Where children play, learn, and grow!

Gibbons Preschool Association

Where children play, learn, and grow!

2nd Floor, 5111 51St.
Gibbons AB


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!

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.

February Newsletter

Posted by Janet Coutu on February 2, 2015 at 10:55 AM

February Calendar


04 Parent Teacher

06 No School


11  Valentine Day Parties

13 No School

16 No School


20 Crazy Hat Day




The Valentine Parties will take place Feb. 11 at the preschool at regular class time, each class separate.  There will be an AM and PM sign up sheet posted in the hallway on Monday.  If you would like to bring one of the items, please feel free to sign up.  NO additional rosters are needed.  If you have any quesitons, please feel free to contact Deanne or myself.  Each child is welcome to bring each classmate a Valentine Card.  Please do not fill in the To:  area, this makes distribution too complicated.  AM-14 children and PM-11 children.

We are continuing with our letter recognition and sounds and adding numbers this month.  The children are progressing very well.  Parent/Teacher will be on February 4th.

The next scheduled meeting for the Preschool has been set for Monday, February 2nd, 6:30 pm at the Gibbons Preschool.  At this meeting, we will be discussing a number of things including upcoming field trips, prgramming and fundraising.  If you have anything that you would like added to the agenda, please let Susan know.

January Newsletter

Posted by Janet Coutu on January 20, 2015 at 8:10 PM

We now have neighbours upstairs. There will be more traffic using the stairs which means the stairs can get wet. The boot rack has been moved to the top of the stairs along side the coat hanger. Please bring your child up with their outdoor footwear on and leave them on the boot rack. After class come on up and pick your child up, we may not have access to the elevator since there are more occupants now. Please, no outdoor shoes in the classroom.

January Calendar

05 School Resumes


09 bring your favourite xmas gift for show and share






23 Wear your clothes backwards!


28 Movie Day

30 No School P.D. Day

April Newsletter

Posted by Gibbons Preschool on April 10, 2014 at 12:55 AM

What's Happening:

Our alphabet section is complete. The children will start familiarizing themselves with littlw readers.Learning the concept of reading, reading from left to right, pointing to the words, etc.

The majority of the children are counting to 30 and higher. Counting by 10s, 5s, and 2s are on the agenda,


Please remember to send your child(ren) with the appropriate outdoor clothes. If the weather is nice, we may decide to go splash in a puddle or sail a boat in the melting snow! Splasg pants and rubber boots are recommended.

Happy Spring Everyone!

March Newsletter

Posted by Gibbons Preschool on March 5, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Just before spring break, if weather permits, we will plan a trip to St.Albert for tobogganing. We slide for about an hour and then whoever would like can make their way to McDonald's for lunch. Your child must be accompanied by an adult andsiblings are more than welcome. Transportation, toboggans, and lunch provided by parent. If weather does not cooperate, a regular school day will be conducted.

Message from Executive - General Meeting Wednesday March 5th at 7:00pm at the preschool.  It is encoraged that at least one member per family attend as we will be going over our current financial position as well as fundraising opportunities.

November Newsletter

Posted by Gibbons Preschool on November 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

This month we are starting to work on the alphabet. Along with concentrating on a letter each week, a Leap Frog  DVD will play at the beginning of each class. As the children play, they sing along. This is a great learning tool.

Show and Share - This month, each child will have a specific day to bring in their show ans share item. A show and share item can be a favorite book, picture, or toy. As well, they will be Mrs. Barnes' helper for the day! An email will be sent to you informing you of your  child's show and share date.

Executive Message - The November general meeting will be held on the 13th at 7:00pm, location to be announced. Please RSVP using the contact form, or by phone. Also contact Cari-Lyne if you are interested in volunteering for the CFCW critters fundraiser event on December 12.

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October Newsletter

Posted by Gibbons Preschool on October 4, 2013 at 2:10 AM

We are moving right along with great success! Socially, the children are enjoying their new friends and academically they are doing great. We have reviewed shapes and color and will be moving on to hand eye coordination.

Please have your child wear their Halloween costume to the party!  If you choose, you can send halloween treats for your child to exchange with each friend. The children enjoy giving each of their friends a little halloween treat. I will post more information a couple of weeks before the party along with a sign up sheet for a potluck lunch.

Thank you for the great involvement in the chocolate almond sales, great job! The roster calendar is also looking great, we are almost full for the month of October.

Click here to view our monthly calendar of events/classes.

September Newsletter - Welcome!

Posted by Gibbons Preschool on September 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Our first month of school consists of getting acquainted with each other and the classroom. In this time, I will also evaluate the children and start them working in their workbooks. Colors and Shapes are the focus in September, reviewing what we know and adding new material.

With the beautiful weather expected, I would like to take the children to the park each day(weather permitting). Please send appropriate outer-wear for the weather (fall jacket). We visit the park across the street from the Fire Hall.

The Executive Board would like to Invite you and your little ones out for a Preschool Orientation/General Meeting on September 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Gibbons Community Hall located at 5016 50 Street.