It’s been an eventful January! We welcomed the new year, began units on polar regions and winter weather, and witnessed the inauguration of the next United States president. Here’s a look at some fun activities that have taken place within our classrooms over the last several weeks…
Happy Winter to all!
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Each year, The International Preschools commemorates those faculty and staff members who have achieved a milestone; that is, completing five, ten, fifteen, twenty years and beyond at five-year increments.
This year, IPS is celebrating sixteen staff members across both locations who have reached milestone status! Here are the awardees for the 2020-2021 school year:
Klara Reisinger, 76th Street Head Teacher – 35 Years
Anja Loefken, Library Aide – 30 Years
Judith McIntyre, 86th Street Teacher’s Aide – 30 Years
Mayu Cavior, 86th Street Office Aide – 30 Years
MacKerrow Talcott, Librarian – 30 Years
Charlene Sison, Finance Department – 25 Years
Babette Ayassamy, 86th Street Assistant Teacher – 20 Years
Doug DaSilva, Music Teacher – 20 Years
Grace Zukowska, 86th Street Head Teacher – 20 Years
Jerilyn Rubenstein, 76th Street Floater – 15 Years
Deborah Matlovsky, 86th Street Assistant Teacher – 10 Years
Donna Cohen, IPS Director – 10 Years
Chelsea Mayorga, 76th Street Head Teacher – 5 Years
Jamie Raboy, 76th Street Head Teacher – 5 Years
Jaya Misra, 86th Street Assistant Location Director – 5 Years
Margarit Santiago, 76th Street Head Teacher – 5 Years
Congratulations to all of our milestone recipients!
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With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our play-based learning environment has taken on a new look. After a two-week spring break, The International Preschools reopened on Monday, March 30th…online! Every day, our Red (2s), Green (3s), Pre-K (4s), and Junior K (4s/5s) Rooms are logging into their technical devices and bringing the IPS curriculum into our (currently socially distant) homes.
As a child, one of my favorite events of the school year was our annual book fair. I loved going to the fair with my class, choosing my own books, and taking those treasures home to read and add to my ever-expanding home library, much of which I still have and share with my own children today.
As a teacher (and now administrator), the annual IPS Book Fair is still one of my favorite school year occasions. I had the opportunity to attend the book fairs at both our 76th Street and 86th Street locations this year, and both featured extended shopping hours, large selections of books, helpful volunteers from the IPS parent community, and special guests!
The International Preschools is in the middle of its annual Fathers and Special Friends Read-Aloud. For this event, male relatives and friends of our students are invited into the classrooms to read to the children. This person can be a father, brother, grandfather, cousin, uncle, or special friend.
While the program was originally founded many years ago to identify male figures as reading role models for young boys, it has evolved simply into a wonderful opportunity for cherished caregivers and loved ones to provide a literacy-based activity for our preschoolers.
February: not exactly the month one would think of when contemplating the idea of baby chicks. But here at The International Preschools, we do things differently!
For the last few years during the month of February, The International Preschools has welcomed twelve eggs into each location. The eggs come to us courtesy of Quiver Farms in Montgomery, Pennsylvania. Farmer Brenda of Quiver Farms visited our schools recently and talked to the children about where the eggs came from, how long it will take for the eggs to hatch, and what the children (and teachers) need to do in order to keep the eggs/chicks safe and happy. The eggs that arrived at our school were a little more than halfway through the egg portion of their life cycle, so our job at IPS was to keep the eggs warm in incubators, in order to take the place of the mother hen(s).
Throughout the school year, the children at The International Preschools celebrate holidays from around the world. Each child’s family is invited to visit IPS and teach about a special tradition or family that he/she participates in at home. As a result, IPS children acquire a lot of information about world holidays and festivals!
One universal commemoration is the arrival of the new year. IPS students learned that there are several common themes among the new year celebrations around the world: eating certain foods, wearing new or specific types of clothing, and making noise via fireworks and noisemakers to scare away “evil spirits” to ensure a good year. This month, children at both IPS locations became well-versed on how we honor the new year here in our home of New York City, as well as how the Lunar New Year is observed both here and around the world.
Attention families! The International Preschools is offering an extended day program for the 2020-2021 school year. The program would run 8:00am-6:00pm on Mondays-Fridays at our 86th Street location, while the 76th Street location would offer 8:00am-6:00pm on Mondays-Thursdays and 8:00am-4:00pm on Fridays. The extended hours (4:00pm-6:00pm) would add on to our current after school programming.
Additionally, The International Preschools has added a few options to the program offerings for next year. For the Red Room children, IPS is presenting several opportunities for the school day, which include a 9:00am-12:00pm choice and a 9:00am-3:00pm choice. Also, Red Room children can choose to attend school for either two, three, or five days a week at both locations.
The International Preschools is beyond lucky to procure a faculty and staff full of talent, dedication, and warmth. Each year, our teachers, administration, and staff members are recognized at the Annual Spring Benefit, which falls this year on Friday, April 24, 2020 (details to follow!).
There is a special recognition given to the members of the IPS family who are celebrating a milestone year, be it five years, ten years, fifteen years, twenty years, or beyond. These honorees (and their longevity with the school) demonstrate such a noteworthy commitment to The International Preschools, which is much appreciated by the school community as a whole. The milestone recipients are also acknowledged at a special luncheon given in their honor in the coming months.
The International Preschools is closed for the holidays from Monday, December 23, 2019 through Friday, January 3, 2020. We will reopen on Monday, January 6, 2020. Please enjoy the photo gallery below, consisting of our light/dark theme projects and activities in honor of the Winter Solstice, holiday culture shares in our Green, Pre-K, and Junior K classrooms, as well as photos from the annual Winter Solstice Sing-Alongs and International Potlucks at our 76th Street and 86th Street locations.
Happy holidays from the IPS family to yours! See you in 2020!
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