The International Preschools Blog

2019 Elizabeth Patrick Leadership Award: Jamie Raboy

Ms. Jamie (far left) with Ms. Dalia and their 2018-19 Pre-K class.

In 2015, The International Preschools’ Board of Trustees established the Elizabeth Patrick Leadership Fund in appreciation of Ms. Patrick‘s leadership as the Board Chair. An annual award is given to a faculty member who has made a notable contribution to living out and promoting the IPS mission statement by taking initiative within the school community.

This year’s recipient is 76th Street head teacher, Jamie Raboy.  Read on to find out more about Ms. Jamie, and why she was chosen as this year’s winner!

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IPS Parents’ Interests: “A Train Analogy”

As a parent to a three-and-a-half year old and an eight month old, one of the most difficult concepts to navigate is how to help your child when he/she is upset.  It pains me beyond words when my daughter or son is (seemingly) inconsolable. Adults use distraction techniques to help soothe themselves and avoid having to deal with unwanted feelings.  As an adult, I’ve learned to “compartmentalize” as a coping mechanism; that is, instead of being overwhelmed for weeks about an upcoming event, I’m able to shorten the anticipatory anxiety to occur only just before the experience.

Children, however, need to learn how to handle these difficult feelings not only with the support of their parents or caregivers, but also through the ability to self-soothe.  (This is a technique best learned, in my experience, when you are younger, rather than having to learn it as an adult!) . The only way to learn to self-soothe is to allow your child to experience all of the feelings in the moment:  sadness, despair, hysteria (on occasion), to name a few.  A few years ago, I was aghast when our beloved pediatrician suggested that we leave our (at the time) nine-month-old daughter in her crib, whether she was crying or not, for short amounts of time in order to teach her how to get herself to go to sleep.  After one or two nights of extreme upset (where I actually left the apartment, leaving my husband to hear the brunt of the tears), my daughter magically was able to go to sleep on her own.  Who would’ve thought that could happen?  Not me, even as an experienced teacher, but sure enough, it happened.

I recently read a blog post by Katie McLaughlin called, “The Train Analogy That Will Change How You See Your Crying Child.”  It reminded me of what our pediatrician told us, and how incredibly helpful it was to myself, my husband, and our daughter, despite the pain I may have felt at the time.  I’ve provided the link to the article for you all below, in hopes that it can help other parents and families.

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IPS Summer Camp Memories: June 2019

IPS Summer Camp is closed from July 1st-July 5th, 2019 in observance of Independence Day.  Please enjoy the following photo gallery of events from the first three weeks of camp!

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Animal Planet Theme at IPS Summer Camp 2019

The theme for IPS Summer Camp during the month of June is “Animal Planet.”  The campers are learning about a variety of animals, from marine life to safari animals to woodland creatures!  Through play-based learning, which is used to teach IPS students in both school and at summer camp, the children have played games, enjoyed theme days and events, created art projects, and more in order to fully immerse themselves in the study of animals.  Here’s a look at what the campers have been doing during our “Animal Planet” theme!

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Kicking Off IPS Summer Camp With Sports!

Children at the 86th Street location learn the basics of basketball at summer camp.

Summer camp at The International Preschools is midway through its second week, and so much fun is being had by our campers! During the summer season, IPS focuses on increasing physical activity in both a structured and non-structured manner via play-based learning.  This, in turn, helps the children strengthen their gross motor skills and muscles, while allowing them to naturally regulate the energy in their bodies.  As a result, our IPS campers are stronger and have more stamina for all types of tasks.  Here’s a look at some of the adventures that the children are partaking in…

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A Fond Farewell to IPS’ 45th Street Location

It’s hard to believe that we have arrived at The International Preschools’ final day of the 2018-2019 school year.  It has been an exciting, event-filled nine months, filled with celebrations, curriculum, and community building.

45th Street Junior Kindergarten Class, 2018-2019

As we do every year, goodbyes are said not only to our oldest students (and to those who are moving on to other schools), but also to faculty and staff who are also going on to new adventures.  Unfortunately, this year, IPS will be saying farewell to an entire third of our school, as our 45th Street location will be closing for good this week.  In honor of our 45th Street location and its beloved staff (one of which I was a part of from 2008-2012), read on to view some photos from the final 45th Street year.  Wishing the best of luck and lots of love to our faculty and friends from 45th Street!

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End-Of-Year Transitions: From School to Summer

This week’s blog post is an updated version of one that originally ran in May 2017.

Children in the Pre-K 2 class brought in baby photos and then drew a picture of themselves as four-and-five-year-olds.

The last few weeks of classes at The International Preschools are exciting for our students.  Teachers and children begin play-based learning activities to celebrate the end of the school year:  classroom parties with parents, end-of-the-year gifts, and memory books.

But after the festivities have concluded, what’s next?  The “what’s next,” for some children, can be  filled with uncertainty, sadness, or fear.  Sometimes, these feelings can result in regressing behaviors, such as difficulty separating from parents or caregivers.  This is an opportunity for children to develop life-strategies for transitioning between one set of routines towards another exciting phase in their lives.

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IPS Community Outreach: Ronald McDonald House

At The International Preschools, families support a variety of causes that serve our community throughout the year.  Currently, IPS is hosting a drive for Ronald McDonald House New York, which houses families whose children are receiving treatment for cancer.  The drive includes a collection of goods plus a special event that will take place on Saturday, May 18th.  Read on to find out more!

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Seven Reasons Why Your Child Should Join Us at IPS Summer Camp

A visit with a slithery snake during the Petland Traveling Pet Show!

Summer is only a few weeks away, and with it comes the start of IPS Summer Camp!  Camp runs from Tuesday, June 11th through Friday, August 2nd.  Our enrollment will close on Monday, May 20th, so if you haven’t signed up yet, there’s only a few days left to do so!

Still on the fence about whether to register your child for summer camp at IPS?  Here’s a few reasons why you should:

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Field Trip Fun at The International Preschools

An IPS class visits the New York Botanical Garden.

Spring is high season for field trips at The International Preschools! Our students thoroughly enjoy attending class trips and look forward to doing so every year.  New York City (and its surrounding areas) provide a wealth of opportunity for extended learning within our school curriculum and for making connections between home and school.  Read on to see where we’ve been and why we went!

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