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.

Continue reading Notes from a parent

Registration Update

Our Monday/Wednesday/Friday morning class is now full. There are still some spots available in the Monday/Wednesday/Friday afternoon class . The Tuesday/Thursday morning and afternoon classes still have spots available, but are filling up quickly.

If possible, please preregister on-line as this will ensure you a placement for your child in your desired program’s day and time. Upon preregistration, we will send you confirmation and instructions for final registration.

For those who would prefer only Monday/Wednesday/Friday morning classes, you may contact us to be placed on the waiting list. Waiting list placements will be based on a first-served basis on availability due to withdrawals. Preference will be given to those who register for the Monday/ Wednesday/Friday afternoon class.

Just a reminder that you can register at McBride Annex, in person, on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 9:00 am until 3 pm. Payment is due upon registration and may be made by cheque.

For further information, contact us at [email protected].

Registration Day Is Wednesday, April 11!

When: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: McBride Elementary School Annex in Room 118
4750 St. Catherines Street, Vancouver

If you have already pre-registered your child online, come by any time that suits you. For those who have not yet pre-registered, come early to reserve your place as classes will fill up quickly.

When you arrive, we will ask you to complete the full Registration form and provide the documentation listed in the Registration Checklist. Don’t forget to bring your own photocopies of your child’s birth certificate and immunization records.

Please be prepared to provide cheque payment of the non-refundable annual registration fee, as well as one month’s school fee.

For our complete registration package, please email us at [email protected] and we will send it along

Meet Us At The Malls

Miss Rebecca and Miss Selena will be representing Vancouver Start Smart Preschool at local malls over the next few weeks. 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 pre-registrations for September 2012.

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

Find us at:

King Edward Village
On the corner of Kingsway and Knight in the Price Smart Foods lobby
Saturday, March 31st from 9 am to 3 pm.

Oakridge Shopping Centre
In front of the Safeway Store
Saturday, April 7, from 9 am to 3 pm.

See you there!

We’re opening this September!

After many months of hard work, we are pleased to announce that Start Smart Preschool will be open to students and families in September, 2012!

We will be located at the Sir Richard McBride School Annex at 4750 St. Catherines Street, off East 33rd Avenue, right next to Grays Park.

We’ll offer classes for 3- and 4-year-olds. Classes for 3-year-olds will be on Tuesday and Thursday; for 4-year-olds, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There are morning or afternoon sessions on each day, either 9:15AM through 11:45 AM or 12:45 through 3:15.

Pre-registration is now open! Click here to sign up.