Life Cycles Science
From Egg to Duckling!
On April 13, 12 duck eggs arrived at the nursery school along with an incubator which was set up in our circle time room. The children can see the eggs through a little window on the incubator and they checked the temperature and humidity each day. It takes 28 days for ducklings to develop and they should be hatching on
From looking at the eggs with a flashlight in Paulette’s dark office room, we saw that 2 of the eggs were not fertilized and thus no chick was growing in the eggs. In the other 10 eggs we can see ducklings developing although we will have to wait and see which ones will hatch.
After they hatch, the ducklings will visit with us for a couple of days before they head back to the farm to be with other chickens. So make sure you check out the ducklings before they leave.
We have ordered little caterpillars that should be arriving via FedEx during the second 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!
Mini Spartans Race Week at RPNS!
This has become an annual event to raise money for our building fund!
To promote healthy active living for the children, we will be holding a training week here at the nursery school from May 24 to 27 with daily obstacle courses. Our ‘Mini Spartans’ will be running, jumping, hopping , balancing and crawling around fun obstacles both indoors and outdoors! Each child will have a pledge form and we ask that you get family, friends, neighbours and co-workers to sponsor your child as ‘Mini Spartan’ Ambassadors for healthy active living (all proceeds to the RPNS Building Fund). On Thursday and Friday of this Mini Spartan Week, all children will receive medals for their efforts!
Kindly return pledge forms and donations to the nursery school by May 27.
RPNS Promoting Healthy Children and Families!
With the hard work of parents Frank Hartmann and Sammantha Gordon, RPNS is excited to start a Speakers Series this year! Our first one takes place this month and we need you to spread the word. A few more parent volunteers will be needed the day of the event…kindly let Paulette know if you can help out.
Riverside Park Nursery School Speaker Series
When: Saturday, May 28, 2016 7:00 pm
Where: Riverside Park Nursery School
3191 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON K1V 8N8
Speaker: Dr. Yoni Freedhoff
Topic: Swimming Against the Flood: How the World We've Built Challenges Our Children's Health and Weight
Dr. Freedhoff will discuss how the world we’ve built challenges both kids and parents alike in living healthful lives, and the few first steps we might all try to take to do something about it. Question and answer period to follow.
How to register: rpns.eventbrite.com
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! If needed, we will apply Green Beaver Kids brand sunscreen to the children.
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.
Are you a Garage Sale fan? We are looking for wheelbarrows, shopping carts, wagons for our play yard. So if you see one in good shape, pick it up please and we’ll reimburse you. J
RPNS GRADUATION CEREMONIES
Mark your calendars, book off work and bring your tissues!!! June 23rd and 24th 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!
FAMILY FUN DAY!
Join all the current and new (2016-2017 school year) families on Saturday June 4. More details on this event to be provided shortly.
We are collecting small prizes for the games (dollar store items, fast food place toys etc.).
2016-2017 RPNS SCHOOL YEAR ENROLMENT
Thanks for preregistering your children for the next school year!
We currently have spaces available in Toddler, Junior Preschool, Senior Preschool and just a few in 3Day French Introduction.
Most families hear about RPNS through ‘word of mouth’, so kindly let all your friends, co-workers, family and neighbours know about our great program!
Should you have not provided your registration package for September to Paulette, kindly do so asap. Thanks!
Tuition Fee Payments for 2016-2017 School Year
This September we will only accept Pre Authorized Payments for Monthly Tuition Fees. Registration Fees, Program Fees and Before & After Care Fees will be paid by cash or cheque.
Kindly see Paulette to obtain your PAD agreements. Complete your PAD agreement, attach a VOID cheque and return it to RPNS. Your first tuition fee payment (for September tuition) will be processed on August 1, 2016.
Forest School Pilot Project ~ October 2016
Paulette has been accepted into the Forest School Canada Practitioners Course this August in New Brunswick. As part of the course requirements, Paulette will need to practice the Forest School pedagogy with a small group of 6 to 8 children starting in October.
Forest School is based on the belief that children should spend the majority of their days outdoors, with nature as the learning environment. RPNS is fortunate to be located in beautiful surroundings of forested areas and near to a river.
Paulette plans on facilitating this pedagogy on Fridays (thus we’ll call it Forest School Fridays!). Parents interested in having their children participate will be provided with reading material, permission forms and a list of appropriate outdoor clothing for their child come September. For children attending our regular 3Day preschool programs, there will be no extra fee for participating in Forest School Fridays. For children attending our regular 2Day preschool programs, there will be a $25 fee per Friday. (fees will be waived for parents who wish to be a Forest School Pilot Project volunteer).
See Paulette if this interests you!
From Lisa and Janet
Toddler and Junior Preschool Newsletter
One thing for certain about Ottawa and Canada in general, is that we always have the weather as a topic for conversation. Our spring has been up and down which makes dressing for outdoor play a challenge. We would like to thank all our parents for continuing to send splash pants and boots, hats and mittens and various layers of jackets and sweaters which help support our efforts to provide a healthy amount of play in our outdoor classroom. We have been enjoying the flowers that are coming up and the worms that are putting oxygen in our gardens and the robins that are looking for sticks and grass to build their nests. We have observed the wind blowing our pin wheels and have found buttons that belonged to our snow people. When we ask what happened to the snow people, the children look at us in surprise, and say, “They melted, and turned in to water, and dried up. Don’t you know that?” So many natural experiences happen outside. It will be wonderful when the weather is warm and we can get out the bubbles and water play tables. We can paint outside and make new woven streamers for our fence.
Inside we have been observing duck eggs incubate to birth. The children saw the eggs in the incubator and then watched as Paulette candled the eggs. She and an educator took a few children at a time and showed them how the egg looked inside by holding a flashlight to the egg. She has posted this procedure on our Face Book page.
Our veterinarian office has become a kitchen again. Our observations show that the children really enjoy the food at the table, the stove, the bathtub, bed and high chair for the dolls and the sink and dish drainer! They love to cook, eat, feed and bathe the dolls! Just like home.
Our student, Cassie, from Algonquin College, noted that the children enjoy the construction hats and tools. From this observation she is planning the Block and Floor Toy area using the construction table, and hollow blocks. It will be interesting to see how the children use these materials.
When the ducks hatch it will be time to watch the caterpillars grow into butterflies. Paulette orders caterpillars and they will go into a terrarium which will allow us to watch the process of metamorphosis. In our room our snails have been very active and we have brought in our Wooley Bear caterpillars from their outdoor hibernation, in the shed. They are in a wonderful clear box so that we can all watch them (hopefully) become cocoons and then reappear as moths; another metamorphosis.
Indoors and out, we continue to celebrate the wonders of the seasons and nature.