Houston’s Premiere French language immersion preschool.
This summer will be filled with laughter, splash days, fun activities and crafts. We will discover the different worlds of pirates, dinosaurs, space & the life under the sea and many more!
On the first day of summer camp, please stop by the front desk to bring your child’s immunization record. The State of Texas is very strict: “All immunizations should be completed by the first day of attendance”.
Our splash days will take place on the playgrounds, in the morning: we will be using sprinklers and kiddie pools to cool off per schedule below:
- Crèche: Monday
- T.P.S: Wednesday
- P.S: Tuesday
- M.S. & G.S: Monday & Thursday.
A) Please make sure to bring your child already dressed in their swimsuit, (bring some swim diapers for Crèche) with sunscreen.Sunscreen should be applied each day by the parents over any part of the body that is left exposed when the child is dressed for water play. Please remember children are required to wear water shoes (Crocs are NOT water shoes)
B) Don’t forget to pack a towel and extra change of clothes and shoes.
C) Please identify your child’s belongings by writing their initials or full name somewhere on the items.
If you pack your child’s lunch, since the classrooms are not equipped with refrigerators, please read below some food safety tips:
- Keep hot foods hot by using a pre-heated insulated thermos or food jar for liquids like soups, stews, etc. To pre-heat, fill the thermos with hot water, let it stand for a minute or two, empty the thermos, and fill with hot food (close it quickly!). You can get little kid-sized 300mlthermal food jars at any superstores or online
- Keep cold perishable foods cold by using insulated lunch bags or containers with cold gel packs. Thermal lunch jars can also be pre-chilled with ice water and used to pack chilled lunches. Flexible ice blankets are essentially a quilt of small reusable ice packs. They can be cut apart to produce many small ice packs, perfect for throwing into an insulated lunch bag (ice blankets are widely available at sporting stores, wholesale food stores and drugstores)
- If you wish your kid’s meal to be reheated, please store the specific food in a microwavable container (no stainless steel), in an insulated lunch bag with an icepack.
Please bring some tableware, a placemat and a sippy cup (water bottle).
Children in Crèche, T.P.S and P.S need the following items for nap time:
- Small blanket
- Small pillow
These will be sent home every other Friday to be washed. Please do not forget to bring them back on Monday.
To help us identify your child’s belongings (lunch bag, sippy cup, blanket, pillow and other personal items), please label each item.
We are conducting our Annual Preregistration until March 31st. This Preregistration period is to ensure that all of our current families have the opportunity to reserve a place for next year before we open registration up to new students. A complete registration form for each child, including $125 registration fee, must be turned in to the front desk by 3;00 pm on March 31st and will guarantee you a seat for the next academic school year. Registration forms received after this firm deadline will be accepted but will not be guaranteed placement. As a thank you, for helping us to plan ahead, all registration fees collected during Preregistration will be refunded as a credit applied to your “Back to School” invoice in late August 2016!*
While we’re thinking about the near future, please make sure to let us know your plans for the summer; and complete either the “child withdrawal form” or the “Summer 2016 Registration form” attached to this newsletter. This will help us to have an accurate count of children who plan on attending our terrific summer programs.
Thank you for your participation and please stop by the office if you have any questions.
*(This offer is only available as a credit on your “Back to School” invoice, should your plans change before the beginning of the 2016-2017 School Year the registration fee will be lost)
Get ready to celebrate the French Language and cultures in March!
The 2016 French Cultures Festival kick-off event will take place at Discovery Green Park on March 11th at 6pm, with a free concert featuring two French bands. The official calendar can be found at http://frenchculture.org/
Throughout the month of March, in Houston, the French consulate, along with French organizations, restaurants and schools are going to create series of events. We will celebrate it during the last week of March. Each classroom will focus on a particular region / country and the students will do manual activities every day, and their works will be exhibited in the gym. We will really appreciate if you could part of this celebration by lending objects, clothes, artifacts … from your native country.
The children’s work will be exhibited in the new gym and we will have our now traditional pot-luck lunch. Like every year, it would be great if you could bring a traditional dish from your country on Friday, April 1st.
The week of March 14th to March 18th is spring break week for many public and private schools in the Houston area. During that week, we will relax our curriculum and let children mostly play and have fun. We do this because many of our staff like to take time off with their older kids; but we also want to be open for those that need us. If you do go on vacation during Spring break the relaxed education ensures that your child will not need to catch up with the rest of the class afterwards. Please make sure to let us know if your child(ren) will be attending school during this time. We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing spring break!
Mark your calendars! Lifetouch portraits will be at our school for 2 days according to the schedule below. We will take both individual and group pictures or our classes. The children enrolled in our Grande Section will be dressed with a Cap & Gown. Please complete the preference form at the school, not at home. The background will be grey (so it matches the previous pictures taken at the school for our yearbook) but feel free to select a different background for sibling pictures or bring an item from home.
First, Thursday, March 10th, we will take individual and group pictures for the children enrolled in PS – MS and GS.
Second, Friday, March 11th, we will take individual and group pictures for the children enrolled in Creche and TPS.
Pictures will be taken 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 the designated picture day, you can take the picture on either day, but please try to make arrangements 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.
Picture day requires a lot of planning! If you would be willing to volunteer to help us make sure things runs smoothly, please sign up at the front desk! We will contact you to make arrangements. Thank you in advance!
We hope that everyone is getting ready for the upcoming holiday and will enjoy some time off during the holiday season!
On December 11th we will have the great honor and privilege to have a special visit from Santa Claus. He will be here at 09:30 am to visit each class and pick up the children wish lists. Please notify us in advance if your child(ren) is going to absent that day. Thank you !
Autumn has finally arrived in Houston.
We had a little taste of nice weather these past few days: cooler temperatures and sunny sky!
La Maternelle will be closed on Monday, October 12th of 2015 in observance of Columbus Day.
Since 1970 (Oct. 12), the holiday has been fixed to the second Monday in October.
PICTURE DAY – October 20th & 21st 2015
Lifetouch Pictures will be at La Maternelle for two days to take individual and group pictures.
- Tuesday, October 20th for children enrolled in PS, MS & GS
- Wednesday, October 21st for children enrolled in Creche & 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 Tuesdays we will take your child’s picture on Wednesday. Be sure to coordinate any changes of clothes with your teachers ahead of time.