Houston’s Premiere French language immersion preschool.

Annual Preregistration

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

We are conducting our Annual Preregistration until March 31stThis 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.

 

Also, next year we are excited to announce that the Grande Section will be in bilingual! We will alternate days in French and English. While our French program will continue to follow the guidance set for by the French Ministry of Education our English program will help to prepare our growing number of students that don’t continue on in French to assimilate into 1st Grade at and American style Elementary School.

 

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)

French Cultures Festival – Mois de la Francophonie

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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/frenchculturesfestival2016/

 

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.

 

Spring Break is Just Around the Corner!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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! 

Picture Day

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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!

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

We hope that everyone is getting ready for the upcoming holiday and will enjoy some time off during the holiday season!

It does not snow in Houston but we have snowmen and Santa Sleigh and Reindeer.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Santa is coming

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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 at La Maternelle and picture day…

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dear Families, 

 

Autumn has finally arrived in Houston.

We had a little taste of nice weather these past few days: cooler temperatures and sunny sky!

 

 
COLUMBUS DAY October 12th, 2015.

 

La Maternelle will be closed on Monday, October 12th of 2015 in observance of Columbus Day.

 

Many countries in the New World and elsewhere officially celebrate as a holiday the anniversary of Christopher Columbus‘ arrival in the Americas, which happened on October 12, 1492. “

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. 

We still have openings for the 2015/2016 school year

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

We opened a new classroom and we still have openings in Pre-K 3.  Children must be three years old by December 1, 2015 in order to be eligible for Pre-K 3. All children must be toilet-trained prior to entry. 

 

Back to School

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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 days, 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 we will do our best to help with the transition.  Saying goodbye on the first day of school is not easy, if you have any concerns regarding this transition period, please feel free to discuss this with your child’s teacher or Miss Charlotte.

Thank you.