From the Director’s Desk: aka Paulette’s little office cupboard - Paulette Young, RECE
Wow! Who knew that the month of September could fly by so quickly! Our 2013-2014 school year is off to a great start with excellent enrollment (only 4 spaces left) and the children enjoying their new experiences! As a parent cooperative program, the teachers and I enjoy working with the duty day parents to create a wonderful environment for everyone. Thanks for your continued support!
Just a few friendly reminders from the Director:
· Kindly notify the Director should your child be absent from school.
· To keep our children safe, kindly do not bring in hot beverages to the playground and classrooms.
· For drop off and pick up, use the parking lot. Do not park in the driveway which is a fire lane.
· Should your child be staying in After Care after 12:00 pm, kindly provide a nut-free snack for them.
· Check your child’s folder in the Communication Box located in the hallway on a daily basis. Take home all art work and papers.
Fall Clean Up takes place on Saturday, October 19 starting at 9:00 am. Bring your rakes!
Giving Thanks: Ottawa Food Bank Fall Food Drive - Kindly bring in non-perishable food items to the nursery school before October 11. Boxes will be in the hallway for your generous donations.
A reminder that the nursery school will be closed on Monday, October 14 for Thanksgiving Day.
Pumpkin Parties We will be celebrating this fun time of year with parties on Wednesday, Oct.30 and Thursday, Oct.31. Family members are welcome to attend a morning of games, fun sensory activities and yummy snacks! Wear a costume or hat. See the food sign up poster in the hallway.
ELECT OBSERVATION LOGS Every child has an observation log book in a blue hanging file located on the classroom doors. Parents, feel free to add your comments to the teacher’s observations.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR APPRECIATION DAY! Give our teachers on “big hug” on Wednesday, Oct.30 to let them know how much they are appreciated!
FALL FUNDRAISER AT RPNS
*Date Night – current and alumni RPNS families & friends are encouraged to have a ‘date night’ on Friday, Oct.4 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Children will enjoy a supervised dinner and evening of fun activities while their parents go out on a real date (when was the last time you had that opportunity?!). Cost is $30 per child ($15 per sibling) with all proceeds going towards our Building Fund. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org with Paulette Young, the Director and see the Date Night sign up display in the hallway.
Scholastic Canada Book Orders: October catalogue order forms and payments (cheques written out to Scholastic Canada) are due Oct. 11.
From Janet and Jenna: Toddler and Jr. Preschool
It is officially the “Fall” and we have been so lucky to be blessed with wonderful weather. Both groups have had fun playing in the yard. Outdoor play is such an important part of our day, we will keep wishing for good days to come!
The Junior preschoolers are definitely starting to recognize their routines. They are learning to hold hands in pairs when walking together and hold hands as a large group when we do “ring a rosy” and marching feet. They are waiting for their turns at snack, circle time and during free play when there are other children playing with the toys or materials that they also want. We were very pleased with the way that they were able to go all the way outside and wait while Paulette called each name during our first fire drill of the year.
The Toddlers who only come to school 2 days of the week and have had a longer integration time are also starting to understand this group experience. The idea of “the group” is a more difficult concept for the younger children so we expect it to take more time for them to become accustom to the routines. Some still have separation tears when they arrive in the morning but these are getting less and soon all will realize that our materials are fun and they will use their energy to enjoy their play. They also did well with our first Fire Drill of the year.
Show and share begins this month. Each child may bring a special item from home on their show and share day. Please put your child’s name on this item and make sure that it is small enough to fit into a basket with other toys. Your child will talk about/ show this item to his/her peers during circle time. It is helpful for you to talk with your child about their item. This gives them some language to use when showing it to others. The youngest children, who do not have much language, still get benefit from allowing others to see their item, one at a time as they stand and show it to their friends. It is amazing how this simple task can boost children’s confidence and self control.
The following are a few notes and reminders for all parents and care givers.
• Please put your child’s indoor shoes on the shelf above their name, where you hang their backpack. This really helps us have smoother transitions.
• It is also infinitely helpful if you label your children’s belongings. The younger the child the less they really know what belongs to them, especially when they can see everyone else’s. Sometimes they say it is their item just because they like it!
• Please check your child’s folder in the Communication Box which is located at the end of the hall. This is where you will find their art work and any other communication from the school.
• We are working on the Elect books. We have many children to observe, so please be patient if you don’t see something immediately. We have a whole year and we promise to include all the children in our observations. Also please remove the clothespin when you have read an entry. This way we know it has been read. You may clip the pin to material pocket that holds your child’s Elect Book.
From Tina – Sr. Preschool
The children have all settled in nicely to the program. They are truly an amazing bunch! Everyone is so keen to learn.
During the month of October we will be concentrating on fall and Halloween. At circle time, the group will play “Pumpkin Patch” as a way to continue with turn-taking activities. We will continue with the calendar, and all its related elements.
Here’s our Halloween song:
5 Little Pumpkins
5 little pumpkins; sitting on a gate. (Hold up 5 fingers)
The first one says “Oh my! It’s getting late”.
The second one says “There are witches in the air!”
The third one says “Well we don’t care!”
The fourth one says ”Let’s have some fun!”
The fifth one says “let’s run and run and run!
“Woooooooohhhh” went the wind and (loud clap) out went the light.
And 5 little pumpkins, roll out of sight (roll hands)
Thanks for reading - Tina
From Dulce – French Introduction – Sr. Preschool
Hello everyone, September went by very fast. The children are well settled into the routine and are starting to use some French words. We will be singing some songs about fall and Halloween. We will also learn many new French words associated with both these themes.
C’est l’automne (air: Frère Jacques)
C’est l’automne (bis)
Toutes les feuilles (bis)
Tombent sur le sol (bis)
Rouges et jaunes
Orange et brunes.
Vieille sorcière (air: Frère Jacques)
Vieille sorcière (bis)
Que fais tu? (bis)
Je mange une citrouille (bis)
Crique, craque, croque (bis)
La sorcière (air: London Bridge)
La sorcière fait
Hi ! Hi ! Hi ! (3 fois)
La sorcière fait Hi ! Hi ! Hi ! Le soir d’Halloween.
Le squelette fait
Clac ! Clac ! Clac ! (3 fois)
Le squelette fait Clac ! Clac ! Clac ! Le soir d’Halloween.
Le fantôme fait
Hou ! Hou ! Hou ! (3 fois)
Le fantôme fait Hou ! Hou ! Hou ! Le soir d’Halloween.
Le chat noir fait
Miaou, miaou, miaou (3 fois)
Le chat noir fait miaou, miaou, miaou Le soir d’Halloween.
Automne / Fall feuilles / leaves Rouge / red
jaune / yellow orange / orange brun / brown
Sorcière / witch squelette / skeleton araignée / spider
Citrouille / pumpkin fantôme / ghost Chat / cat
chauve-souris / bat Monstre /monster