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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!

Interested in joining the IPS community? Learn more about the admissions process on our website.

Ready to apply for the 2023-2024 school year? You can access our online application here.

Summer Camp at The International Preschools: Olympics 2021

Egg-on-a-spoon individual event at the 86th Street Olympics!

Our camp season was derailed in summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but The International Preschools is back for three weeks of summer camp in 2021!

Lighting the Olympic torch from the Olympic cauldron at 76th Street!

The theme for this year’s summer camp season is the Olympics, in honor of the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The Olympics are a perfect theme for IPS Summer Camp, as it not only puts gross motor skills to the forefront, but also embraces countries and cultures from all around the world coming together, which is the founding principle of The International Preschools.

Individual event focusing on balancing at 86th Street!

To open up the 2021 camp season, our two IPS locations celebrated the Olympics with some fun activities. At 86th Street, campers participated in individual events in the gym such as egg-on-a-spoon and other balancing activities. At 76th Street, the campers welcomed the season with a torch lighting ceremony, where the children practiced lighting the Olympic torch from the Olympic cauldron. Then, they had a turn to march around the room as the Olympic theme played in the background. The Goldfish at 76th Street also made their own flags out of stickers, as part of the groups’ “Parade of Nations” (similar to what takes place during the actual Olympics).

Marching with our Olympic torches at 76th Street!

Be sure to return to the blog next week for more IPS Summer Camp fun!

Want to learn more about IPS Summer Camp? Though it’s only open to current and incoming students, you can read about our program on our website.

Ready for your child(ren) to become an incoming student? It’s easy! Apply online here.

WE LOVE IPS TEACHERS!

Green Room students love their teachers!

May 5th marked National Teacher Appreciation Day.  Here at The International Preschools, we like to think that are teachers are appreciated every day!  The fabulous IPS Parents Association, in honor of the immense amount of work that our teachers are preparing and executing every day via our Zoom sessions, decided to present the faculty by coordinating a special surprise…

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United Nations Day: How We Celebrate at The International Preschools

Happy United Nations Day!  Our UN Day celebrations have been an annual tradition at The International Preschools since the founding of the school in 1963.  The themes of peace, friendship, and acceptance run through the 2s, 3s, Pre-K, and Junior K classes at all three locations during this time of year.   Here is a window into some of the classrooms for you to see the fun and various way students are preparing to celebrate this unique tradition.

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