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October GM and Parent Education

  • 04 October 2015

A brief reminder that our October GM will be this Wednesday, October 7th, followed by our first guest speaker of the school year for Parent Education.The speaker for the evening will be Bridgett Miller of the Neufeld Institute who will be speaking about "The Importance of Play" (spoiler: it's really important!). Speakers from the Neufeld Institute are always fantastic so it should be a very interesting talk. We are teaming up with Tom Thumb and Dunbar PPPs to offer this session, and guests from outside the preschools are also very welcome for the small fee of $10. Please spread the word to friends and family and let our Parent Ed coordinator Kim Tuttle know of any guests who would like to attend.

Prior to the GM we will be holding a tasting session with Gayle McLeod of The Soup Solution. Gayle will be bringing us two flavours from the fabulous Serious Soups range to try and we will then be offering these delicious, healthy, all-natural soups and sauces for sale as a new preschool fundraiser. Please join us at 6:45 at Crown to get a taste!

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A Successful Start to the Year

  • 27 September 2015

It's hard to believe that September is nearly over already! Our first few weeks of preschool have been busy ones, with the children spending their time exploring the classroom, forming new relationships and renewing old ones, and settling in to our routines and activities. Both our new and returning children are having new experiences: for some it has been their first time without parents or carers. Our returning 4s are learning about their new role as "big kids", and the Toddlers are enjoying the novelty of group play and some structured activities. For the teachers it has been a time to get to know all the children, learn about their interests and observe the dynamics of this year's classes. Everyone has settled in beautifully and some exciting interests are emerging for us to take forwards.

In the preschool class we started the year with some "All About Me" provocations. Booklets were sent home for families to complete about each child, and we encourage you to fill these in together with your children and send them back to preschool. We will begin reading them together with the children to support their thinking about their identities and place in the world, and to strengthen their relationships with one another. Stories, art and songs have also tied in with this theme. In the children's play we have noticed particular interests in family and food, and there has also been a recurring theme of size and height. We will be taking these interests forward by adding resources and activities to the classroom that will allow the children to explore these ideas further.

In October we are looking forward to another busy month which will include some more traditional activities for the season such as making cranberry sauce with Miss Barb for Thanksgiving, Halloween fun and observing the changes outdoors as fall sets in. We are excited to go on a field trip to the UBC Botanical Gardens to discover more about plants in the fall. Please see our calendar below for a schedule of October's events.

Thank you to all parents and carers for helping make gradual entry a success. We hope you have all settled into our new school year as well as the children! We are looking forward to a wonderful year together at Crown.

Thank you!

Miss Nina and Miss Barb

October 2015 - Themes: Family, Food & Fall!
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GM & Parent Ed

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Thanksgiving - no class

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Crown Is Ready For A New Year

  • 07 September 2015

Crown Preschool is ready to embrace our new and returning students for an exciting new school year. Our classroom has been arranged to create a wonderful blend of familiar and fresh ideas. It will be a busy week of welcoming each family and helping the students adjust to the classroom and schedule. We look forward to sharing our ideas and classroom expectations with you at the Orientation/General Meeting Tuesday evening (Sept 9).

See you there!
Miss Barb and Miss Nina

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Caroline Crowe's Retirement

  • 03 June 2015

Caroline Crowe will be retiring from Crown Preschool after 17 years! We will be holding a celebration to honour her legacy at our preschool. We are extending an invitation to all alumni families and individuals in the community who have been impacted by Caroline's amazing teaching and generosity to join us at Chaldecott Park on Wednesday, June 17th at 5:30pm. It is picnic style, so please bring a blanket and food. Contact us at crownenroll@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to donate towards Caroline's retirement gift. 

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