From the Director’s Desk: aka Paulette’s little office cupboard
PREREGISTRATION for 2012-2013 RPNS school year!
Yes, it is that time of year again to consider registering your child for next September. RPNS offers currently enrolled families the opportunity to formally preregister their children prior to our community Registration Night on March 21.
During the week of March 4 to March 8, you can pick up 2013-2014 Registration Forms at the Communication Table. Complete the forms, attach the required cheques and drop it in the file folder at the front of the blue Communication Box. “First come, first served.”
Registration options: Toddler (2 mornings: Tuesdays & Thursdays) aged 18 months to 2 ½ years. Junior Preschool (3 mornings: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays) aged 2 ½ to 3 years. Senior Preschool (either the 2 morning or 3 morning options as above or 5 mornings) aged 2 ¾ to 5 years. French Introduction (same options as Senior Preschool) **child must turn 3 years of age by October 31, 2011. Note: Developmental age of the child is also considered, see the Director for approval.
Don’t wait and be disappointed.....register your child!
OPEN HOUSE WEEK ~ March 4 to 8 10:00 am to 11:00 am each day
Let all your neighbours, friends and family know that they can check out our nursery school during this week. We will give morning tours and we will answer their questions about our great program. About 80% of our clientele heard about RPNS from other families....so thank you for spreading the word!
2013-2014 RPNS REGISTRATION NIGHT ~ Wed. March 27 7:00 pm
New families to the school are encouraged to formally register their children for our next school year. Our French Introduction classes fill quickly, so spread the word!
Families that wish to bring in Valentine cards for their child’s friends may do so (no candy please). Kindly just address the cards “To my friend” (or no address at all) instead of individual students names. This helps speed up the process of hand delivering cards (a very nice social activity for the children).
Many thanks to the following people who shared their musical talents with us during our January Arts Month: Viola, Amelia, Cameron and Malcolm Singh; Donna Bueckert; and Sharon Sammon.
A big thank you to Jason Bourgoin for building us a new sensory table for the Toddler Room….wonderful!!!
February Special Events!
At RPNS we are always having fun! Feel free to join us on these planned events this month:
*February Birthday Celebrations Days ~ Feb. 4 & 5
*Chinese New Year noodle snack ~ Feb. 11 & 12
*Music & Movement with Dulce ~ Feb. 14 & 15
*Piano With Sharon ~ Feb. 20
*Russell the Entertainer! ~ Feb. 27 & 28
(check with the staff for exact times)
Carpediem Photography will be here starting at 9:00 am on Feb. 6 & 7 to take individual and class photos of the children. There is no sitting fee and parents will receive the proofs. No obligation to buy, just a service to provide (not a fundraiser). If interested, Carpediem will also take sibling and/or family photos on these days as well. Kindly see Paulette to indicate your interest. Note: there is no photo retake day here at RPNS but arrangements can be made at the Carpediem Photography location. Bring your SMILES!
RPNS Philosophy Statement
As we go forward into the year 2013, some of us have made New Year’s Resolutions but I prefer to do New Year’s Reflections! One of the reflections I made during the month of January was my philosophy on inclusion….What does it mean? How can we be inclusive? Is RPNS reflecting inclusion? Am I reflecting inclusion?
One part of our philosophy statement (full version on our website) says:
*That early childhood education sets the foundation for lifelong learning, behaviour and health.
*Respect for diversity, equality and inclusion are prerequisites for honouring children’s rights, optimal development and learning.
*We create a healthy environment where children can explore the world through play based learning.
*Children are encouraged to problem-solve; to be self-thinkers; and to communicate their emotions.
* We model and encourage respect for all individuals.
One of the principles in the ELECT Document is:
Early Learning Thrives when respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion are practiced
I have always been a strong advocate for inclusion where all children are welcome to attend nursery school. Each individual child comes to us with their own personality; their own style of learning; their own talents and attributes; their own abilities and yes, their own behaviours! As parents can attest, children do not come into this world with a “Owners Manual”…it is through attentive parenting that parents come to “know” their children. As attentive Early Childhood Educators, the RPNS teachers also come to “know” the children. This does take time, however, but all children deserve the opportunity of our patience and understanding to grow and flourish in an early learning environment.
Inclusive programs provide an environment where children encounter various social interactions….some positive and yes, some negative. Through role modeling and positive encouragement, adults can assistant children in dealing with social interactions. Building resilience and empowering young children on how to deal with the real world is the best gift we can give to them. Experiencing diversity in the nursery school setting prepares children for future diverse educational programs (like kindergarten!) and the diverse workplace.
As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child” and this, I believe, is truly reflected in the cooperative inclusive spirit of Riverside Park Nursery School!
From Lisa and Janet: Toddler and Jr. Preschool
January with its variable weather made playing in our great playground very difficult. It is fun to sled down our little hill, shovel pathways and look for rabbit footprints in the snow. We are keeping our hopes up for great snow playing weather in February.
February is packed with celebrations. We begin with Ground Hog Day on February 2 and then Chinese New Year begins on February 10, with Valentine’s Day on the 14th! I believe Paulette explained our Valentine’s celebration. If you wish to send cards with your child that is fine, but not compulsory. Please leave the name for “To” blank or say “my friend” and sign your child’s name in the “From” area. Your child will be able to give out cards during circle time. We will be colouring friendship quilt squares during the month. Dulce then takes it upon herself to design the “quilt” and display it on the wall in the hall.
Each time you come to school, please remember to look in your child’s folder, which is in the communication box. We put your children’s art work in there, schedules for duty days, scholastic book newsletters and other notices which may be time sensitive and pertinent to you and your child. Finally, when you read and entry in your child’s ELECT folder, please remove the pin and attach it to the cloth pocket. This lets us know that you have read the entry and frees up the pins for new entries!
I am ending with our groundhog song. The children take turns being the groundhog. The ground hog sits inside the box and waits for the sun (which is a child with a flashlight) to come out so that he can pop up ( a hole in the top of the box) and look for his shadow.
I’m a Little Groundhog (tune: I’m a little teapot)
I’m a little ground hog, furry and brown,
I’m coming up to look around,
If I see my shadow down I’ll go,
Six more weeks of winter, Oh No!
From Tina – Sr. Preschool
Hello Everyone! January has flown by and my goodness, we had a lot of fun!
February is a busy month. We are going to be celebrating Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year. 2013 is the Year of the Snake. We are also going to be learning about Dinosaurs; one of our favorite subjects here at Nursery School.
Please check the special events calendar as we will be having many special guests. Paulette’s section of the newsletter will have the details for giving out Valentine’s if you are interested in doing so.
Our song this month is dedicated to friendship and being someone’s special Valentine. We will make it into a singing game (a favourite at circle time!)
Who will be my Valentine (Here we go round the Mulberry Bush)
Who will be my Valentine? Valentine, Valentine?
Who will be my Valentine, Who will be my friend?
--------------------- will be my Valentine x 3
--------------------- will be my friend.
From Dulce – French Introduction – Sr. Preschool
Hello everyone, this month’s themes are Dinosaurs, Chinese New Year and Valentines Day. The children have been practicing spelling their names and some of them had shown interest in writing them too. They will start by tracing the letters of their names following the dots. Here are some of the songs that we will learn.
Mon petit Coeur (Air: Frère Jacques)
Mon petit coeur (bis)
Fait boum-boum (bis)
Il est plein d’amour (bis)
Juste pour toi (bis)
Si tu aimes les dinosaures (Air: Si tu aimes le soleil)
Si tu aimes les dinosaures, frappe des mains (clap-clap)
Si tu aimes les dinosaures, frappe des mains (clap-clap)
Si tu aimes les dinosaures, gros et petits,
Si tu aimes les dinosaures, frappe des mains.
Si tu aimes les dinosaures, tape des pieds (boum-boum)
Si tu aimes les dinosaures, saute sur place (hop-hop)
Si tu aimes les dinosaures, fait les trois (clap-clap, boum-boum, hop-hop)
Le Dino-boggie (Air: The Hokey Pokey)
Je mets le dinosaure en avant.
Je mets le dinosaure en arrière,
Je mets le dinosaure en avant.
Et je fais de petit ronde
Je danse le boggie, boggie et je tourne en rond
Et puis je fais un grand saute (boum!)