July Newsletter 2017

Dear parents,

The July newsletter is always such a sad one because it is time to say “Good-bye!” to our ‘big ones’. But first to June:

June got off to a nice start, so that we could spend lots of time outdoors. We also spent a lot of time practising the play for our summer party. We were so lucky with the weather, as we thought it would have to be an inside event, because of the storm and the fallen tree (especially as the police said we were not allowed to have a party there). Fortunately the secretary of the church got a company to cut up the main part of the branches early that morning, so we could celebrate appropriately. We enjoyed the party immensely and hope you did too. This year most parents joined in the games, which made it all more fun for everyone. The food you prepared for us all was once again delicious and our barbeque man and clean up helpers did an excellent job – Thank you!

Now to July.

Before the preschool term ends, we still have a special treat (the daytrip and overnighting).

We shall leave the preschool at12.00 o’clock and spend all day at Karls Erlebnis-Dorf Elstal. Children who will not be overnighting are welcome to join us. The only problem is that we would have a transport problem. Therefor we need to ask you to organize the bringing and pick up yourselves.

For the special rides we need 5,- Euro per child.

When we return we shall prepare our sleeping quarters, eat and get ready for bed.

We would like to invite the parents of the overnighting children to come next morning at 8:30a.m.to join us for breakfast. As we probably will all be tired from the night before, school will end at 10:00 a.m.

The overnighting children will need:  a sleeping bag or blanket, an “Isomatte” or mattress of one kind or another, night wear, their cuddly toy


Slowly the room is becoming emptier and emptier, as the children are leaving for their summer vacation. Lots are going to ‘big school’ after. We have already said ‘Good-bye’ to Roxana and Conor, Melchior, Laurens, Philip, Clara, Rufus, Max and Linus will also be leaving. We enjoyed having them here with us and wish them all the best for their future. Naturally we expect visits now and again!

A very special ‘Thank you’ to Kerstin, Susanne and Yvonne who were parent representatives during the past term and a pleasure to work with.

Congratulations to Susanne, Axel, Philip, Clara and Anna to their new little baby Greta. We would love to have her at our preschool too – even though we fear it will not be the case.

The last day of the school term will be Wednesday, July 26 th .

For all of you who will be returning the preschool will reopen on WEDNESDAY August 23 rd and we look forward to a happy new term together.

For all of you who will be leaving we wish all the very best. Thank you for trusting us with your wonderful children. We will surely miss them and you.

We hope you all have a wonderful relaxing holiday in Berlin or elsewhere.

Postcards are appreciated!

Your Montessori team

June Newsletter 2017

Dear Parents,

The merry month of May has come to an end and with it our flower theme. We had a wonderful fieldtrip to the Botanical Gardens and enjoyed the gorgeous blooming bushes and plants.The children drew lovely pictures of the visit to the gardens which you could admire in the entrance hall.

But now to June:

Our June topic will be “circus”.
We shall talk about circuses, about which performances the children may have already seen, how circus people live, where the origin of circus life started. Then we shall draw, trace and cut out circus scenes to make a large hall mural.

Our summer party will be all about a circus.

Apropos SUMMER PARTY! , let’s get to the most exciting topic for everyone.

On Friday, June 23 rd there will be no preschool in the morning. We look forward to welcoming you all at 4:00 p.m.. At approximately 4:30p.m. the play will start. After the play there will be a small snack (juice and biscuits) and then the games will begin! At approximately 6.00 p.m. we shall have a barbecue and the party should end at about 8.00 p.m. We shall supply the food for the bbq and there will be a list hanging up for salads, bread, juice or whatever else you may like to contribute.

On Wednesday, June 12 th we shall have a parent meeting starting at 2.00p.m. at the Preschool. We hope to have the meeting at the playground, so that the children can play whilst we have a little talk.

The topics will be:

General information

The summer party (Thursday, June 23 rd )
The overnighting
The preschool closure
When will your child leave?

Any other concerns you may have

The photographer will come on Tuesday, June 20 th to take some hopefully beautiful pictures of our current preschool group. We thought that, that could be a nice memory for the families leaving.

Have a happy month,

Your Montessori Team


May Newsletter 2017

Dear parents,

Oops I really don’t know what happened to the April Newsletter – it must have got lost during the Easter break. Sorry!

But now to May:

The saying “April showers bring May flowers” is definitely right. Flowers are beginning to bloom, buds are opening, leaves are appearing and fruit trees are coming into blossom. What better time can there be to talk about flowers? We shall talk about various kinds of plants, the different parts of a plant, what plants need for growth, etc.

In our little green house the children can sow seeds and hopefully we will be able to plant the seedlings in the garden a few weeks later.

In keeping with this month’s theme we shall visit the botanical gardens on Wednesday the 17th.

Our other rather large topic will be “Parents”. We shall talk all about what wonderful things parents do for us and why we are so happy we have them.

The artwork will also be parent related.

And talking about parents, we need a parent evening.

It will not be this month. I am just mentioning it for the sake of planning. The parent evening will be on Tuesday, June 6 th at 8.00 p.m. at the preschool. The topics will be: Summer party, overnighting and any other topic you may like. As you may have noticed Lucy has forgotten to ask for the “music money” for the second half of the term. She now feels too embarrassed as music has been going on for so long. Please could you just put 50,- Euro per child into an envelope with the child name on it and give it to one of the teachers. We will then pass it on to Lucy. Thanks!

 A quick reminder that the preschool will be closed for Ascension Day 25 th and 26 th of May

Have a lovely May and don’t let the May bugs bite!

Your Montessori team       


March Newsletter 2017

Dear Parents,

In the short month of February lots of children were missing due to illness and our group shrunk to five children. We were very happy to see the absentees returning as we feared the children / teacher ratio was getting too extreme.

On February 2 nd it was the preschool’s 18 th birthday so we spontaneously went on a wonderful birthday trip to Pandaland where we had great fun. 

During the last few weeks we have been rapidly moving around the world with our project “continents”. In January we only introduced Antarctica. In February it was Asia, North America and South America and now we are already in Europe. Just in time for the Irish celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 th J.

We shall shortly interrupt the Continent project to commemorate the patron Saint of Ireland. We shall make lots of shamrock art for the school and it would be nice if the children could wear green on this day. St. Patrick, legend tells us, went about Ireland as a missionary, preaching and using the shamrock as an illustration of the Trinity. He was also credited with ridding Ireland of snakes. During the week we shall listen to Irish music, dance to it and on the 17 th we will go in search of the pot of gold that Shaun the leprechaun will surely have hidden under an old oak tree. Unfortunately it will be the last year that our faithful Irish family O’sullivan, will be with us. Alisa, Conor’s older sister will come to the preschool and show and maybe even teach the children to dance an Irish jig.

The cooking project this month will be the making of shamrock shaped waffles.

After St. Patrick’s Day we shall continue with the continent “Africa”.

We are sad to say that Amy shall be leaving us at the end of the month. We wish her and her family all the best.

.A warm welcome to Ellie (and to her family), who started at our preschool at the beginning of the month. She has integrated beautifully and already has quite a few friends.

Let’s hope for many lovely Spring days,

Your Montessori Team


February Newsletter 2017

Dear Parents,

In January the children spent a lot of time making, penguins and seals, whales and albatrosses and learning about life in Antarctica. The “Happy Feet” film we watched was ok. But the popcorn we had during the show was super!

Our trip to the library was a lovely and worthwhile experience. A librarian showed us around and explained how to behave in a library, where certain books are and how to lend the books. As the tour of the library took place one hour before it opened, we had the entire library to ourselves. The children behaved perfectly and we were so proud of them.

Due to illness and holidays the group shrunk down to 5 children and two teachers! We spent the last week as a small happy family with plenty of time for individual work with the remaining children.

In our Continent topic we moved on to Asia.

As the “Chinese New Year” was celebrated on January 28 th the children were very busy cutting out lanterns and roosters to decorate the entrance hall. Today Anusha cooked a delicious Sri Lankan meal, which all of the children tried and some even took seconds and thirds. We were delighted, as the caterer’s meals are normally far less spicy.

Now to February:

In February we also have two major topics we need to fit in: Valentine’s Day and ‘Fasching’ (Carnival).

We shall soon start to trace out hearts, decorate hearts, make heart people, heart mobiles, make ‘window-colour’ hearts and talk about Valentine’s Day.

The ‘Faschings-party’ will take place on Tuesday, February 28 th and we look forward to seeing wonderfully dressed up children. Maybe our continent topic could be inspiring for an exquisite costume?

The previous parties (Christmas and Halloween) in the large community hall have been with sibling and parent participation. The “Fasching party” is normally celebrated on a smaller scale and only in the Montessori rooms

The party-snack-list will be hanging on the door towards the end of the month.

We wish you all a hearty and healthy February

Your Montessori team _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

January Newsletter 2017

Dear Parents,

We wish you all a happy and healthy new year and hope you had an enjoyable holiday season. Thank you once again for all the wonderful Christmas presents you and the children gave us. They are greatly appreciated.

January is the relaxed month. The pressures of Christmas are over and everyone is free to do his or her own thing.

Our new topic will be “continents” and we shall start with Antarctica.

Antarctica is the world’s fifth largest continent. It is also the highest, driest and coldest continent on Earth. It is a frozen, windswept continent, so hostile and remote that it has no permanent inhabitants. Never-the-less more than 100 million birds nest and breed there. Emperor penguins are the biggest of all the penguins. Penguins are the most common birds in the Antarctic and it is no wonder that penguins are seen as the emblem of that continent.

Penguins will figure largely in art activities as will snowflakes and white paint in all art work.

As science projects we shall fill a container with water and leave it outside for a few days to observe what happens to it, and we shall melt some snow to see how clean it really is.

Hopefully it will snow the lovely kind of snow where you can actually see each beautiful snowflake so we can go out with a magnifying glass to look at them more closely.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Wednesday-Fridays from 9.00- 10.30 so please sign up should you be interested in a little chat.

Happy January!

Your Montessori team


December Newsletter 2016

Dear parents,

With great leaps and bounds the end of the year 2016 has arrived.

In November we celebrated St. Martin’s Day by making lanterns, talking about St. Martin and going for our traditional lantern walk. Luckily the weather was so nice that we were able to enjoy the walk, the sausages, cacao, ‘Glühwein’ and bonfire.

For Thanksgiving we talked about the Pilgrims and Native Americans, turkeys, harvest and giving thanks. The big Thanksgiving celebration took place in the church and many parishioners commented on the children’s beautiful turkey and Native American artwork hanging in the entrance hall and on the preschool bulletin boards.

December is the month that is not long enough. There is so much to do before the holiday starts that it can be a month of stress as well as fun! The children become increasingly excited as the month progresses. We will be busy decorating our room for the festive season and practicing our nativity play and Christmas carols.

Our Christmas party to which all parents and siblings are invited will take place on Friday, December 16 th .The Play will begin at 9:30a.m. After the play we will offer a small snack and then busy ourselves with baking Christmas cookies and artwork. At approximately 12:30a.m. we shall have lunch followed by joyful carol singing. Should the children then want to take a breath of fresh air we will go out to the playground. The party will end at 14.00.

As I wrote in the last mail, there will be no preschool on December 22 nd . We shall meet at the preschool at 14.00 and go by public transport to the Friedrichstadt Palast.

The preschool will reopen on January 4 nd and we look forward to greeting you parents well-rested and children happy and eager to start the new year working, playing and learning with us.

Have a happy festive season!

Your Montessori team


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