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June Newsletter

posted Jun 2, 2017, 7:22 AM by Mark Morris

Dates to Remember:

Yellow Class:

**Friday, June 9: Yoga

Thursday, June 15: Petting Zoo Visit @ 9:00 am

Friday, June 16: Last Day of School! Movie and Farm Themed Snack!

Green Class:

**Thursday, June 8: Yoga

Tuesday, June 13: Movie and Farm Themed Snack!

Thursday, June 15: Petting Zoo @ 9:00 am and Last Day of School!

**Weather pending, we will have yoga outside!

Please be sure to send a water bottle!


Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that this is our last month together! We hope that

all of you moms enjoyed our Mother’s Day celebrations and that the

bath bombs we made for you brought you some well deserved peace

and relaxation.

This month is sure to go by quickly. Aside from a review of all that we

have learned and experienced together, we will only be covering one

theme: Life on the Farm. We will continue to perfect our knowledge of

recognizing (with the green class) and printing (with the yellow class) the

letters of our names. We will also be working on our number recognition

and fine motor skills, such as cutting, through our crafts and the

games that we play. As part of our year end celebration, we have

invited a petting zoo to visit our playschool! This event will be open to all

siblings, cousins, neighbours, and friends. We simply ask that any

additional visitors pay $5 to help cover the costs of this event.

Since the weather has been so good to us lately, we will continue to

spend lots of time outside playing organized games, setting our

butterflies free, and having free play on the park. We strongly

encourage all parents to send your children school wearing sunscreen,

sunglasses, hats, and carrying a water bottle.


Things to Review this Summer:

-Tracing/printing your name. (Green class: all uppercase i.e S-A-R-A-H,

Yellow Class: Uppercase followed by lowercase i.e.. S-a-r-a-h.)

-Fine Motor Skills. (Grasping pencils, markers, paint brushes, pinching,

molding and rolling out play dough.)

-Cutting with age appropriate metal scissors. (Green Class: might still

require some hand over hand or verbal prompts such as “Both thumbs

up!” and “Elbows in!”, Yellow Class: can start to cut more complex

shapes, with increasingly less prompting.)

-Reading Stories! Be sure to read together as much as possible. Ask

lots of leading questions, see if your child can predict what will happen

next. Role model using the pictures to tell the story, you can take turns

telling the story based on the pictures.

-Independence. Especially those of you moving on to Kindergarten next

year, this is very important! Practice cleaning up together after playing

& crafting, throwing away their own trash, tying shoes, and zipping

jackets and sweaters.

Special Thanks!

I wanted to thank each and every one of our moms, dads and

grandparents for making this such a great year. All of your hard work

cleaning, prepping crafts, organizing volunteers, and jumping in as

volunteers has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. I would also like to

thank all of the students! I have loved every minute of being your

teacher and will miss you all very much. I hope you all have the best

summer and that you have so much fun with Mme. Louise and your

new Kindergarten teachers next year!


Warmest wishes,

Ms. Sarah and Ms. Lindsay

May Newsletter

posted May 2, 2017, 10:33 AM by Mark Morris

Dates to Remember: 

Green Class: 
Thursday, May 11: Mother’s Day Tea Party & Music 
Thursday, May 25: Yoga 

Yellow Class: 
Friday, May 12: Mother’s Day Tea Party & Music 
Monday, May 22: No School 
Wednesday, May 24: Yoga 

Hello Parents, 

Thank you all for another fun-filled month. We had so much fun looking at the different signs of spring and getting to know the different kinds of dinosaurs. 

This month we will be taking a close look at what it means to be a mom. Our Dramatic Play Center will be set up in a way that will allow for role playing of parenthood. We will also have games and activities set up around the classroom that will be designed to spark a conversation around what makes our moms so special and why we are so lucky to have the moms that we do. 

Moms, we are so looking forward to having you come in for our Mother’s Day Celebrations on May 11 & 12! 
Ms. Leslie will be helping us make sure it is a fun-filled celebration to remember. Please refer to the invitation that has come home with your child. In order to keep our parties nice and intimate, we have split our classes into 2 groups. Some of us will be having tea before the musical portion of our party, others will stay for tea afterwards. Please be sure to bring a fancy hat for you and your child for this event, and let us know if you will not be able to attend! 

Towards the end of the month, we will begin to look at the life cycle of Butterflies. We will be fortunate enough to have real caterpillars in our classroom so that we can see firsthand the transitions that they go through while they grow into beautiful butterflies! As we explore this theme, we will have plenty of games and puzzles set up to help develop our understanding of the different stages of metamorphosis and work on our fine and gross motor skills. 

As the weather begins to warm up, we will continue to strive for more time together on the playground. We would like very much to work more structured physical play into our days, and are looking forward to do so under the bright and shiny sun! 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us any time at teacher@bluequillplayschool.ca or call or text us at (780) 438 – 1491. 

Ms. Sarah & Ms. Lindsay

April Newsletter

posted Apr 5, 2017, 9:45 AM by Mark Morris   [ updated Apr 5, 2017, 9:46 AM ]

Dates to Remember: 

Green Class
Tuesday, April 4: Classes Resume 
Thursday, April 6: Yoga 
Thursday, April 13: Egg Hunt & Fire Drill 
Thursday, April 20: Music & Earth Day Celebration 

Yellow Class: 
Monday, April 3: Classes Resume 
Wednesday, April 5: Yoga 
Wednesday, April 12: Egg Hunt & Fire Drill 
Friday, April 14: Good Friday, No School 
Monday, April 17: Easter Monday, No School 
Friday, April 21: Music & Earth Day Celebration 

Dear Parents, 

Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful Spring Break with your families. It is hard to believe we only have three months left of our school year!

Now that the weather is starting to warm up, we are looking forward to spending more time on the playground and authentically experiencing the signs of spring. This is also a great opportunity to work on our gross motor development through structured physical games and activities such as “duck, duck, goose” and relay races. If the weather cooperates, we will be having an outdoor Egg Hunt on April 12 & 13, along with another fire drill. 

Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day, so on April 20 & 21, we will be celebrating our beautiful planet! To help us get into the spirit of Earth Day, please send your child to school in blue and/or green clothing and if possible, send a snack that won’t create any waste such as wrappers. A great way to spark a conversation about how we can take care of our planet (and why it’s so important) is by reading the Lorax with your child or watching the film together. 

Towards the end of the month, our focus will shift to a new theme: Dinosaurs. We will explore what life on Earth looked like when dinosaurs roamed our planet, and get to know some of the many different kinds of dinosaurs that existed. Each class will get to collaborate on a big papier mache volcano. When the volcanos are complete, we will take them outside to watch them erupt! 

We are really looking forward to all the exciting projects we have planned for the next month! 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us anytime at teacher@bluequillplayschool.ca or (780) 438-1491.

Ms. Sarah & Ms. Lindsay

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posted Mar 6, 2017, 8:26 AM by Mark Morris   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 8:27 AM ]

Dates to Remember:

 

Green Class:

Thursday, March 2: Teacher’s Convention, No School!

Thursday, March 9: Yoga

Thursday, March 16: Music & St. Patrick’s Day*
* Don’t forget to wear green!

Thursday, March 23: Last Day of School until April 4

 

Yellow Class:

Friday, March 3: Teacher’s Convention, No School!

Friday, March 10: Yoga

Friday, March 17: Music & St. Patrick’s Day*

*Don’t forget to wear green!

Friday, March 24: Last Day of School until April 3

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

Though we were sad to say goodbye to 2 of our friends, February was a fantastic month at playschool. Ayaan from the green class has promised to send us postcards from his new home by the ocean, and Kacey from the yellow class says she is excited to introduce us to her new little brother once he arrives! This was a great time for us to apply what we learned about and celebrating friendship and families.

 

During March, we will begin to explore the theme of Oceans. We will take a look at some of the different kinds of creatures that live under the sea, get to know some of the life along its shores, and hunt for treasure as pirates! Our centers and activities will include sand castle making with Kinetic sand, digging for seashells and treasure, a multitude of matching, fishing, and memory games, and more. Our science center will show us many different types of seashells. We will touch and feel smooth versus bumpy, sort big from small, and even see if we can hear the ocean inside them!

 

For St. Patrick’s Day, March 16 & 17:

Please be sure to send your child in green!

 

Later in the month, we will celebrate the coming of Spring! Along with the (hopefully) warmer weather, we are hoping to get to spend more time out on the playground. It was so nice to get to enjoy some fresh air together last month, and we would like to take advantage of as many nice days as we can. Especially as it does start to get warmer out, please be sure to send mittens & toques to school.

 

There will be no classes for the week of March 27-31 due to Spring Break. Classes will resume Monday, April 3. If you are planning on going away for this time, it would be great to be able to share postcards of where you have visited with the class. Also, if you are planning on missing any classes due to travel, please be sure to let us know.

 

Thank you so much!

As always, we can be reached through call or text at (780) 438-1491 or email at teacher@bluequillplayschool.ca.

 

Ms. Sarah & Ms. Lindsay

February 2017

posted Feb 2, 2017, 7:38 AM by Mark Morris   [ updated Feb 2, 2017, 7:39 AM ]

Dates to Remember:

Green Class: 
Thursday, February 2: Music 
Thursday, February 9: Yoga 
Tuesday, February 14: Valentine’s Day 
Thursday, February 16: Edible Love Bugs 
*Feb 21 & 23, Weather Pending, please send snow gear! 

Yellow Class: 
Friday, February 3: Music 
Friday, February 10: Yoga 
Monday, February 20: Family Day No School! 
Monday, February 13: Valentine’s Day 
Wednesday, February 15: Edible Love Bugs 
*February 22 & 24, Weather pending, please send snow gear! 

Dear Parents, 

Thank you for another great month together. We did an awesome job settling back into our routine and welcoming in our new friends in the Green class! Both classes did a great job in our fire drill. Have you ever spoken about fire safety in your home? If your family hasn’t set up an escape route, you can use sesamestreet.org as a great resource for worksheets and games to help you do so. 

With Valentine’s Day and Family Day coming up this month, we will be exploring the theme of Family & Friends. What does it mean to be a good friend? What kinds of things can we do to be better friends? These are some of the ideas we will discuss. Of course you can expect to see some love notes come home. For anyone wanting to bring in Valentine’s cards for their classmates, we will be sending home lists of names later this month to ensure no one gets missed! We will wrap up the theme by making some Edible Love Bugs with fruit! 

Based on the amount of fun we had on our playground last week, we would like to spend more time outside! Weather pending, we would like to see everyone bring their snow gear to school so we can get some fresh air together later in the month. 

Towards the end of the month, we will shift our focus to Oceans and Underwater Creatures. With this new theme will also come lots of opportunity to learn number recognition through Ocean-themed games such as number fishing. 

Any questions or concerns? You can call, text, or email any time at teacher@bluequillplayschool.ca or (780) 438-1491. 

Ms. Sarah & Ms. Lindsay

January 2017

posted Jan 9, 2017, 6:41 AM by Mark Morris

Dates to Remember:

Yellow Class:
Monday, January 9: First Day Back!
Friday, January 20: Yoga
Wednesday, January 25: Space Pop Day
Friday, January 27: Fire Drill**

Green Class:
Tuesday, January 10: First Day Back!
Thursday, January 19: Yoga
Tuesday, January 24: Space Pop Day
Thursday, January 26: Fire Drill**

**Weather pending, we will have a fire drill, play
outside afterwards, and do an outdoor dismissal.
Please be sure to send snow pants, mittens, etc!

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! Thank you so much for your generosity over the
holidays. It really helped make the time so special. We hope you all
had a wonderful break with your families, and that you are feeling
refreshed and ready to take on the new year.

We had a lot of excitement over the course of December, and
are looking forward to settling back into our regular classroom
routine again. At the beginning of the month we will take the time
to review our classroom etiquette and what it means to play
safe and be a good friend at school.

Once we are settled, we will explore our Polar Animal theme. We
will take a close look at Penguins & Polar Bears, and have lots of
opportunity to get to know what life on the North and South
poles is like. Our dramatic play center will be turned into a snow
cave to help us role play what we learn. We will have lots of polar
animal-themed cutting and coloring activities, and even get to see
how tall we are compared to the 17 different species of penguins!
Later in the month, we will shift our focus to outer space. We will
take a look at different planets, play with a few new painting
techniques to create our own galaxies, and even make some
delicious and nutritious space-themed popsicles. This will be a
welcome example of the science of freezing and melting that we
introduced in the Polar Animals unit.

Since the weather decided not to cooperate with our plans for
our last Fire Drill, we are going to try for another one again! On
the 26th and 27th, please be sure to send your child to school with
all of their outdoor play gear. Weather permitting, we will do our
fire drill and then take the time to play in the snow together! This
will be an outdoor dismissal day.

If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding your child
or anything we are up to at school, please feel free to contact

Warmest wishes to you all, and Happy New Year!

Ms. Sarah & Ms. Lindsay

December 2016

posted Dec 1, 2016, 7:32 AM by Mark Morris   [ updated Dec 1, 2016, 7:33 AM ]

Dates to Remember:

Green Class: 
Thursday, December 1: Music
Thursday, December 8: Fire drill / outdoor play 
Thursday, December 15: Yoga & Waffle Day 
Tuesday, December 20: Christmas Party 
Thursday, December 22: PJs & Popcorn Party! 

Yellow Class: 
Friday, December 2: Music 
Friday, December 9: Fire drill / outdoor play 
Wednesday, December 14: Waffle Day 
Friday, December 16: Yoga 
Wednesday, December 21: Christmas Party 
Friday, December 23: PJs & Popcorn Party! 

Dear Parents, 

Another busy and exciting month is upon us! This upcoming month will be filled with projects designed to cultivate a generous holiday spirit and compassion for people in our community. Every year, Blue Quill Playschool collects donations for local charities. This year, we will be supporting two local charities who are both in great need: the Edmonton Foodbank & Hope Mission. For the Foodbank, we will be collecting any nonperishable food items. For Hope Mission, we will be collecting any warm and fuzzy donations you can think of: socks, mittens, scarves, and hats. You are welcome to make a contribution to one or both, but only as much as you are comfortable sharing. I am so excited to see what kind of a positive impact we can all make in our community! 

The holidays are a great time for us to continue working on spelling our names, and even spelling or tracing small words such as L-o-v-e, or M-o-m and D-a-d. We will have a holiday card writing station, and we will also be sticking gift tags onto the donations we make. 

On December 8 & 9, we are planning to hold a fire drill. On these days, weather pending, we would also like to spend some time playing outside together. Please be sure to send all appropriate gear to ensure your little one can stay warm while we play. Please take the time to have conversations at home about fire safety. We will explore this concept further as a class later in the new year. On December 14 & 15, we will be making healthy green waffles and decorating them like Christmas trees. In order to continue our discussions on healthy habits and healthful eating, we will be making snacks together once every month for the rest of the year. These special days are a great opportunity to encourage your children to try nutritious new treats, and to work together to make something very rewarding. We will be sure to post lots of pictures afterwards! 

The details of our Christmas Parties will be put together by our wonderful Christmas Party Committee. We will happily keep you posted on more details as they unfold. Towards the middle of the month, we will post up a Snack Volunteer Form as well. Thank you in advance for all of your wonderful contributions! These parties will be taking place in our gym, so there will be plenty of room for any siblings who would like to join us. 

Ms. Lindsay and I are really looking forward to wrapping up the month with a PJs & Popcorn Party with each of the classes! Classes will resume Monday, January 9. 

Ms. Sarah

November Newsletter

posted Oct 31, 2016, 7:07 AM by Mark Morris

Dates to Remember: 

Green Class: 
Thursday, November 3: Music
Tuesday, November 8: Bread Lady In School Field Trip
Thursday, November 17: Yoga 

Yellow Class: 
Friday, November 4: Music 
Monday, November 7: Bread Lady In School Field Trip 
Friday, November 11: NO SCHOOL- Remembrance Day 
Friday, November 18: Yoga 

Dear Parents, 

It’s hard to believe a month has already come and gone so quickly! Ms. Lindsay and I would like to thank you all for your involvement and support as we settled into our roles here at Blue Quill Playschool. 

This upcoming month, we will be exploring a theme that I am very passionate about: Health & Nutrition. Now that we have had our fill of Halloween treats, we will learn about the human body, work together to build on our healthy habits (from keeping active, to brushing our teeth, and eating a well-balanced diet) and try out some healthful recipes. For years, I have been hearing Madame Louise rave about the Bread Lady In School Field Trip. I am so looking forward to having her visit our classes and spend some time guiding the children through making their very own bread! 

Worked into the Health and Nutrition theme will also be opportunity to buy healthy groceries in our Dramatic Play center, plant and tend to our very own mini pumpkin patch at our Science Centre, sort fruits and veggies by color at our Math Centre, and more. 

Mid-month, our focus will shift from eating the rainbow to eating the alphabet! We will begin to introduce the letters of the alphabet through stories such as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, puzzles and letter recognition games. We will also focus on recognizing and writing the first letters of our names and tracing all the letters of our names. If you would like to practice your letters at home, there are some great age appropriate games at ABCya.com in the Pre K section. 
At the beginning of the month, we will be posting a Casino Volunteer Sheet inside the classroom. Please be sure to come in and pick out your position for the fundraiser. Please note that not everyone will get their most desired position, and priority has been given to board members based on the number of hours they put into the volunteer roles. That being said, you are always welcome to contact other parents and trade spots! 

Looking forward to another great month together, 

Ms. Sarah & Ms. Lindsay

October Newsletter

posted Oct 3, 2016, 9:01 PM by Mark Morris

Dates to Remember:

Green Class:
Thursday, October 6: Yoga
Thursday, October 13: Music
Thursday, October 20: Class Photos
Thursday October 27: Halloween Party

Yellow Class:
Friday, October 7: Yoga
Monday, October 10: NO SCHOOL, Happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, October 19: Class Photos
Friday, October 21: Music
Monday, October 31: Halloween Party

Dear Parents,

Before updating you on what to expect for the upcoming month,
I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the
proud new teacher at Blue Quill Playschool. I am excited to get to
know each and every one of you throughout the year, and want
you to know that Ms. Lindsay and I are working very hard at
making sure that this transition goes as smoothly as possible.

Transition aside, there is lots of excitement to look forward to
this month! We will be exploring the themes of Thanksgiving,
Pumpkins and Halloween. There will be discussions on what it means
to be thankful, the things we are thankful for and the different
ways people do or don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. Hopefully this will
help us to cultivate a year-round attitude of gratitude and a
knowing of how lucky we are. There will be lots of Halloween &
Pumpkin themed activities designed to help your children develop
their fine motor skills through cutting and colouring. You will slowly
start to see our Playhouse turn into a spooky haunted house,
decorated with the classes’ creations.

We will also be having our first Yoga and Music classes of the
year. On yoga days, please be sure to send your children to school
in clothing and footwear they can comfortably move in.

For class photos, JR Photography will be providing you with
proofs of individual and class photos within about a week of
Picture Day. In order to receive your photo packages within a
timely manner, please be sure to make your orders and pay
before the deadline they provide. I will post this deadline for you
as soon as they specify a date for us.

What would Halloween be without a class party?! On the mornings
of our class Halloween parties, please send your children to school
in their regular playschool attire. We will be starting our morning
business as usual. Parents will be invited to arrive back at the
playschool at 10:15 to dress their own children in their costumes.
Once everyone is dressed up, we will have a celebration in our
classroom. To complete our party, we will be needing some
delicious (and nutritious!) snacks. Closer to the dates, we will be
posting a Party Snack list for volunteers from each class. Thank
you in advance for your contributions!

Thank you all for being so welcoming already. Please feel free to
email me at teacher@bluequillplayschool.ca if you ever have any
questions or concerns!

Ms. Sarah

September 2016 Newsletter

posted Sep 12, 2016, 10:04 AM by Mark Morris


Welcome to our school and the start of a new school year!

Let me introduce our teaching team.

My name is Louise Boulay. The children refer to me as
Madame Louise ( I taught in French immersion for many
years and the title just stuck with me). I have now been
teaching for close to 25 years and and am very pleased
that I will have the opportunity to get to know you and
your child this year. My belief is that the children learn
best through play. Their social, physical, intellectual and
emotional development are enhanced by opportunities that
allow them to explore and experience the world that
surround them. Our school is therefore set up in learning
centers that allow the children to access these
opportunities.
Teresa Stosky, Mrs. Teresa to the children, has been with
us for 3 years. She has a teaching degree, is fluent in
Spanish and brings with her an incredible amount of
knowledge, love and patience.

Blue Quill Playschool is made up of two classes. I refer to
each class by colour. The Monday, Wednesday, Friday
morning class is the YELLOW CLASS. This class is made
up of 21 children who will be old enough to go to
kindergarten in one year’s time. The Tuesday and Thursday
morning class is the GREEN CLASS. This class is made up
of 16 three year olds.

In this newsletter, I have included a list of duties to help
guide you through a typical parent helper day. Please
remember that you play a very important role in this coop
playschool. We rely heavily on our parent’s
participation. On your parent roster day, you must arrive
by 8:30 a.m. If you are late, this could delay the start of
class for all of the students. During this time, you will be
asked to engage in different class activities, so please
leave your electronic devices out of the class. You are also
require to stay about 15 minutes after class time to clean
up and ensure all children have been picked up. Please feel
free to ask us any questions , any time!

The locker room door opens at 8:30 a.m.(no earlier please)
You are welcome to change the children out of their
outside clothes, drop of their snack and then please
return to the hallway. We will officially open the class
door at 8:45 when the parent helpers have had time to
arrive, receive their instructions and set up for the day. I
would also like to ask your cooperation in not entering the
room at the end of class time until we have sung our goodbye
song and I have dismissed the children.

As of this year, we have introduced a program that will
see all adults involved in the school, being asked to clear a
police safety check. This is for the safety of our children.
Please be patient with us as we get this program up and
running. Thank you!

We will soon start our library program. I encourage the
children to choose a book from our library. They sign out
this book, bring it home to read and upon the return of
the book are able to choose a new one to take home. We
will discuss repeatedly the importance of the
responsibility that comes with borrowing books. It would
be instrumental that you pass on these same values. Books
are to be respected and well cared for. Should they be
damaged while in your care, it would be your responsibility
to replace them.

We also promote reading by participating in the Scholastic
Reading Club. Every month you will receive flyers selling
great children’s books at reasonable prices. We have a
parent that works hard to coordinate this program. They
will set up a deadline date each month, collect the cheques
and submit the orders to Scholastic. Please note that
there is no obligation to take part in Scholastic Reading
Club. However, the playschool does receive free books
when you participate.

Because of allergies, our school is a NUT FREE ZONE. We
do not allow snacks that include nuts of any kind in order
to keep our classroom safe.

On birthdays, we encourage you to send in a small snack to
be shared by your child and his/her classmates to
celebrate the special day. Licensing regulations read that
this should be a store bought item so that ingredients can
be traced should there be some kind of allergic reaction.
Good ideas are timbits, rice krispie squares, cookies,
popsicles, bite size cupcakes, etc... If your child has food
restrictions that does not permit them to eat this type of
goodie, please send in a replacement item we can keep on
hand for the celebration days.

PLEASE NOTE: July and August birthdays will be
celebrated as half birthdays in January and February.

JR’s Photography will be in our classroom to take individual
and class photos on October 19 and 20. They do a
beautiful job! I will send home a reminder in the October
newsletter and give you more details.

We are lucky to have a wonderful, dynamic music and
movement teacher who visits our classroom once a month.
Miss Leslie will be back with us as of October.

We are also privileged to have yoga in our curriculum.
Sarah is back with us. She is a talented and loving
individual who will introduce the beautiful art of yoga to
your youngster. Something that I believe will benefit them
for years to come.

The children’s well being is our priority as is having them
love their school experience. We look forward to meeting
each and every one of you and having the chance to chat. I
have included my business card with this newsletter.
Please note that the school number is on the card and
might come in handy during the year.

In conclusion, I remind you that we are a cooperative,
meaning that parents and teachers work together to
create an experience for the children at this school. The
entire Board of Directors of this school is made up of
VOLUNTEER PARENTS who are simply looking for a good
solid first experience for their child. We do not fall under
a school board. The only person who can make a difference
is YOU working in conjunction with the other PARENTS.
Everyone must do their part of the work load to ensure
the year is a success!

Thanking you and looking forward to the next 10 months.

Louise


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