Welcome to the Carstairs Playschool! We hope you had a wonderful summer!
Every month the class focuses on several themes. This month the themes will be “All About Me”, “Friendship”, and “Fairy Tales”. We will be reading stories, participating in discussions, making crafts and doing activities that will be based on each individual theme.
In previous years, the Carstairs Playschool Society has asked for parents to help in prepping our craft activities. Over the years, we have accumulated a stock pile of templates and cutouts. This year the Carstairs Playschool Society is asking for small donations of specific materials, mainly craft supplies, instead. Each month I will be creating a list of craft materials that we may need. This month, I would be grateful for:
- Pony Beads
Parents are not obligated to donate items, however, it is very much appreciated if you can.
Parents are more than welcome to volunteer in their child’s class. I do however, request that these visits start after the Thanksgiving holiday. This is to give staff and students time to get familiar with each other and the routine. There will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the boot room, starting October 9, 2018, for those of you who would like to volunteer.
Miss Marg, from the Carstairs Public Library, will be coming to the playschool to read to the 4-year-old classes, starting in October. She is very happy to announce that she will be bringing some library books to the playschool each month for the children to sign out and bring home. The necessary forms required will be sent home with your child during the first week of school. These forms will enable your child to have their own library card! If your family already has a library card, please send the form back indicating that this, so Miss Marg is aware of how many books to bring to each visit. The dates of Miss Marg’s visits, and the book exchange dates, will be in each monthly newsletter.
Show and Share
For those families who are new to the playschool, and to refresh those families returning, I wanted to explain a little bit about show and share. Every day, two students from each class will bring something from home that they are willing to show and pass around to each child in the circle. Your child can bring whatever they want for show and share, however we do request that they bring just one item. This is so that each child has a sufficient amount of time to discuss their special object. It is labeled on each monthly calendar when it is your child’s turn to bring show and share. If your child is sick on his/her show and share day, he/she is more than welcome to bring their show and share item the next time they come to playschool. Items for show and share can be brought into the class and placed in the show and share bin on top of the lunch kit cubby.
We also, ask that you please do not send toys with your child unless it is their show and share day, as it tends to disrupt the class.
Please note, Show and Share dates cannot be posted on the website or Facebook page due to Privacy Laws and Regulations.
Welcome CES Staff
I would like to welcome the CES educational assistants to the Carstairs Playschool Society classroom. These ladies will be in our classroom assisting a few children with the daily activities and expectations of the playschool program. Both Lorraine and I are looking forward to working with them again this year.
Dates to Remember
September 11 – Annual General Meeting – in the classroom @ 7pm
October 3 - Monday/Wednesday picture day – details to be sent out shortly
October 4 – Tuesday/Thursday picture day – details to be sent out shortly
There will be many scholastic orders available to you throughout the playschool year, however you are not obligated to buy any books. These orders will always be in your child’s cubby. All orders must be paid by cheque –NO CASH please.
Annual General Meeting
As stated above, this years AGM will be September 11th at 7pm. The Carstairs Playschool Society is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. They are looking for a few more parents/guardians to sit on the Carstairs Playschool Board. If you are interested in participating in our monthly meeting or would like further information from any of our meeting, please let them know. You can email email@example.com or call 403 999 8275. A complete list of the positions and description of each is available here on the website under the "About Us" tab.
Parents can expect ongoing communication regarding program activities via newsletters, Facebook page, our website and the bulletin board located in the boot room of the playschool.
The Carstairs Playschool supports and promotes an “open door” communication policy. Parents are encouraged to contact me and arrange a mutually acceptable time to discuss any concerns and/or questions regarding your child in the playschool program. The phone number for the Carstairs Playschool is 403 816 1481.
Should you have any feedback or concerns you would like to take to the Board of Directors, please feel free to complete a comment card. The comment cards will be kept confidential and can be found in the file folder on the wall in the boot room. Alternately, you can contact our Office/Financial Administrator, Gail Schwartz, at 403 999 8275.
On a personal note, I encourage communication of all kinds. Please feel free to call me on my cell at 403 305 6204, or you may contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am looking forward to another successful year!