Come work at LVPPP!

We are hiring!

Job Opportunity:  

Preschool Teacher at Lynn Valley Parent Participation Preschool

Part-time (16 hours per week, + prep hours)

Mon – Thurs Mornings
Starting September 2022

The Lynn Valley Parent Participation Preschool is searching for a vibrant, creative, and committed teacher to
join our school beginning September 2022. We are a well-established Parent Participation Preschool (PPP)
with an excellent reputation in the heart of Lynn Valley, North Vancouver. The preschool has a rich history in
the community; it has operated for over 70 years and occupies a heritage schoolhouse building with a large
outdoor space. We seek a motivated teacher with the desire to take an active role at our unique school while
building a collaborative partnership with our current experienced teacher. We run a morning play-based
program each day for 3 and 4-year-olds with a strong focus on outdoor play and natural learning. As a PPP,
parents are integral to the running of the school, which is fundamentally about creating a warm, caring
community for children and caregivers.
Qualifications:
● Early Childhood Education License
● Current First Aid and CPR Certificate
● Criminal record check
● Previous teaching experience in a preschool an asset, or evidence of experience working with young
children and knowledge of current theories and practices in early childhood education
Classroom Duties:
● Shape and deliver a quality, engaging program in harmony with the philosophy and policies of LVPPP
● Collaborate with our existing teacher in program development and execution
● Ensure health and safety of the children, while guiding and inspiring them
● Communicate effectively with parents/caregivers (including preschool Executive Committee)
● Provide direction to parents/caregivers working on ‘duty day’
● Assist with classroom and outdoor space set-up and clean-up, and create a safe, stimulating, and
varied environment for children
● Participate in all aspects of pedagogical documentation including recording, reflecting and responding
to children’s play
Administrative Duties:
● Attend AGM and monthly executive team meetings
● Participate in Parent/Teacher interviews (once per year during teaching hours)
● Prepare classroom supplies
Attributes:
● Creative, original thinker with an ability to translate current ideas in ECE into practice
● Able to articulate and demonstrate a positive view of the child
● Strong advocate of play-based learning and outdoor play
● Energetic, enthusiastic and hard working
● Flexible, creative, and adaptable with a caring and patient approach towards children
● Excellent communication skills with colleagues, children, and parents/caregivers
● Commitment to continuing professional development and growth
● Familiarity with the revised British Columbia Early Learning Framework
Salary will be on the PPP pay scale and will be dependent on experience. ECE license minimum
$20.95/hour and rising with experience beyond $30/hour. In addition to the classroom hours the
contract includes prep time, a monthly benefit payment, vacation pay, sick days and paid statutory
holidays. Monthly professional development with certificates is provided by the PPP Teachers’ Association. Teachers’ salaries will also receive the provincial ECE wage enhancement of $4 per hour
for eligible worked hours.
Please submit your resume and cover letter, including your reasons for wanting to work with a Parent
Participation Preschool to lvppppersonnel@gmail.com.
For more information about our school, please see our website at lvppp.org or our Instagram @lynnvalley_ppp – we look forward to hearing from you!

Unbe-LEAF-able fall craft

Looking for a rainy day activity? This fun leaf etching craft will keep little ones entertained for quite awhile! All you need is paper, crayons and a bunch of leaves.

1. Head out for a walk around the neighbourhood to collect leaves of various shapes and sizes.

2. Lay the leaves flat on a table and place the paper on top.

3. Use the crayons flat edge to rub it along the paper to create the etching.

4. Play around with the layout of the leaves and different coloured crayons. Have fun!

Letters from our Presidents and Teachers

Warmest welcome to all new and returning families to our LVPPP community. I cannot emphasize enough the promise and potential of this school to create a lasting impact on family life in Lynn Valley. This year, both Presidents are relatively new to the neighbourhood. When I moved here in 2019, I chose LVPPP because I recognized the ways in which the school could give back to me and my children. We visited an open house where all my children were welcomed and had the opportunity to snuggle baby chicks (magic!). My efforts through parent participation have paid off in new friendships, special moments on duty, and new strategies to approach common parenting dilemmas. As my son Ryan begins Kindergarten we only have to look around the playground to see familiar faces. The preschool is well known by so many and LVPPP alumni families are always springing out of the woodwork.  I’m excited for my youngest to begin preschool this year. Every year at the school is different – parents bring new ideas, experiences, and perspectives to build a school that is always changing and growing. I look forward to meeting more engaged parents and continuing to work with and learn from our amazing Teachers Libby and Liz. Last year has shown us that we are more than equal to the challenge of COVID, that the Parent Participation model is valued, relevant and adaptable, and that the magic of LVPPP is still thriving after 76 years in Lynn Valley. Let’s make it another great one!

Laura Collings (Co-President and Brandon’s Mama, 3s Class)


Welcome to all of our wonderful families!

I hope you have all had a lovely summer break. As the summer days come to an end we are all looking forward to beginning a new year at the preschool. Liz and I are working toward creating a fun, exciting, and safe environment for the children and families of our wonderful preschool community. 

I look forward to seeing everyone and I am excited for a new year ahead. 

Teacher Libby 


Hello everyone.We have all had a great holiday and we look forward to seeing you at preschool. Are you ready for lots of fun, building, painting, playing , running, swinging, and lots of exploring. We will have lots of friends to play with the Teachers will help you if you need anything.

See you soon,

Teacher Liz 

September Book Club

September is here, which means the first day of Fall is right around the corner. The cooler Autumn weather is perfect for snuggling up under a blanket and discovering new books to read with your little ones. This month we not only celebrate Fall, but also the first day of school, National Read a Book Day, Grandparents Day and National Colouring Day! Leave us a comment and let us know which your favourite book was this month and which ones should be featured next month.

1. Our Class is a Family, by Shannon Olsen

In this book, children discover that their classroom is a safe place to be themselves, make mistakes, and form important friendships with each other.

2. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, by Kenard Pak

Join a young girl as she walks through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. Striking up imaginative conversations with every flower, creature and gust of wind, she says good-bye to summer and welcomes autumn.

3. The Color Monster Goes to School, by Anna Llenas

Meet the Color Monster. He feels a little nervous because today is his first day at school . . . and he doesn’t even have a clue what school is! Guided by his young friend, his first day of school is saved! The Color Monster has a lot of new adventures and makes new friends — and looks forward to school tomorrow.

4. All Are Welcome, by Alexandra Kaufman

Readers will follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. In this school, students from all backgrounds learn from and celebrate each other’s traditions and shows that the world will be what we make it to be.

5. My Grandpa’s Chair, by Jiyeon Pak

Celebrate National Grandparents Day on September 12th with this beautifully illustrated book. When Julie’s grandpa isn’t happy in his old couch, she tries to help him find a new chair. In this picture book we learn about loss and how a family can heal a broken heart through love and companionship.

6. The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson

We are all different, but sometimes we feel the differences more than others. It could be how you look or sound, or even where you’re from. It isn’t an easy thing to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.

What books should be featured in October’s Book Club?

Butterflies

At the end of April tiny little caterpillars arrived at our school. Teacher Liz and I filled small individual vials with special food for each caterpillar and left them on a tray. We carefully chose a warm location at the preschool to keep them at a perfect temperature.

For the next few weeks we brought the caterpillars out at circle time to see the progress they had made each day. Slowly they went from being tiny little caterpillars to big ones, and they built webs at the top of the vials preparing for the next phase of their journey.

A caterpillar was sent home with each of the children in the 4’s class, and the rest of the caterpillars remained at the preschool for daily observations. Once the caterpillars were fully grown they climbed to the top of the vials and hung upside down from the lid in a ‘J’ shape to form a chrysalis. Teacher Liz gently transferred the chrysalis to their new habitat by placing the lids on an old magnolia branch.

The next few days were filled with excitement and lots of patience. Each day during circle time we checked on the hanging chrysalis. We sang songs about butterflies. We told stories about butterflies. We dressed up as butterflies. And we waited. Patiently. While the caterpillars that had gone home with the children in the 4’s class had transformed into chrysalis and emerged as butterflies, the ones at the preschool were still in their chrysalis.

One rainy morning Teacher Liz and I took the 4’s class for a walk to gather moss, flowers, and fresh leaves for our butterfly habitat in hopes that it would encourage the chrysalis at the preschool to transform. After being in their chrysalis for almost two weeks the first butterflies emerged!

The children were thrilled and each day a few more butterflies appeared in the habitat. We cut oranges in half to feed them and we opened the butterfly habitat to let a select few out to explore. During the first few circle times the butterflies were very docile. Some jumped around, but most would stay still on tiny little excited hands and arms.

As the butterflies got stronger and older they became braver and attempted to take flight. On a beautiful sunny day during circle time in the 3’s class we released them. We sang a goodbye song and wished them a happy journey ahead as they flew away.

Teacher Libby

A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.

Mandy Hale

Summer Book Club

Summer is right around the corner. Bugs are starting to emerge, the water parks are in full swing, and the beach is the perfect place to enjoy this summer’s book club picks. And don’t forget to leave a comment with your favourite books for September.

1. The Amazing Life Cycle of Butterflies, by Kay Barham

From moth to chrysalis to beautiful butterfly, learn about a butterfly’s life. Children have lots of questions about the world around them, and this book helps them discover many amazing and wonderful scientific facts about butterflies.

2. Over and Under the Pond, by Kate Messner

Paddle along with a mother and son as they discover the plants and animals that make up the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a mountain pond. Over the pond, the water is a mirror, reflecting the sky. But under the water is a hidden world of minnows darting, beavers diving, and tadpoles growing. These secrets and many others are waiting to be discovered.

3. And Then Comes Summer, by Tom Brenner

From flip-flops and hide-and-seek to fireworks and ice-cream trucks, from lemonade stands and late bedtimes to swimming in the lake and toasting marshmallows, there’s something for everyone in this bright and buoyant celebration of the sunny season.

4. The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle

This is a beautifully descriptive book of a tiny seed that gets swept up by the wind and goes on an adventure to become a giant flower.

5. What Bug Am I?, by Skye Wade

The little spider doesn’t initially know who he is. Yet with the ladybug’s help, he meets different backyard bugs to understand who he looks like. If your kids are interested in bugs, they’ll definitely buzz with laughs and literacy over this engaging, informative, and science (STEM) book. This funny bug-story offers interesting and kid-friendly facts about insects’ diverse features and their unique ways of life.

6. Avery Asks – Where is everyone going?, by Andrea Lowe

You never know where a simple question might take your imagination. Where is everyone going? The possibilities are endless and the answers open up a whole world to explore. Follow ever-curious Avery as she discovers the places people are going and the things they are doing.

7. The Sandcastle Contest, by Robert Munsch

When Matthew enters a contest at the beach, he builds an amazing, incredible, unbelievable sandcastle!

8. Jabari Jumps, by Gaia Cornwall

Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash.

9. Grandpa’s stories, by Joseph Coelho

One young girl reflects on a year with her beloved grandpa. She remembers the fields and parks they explored in the springtime and the old toys they fixed up in the summer. An honest and relatable depiction of loss, Grandpa’s Stories celebrates life and the ways in which love lives on.

What books should be featured in September’s Book Club?

Year end letter from our teachers

Here we go another year almost over! Where did the time go? It is not like it just disappeared, because we have seen the children grow and thrive in our programme. Our classes have come a long way since back in September and we, as teachers, have also grown and learned throughout the year.

We are so pleased in the way we were able to keep the programme going strong and all of us keeping healthy within our environment. I know we have missed parts of our school space, with our classes, but we have done so much more in our wonderful outdoor space.

Our children will be stronger and more aware of their surroundings after enduring these difficult times. Libby and I have made use of every corner of the playground, pulling so much together from our cupboards of inventory and realizing that our ideas have worked well. We should be thankful for getting through this as a group. It has been possible only with your support and your ongoing commitment and participation within our programme.

For our graduating class:

This year especially, I feel that our 5 year olds, or soon to be, have been able to tread in the footsteps of Dr. Seuss’ book titled “Oh the places you will go”. We have taken them to places that they have explored, the forest and its stumps, the field and its openness, the creek and its banks, the labrynth and its path. They were able to use spaces creatively, so congratulations to you all. Carry these memories with you wherever you go. Keep on asking the questions and reaching further for the answers, you will all go far.

Cheers to the classes of 2020/2021. Hip hip hooray!

Your teachers,

T. Liz and T. Libby

Best places for mountain biking with your preschooler

My husband started taking my sons up mountain biking on Mount Fromme as soon as they could ride a pedal bike. But since my idea of a perfect day out cycling is a flat and preferably paved trail, the gnarly inclines of the North Shore hold little allure.

So when I take my cycling mad sons out, I go for a happy medium: easy trails with some extra features that help test their technical skills.

If you’re not ready to tackle the big mountain trails with your preschooler, here’s a few places you can try instead:

Digger Park forest – Officially called Lynnmour park but known locally as “Digger Park” this park has it all: winding paths through the forest, roots and bumps to practice going over, and a playground in the field in the middle of it all. It’s just south of Inter River bike park so you could even start with a ride around the pump track.

Windsor Park – This forested area behind Ron Andrews recreation centre has wide, easy paths. It’s easy to do a loop and there’s a few extensions you can explore. If you start and stop at the recreation centre you can even use the playground.

Loutet Park – This park has a wonderful trail which runs all the way from behind Sutherland High school to Loutet farms. There’s a crazy dirt jump track behind the farm where you’ll get a glimpse of the heart stopping feats your kids may one day be attempting if you’re there on a day the older kids are out. The rest of the trail meanders through the forest with some gentle ups and downs, perfect for little cyclists.

Diana Davis, LVPPP President

Where are your favourite preschool bike haunts?

May Book Club

Spring is officially in full swing. Enjoy all those May flowers this month, but don’t forget to get in your daily dose of reading with your little ones. This month we not only celebrate spring, but also Fitness Day, Cinco de Mayo, Brothers and Sisters Day and Star Wars Day. Leave us a comment and let us know which your favourite book was this month and which ones should be featured next month.

1. Little Raindrop, by Melanie Joyce

This book is a new favourite of ours! Colourful illustrations and a lyrical story captivate young readers as they follow the journey of a little raindrop. This book is a great way to learn about the water cycle.

2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

Originally published in 1969, this story is a classic and a must-read for any child. Littles will love reading along as the hungry little caterpillar eats, and eats, and eats, finally emerging as a butterfly. The collage-style illustrations and fun storyline make learning about food, counting and the butterfly lifecycle an engaging experience.

3. Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga, by Rebecca Whitford

May 1 is Fitness Day! Yoga is a great way to introduce children to movement. This book is colourful, fun and easily guides parents and kids through nine basic yoga poses.

4. Snuggle the Baby, by Sara Gillingham

Celebrate National Brothers and Sisters Day on May 2 with this cute board book. We were gifted this book just prior to welcoming our second baby. It is ideal for soon-to-be older siblings or toddlers who love playing with dolls. It is full of practical, interactive activities for caring for a baby, like swaddling and shushing.

5. Star Wars: A Jedi you will be, by Preeti Chhibber

May the Fourth be with you! May 4 is Star Wars Day and you can introduce your kids to the iconic series with this picture book narrated by everyone’s favourite Jedi Master, Yoda. Whimsical illustrations will guide your future Jedi’s as they learn to use the force.

6. My First Frida Kahlo (Little People, Big Dreams), by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

The Little People, Big Dreams book series is a wonderful tribute to inspirational leaders. My First Frida Kahlo tells the story of the one of the most famous artists of the twentieth century. This would be a fun, educational read to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5th.

What books should be featured in June’s Book Club?