It’s time for our annual Evergreens Fundraiser!

We are selling beautiful wreaths and ‘door swags’ from Wildwood Evergreens, a Vancouver Island family-run business. Wreaths are 22” wide and are undecorated. The door wags are 24” long and decorated with cones. We’re selling the wreaths for $25, and door swags for $22. Order/payment deadline is November 10th, with pickup on Saturday, November 28th from 10am-12pm outside the church. 
These are beautiful, long-lasting, and amazing smelling decorations made by a family farm in Courtney! We love supporting them, and they are super generous with us and our sale.

To make things easier in times of COVID, we’ve created an online order form that you can share with friends and family, or submit yourself. 
Order form link: https://shorturl.at/jknuS
Payment can be made via e-transfer to treasurergonzalespreschool@gmail.com or by cheque (please make out to Gonzales Cooperative Preschool, and leave in the preschool mailbox with your name and ‘wreaths’ written on the envelope). Payment is required to secure your order.

Back to school!

We are excited to start our school year. Angela, Susan and Angie are busy setting up the preschool and making sure we are prepared for our fall season.

Start dates:

3’s class: Monday & Tuesday’s start September 14 & 15.

4’s class: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday start September 16, 17 & 18

Back to School for June 2020

We are excited to be back to school for June. It will be wonderful to see friends and teachers and have some outside time to play and explore. Things will look a little bit different, please see our pandemic protocol that will be in place for June 2020.

Pandemic Protocol
We aim to work with children at Gonzales Preschool maintaining the LOWEST RISK Possible. These are things we know that the Covid-19 virus does not like:
Children. Unlike most viruses, it doesn’t like to latch onto preschoolers.
– Outside environment.We will base our sessions in our outdoor areas. Our sandbox,           grassy areas and parking lot will be our primary play spaces. However we will go inside when necessary and to use the washrooms.
 -Low numbers and spread out density. We will max our Four’s Class at 12 children and our Three’s Class at 10 children per session which will allow for a natural spacing out. We will not command children to distance while playing however we will encourage arms-length. If an area is popular, we will invite children to investigate other projects and spread them out in a relaxed manner. We will focus on using friendly cues to support them to minimize physical contact. Children will be distanced for eating, circle and art times (seats will be placed by the teachers and children must not move them).
 -Limited number of adults– We will have two teachers per session. Parents will be asked to drop their children off outside the gates and not gather. Teachers will minimize physical contact with children, specifically face to face exposure.
  -Frequent Handwashing. We will set-up two handwashing stations outside with waterjug, soap, papertowels and catch basin. We will ensure handwashing happens more frequently and for at least 20 seconds (arrival, snack, washroom, touching face, after sneezing or coughing and transition times as well). If handwashing isn’t available, we will provide hand sanitizer.
   -Items that can be cleaned easily. We will use mostly hard surfaces and only soft surfaces that can be laundered. As well each class will have their own bin of toys (no sharing between classes). When possible we will choose art supplies that:
can be disposed after use (such as popsicle sticks and cotton swabs); or only used by one child and then cleaned.
     -Disinfectant. We have an approved anti-virus cleaning spray Benefect that will be used on high frequency areas and the washroom. It is a spray and walk away system so there will be no need to wipe down surfaces.

What families can do to support our preschool:
-Follow illness request: We ask that if your child or family members (living in the same house) show anysigns of illness (fever, cough, sniffles, gastrointestinal…), stay home for 10 days. Allergies are an exception, please discuss with a teacher.
-Follow drop-off/pick-up procedure: Each class will be divided into two groups for drop-off and pick-up, 15 minutes apart. Please meet at the Labyrinth to drop-off your child and meet at Eastdowne Rd gate for pick-up at your specified time. Teachers will be responsible for the sign-in and sign-out of each child.

Class Schedules: 3’s Class Tuesdays 9-10:45/9:15-11; 4’s Class Wednesdays 9-11:45/9:15-12

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Preschool Open House Jan 25th

Our preschool will be having our annual open house Saturday Jan 25th 10am-12:30pm. Please invite any friends who might have preschool age kids to come and see our wonderful preschool and put their names on the wait list for 2020/21. See you there!