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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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Welcome Spring! What’s Ahead at The International Preschools

Spring means…more time playing outside!

After a restful and relaxing spring break, the students and teachers are back at The International Preschools for the final stretch of the 2020-2021 school year!

Spring means…learning about topics such as birds and nests!

In the classrooms, spring will bring about a variety of new topics: gardening, planting, recycling, trees, birds, insects, and more! We will spend time learning about Earth Day, and why it is so important to take care of the planet that we live on.

Spring means…learning about the parts of a flower, and creating representational flower paintings using a “live” model!

Our Parents’ Association is hard at work in putting together our annual Spring Benefit, which will take place virtually on Wednesday, April 28th. An online auction will include contributions from each classroom from both locations. One of the many items to bid on or buy include an “Almost Sleepover,” where a few lucky guests will join their teachers in wearing pajamas, making a craft, watching a movie, and enjoying a meal right here at IPS!

Happy Spring to all!

Learn more about the 2021 Virtual Spring Benefit on our website.

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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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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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