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Queen Emma Preschool Update - June 6

We Have Spirit!

Last week, our Spirit Week culminated with a day of fun games and snacks then a picnic lunch that we all enjoyed together!

The teachers set up fun games and the children rotated to each classroom to participate in the games, enjoyed a little snack and then came together to enjoy a picnic lunch of musubi, baked chicken, carrots, and watermelon with all their teachers and friends. What a great way to celebrate our year and together show how much spirit the staff and children have at Queen Emma Preschool.

Last Friday was the first departure of children moving on to kindergarten and other schools for the summer. It is with mixed feelings that we say, “Good-bye” and wish them much success on their new journey!

On Monday, we welcomed our new families who are entering and returning to QEP with their younger children for the next school year. This began their journey with us and we look forward to getting to know all of them.

We wish everyone and wonderful, safe and fun summer! Please come to visit to share all your new and exciting experiences.

  

  

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

2018-19 Archive

May 23 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - May 23

We Sure Have Spirit!
This has been another busy and FUN week for us. Spirit Week at Queen Emma Preschool allows us to show our school spirit!

Monday – Hat and Sunglasses Day
There were over a 100 different hats and sunglasses of every color, shape and design.

Tuesday – Visit from Hawaiian Electric and Create a Costume Day
A crew of linemen from Hawaiian Electric came to share about their job and the equipment they use to keep us safe. The highlight was the bucket that they use to go way up into the sky to reach the wires on the tall poles.

The children then paraded around the trike area to share their creative costumes with all their friends.

 

Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday and Parents Appreciation Day
We sure were wacky! Children and teachers wore their clothes inside-out, one shoe with one slipper, lots with hair in ponytails and curlers, mismatched clothes and so much more!

Parents were shown appreciation with little gifts from the teachers and breakfast was served with coffee to say, “Thanks a Latte!” for all their support.  Then in the afternoon, there was another social event to say, “Thanks a Bunch!” so we could hang together and enjoy some snacks.

Thursday – Pajama Day
There were pajamas of every color and design. The children were happy to share their favorite pajamas and a cuddly stuffed animal that they liked to sleep with. We were all dressed so comfortably but wearing pajamas made us feel tired from early in the morning.

Friday – Games and Picnic
The teachers will be setting up fun games in their classes and all the children will be rotating to participate in the games, enjoying a little snack and then coming together to enjoy a picnic lunch of musubi, baked chicken, carrots, and watermelon with all their friends.

What a great way to celebrate our year and together show our spirit with our Queen Emma Preschool children, families and friends!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

May 9 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - May 9

Thank you to all our parents and especially to the Teacher Appreciation Committee for providing such an awesome superhero-themed Staff Appreciation Week for all of us!

We arrived on Monday and to our surprise, the doors were covered with superhero decorations including all of the staff names recognized on each door.

Also, on Monday, we were provided with a delicious breakfast to enjoy. There were muffins, biscuits, fresh fruit, pastries, croissants, yogurt, coffee, juice, egg quiche, sausages, scones and more. It was delicious and the “power breakfast” definitely gave us the energy to kick start our week.

On Tuesday, we each received a beautifully decorated personalized clipboard with “A Parent’s Thank You” note attached to it. The message warmed our hearts and we will remember the words forever. The afternoon energy bar also gave us the boost we needed to conquer the afternoon.

On Wednesday, a popcorn bar was set up during nap time to help us recharge our powers so we could face the afternoon and complete today’s mission. There were large bags of popcorn with treats like candy, arare, li hing powder, cheese powder and furikake so we could create a unique flavor we wanted to try.

Today, there will be a super power personalized gift for everyone and then on Friday, a “fantastic surprise luncheon” is being planned.

The teachers at QEP are Incredible but it is the support, recognition, appreciation, kindness and love that we receive from the children and parents that is the driving force that inspires us to work every day year after year.

Thank you for everything!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

                

May 2 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - May 2

During the month of May, each class celebrates the year with a graduation ceremony, recognizing the accomplishments and growth of the entire class. The children moving on to kindergarten will be celebrating together at our QEP graduation on May 18 at St. Andrew’s Schools.

Although we go year-round, the summer will be months of transition. We will be moving children to their new groups, saying good-bye to those leaving and welcoming new children and their families.  

Helping children to be a good friend takes skill and does not come easily to all. Children need to learn words to say to enter a group of children already playing and to understand how to invite others to play with them. 

Children need practice to say “Hi,” to share their name, and to smile as they join a new class or welcome new children into their class. Being friendly and kind are important skills for children to practice. 

The teachers will introduce the new children in the class and invite classmates to be a good friend by showing them what to do. This helps new children feel welcomed and the children in the class become the helpers in welcoming their new friends.

You can help your child learn to be a good friend by:

  • Role-playing how to introduce themselves.
  • Role-playing how to welcome a new friend in the class.
  • Reading books about friendship, discussing how the characters felt and what they said, and what they could do to make friends.
  • Using puppets to role-play ways to encourage friendship.
  • Discussing why someone might not want to be their friend, and how that makes them feel.
  • Role-playing how to ask to join a group of children playing, and how to share and be kind to new friends.
  • Reminding children that friends make mistakes, do not always agree with them, and will not always do what they want them to do.

Practicing these skills with your children and modeling these behaviors will help your children transition to new environments with greater success.

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

April 25 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - April 25

The school year is quickly coming to a close and we are proud of how much the children have learned and grown over the year. Many of them are getting excited about entering kindergarten. As parents, you are excited, too, but may also feel anxious, worried and nervous about the changes your child will face. There will be a new learning environment, new teachers, new friends, and new routine – and you may be wondering how you can support their transition.

You want them to be prepared both academically and socially for kindergarten. Remember that social and emotional skills are more important at this time than academic skills such  knowing their letters and numbers. During the summer, you can continue to provide the kinds of activities they have experienced during their years here at Queen Emma Preschool.

  • Continue developing self-help and motor skills: dressing themselves, drawing and cutting with scissors.
  • Practice self-regulation, including following directions, paying attention and handling frustrations.
  • Work on playing well with others, making good choices, using words to solve problems and being able to express their needs and wants.
  • Encourage active play, pretend play and creative play.
  • Read books every day. Ask questions about the story, make predictions about what’s going to happen, draw and have your child dictate their own stories.
  • Talk and listen to your child.
  • Create art with pens, tape, glue, scissors, paper and boxes.
  • Go places, talk about the things they see and write them down.
  • Encourage independence, doing things on their own, taking care of themselves and helping with chores around the house.
  • Draw pictures, then have your child write their name and write words.
  • Limit screen time.
  • Engage in active learning experiences.
  • Just have fun!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

April 18 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - April 18

Field Day with St. Andrew’s Lower Schools
Last week was a busy week for all of us. The older four- and five-year-old children joined St. Andrew’s Lower Schools' The Priory and The Prep for a fun Field Day at Queen Emma Summer Palace on April 12.

We walked to the park from Queen Emma Preschool with the children, teachers and parents. The weather was amazingly nice and there was no rain the entire time until after our return.

QEP provided the poi-pounding activity for all the children and there were many fun activities coordinated by the Lower Schools in the hale. The children also had fun playing games in the park until our walk back to school for lunch.

Thank you to the Lower Schools for inviting us to join you. We had a great time!

 
 

Learning to Play! Playing to Learn! Workshop
On the evening of Friday, April 12, after our school closed, the magic began! The entire staff helped to transform the classrooms into individual play centers. They moved furniture and magically created engaging centers for families. Actually, it wasn’t magic but lots of work!

On April 13, the workshop started with everyone dancing to music to get our bodies moving. I then shared with parents how important they are as their child’s first and life-long teacher. And when they are engaged with their children through play, their children will learn and grow in all areas of development as play=learning!

We had 52 parents, grandparents and other family members who were engaged with 37 children. Families were able to take their children into every classroom to experience first-hand how much fun learning can be! We were so happy to have had such a great turnout of families. 

 

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

April 11 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - April 11

Join Us for a Morning of Family Fun!
Saturday, April 13, 2019
9 a.m.-Noon

We welcome you to come when you can or stay all morning! We are going to start with music and movement to get our bodies moving, our heart pumping and our blood flowing.

Learn about the “Power of Play” and how important it is for children to engage in play and how much learning happens when they are playing and having fun!

The purpose in offering this workshop is to provide an opportunity for you to see and experience first-hand the importance of play and how your child is learning through play. Research shows that young children learn best through play and through manipulation of materials and hands-on experiences. You will be engaged with your child, enjoy playing with them, offer guidance and suggestions and see just how much fun learning can be.

A sign-up sheet is on the cubby in your child’s class. Activities include:

Gross/Fine Motor Play
Balancing, hopping, following the line, obstacle course, fitness area, strength training/cardio workshop and more!

Construction Play
Building using different types of blocks, ramps, cylinders, cardboard boxes, tubes and more!

Process Art Play
Magnet painting, create a creature, salad spinner art, collage and more!

Hands on Snack
Edible cereal bracelet, strawberry/banana smash, sweet potato (uala), “My Plate,” proper hand-washing and more!

Sensory Play
Colored rice, moldable sand, play dough, spaghetti and more!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

April 4 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - April 4

Paramedic and EMS Vehicle Visit
Yesterday, the children were visited by a paramedic who works with the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team. She talked to them about her job, which is to respond and provide emergency services and help treat illnesses and injuries that require urgent medical care. 

She demonstrated on student volunteers how she would bandage a child’s head and other wounds. She also helped the children activate both hot and cold packs, helped a child onto the gurney and allowed the children to go inside the ambulance to see all the equipment and supplies they need to carry with them to help save lives.
It was a great way for the children to experience first-hand how an EMS team and the ambulance would be used to help them in an emergency.

Helping with the Queen Emma Ball
This evening, the Queen Emma Ball (QEB) will be held on the grounds of St. Andrew’s Schools. The QEB is an annual fundraising event that raises funds to support student scholarships and faculty professional development. The children eagerly helped to gather ti leaves from our property which will be used for the table decorations.

Learning through Play! Playing to Learn! Workshop
In celebration of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child, we will be hosting a workshop on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m.-Noon. Please come and join us as we share the “Power of Play in the Lives of Young Children.” This will be a day of learning and playing with your child through fun activities that you can also continue at home.

A sign-up sheet is available on the cubby shelf in your child’s class.

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

March 14 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - March 14

Save the Date
In partnership with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and in celebration of the Week of the Young Child, we will be hosting our “Learning through Play! Playing to Learn!” workshop on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m.-Noon. Please come and join us for a day of learning and fun! 

We will be opening our workshop at 9 a.m. with music and movement for everyone. Children naturally enjoy music and are allowed to have fun, be creative and develop and refine their social skills. This helps them to learn to work together, share and take turns and how to be creative in a group setting.  Music and movement also helps develop small motor and large motor skills, improves balance and coordination, helps children express emotions, improves children’s memory, cognitive development, imagination and helps children learn. 

The opening session will be followed by a short presentation on the “Power of Play” and how you can partner with us in providing “Play with a Purpose” for your child at home.

You will then be able to continue your play experiences throughout the school because the staff of QEP will have created play centers in each classroom filled with wonderful fun activities for you to play and learn together with your children. Here are the centers:

  • Gross Motor and Fine Motor Play
  • Construction Play
  • Hands-on Snack and Nutrition Play
  • Sensory Play
  • Process Art Play

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to see how and what your child learns at school and how you can facilitate continued learning at home. Hope to see you there!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

March 7 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - March 7

This week, we enjoyed a performance by Dragon Beat Taiko Hawaii as part of our celebration of Girl's Day. Tsutomu Nakai and Ryo Shinozaki and their two daughters are a QEP alumni family who return each year to share their love for taiko. 

Dragon Beat is a taiko group and school led by Master Taiko Percussionist Tsutomu Nakai. They offer lessons to students of all ages starting as young as two years of age. The Dragon Beat style is often described as energetic and upbeat ­– a blend of traditional Japanese taiko drum arrangements with a focus on rhythm, form and performance.

Tsutomu and Ryo brought their daughters and two others from their school and about 20 different drums to perform with. They allowed all the children and staff to experience taiko drumming first hand. What a great experience it was and children who were here last year were very excited to be able to play the drums again!

  

  

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

February 28 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - February 28

Officers from the Honolulu Police Department visited us this week to share what they do to serve the community. They shared with the children that they patrol the streets, help people who have accidents, direct traffic and keep everyone safe. They help us in so many ways!

Officer Scott talked about his uniform with the children. He wears a badge and even took it off so the children could pass it around to take a closer look. One student in our two-year-old class unzipped her jacket, placed the badge inside the jacket and then zipped it up again. Officer Scott also showed the children the two stars he has above his name. Each star represents five years of his work on the police force.

Officer Scott then showed us the tools he uses for his job. He talked about his handcuffs, flashlight, baton, pepper spray, walkie talkie, body armor and gun that he uses if someone tries to hurt him or others. He did explain that guns are not toys and should only be used by adults. 

Three officers from the Community Service Division with the Keiki ID kit program took individual pictures of the children and created an ID card with the valuable information you shared. Please keep this in a safe place in your home and provide it immediately to law enforcement if your child ever goes missing.  Remember to update your child’s photo at least yearly as there will be changes to physical characteristics with age. We hope that no family will ever have to deal with this issue. However, having this information will greatly help police officers.

Another officer talked about his vehicle.  All of the children were able to enter the squad car. They watched classmates who had volunteered turn on the flashing lights and the siren and horn, which was very loud!

The children had a wonderful first-hand experience and the officers did an excellent job sharing their work as community helpers. They were patient and non-threatening and the children loved talking with them!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

February 21 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - February 21

As we partner with families in educating their children, we offer many opportunities for parent involvement.  Family engagement in the early years can support your child’s readiness for school and lifelong success.  And when families are engaged you become more competent in your role as parents.  Through these interactions and relationships, you may learn additional strategies to promote development and learning at home.

February has been filled with wonderful opportunities to have parents attend activities and participate with their children. Parents can see how much their child has learned and has grown.

We started the month with the Chinese Lion Dance for Chinese New Year, two parent lunches, a Grand Am where the children raced their cardboard vehicles which they created with their parents, and three Valentine Tea Dances.

We also participated in the HAIS/WASC Mid-Cycle Accreditation Process with our entire St. Andrew’s Schools ohana.  The Accreditation team visited the downtown, K-12 Priory and Prep campus on Wednesday and Thursday and the visited our preschool campus on Thursday.  It was a pleasure to share QEP with them and all that we do. 

This coming Wednesday, February 27th, police officers of the Honolulu Police Department will be coming to share what they do to serve the community and to keep all of us safe.  They will also be providing a great service with their Keiki ID Program that supports families in having valuable and important information regarding their child in the event their child goes missing.  Please keep this in a safe place in your home and provide it immediately to law enforcement if your child ever goes missing. Remember to update your child’s photo at least yearly as there will be changes to physical characteristics with age. We hope that no family will ever have to deal with this issue; however, having this information will greatly help police officers and families in time of need.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 5          Celebrating Girl’s Day with Taiko Drums
M-F March 18 – 29        School closed for Spring Break
Monday, April 1              School closed for Teacher Professional Day 

 

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

February 14 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - February 14

Visit with Bishop Bob Fitzpatrick
We had a wonderful visit with Bishop Bob Fitzpartrick on Wednesday, February 6.  He read a story to the older children and shared how we are all loved by God. The children listened intently and when he was done asked surprisingly interesting questions like, “Did you ever write a book before?” His great answer was, “When I was little, I used to draw pictures and write stories about my picture.  Do you do that?” To which the children nodded and said, Yes!”

Thank you Bishop Bob for taking the time to come to read to us and we hope you will come again!

Valentine's Day 
Happy Valentine’s Day to our QEP families! This is a wonderful opportunity to show our appreciation for the people in our lives. Talk with your children about what they can do  for others that does not cost anything, like greetings of “Happy Valentine’s Day,” giving a hug, a smile, making a card, or drawing a picture.    

Talk about how it feels when someone gives you a hug, draws a pictures for you, plays with you or helps you. Does it feel good? What does someone look like or what kind of face do they have  when you give them a hug or you help them?

By showing loving actions and not just saying the words “I love you,” we can show love to everyone by making them happy. No matter how many people we love, we always have more love in our hearts.

When someone is happy they smile, laugh, sing or dance. Spend time together as a family and treasure those special moments. 

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

February 7 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - February 7

Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is known as the “Spring Festival.” It is also the tradition to thoroughly clean your house to sweep away any ill-fortune in hopes to make way for good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.

This year Chinese New Year fell on Tuesday, February 5, and we celebrated by inviting the Asian Lion Dance Team to perform the Chinese lion dance for the children. This year, we are celebrating the year of the Boar or Pig. The Boar symbolizes such character traits as diligence, compassion, and generosity.

Chinese believe red is a lucky color. We had two red lions perform for us this year! The children fed the lions the traditional li see (red paper envelope containing money) as they danced around them in the tricycle area. The lion is believed to bring good luck and the dance celebrates the beginning of spring.  The children also used bubble packaging to represent the “firecrackers” and made loud noises as we welcomed in the Lunar New Year.

 

Cold Weather and Flu Season
Please remember to keep a sweater or jacket in your child’s cubby at all times. The weather has been extremely cold and windy and therefore children will need a sweater, jacket or an extra shirt when going outside. They will also need a blanket to keep warm during naps.

Influenza – commonly called the flu ­– occurs mostly during the winter months.  Influenza usually begins with a sudden fever and other symptoms such as body ache, headache, cough or heavy breathing, sore throat and runny nose, low energy, or nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. It is caused by a virus.

If your child has these symptoms, see your doctor as they are able to test to confirm if your child has influenza. Antibiotics are not helpful for influenza because antibiotics do not treat viruses. Your child will only be prescribed antibiotics if they are suspected to have a bacterial infection.

Influenza is very infectious and can spread through the air by coughing and sneezing, and by touching objects that have been in contact with an infected person. Good hygiene can greatly reduce the chances of getting influenza or passing it to others. Good hygiene includes:

     • Regularly washing your hands.
     • Not sharing cups, utensils or food.
     • Coughing or sneezing into your shoulder or sleeve.
     • Using a tissue, throwing it away when done, then washing your hands.

If your child has the flu, please keep them at home until they are well again. Help your child recover faster by ensuring plenty of bed rest, drinking lots of fluids, and following your doctor’s recommendations. 

Let’s work together to keep our community healthy – children, siblings, parents, other family members and our QEP staff. Thank you!!!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

January 31 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - January 31

Our Community Helpers
Our units of study for January and February include learning about our community helpers, the uniforms they wear and the vehicles they drive. We also incorporate the various modes of transportation – air, land and sea.

We want the children to have a positive attitude toward the helpers in our community, such as police officers, firefighters, EMS, postal workers, doctors, dentists, teachers and others who serve the community.

Police officers will also be visiting on Wednesday, February 27 with their squad cars and the Community Service Division will be issuing free Keiki ID Cards to the children. This provides first-hand experiences for the children to see and hear the officers talk about their job, how they help us, the use of the 911 emergency numbers and how to identify the uniform they wear.

You can support our curriculum by talking about community helpers and most importantly, showing your appreciation for the work that they do. You can say hello or wave to the officers or say “thank you,” which shows respect for the work they do and models this behavior for your children. 

Some of the classes also visited the Children’s Discovery Center, where they were able to try on the uniforms our community helpers wear and the equipment they use. The teachers have also changed their dramatic play areas to create a bakery, doctor’s office, computer center, veterinarian office and more so the children can dress up and pretend-play these helpers’ roles. 

We are still coordinating visits from firefighters and EMS ambulance workers. If you are able to help, please let us know. 

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

January 24 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - January 24

QEP Community Week
This week is QEP Community Week. The children are having a great time visiting and playing in each other's classes. One teacher remains in the class while the other two rotate with the children. Each day, the children cannot wait to visit their neighbors to play and explore the new toys and equipment. 

On Friday, the children will be visiting me in the office, watching Aunty Saori and Aunty Kei in the kitchen making their lunches, and visiting with Uncle Ray who will share all the tools he uses. QEP is a great community as we work and play together every day!

Queen Emma’s Birthday
We celebrated Queen Emma’s birthday after nap on Tuesday, January 22. Each class sang “Happy Birthday” to her and enjoyed a cupcake for our afternoon snack. This annual celebration is one of the ways that children begin to learn about the generous and loving queen who founded St. Andrew's Priory in 1867, paving the way for Queen Emma Preschool to come into existence. 

 

Next Week is Picture Taking 
Monday-Friday, January 28 - February 1           

            Monday         Leialoha
            Tuesday        Aloha Kamalii and Menehune
            Wednesday  Hokulele
            Thursday       Lehua
            Friday             Kapiolani      

Both individual and class pictures will be taken on the same day. If your child is absent on their scheduled day, they may take a make-up photo on any of the other scheduled days.

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

January 17 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - January 17 

Update on Food Drive
Thank you again for your participation in our food drive in December for the Hawaii Food Bank. We received a notification that together we collected and shared 526 pounds of food with Hawaii families in need. What an awesome job!

Osaka Preschool Association
On Friday, January 11, we were visited by 27 teachers and administrators from 21 different preschools in Osaka, Japan. The Osaka Preschool Association sponsored these teachers to help broaden their experiences and knowledge about preschool education in other countries. The teachers brought puppets, games, fans, origami paper and folded origami items to share with the children.

 

QEP Community Week
As we begin our units on community and community helpers, teachers will be discussing the following with the children:

·      That they live in a community at home and that we are a community here at QEP.
·      We have friends in our class and we have neighbors in all the other classes.
·      We work and play together.

Next week will be QEP Community Week. The children will be visiting and having an opportunity to play in each of the classes. One teacher will remain in the class while the other two rotate with the children. Each day, the children will get to play in two different classes and the teacher will explain the areas and what will be available. The teachers will discuss with the children how each class was the same or different from theirs. On Friday, the children will be visiting me in the office. They will also visit Aunty Saori and Kei in the kitchen to see our lunch being prepared and Uncle Ray, who will share what he does and the tools he uses.

At QEP we are a community too, and everyone works hard and helps each other every day!

Queen Emma’s Birthday
We will be celebrating our founder, Queen Emma’s 183rd birthday on Tuesday, January 22. Each class will sing “Happy Birthday” and celebrate by enjoying a cupcake for our afternoon snack.

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

January 10 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - January 10 

Happy New Year!
We hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends creating memories and family traditions.  The children were so happy to return to school, to see their friends and to return to a more normal familiar routine.  But I could tell that the parents were especially happy to see us and that school was back in session as they greeted us with big smiles and big waves!  Happy New Year to everyone!

Snow Day
What an exciting day we had today! We want to thank you to our QEP PTA for providing this super “cool” and fun event that was enjoyed by everyone! After a mix up with the truck delivering our snow, they were able to work with Hawaiian Ice to schedule, coordinate and have ice delivered within an hour to be sprayed in our trike area. 

 

Thank you to all our parents who came early to help shovel and fluff the snow but had to wait for the delivery of the ice. We appreciated your patience and understanding and hope that you got to stay and enjoy watching your children shriek, laugh and dig in the snow.

In the early morning, the weather was beautiful, the sky was blue, and the winter air was crisp. But soon after, the sky turned a little grey, we were sprinkled with some “Hawaiian snow” and drizzles. Luckily, the rain held out until the last groups enjoyed their time on the snow.  Only in Hawai‘i do we have to buy ice to provide our children with this wonderful experience while others on the Mainland dread the daily snow routine!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

Be sure to download and print the QEP Spring Save the Date.

December 20 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - December 20

QEP Food Drive for Hawaii Food Bank
Thank you for your generous donations in support of our QEP Food Drive. With your help, we collected more than 1,000 canned and boxed food items for The Hawaii Food Bank. The children were excited as they waved good bye to the truck filled with the food they had collected. After its departure, they continued to talk about the truck taking all the food to families who don’t have any. It was a wonderful feeling to help others and learn about how we can all make a difference.

 

QEP Christmas Program Video
If you would still like to order a Christmas video, you may do so upon our return to school on January 7. Just complete an order form by the sign-in area and turn your order into the office. The joy of Christmas will fill your heart every time you watch it.

Wishing you a Happy Holidays!
The entire QEP staff would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. It’s a time to celebrate with your family and friends. We look forward to the New Year as we continue to partner with you in the education of your child. Thank you for your participation and support of Queen Emma Preschool. We look forward to seeing you all back at school on January 7!

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

Be sure to download and print the QEP Spring Save the Date.

Picture Taking Week (Jan. 28-Feb. 1) Schedule
Monday         Leialoha
Tuesday        Aloha Kamalii and Menehune
Wednesday  Hokulele
Thursday       Lehua
Friday             Kapiolani      
Both individual and class pictures will be taken on the same day.     

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

December 13 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - December 13

QEP Food Drive for Hawaii Food Bank
Thank you for your generous donation of canned foods in support of our QEP Food Drive, which ended today. The Hawaii Food Bank truck came around 10:30 a.m. to pick up all the donated items. This helps children understand why and how to help people and the good feeling that comes from giving to others.

QEP Christmas Program
The children shared their songs and dances -- and everything they did brought joy and smiles to everyone there. The air was filled with the spirit of Christmas and everyone’s heart was filled with love.

Cooler Weather
Cooler weather has arrived, so please remember to keep a sweater or jacket and extra clothes in your child’s cubby. When going outside to play, the children are reminded to keep warm by wearing their jacket or sweater or putting on an extra t-shirt. In addition, there often seems to be more accidents at naptime during the cooler months, so extra clothes are always needed. Please check to be sure that as your child grows, you supply their cubby with clothes that fit them. Trying to be independent can be very difficult if your child has difficulty putting on clothes that are just too tight.

Thank you very much for all you do to partner with us in making your child’s preschool experience a happy and safe time for learning.

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

Upcoming Events:
December 21 – January  4 :  Christmas Holiday,  school closed
January 7: Classes resume
January 10: Snow day
January 28 – February 1:  Picture taking week, Monday: Leialoha; Tuesday: Aloha Kamalii and Menehune; Wednesday: Hokulele; Thursday: Lehua; Friday: Kapiolani 

Parent eNews December 6

Queen Emma Preschool Update - December 6

QEP Food Drive for Hawaii Food Bank
The holiday season is filled with joy and love and is a time to celebrate with family and friends. As we celebrate this festive time of year, we must remind ourselves that there are those who are less fortunate. There are many families who lost their homes during the lava flows, fires, flooding, and other natural disasters right here in Hawai‘i, as well as on the mainland.

You can model and teach your child lessons in compassion and generosity. Talk to your child about helping others and ways to do this. One such way is through our current food drive.

We are supporting the Hawaii Food Bank, which has served the people of Hawai‘i for more than 34 years by distributing large quantities of food through agencies on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i so that no one goes hungry. Our QEP Food Drive started on Monday, December 3 and runs until Thursday, December 13, when the Hawaii Food Bank truck comes to pick up all the donated items. 

By participating in this effort, children understand why and how to help people and the good feeling that comes from giving to others. This is an easy way to teach young children to be generous by having your child choose what items they would like to buy or bring from home to share with those in need.

Thank you in advance for your generous donations.

QEP Christmas Program
Our Christmas Program will be held this Saturday, December 8, in the

St. Andrew’s Schools gym from 4-6 p.m. The children will be sharing songs and dances to get you in the holiday mood. There will be a social following the program, so please sign up indicating what you plan to bring to share for refreshments. Please join us!!!  

Susan Okoga
QEP Director 

Upcoming Events:
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

November 29 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - November 29

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Our days are full and busy, so taking time to spend with family and friends to create treasured memories is very important.

With holiday season here, there are added activities to our schedules such as shopping, decorating, baking, family gatherings, programs, recitals and travel. Although these activities are fun, they can add stress. 

As adults, it’s important to recognize these feelings not only for ourselves but to help our children cope with their feelings as well. Here are some suggestions to help you deal with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

  • Try to maintain a normal routine. Having a routine is so important for young children to feel secure and to know what to expect and make sense of their world. Children feel safe when they can predict “what comes next.”
  • Making sure your child gets plenty of rest, which will help them deal with stress. Know your child and help to set realistic expectations.  A tired child will not do well going shopping or being out late for an event.  Rest will also keep your children healthy and feeling their best.
  • Planning healthy meals and snacks can help to balance and limit the amount of sweets during the holidays. Good nutrition can have a major impact on how children feel.
  • Talk to your child about the events of the day. Some surprises are expected but help children be prepared for changes to their routine.
  • Incorporate some quiet time for both adults and children. Set time aside for a nap or to play quietly. Ask your child what they would like to do to feel better and help make these activities available.
  • Maintain your stress level and stay calm as much as possible. Children will sense your stress and become stressed as well. Take time for yourself and show appropriate ways in managing stressful situations.

Holidays are a time for families to be together and share family traditions and create memories. Being a part of a family helps children feel connected to love ones in their lives not only during the holidays but throughout their lives.

Visit from Preschool Teachers in Japan

On Thursday, November 15, preschool teachers from Japan visited us. They were sponsored by Shogakukan Publishing, a large Japanese publishing company of educational materials, which offered this opportunity to teachers who use their materials. 

The teachers were very interested in our curriculum, the centers and activities that are provided, and the many opportunities for families to be involved. They commented on how relaxed and happy all the children were and the teachers, too! The teachers also shared origami paper folding with the children. The children still talk about their visit and want to continue doing origami art.

  

  

Upcoming Events:
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 

November 15 Parent eNews

Queen Emma Preschool Update - November 15

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we have so much to be thankful for. The teachers are asking the children to share about what they are thankful for, who they are thankful for, and why and what they can do to show someone they are thankful.    

Being thankful is a basic lesson for young children. Talk to your child about being thankful and use teachable moments to remind children about being thankful.  When your child shares with someone be sure to recognize them by saying, “I’m so proud of you for sharing your toys with your friends or sharing with your sister.” This makes your child feel good and leaves them wanting to do it again. 

You can also encourage the other person to say, “Thank you!  I like it when you share with me!” Learning to share and be thankful helps children become sensitive to the feelings of others and helps develop positive relationships.  Being thankful also helps us appreciate the good things in life, big and small.

Children always model their parents so be sure to use “please” and “thank you” when you talk and play with them. Children learn more from what they observe than what they are told. Encourage children to write thank you notes for gifts or to express their appreciation. Young children can draw pictures and dictate while you write, and then you can help them sign their names.

It is a great time to talk to your child about being thankful and how people everywhere have different things they need. Talk about how some people need food to eat and others need clothes to wear and that when people help them, they are so thankful.

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 

November 8 Parent eNews

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 

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