From the Director’s Desk: aka- her NEW little cupboard in the smaller closet- Paulette Young, RECE
The school year is off to a good start with just a couple of spaces available, so kindly spread the word! If you would like your child to attend 5 mornings a week, speak to me for arrangements.
What’s new for October:
Our Board of Directors have had a busy month orientating themselves to the ins & outs of our nursery school program. I wish to thank them for attending multiple meetings in September! At the first board meeting, it was identified that the educators could use support with toileting/diapering the children as many of the children are not yet ‘toilet learned’. With our washrooms being located down the hall to the classrooms, it means that educators and groups of children are spending lots of time in the washroom. Upon review of the RPNS fiscal budget, the board decided to create a “Program Assistant” position to help the educators. We are pleased to have Lyn Bussey as our newest staff member!
Just a few friendly reminders from the Director:
Fall Clean Up takes place on Saturday, October 20 starting at 9:00 am. Bring your rakes! Many thanks to Geoff for mowing the grass throughout the summer and September; to Caren for cutting back vines; and to Dennis for cutting back the brushes!
Community Fall Festival at the Hunt Club Riverside Community Centre on Saturday, Sept. 8 was terrific fun! Staff and volunteers were there face painting children of all ages! It was so nice to see some of our current families and alumni families enjoying the event. Many thanks to Chelsea, Denise, Bailey and Trang for doing the face painting.
Givng Thanks: Ottawa Food Bank Fall Food Drive
Kindly bring in non-perishable food items to the nursery school before October 5. Boxes will be in the hallway for your generous donations.
A reminder that the nursery school will be closed on Monday, October 8 for Thanksgiving Day.
Pumpkin Carving The children will get their hands gooey by scooping out the seeds from pumpkins on Oct. 29. Thanks in advance to the parents volunteering on these days and pumpkin donations are welcome!
Pumpkin Parties We will be celebrating this fun time of year with parties on Tuesday, Oct.30 and Wednesday, Oct.31. Family members are welcome to attend a morning of games, fun sensory activities and yummy snacks (See the food sign up poster in the hallway)!
We will be starting the festivities with a Fall Forest Story Walk so please ensure that children and family members are dressed for the weather. After the Story Walk, we will go inside for indoor fun, a Group Circle Sing-a-long and snack time. Costumes are optional….children may prefer just to wear orange & black.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR APPRECIATION DAY!
Give our teachers on “big hug” on Tuesday, Oct.16 to let them know how much they are appreciated!
ECE Students at RPNS: As part of our professional practice, the educators at RPNS mentor students from local colleges completing practicums. We wish Sylvia all the best in her future as she completed a field placement with Dulce during the month of September and is now an ECE graduate. Starting October 1, two students (Brianna and Nafisa) from the Bachelor of Early Learning and Community Development program at Algonquin College will be at our nursery school on Mondays under the mentorship of our educators.
RPNS Book of the Month Club with Scholastic: This month’s feature books are:
October catalogue order forms will be placed in your child’s file folders next week and payments (cheques written out to Scholastic Canada) are due Oct. 17. See the “More” tab on our homepage for guidelines on how to order and pay for your Scholastic books online.
RPNS Forest School for October!
All children attending RPNS participate in the Forest School pedagogy at some point during the nursery school year!
Dulce and her 2Day French Introduction class along with Paulette and Sarah (parent volunteer) are exploring the woods of Otterson Park on Thursdays for 4 week session blocks starting on Oct.4. The Forest and Nature School (FNS) pedagogy focuses on children learning through play in a natural, outdoor setting. Parents of children in this class will receive a Forest School Parent Handbook via email.
Forest School ties in perfectly with Ontario’s pedagogy “How Does Learning Happen?” and its four foundations:
Dulce’s Kindermusik program starts Oct. 9 and it takes place here at the nursery school right at 11:30 am for two groups (Tuesdays or Wednesdays). Check with Dulce to see if there are any spaces left.
Kindermusik also ties in perfectly with Ontario’s pedagogy “How Does Learning Happen?” and its four foundations: