La Maternelle French Academy is Houston’s premier french language immersion preschool!

Teacher Parent Conferences Dec 1st – Dec 12th 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Please make sure to stop by your child’s classroom door to sign up for a time and date to meet with your child’s teacher. Teachers are so excited to share all of the new developments that have been happening with your child! This is an important time to review developmental milestones, set developmental goals and get to know your family better.  Here is how you can prepare to actively participate in parent-teacher conferences:

 

Be willing and ready to share information about your child and family. 
You know your child better than anyone else and have valuable insights to share with the teacher. 
Never miss a parent-teacher conference. 
Use the conference as an opportunity to exchange information with the teacher and discuss ways to work together to enhance your child’s education. If you can’t visit in person, schedule a telephone call to discuss your child’s progress.
Arrive on time. 
Teachers usually have a tight schedule for conferences— typically 20 minutes per family. Be considerate of other parents whose conferences will take place after yours.
Listen with an open mind.
Ask questions when you don’t understand. Voice your concerns, but be open to suggestions.
Be prepared. 
Think about or write down one or two questions to ask the teacher.
Stay involved. 

Ask the teacher to suggest activities you can do at home to reinforce your child’s learning.

 

School Closure

The school will be closed Thursday 27 & Friday 28 of November 2014 for Thanksgiving! Enjoy these few days off with Family and Friends and we will all see you next Monday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

Halloween Party!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

 Dear Families,

Our Halloween Party will be Friday, October 31st from 9:00 to 11:00.  Please have your child wear his/her favorite costume (no scary costumes such as skeleton costumes, they do scare younger children), bring a bag or basket for our “Trick or Treat” Party and please bring a change of clothes for your child(ren) if they nap or need to be more comfortable during the day. Thank you.

 

 

Keeping our children safe with the excitement of Halloween can be quite a challenge. Little Ones may have a harder time listening and following directions from parents & caregivers, and remembering basic safety rules. That is why it is so important to keep a close watch over your child(ren) when they are out trick-or-treating. Talk with your child(ren) a few times before the big night to go over rules and safety precautions that need to be followed while you are out trick-or-treating. Be sure to remind them again before you head out the door with them.

Picture Day!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mark your calendar! Teddy Bear Portraits will be at our school for 2 days.

First, Thursday, October 16th, we will take individual and group pictures for the children enrolled in PS, MS and GS.

Second, Friday, October 17th, we will take individual and group pictures for the children enrolled in Creche and TPS.

The picture will be taken in the new building (in the gym), please proceed to the new building if you need to take pictures with your child’s siblings. Also, if your child does not come to school on Fridays please make arrangement so your child can have his/her picture taken with his/her friends and teachers.  Be sure to coordinate any changes of clothes with your teachers ahead of time. 

The pictures will be ready for purchase two weeks later, just on time for Christmas cards!

Self confidence and bilingualism

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dear La Maternelle Families,

 

We are off to a very good start ! Developing self confidence is very important and as parents we always want to give positive reinforcement, remember that his/her artwork is his/her special creation and ask your little one about what he did and how he did it – do not ask “what is this” as it is obvious to them :) )

 

Be patient with a child who, when asked what he/she did at school, divulges very little. However, take upon yourself the challenge of improving in the area of questioning so that you stimulate as much language as possible. This means reducing the number of questions which require a one word “yes” or “no” answer or, perhaps, a shrug. Instead of “Did you have a good time?,” ask ” What did you do at school that you don’t do at home?”; “What color did you use?”; “Who sat next to you while you were eating?”

 

Also, please remember children raised bilingual do take a little longer to start talking than those raised in monolingual households. The delay is momentary, however, and according to experts, it’s not a general rule. ”Research indicates that bilingualism does not cause delays in either speech or language acquisition,” says Ellen Stubbe Kester, president of Bilinguistics, which offers bilingual speech-language services in Austin, Texas. Even if your child has already been diagnosed with some kind of speech delay, raising him bilingual won’t make his speech any more delayed”Studies have found that children with language delays who are in dual language environments gain language at the same rate as those in monolingual environments,” says Kester 

 

Here are some ideas to help you out raise your bilingual child

- Do playgroups with other bilingual families

- Do story time in French / English (see book opportunity program in this newsletter). 

- Listen to French/ English music (ask the director for CD’s)

 

Hope it helps !

Book opportunity

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

 

Families and teachers are invited to join a book program through “L’ecole des loisirs.” It is a great program with great childrens books at bargain prices. For your convenience, catalogs have been placed in your child’s cubbies. The subscription has 4 different age groups.

 

- bebemax 2 years 

 

– titoumax 2-4 years old 

 

– minimax 4-6 years old

 

- kilimax 6-8 years old

 


This is a great opportunity for you to read new books to your children and for us to enrich our library. Thank you so much for your participation and support in this project. Please complete the “bulletin d’abonnement regroupe” by September 20th. Please note that all proceeds from the Children’s Book Sale will support La Maternelle and for every twelve subscriptions we will obtain a free subscription. Thanks for your participation.

Extra-curricular activities.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

We need more little ballerinas and dancers for the class, we have not reached the minimum of 6 students yet. Don’t forget to sign up if you are interested. Thank you.  

School Policy about shoes and toys.

Monday, September 15, 2014

I would like to remind our families about our dress code policy. As you know no uniform is required, however backless (such as crocks) and open-toed shoes are not permitted for safety reasons.  

 

No toys from home are allowed at School unless permitted  by the teacher.  We understand that children are very proud to bring something special with them from home, however this can result in “sharing issues”.   There are plenty of materials and learning activities designed to keep your child busy during the school day. Additionally, it can be distracting and disruptive if a child refuses to put away that “special toy” when the lesson plan is being administered.  Please remember to have your child leave their personal toy(s) at home or in the car upon arriving at school otherwise it will be removed and stored until departure.

Blankets and Sleep Time

Monday, September 15, 2014

According to the National Sleep Foundation, preschoolers aged 3 to 5 should have approximately 10-13 hours of sleep per night. Irritability, moodiness and disinhibition are some of the first signs a child experiences from lack of sleep and effects can be long lasting. The staff at LMFA all urge you to:

 

  • Do calm and relaxing things before bedtime to help your child settle down.
  • Whatever you are doing before bedtime, remind your child that bedtime is next.
  • Try speaking in a quieter voice.
  • Read together, or sit and talk with your child. That can help your child (and you) calm down after a busy day.
  • Avoid tackle or chase games or television programs that may get your child excited.
  • If you give your child a snack, remember that foods with caffeine, like colas and chocolate, can keep children awake.


Please do not forget to take back and wash your child’s sleeping bags, blankets, covers etc… every other Friday and to bring them back on Monday
 morning. Thank you!


Going Back to School – Rentree des classes

Monday, August 4, 2014

Dear La Maternelle families,

 

I want to welcome all of our new and returning students and families. We are very excited to start this new school year and we look forward to a great year with your children.  In a few weeks, your child will begin to have his or her first experiences with school. Your child will discover a new world, make new friends and adapt to new schedules and routines. This is an essential moment for him/her, but also for you especially if this is your first child.

 

Some children may need more time than others to adjust to new environments, but please know that we will do all we can do to help with the transition.  We know that it is not going to be easy to say good bye on the first day of school so please read “Separation Anxiety: 15 Ways to Ease Your Child’s Fears” .

 

We have had an absolutely WONDERFUL summer, and we are very sad to see it end! However, Friday, August 15th will be our last day of summer camp and the school will be closed from August 18thto August 22nd. We will see everyone back at the school for our official first day of school on August 25th!

 

If you have any concerns regarding this transition period, please feel free to discuss this with your child’s teacher or Miss Charlotte.

Separation Anxiety: 15 Ways to Ease Your Child’s Fears by Cathryn Tobin, MD, author of The Parent’s Problem Solver

Monday, August 4, 2014

Separation Anxiety: 15 Ways to Ease Your Child’s Fears by Cathryn Tobin, MD, author of The Parent’s Problem Solver

 

Separation anxiety is a little one’s way of saying how much they really don’t want to say good-bye. Most preschoolers and grade-schoolers experience it at some point in their early lives. Sometimes it occurs out of the blue after a change in the environment. Other times separation anxiety occurs because children are worried about life at home — perhaps because parents are fighting or someone is sick — and they feel a sense of uncertainty about leaving home. Most often, however, separation anxiety is purely a “missing mom” issue. Follow these 15 strategies and you may be able to minimize the problem too.

 

DO: Keep your good-byes short and sweet. In doing so, you convey the message that you have confidence in your child’s ability to cope.

DON’T: Hover around. Your child will sense your anxiety, and this will make it more difficult for her to calm down.

DO: Tuck a family picture away in your child’s backpack for her to look at later in the day.

DON’T: Sneak out. You want your child to know unequivocally that she can trust you.

DO: Develop loving good-bye routines. Madison and I invented a kiss-hug-nose-rub routine that we both enjoy.

DON’T: Bargain or bribe your child to behave. Your little one should be allowed her feelings.

DO: Send clear messages. Your child needs to know that you expect him to go to school no matter how much he fusses, cries or stamps his feet.

DON’T: Take your child home. If you do, you send the message that if your child cries enough he won’t have to stay.

DO: Invite children from the class over, so your child can forge friendships that will make the transition easier.

DON’T: Get upset. By keeping an upbeat and positive attitude about your child’s school, teacher and friends, you’ll help your child feel safe and enjoy his time at school.

DO: Ask your spouse or another family member to take a turn dropping your child off, or pick up one of your child’s classmates on the way to school, and your problems may disappear.

DON’T: Discuss problems with the teacher in the morning. Save conversations and questions for the end of the day.

DO: Involve the teacher. You need someone on the other end who will greet your child and ease the transition.

DON’T: Be surprised if you solve the problem and it reoccurs after holidays and sick days.

DO: Believe in your child’s ability to make positive changes.