Come join the fun as we support our new preschool home and community at the          2012 annual McBride Annex School Spring Fair.

Miss Selina and Miss Rebecca will be face-painting all day at this family-friendly, fun-filled, exciting carnival with games and activities for kids of all ages.   Funds raised will go towards purchasing a new playground for the school and extracurricular activities. Admission is Free.

See you there!

When:  Saturday, June 2nd from 11am to 3pm

Where: McBride Elementary Annex at 4750 St. Catherines Street (29th and St Catherines)

Contact us at: [email protected]

For more information check out the Vancouver Mountainview Neighborhood website at—june-2nd.html


Meet and Greet Us on May 19th

On Saturday, May 19th, Vancouver Start Smart Preschool will be having another community “meet and greet” event at  Dean’s nofrills – Fraser St   located at 4508 Fraser Street.  We will be on location from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, just inside the front door.

This is a great opportunity for new friends to acquaint themselves with Miss Rebecca and chat in a neighborhood environment about the Start Smart approach.  It is also a great way for the community to learn about the new non-profit Fine Arts Preschool opening in the neighborhood.  Our display will showcase artwork by past students, and we’d be delighted to tell you all about our program and our school.

Of course, we will also be accepting registrations for the last remaining spots in our September 2012 afternoon classes.

If you would like to touch bases with us and view our display of student artwork, please stop by. We’d love to meet you and have the chance to answer your questions!

We invite you to bring the kids and come say hello!

Find us at:                                                                                                                              No Frills. lower food prices™.

Dean’s nofrills – Fraser St    4508 Fraser Street, Vancouver from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM                                                                                                                                                               






Afternoon Spaces Filling Fast!

Register now to save your child a spot in our exciting, creativity-stimulating Fine Arts preschool program.

If your child is 4 years old (born in 2008), the 3 day Monday/Wednesday and Friday afternoon classes are perfect for preparing your child’s readiness for full day Kindergarten next year. If you are a neighbour of the McBride Annex (and live in the school catchment) your child will have a head start in building friendships and being familiar with the school building and playground environments. If you are outside the McBride area, join in the fun with us—you may pick up an out of catchment placement if you like, but if your neighbourhood school is the best option for you, your child will still have a chance to learn and socialize in a Fine Arts “school” setting.

If your child is 3 years old (born in 2009), the 2 day Tuesday and Thursday afternoon classes are a great introduction to experiencing learning and socialization in a safe and appropriate stimulating environment. Your child will grow and change in ways that surprise you.

Notes from a parent

Why I chose the afternoon preschool class for my child – and am glad I did!

My child’s first year at our neighborhood preschool was Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The afternoon class was the only class available as the morning was full. I took it because the program with Fine Arts looked amazing. I had waited too long to decide about preschool. It was one of those things I’ve noticed about parenting where the child grows up faster than I expected, and preschool just snuck up on me. To register at the end of April meant it was the afternoon class or “no preschool” at all.

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