June Newsletter 2017
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
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.
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.
Continent topic we moved on to Asia.
“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.
we also have two major topics we need to fit in: Valentine’s Day and ‘Fasching’
We shall soon start to trace out hearts, decorate hearts, make heart
people, heart mobiles, make ‘window-colour’ hearts and talk about Valentine’s
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
will be hanging on the door towards the end of the month.
We wish you all a hearty and healthy February
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