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Summer Camp 2019 at The International Preschools!

Heading to swim lessons at IPS Summer Camp!

Spring will arrive on March 20th, but here at The International Preschools, we are already looking forward to the commencement of summer camp!

This year’s camp season will begin on Tuesday, June 11th and run for seven weeks through August 2nd; camp will be closed the week of July 1st.  Read on to find out what to expect, what’s new, and how to sign up for camp!

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The Early Bird Catches The Worm: Welcoming Chicks at IPS!

Quiver Farms visited our 86th Street location to teach the students about the life cycle of chicks.

In hopes of ushering in an early spring, the students at The International Preschools spent some time in February learning about the life cycle of chicks.  Each location welcomed farmers from Quiver Farms, located in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania.  The farmers introduced the children to a hen and a rooster, and spoke about the process of how chicks grow and ultimately hatch from eggs.  Read on to view photos of the chicks’ time at IPS, as well as to learn about how each location prepared for the chicks’ arrival!

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2018 Elizabeth Patrick Leadership Award Winner: MacKerrow Talcott

IPS librarian MacKerrow Talcott teaches a class at our 76th Street location.

In 2014, the Elizabeth Patrick Leadership Award was established at The International Preschools.  Named in honor of IPS Board of Trustees member Elizabeth Patrick, the award was created to honor a faculty member who has demonstrated leadership via initiative and creativity to the classroom and the school community.  The award is given each year to a head, associate, assistant, or specialty teacher.  Read on to find out more about the 2018 winner, MacKerrow Talcott, who received the honor in June.

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Fathers and Special Friends Read-Aloud at The International Preschools

Each year, The International Preschools hosts an event called the Fathers and Special Friends Read-Aloud.  It was created ten years ago to foster a love of reading in young children.  Because, in the past, mothers and female relatives had often made up the majority of guest readers, the Fathers and Special Friends Read-Aloud provided an opportunity for fathers, as well as other male relatives and friends (brothers, grandfathers, uncles, neighbors, etc.), to model positive feelings about reading to preschoolers.  Currently, our Read-Aloud occurs in conjunction with the author and literary studies that take place in the Green (3s), Pre-K (4s), and Junior K (4s/5s) classrooms during the winter months. Continue reading →

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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