Thinking about Pre-K? Here’s what we offer…

2018 Program GrowsThe four pillars of Canmore Preschool are –

  1. Fun ♥
  2. Socialization ♥
  3. Cognitive and Physical Development ♥
  4. Community ♥

Studies have shown that attending preschool has long-term positive effects on our children. Future education, relationships, careers, happiness…however you measure success, preschool provides a step up.

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And yet, our classes often look like playtime! The same studies have shown that the most effective approach to early education is a mix of teacher-directed activities and child-directed exploration. Children learn through play.

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As children learn to share and progress from parallel play to cooperative play, they develop their first friendships with peers. Along the way we demonstrate and encourage children to show respect and empathy – for themselves, their peers, their teachers, and visitors to the class – for everyone!

COGNITIVE AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

Body Moves class.IMG_2461With daily opportunities for social play, arts and crafts, stories, songs, physical activity either in the gym or outside, and games that teach colours, shapes, letters, numbers, counting, and patterning, we provide all the materials your child needs to thrive, develop new skills, and move up to kindergarten with confidence.

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As a non-profit, parent-run, licensed program, founded in 1972, Canmore Preschool has deep roots in our community. We enjoy having parents in the classroom, and welcome many community visitors each year – firefighters, librarians, Alberta Parks educators, RCMP… We want our classes to reflect the diversity and strength of our community!

2018-2019 Online Registration for Canmore Preschool & PreK

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Welcome Families – Preschool Starts September 10th and 11th

Preschool starts for PreK and the M/W Afternoon 3yo class on Monday, September 10th, and for T/Th Morning and Afternoon 3yo classes on Tuesday, September 11th.

The first day of class will be a short orientation accompanied by parents – if you didn’t already receive the details in your email, please let us know!

The second day of your class will be the first full, drop-off class.

Lindsey is back in the office as of September 4th, getting ready for students to arrive.

Payment will be due on the first day of class. We have emailed out the pre-authorized debit form, and will also have paper copies at your orientation.

If you have questions you can email info@canmorepreschool.com. See you soon!

Gone Fishing – Administration Summer Contact Info

Our administrative assistant Lindsey is off for the summer from June 29 to September 4, 2018. We will send you all the details for the start of school in late August. Office hours will resume on September 4th. Preschool classes begin September 10th & 11th.

If you wish to register your child over the summer, you can do so online – just click the orange button above and to the right. We may not respond with your class placement immediately (Lindsey will be out of country July 2-12) but registrations will be processed in the order received, and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

As of June 29, our morning 3yo classes are full with a waitlist.

You can email questions to info@canmorepreschool.com. We will check email approximately once a week during the summer. If you require urgent assistance you can call our volunteer Board Chairperson, Rachel Lippitt – (403) 675-4045.

Thank you and enjoy the summer!

Concert, Bouncy Castle, Facepaint, Bubbles – End of Year Party! – June 22

It’s hard to believe that there’s only one month of school left before the summer break! We have another month of music classes with Tangle, visits to the Library, Rainbow Day, Teddy Bear Picnic, and plenty of outdoor time. Then on Friday, June 22nd, please join us from 10am to noon in Lions Park for our End of Year Party. Please arrive at 10, because Ms. Tangle will be giving a concert/puppet show including some of your children’s favorite songs from Preschool, perfect for all of us to sing and dance along with the music.

  • 10:00am-10:30am Show with Ms. Tangle McClaron
  • 10:30am-12:00pm Party!
    • Bouncy Castle
    • Facepainting
    • Bubbles
    • Freezies

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for good weather! If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we will have a back-up location booked. We will send out an email to all families on the morning before the party if we need to move to the back-up location.

We look forward to seeing you at the party!

Mothers Day Tea Parties – May 8 to 11

We have many little teapots, hear them shout ♥ Tip them over and pour them out!

We will be pouring tea for all preschool moms, May 8 to 11. Please drop off your preschooler at the earlier time listed for them to help set up for the party. Moms, please be on time for the party itself. Kindly make other arrangements for siblings. We hope this will be a special time to share with your preschooler!

  • Carmen 3yo AM – Tues, May 8: Drop off at 9, party 9:30-10:30am
  • Carmen PreK PM – Tues, May 8: Drop off at 12:30, party 1-2pm
  • Carmen PreK AM – Wed, May 9: Drop off at 9, party 9:30-10:30am
  • Claire 3yo AM – Thurs, May 10: Drop off at 9, party 9:30-10:30am
  • Claire 3yo PM – Thurs, May 10: Drop off at 12:30, party 1-2pm
  • Claire PreK AM – Fri, May 11: Drop off at 9, party 9:30-10:30am

Ski Lesson for Pre-Kindergarten – March 7, 2018. Mark your calendar!

Pre-K, get ready for a day of fun in the snow! On Wednesday, March 7, TrailSports and the Nordic Centre are once again hosting our Pre-K classes for ski lessons.

  • Pre-K will have no regular classes this day and should meet at the Nordic Centre for their 1-hour lesson. (See schedule below.)
  • Permission slips will be in cubbies soon. Please return them by March 1st.
  • Each child must wear a helmet.
  • Each student must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Depending on the ability and experience of your child, one adult could be responsible for 2-3 children.

This is always an exciting outing, and we hope you can join us!

Schedule:

  • Claire’s PreK AM Class – Arrive at 9am, lesson 9:30-10:30am
  • Carmen’s PreK AM Class – Arrive at 10:30am, lesson 11am-12pm
  • Carmen’s PreK PM Class – Arrive at 12:30pm, lesson 1-2pm

The Claire’s afternoon 3-year-old class will run normally at preschool.

2018-2019 Registration now open – Registration Night March 7

Mark your calendar for our

Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Registration Night:

  • March 7th
  • 7:00pm
  • Nakiska Room, Holiday Inn, 1 Silvertip Trail, Canmore
  • Childcare will be provided at the meeting.
  • The meeting will last less than an hour.
  • Registration forms can be completed online here, and may be filled out prior to Registration Night. Just be sure to sign in at the meeting.
  • The registration fee is $45 and can be paid by credit card when you register online, or by cheque or cash at the AGM.

All families who attend Registration Night will either be placed in their class of choice, or, if there is not enough space in a given class, then places will be awarded by lottery. Children of board members are guaranteed their places.

If you are registering your child but cannot attend Registration Night, please call our office, 403-678-2538, to discuss your situation.

After Registration Night, we will place families who did not attend as space allows. We then continue to accept registrations on a rolling basis, and children will be placed or waitlisted as space allows.

We ask you to complete the online registration before Registration Night if you can, but we will have paper forms at the meeting if necessary.

Thanks! See you on March 7th.

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Seeking Board Members for 2018-2019

->>> All positions filled! Thank you! <<<-

We are a parent cooperative. We are run by a board of parent volunteers. Please join the board to have a say in our program! If you volunteer for one of the following positions, your child’s class placement will be guaranteed and the duties will fulfill your volunteer hours for the year.

Voting Members – attend monthly meetings:
  • CHAIRPERSON
    • Chairs monthly meetings.
    • Sits on Finance Committee.
  • VICE CHAIRPERSON
    • Coordinates AGLC Casino every 3 years (next one in 2020)
    • Assists Raffle Coordinator in non-casino years.
    • Chairs meetings if chairperson cannot attend.
  • TREASURER
    • Chairs Finance Committee.
    • Oversees budgets and bookkeeping.
  • SECRETARY
    • Takes minutes at all meetings and distributes them.
  • REGISTRAR
    • Conducts 2 parent surveys – in January to gather feedback before the next year’s registration, and June to gather end-of-year feedback.
  • VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
    • Keeps track of families’ volunteer hours.
    • In September, seeks parents to fill the Room Parent role.
  • FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR
    • Oversees subcommittee members.
    • Organizes one spring fundraiser selling local products.
  • CHILDREN’S EVENTS COORDINATOR
    • Schedules classroom special guests based on a calendar and contact list provided by the teachers.
  • NEWSLETTER COORDINATOR
    • Assembles the monthly newsletter from material provided by Lindsey and the teachers.
Sub Committee Positions – do not need to attend all monthly meetings:
  • RAFFLE COORDINATOR:
    • Solicits prize donations from a list of sponsors in August and September.
    • Organizes prize packages and applies for raffle license in October.
    • Duties are complete by December.
    • This position has been a team of two in the past, and can be split if you have a friend who would like to team up with you.
  • ARTISANS MARKET ASSISTANTS
    • Assist the Market Coordinator in the fall leading up to the market.
    • Must be available to help on the Friday-Sunday of the event in November.
  • SCHOLASTIC BOOKS COORDINATOR
    • Distributes monthly book order flyers to families. Places orders and distributes books when they arrive.

Learning through play!