From the Director’s Desk: aka- her little cupboard in the closet-
Paulette Young, RECE
Wow! Who knew that the month of September could fly by so quickly! Our 2014-2015 school year is off to a great start with a few spaces left in our program. 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:
· Not getting any emails from us? Check your Spam box as emails from some RPNS are sent through our child care management system (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please do not reply to this email address. Replies to this email will NOT be responded to or read. If you have any questions or comments, contact us at email@example.com
· Kindly notify the Director should your child be absent from school.
· 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 18 starting at 10:00 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 10. Boxes will be in the hallway for your generous donations.
A reminder that the nursery school will be closed on Monday, October 13 for Thanksgiving Day.
We will be celebrating this fun time of year with parties on Thursday, October 30th and Friday, October 31st. 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.29 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, October 3rd 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. 14
Junior Preschool and Toddler
October 2014 Newsletter
The month of September seems to have zoomed by us! Both groups have enjoyed warm days playing outside. We all wish for this weather to persist because everyone loves playing outside. We look for spiders in the compost box which leads to conversations about show compost works and how great this earth is for our gardens. During this month we will use rakes and wheelbarrows to bring leaves to the composter. Our Halloween pumpkins will also enjoy the winter inside the warm composter. Last year the children had a wonderful time checking on the compost pumpkins; during the winter, watching frost form, then ice and finally, in the spring; melting and disappearing as it became rich earth for our flowers. I think this is a tradition worth saving, so we will keep looking at the compost pumpkins again this year.
The Toddlers seem to be getting used to the routine, of “going to school”. Many of them have had to give up a morning nap and deal with teeth coming in, along with the usual anxiety of separation. This last day of September was a very calm day with the Toddler group, a minimum of tears, lots of fun, and a very good response to our first fire drill.
Many of our Junior Preschoolers enjoyed the Toddler group last year. They have been role models for the children who are new to our program. This group is blending well; we are seeing lots of cooperative play with this, younger than usual group.
The apples on the tree in our room will gradually be replaced with colourful leaves, made with our special art projects (marble painting leaves), we will converse and read stories about the fall, hibernation and Thanksgiving. The month will end with our pumpkin party and group music circle. Everyone is invited to wear a costume on that day if they so wish.
A last message for both groups; please read your child’s elect folder and check the communication box for your child’s paintings and other information. Thanks.
Here is a poem that you may hear your child recite this month:
WAY UP HIGH IN THE APPLE TREE, (make circles with your thumb and index fingers and hold them up high)
I SAW TWO APPLES SMILING AT ME, (make your “circle fingers” into glasses on your eyes)
I SHOOK THAT TREE AS HARD AS I COULD, (shake your hands)
DOWN CAME THE APPLES,
YUM,YUM, THEY TASTED GOOD! (pretend to eat the apples)