The International Preschools Blog

Celebrating Lunar New Year at The International Preschools

Lion dancers (left and above) perform at IPS in honor of Lunar New Year.

The International Preschools welcomed some special visitors this week.  We celebrated Lunar New Year with a performance by lion dancers at all three of our locations on Friday, February 1st, to commemorate 2019 as the “Year of the Boar.”

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2018-2019 Milestone Recipients at The International Preschools

Ms. Christina (10 years) and Ms. Dalia (5 years) with their Green 2 class in March 2015.

An annual tradition at The International Preschools is to honor those members of the staff who have spent a significant amount of years as employees of our school.  Faculty, administration, and staff members who have completed five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, and thirty years (and beyond!) as part of the IPS community are celebrated each year at the Annual Benefit.  This year, the IPS milestone recipients will receive special recognition at the Annual Benefit, taking place at the Yale Club on Friday, February 1st.  They will also attend a luncheon later in February in their honor.  Continue reading to find out who will be honored this year!

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The Annual Benefit at The International Preschools

Pre-Party: A view of the 2017 Annual Benefit decor, which celebrated Chinese culture.

Every year, The International Preschools hosts its annual benefit, which will take place this year on Friday, February 1st, 2019, at the Yale Club in New York City.  Here, parents, teachers, and staff come together to celebrate our wonderful school with food, drinks, socializing, and music, as well as both a silent and live auction to raise money for our school.  To honor the many cultures represented by IPS families, the Annual Benefit’s theme each year centers around a particular country, including its food, music, and traditions; this year, the Annual Benefit’s country theme is France!

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Spring 2019: A Look Ahead at The International Preschools

The Junior K class welcomes 2019 (and winter) by exploring snowflakes!

Happy New Year!  As 2019 begins, so does the spring semester at The International Preschools!  We have a lot of exciting programs and events that will take place over the coming weeks and months.

Read on to learn about what’s to come in Spring 2019!

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Winter Solstice 2018: Celebrations at The International Preschools

Families and children come together for a sing-along in honor of the Winter Solstice.

The Winter Solstice is observed each year at The International Preschools during the month of December.  The Winter Solstice is the day with the shortest amount of daylight/longest amount of darkness.  Because many of the international holidays during this time of year celebrate the concept of light, the commemoration of the Winter Solstice at our school acts as a way to collectively celebrate many family and holiday traditions.

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IPS vs. UPK: One Family’s Choice

This week’s blog post was written by an IPS parent on choosing a pre-kindergarten class for her child.  The post originally appeared in our blog during the 2017-2018 school year.

Our daughter attended The International Preschools for two years:  in the Red (2s) and Green (3s) Rooms. We chose to send her to Universal Pre-K (UPK) after that because of the cost and because we knew she would ultimately be attending public kindergarten. I offered to share what our experience was to help IPS in marketing itself and to assist other families grappling with this decision. UPK programs do vary, so I emphasize that this was just our experience.

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Culture Shares and Family Traditions at The International Preschools

The culture share curriculum kicks off with our United Nations Day celebration, where children wear clothing that represents the country that their family identifies with.

Sharing and celebrating each other’s family traditions and cultures is an important part of the curriculum at The International Preschools.  Our mission statement expresses that “at The International Preschools, where English language learners are welcomed and supported, children and families from New York City and all over the world share their cultures and gain a sense of international awareness through mutual understanding and respect.”  This objective is achieved via a variety of events and activities that occur throughout the school year.

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IPS Gives Back: Community Outreach

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF coin collection box

The season of giving is upon us, and it’s never too early to start teaching children about the importance of giving back to your community.  Every year, The International Preschools participates in community service projects to help the less fortunate both locally and worldwide.  Here are a few of the programs that our school proudly contributes to:

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The Importance of Parent/Teacher Conferences: Fall 2018

This week’s topic is parent/teacher conferences; this blog post originally ran in November 2016.  Its information will help you prepare for what you’ll learn at our upcoming Green Room, Pre-K, and Junior K conferences on November 5th and 6th, as well as the Creche/Red Room conferences on December 3rd and 4th.  Enjoy!

Creche students at 45th Street experiment with apples via stamping. They are also engaging in a sensory experience by touching the paint, strengthening fine motor skills by grasping the handles of the stampers, while increasing their social skills by working together at the art table.

A friend of mine recently attended the parent/teacher conference for his eighteen-month-old son.  Prior to the meeting, he questioned the importance of attending a conference for a child so young.  What would the teachers possibly have to say about his son, he asked?  After attending the conference, he had an answer: a lot!

At The International Preschools, parent/teacher conferences are held twice a year:  once in the fall and once in the spring.  Parents have the opportunity to speak directly with their child’s teachers about the child’s school experience. Whether your child is two-years-old and just starting school, or five-years-old and heading to kindergarten next year (or beyond), there is important information to be learned at every level.  Here are some of the many topics you can expect to (or ask to) hear about at your child’s conference:

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