Where children play, learn, and grow!

Gibbons Preschool Association

Where children play, learn, and grow!

2nd Floor, 5111 51St.
Gibbons AB


Here we will post monthly updates for parents, as well as any other new and exciting things that pop up! Check back often!

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Agrium Donates $300.00 to the Preschool

Posted by Janet Coutu on March 7, 2016 at 10:30 PM

Agrium is one of the many companies that offers an employee volunteer reward program.  One of our families works with Agrium and has completed a pre-determined amount of volunteer hours with the Preschool.  The application process has been completed and Agrium has graciously donated $300.00 towads the Preschool! 

Families, if you volunteer with the Preschool, please check with your HR department, as you may qualify as well!  The Executive can help out with the paperwork, if you need help.

February Newsletter

Posted by Janet Coutu on January 27, 2016 at 12:35 AM

Important Days

05 No School

12 No School

15 No School

19 Firefighter Visit

26 Library Visit

What's Happening

Continuation of letter recognition and sounds, numbers, patterning, counting, etc.  Children who have mastered these tasks have moved on to beginning sounds.  The children that recognize all the numbers have started adding!


We have a firefighter visiting on the 19th to teach the children about fire safety and getting them acquainted with the breathing appartatus firefighters wear in a fire.

January 2016 Newsletter

Posted by Janet Coutu on December 31, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Important Days

06 Bring Your New Favorite New Toy

15 Yoga Instructor Visit

27 Library Visit

29 No School

What’s Happening

Continuation of letter and number recognition continues throughout the rest of the year. This month we’ll focus on patterns to support a key role in young children’s mathematics understanding and development.


Wednesday 06th Bring in your favourite new christmas toy and show and share it with all your friends! A local yoga instructor is coming in to teach us a few yoga moves on the 15th. We have a new student joining our A.M. class.

Weather permitting and condition favourable (snow-hill outside) we will spend the last 20 minutes of our day outside. Please send snow pants, mittens, hat and boots with your child. The children love spending a bit of time outside and it releases some built up energy!

Atco Gas Gives the Preschool a New Humidifier

Posted by Janet Coutu on December 9, 2015 at 9:05 PM

The Gibbons Preschool was so happy to announce that Atco Gas was able to provide the funds for a new humidifier.  The room is very dry in the winter time.  Read more about this in the link below:


Thank you so much Atco Gas!

December 2015 Newsletter

Posted by Janet Coutu on December 9, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Important Days:

07 Share a snack

14 Santa Hat Day

16 Popcorn and a Movie

18 Christmas Party

Christmas Break is December 21st - January 01st, 2016.  School resumes on January 04, 2016.  

What's Happening:

December is a busy month full of Christmas fun, music, crafts and lots of holiday activities.  Mrs. Barnes is very happy with the progress of letter recognition and sounds.  A Letter a Week has started.  Letter Factory continues.  

Share a snack - the children love to share a snack, but for a number of reasons, we normally do not.  This is a day when each child has the opportunity to bring a small snack to share with each friend.  Each child brings one snack per child in the class.  Please keep the snack small for the reason that each child brings a snack.

Treat and a Movie - A Christmas movie and small snack will be enjoyed by all on the 16th.  If we get some snow, often the Town makes a snow pile outside, which is so much fun to play on.  You will be notified in advance if outdoor gear is required on this day.

November 2015 Newsletter

Posted by Janet Coutu on December 9, 2015 at 8:55 PM

November News

Important Days 

04 Meeting

11 No School

13 No School

16 No School

20 Visit from Nurse

27 Crazy Hat Day

What's Happening:

The DVD Letter Factory will be playing during the first half hour of class to help the children recognize and know the sounds of the alphabet.  They do not have to or usually sit to watch.  They continue to interact with their friends while still picking up on the letters.

Crazy Hat Day is a fun day to show off and share with our friends all about our crazy/interesting hat.  This is a great opportunity for children to express themselves in front of the class.  The hat can be a favorite or a homemade creation.  Some children will not want to wear their hat, that is ok - although still send a hat.

Show and Share - Each child will have a specific day to bring in their show and share item.  A show and share item can be a favorite book, picture or toy.  As well, they will be the special helper for the day!  

October Newsletter

Posted by Janet Coutu on September 28, 2015 at 10:25 PM




07 Dental Visit/Meeting-7:00

09 No School - P.D. Day

12 No School - Thanksgiving




21 School Pictures




30 Halloween Party/Visit to the Bank

What’s Happening

Someone from the dental office will come to each class for an informative visit. School pictures take place on the 21st, information to follow. A Halloween Party is scheduled for the 30th with a short visit to to the bank to show off our costumes and have a little tour. A detailed email with information will come out around the middle of the month.

What are we learning

Colors and shapes will still be reviewed. This month the focus is on learning how to print our name. If your child is practicing at home - remember to use upper case for the first letter and lower case letters for the rest of the name(example Susan). We’ll also be practicing follow the line (hand eye coordination).

Thank you

I can not express enough how appreciative I am with all the donations from the Wish List! We even had outsiders see the list posted outside the door and make donations.
Thanks again, you are a great group of parents!!

Meeting on the 7th at 7:00

September Newsletter

Posted by Janet Coutu on September 28, 2015 at 10:10 PM


14  First Day





25 Crazy Sock Day



The first day of school is September 14th.  Our school week is Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  We follow the Surgeon School Division Calendar for the convenience of parents with children attending Sturgeon Schools.

School Hours:  AM 9:00-11:30 and PM 12:00-2:30

Please Bring:

Backpack, water bottle, lunch bag with healthy lunch, indoor shoes, change of clothes (that stay in backpack).

Our Daily Schedule:

9/12:00 Social Interaction/One on One

9:30/12:30 Circle Time

10/1:00 Craft/Group Game

10:30/1:30 Snack Time

10:50/1:50 Story Time

11:10/2:10 Group Interaction

11:25/2:25 Get Ready for Home


I want to extend to you and your child my warmest welcome into our classroom.  My name is Lisa Barnes and I will be your child's teacher this year.  My philosophy for learning is that each child is unique and learns in different ways.  I believe in hands-on experiences, learning creatively and learning though play. I am really looking forward to another fun-filled and educational year! Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns.

Please arrive no sooner than 5 minutes before class time. This is the time I set aside to prepare for class and talk to parents or executive if need be. This can be a very exciting/stressful time for first time parents and I hope to make the transition into school an enjoyable one for both you and your child. If you have any concerns or would just like to talk to me about your child, please feel free to email, call or let me know when a good time before/after class would work.

Gibbons Preschool Receives Canada Post Community Grant

Posted by Janet Coutu on August 16, 2015 at 7:25 PM

The Gibbons Preschool Association has received support from Canada Post in the form of a community grant. The funds will go towards the addition of manipulative play items for the children and a much needed stool for the Aide/Volunteer to use while to interacting with the children.

Manipulative play items will positively impact the Preschool in the in the following ways: help to improve eye/hand coordination in the children, strengthen hand muscles, encourage imaginations, potentially attract more families to the preschool and help to identify specific areas that children may need extra attention with.

For the children, this will lead to positivity in: self confidence, attitudes towards learning, pride in skills - which will carry over into home lives for the families, concentration and a strong start/continuation into Kindergarten.

The Preschool is a non-profit, charitable organization. All of the funds are raised by parents. According to volunteer President, Janet Coutu, this grant is extremely beneficial to the Preschool. “Our families work extremely hard every year to keep this Preschool running. Our day to day operation funds come from fundraising dollars and fees paid by families. We continue to grow and because of the wonderful and generous support of companies like Canada Post, we are able to provide the extra classroom items for our children that will positively impact their growth.”

Canada Post commented, “The Foundation is proud to support organizations like (Gibbons Preschool Association) that strive to improve the lives of Canadian children.


April Newsletter

Posted by Janet Coutu on April 2, 2015 at 2:05 AM

April Calendar

08 school resumes

10 field trip to the zoo


15 show and share

17 make up day for the 24th


22 movie day

24 no school


29 library day

What’s Happening

field trip to the zoo 

show/share - have your child bring an item to show and share with the class

movie day - the children will be making a small snack to enjoy during the movie (still pack your usual snack)