Category: Spotlight on: 86th Street

IPS Gives Back: City Harvest NYC

Our Location/Education Director, Monique Tabbs, meets with the Pre-K children about the IPS food drive with City Harvest NYC.

The holidays are the perfect time to teach young children about giving back to those in need, and IPS students are no exception.

Each year, the school community participates in food and toy collections to give to outreach organizations in New York City. Our Location/Education Director, Monique Tabbs, spearheads the November food collection in which the contributions are distributed in time for Thanksgiving. This year, IPS is working with City Harvest NYC, which is the city’s largest food rescue organization.

The Green Room children place their food donations into our City Harvest NYC basket.

To introduce the concept to the children, Monique visited our Green (3s), Pre-K (4s), and Junior K (4s/5s) classrooms to read them a story about giving. She tells the children about the goal, which is to collect food for people who do not have enough to eat. She encourages the children to bring in canned goods and other food items for donation. Each day during the food drive, Monique wheels her basket into each classroom and, if the children have brought in an item to donate, they place the can or box into her basket. The children are so excited to take part in this activity, and by actually “donating” the items themselves, a home/school connection is created.

Monique visits the Junior Kindergarten classroom to collect donations for City Harvest NYC.

In December, we are looking forward to partaking in a toy drive for those less fortunate in time for the holidays.

Thank you to all those who donated to this cause, which will help fellow New Yorkers!

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Fall Happenings at The International Preschools

It’s hard to believe that we’re already in the month of November at The International Preschools! September and October were very busy months at IPS, with lots of fun activities and (hurray!) several in-person family events. Here’s a look at what’s been happening at IPS over the last few weeks:

We welcomed parents back into the school building for our annual Curriculum Night. Here, parents were able to take part in a sample of activities that their children participate in every day. They also learned about what’s to come in the year ahead. Here, the Green Room (3s) parents take part in “Table Time,” where the children work individually or in small groups every day. Table Time allows the children to strengthen many skills, including fine motor, visual discrimination, and pre-math.
The Pre-K class poses for a group photo before our United Nations (UN) Day sing-along celebration in the gym…the first in-person UN Day since 2019! The children (and grown-ups!) were invited to wear clothing that represented their culture or heritage. This could be in the form of traditional dress, a sports jersey, or even a tee shirt.
Parents, children, and teachers came together in the gym on October 25th to participate in our UN Day celebration. There was a multilingual sing-along, as well as dancing and movement with our students and families. The sing-along was lead by Mr. Doug, our music teacher.
We’re seeing double! Two of our Junior Kindergarten friends dressed as Elsa for the PA’s Halloween party in Central Park. Many children, parents, and siblings attended this event, which included a bubble show!
The Halloween festivities continued on the 31st of October! The children (and teachers!) came to school dressed in their Halloween best. The Red 2 class posed with their teachers to display their costumes!
Members of the Ajna Dance Company visited IPS in November to celebrate Diwali. We read a story about Diwali, watched a dance performance, and then joined in to dance as well! Here, the Red and Green Room teachers and students pose with the Ajna dancers.

We are looking forward to many more exciting in-person events over the next several weeks, including our annual Winter Solstice Sing-Along in December!

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The International Preschool: Two Become One

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! The International Preschool(s) is entering its 60th year of establishment, and with it came several changes to the IPS community.

At the end of June 2022, the West 76th Street location of The International Preschools closed its doors for good. Although IPS no longer has an Upper West Side presence, nearly 25% of its current students joined us on the Upper East Side, as we merged with the East 86th Street location. Our longtime director of school, Donna Cohen, retired in June 2022 as well. Former 76th Street location director Alyssa Wisoff is now the new director of school at IPS.

The final 76th Street Red Room says goodbye to IPS’ west side location in June 2022.

Although closing the 76th Street location was quite upsetting to the IPS community as a whole, we are happy to report that the 2022-2023 year as one strong, unified location has been off to a great start! Many faculty members from the 76th Street location joined the 86th Street location, and together have forged a wonderful team. The children are happy and excited to come to school every day, and sounds of laughter and chatter can be heard at all times of the day within the building.

Pre-K students enjoying their time on the front yard during the first days of school.

Additionally, our staff and families are very excited to welcome back many in-person events that we have not participated in since March 2020. Recently, IPS held a “welcome picnic” at the East Pinetum in Central Park, where the students and families enjoyed pizza, live entertainment, and art activities. A great time was had by all!

Lou Gallo and the Very Hungry Band performed at the IPS Welcome Picnic on September 15th in Central Park.

We are looking forward to an exciting school year at IPS!

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IPS Specialty Classes and After School Programs

The Green Room children strengthen their math skills during technology class.

The International Preschools welcomed back in-person specialty classes and after school programs during the 2021-2022 school year.

Once a week, all of the children at both locations attend music, library, and movement classes, facilitated by Mr. Doug, Miss Talcott, and Ms. Peggy, respectively.. The Green and Pre-K classes attend technology class as well, taught by Ms. Chelsea at 76th Street and Ms. Karen at 86th Street. The Green Rooms primarily work on skills such as patterning, sequencing, counting with correspondence, and more using education iPad apps. The Pre-K Rooms use both the iPad and a mini-robot called Cubetto to learn about coding. Green and Pre-K classes at 86th Street also participate in art class with Ms. Deb, using clay and other mediums.

The Red Rooms at both locations enjoy Art Farm classes once a month during the spring semester. Art Farm NYC’s resident animal expert, Ms. Gabby, visits the Red Room with animals for the children to observe, touch, and interact with.

Ms. Gabby from the Art Farm NYC handles a turtle for a Red Room child.

Our after school programs returned for Green and Pre-K Rooms this year, to our students’ delight. Programs such as soccer (via Super Soccer Stars), chess (through Chess at Three), TADA! Theater, and art (provided by IPS teachers Ms. Dalia and Ms. Deb) are available for families to choose from. After school programs add a new layer of learning onto a child’s day, where they can socialize with friends, hone a new skill, or build upon an established interest.

Here are some photos from our specialty classes and after school programs at both IPS locations:

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What’s Happening At IPS: Chicks, Literacy, and More!

Before: Children observe the fertilized eggs in the incubator at our 86th Street location.

Throughout the months of February and March, there have been a variety of themes displayed within our classrooms. Interdisciplinary themes, combined with our play-based learning philosophy, were evident everywhere you went at The International Preschools!

In February, both locations welcomed twelve fertilized eggs in incubators, which produced many fluffy chicks that were born on Valentine’s Day! At 76th Street and 86th Street, the classes visited the chicks throughout the hatching process and celebrated with a “birthday party” to commemorate our feathered friends’ entry into the world.

After: A successful “chick hatch” at 86th Street!

In addition to Valentine’s Day, the Winter Olympics, and Pediatric Dental Health Month (February), our annual literacy units began in the Green and Pre-K Rooms. Our Green Rooms studied a particular author in the weeks leading up to our two-week Spring Break, while the Pre-K Rooms concentrated on a chapter book study of their choosing. The Red Rooms worked on a color unit, focusing on a different color each week.

Blue Week “Show and Share” in the 76th Street Red Room. Children were asked to bring in an object of their choosing in the color of the week to “show” and “share” with the class.

Take a look into our classrooms at the wide range of themes and learning that’s happening at The International Preschools!

When we return in April, we will turn our studies to Earth Day, life cycles, and of course, the spring season!

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Welcome Winter 2022!

Do you want to build a snowman? The Red Room at 86th Street did, using shaving cream for snow. A fun sensory experience!

To kick off the winter season at The International Preschools, our classes have been learning about all that comes in the month of January: the New Year and related celebrations, snow, ice, hibernation, and animals that live in predominantly cold-weather climates. Our play-based learning curriculum provides IPS students with a variety of outlets, from dramatic play to art to science, to engage in these thematic units.

The Pre-K classes also have acquired knowledge about the great Martin Luther King, Jr., and what his legacy means to our country. In early February, the children in all of our classes will learn about Lunar New Year and how it is celebrated.

See below for a wonderful array of photos displaying the current interdisciplinary themes at The International Preschools!

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The Holiday Season and the Winter Solstice at The International Preschools

Winter Solstice sing-along with Mr. Doug in the Red Room at 76th Street.

At The International Preschools, the children and teachers spent time learning about the Winter Solstice throughout the month of December, concentrating on the concepts of light and dark. The majority of the holidays occurring during the months of November, December, and January honor the idea of light via candles, the sun, the stars, fire, etc. after the longest night of the year, which is the Winter Solstice.

In the classrooms, one of the ways that the children acquired information about the Winter Solstice was by examining the holidays that are celebrated at that time of year. This is done within the classroom curriculum and through culture shares, where parents visit the school virtually via Zoom (due to COVID restrictions) and teach the children about the holidays that they celebrate. Some of the “festivals of light” presented at this time of year include Christmas, Hanukkah, the Feast of St. Lucia, Diwali, Yule, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and the Three Kings.

See below for photos from the classrooms celebrating the Winter Solstice and exploring the concepts of light and dark, as well as our annual Winter Solstice celebration.

Winter Solstice and Holiday Season Gallery:

Celebrating the Fall Season at The International Preschools

Fall is a busy season here at The International Preschools. We celebrate the seasonal changes that occur in the fall (i.e. apples, pumpkins, leaves, acorns) as well as the holidays that occur: United Nations Day, Halloween, Diwali, and Thanksgiving.

United Nations Day (October 24th) is a special day for the IPS community. Much of the month of October is spent highlighting and appreciating the multiculturalism that sets IPS apart from other schools. The children and teachers spend time observing what is the same and different about each other.

Preparing for our United Nations Day celebration with families via Zoom in the Pre-K 2 class at 76th Street.

After United Nations Day, our school quickly jumps into Halloween mode, with festivities at both locations. On November 2nd, IPS then celebrated the Hindu holiday of Diwali with Zoom presentations from the Ajna Dance Company, as well as “culture shares” initiated by families who observe the holiday. Rounding out the month of November is the American holiday of Thanksgiving, which is commemorated at IPS with classroom “feasts” as a way of coming together to share a meal with friends.

Please enjoy some highlights from the last month, which includes photos from our classroom learning about United Nations Day, Halloween, Diwali, and the fall season!

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October Events at The International Preschools

The first month of school has been a huge success! Over the last several weeks, the children have acclimated nicely to the daily routines at IPS. The children and teachers are building strong relationships and creating a sense of community within their classrooms. The 2021-2022 school year is definitely off to a great start!

What If We Were All The Same! by C.M. Harris is a wonderful book appreciating similarities and differences between people…and is simply worded for young children.

During the month of October, a variety of topics are covered within our classrooms. The overall theme is “We Are Different, Yet We Are The Same,” a nod to the celebration of multiculturalism at our school. IPS was founded more than 50 years ago as a place for those families affiliated with the United Nations to come together as a community. (For more on why United Nations Day is so important to The International Preschools, click here.)

Take a look inside of our classrooms and learn about what’s going on at IPS…

Be sure to return to the IPS blog next month for more photos, curriuculum, and events taking place at our wonderful school!

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IPS Summer Camp: Three Weeks of Memories

Summer camp at The International Preschools was a blast! We recreated the Summer Olympics 2021 in our very own school, and enjoyed (virtual) visits with the Chickenshed NYC and musician Lou Gallo. We celebrated special days like Crazy Sock Day and the Teddy Bear Picnic. Everyone had a great time!

Here are some photos from the camp season for you to enjoy:

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