June Newsletter 2017
July Newsletter 2017
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.
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
overnighting children will need: a
sleeping bag or blanket, an “Isomatte” or mattress of
one kind or another, night wear, their cuddly toy
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!
special ‘Thank you’ to Kerstin, Susanne and Yvonne who were parent
representatives during the past term and a pleasure to work with.
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!
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
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
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
The topics will be:
summer party (Thursday, June 23 rd )
will your child leave?
Any other concerns you may
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.
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
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
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!
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
Your Montessori team
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.
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
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
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
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.
for many lovely Spring days,
Your Montessori Team
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
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.
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.
December Newsletter 2016
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.
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
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
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
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