Category: Spotlight on: 86th Street

Lunar New Year 2021

86th Street students recreate the traditional Ribbon Dance, a staple of Lunar New Year celebrations, with location director Monique Tabbs.

The International Preschools commemorated the Year of the Ox with in-house celebrations for the Lunar New Year. In February 2020, the Chinese Cultural Center visited our 76th Street and 86th Street locations and performed a traditional, vibrant Lion Dance and Ribbon Dance. Last year, the children at both locations joined the performers in reenacting the Ribbon Dance in our very own gym!

The Chinese Cultural Center performs the Ribbon Dance in a taped performance, which was shared and shown to our students and teachers.

This year, due to COVID restrictions, we were unable to have the Chinese Cultural Center members visit us in person. Instead, we welcomed them virtually with videotaped productions of both the Lion Dance and the Ribbon Dance. The children at both locations were able to join the Ribbon Dance, copying the movements of the dancers with sticks tied with red ribbon. Both locations welcomed the Lunar New Year with lantern projects, red good luck envelopes, and books.

Green 1 students at our 76th Street location perform the Ribbon Dance from their classroom.

Gong hei fat choy to all!

Red Room students decorate traditional Chinese lanterns using gold stickers and markers.

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IPS Classroom Events: January/February 2021

Pre-K children display their polar animal scenes (with special guest stars – themselves!) during the class’ polar region study. The children conducted experiments (such as testing out how blubber keeps animals warm in the polar regions) during their science workshops as well.

The classrooms at The International Preschools continue to overflow with exciting and engaging curriculum themes and activities. Among the classroom studies and events: polar regions, Valentine’s Day, and a long-awaited Pajama Day! Among the curriculum themes, you’ll also find the usual business of “workshops” (a 20-30 minute focus on a particular skill in our Green, Pre-K, and Junior K rooms, such as handwriting, building, math, literacy, or science). Scroll through this post to take a peek inside of our 76th Street and 86th Street locations!

Pajama Day at 76th Street was postponed twice due to winter snowstorms! The beloved event finally took place on February 5th…here, the 76th Street Red Room children and teachers pose in their PJs!
A Green Room student at 86th Street works on creating the letter H during her Handwriting Without Tears class. Each week, there is a focus on a new letter, where the children explore constructing the letter using a variety of materials from play dough to wooden lines and curves.
Working on a Valentine’s Day craft in the Red Room at 86th Street! While learning about Valentine’s Day, our teachers use a color scheme of red, pink, purple, and white, allowing the children to make an association between those colors and the holiday.
Some classes have a “Building Workshop” in their schedule, while others simply open the block building area during Choice Time. Either way, block building provides children with practice in problem solving, spatial sense, and working individually or collaboratively. These are just a few skills that the Junior K students at 86th Street (pictured here) are acquiring while playing in the block center.

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Scenes of Winter at The International Preschools

The Pre-K 2 children create a “friendship snowflake’ during their winter unit.

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…

The Pre-K 3 class honored Inauguration Day by dressing to the nines and watching some of the festivities as they occurred.
The Red Room went “ice skating” (using paper plates as skates) after listening to a reading of Angelina Ice Skates by Katharine Holabird.
Exploring “snow” (the instant kind!) in the Green Room at 86th Street.
Playing with shaving cream “snow” at 76th Street.
Happy New Year from Green 1, who celebrated by making “fireworks” sounds via jumping on bubble wrap!
Mitten lacing results!
Snow people creations from the Green Room!

Happy Winter to all!

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IPS Milestone Recipients for 2020-2021

Ms. Grace (left) and Ms. Babette (right), pictured with Ms. Rumana and their Red Room class, are each celebrating 20 years of employment at The International Preschools.

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.

Donna Cohen (right, with 86th Street Location Director Monique Tabbs) is celebrating ten years of employment at The International Preschools.

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

Ms. Talcott, librarian, is celebrating 30 years of employment at The International Preschools.

Congratulations to all of our milestone recipients!

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IPS Remote Learning: Our (New) Adventure Begins!

Greetings via Zoom from 86th Street!

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.

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IPS Book Fairs: Promoting Literacy and Community

Shopping at the IPS 86th Street Book Fair!

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!

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Fathers and Special Friends Read-Aloud: Winter 2020

Fathers and Special Friends Read-Aloud in a classroom at our 76th Street location.

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.

 

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The Chicks Are (Were) Here: IPS Hatches Some Eggs

Our pre-hatched chicks, all snug in their egg shells!

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).

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Celebrating the New Year at The International Preschools

86th Street children dance with scarves to honor the Lunar New Year.

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.

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Extended Day 2020-2021 at The International Preschools

Red Room having fun on the playground!

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.

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