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

Queen Emma Preschool Update - September 20

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

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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.