The First Few Days!

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We hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend, and are eagerly anticipating the first few days of preschool! It’s almost here. We have some great tips to share, and important information for your first few days.

This article provides some great advice to make this milestone easier for both you and your child. http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/starting-preschool/separation-anxiety/goodbye-without-tears/

We know that some of you may be a little nervous about starting nursery school but don’t worry, we will do whatever we can to help you feel at home. Most of the time a quick and confident good bye right from the very first day is the best way to communicate that school is a fun, safe place. Sometimes it helps to bring a small friend (stuffed toy, small blanket) from home to help ease the nerves of the first few days. We are happy to discuss any other options to assist in making transition into nursery school a positive experience.

First week of classes:

Our first week of classes are one hour in length to help the children adjust to coming to school for the first time or after summer break. Due to the short duration of class we will not be having snacks or going outside.

Tues/Thurs AM class – Sept 8th & 10th   9:15-10:15 am

Tues/Thurs PM class – Sept 8th & 10th   12:50–1:50pm

M/W/F AM class       – Sept 9th& 11th   9:15-10:15am

What to bring to nursery school:

Indoor shoes (comfortable, easy on, non-marking, to be left at school in shoe cubbies)

Snack (except for first week) – peanut/nut free, one or two healthy choices and a small drink (juice, milk, water). Please remember that it is a snack to help hold the child over until their next meal.

Backpack (to carry home art/crafts completed at school)

Change of clothes (just in case! Should be kept in backpack as we do not have room to store it at school)

2 rolls of paper towel – we are asking that each child bring 2 rolls of paper towels to help with our supplies. To assist us with storage we will be assigning each class a specific time to bring in their paper towel rolls. (Later in the year, if needed, we may ask for a box of Kleenex instead of paper towels.)

M/W/F class – September

T/TH AM class – January

T/TH PM class – April

A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER

exclamation-001Please label everything with your child’s name! This includes hats, jackets, backpacks, snack bags, containers, shoes, etc.

Please enter and exit using Kidsplace doors only (do not come through Calvin Christian School as classes will be in session). Please ring the bell for assistance and another parent or teacher will open the door for you.

Please leave ALL outdoor footwear (including parents’ and siblings’) on the mat at the top of the stairs. Students may store their indoor shoes in the shoe cubbies.

Please remember that when you are dropping off or picking up your child during the day, there are classes in session at Calvin Christian School.

Teachers come out at the end of class to fill you in on the events of the day and share important information. Have a great first few days!

CORRECTION – Kidsplace Open House

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It’s almost here … Kidsplace Nursery School Open House takes place Tuesday, September 1 from 1-2:30pm at the school! Be sure to stop by with your child to meet the teachers, students and other parents, see the classroom and play with the toys.

While you’re at it, bring along your friends and family who are looking for an awesome nursery school experience for their children! We still have a few spots left for September in all classes! Registration forms will be available.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Flower Pick Up

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What a crazy storm this past weekend. Thankfully, there is nothing but sun and warmth ahead. It’s pretty fitting that the theme at school this week is “Summertime Fun”. We hope everyone’s yard is good shape. It’s about to look even better, because, our Glenlea Greenhouse fundraiser pick up is this weekend!

Pick up date: Saturday, May 23

Time: 10:00-10:30 am

Where: School parking lot

If you can volunteer to sort let a teacher know. Kindly bring your own boxes to carry plants. Unfortunately, none will be provided.
Also – some very important dates are coming up:
May 25 – Farm field trip (M/W/F class)
May 26 – Farm field trip (Both T/TH AM & PM classes)
May 27 – Farewell celebration (M/W/F class)
May 28 – Farewell celebration (T/TH)
We have space available in all of our classes next year. Please help us spread the word to your friends and family. Have a great day everyone!

Early Childhood Educator Week

untitledApril 26-May 2, 2015 is the week of the Early Childhood Educator. This is a time where we reflect on the teachers and all the hard work they do with our children! We want to acknowledge Lori, Sherry, Adeline, and Barb and thank them for the time, energy, patience, and caring that they provide to our children.

We will take some time at the graduation in May to celebrate the teachers, but if you happen to pass them in the hall or at the door of Kidsplace in the next few weeks, take a moment to let them know how grateful you are for all they do!

A Parent’s Thank You

For all your patience…day to day, For every tear you wipe away,

For “little hands” you gently hold, And all the stories you have told,

For your consoling, tender heart, And all the wisdom you impart,

For silly songs & quiet times, For peaceful naps & nursery rhymes,

For teaching children how to share, For being kind & being fair,

For every shoe that you have tied, And thoughtful words that instill pride,

For all the sweet things that you do, To help the children all year through,

For being there in place of we…We’re so grateful…and we’ll always be!

-Genie Graveline (adapted)

Space Available for the 2015/16 School Year!

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We had a great turnout for the Open House this week! It was exciting to meet the new Kidsplace families starting next year. You picked a great school, with wonderful teachers, events, and activities!

We had quite a few students sign up. We still have space available in all of our classes. Please help us spread the word. To register, or for more information, please contact the school by email (kidsplaceboard@hotmail.com) or call 204.661.1325.

Our last fundraiser for the school year is Glenlea Greenhouses. Catalogues were sent home last week. Please see your teacher if you haven’t received one yet. A gentle reminder that all students need to raise $60 in profits for the school through their fundraising efforts.

  • Orders are due April 9 & 10, 2015
  • If you have multiple orders, please only submit one master order form
  • No late orders will be accepted
  • Cash or cheques payable to Kidsplace Nursery School
  • Delivery date will be Saturday, May 23. Details will be announced at a later date

Classroom Prizes: The top fundraiser in each of our three classes this semester (Jan-May) will receive a gift from Scholastic Canada.

Overall Prize: The top overall fundraiser (all classes combined) this semester (Jan-May) will receive a movie theatre gift card (admission for two).

It’s Show & Tell again this week! Please consult the March calendar for your child’s date.

Have a great week, and enjoy the nice weather!

Open House and Fall Registration

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Returning to Kidsplace next year? (We hope so!) Early registration is now open for returning students! You can pick up forms at the school. Registration for new students will open March 10 at our Spring Open House.

Our Spring Open House, will take place Monday, March 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a great opportunity for interested families to come by and see the classroom, meet the teachers, and pick up a registration form! (In the meantime, our website is also a great place to check out some answers to frequently asked questions!)

News and Reminders!

2015 jan open houseIt’s been a busy week at Kidsplace. We hope everyone had a great time at our Valentine’s Day parties!

We are happy to report that our latest fundraiser, Pizza Hotline, raised just over $700 for the school! Great work everyone.

Our next fundraiser will be with Glenlea Greenhouse. You can check out their website at http://www.glenleagreenhouses.com to start dreaming of your selections… Information will be sent home, just as soon as we have it!

Here are some important dates for you to keep in mind:

  • Monday, February 16 – Louis Riel Day (no classes)
  • The week of February 23 is a new round of Show & Tell. Consult the February 2015 Calendar for your child’s day
  • Tuesday, March 10 is our Open House. Start spreading the word to friends and family

Enjoy the long weekend everyone. There are some great events happening in our city this weekend!

Pizza Hotline Fundraiser!

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Hi everyone! It’s that time again – fundraising!

The majority of our funding is received through tuition fees and the remaining is received through a provincial grant. We rely on our fundraising efforts as a key factor in the smooth operation of our school.

The top overall fundraiser (all classes combined) in each semester (Sept-Dec; Jan-May) will receive a movie theatre gift card (admission for two). Prizes from Scholastic Canada will be given to the top earner in each of the three classes.

Forms have already been sent home for our next fundraiser – Pizza Hotline. This is a friendly reminder that the forms are due on January 27/28. The coupons on each card have a total value that is more than THREE TIMES the cost of the card itself. The cards virtually sell themselves.

Happy fundraising!