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					The International Preschools Newsletter                                                                 Summer 2004

            From Our Director                                             Family Open House
                                                                   Parents often tell us that the Family Open House
                                                                   evening is one of their favorite IPS events.
As our Fortieth Anniversary Year draws to an end, I look back      Scheduled in March when the children have come to
on the many events and activities that brought our                 think of the classroom as their “other home”, the
International Preschools community together. There is indeed       students are the hosts and proudly welcome families
much that makes me thankful.                                       and friends to see their work.

                                                                   Guests got a taste of the rich curriculum used in
Our teachers surely give us much reason to be grateful. It is      each classroom. “Curriculum” in nursery school is
indeed an honor for me to salute such a dedicated and hard         the topic used by teachers to direct the interest of
working group whose abiding goal and chief reward is seeing        children to developmentally appropriate activities,
their students change and grow as they experience the world        building knowledge and understanding. The stu-
                                                                   dents study the curriculum through dramatic play
around them. In the Crèche it might be the joy of blowing          and hands-on activities.
bubbles(or trying to blow bubbles); in Kindergarten, the won-
derment of the eggs hatching in the incubator. Our teachers        Open House activities and projects are examples of
are the soul of the school.                                        what educators call “emergent curriculum”. As chil-
                                                                   dren explore a subject over several weeks, their
                                                                   questions, ideas, excitement and existing knowledge
Truly, too, we have been blessed to have such a devoted            guide the teachers in determining their level of
Parents Association. Under Helen Sawaya’s inspired leader-         development and which direction to move the topic
ship, this hard working group successfully organized a verita-     in. An emergent curriculum is spontaneous and
ble array of events that appealed to and included the entire       responsive to the interests of the group of children.
IPS community. Every event: the New Parents Cocktail               Before deciding what topic to pursue for Open
                                                                   House, the IPS teachers give careful thought to the
Party, the book fairs, the pie and bake sales, the Faculty         interests of their students. They observe children at
Enrichment Benefit, the note card project, the tag sale, the       play and note their discussions. They pay attention
Spring Benefit and the Fathers’ Picnic were all wonderful          to conversations in circle time. The range of themes
events that brought us closer together. We salute Helen and        reflect the wide interests of the classes. Topics, to
her committee for their thoughtful, effective and dedicated        name just a few, included hat making, famous
                                                                   artists, the solar system and community workers.
service to IPS during the past hectic year.                        Once a topic was chosen, the students decided what
                                                                   they wanted to learn about it, how they could get the
Another highlight of this year was the IPS Birthday Party in       information, and what projects they could do to
February. Chaired by Stephanie Bhonslay and Sandra                 share their knowledge
Prangley it was attended and enjoyed by the entire community
                                                                   Emergent curriculum keeps both teachers and stu-
from students to grandparents. Entertainment was provided          dents engaged as they share discoveries. The annual
by IPS parents Dee Carstensen and Perry Liu and storyteller        Family Open House was a celebration of the collab-
Malachy McCourt.                                                   oration between the children and teachers. And what
                                                                   a celebration it was!
                                            Continued on page 13
                                                                                    - Lynne Mueller, Education Director
                           Roof Playground Re-opens at 45th Street
Children in the Fours and Fives classes at 45th Street were greeted by a lovely surprise when they returned from Spring Vacation -
The much anticipated re-opening of the roof-top playground. Work on the building next door to our school had necessitated closing
the roof space while scaffolding was in place. After nearly two years, the delighted students found themselves able to enjoy the

Planters full of flowers and a new park bench have recently been installed, making the space even more attractive. Children
attending Summer Camp will continue to enjoy the roof playground with wading pools and sprinklers.

                                                                                        - Karina Mahtani, 45th Street Administration

       BEFORE                                                             AFTER!

                                               Lets Visit the Crèche
 In French, the word Crèche means "nursery". So at IPS, it's fitting that the Crèche is where you can find the youngest of our stu-
dents. Approximately 70 girls and boys attend Crèche once or twice a week for a two hour program. These children range in age
from 15 to 26 months when they arrive at school in September.There are common misconceptions about our program. Told that we
are teachers of one and two year olds, people think we are "babysitting". Some tell us, "Oh it must be fun to play all day!" What
could we possibly do of any educational value with children this young?

Visitors to our classrooms are surprised to see how much "education" goes on each day. We paint and draw, we read books, we run
and climb, we make friends and learn to respect each other and have fun. And yes, we do play much of the day, but , play IS the
serious work of young children. It’s how they learn about their world and how to happily co-exist with their teachers and peers.

It is astonishing to witness the giant steps our youngest students make during that first year in school. From tiny, hesitant babies,
they become, in just eight months, talkative, independent children who want to do everything by themselves. We teachers love to
observe the children in what we call “the dramatic play area”. There, they show us their understanding of the world. They make
phone calls while they cook; they pile up winter clothes when it’s cold outside; they wear what they have seen their parents wear: a
felt hat, a shawl, a tie; they use mops, screwdrivers and hammers with great accuracy. At this young age, boys and girls play all
roles unfettered by stereotypes.

We recently became a little frustrated with the too-realistic way the life-like plastic food was used by the young children. They put
everything in their mouths: the plastic pizza, the plastic potato chip or the plastic apple. Not surprising, but very unsanitary! We
replaced them with large buttons, cotton balls, multicolored pom-poms and one-inch blocks. Now, the imagination of the children
has blossomed even more. We are now served a great variety of dishes from soups to rice crackers and birthday cakes. They make
it hot or cold, sweet or sour, there is no limit to their creation. We also have observed that though we have anatomically correct
dolls, the young children, who distinguish between boys or girls among themselves, will pay no attention to the gender of their
baby doll and will decide if it is a boy or a girl. We are learning that the most abstract toys are most suitable for our crèche chil-
dren. They need to wonder and question, try and succeed, without being told.

                                                                                            - Marie Claire Foss, 75th Street Director
                                                                         and Kathy Seidner, 45th Street Crèche and Toddler Director

           Ongoing School Choices for IPS Graduates
After a busy fall and winter of filling out applications, visiting schools and weighing alternatives, most IPS parents have made their
selections of ongoing schools for their children who will graduate this June. At this time, we know that ninety-one children will be
attending thirty-one different independent schools, fifty children will be attending twelve different public schools, three children will
be attending three different parochial schools and one child will be attending Hunter College Elementary School.

As always, the large number of independent school choices reflect the great diversity of our population. Next September, IPS gradu-
ates will be welcomed at the following independent schools: Allen-Stevenson, Bank Street, Birch Wathen Lenox, Brearley,
Browning, Caedmon, Calhoun, Cathedral, Chapin, Columbia Grammar, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Dalton, Dwight, Ethical
Culture, Fieldston, Friends Seminary, Gateway, Grace Church, Hewitt, Little Red Schoolhouse, Lycee Francais, Marymount,
Nightingale Bamford, Riverdale, Spence, St. Bernard’s, St. David’s, The School at Columbia, Trevor Day, Trinity and United
Nations International School. The public schools which will be welcoming our graduates are P.S. 6, P.S. 9, P.S. 40, P.S. 59, P.S. 77,
P.S. 87, P.S. 116, P.S. 158, P.S. 163, P.S. 166, P.S. 183 and P.S. 290.

We are very pleased with these fine results. Congratulations to all our graduates!

                                                                                          - Nancy Brown, Ongoing Schools Consultant

                                                 Free from TV!

                                                            Dancing, left and playing in the park, above, are just two of many
                                                             alternatives to television suggested by students from 74th Street.

  I look forward to Turn Off TV Week each year and wish we               off the television this week, they are playing together
  could turn it off for good! I think that the writer, Roald Dahl       instead of watching one or more hours of television.
  who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which was
  published in 1964 had no idea how profound his view on tel-           When my children were younger I had serious issues about
  evision would become by the year 2004;                                television and lately I’ve become even more concerned. I
                                                                        know my position is extreme, but like our eating habits, our
            “The most important thing we’ve learned,                    television habits are becoming more extreme. Television,
                So far as children are concerned,                       like junk food, is everywhere we go. Balance needs to be
                  Is never, never, NEVER let                            restored to our lives and we need to allow our children to
                 Them near your television set -                        play, to create and express themselves. My children are get-
                 Or better still, just don’t install                    ting older, more independent, and adamant about their “tv-
                    The idiotic thing at all!”                          time”. As with junk food, I have to keep the reins tighter
                                                                        and discuss my concerns with them frequently. I don’t think
  Dahl certainly had an amazing imagination. Why are we                 it’s just my children, because there are so many books and
  squelching our children’s‚ minds? Why are we allowing them            studies out there telling parents how bad television is for the
  to tune in so we can tune them out?                                   family. One book I discovered, entitled, Endangered Minds:
                                                                        Why Children Don’t Think and What We Can Do About It
  My children this week surprised me on Monday. Justin, six             by Jane M. Healy wouldn’t have been published if the
  and Leila, almost four, set up a card game and starting play-         minds of our children weren’t endangered!
  ing by themselves while I was preparing dinner. It was six
  o’clock at night, normally their “prime-time”, but since we                                       - Rebecca Baadarani, Parent 45II
  are turning

          Class 76VII Visits the                                            Somewhere Over the Rainbow
          Exploratorium Exhibit
                                                                          On February 10th, Class 76II accepted an invitation to a harp
                                                                          concert at Ruby Mainieri’s house. Ruby’s mom, Dee
                                                                          Carstenson, is a harpist and vocalist. The afternoon began
                                                                          with a parade from school to Ruby’s apartment. Ruby and
                                                                          her mother had prepared a snack for us. We enjoyed
                                                                          Valentine cookies, fruit, juice and tea. The concert was for all
                                                                          the children and their families. When all the grownups had
                                                                          arrived, the concert began. Dee started with a special song
                                                                          that she had changed to include all the children in the class.
                                                                          She sang several of her own songs. Then she sang some old
                                                                          favorites such as “Twinkle, Twinkle”. The children were each
                Feeling Fog at the Exploratorium                          invited to try playing the harp.

Class 76 VII chose weather as its theme to explore for the Annual         The children enjoyed all the instruments in the apartment.
Family Open House.                                                        The big, golden harp was in the center of the living room.
                                                                          There was also a piano and a vibraphone. Ruby’s father is a
Although the harsh winter had given us plenty of opportunities to         vibraphonist and let all of us try his instrument. It takes up
experience the subject first-hand, we were excited to learn that          an entire small room and looks like a golden xylophone. It
our next-door neighbor, the American Museum of Natural History            has pedals like a piano and is played by pumping the pedals
offered a related exhibit entitled Exploratorium.                         and striking the notes with mallets.

 On March 5th, our class set out on a neighborhood walk over to           The children also enjoyed exploring Ruby’s train box and her
the museum. Mrs. Staples, a former science teacher of many                puppet theatre. Ruby’s parents also performed together. Her
years, fortified our team of teachers: Miss Patricia, Miss Athena         father accompanied her mother on the piano as she sang a
and myself.                                                               beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. We
                                                                          thanked Ruby’s family for their performance and hospitality
During the walk we chatted about the weather, of course, which            and then headed outside into a sunny afternoon. This outing
happened to be cold, damp, and misty, and stopped by the dog              was enjoyable and filled with lovely music, fun and families.
run in the Museum garden. After careful observation, we con-
cluded that all the above had no apparent effect on the dogs’                                               - Julia E. Luce, Teacher 76II
enthusiasm for enjoying the outdoors.

We entered the Museum through the main entrance and as a
neighborhood school, picked up our free tickets.

A friendly guide led us through a maze of halls, corridors and
elevators to our destination: The Exploratorium Hall. At the
entrance a long red drape, blown by artificial wind, greeted us.
The strength of the wind could be manipulated by a lever, which
the children enthusiastically did manipulate. Inside the large hall
we found more than thirty mind-expanding, hands-on weather-
related activities. In groups of four the children pushed, pulled,
swung and spun their way through fun-filled learning adventures.
They looked at clouds from above, sculpted sand dunes, bent
water and whipped up miniature hurricanes.

On the way back to school they walked briskly and purposefully                            Dee Carstenson demonstrating her
for all the excitement and action made them hungry for lunch.                                         her harp
The ensuing rest time was also very tranquil......

                                 - Klara Reisinger, Teacher 76 VII

                                                  News From 85IV
                        Donation Quilt                                           Celebrating Chinese New Year
     With great IPS community spirit, 85IV successfully                  Chinese New Year was a festive occasion for class 85IV. The
     embarked on the creation of a quilt with each child’s per-          classroom was beautifully adorned with red lanterns and
     sonal artistic endeavor included. The quilt represents each         paper dragons. Bey Chen(Scott Nass’ mother) and Donna
     child in the class with the first letter of each child’s name       Ng(mother of Amanda) visited the class and spoke about how
     embroidered separately on 16 different felt panels. During          celebrating Chinese New Year in their own homes. They also
     class time each child, working with Donna Ng(Amanda’s               read books on Chinese New Year traditions and brought in
     mom), Melissa Triedman(Miranda’s mom), Karina                       egg roll cookies for the children. The children listened with
     Mollin(Matias’s mom), and Mihoko Kato(Rena’s mom),                  great fascination and a lively discussion followed. At the end
     decorated their panel with magic markers and sparkle glue.          of this classroom celebration, the mothers gave the children
     the panels were then sewn together to make a whimsical              and teachers red envelopes filled with good luck money and
     class quilt to auction at the Spring Benefit.                       toys, Chinese bowls and chopsticks, and chocolate coins!

                                        - Gabrielle Brussel Faria,                                          - Donna Ng and Bey Chen
                                                     parent, 85IV                                                      parents, 85IV

                                                Musicians in the Classroom
    As part of the music curriculum studied by 85IV during the winter term, Jake Brussel Faria(brother of classmates Nicole
    and Alexandra) and Will Tarzian-Britt, second graders from the Allen-Stevenson school, treated the children to viola and vio-
    lin lessons. The children were taught the names for the parts of the instruments and had a chance to hold the instruments
    and experience what it would be like to play these instruments. The boys introduced the different notes represented by each
    string - A, F, and G - and compared the sounds of the two different string instruments. The visit closed with portraits of the
    instruments drawn by the children. A great time was had by all!!!
                                                                                                        - Gabrielle Brussel Faria,
                                                                                                                     parent, 85IV

                                            Goodnight 85I and 85II

                                                                            85I, left and 85II, above wore their pajamas to school!

After working so hard on our wonderful Five Senses projects for open house, we decided to have a nice relaxing day, so we came to
school in our pajamas. Everybody looked so cute - even Ms. Julie, Ms. Randi and Miss Fatima came in their PJs. Ms. Julie also
wore her bathrobe, which made on student think she had just gotten out of the shower! We brought our favorite stuffed toys and
blankets to snuggle with at story time. We had milk and cookies for our snack and then turned off the lights and read stories on the
rug with our flashlights. We read The Baby Who Wouldn’t Go To Bed by Helen Cooper and Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise
                                                                                           - Julie McWilliams, Teacher, 85I and 85II
     The Spring Benefit at the Copacabana
Spring is finally here, and with it came the highlight of the social season, our 2004 Spring Benefit. Held for the second year at the
Copacabana, the benefit was a fabulous evening filled with great friends, great food and great fun. To everyone who attended and
supported the event, bid on items and made purchases at the benefit, you made it a huge success. We are truly grateful.

Benefits for 450 people do not pop up fully grown. They need careful planning, organization and teamwork. IPS was very lucky to
have the support and dedication of not only the entire IPS office staff, but an unbelievably devoted group of parent volunteers.
Everyone pitched in, taking on jobs large and small, to raise money for the school we love.

Particular thanks are due to Helen Sawaya, our indefatigable PA president, who supported us in all aspects of the benefit. Her guid-
ance, insight and hard work, along with her email list, got the co-chairs through deadlines and hurdles on many an occasion. To our
master of ceremonies Elvis (aka Fuad Sawaya), whose humor and costume made us laugh and whose charisma charged the evening
with energy and purpose. To acquisitions co-chair Mariela Archer, who was always willing to jump in and take over with no com-
plaints. To Helen, Shelley Carder and Laura and Brian Diecks, who provided the beautiful silent auction signage that added so
much to the mood of the evening.

Thanks are due in so many more places. We would like to thank Nina Del Rio for helping us to secure the services of Sotheby’s for
our live auction. The skill of Geraldine Nager made the live auction fun, exciting and productive. And live auction chair Aasia Arif
Khan coordinated the entire effort with determination and grace. Our photographers that night, Rebecca Baadarani and Theresa
Thompson, shared their time and talent with us so that we could have a visual record of our evening together. Lynette Baiocco and
her team worked their magic with those sparkling centerpieces on everyone’s tables. And we will all treasure the spectacular year-
book designed by Lynette, with the snazzy cover art designed by Soteria Kledaras.

There are so many people who deserve special mention, including Chad Gallant, who, with a no babysitter and a wife out of town,
juggled three children and the entire programming of the catalogue and the execution of the new checkout procedures. Welcoming
Committee co-chairs Medill Harvey, Jennifer Collier, Vimy Chellaram and Abigail Scheuer handled new procedures and a
capacity crowd and carried it off without a hitch. To Sarah Jarkow, who in a new position as new parent chair, ensured incoming
parents attended the benefit and felt welcome once there. To balloon co-chairs Christy Ann Brown and Liana Sadhwani, whose
upbeat emails and organizational skills inspired us. To Sheila Cutner, along with her school store co-chair Helen Angelakos, who
shared responsibilities for the wonderful school store. And the Japanese Parents’ Committee boutique, run with such finesse by
Junko Aoki, which was a smashing success. Entertainment chair Annette Pizzo made sure the evening felt like a celebration as
well as a fundraiser. To Pat Caramel, whose talent as a DJ turned our benefit into a party. And site co-chairs Marisa Galisteo and
Natalie Rosenthal, who helped the event, along with all of its volunteers and procedures, run smoothly.

And to the parents whose work begins after they benefit — account co-chairs Sarita Dubin and Mamie McIndoe along with Chad
Gallant and Mariela Archer, and plaque chair Cynthia Pigott —thank you for ensuring that this event wraps up on the right note.

To everyone behind the scenes who solicited donations or made them, who managed acquisitions or yearbook ads for their locations,
who volunteered to set up, work during event or checkout, to everyone who bought a ticket, and/or made a purchase at the benefit,
we thank you.

                                             - Lynette Baiocco, Carmen Bilmen, Robin Landau, Michelle Najjar and Nancy Rotenier,
                                                                                                       Spring Benefit Co-Chairs

                   Family Day Picnic
                            May 15, 2004

      Everyone who attended the Family Day Picnic
      at 45th Street, run by IPS fathers, had a great
      time. There was a clown, face painting and
      fun games. It was a great way to spend a
      Saturday together! Many thanks to co-chairs
      Bob Pigott and Scott Guthrie.

         Scenes From The Spring Benefit
               At The Copacabana

                                                 Tom Kennedy, Nancy Hopkins, Valerie Kennedy
Benefit Co-Chairs Michelle Najjar, Robin
 Landau, Nancy Rotenier, Carmen Bilmen
          and Lynette Baiocco

                                                 Aasia Arif

                                                                     Jennifer Collier and Vimy
                              Bente Frantz                                   Chellaram

Cameron Weissberg

      Mark Hopkins, Ducco deBoer
        and Edda Kristjansdottir                       The ”Copa Girl” and Chad Gallant

                                                               Ziki and Carmen Bilmen
   Adrianne Lobel and Mark Linn Baker

                                                               Yeungae Hubert and Mina

Kaori Watanabe and
   Sheila Cutner

                           PA President Helen Sawaya and
                              Elvis, AKA Fuad Sawaya
                                                                     Annette Pizzo

   Robert and Theresa
        Thompson                               Natalie Rosenthal and Rebecca Baadarani

                                                            Sam Prangley and incoming PA
   Mamta and Sanjay Kochar                                    President Mariela Archer

                                       Nancy Rotenier and
                                          Nancy Brown

 Julie and Steve Brandfield

                                                      Mark Gunning, Edward Nammour and
                                                               Robert Thompson

Bridget O’Brian and Barnett Brimberg

                                                   Specialty Teachers honored included Doug
                                                 DaSilva, MacKerrow Talcott and Jenny Hosoi,
                                                   left and Roz Devon, Peggy Gallagher and
                                                              Alice Clapp, above
                                                          Hiroko Akimoto, Eiko Shimada and
Cliff Griffin and Dia Barman-Griffin                              Richard Friedman

  Bernadette Weiss and
      Lynne Mueller

                                                                           Bo and Giovanni Vicioso

                                       Christy Ann Brown and
                                           Liana Sadhwani
 Rizwan and Daneez Ali

                                                                         Peter and Keita Young

Althea Duerston-Saslow and
                                                                 Benefit photos courtesy of IPS parents
                                               10              Rebecca Baadarani and Theresa Thompson.
       Susan Ehrlich
              From Our Parents’ Association President
IPS is so fortunate to have such a spirited parent community! The Spring Benefit was a huge success and we owe thanks to every
IPS family. Every family contributed a donation, a yearbook ad, or their precious time to make this event possible. We received
over 400 donations for the balloons and auctions, a thank you ad from every class for the first time in recent history, and we filled
the Copa to capacity! This year, preliminary results indicate that we will surpass last year’s net proceeds even though we did not
have a car raffle. Equally as important, it seemed that everyone enjoyed themselves with good company, great auction items, deli-
cious food and drink, and energetic bidding.

Our five co-chairs, Lynette Baiocco, Carmen Bilmen, Robin Landau, Michelle Najjar, and Nancy Rotenier, deserve our heartfelt
thanks for engineering such an incredible party that raises significant funds for the operating costs of our school. We greatly appre-
ciate their tireless efforts as well as the small army of parent and IPS staff volunteers who make this event possible. If you enjoyed
yourself at the benefit this year, please get involved in the planning next year; all the behind-the-scenes work is as much fun as it is
work when the parent community is this vibrant.

On a personal note, this has been a challenging but wonderful year for me. I have enjoyed immensely working
with so many talented, engaged, and interesting families. I want to thank the chairs of every event, the Vice
Presidents on the PA Board who provided excellent location leadership, and every parent who volunteered their
time. I owe special thanks to Deb Berkley who was my loyal liaison at the school, Michelle Najjar (former PA
president and mentor), and my husband, Fuad Sawaya, who was always a good sport. We’ve accomplished
much together as a community for the benefit of our children.

                                                                                  - Helen Sawaya, President, IPS Parents’ Association

                    Tag Sale Report
 The School-wide Tag Sale was held April 19th & 20th at 45th
 street My co-chair Geri Chadick and I wish to thank all the
 IPS families for their donations. A big thank you to everyone
 who volunteered their time to help out including Laura McGinn
 (who also contributed home-baked cupcakes to the sale!),
 Cynthia Wachtell, Tamami Tanaka, Nancy Miller, Mina
 Matsumoto, Keiko Kajimoto, Sarah Jarkow, Joan Silverman,
 Cameron Weissberg, Chizu Katayama, Aasia Arif Khan, Natalie
 Contomichalos, Leana Sadhwani and Cynthia Newman. ( If we
 are forgetting anybody, we apologize.) Thank you for giving
 hours of your time to help set up, sell and pack up.

 We had donations ranging from the usual clothing, toys and
 household items to a crib and a triple stroller! – Thank you to
 the Blau family for their generous donation.

 The IPS staff were ever supportive! To Deb Berkley, Leah
 Garofalo, Sheila Karr(and her son Taylor Sakarett who volun-
 teered his time), Kevin Abernathy and Mrs. Shimada , a big
 thank you!. Of course the sale would not have been successful
 if it weren’t for the shoppers! Leah and Kevin shared first place
 as the biggest spenders of the sale!A couple of the 45th Street
 classes came down to shop at the tag sale - the children had a
 great time shopping for toys and learning how far a dollar would
 get them!!

 Last but not least, all remaining items were donated to the
 Neighborhood Youth and Family Services in the Bronx and dis-                        The young shoppers of 45th Street
 tributed among six different shelters that help young families get
 started. We will never forget the joy this event brought us, help-
 ing our school and improving the quality of life for mothers and
 their children in need is priceless!

                                - Rohina Lulla, Tag Sale Co-Chair

          Our Trip to the Transit Museum
On Tuesday, May 4th, classes 35IIA, 35IIIA and 35V went on a field trip to the
New York Transit Museum. At 8:45AM, we boarded our yellow school bus and
were off. Arriving at the museum, we went down what looked like an entrance to
the subway. Our first stop was a Number 5 Train. We went inside and had a seat.
We learned that older Number 5 Trains are nicknamed “Red Birds” because of they
were all painted red. Our tour guide also told us that the MTA is discarding old
Red Birds in the waters off the coast of Georgia. Marine life claims them as their
homes. The children found this fascinating. Next, we boarded an olive green train
from the 60’s. The children noticed that this train had ceiling fans, woven straw
seats and leather strap handles. We boarded other trains dating back to the early
1900’s. After that we pretended to be drivers on city buses. Then we went into a
classroom and listened to the book Down in the Subway by Miriam Cohen. After
the book, we put together cardboard trains and buses. At the conclusion of our
tour, we ate lunch. A little after noon, we climbed into our school bus and headed
back to IPS.                                                                                  35th Street Students At the Transit
                                          - Karen Rosenthal and Gillian Weinstein
                                                             35th Street Teachers

                                                                            New Mural Decorates
                                                                              35th Street Gym
                                                                The grass is green, the sky is blue, the sun is shining... and we
                                                                are indoors. We are inside the IPS 35th Street gym.

                                                                It all started with four friends on a cold winter day. From the
                                                                look of things we all knew playtime this winter would be spent
                                                                mostly at the gym. What if we painted it? Could we cheer it up
                                                                a bit?

                                                                Kim Bulger, 35th Street Director got our little project approved in
                                                                no time and was there on the cold Saturday morning that we
                                                                painted for the children. Thank you to the moms of 35IIIA Sefa
                                                                Jorques, Chiharu Tasaka and Laura Guthrie and to our Director
                                                                Kim Bulger for your time, talent and friendship. Thank you to
                                                                IPS for allowing us to make a difference. Thank you to all the
                                                                kids who sent us beautiful drawings and pictures inspired by the
                                                                mural. You are all in our hearts.

                                                                I am happy to confirm that when there is a will(and a wall), there
                                                                is definitely a way!

                                                                                         - Cecilia Faraut, Mom of Celeste - 35IIIA

                                                 Hats Off to 74IV!
The students of 74IV spent this winter thinking about hats. Their thoughts
ranged beyond the cozy hats they wore to school each cold day. Their class-
room was outfitted with a hat store where they bought and sold hats. They drew
hats, read stories about hats, and discussed what hats were associated with par-
ticular professions. Their study culminated in a field trip to the Metropolitan
Museum of Art on February 19th. I led the class on a look at hats in art from
ancient Greece through the twentieth century.

First they discussed armored helmets pictured on ancient Greek vases. All
agreed they would be hard and heavy. Next stop was a medieval tapestry, where
the children excitedly noted how the medieval hats differed from hats we wear
                                                                                         74IV in Central Park After their trip to
today. The tall cone-shaped hats worn by ladies in the fifteenth and early sixteenth
                                                                                            the Metropolitan Museum of Art
century Netherlandish paintings were popular with the girls in the class. Georges
de La Tours’ The Fortune Teller inspired much discussion. The class observed how
each hat told the viewer what was happening in the scene and what sorts of characters were depicted. Rembrandt’s Man in
Oriental Costume fascinated the class, they loved the use of jewels and feathers in his hat and they liked that the hat helped him
pretend to be a person from a different place and time. The eighteenth century female artist Vigee LeBrun’s depiction of a woman
in a large straw hat inspired a discussion of materials one could use to make and decorate a hat, including straw, satin ribbon, lace
and felt. While standing in front of At the Milliner’s by Edgar Degas the class enjoyed comparing it to the hat shop they visited
on a previous field trip and their own shop at school. The bold straw hat worn by Van Gogh in Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat also
made a strong impression on the class,; all identified the hat as belonging to a farmer.

Returning to class the students created their own magnificent hats inspired by what they had seen, and they wrote a report on their
visit. Their words are far more eloquent than mine...“I saw some pretty and some not pretty hats.” “I like the Van Gogh painting.
I like the color of the hat. It is orange.” “I liked the hat with feathers.” “I liked the cone hats.” “I remember the Greek
Painting. It was a woman with a suit of armor. She had a helmet.” “I like the painting about France...The girls like that boy with
the French beret.” “ I like the Rembrandt painting, and I like the feather on his hat. I like the curves on that hat.” “I like the
painting with the farmer’s hat because I like the yellow on it.” “I like the painting with a woman who wore a tall hat.” My
favorite painting was with a woman who was wearing a blue bonnet with white lace. My second favorite hat was the armor hats
on the bowl.”

                                                                             - Medill Harvey, mother of George and Thomas, 74IV

From Our Director, Continued from the first page
Special thanks and recognition is due also to our Administration, who labor behind the scenes but whose effectiveness is amply
demonstrated in their numerous contributions to the smooth running of the school. Tribute must be paid too to our Board of
Trustees, whose governance and dedicated guidance have ensured the continued pre-eminence of IPS among leading preschools.

And finally, thanks to our children and parents, who give us so much confidence in the future. Our families might hail from every
corner of the globe but they are united in seeking a bright and hopeful future for their children.

In the years ahead we will continue to celebrate and observe all the events and traditions that knit our community together. Our mis-
sion as a school will endure because it is a noble one. Thank you all for being part of our Fortieth Anniversary Year.

                                                                                                           - Valerie Kennedy, Director

  More Classroom Chatter
                Exploring A Farm with the Kindergarten and 45IVB
On Friday, April 23rd, the Kindergarten, 45IVB, and the painted lady butterflies
we raised from caterpillars took a big yellow school bus to Muscoot Farm in
Katonah, New York. We were greeted by the sounds and smells of a fully work-
ing farm.
We saw a beautiful magnolia tree in full bloom and decided it was the best place
to let our butterflies out into the world. We said good-bye as they flew among
the blossoms and moved on to visit with the goats. We met some friendly kids
that had a lot to say. Their parents were very friendly, too. We looked into the
window of a barn and saw two of the biggest pigs taking a morning snooze.
There was a big commotion behind the pig barn. We ran around the back to find
seven little piglets playing a game of tag. The cute little pigs with their curly tails
running around reminded us of the three little pigs. We looked around for the big
bad wolf, but, thankfully, he was nowhere to be seen. in a nearby pen, a very large                Under the Magnolia Tree
turkey wanted to show us how handsome he was with his feathers out. He put on
quite a show for all the lady turkeys.

Our stomachs began to growl so we headed indoors for lunch. Soon it would be time to go on our hayride but first we had to visit
the beautiful horses. We watched them gallop in the grass. We tried to call them over but they were too busy doing horsey things
to be bothered. Near the horses we found a few families of sheep. The children were enthralled with the cute little lambs.

Finally it was time for the hayride. We jumped up onto the cart and nestled into the hay. The ride was very bumpy and we laughed a
lot. We saw a family of wild deer and we all waved hello. Soon it was time to return to the big yellow school bus. We were sad to
say good-bye to the farm and all of our new friends but we were glad to be going home. We had a fun and exciting trip.

                                                                                                     - by Janine Louis, Teacher, 45IVB

                                                                              A West Side Story

                                                       In the year 1992 that we decided to leave the two rooms we rented at the Anglo
                                                       American school, (now The Dwight School) on 91st Street and Central Park
                                                       West, to open our 75th Street Location. Rose Appel, the first director there,
                                                       organized the space to welcome about 40 children from 2 to 4 years old. There
                                                       were two classrooms, one for the all day fours and one for the threes in the
                                                       morning and the toddlers in the afternoon. When it was time for gross motor
                                                       activities, they opened the middle doors and quickly set up a jungle gym and a
                                                       few tricycles. In 1994 we found a much larger space on West 82nd Street, with
                                                       three classrooms, an office, a kitchen and a very charming back yard. We
                                                      thought of closing 75th Street, but applications kept coming. This is when
            The “Good-bye Window”
                                        Nancy Brown, our director at the time, asked Betty Brice to prepare the space at 75th Street
                  at 75th Street
                                        to receive crèche and toddler children between 18 months and 3 years. The school looked as
it does now: a well equipped gym, and a large and bright classroom. Betty Brice remained the director for three years until Marie
Claire Foss took over the location in September 1997.

Many little ones had their first school days at 75th Street, coming through the gigantic lobby and entering the warm and cozy IPS
school. Most remember a place just the right size that they explored little by little with no fear of getting lost. Don’t ask them the
name of their teachers, but try asking them if they remember the name of the bunny and I am sure that they will name with no mis-
take: BB Bunny, Oreo or Spotty who helped them get acquainted with school life and eased their separation process. It is with great
joy that we will join the 76th Street families and staff and become one big school but it is with some sadness that we will close the
door to what has been the first nursery for at least 1000 young students who live now in many different parts of the world.

                                                                                    -by Marie Claire Foss 75th Street Location Director

                New IPS Trustee                                       Japanese Parents’ Committee
IPS recently named Michelle Najjar as an IPS trustee.

Mrs. Najjar received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell
University, where she majored in Industrial and Labor Relations.
She also received Master of Science degrees in Eastern European
Studies and Hotel Management from Cornell University. Her
Master’s thesis looked at hotel training programs in the former
Soviet Union. She has developed employee training programs
and training manuals for both western-owned and state-owned
hotels in Russia. While currently pursuing a doctorate in busi-
ness strategy from Columbia University,
she has also received a Master of
Philosophy degree. Her research areas
                                                                    Japanese Parents’ Committee , co-ordinated this year by
included the relationships between head-
                                                                    Junko Aoki, Yoshiko Fukuzawa, Michiko Yamane,
quarters and subsidiaries of multinational
                                                                    Yeungae Hubert and Kazumi Kohno worked on many
corporations in Southeast Asia and the
                                                                    IPS projects during the school year. They prepared
impact of top management turnover on
                                                                    Japanese treats for the bake sales and for many IPS parties,
organizational turn arounds. A past pres-
                                                                    made traditional craft items for sale at the book fairs and
ident of the IPS Parents’ Association, she
                                                                    helped with the acceptance letters in March. They were
is the mother of two IPS graduates,
                                                                    honored this spring at a reception attended by IPS Director
Jackson, in first grade at Allen-Stevenson
                                                                    Valerie Kennedy, Parents Association Head Helen
and Caroline, a kindergartner at Chapin
                                               Michelle Najjar      Sawaya and Eiko Shimada of the 45th Street Office.
and one current IPs student, Cassie, at
West 76th Street.

                         IT WAS RAINING, IT WAS POURING....
                         BUT THE PLEDGES WERE FLOWING!
 When: The Evening of Tuesday, February 3rd                Where:    The Offices of Solomon Smith Barney at 399 Park Avenue

 Development Director Deborah Berkley had all the details covered for International Preschools’ phone-a-thon to raise money for
 the Annual Fund. One thing not predicted for that evening: THE WEATHER! In addition to a terrible rainstorm, it was windy
 and freezing. We worried that volunteers would stay home. Soon, however, IPS parents poured through the door, dried off and
 shared stories of how they battled the storm. Then, with nimble fingers and enthusiastic voices, off to work we went. There
 were many calls to be made, as our goal was 100% participation.

 The evening once again proved IPS a strong and dedicated community. Volunteers showed up despite the awful weather, and
 took pledges from IPS families for over $20,000(thank you!). Avid support to the annual fund helps provide IPS with competi-
 tive teacher salaries and benefits, financial aid, and long-term financial security.

 IPS extends heartfelt thanks to all the phone-a--thon volunteers: Helen Sawaya, Michelle Najjar, Nancy Rotenier, Carmen
 Bilmen, Sarita Dubin, Anthony Vasapolli, Ulla Sephton, Debra Freeman, Katharine Cullison Shimada, Alka Singh, Bozena
 Vicioso, George Kledaras and Benjamin Rauch. A special thank you to Nancy Brown and Tom and Valerie Kennedy for giving
 moral support to all the volunteers. IPS also thanks Thomas Maginnis and Solomon Smith Barney for their generosity in donat-
 ing office space and telephone. Most importantly, applause to Deborah Berkley and Karina Mahtani who organized a successful

  Annual Fund 2004-2005 will launch October 1st and run through June 10, 2005. Thanks to the many families that supported
 this years fund our parent participation was 49% and we are thrilled to announce we raised over $200,000 this year. More
 details will follow in the Annual Report.

                             There may still be time for your child to have
                             fun at the IPS Summer Camp!
                     Camp runs from June 8th to July 29th. The summer teachers, experienced members of
                 the IPS year-round staff, help the children adjust to a new summer environment and get
ready for their program next fall. Camp is held at four locations, each with their own theme. 35th Street
will explore the physics of water, 45th Street will focus on the many purposes of hats, 74th Street will
learn about water ecology and 76th Street will study ocean life.

 Each day, the children will be offered indoor and outdoor activities: art, sand play, outdoor play and sprin-
klers, cooking, and local trips. Specialty Teachers will visit all locations with a special summer curriculum:
Music teacher Mr. Doug will help the children make a music and photo cd, Movement teacher Miss Peggy
will offer the summer Olympics , Librarian Miss Talcott will offer fairy tales and a celebration for Peter
Pan’s 100th birthday, Miss Jenny will do an insect exploration in Science.

To enroll call Summer Program Director Marie Claire Foss or Assistant Director Bernadette Weiss at (212)
371-8604 ext.:23

                                                                              Admissions for Fall 2004
                 Season Tickets                                   It’s been another busy year in the Admissions Office! Besides
                                                                  moving upstairs to a big room on the second floor of the 45th
           Whether you have tickets to the sym-
                                                                  street location, we have seen almost 1,000 applicants since
           phony or a sports event, donating your
                                                                  September. Kara Boultinghouse interviewed families at 35th
           extra tickets is a great way to give a
                                                                  Street, Martha Smeaton at 74th Street, Cathleen Vasserman at
           tax deductible gift to The International
                                                                  85th Street, Susan Ehrlich on the West Side and Liane Pei at 45th
           Preschools. If you find yourself with
           extra tickets, even at the last minute,
           we will gladly pass them on to mem-
           bers of the faculty and staff. In turn,                We hosted eight Admission Information Meetings where we
           you will receive a tax benefit of a gift               introduced the parents of applicants to our school. Heartfelt
           in kind for the amount of the ticket.                  thanks to the parents of currently enrolled students who eloquent-
           Please contact Deborah Berkley,                        ly related their personal IPS experiences at these meetings and
           Director of Development, at 212-371-                   made our jobs so much easier! Another big thank you to these
           8604, x24, if you would like to donate                 45th Street parents: Mayuko Itano, Junko Aoki, Yoshiko
           your tickets.                                          Fukuzawa, Kumi Oniki, Kazumi Kohno, Asako Nagakura and
                                                                  Michiko Yamane, who stuffed, stamped and sealed the envelopes
                                                                  for our acceptance letters. We couldn’t have done it without you!

                                                                  After all the meetings, tours and visits, we are thrilled to wel-
                                                                  come 260 new students representing over 50 countries. We are
                                                                  particularly proud that 60 little brothers and sisters will be follow-
 The Scribbler is the bi-annual newsletter of The International   ing in their siblings’ footsteps this coming fall.
 Preschools and is edited by Cathleen Vasserman. Please con-
 tact Cathleen with any comments or suggestions for future
 articles at (212)371-8604 X14.
                                                                                          - by Kevin Abernathy, Admissions Director


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