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Happy New Year everyone! 2019 has arrived and we are excited to begin a brand new year at Oakcrest. Hopefully the children are ready for more fun and excitement when they return to preschool on January 7th or 8th.

December at Oakcrest was a busy as ever. The children worked very hard at making and wrapping gifts, making holiday centerpieces, and practicing their signs and singing. We talked about all types of bears and multi-cultural holiday celebrations. We were thrilled to have Deborah, Sully’s Grandma, come to visit our Tuesday/Thursday class and share a Hanukah story, and game with us. Thank you so much for that special experience! Your generous canned food donations were collected under our preschool tree and the children brought the items upstairs to the Lutheran Church to give to families in need. It was also such a special treat to have so many parents, relatives and siblings come to preschool for our holiday potlucks and sing-a-long on the last two days of class. Thank you for joining us and for all the lovely food and gifts that you all brought. We had a wonderful time and we hope that you did too. We are both also extremely appreciative of the very generous group gift that you gave us – Thank you all so much!!

January is sure to hold lots more fun for us at preschool as we talk about all types of weather, learn about winter sports, and round out the month with a transportation theme. Sometimes it takes a few days for children to get back into their preschool routines after a couple weeks away. This is quite common and certainly nothing to be concerned about. Keeping your drop off routine brief and positive, and trying not to linger too long in the classroom will help your children get back into the swing of things in no time. This also allows us to focus on the children and help them to settle into their day and maintain our routines.

Handwriting without Tears Books:
This month we will also be starting our Handwriting Without Tears work books once a week with our older children. As there is a mix of 3s and 4s in each class, we will have books for the children who will be going to kindergarten next year in either class, and we will have writing sheets available to any younger children that show interest in practicing their letters and writing as well. This is an opportunity for the children to practice their fine motor skills and to work on printing lines, shapes and the letters of the alphabet. Most of the children really enjoy this alternative to puzzle time during our Wednesday class.

Buddy Bear and Show & Tell
It is also at this time of the year that we usually start sending home Buddy Bear, our reading bear that takes turns coming home with each of the children for a visit. When Buddy Bear visits your home, please take a moment to read a book with your child and Buddy, and fill out a page of Buddy’s journal, explaining a little about the story and your child’s experiences with Buddy. The children are encouraged to draw a picture on the same page as well. When Children bring Buddy back on their next class, they will have the opportunity to share their drawing and adventures with Buddy, with the rest of the group.

Show and tell will also be starting in January for one of the classes. Please see the attached schedule which will indicate when your child will have their first (optional) show and tell day. We will also give some guidelines as to what is appropriate to bring to preschool, and what might be better to keep at home.

We will be alternating Buddy Bear and Show and Tell this year so that each class will get a chance to experience these fun preschool traditions. Starting in January, the Tu/Th class will be having show and tell while the MWF class will be taking turns with Buddy Bear. After Spring Break in March, this will switch to allow MWF class to have show and tell and the Tu/Th class to have Buddy Bear.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you and hearing about your holiday adventures!


Important Dates to Remember:

*We will be having our preschool open house at the end of January and we would like to determine which of our current families will be returning to Oakcrest next September prior to registering new children. Please let our enrolment coordinator know your intentions for next year at our January parent meeting – Thank you!
As always, please do not hesitate to contact either of the teachers should you ever have any questions or concerns about preschool. We are more than happy to arrange a time to meet or talk with you outside of preschool hours.

Julie and Joanna

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Fall is such a beautiful season… it’s hard to believe that it has flown by so quickly! What a fun time that has been with lots of activities both in and out of the preschool. The children have been getting to know one another and making friendships. It’s often obvious how excited they are to see each other when they arrive at the preschool as they call out each other’s names, make beeline for their friend, or give one another a big hug! It’s great to see them practicing the problem-solving skills and learning how to include each other in their play.

Both classes had a great time at
Francis/King Regional Park which has
some of the tallest trees in the region
(magnificent 500-year-old Douglas-fir trees).

We also enjoyed fun-filled stories, songs,
rhymes and puppets with our special

We will discuss the following questions:
o Have you ever seen a bear (Brown bear, Black bear,
Polar bear, Koala bear, Panda bear)?
o What do they look like (size, colour..)?
o Where do bears live?
o What do bears eat?
o Have you ever heard of hibernation and what it is?
o Do you have a teddy bear?
Hanukkah Next, we will be finding out about seasonal celebrations
that happen in many different cultures. Sully’s grandma
will come to preschool on Dec 6th to talk about Hanukkah.
Thank you, Deb, very much for sharing with us your traditions.
We will also be talking about families in need
and the seasonal traditions of giving and sharing.
To support our lesson, we would like to collect
donations of non-perishable food items. The
children will put them as gifts under the Christmas
tree, and on the last day of school we will take the
donations upstairs to the Church for the local
Food Bank collection. Thank you for your support.

Birthdays DecBDayTheme


Notes Friday, Dec.14th and Tuesday, Dec.18th
we will have visitors from Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Thursday, Dec. 20th and Friday,Dec.21st
Colour Day- Red and Green
(please wear something red or green)


On the last days of preschool we would like to invite you to come to the school at 10:45 am to be a part of our little holiday party. We will share snack and sing holiday carols together. There will be a sign up sheet for our potluck snack at preschool.

Last day before winter holiday – December 21st
January 7th- first day back to school

Warm wishes to everyone over this holiday season and all the best in the New Year 2019!!!
Thank you very much for your ongoing support and the work you are doing for our preschool.

Joanna and Julie

November 2018 http://www.oakcrestpreschool.org/november-2018/ Sat, 03 Nov 2018 18:00:11 +0000 http://www.oakcrestpreschool.org/?p=1487 NovemberHeader
November 2018

November is here and what a fun month October has been and with such beautiful weather as well. We learned about farm animals, food, fall weather, and, of course Halloween! Both classes went on fieldtrips to Galey’s Farm, which went very well, and we had fun carving the pumpkins that we brought back. Our black and orange days have been a blast, and we hope that you have all had a fun and safe Halloween!

The children are definitely getting settled into preschool now and seem to be establishing their routines. At preschool we have been practicing: using our words to help solve problems or express how we feel, using our walking feet and calm bodies to stay safe in he classroom, and using our listening ears and looking eyes to listen to, and see, the teachers and our friends when they are speaking to us. The children are starting to explore playing together, and they are learning what it means to share, include others, take turns and even show compassion towards each other.

We would like to take an opportunity to welcome two new friends that joined our preschool last month and have been lovely additions to Oakcrest. Welcome Madison and
Hayden who have both joined the MWF class! The girls have both already settled in nicely in their class and we hope that their preschool experience has been positive so far.

NovemberThemes NovemberSpecialDay
Remembrance Day Holiday
Monday, November 12th
Preschool Closed


Friday, November 16th – Field trip to Francis King Park Nature Centre for M/W/F class. Tuesday, November 20th – Field trip to Francis King Park Nature Centre for T/Th class.
*For this and all other field trips, please sign up at preschool to indicate whether your child will be attending.
Please, dress your child for the weather! It’s best to dress in layers which can be removed as the day warms up.

Please, dress your child for the weather! It’s best to dress in layers which can be removed as the day warms up.

Birthdays Birthdays:
Nov. 14th Hannah (3)

Friendly Reminders:

  • Please remember to write down what you brought for snack on the
    bottom of our attendance sheet when it is your week to provide snack.

  • Please remember to wait until 11:45 before bringing other children
    (siblings and friends) onto the playground at the end of each preschool
    day. Thank you so much!

    We would like to thank our parents for all the work that you do for your preschool jobs. We truly appreciate the volunteer time you are spending to help our preschool run smoothly. There are certain preschool jobs that are done on a monthly, or regular basis, and it would be a great help if you could connect with us to determine when is the best time each month to arrange completing those jobs. We are so thankful to have such a lovely group of families to work with! Please remember that we welcome your comments and questions anytime. Thanks so much!

    Julie and Joanna
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    Oakcrest Preschool
    October Newsletter 2018
    What a wonderful first month it has been at Preschool. All the children seem to have settled in to their new routines very well. It is amazing to see how quickly they develop their social-emotional skills through the power of play. They are happy to explore all the new play areas around the preschool. It is delightful to see so many smiling faces each day.

      These are some of the new routines and skills your children have been learning:

    • transition songs e.g. five more minutes left to play…or our snack poem with several sign language signs,
    • recognizing and remembering all of the children’s names and the teachers’ names (still working on that),
    • taking turns and sharing with our new friends,
    • recognizing their names and the special places where to put their jacket and shoes,
    • remembering to use “walking feet” inside and saving the “running feet” for the outside,
    • experimenting with scissors, glue, crayons and paint (those are skills that take time and practice).
    • Please, notice the children’s artwork in our classroom, they’re very proud of it.

    In October we’ll be discussing the fall season and observing all the changes this time of year brings. Our field trip will enhance our appreciation of learning about farms and how they are connected to our daily life.

    With the approach of Halloween we will be creating creepy but fun art and crafts in keeping with the season.

    Please, do not dress up your child in Halloween costumes for Preschool. We will have some activities planned for everyone’s enjoyment. Children can wear orange/black or use the preschool dress-up if they would like as well.

    This month we will have our first fire drill. The children will practice how to exit the preschool quickly and calmly, and how to “stop, drop and roll”.

    Other important information:

    Themes: Farms, Food, Fall holiday Fun,

    Colour Day: Orange and Black Day – October 30th and 31st
    Please wear something black and/or orange,

    Thanksgiving Holiday, October 8th preschool closed
    We wish all of you a happy family time and a relaxing holiday,


    Thursday, October 11th – Field trip to Galey’s Farms for T/Th class at 9 to 11 Friday, October 12th – Field trip to Galey’s Farms for M/W/F class at 9 to 11
    *For this and all other field trips, please sign up at preschool to indicate whether your child will be attending.

    Please, dress your child for the weather! It’s best to dress in layers which can be removed as the day warms up.

    Birthdays Birthdays:
    Oct. 22nd Ben (3)
    Oct. 26th Keira (3)

    Just a couple friendly reminders:
    1. Please sign your child in and out every day
    2. Please have snack cut up and ready to serve
    3. Please write down what you brought for a snack on the attendance sheet
    4. As the fall approach please remember to dress your child appropriately for the weather, layers work best.

    We would like to welcome Madison to our Monday Wednesday Friday class and Griffin to our Tuesday Thursday class, and their families.

    Please, never hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions.


    Joanna and Julie.