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2018-19 Preschool Special Event Days

Vancouver Start Smart Preschool has special events and traditions which are important community building opportunities for preschool families.  Most importantly, these events give parents an opportunity to observe their children at preschool and participate in their accomplishments.  Here is an overview of calendar dates to enable your planning /work schedules as needed.  Throughout the year we will update and remind you of these events through the monthly newsletter and by email.

Note:  All dates are tentative and subject  to change.  Should changes be required appropriate advance notice will be given.

October 22 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:

Pumpkin Patch Day:  Parent/Caregiver Participation required

October 23 Tuesday/Thursday classes:

Pumpkin Patch Day:  Parent/Caregiver Participation required

October 30 Tuesday/Thursday classes:

Halloween Costume Parade and mini-performance—

     Parent Photo-op last half hour of class  

October 31 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:

Halloween Costume Parade and mini-performance—

     Parent Photo-op last half hour of class

December 13 Tuesday/Thursday classes:

PJ and Stuffie Day

December 14 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:

PJ  and Stuffie Day

December 19 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:

Christmas Concert and Community Potluck—Parents and Family invited

December 20 Tuesday/Thursday classes

Christmas Concert and Community Potluck—Parents and Family invited

December 21 Preschool Closed for Winter Break
February 13 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:

VALENTINES DAY:  Bring Valentines to exchange.  Treat will be provided!

February 14 Tuesday/Thursday classes:

VALENTINES DAY:  Bring Valentines to exchange.  Treat will be provided!

March 16 – 31 Spring vacation — No Preschool
June 13 Tuesday/Thursday classes:

Year-end Show and Family Potluck—Parents and Family invited

June 14 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:

Year-end Show and Family Potluck—Parents and Family invited

June 20

June 21

Tuesday/Thursday classes:  Last Day of Preschool

Monday/Wednesday/Friday:  Last Day of Preschool

 

2018-19 Preschool Calendar

Vancouver Start Smart Preschool operates on the same schedule as the public school system. We are closed for all statutory and public school holidays, as well as professional development days.

September 4 First Day for Tuesday/Thursday 3 year old classes– gradual entry in effect
September 5 First Day for Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4 year old classes–gradual entry in effect
September 10 First Full Day for  Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4 year old classes
September 11 First Full Day for Tuesday/Thursday 3 year old classes
September 21 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
October 8 Thanksgiving Day – No  Preschool
October 19 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
November 9 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
November 12 Remembrance Day — No Preschool
December 19,20 Last Day of classes before Winter Vacation
December 21 Winter vacation period starts:  Christmas Break — No Preschool
January 7 Schools reopen after Winter vacation
January 25 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
February 15 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
February 18 BC Family Day – No  Preschool
March 16–31 Spring vacation– No  Preschool
April 1 Schools reopen after Spring vacation
April 19-22 Easter—No Preschool
April 29 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
May 17 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
May 20 Victoria Day – No  Preschool
June 20 Last Day for Tuesday/Thursday 3 year old classes
June 21 Last Day for Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4 year old classes

All in a Day’s Drama…

Teaching Drama to 4 year olds?…now there’s a thought!   First, you have to explain what drama ‘is’…

My starting point is that in drama we are “telling a story with our bodies” and my first question to my 19 little ‘thespians-in- the-making’ is, “How do our faces tell a story?”

In a game the children select a “face” and they try to mimic that face for their friends. The friends must guess what ‘story’ is being portrayed!  Always funny is the child who chooses the angry or sad face but is so excited they just can’t stop smiling enough to harness their angry or sad!

Over the weeks we move through our bodies—how do our arms tell a story?  how do our legs tell a story?—and then we put everything together including our faces.  Suddenly we ARE sad, we ARE shy, and we ARE sleepy— or crazy, or silly!   In this, the children become very comfortable with themselves and their bodies.  They become confident in telling a story with all that they are!

Over the weeks we take on different ideas of ‘being’ as we bring in various drama exercises…and enthusiasm from these dear little souls always abounds.

One day we were sitting in a drama circle and we talked about different machines.  We had just done a drama with song and we had been a popcorn maker, washing machine and dryer and a blender.  The conversation was as follows:

Miss R.:  “What other things in our homes could we be?”

M:  “We could be hot tea kettles.”

Miss R.:  “Can you show us how to be a tea kettle?”

M. obliges and other children have input…what about the whistle sound that the tea kettle makes? and what about the boiling water inside the tea kettle? Then together we all try out our dramatic skills and we all become tea kettles…and then sizzling frying pans, and blow dryers, then vacuum cleaners. We use our bodies; we use levels—up and down, and side to side.  Ideas come fast and furious but through mutual discussion we all eventually agree what our bodies should be doing to tell these ‘appliance’ stories.  Consensus among these four year olds is a give and take affair and a thing of beauty for teacher to behold!

And then, just before our drama circle comes to a close I have time for one last little boy.

Miss R.:  “OK G., what is something in your home that we could be?“ G. takes a brief moment to consider and then taps his cheek a couple of times…I see in his eyes the bright light of the ‘Aha’ moment and the excitement comes to his lips…here it is…

G.:  “I know Miss Rebecca…we could be a wine bottle !!!”

I pause, and the teachers begin to laugh, and not quick enough to say anything in response, I watch…

And…in a split second, in complete unison, without any consensus building, without the remotest prompting needed— my theatre troupe rises to their feet.  This time I am the last to rise…this time no teacher prompting needed! I watch as in unison they put their arms straight into the air with hands together for a narrowed bottle effect and stand with legs together.  Someone shouts, “We need to take the cork out!!!”

Miss R.  “What happens then????” I say.

I watch as my little actors and actresses all start to make a “Pop” sound and movement which belies a cork coming out!  I watch as they bend to the left or right and mime filling a wine glass!

Ah yes…well, we all know that the best drama is life itself…not that the children are drinking wine…but…it’s nice that they allow their mummies and daddies that little something extra at the dinner table.   Funny that they all can be a wine bottle so ‘effortlessly’ and integrate it dramatically without any difficulty whatsoever!

Keep up the good work, Mums and Dads…it makes drama so much fun!