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Registration Night & AGM – March 9, 2016 – 7pm – at the Holiday Inn

Canmore Preschool Registration Night & Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the 2016-17 school year will be held:Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn, 1 Silvertip Trail, Canmore. (Nakiska Room, Level P)

Please click the button to the upper right to submit your registration forms and fee online. Specific class placements will still be determined by the Preschool after AGM. We ask all families to attend AGM on March 9, 2016, and families that attend will be placed in classes first.

Online registration is new for the 2016-2017 school year, so we will still accept paper forms at the AGM if necessary, but we appreciate you trying the new system! The system will ask you to Register for a 3yo or 4yo student, to complete the registration forms, and pay the $45 registration fee. For 2016-2017, 3yo classes are intended for children born in 2013, and 4yo classes for children born in 2012.

If you wish to register for 2016-2017 but cannot attend the AGM, please call the office to discuss your situation – 403-678-2538.

The Annual General Meeting will last about an hour. We recommend attending without kids in order to focus on business and wrap up as soon as possible. We are working on arrangements to provide some childcare on site for those who need it.

The first order of business for the AGM is to make sure we have a full complement of board members for the coming school year. As a cooperative, non-profit organization, the Canmore Preschool cannot operate without these volunteers. We have some returning members for 2016-2017, but some positions remain to be filled. The children of board members will be guaranteed their class placement! Call the office at 403-678-2538, if you are interested in volunteering, or look for the sign-up sheets in the lobby.

The second order of business is registration for the 2016-2017 school year. If there are too many applicants for a class, all registrations submitted (whether online or on paper) by those attending the meeting will be assigned class placements on a lottery system. Parents must attend the meeting for their child to enter the lottery. All registrations submitted after Registration Night will be placed or waitlisted in the order they are submitted, as space allows.


Start Your Engines – Library Visits Begin in January

Our monthly visits to the Canmore library will start in January. We will take buses to the library for this special program with Ms. Rhonda.

Student pick up on library days will be from the library (except for Ms. Nataliya’s 4-yr afternoon class which will ride the bus both ways with pick up, as usual, at the preschool).

Due to safety concerns, we ask that parents arrive 10-15 minutes earlier to assist their child in selecting and checking out 2 books together.

Please arrange for your child to have a library card before the first trip. This can be done at the library and there is no cost involved. For your convenience, application forms will be available in the preschool lobby closer to the library dates!

Something’s Fishy Here – January is Ocean Month

Our theme in January will be the “Ocean”. We will learn many finger plays and songs, read interesting books and learn about ocean life. Get ready to sing “Slippery Fish”!

We will conclude the theme with Beach Day for our 3-year old students and Hawaiian Day for our 4 year old students. Please dress for the beach, bring a beach towel and a tropical snack.

During Hawaiian Day our preschoolers will have a chance to taste a delicious pineapple. Let us know if you have any concerns about this.

Good Luck to Ms. Nancy! She’s moving on from Preschool

A Message from the Teachers

As you may have heard, our long-time administrator, Nancy McGinn, is graduating from preschool! She is retiring in January. Nancy joined the inaugural teachers, Janet Haas and Kathi Newman, in 2000 as the preschool’s first and only administrator to date. Kathi describes Nancy’s addition to the team as an immediate presence of “peace over the whole preschool operation.” Nancy has been the preschool’s welcoming ambassador ever since.

When Nancy arrived on the scene, she brought with her a wealth of past experience as a teacher and as an operator of her own daycare and preschool businesses. Good thing for her diverse background, because her role as preschool administrator has called on her to juggle all of these hats at some point or another! Between her outstanding organizational skills and her instinctive ability to liaison between the preschool Board, our parents, we teachers and other community groups, we salute her dedication which has kept this ship of ours sailing. Time after time, she has offered kind support to many, far beyond her job description. Throughout it all, Nancy’s prevailing concern and care has always been in the best interest of our students, your children, and our program. For this unwavering vision and its invaluable contribution to our preschool community, we are truly grateful.

One of Nancy’s greatest pleasures during these 15 years has been to work alongside such wonderful families, board members and community colleagues. Please join us for a family friendly drop-in to honour her contributions, friendship, wit and wisdom on Thursday, January, 21 between 3:30 and 5:30pm. We hope to see you there!

Although we will miss Nancy’s daily presence here, we wish her all the best in the next chapter. We hope that it includes less driving and more time with her grandchildren!

Carmen and Nataliya

Considering Preschool? Moving up to our Pre-K program? Visit a class!

We welcome all families considering preschool to call the office at 403-678-2538 to schedule a time to visit one of our classes. This is the perfect way to see what we do, and introduce your child to the program.

But it’s not just for new students! If your child has attended the 3-year-old classes this year and you’re looking at your options for pre-Kindergarten, please come and visit a 4-year-old class. Our program is designed to grow with your child, to challenge them, and to set them up for success when they transition to Kindergarten. Give us a call and set up a time to see for yourself!

Registration for 2016-2017 began on March 9th, 2016. It is now ongoing, on a first-come first-served basis. There is still space available in some classes. Please call the office to check current availability.

Create-A-Gift Bazaar, Saturday, Nov 21

IMG_4253 Saturday, November 21

1pm to 4pm

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church

1205 1 Ave, Canmore, AB T1W 1M5, north of the hospital

$10 per family or $5 per individual

Volunteers from Preschool will be there to help you make sock snowmen of all sizes and personalities. Other local organizations will be providing a range of crafts to choose from so you can make your gifts for the holidays!

All proceeds go to:

Food and Friends Community Dinner, Victory Thrift Store, Bow Valley Food Bank, and Cause Canada

Fall is here – and so is Orange Day! Sept 28 & 29

IMG_6668IMG_6653Our first colour day of the year is coming up. The play dough will be orange. We will mix red and yellow paints. We will tell fall stories about changing leaves.

Please dress your child in as much orange as you can find, and send them with an orange snack!

We’ll have a different colour theme once each month. The best way to keep on top of classroom activities like this is the calendar, either on this site or in the newsletter.

Join the Board! A member moved to Calgary and we need a new volunteer

Position Filled! Thanks!


To all parents of current preschoolers, we need your help!

We have a vacancy on our board for this year. Our Fundraising Coordinator and her family have moved to Calgary, so we are seeking a parent to fill this position. This will fulfill your volunteer commitment for the year! Here are the details:

Fundraising Coordinator

Attend a monthly board meeting. Usually 1.5 hours long or less, at the Iron Goat. (This is a voting member so we do need regular attendance in order for us to make timely decisions.)

Organize frozen pizza sales in May with Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

Supervise (and assist if necessary) the Raffle Coordinator and Artisans Market Coordinator.

That’s it! We would love to have you onboard the board 🙂 so please call the office at 403-678-2538 or email me, Lindsey, at Thank you!

Lindsey Madden, Chairperson