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2020 October

October Newsletter

Welcome to the first month with the new protocols. Your children seem to be adapting well to the new changes.  We are asking parents to bear with us as this is new to us as well and we are assessing and adjusting the program so as to meet the needs of all of your children.

Thank you to all parents who have worked hard with your children over the past six months.  They are aware of all the rules pertaining to hygiene required at this time.

We are encouraging independence in your children having them take off boots and jackets and find their own indoor shoes.  We will assist if necessary.

Please send your child in boots.  These are not only easy for your child to take off and put on they are necessary for our daily outdoor play as the yard is very wet and muddy.  Label all boots, preferably on the outside, as we do have doubles of the same style.

If we could get all muddy buddies (and rain gear) to be labelled on the outside so as not to have confusion as to which one belongs to who we would appreciate this. These are not to be worn when arriving.  We will assist with putting them on at the end of the session.

When to keep your child home from school…If your child does not fall under the Covid protocols but only has a runny nose they are able to attend preschool providing they are capable of wiping their own nose or able to ask for assistance.  If we find that they are unable to manage we will contact you to pick up your child.  We will follow the guidelines of Dr. Bonnie Henry should the protocols change.

Please text us at 604 861 9198 if your child will not be coming to school.  If for any reason your child will be late for preschool you must text us to make arrangements for us to meet you at the gate.  We ask that parents do not come into the preschool centre.

Your child has come home with a green Dollarama bag with their name on the outside.  Please make sure these bags are returned to the preschool Tuesday mornings.  Artwork will go home at the end of each week.

Our goal is to build our program around the interests of the children.  We have always ascribed to the value of play and learning through play while introducing a variety of concepts to the children.

In keeping with our philosophy of not focusing on specific themes, especially around the holidays, and basing our curriculum around the four seasons.  An example of this would be emphasizing more on the colour orange, pumpkins and circles rather than jack o lanterns and Halloween.

Below are assorted photos of individual play, parallel play and group play.  All are very important in the development of your child.  Enjoy!  Sorry some are sideways…

November Newsletter

We would like to thank all of the parents for following the Covid protocols while dropping off and picking up your child.  With the new restrictions it does not allow for discussions with Lyn and myself however please feel free to send an email or give us a call should you have any questions or concerns about your child or the program.
We had a visit from licensing for a Covid inspection and we are pleased to inform you that we have met all of the requirements.  We also have updated out First Aid Certification.
A reminder to let us know when your child will be away from preschool as we are required to record all absences and state the reason.
As the weather is getting colder please dress your child accordingly remembering that we have to put the “muddy buddy” overtop of the first layer.  Please send your child in boots everyday.
As you may or may not be aware we have been presenting the alphabet and phonics to the children using the Jolly Phonics program.  We have done some research on this and have learned that by presenting the letters in a certain phonetic pattern it will prepare your child for early reading.
During the month of November we will be exploring spiders and learning about hibernation.

March Newsletter

The months seem to be flying by….March is already here and it will be a short one as we will be closed for Spring Break on the 14th and back on March 31. For the next few weeks we will be exploring the books “Pete the Cat”. This series is enjoyed by all (including the teachers) and Pete will be incorporated throughout the program.

Enjoy the pictures from February. We have included pictures from the “Dance Pl3y” which came into the centre last month on a trial basis.  It was an energetic session and we have hired them to come back bi-weekly after spring break.

Dance Pl3y

Healthy Habits

This and That 

November Newsletter

Your children have responded really well to our new program.  In the opening circle they have learned to update the calendar and monitor the weather.  Later in the morning they are working on phonics and the alphabet.  The older children are mentoring their peers with recognition and beginning sounds of letters.

On Friday mornings we have been going on nature walks through our neighbourhood.  As your children learn to walk safely with partners we will explore a little farther.

As you are aware we kept Halloween activities to a minimum and focused on the colour orange, circles and ovals and pumpkins.  Your children were very interested in the life cycle of pumpkins and appeared to enjoy the end of Halloween with roasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin muffins.  We kept the muffins till November 1 and they seemed more excited about that than the treats on Halloween day! Be sure to check out all the photos at the end of the newsletter.

We appreciate the parents encouraging their children to be independent in the morning as they arrive.  It is really paying off as your child easily goes about their routine with their snack, shoes and signing in.  Another reminder to send your child in boots everyday and to make sure they have indoor shoes that will stay at the preschool.

If anyone has access to paper, wood scraps, buttons or anything else you might think useful for the preschool and are willing to donate it would be much appreciated.

A friendly reminder to think creatively for snack as we are getting an abundance of crackers the last few weeks.

Children attending Lyndhurst Preschool who are eligible to attend preschool next year are automatically guaranteed a space in our program.  As we are already getting inquiries for next year please let us know if there are siblings wanting to register for our preschool as they will get priority.

Our nature walks…

Pumpkins, Pumpkins and more Pumpkins

More October Fun

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