From the Director’s Desk: aka Paulette’s little office cupboard
Barefoot Books Book Fair
Thank you to everyone who shopped on Oct. 30 & 31 and ordered items!
The total sales, so far, come to $1042.59 with 20% coming back to the school!
Dina Cristino, Barefoot Book Ambassador, is more than happy to continue the fundraiser to see if more sales are generated. At $1500 the school would get 25%! All profits from this fundraiser go to the RPNS Building Fund.
Dina has extended the date of the online portion and parents can also place orders directly through Dina email@example.com to save on shipping.
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 a piano sing-a-long at 10:50 am lead by Sharon Sammon! Everyone is welcome. RPNS will be handing out blue ribbons for parents to wear on Nov.20th.
SPECIAL EVENT ~ Paramedics and Ambulance!
At 9:15 am on Friday, Nov. 21, paramedic Dan Kaplansky (Ben’s Dad) has organized a visit to our nursery school. Kindly ensure that your child is dressed for outdoor weather this day. Families from our 2Day programs are welcome to attend with event too (please rsvp with Paulette)
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! 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.14.
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:
*tell all your family, friends, coworkers, neighbours about our PayPal button on our website www.rpns.net 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. 14th. Sign up on the list in the hallway or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
RPNS Inclusion Project
As a nursery school with a philosophy statement that believes in inclusion for all children, we are very grateful to have a wonderful board of directors that supports this endeavor.
We recently lost funding from a local support group to pay for a Program Assistant, so the RPNS board has reinstated our RPNS Inclusion Project. Virginia Lam will take on the role of project assistant and will support the teachers in the 3Day classes.
Have a spare morning to read to the children at RPNS? See the sign up calendars in the hallway.
Remembrance Day ~ Nov.11
The nursery school is open for business on Tuesday, Nov.11
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Dec. 16 & Wednesday, Dec.17 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.22, 2014 to Jan. 2, 2015 inclusive for the Christmas Break.
Junior Preschool and Toddler with Janet, Jenna and Lisa
Our pumpkin parties were a wonderful success for both groups. The toddler group were particularly impressive having never been in the large playroom or attending a group circle before! The toddlers also waited till 11:00 am for snack time. Their usual time is 10:15 am, and even, at that time, waiting is difficult for them. The ability to wait, listen, and attend, on the Toddler Elect scale would be 2.2 Self-regulation and 4.1 Self- regulation. The Preschool Elect skill would be 2.5 Self-regulation, Emotions and Behaviour. These skills are central to a child’s ability to interact in large social situations; which is necessary for future achievement in school.
Our theme for November is Transportation/911. The Everyday Living Area is going to become a Space Station. Our climber will be made into our “Space Ship”. Three or four children will be able to sit inside the “Space Ship” and zoom away. This encourages, cooperative play which is another skill necessary for social and emotional development, (1.1 Social Interest, Toddler Elect and 1.1 Making Friends, Preschool Elect). The floor toys will include the Hospital with ambulances, helicopters, police cars and fire engines. These toys will help us introduce, emergency equipment and workers, to the children. Playing with these vehicles enables us to use language that helps young children understand emergencies, and learn the necessary behaviours that facilitate easier transitions with emergencies, should they occur. We are required to have fire drills every month. This includes everyone who is at school that day. The children already understand that they must wear their shoes at school because we may need to go outside for a fire practice at any time, during the morning. They have also learned to listen and respond, as Paulette reads out each child’s name to be sure that everyone is safe and present. We encourage the children to put up their hand and say “Here I am” in response to their name being called. One of our parents, a paramedic, has agreed to bring an ambulance and speak with the children about all the equipment and work that is involved in being a part of this emergency service. Learning behaviours that encourage safety during stressful times, provides children with the independence they need to overcome the fear that might come with crises.
Outdoor play is important for both groups. When the weather gets colder it is important that all children wear appropriate clothing so that they can enjoy their time outdoors. Please ensure that your child has all the necessary clothing (warm jackets, splash or snow pants, boots, mittens with a thumb, neck warmers ( not scarves which can get caught on equipment) and hats ) for fun outside!
A song that we will be singing during our November program is as follows.
Going to the Moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the Moon, (bend down, crouched position, arms up)
Would you like to take a trip?
Aboard my space ship?
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to be there soon,
Blast off! (Jump up in the air)
French Senior Preschool with Dulce
The children will start off this month exploring the different types of transportation and they will learn as well about fire safety. Here are some of the songs that we will be singing.
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.
Le conducteur de l’autobus dit: “A l’arrière” …
Le klaxon de l’autobus fait beep, beep, beep, …
Les essuie-glaces de l’autobus font swish, swish, swish
La porte de l’autobus ouvre et ferme, ouvre et ferme …
Autobus / bus train / train voiture / car
Avion / airplane bateau / boat bicyclette / bike
Feu rouge/ red light feu vert/ green light
Feu jaune / yellow light
Senior Preschool with Tina
Welcome to November!
The children are really enjoying preschool and I am glad that we can spend November learning about Transportation and Rescue 911 theme. It is a favorite year after year. We will be identifying many types of Transportation as well as doing some basic Fire Safety at circle time. They will learn to “Crawl low under smoke” and to “Stop! Drop and Roll”. We will talk about smoke detectors, checking the door for heat, and we will practise yelling for HELP! (Sorry).
One of my favorite Transportation songs is “Little Silver Airplane”
Little silver airplane, up in the sky.
Where are you going, flying so high?
Over the mountains, and over the sea.
Little silver airplane, please take me!
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’ll be there very soon!
If you want to take a trip, climb aboard my rocket ship.
10, 9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1……. Blast off!
My song for Rescue 911 is called “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!
Enjoy and play safe!