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 everyone settling in to the routine! We do have spaces available, so kindly spread the word! If you would like your child to attend 5 mornings a week, speak to me for arrangements.
Just a few friendly reminders from the Director:
* Not getting any emails from us? Check your Spam box as emails from some RPNS are sent through our child care management system (email@example.com). Please do not reply to this email. Replies to this email will NOT be responded to or read. If you have any questions or comments, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
*reminder that your tuition fees (plus any outstanding balances on your parent ledgers) are withdrawn from your bank account at the beginning of the month. Telecom Options from Winnipeg will be the company name that appears on your bank statements.
*Kindly notify the Director should your child be absent from school either by email or a phone message.
*Emergency contact information: Should RPNS close for any reason (weather, like tornados!), an email will be sent to you via our child care management system (email@example.com); notices will be posted on Facebook and Twitter; and you will receive a phone call from our emergency caller parent or myself. It is imperative for parents to ensure that their contact information (especially phone numbers) are up-to-date.
*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.
*Allergies- do you have changes to report concerning your child’s allergies? This must be done in writing (email to firstname.lastname@example.org if fine) so that I can update your child’s file information and our Allergy List.
Show & Share Days ~ this month Show & Share Days are on Thursday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. 4. Your child is welcome to bring in an item (kindly label it with their name and place it the Show & Share Baskets in the hallway).
Fall Clean Up takes place on Saturday, October 26 starting at 9:00 am. Bring your rakes! Many thanks to Geoff for mowing the grass throughout the summer and September. We are indoor tasks too such as painting the classroom doors. Contact Paulette if you can help out.
Givng Thanks: Ottawa Food Bank Fall Food Drive
Kindly bring in non-perishable food items to the nursery school before October 10. 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.
Harvest Soup ~ the children will practice their culinary techniques on October 15 & 16 by making vegetable soup! Closer to these dates, you will find a slip of paper indicating a vegetable contribution for the soup. Kindly bring in the vegetable on those dates. The children will eat their yummy soup at snack time later that week.
Pumpkin Carving The children will get their hands gooey by scooping out the seeds from pumpkins on Oct. 28 & 29. We could use parent volunteers in the classroom to help out on these days (note that Criminial Reference Check is required). Pumpkin donations are welcome!
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 (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 Thursday, Oct.24 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 have 3 students form the Bachelor of Early Learning and Community Development program from Algonquin College at our nursery school on Mondays assisting the staff with a Nature project. Welcome to Dee, Noor and Hannah! We are transforming room 8 into a Forest & Nature Resource Room.
RPNS Book of the Month Club with Scholastic: This month’s feature books are:
1. The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin Just $2 per book! 2. The Duckling Gets A Cookie Just $3 per book. 3. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever Just $3 per book. Sign up and pay at the Communication Box table in the hallway.
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. 18. 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!
Lisa and Tina along with the 3Day Senior Preschool class and helped with Sarah (parent volunteer) are exploring the woods of Otterson Park on Fridays for 6 week session block starting on Oct.4. The Forest and Nature School (FNS) pedagogy focuses on children learning through play in a natural, outdoor setting. Lisa and Tina are currently working towards their Forest & Nature School Practitioner’s Certificate. 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:
Well-being- studies show that children who spend lots of time outdoors (year round) are healthier.
Belonging – being outdoors in a natural environment, connects us back to our natural roots. FNS lets children appreciate nature and form empathic relationships with all things in the forest.
Expression- children are free to express themselves freely in an area where the boundaries are larger than a typical classroom and the ceiling is endless! The outdoor environment leads to questioning, running, and lots of sensory explorations.
Engagement- all the ‘loose parts’ (sticks, rocks, pinecones, leaves) that a forest provides, allows children to engage in all types of play ~ from manipulating objects to building structures to using natural materials in dramatic play (where the stick becomes a magic wand!).
Our Kindermusik program taught by Dulce Ibarra started September 25 (Wednesdays from noon to 12:30) for 12 consecutive weeks. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough interest to hold a Tuesday session this term but we will try for January.
Kindermusik also ties in perfectly with Ontario’s pedagogy “How Does Learning Happen?” and its four foundations:
Well-being- music and movement are proven to have health benefits for people of all ages.
Belonging – within a small group of eight children, they share the joy of music and song. The children get to know each other better during interactions of the 12 week sessions.
Expression- children are free to express themselves freely through actions, dance, instruments and various props. Their bodies respond to the music by clapping their hands to the beat or pretending that they are wild animals in the jungle!
Engagement- children become instantly engaged when they hear music! Following Dulce’s lead, they participate in all aspects of the Kindermusik program. Amazing to see the children totally focused for 45 minutes!