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2017-2018 Preschool Special Events

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 23 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:

Pumpkin Patch Day:  Parent/Caregiver Participation required

October 24 Tuesday/Thursday classes:

Pumpkin Patch Day:  Parent/Caregiver Participation required

October 30 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:

Halloween Costume Parade and mini-performance—

     Parent Photo-op last half hour of class  

October 31 Tuesday/Thursday classes:

Halloween Costume Parade and mini-performance—

     Parent Photo-op last half hour of class

December 14 Tuesday/Thursday classes:

PJ and Stuffie Day

December 15 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:

PJ and Stuffie Day

December 20 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:

Christmas Concert and Community Potluck—Parents and Family invited

December 21 Tuesday/Thursday classes

Christmas Concert and Community Potluck—Parents and Family invited

December 22 Preschool Closed for Winter Break
February 13 Tuesday/Thursday classes:

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

February 14 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:

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

March 17–April 2 Spring vacation — No Preschool
June 14 Tuesday/Thursday classes:

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

June 15 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:

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

June 21 Tuesday/Thursday classes:  Last Day of Preschool

 

2017-2018 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 5 First Day for Tuesday/Thursday 3 year old classes– gradual entry in effect
September 6 First Day for Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4 year old classes–gradual entry in effect
September 11 First Full Day for  Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4 year old classes
September 12 First Full Day for Tuesday/Thursday 3 year old classes
September 22 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
October 9 Thanksgiving Day – No  Preschool
October 20 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
November 10 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
November 13 Remembrance Day — No Preschool
December 1 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
December 20, 21 Last Day of classes before Winter Vacation
December 22 Winter vacation period starts:  Christmas Break — No Preschool
January 8 Schools reopen after Winter vacation
January 29 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
February 12 BC Family Day – No  Preschool
February 19 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
March 17–April 2 Spring vacation/Easter break  – No  Preschool
April 3 Schools reopen after Spring vacation/Easter
April 27 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
May 18 VSB School Closure – No Preschool
May 21 Victoria Day – No  Preschool
June 21 Last Day for Tuesday/Thursday 3 year old classes
June 22 Last Day for Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4 year old classes

2016-2017 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 6 First Day for Tuesday/Thursday 3 year old classes– gradual entry in effect
September 7 First Day for Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4 year old classes–gradual entry in effect
September 12 First Full Day for  Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4 year old classes
September 13 First Full Day for Tuesday/Thursday 3 year old classes
September 30 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
October 10 Thanksgiving Day – No  Preschool
October 21 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
November 10 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
November 11 Remembrance Day — No Preschool
December 5 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
December 14,15 Last Day of classes before Winter Vacation
December 16 Winter vacation period starts:  Christmas Break — No Preschool
January 3 Schools reopen after Winter vacation
January 30 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
February 13 BC Family Day – No  Preschool
February 24 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
March 11–March 26 Spring vacation — No Preschool
March 27 Schools reopen after Spring vacation
April 14—17 School Closed for Easter break including Good Friday and Easter Monday
May 5 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
May 22 Victoria Day – No  Preschool
June 15 Last Day for Tuesday/Thursday 3 year old classes
June 16 Last Day for Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4 year old classes

2016-2017 Preschool Special Events

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 19 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:                      Pumpkin Patch Day:  Parent/Caregiver Participation required
October 20 Tuesday/Thursday classes:                                           Pumpkin Patch Day:  Parent/Caregiver Participation required
October 27 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 14 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:                    Christmas Concert and Community Potluck—Parents and Family invited
December 15 Tuesday/Thursday classes                                          Christmas Concert and Community Potluck—Parents and Family invited
December 16 Preschool Closed for Winter Break
February 1 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:                        Chinese New Year Dragon Parade and mini-  performance—Parent Photo-op last half hour of class
February 2 Tuesday/Thursday classes:                                              Chinese New Year Parade and mini-performance—  Parent Photo-op last half hour of class
February 10 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 11–26 Spring vacation– No Preschool
June 8 Tuesday/Thursday classes:                                                    Year-end Show and Family Potluck—Parents and  Family invited
June 9 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:                              Year-end Show and Family Potluck—Parents and  Family invited
June 15 Tuesday/Thursday classes:  Last Day of Preschool
June 16 Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes:                                       Last Day of Preschool

Around Town with the Wee Ones

–4th Edition, June 2016                                                                                             By Krista Wilson For Vancouver Start Smart Preschool

With the end of the preschool year, there is a lot of excitement in the air as we recognize our children’s growth and achievements.

When it’s all said and done, it’s nice to break from our busy schedules and give the kids some down time. We all have busy summers planned¾whether it be trips to visit grandparents and cousins, or camping trips with friends¾so in this edition we focus on easy breezy days with the kids in nearby locations, day-trip destinations to help you plan kid-friendly adventures with your out-of-town visitors, and, as always, a little inspiration for our budding performers.

Have a wonderful summer and don’t forget to exchange contact information with fellow Start Smart families to continue meeting up at Grays Park and, hopefully, explore some of the locations below.

Local Family Outings…

VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden is ranked 10th out of 308 attractions in Vancouver by TripAdvisor. And for good reason. There is an entrance fee, but it is peaceful, colourful, and educational. The kids enjoy walking the many trails and finding their way through the Elizabethan hedge maze. Check the website for a list of birds to spot during your visit and, if your kids like to draw, pack some paper and pencils for them to draw their favourite trees or flowers. Bring a picnic or pick up the picnic pack from the café.

http://vandusengarden.org/explore/vandusen-botanical-garden/

Outdoor Pools and Water Parks

Grays Park Wading Pool / 10am-3.30pm

We hope to see lots of Start Smart families at Grays Park wading pool this summer. Fingers crossed that the water restrictions don’t shut it down again this summer.

Hillcrest Outdoor Pool Open now thru September, early summer hours are 12-6pm.

Maple Grove Pool / 6875 Yew Street

This outdoor pool in Kerrisdale is great for younger kids as it’s not as breezy as Kits Pool and Second Beach Pool.

Robson Park Wading Pool / 599 Kingsway

Go with a group and take turns playing tennis on the adjacent courts.

MacLean Park Water Park / 710 Keefer Street

Named after the first mayor of Vancouver, this park has a spray park, playground, and large fields for the kids to run around while you admire the colours and architecture of the houses that surround the park.

Prince Edward Spray Park / David Livingstone Elementary School

A few years ago this wading pool was replaced with a spray park that has become a popular community gathering spot.

Water parks and wading pools: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/wading-pools-and-water-parks.aspx  Spray parks in Vancouver are push-button operated from 10am to 8pm.

Outdoor pools: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/swimming-pools.aspx

More Local Family Outings…

 Richmond Nature Park

Head south on Knight Street all the way to the end of the road and just to the right is the Richmond Nature Park. Explore the park on its boardwalk or trails, watching for birds, turtles, and other bog critters. The Nature House next to the parking lot has interactive displays, animals and a beehive. Some family events happening this summer include Gnome’s Sweet Home on June 12, where kids of all ages look for gnome’s in the park with the help of Sherlock Gnomes! And on July 24 children aged 4 to 12 years can ride through the park on a pony ($10). Open 9-5 daily, 11-4 for special events. Admission by donation. 11851 Westminster Highway (approx. 15 minute drive from the preschool)

http://www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/naturepark/about.htm

Lynn Canyon

No matter the weather, a walk in Lynn Canyon Park is always a great way to enjoy the beautiful west coast. Follow the trail to the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge and 30-foot pool, or head down to the water via the 100 stairs to a great beach area for kids to explore. The Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre (open 10-5 in summer) is well worth a stop to learn more about the coastal temperate rainforest or catch a story time or puppet show. You could also preregister for a two-hour nature program for 3 to 8 year olds and their families.

http://lynncanyon.ca

Maplewood Farm

Petunia, Priscilla, Gus and Snicklefritz are just a few of the over 200 animals and birds you will see at Maplewood Farm. Feed the chickens, ducks and bunnies, and watch the milking demonstration of Lima the cow at 1.15pm daily. 504 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver. $8/adults, $5/kids

http://maplewoodfarm.bc.ca

Day or Overnight Trips with Out of Towners

Golden Ears Provincial Park

Sometimes we get the urge to jump in our car, coffee in hand, and leave town. Whether it’s just for the day or you have reserved a campsite, Golden Ears is a beautiful provincial park and makes for a great day at Alouette Lake. About 1.5 hours from Vancouver, aim to arrive before 11am to find parking. There is no cell coverage in the park so be sure to make specific plans if your group is travelling separately.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/golden_ears/

Train Wreck Hike

Just south of Function Junction in Whistler, train wreck hike takes you to a 1956 train wreck where several boxcars loaded with lumber crashed and were dragged into the nearby forest to clear the tracks. The hike is flat and takes just over an hour return. It’s a fairly busy hiking and mountain biking area but best to make noise as you hike, just in case. Head to Function Junction and look for Flank Trail just behind Olive’s Market.

http://www.whistlerhikes.com/train-wreck/

Inspiration for our Little Performers…

On My Walk

This interactive play explores friendships and the seasons and is specifically produced for newborns to age 3. At the Carousel Theatre for Young People on Granville Island from June 7-19 with two morning shows per day and an afternoon show on Saturdays. $15 per ticket.

http://www.carouseltheatre.ca/production/on-my-walk-2/

Vancouver Performing Stars

This company offers various dance, hip hop, and musical theatre classes and camps with lots of options for 3-5 year olds.

http://www.performingstars.ca

Rock of Ages

Okay, this one’s for all you 80s music fans. Leave that sweet child o’ yours at home and plan a date night set in 1987 Los Angeles. Sit back and enjoy all the top rock anthems of the 80s. Don’t forget to tease your hair! Playing at the Arts Club Granville Island Stage June 19 to July 30. Tickets from $29.

https://www.artsclub.com/shows/2015-2016/rock-of-ages

Updates and Reminders…

Check out June’s Cineplex Family Favourites $2.99 movies http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites

Hillcrest Rink remains open and offers the Parent & Preschooler free skate. You can rent skates on site.

Around Town with the Wee Ones April-May 2016

Around Town with the Wee Ones

3rd Edition, April 2016, By Krista Wilson For Vancouver Start Smart Preschool

It was a long and wet winter this year. And although we’re more than ready for spring, it always seems to sneak up on us. No more dreaming about sunshine and longer days, they’re here! And along with the nicer weather comes planning for outdoor activities, summer camps, and day trips with the family. We hope this edition of Wee Ones helps you plan some fun excursions with your family, and maybe a little time to yourself too.

Get Outta Town…

Thomas the Tank Engine in Squamish

Thomas the train will be in Squamish again this year at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. The kids LOVE this event so buy tickets now for a specific train time over the Victoria Day long weekend or the following weekend. The train ride itself is very short, but plan to spend some time riding the miniature train and checking various other train displays set up in the adjacent building. Some food available on site but lineups can be long so a bag of snacks might save the day. http://www.wcra.org

Explore Steveston

Steveston makes for a great family day trip. It only takes about 30 minutes to get there, and there is so much to do in Richmond’s charming seaside village. Here’s one itinerary for a day out in Steveston (aka Storybrooke). First, head for Garry Point Park to give the kids a run-around after the drive. This is a beautiful grassy park area just past the Cannery, where you can fly kites, bike along the dyke, or play at a nearby beach area. Bring warm clothes as the Point can be windy and cool all year round. Now make your way into the Village to check out the fishing boats at the wharf and have fish and chips for lunch at Pajo’s. After some food, head to the playground and waterpark next to the Steveston Community Centre. It can get quite hot here and shady areas are limited so pack hats and sunscreen. This place is a kid’s dream and they may not want to leave, so you might have to tempt them with ice cream at Timothy’s or Screamers. Before you head home, stop at the tourist office and collect some information for your next visit…maybe the Sunday Farmers and Artisan Market or a tour of the machines at the Cannery or the bunkhouses at the Shipyards historic sites. http://www.tourismrichmond.com/things-to-do/steveston/

Fort Langley National Historic Site

A fortified trading post and the birthplace of British Columbia in 1858, Fort Langley offers a fun environment for kids to learn about the history of BC. Learn about blacksmithing, trading and panning for gold, while the wooden battlements and Xplorers scavenger hunt are great when kids want to pick up the pace. It’s about an hour’s drive from Vancouver and the whole family can get in for less than $20.  http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/visit.aspx

Centennial Beach

With gorgeous views and sandy beaches that seem to go on forever, Centennial Beach is a fantastic family day out. There is ample parking; picnic tables, tennis courts, a boardwalk and washrooms nearby; and you can eat at the beach cafe or bring your own BBQ. The kids love beachcombing and playing in the warm water. Also a popular spot for bird watching, see if the kids can spot any sandpipers, eagles, owls, hawks, or blue herons. Centennial Beach is in Boundary Bay Regional Park in the Tsawwassen part of Delta – about a 30-minute drive. Take Hwy 99 South to exit 28 onto Highway 17 toward ferries. Turn left on 56th and left again on 12th. http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/boundary-bay-regional-park

Summer Camps for Preschoolers…

Arts Umbrella

The Arts Umbrella, a not-for-profit and national leader in children’s arts education, offers a large selection of music, art and theatre summer camps for 3-4 year olds and 5-6 year olds at Granville Island. These camps are definitely pricier than community centre offerings but they pair two high-quality programs into one camp. There’s also an option for early drop offs. Call 604 681 5268 to speak to staff or register online at

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/artsumbrella/Activity_Search?ActivityCategoryID=37&isSearch=true&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true . Be sure to choose the Vancouver location.

Pedalheads

Every summer hundreds of kids learn to bike at the Pedalheads bike camps in Vancouver. If your child has a new runner bike or is ready to shed the training wheels, consider registering them in the Pedalheads bike camp. Their camps run at various times and locations across Vancouver, with the closest being David Livingstone Elementary School. https://www.pedalheads.com/PedalheadsBC/register-british-columbia

Sportball

The Sportball program offers multi-sport and sport-specific programs for 2 to 12 year olds. The coaches are incredibly caring and encouraging and their techniques creative and engaging. If you want to see 20 preschoolers sit in a line and listen attentively while in a gym surrounded by balls, register for a Sportball class. The kids get a great runaround, while building fundamental sport skills and just having a great time. The Sportball program is offered at community centres across Vancouver. https://www.sportball.ca/vancouver/program-schedules/vancouver/summer-2016

Inspiration for our Little Performers…

Will Stroet’s CD Release Concert

Will Stroet – many of you will know him from the CBC show Will’s Jams – recently recorded his new album Wordplay. Support a local children’s entertainer and get down with your kids at Will’s CD release show at the Jewish Community Centre (Oak and 41st) on Sunday April 17. The 11am show is sold out but a 4.30 show has been added. Get your tickets now at www.willwordplay2.eventbrite.ca

Raffi Cavoukian

Who? Exactly. Raffi needs no last name. In fact, it’s just downright confusing at this point since most of us have been listening to Raffi since we were kids. Raffi’s mother-in-law discovered his talent for connecting with children through music while singing at her preschool in the 1960s. He gained popularity so quickly that he moved from small school groups to large concerts within months. Raffi believed that children’s exposure to TV should be limited and refused to market to children, giving up many lucrative endorsements and production deals. It’s both ironic and an amazing achievement that a search on amazon today for the most popular children’s CDs finds numerous Raffi albums nestled amongst Disney soundtracks. Tickets to see Raffi at the Orpheum on Sun April 23, 2pm sold quickly but you could call 1.855.985.5000 to inquire. To read more about Raffi and his work with music, children and the environment visit http://www.raffinews.com

Updates and Reminders…

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!

 

Around Town with the Wee Ones

Introducing…  Around Town with the Wee Ones by Krista Wilson

At Vancouver Start Smart Preschool, we are fortunate to be connected with a vibrant and talented parent community support group.  This year one of the preschool mom’s, Krista Wilson, a local writer has offered to prepare “Around Town with the Wee Ones” for our families, a summary of seasonal activities to enhance your family experience.

Winter Activities

Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

Head up Grouse Mountain for a day or evening of snowy Christmas fun, with everything from Santa and reindeer, crafts and sleigh rides, to skating and tobogganing. New this year is a light show against the backdrop of the mountains. A ticket for a family of 4 is about $80, including the Skyride. Note the various start times for activities and check out certain dates for breakfast with Santa.  https://grousemountain.com/peak-of-christmas

Santa Claus Parade

Vancouver’s annual Santa Claus Parade will be held on Sunday, December 6. Activities kick off at 10.30 with family entertainment at the Vancouver Art Gallery, with the parade starting at 1pm. There are lots of great viewing spots along the almost 2km route, which starts on Georgia at Broughton and then heads south on Howe to Davie. Don’t forget to bring a donation for the Food Bank. http://rogerssantaclausparade.com/general-information/

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

If your kids like trains, lights and music, Bright Nights in Stanley Park is sure to be a hit. Between November 26 and January 2, take the train through the park to see lights and live performances. Buy tickets in advance and plan to spend some time in Train Plaza. Matinee tickets are available for viewing displays along the route, but you’ll miss the twinkling of the lights and the live performances. Free parking.                                                                   http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.aspx

 Food & drink

Rocky Mountain Pizza

One of the best family restaurants in town, this place has it all!  Rocky Mountain Flatbread uses local, organic ingredients and the kids love it here! Their food is definitely kid approved (Mac & cheese and cheese pizza being favourites), and while you finish your dinner and local wine or craft beer, the kids head over to the play kitchen to mingle with the other kids. Sunday & Monday nights kids make their own pizza between 5-7pm. 2 locations, Main Street and Kitsilano. http://rockymountainflatbread.ca/

Sweet Salt

Sweet Salt is a cozy, family-friendly German bakery on Fraser street. It’s a nice place to relax, catch up with friends, and enjoy a traditional German treat while your little one plays in the designated play area. http://www.sweetsalt.ca/

2015-2016 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 8 First Day for Tuesday/Thursday 3 year old classes– gradual entry in effect
September 9 First Day for Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4 year old classes–gradual entry in effect
September 14 First Full Day for  Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4 year old classes
September 15 First Full Day for Tuesday/Thursday 3 year old classes
September 28 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
October 12 Thanksgiving Day – No  Preschool
October 23 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
November 11 Remembrance Day — No Preschool
November 27 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
December 16,17 Last Day of classes before Winter Vacation
December 18 Winter vacation period starts:  Christmas Break — No Preschool
January 4 Schools reopen after Winter vacation
February 8 BC Family Day – No  Preschool
February 9 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
March 12–March 28 Spring vacation including Good Friday and Easter Monday– No Preschool
March 29 Schools reopen after Spring vacation
April 18 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
May 2 No Preschool: Teacher Professional Development Day
May 20 VSB School Closure Day – No Preschool
May 23 Victoria Day – No  Preschool
June 16 Last Day for Tuesday/Thursday 3 year old classes
June 17 Last Day for Monday/Wednesday/Friday 4 year old classes