A Pre-K through Grade 12 Coordinate School Located in Honolulu

Queen Emma Preschool Update - November 8

As parents, you are your child’s first teacher and will continue to be their life-long teachers. Our goal is to develop strong relationships with our parents.  Through our partnership, we share our knowledge of child development, and create healthy children and strong families.  

During the month of November, we are focusing on family. We have been learning about the different roles of family members, where we live and things we enjoy doing together while exploring the differences and similarities among our ‘ohana. 

Each classroom will host a Family Thanksgiving luncheon. Students will perform songs and dances,  participate in activities and enjoy a delicious lunch with family members.  Some of our teachers plan to prepare the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and more. We are excited to gather with our QEP ‘ohana!  

Upcoming Events:
November 21-23: Thanksgiving Holiday, school closed. 
November 29: Home for the Holidays Shopping Event, 5-8 p.m.
December 3-13: Food Drive for Hawaii Food Bank. 
December 8: Christmas Program,  St. Andrew’s Schools Gym,  4-6 p.m.
December 21 – January  4 :  Christmas Holiday,  school closed. 
January 7: Classes resume

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

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November 1 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - November 1

Our Halloween Family Fun Event was a great success! Thank you to our QEP families for your donations, volunteer efforts and participating in all the activities and games. A big shout out to our student volunteers from St. Andrew’s Schools – The Priory and Moanalua High School. Without their participation, we wouldn’t have been able to offer all the fun activities and games. It was wonderful to see all of our alumni and their families who returned to campus. They enjoyed visiting with former teachers and their friends from years past as they had fun together!  

The children were busy sticking their hands in the wet spaghetti and pumpkin goop as they felt for eerie, gooey, and some scary Halloween trinkets. They had fun playing with monster stew slime, ghost mud soap and Play-Doh. They used their creative talents as they decorated trick-or-treat cloth bags, made Halloween magnets, decorated pumpkins, and designed super hero masks and capes.  

       

They continued into the The Lagoon as they used their skills in each of the fun games: Sea Urchin Toss, Duck Pond, Treasure Dig, Let’s Go Fishing, Scrub the Deck and Captain Hook’s Ring Toss Game. They had so much fun playing the games over and over again, gathering all their tickets and redeeming them for prizes.

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The adults enjoyed our special drawing activity and were able to enter their names for items they wanted to win. Donations from parents, corporate sponsors, vendors, restaurants, and others helped to create all the excitement.   

The Black Cat Cantina offered many different and yummy Mexican foods that they created on-site. There were burrito bowls, bean, beef and chicken burritos, cheese roll ups and beef and chicken enchiladas. We also had Asato Family’s Local Kine Sherberts and Kona Ice for some cool, refreshing treats. 

Thank you to all our hard-working and creative staff for your passion, dedication and energy you pour into your work every day. You help to create this special place called Queen Emma Preschool and you touch the lives of everyone who walks through our doors.

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

October 25 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - October 25

Our Halloween Family Fun Event is just a few days away!

We are so excited, and our entire staff is working so hard preparing for this event. Here are some reminders and other information.  

We will be closing at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 26 after lunch. The children will be inside so please pick up your child promptly from their class.

Our event will be on Saturday, October 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parking is available at Queen Emma Preschool, International Baptist Church and Nu‘uanu Elementary School. If your child would like to wear their Halloween costume, please bring extra clothes to change out of their costume as it often gets quite hot.

Special drawing tickets are available at $1 each and you get to select which item you would like a chance to win. You do not have to be present to win. You can turn in your pre-order form by Friday and the teachers will write out the slips for you and drop them in the container of the item you want to win. More tickets and new items will be available on Saturday.

Scrips are also available for purchase at $10 each. The scrip will be used for ALL the activities, games, special drawing tickets and for food at the concession.  More tickets will be available on Saturday. Kona Ice will also be available in the side yard and you will need to pay for that separately.

There will be so many fun activities for your child! Your child will be able to play with monster stew slime, ghost mud soap, Play Doh, go treasure hunting in spaghetti and pumpkin goop, decorate a trick-or-treat cloth bag, make a Halloween magnet, decorate a pumpkin, and decorate a mask and cape. They will be able to try their skills in The Lagoon at the Sea Urchin Toss, Duck Pond, Treasure Dig, Let’s Go Fishing, Scrub the Deck and Captain Hook’s Ring Toss Game. 

All of these activities will surely work up your appetite so head to the Black Cat Cantina for some burrito bowls, beef burritos, cheese roll-ups and enchiladas.

Come and enjoy the fiesta!

Upcoming Events:
Friday, October 26: Queen Emma Preschool closes for Family Fun Fair preparations, 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 27: Halloween Family Fun Fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Queen Emma Preschool.

October 18 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - October 18

Halloween can be a fun time for dressing up in costume and pretending to be something or someone else. Children like it for the treats, too. To ensure a fun time for all, be sure to check the treats before allowing children to enjoy them.  Taking along some of your own healthy snacks will help to limit the amount of sweets your child eats.

Costume Safety Tips:

  • Dress children in comfortable clothing and costumes.
  • If wearing a mask, be sure children can see and breathe well.
  • Create a costume using t-shirts and/or shorts to stay cool and comfortable.
  • Use accessories that are safe and easy to carry. Be sure nothing is sharp or too long.
  • Keep costumes short in length to prevent tripping.

Trick or Treating:

  • Before setting out, discuss safety rules.  Children are often so excited and they forget about safety.
  • Children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Plan a safe and familiar route.
  • Stay in well-lit areas with lots of other people around.
  • Use a flashlight or lantern to light the way. 
  • Place reflective tape on clothing to make children more visible to drivers.
  • Walk and hold your child’s hand.
  • Bring along water to keep your child hydrated.

And the best and safest way to celebrate Halloween is to join us at our Halloween Family Fun Event. There will be lots of fun games and activities designed specifically for young children!

Date:       Saturday, October 27
Time:       9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Place:      Queen Emma Preschool
Parking:  Queen Emma Preschool, International Baptist Church and Nu‘uanu Elementary School 

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, October 20: St. Andrew's School's Open House , 9-11 a.m., St. Andrew’s Schools campus. Come enjoy coffee and pastries and learn more about what your child will experience in our K-5 program. 
Friday, October 26: Queen Emma Preschool closes for Family Fun Fair preparations, 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 27: Halloween Family Fun Fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Queen Emma Preschool.

October 11 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - October 11

Please save the date for our  QEP Halloween Family Fun Event!

Date:   Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time:   9:00 – 1:00 pm
Place:  QEP

Come to our Halloween Family Fun Event and invite your family and friends so they too can enjoy the safe and fun activities we are providing for our young children.

This event fosters community building and allows families to meet and develop lasting relationships with their child’s friends. Our alumni also return to reconnect with all of us and reunite with families their children went to school with here at QEP.

We will be transforming our school so you can spend time with your child and their new friends and get to know their parents while the children play and have fun together.

There will be so many fun areas for your whole family to enjoy!

“Monsters and Guts Oh My!” – Play-Doh, slime, treasure hunting
“Tantalizing Treasures” – Arts and crafts
“The Lagoon/Redemption” – Lots of fun games and prizes
“Special Drawing” – Lots of prizes to win
“Black Cat Cantina” – Come dine and unwind and enjoy the fiesta!
“Kona Ice” – Cold and delicious shave ice

 And MORE!!!

Come dressed in your creative Halloween attire but don’t forget to bring a change of clothes as it does get quite warm as your child is busy participating in activities and games.

We also need your help to coordinate and supervise all of these activities. The shifts are only about an hour and the work is easy and fun!  You’ll be receiving a sign-up sheet today so please choose the best time you will be available to help.

Upcoming Events:
Friday, October 15: Last day to place Mixed Bag orders to ensure holiday delivery. Please check your email for more information on how to place orders and share seller info from our PTA. Remember to put the fundraiser ID: 836056,  your student's name and class information. 
Saturday, October 20: St. Andrew's School's Open House , 9-11 a.m., St. Andrew’s Schools campus. Come enjoy coffee and pastries and get to know more  about our K-5 program, St. Andrew's Schools campus.
Friday, October 26: Queen Emma Preschool closes for Family Fun Fair preparations, 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 27: Halloween Family Fun Fair, All Schools, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Queen Emma Preschool.

October 4 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - October 4

As we talk about keeping our bodies healthy and safe, we discuss eating healthy foods along with regular exercise to stay healthy. But the most important and easiest way to avoid getting sick is proper and frequent hand washing. Hand washing is only effective if it is done properly. Hand washing helps prevent the spread of germs and keeps everyone healthy.

At QEP, we have always been diligent about children washing their hands after bathroom use, when coming in from outdoor play, before meals and snacks, after coughing or sneezing, and blowing and wiping their nose. Once we implemented hand washing upon entering the class in the morning, we have seen a definite decline in colds, runny noses and children on medication.

Children wash their hands when entering the classroom each day, and if you plan to stay a while, please model this behavior by washing your hands, too!

How to Properly Wash Your Hands

  • Wet your hands.
  • Put soap onto your hands.
  • Scrub hands for 20 seconds while singing the alphabet song slowly.
  • Wash your hands, between the fingers, on the backs of the hands and under the nails.
  • Rinse hands under running water then dry hands with a paper towel.
  • Use the paper towel to turn off the water.
  • Throw the paper towel away.
  • Practicing good hand washing hygiene with your children will help keep everyone healthy!

Here are suggestions on other times to wash your hands: 

  • After using the bathroom.
  • After changing a diaper.
  • Before eating and or touching food.
  • After coughing or sneezing.
  • After touching an animal including pets.
  • After playing outside.
  • Before and after visiting or taking care of any sick friends or relatives.
  • After cleaning a room or the house.
  • Before administering medication.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, October 8: Discoverer's Day, No School.
Tuesday, October 9: Teacher Professional Day, No School. 
Friday, October 15: Last day to place Mixed Bag orders to ensure holiday delivery. Please check your email for more information on how to place orders and share seller info from our PTA. Remember to put the fundraiser ID: 836056,  your student's name and class information. 
Saturday, October 20: St. Andrew's School's Open House , 9-11 a.m., come enjoy coffee and pastries and get to know more  about our K-5 program, St. Andrew's Schools campus.
Friday, October 26: Queen Emma Preschool closes for Family Fun Fair preparations, 1 p.m. Queen Emma Preschool. 
Saturday, October 27: Halloween Family Fun Fair, All Schools, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Queen Emma Preschool.

September 27 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - September 27

Our focus is always on the children first, therefore we begin our school year with the theme, “I’m Me and I’m Special.” 

During the months of September and October, we will be helping children adjust to the school routine. We focus on names, body awareness, how to keep our bodies healthy and safe, good foods to eat, using our senses and understanding our feelings. Teachers will be discussing and providing experiences that are age and developmentally appropriate for their students. Young children learn by repetition to extend their understanding of concepts, therefore, they may do similar activities as the previous year but with much greater depth. You will be able to see how much more your child is able to understand and do by themselves.  When you encourage and acknowledge these growing skills, your child will feel proud of all they can do! 

Because children come from varied experiences, and many have no previous group experience with other children, sharing and taking turns are often difficult for them. To help them transition to school and into a group setting, this theme helps them to understand themselves and others. Their “me” world is supported and then stretched to include other children and adults. Making friends is a skill they are learning as they develop their social competence and learn about give-and-take in any relationship.

To help children understand the routines and classroom rules, teachers use word choices they'd like to see happen rather than correcting behaviors by saying "no." 

Some examples of things we say:

“We use walking feet inside and we can run outside,” instead of “No running!”

“We use gentle hands and words to solve our problems,” instead of “No hitting!”

“We sit on the chair when we eat,” instead of “No walking and eating!”

“We wait for a turn and share our toys,” instead of “No taking away toys!”

As children hear these words, they understand the positive behaviors we are encouraging rather than the negative behaviors we are trying to correct. Being patient and consistent is the key. This works because all teachers at QEP use the same words and support each other while working with all of the children.

Please support our PTA Mixed Bags Fall Fundraiser. Also, as a friendly reminder, please remember to pay your PTA membership dues if you haven't done so already. The deadline (September 15) is now past. Mahalo!

Upcoming events

10/1: Animal Blessing Chapel with Chaplain Annalise, 9-9:15 a.m.
Your child may bring a picture or stuffed animal of their pet or a favorite animal.

September 20 Parent eNews

Thank you to all parents who attended our PTA Meeting and Parent Orientation Meeting last week! We were excited to meet all of you and truly appreciate those of you who attend year after year as your child moves from class to class. Being your child’s first teacher, you will have many opportunities to be involved and engaged in your child’s education. At QEP, teachers will help you understand child development and developmentally appropriate practices and how you can help your child. Also, we will learn from you as we partner together.

We want you to feel comfortable and welcome you to support and participate in class and school events and share with your child’s teachers about any concerns or goals you might have for your child.  This will give all of us valuable opportunities to strengthen the bridge between home and school and ultimately support your child.

QEP is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (HAIS/WASC). The accreditation process emphasizes the importance of helping to maintain, support and encourage family involvement.

These are some of the many ways we accomplish this:

1.  We gather information about each child and their family through our “Getting to Know You” questionnaire that is distributed to families each year. This gives parents the opportunity to share with us and helps develop relationships so that home and school are connected in positive, respectful ways.

2.  We engage families through many different means of communication – verbal, written, phone, text, photos, etc. Entering the class as you drop off or pick up provides opportunities to talk with the teachers and share information or their concerns. Teachers prepare daily written reports for each child on how their day went so parents have a glimpse of their child’s day from morning transition, activities they were engaged in, friends they played with, their food consumption (snacks/lunch), bathroom habits, amount of sleep during nap time, skills they may be working on and also the fun things your child shares with us. Teachers snap photos and text them to parents to share those special moments.

3.  We welcome families to share their talents, culture, and resources that are pertinent to the unit of study. If you'd like to share, please let the teachers know how you want to share.

Upcoming events

10/1: Animal Blessing Chapel with Chaplain Annalise, 9-9:15 a.m.
Your child may bring a picture or stuffed animal of their pet or a favorite animal

September 13 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - September 13

We just dealt with another threat of severe weather and the unsettling emotions that we are all going through from unpredictable weather and possible dangers bring disruptions to our normal routines. School closures are another disruption to family routines. However, keeping children and families safe is a greater concern

Children react differently and may have fears of severe weather. Some enjoy looking out the window and watching as the rain and wind intensifies while others are terrified of the loud noises and flashes of the thunder and lightning.

Here are a few suggestions for helping children cope with fears of severe weather.

1.  Be and stay calm. 
Being prepared with enough food and water and other essentials such as flashlights and batteries will help you be ready.  When warnings are issued and you begin to panic and stress, young children begin to stress too.  Children learn to cope by
watching how you react and cope to stressful situations. Being prepared brings comfort to everyone.

 2.  Keep informed.
Be sure to have a battery operated radio or use your phone to stay informed and connected.  However, be discreet so you do . not frighten children with constant updates and photos.

3.  Prepare children in advance of the severe weather.
Read books together about clouds, storms, lightning and thunder and talk about them being part of nature. Talk about the weather on a daily basis and answer your child’s questions age-appropriately. Acknowledge that it is okay to be afraid and scared but you will keep the family safe.

4.  Prepare a bag or box of toys they can play with during this time. 
You might include games, paper with pens and crayons, favorite books and other items for them to enjoy.

5.  Talk about what might make them feel better and more secure. 
Maybe earphones would help children who are afraid of the loud thunder sounds or a favorite blanket to cuddle with might help them feel more comfortable.  You would then be more prepared the next time.

Important Dates to Remember

Thursday, September 13
PTA Meeting, 5-6:30 p.m.
Queen Emma Preschool 

Saturday, September 15                   
Parent Orientation Meeting*,  9-11 a.m.
St. Andrew’s Schools –Ylang Ylang Courtyard

* Please sign up in your child’s class letting us know you are able to join us.

September 6 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - September 6

This has been an exciting week as we welcomed 21 new families to our QEP family.  These new 2–5 year olds were excited to begin their school experience. For many, this was their first school experience. There have been some teary eyes and some loud cries but after being comforted by their teachers, the children settled in and were seen busily playing with puzzles, toys, Play-Doh, painting and making new friends. As I walked around the school in the middle of the morning, there was not a single teary eye to be found. 

This ease of the transition validates the extreme patience and consistency of the routines teachers follow. For young children, routines are so important as they provide a sense of stability, predictability and control of their environment.  Children feel safe when they know what to expect. 

However, often times a child may seem to have adjusted well to school and then a few weeks later, s/he begins to cry and fuss about coming to school. Please be assured that this is a normal occurrence, and the novelty has now become routine as this is what children need to feel secure.  Keep your morning routine consistent, tell your child it is ok to be sad but they will be fine. Your child will sense your confidence in his/her ability to adjust to school.

If you are seasoned parents and have already gone through this transition, you are fully aware of how new parents must feel.  Please reach out to them and lend a supportive glance or share words of encouragement that this will pass. I am sure they will appreciate your support and they will be able to look back in a few days or weeks with smiles that their child has made such a great adjustment to school.

Important Dates to Remember

Thursday, September 13
PTA Meeting, 5-6:30 p.m.
Queen Emma Preschool 

Saturday, September 15                   
Parent Orientation Meeting*,  9-11 a.m.
St. Andrew’s Schools –Ylang Ylang Courtyard

* Please sign up in your child’s class letting us know you are able to join us.

August 30 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - August 30

Welcome to a brand new school year! We are very excited about our year ahead with our returning families and the many new families we welcomed throughout the summer. There will be more children who will be starting in September. Gradually enrolling new children allows teachers to support both the children and families with a smooth transition.

For many families, this is their first experience entering a school environment and they are often anxious and nervous as they transition to school. A consistent routine is most important for young children to feel safe and to help build a bond with their new teachers and friends.  You can help support your child by setting up realistic routines and routines you can be consistent in following. 

Remember to say, “good-bye” and wave whether your child is crying or happily waving to you. This verbal message whether your child responds or not clearly states you are leaving. Please, never sneak out of the classroom, as trust with you and the teacher cannot be built on fear. Supporting your child daily will build a strong connection to school and your child’s transition will be much quicker and easier for everyone.

Parent eNews will be shared every Thursday. Be sure to check back weekly for parenting tips, curriculum support and fun events. 

Important Dates to Remember

Saturday, September 15                   
Parent Orientation Meeting  9-11 a.m.
St. Andrew’s Schools – Ylang Ylang Courtyard
*** Adults Only!  No infants or children.

Friday, October 9                               
Teacher Professional Day – school closed

Friday, October 26                             
Halloween Family Fun! Prep – school closes at 1 p.m. after lunch

Saturday, October 27                        
Halloween Family Fun!  9 a.m.–1 p.m.

WThFri, Nov. 21, 22, 23                    
Thanksgiving Holiday

Saturday, December 8                      
Christmas Program  4-6 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Schools – gym                                                           

Friday, December 21                         
Teacher Professional Day
School closed and Christmas holiday begins

Monday, January 7                            
School resumes

May 24 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - May 24

As we celebrate and send our graduates onto kindergarten, it is with great pride but a little sadness that we say, “Goodbye!” We know the children are ready for the challenges of kindergarten because they had a wonderful start here at QEP. The children were accepted for who they are, challenged to grow in every area of development, and were supported by caring adults who celebrated all their successes.

The bond that develops between the families and teachers exists because of the caring, hard work and dedication of the QEP staff who work every day to build and grow these lasting relationships.

May 17 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - May 17

Teacher Appreciation Week

We would like to thank the committee members and all the parents of QEP for a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week. We were treated each day with delicious treats and gifts. Thank you so much!

  • “Pre-GameSunday”A few parents came to decorate the classroom doors.
  • “Healthy Treat Monday”Banana, papaya, watermelon, cantaloupe, oranges, grapes
  • “Bubble Tea Tuesday”Special ordered teas and more treats
  • “Breakfast Bar Wednesday”Eggs and bacon, coffee, juice, breads, pastries, manapua
  • “Snack Attack Thursday”Snacks, snacks, and more snacks, drinks
  • “Fan Mail Friday” Cards, drawings, letters to the teachers

Class of 2018 Graduation

As we celebrate and send our graduates onto kindergarten, it is with great pride but a little sadness that we say, “Goodbye!”We know the children are ready for the challenges of kindergarten because they had a wonderful start here at QEP.The children were accepted for who they are, challenged to grow in every area of development, and were supported by caring adults who celebrated all their successes.

The children were encouraged to explore, reflect, interact, share their ideas, make good choices and engage in their learning no matter what their skill level.They were able to experience all of this learning through play.QEP parents also learned and experienced the importance of play by participating in the classroom, through the daily activities, units of study, family events, excursions, and projects.

The bond that develops between the families and teachers exists because of the caring, hard work and dedication of the QEP staff who work every day to build and grow these lasting relationships.

We say, “Good-bye” and “See you soon!” as we know you will come back to visit us to share all your new and wonderful experiences.

May 3 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - May 3

As the school year comes to a close, children will be transitioning to Kindergarten. This is an exciting and scary time for both children and families. Although this might seem like a simple transition, young children may have difficulty. To ease the stress, these are some simple things you can do to prepare both you and your child for kindergarten.

Read books together about starting school. There are many books available that you can read and discuss about the fun things your child will be experiencing.

Don’t worry or drill your child about what you think your child should know before entering kindergarten. Your child has enjoyed their preschool years and you want this love of learning to continue as they transition to their new school. This is just the beginning of their more formal years of learning and you want to support this positive attitude of school as they continue to be life-long learners.

Be positive as you talk about your child’s new school.Discuss in general what your child might expect instead of specific details. This will support your child in understanding about school and will not create disappointments if a specific activity is not provided in the first few days of starting school.

Begin to practice school routines. The start of the school day may be earlier than you have been used to at QEP so an earlier bedtime and earlier wake up time might be necessary. A few weeks before school starts, begin to practice your routines to reduce the stress of the first days of kindergarten.

Be supportive of your child. Your child may have fears of going to a new school or making new friends.You can role play situations and act out how you are going to say, “Good-by” to them or how to make new friends. Dramatic play helps young children express their feelings and helps them to deal with changes.

Label everything. Make sure to label backpacks, lunch boxes, shoes, jackets, and supplies – everything your child will bring to school.Children often have the same things so this will make it easier for the teacher and your child to identity their belongings.

And most importantly, believe in your child and express your confidence that they are ready for kindergarten and you will be there to support them.

April 26 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - April 26

In celebration of the Month of the Young Child, we are hosted a family workshop called Learning through Play! Playing to Learn! Last Saturday, we had over 100 parents, grandparents and children who attended our workshop.There was just one adult rule – all cell phones turned off and PLAY with your child!

Our purpose was to share and educate parents on the importance of play and how through play children learn. We opened with a warm up activity in the tricycle area to get our bodies moving and blood flowing by dancing to music. It was great to see everyone participating; teachers, staff, parents, children and grandparents too. Everyone was smiling and moving to the beat!

QEP staff created a different learning center in each classroom. The centers provided opportunities for hands-on learning, cooperative learning, social interaction and allowed each child and adult to successfully engage in the activity no matter what their skill level. Parents were encouraged and supported to engage in play and learned with their child.

These were some of the activities the children and adults enjoyed:

  • Sensory Play – playdough, fluffy slime, sensory bottles
  • Puppet Play – making paper bag, stick, hand puppets, telling stories using puppets, puppet show
  • Block Play – wooden, cardboard, foam blocks, cardboard boxes, styrofoam boxes, Lego’s, ramps, tunnels and vehicles
  • Art Play –salad spinner, Q-tip, magnet, pendulum, and marble painting, playdough sculptures, baking soda magic
  • Physical Play and Healthy Snacks – obstacles course, balance beam, tunnel, spider crawl, push and pull and a snack bag to enjoy

April 19 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - April 19

April is the Month of the Young Child and is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). QEP is accredited by NAEYC and continues to provide the best learning experiences for young children and their families. NAEYC Accreditation helps teachers and staff develop a shared understanding and commitment to quality and also helps families recognize quality programs.


In celebration of the Month of the Young Child, we are hosting a family workshop called Learning through Play! Playing to Learn! Come and join us this Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00 – 12:00 pm. It’s still not too late to register to attend. Just sign up in your child’s class and come ready to PLAY with your child.

Our purpose is to share and educate parents on the importance of play and how through play children learn. We will create learning centers where families can engage in learning together. These hands-on parent workshops will foster greater collaboration with parents thereby establishing a more consistent partnership and bridge in their child’s education between home and school.

Come and experience Learning through Play!

  • Sensory Play
  • Puppet Play
  • Block Play
  • Art Play
  • Physical Play and Healthy Snacks

April 12 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - April 12

We had a visit from the Honolulu Police Department Patrol and Keiki ID Units. The police officers shared about their job of responding to emergencies, enforcing laws, directing traffic and keeping everyone safe. The children actually got to go inside the patrol vehicle and turn on the loud siren,

The children were also able to have their photo taken and each received a Keiki ID that officers can use to help recover missing children. In addition to basic descriptive information about the child, it includes a fingerprint and photo of the child.

Please remember to update your child’s photo as there will be changes to physical characteristics with age. Keep this kit in a safe place in your home. If your child ever goes missing, this kit should be given to the officers immediately.


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May 10 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - May 10

As the school year comes to a close, children will be transitioning to Kindergarten. This is an exciting and scary time for both children and families. Although this might seem like a simple transition, young children may have difficulty. To ease the stress, these are some simple things you can do to prepare both you and your child for kindergarten.

Read books together about starting school. There are many books available that you can read and discuss about the fun things your child will be experiencing.

Don’t worry or drill your child about what you think your child should know before entering kindergarten. Your child has enjoyed their preschool years and you want this love of learning to continue as they transition to their new school. This is just the beginning of their more formal years of learning and you want to support this positive attitude of school as they continue to be life-long learners.

Be positive as you talk about your child’s new school.Discuss in general what your child might expect instead of specific details. This will support your child in understanding about school and will not create disappointments if a specific activity is not provided in the first few days of starting school.

Begin to practice school routines. The start of the school day may be earlier than you have been used to at QEP so an earlier bedtime and earlier wake up time might be necessary. A few weeks before school starts, begin to practice your routines to reduce the stress of the first days of kindergarten.

Be supportive of your child. Your child may have fears of going to a new school or making new friends.You can role play situations and act out how you are going to say, “Good-by” to them or how to make new friends. Dramatic play helps young children express their feelings and helps them to deal with changes.

Label everything. Make sure to label backpacks, lunch boxes, shoes, jackets, and supplies – everything your child will bring to school. Children often have the same things so this will make it easier for the teacher and your child to identity their belongings.

And most importantly, believe in your child and express your confidence that they are ready for kindergarten and you will be there to support them.