From the Director’s Desk: aka- her little cupboard in the closet- Paulette Young, RECE
The start of another exciting school year is upon us and I wish to welcome all our new and returning families to RPNS!
As a parent cooperative, our wonderful nursery school thrives of the support of parents and the expertise of our early childhood educators. This provides a nurturing and educational environment for the children.
The RPNS Board of Directors and teachers are preparing for our Orientation Night & Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7:00 pm. A reminder to all enrolled families that it is mandatory for at least one adult from each family to attend this very informative evening. It is also an opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers.
Playground Clean Up-
After a nice summer with plenty of rain, our outdoor playground looks like a jungle and is in need of some TLC prior to our first week of classes (Sept.9). Weeding, mowing the grass, picking up debris etc. can be done on any day and time. So should you be able to spare a few minutes to help out, kindly contact me at 613-738-0305 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All of the teachers at RPNS are Registered Early Childhood Educators with many years of experience. Our teaching team this school year comprises Tina Zandri (Senior Preschool and Assistant Director); Dulce Ibarra (French Introduction and Kindermusik instructor); Janet Clayton (Toddler and Junior Preschool); and Jenna Devine (Toddler and Junior Preschool). These dedicated teachers look forward to providing a positive learning experience for all the children in collaboration with the parents.
“The web of family and community is the child’s anchor for early development”
(Early Learning for Every Child Today, Ontario, 2007)
News from Jenna and Janet - Toddler and Jr. Preschool Room
Hello and welcome to all our new families and welcome back to those who are returning. We hope that you have had an enjoyable summer and are ready for the year ahead.
Last week, we started getting the room, lists, books and programs ready for your arrival in September. We trust you will find our program and program materials both interesting and developmentally appropriate.
The first month is a time to learn about each other and how to cooperate in a group setting. The Toddler group will have a short group circle together, incorporating lots of music and movement and hand holding activities. They will end their morning outside in the play area, dressed for going home.
The Junior Preschoolers will begin their mornings outside, in the play yard, with all the other Preschoolers. It is important that they are dressed appropriately when they arrive at school. The Juniors will come inside at 9:30am (after ½ hour of play) and split into 2 groups for circle and snack, after which they will be engaged in free play for the rest of the morning.
A cooperative program provides the parents with the opportunity to play with your child and others while doing a duty day. You will be in charge of helping children use the washroom, helping deliver snack and a few other chores. Most important of all you are part of our child adult ratio. Please come prepared to participate in all our activities (even outside on cold mornings) and have fun!
Our programming for each month is displayed on the Bulletin Boards. Please note that it reflects our use of the ELECT programming structure that is now being used in the Elementary school system and many children’s facilities. We also have an ELECT book for each child which is located on the door of the Toddler/Junior Preschool room. You are encouraged to read the observations that we write and to also write your own (there is a designated space) if you wish. Each new entry will be marked with a clothespin, when you have read it, please remove the pin from the entry and pin it to the cover so that we know it has been read.
Please note on our program plan that the Root Skills for the Toddler’s, is printed first and the Preschool section is printed second. It is also an interesting fact that we are able to provide materials that are motivating for both age groups. Learning, as explained in the ELECT document (we have hard copies on our parent bookshelf and it is available for reading and downloading on line) is a continuum. Toddlers and Preschoolers usually display learning from both areas with out our worry. There is not a real dividing line; this is the nature of true learning. During our set up week, we had older children visit with their younger siblings. All were able to find exciting and progressive PLAY with the materials that were set out for the younger children. We were thrilled to see the way these age groups were able to cooperate and enjoy the environment that we had set up! This definitely bodes well for the year to come.
News from Dulce Ibarra - Sr. Preschool - Intro to French
I would like to welcome all, new and returning families. I hope everyone had a nice and relaxing summer. September is a month to get to know each other and to learn the school routines. The children will also learn the French version of some familiar tunes.
L’araignée Tikkée monte à la gouttière
Tiens voilà la pluie
Tikkée tombe par terre
Mais le soleil a séché la pluie …
L’araignée Tikkée remonte à la gouttière