From the desk of Director, Paulette Young, RECE, in her little office cupboard
January 2019 proved to be a great start to the new year! We filled all the program expansion spaces in the 3Day Junior Preschool class and the 2Day Senior Preschool class. A warm welcome to our new families and our newest staff member, Rena Kaplansky.
PREREGISTRATION for 2019-2020 RPNS school year!
Yes, it is that time of year again to consider registering your child for next September. RPNS offers currently enrolled and alumni families the opportunity to formally preregister their children during the week of March 4 to March 8. See Paulette to add your child’s name to the list. Note: as per our Waitlist Policy, families are not charged to have their child’s name on our Waitlist.
Floating Subsidies~ parents who qualify for subsidized child care and wish to enroll their child at RPNS, must first register on the City of Ottawa’s Child Care Waitlist (CRAW) http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/social-services/daycare/daycare-services
Book of the Month Club
February’s book picks are:
Book #1- Under My Hood I Have a Hatby Karla Kuskin. A wintry poem about how to dress up for the snow.
Book #2- A Bad Case of the Stripesby David Shannon. Dare to be different! A funny reminder that it’s alway best to be yourself.
Sign up and pay your $2 per book on the clipboard at the Community Box table in the hallway.
New Program expansion hours!
The province of Ontario provided funding to early learning programs (child care centres and nursery schools) to provide families with affordable and accessible child care. Tuition fees were reduced last month for our families and we will extend the core day of our program starting on Feb. 4. Our new hours are 8:30 to 12:00 pm (noon). Before Careis still available from 8:00 am and After Careto 12:30 pm.
RPNS Summer Kinder-Camp – July/August 2019
Last year’s Summer-Kinder Camp program was a huge success! We are currently in discussion with our landlords (the Riverside Churches of Ottawa) to determine the dates of this year’s Summer Camp. As well, an application to fun the summer camp will be sent to the Ministry of Education for licensing purposes. Our aim is to provide a high quality camp with a focus on nature and discovery!
*group sizes maximum: 16 children (ages 3-5 years) with 2 staff and 10 children (ages 2-3) with 10 children
*preference for registrants would be for currently enrolled RPNS children or siblings; then for the general public
*sign up for number of weeks preferred (one minimum or more)
*8:30 am to 1:00 pm (parents provide lunch)
*we would use rooms 6 & 7 for the indoor classrooms and spend lots of time in our outdoor classroom; nearby forest; Otterson Park and Mooney’s Bay Park (there would not be field trips involving transportation)
*RPNS Board of Directors currently finalizing the weekly summer camp fees
See Paulette or send her an email firstname.lastname@example.org you be interested in your child participating in a Summer Kinder-Camp program.
OPEN HOUSE DAYS ~ Let your friends, neighbours & colleagues know!
We will give morning tours (10:00 to 11:00 am) to new families interested in registering for the 2019-2020 school year throughout the winter and spring on the following days:
Tuesday, March 19
Wednesday, March 20
Thursday, April 11
Monday, May 6
Friday, May 31
About 80% of our clientele heard about RPNS from other families....so thank you for spreading 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). We will celebrate Valentine’s Day and February Birthday Celebrations with cake on Feb.13 & Feb.14
Carpediem Photographywill be here starting at 9:00 am on Feb. 13 & 14to 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 we provide (not a fundraiser). If interested, Carpediemwill also take sibling and/or family photos on these days as well starting at 8:30 am. 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!
FAMILY DAY Monday, Feb.18
The nursery school will be closed on Feb.18 in recognition of Family Day. We wish all families a wonderful day! Feel free to send us photos of what your family did on Family Day.
RPNS will be closed March 11 to March 15. Enjoy the week!
Russell the Entertainer!
Russell Levia, popular and local children’s entertainer, will be here on Tues. Feb. 5and again on Wed. Feb. 6to sing, play instruments and have his puppets dance for us. Shows start at 10:45 am and everyone is welcome!
***Tax Receipts for 2018 year~ your official receipts were emailed to you on Jan. 29. Kindly note that receipts are emailedto you from our child caremanagement system. Sender will be noreply@childcarepro, so be sure to check you spam boxes!