LITTLE LADYBUGS
Five little ladybugs on our front door, (Hold up five fingers.)
One flew to Daniel, and that left four. (Hold up four fingers.)
Four little ladybugs, oh so wee,
One flew to Natasha, and that left three. (Hold up three fingers.)
Three little ladybugs saying "howdy-do,"
One flew to Ismail, and that left two. (Hold up two fingers.)
Two little ladybugs snoozing in the sun,
One flew to Michael, and that left one. (Hold up one finger.)
One little ladybug alone on the door,
It flew to, Conner then there were no more. (Bend down last finger.)
HERE IS A BEE HIVE
Here is a bee hive
But where are the bees?
They are inside where nobody sees
Now they come creeping out of the hive
One, two, three, four, five
From Dulce – French Introduction – Sr. Preschool
Bonjour, I can’t believe it is almost the end of the school year. If you have any concerns or wish to discuss your child’s progress please sign up for an interview. Our theme this month is Spring and Camping. The caterpillars will be here soon and we will be learning the life-cycle of the butterflies.
La petite chenille (l’araignée Tiki)
La petite chenille se cache dans la feuille
File son petit cocon et puis s’endormit
Pendant qu’elle dormait
Elle rêvait qu’elle pouvait voler
Quand elle se reveille
Elle était un papillon !
Hop! J’attrappe un papillon (joindre les mains)
J’ouvre une petite porte (desserrer les index)
Une autre petite porte (desserrer les majeurs)
Encore une porte (desserrer les anulaires)
Une tout petite porte (desserrer les auriculaires)
Oh! Le papillon c’est envolé!
Beau papillon (Air: Frère Jacques)
Beau papillon, beau papillon,
Que fais-tu? Que fais-tu?
J’étale mes ailes, J’étale mes ailes,
Pleines de couleurs, pleines de couleurs.
Printemps / spring papillon / butterfly la pluie / the rain
Fleur / flower viens ici / come here assis / sitting debout / standing