There are so many wonderful things for you to learn about IPS. Our website is full of information and photographs. Here are three things that I would like you to know about our school:
We are a neighborhood school in two different neighborhoods. Just think, if you live on the Eastside and your best friend lives on the Westside your children can attend the same preschool. Sure, they will be at different locations, but you will be part of the same vibrant adult community.
Community is exactly what IPS is about. When I think of IPS, I think about children, teachers, curriculum, safety, diversity; these thoughts are constantly swimming through my brain, but my favorite thought is the caring community we are and how proud I feel to be a part of it.
Our school is unique in the way we celebrate diversity. We are a school that welcomes international families that goes far beyond being a global community. It means that there are many layers of respect and caring for differences of all kinds. We have a deeper understanding of what diversity means because we live it every day. IPS started as a school that welcomed international families, as well as families from here in New York City and has grown into a school community that welcomes all families; economically diverse, single parent, same sex families. We celebrate our differences by recognizing that our differences are what makes us all the same.
This simple but profound lesson can be the key to a world of peace. If our students become world leaders what a wonderful foundation they will start with. They will bring forth their natural ability to open their hearts to all people.
Lastly, I want to talk about our longstanding commitment to play-based learning. This approach uses hands-on and experiential learning to build skills in all areas of development: cognitive, creative, and social-emotional learning. Educational trends come and go but for over 50 years, IPS has believed in this philosophical approach to teaching young children. We all do better when we are relaxed and having fun. With this in mind, our teachers do an excellent job teaching our students all they need to be prepared for their next school experience. Our teachers are the heart and soul of our school. Our classrooms are filled with happy children learning and playing as their teachers guide them through their daily activities.