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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.

Summer Camp 2014 starts June 2nd

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

On June 2nd summer officially begins at La Maternelle French Academy with our annual splash days out on the playgrounds.  We will be using sprinklers and kiddie pools to cool off.  Make sure to bring your child already dressed in their swim suit & water shoes with sunscreen applied on their designated day.  Don’t forget to pack a towel and extra change of clothes.  Please identify your child’s belongings by writing their initials or full name somewhere on the article.   Check out the schedule below for your child’s classroom.

 

Creche & TPS (Miss Yanick – Miss Myriama – Miss Mampia)    Mondays & Wednesdays

 

Petite Section (Miss Emilie – Miss Nassima) - Tuesdays & Thursdays

 

Moyenne Section – Grande Section (Miss Helene – Miss Amel – Miss Monika) - Mondays & Wednesdays

 

Please remember children are required to wear water shoes (Crocs are NOT water shoes) and swimsuits during water play.Toddlers are required to wear a swim diaper (if not potty trained).  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.

 

Inline image 2New students during summer camp Policy + Reminder

 

If you are coming to La Maternelle for the first time you will need to follow our policy and bring items necessary for your child.

 

-          Please sign your child IN (morning) and OUT (evening) each school day. Sign in/out allows the school to keep track of attendance. If you have not yet been assigned a code (the last 4 digits of your phone number), please let us know as soon as possible.

 

-          Please also bring your child’s immunization record on the first day of school.  The State of Texas is very strict and states that “All immunizations should be completed by the first date of attendance”

 

-          Also, please don’t forget to bring all needed items requested on the supply list including:

 

NEEDED DAILY FOR LUNCH

·         lunch box + tableware (if you bring your own lunch)

·         sippy cup (with your child’s name on the bottle)

·         table mat

Remember that classrooms are not equipped with refrigerators.  Make sure your child’s lunchbox is well insulated and packed with the appropriate cooling / ice packs

 

NEEDED WEEKLY FOR NAP TIME:

·         small blanket

·         small pillow

Your child’s sleep time belongings will be sent home every other Friday to be washed. Don’t forget to bring them back on Monday !

 

In addition, please help us identify your child’s blanket, lunch bag, coat, or other personal items. Please identify your child’s belongings by writing their initials or full name somewhere on the article.  As always, we appreciate your assistance.

End of the year Celebration on May 30th rain or shine.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

We are going to do something new this year.  The party will start promptly at 9:15am with a magician show in our new gym/ party room, followed by activities/playtime on the playground, and a picnic/lunch BBQ offered by La Maternelle TEXAN style.  We expect parents to come all day or for the picnic and have fun. The program will be as followed:

9:15 – Magician Show

10:00 – Jumping Castle – Balloon artist – Face painting

11:30 – 1:30 Lunch – Picnic

1:30 – 2:30 – Free play – Games

2:30 – 3:00 Clean-up

The Houston Museum of Natural science is coming to La Maternelle on April 22nd

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bugs On Wheels: All About Butterflies introduces the remarkable cycle of metamorphosis and shows how butterflies differ from moths and from other winged insects.  The children from Creche to Grande section will learn about the different needs of caterpillars and adult butterflies, what happens in the pupal stage. This is a FUN, interactive presentation features a special demonstration teaching the differences between butterflies and moths, and includes live specimens in various stages of the butterfly’s life cycle.


Please make sure to come this day, this special event will start promptly at 10:00 am.

Take home your pictures

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pictures from Teddy Bear portrait will be available for purchasing at La Maternelle on Wednesday, April 16th between 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm. They will come back on Thursday between 7:30 am to 10:00 am and 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. If you cannot come you will be able to purchase your child’s pictures online. If you missed picture day, please make sure to send me a picture of your child so it can be placed in the yearbook.

School Closing for Good Friday

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

La Maternelle will be closed on Friday, April 18th for Good Friday.  We will see everyone back at the school on Monday morning.

Easter Egg Hunt – April 17th

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We will have our annual Eastern Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 17th. In order for your child(ren) to collect his/her eggs please make sure to bring a basket. We will have face painting, a balloon artist and a bouncing castle. FUN FUN FUN at La Maternelle.

Mardi Gras

Monday, March 3, 2014

We are so excited about our Mardi Gras Party happening on Friday, March 7th at 9:30am.  There are a few items that we could use your help with to prepare for Mardi Gras. 

 

 

•  The teachers and children have been working hard to prepare and would like to make a big entrance outside for the parade. We are asking all parents to meet outside at 9:30am and not in the classrooms. We will provide you with beads for you to put around the students’ necks.

 

•  The parade will start with the children from Creche/TPS, they will go outside by coming out to the front door and then will go to the small playground.  Next, the children from PS/MS/GS will also go outside by coming out the front door and will go to the larger playground.  Of course, if your child sees you and wants to be with you, please join the march and follow them to the playground with the parade. This will help us keep track of all the children to ensure proper supervision throughout the parade.

 

•  Once the parade is over, you can meet your children on the playgrounds and please feel free to take group pictures, eat snacks and have fun! 

 

•   This is “potluck” event; please feel free to bring crepes, fruits, cakes, juices etc….  We will provide plastic cups, plates, and silverware.  You can place your delicious snacks on the tables located on the playground when you drop off your child.

 

•   This is a short parade. Please be on time or you will miss it.

 

What if it rains??

 

If it rains, we will reschedule the event. Let’s all think about a wonderful sunny morning! 

French Cultures Festival

Monday, March 3, 2014

Get ready to celebrate French language and cultures in March ! 

 

The 2014 French Cultures Festival kick-off event will take place at Discovery Green Park on March 7th at 6pm, with a free concert featuring French and Americans bands. The official calendar can be seen on this link:  http://frenchculture.org/books/festivals/french-cultures-festival-2014

 

Throughout the month of March, in Houston, the French consulate and French organizations, restaurants, schools are going to create series of events. As last year we will celebrate it during the third 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 each classroom. On Friday, March 21st, students will then go to each classroom with a “passport” where they will learn and discover what their comrades learned and created. We will really appreciate if you could part of this celebration by lending objects, clothes, artifacts … from your native country. 

 

In addition, it would be great if you could bring a traditional dish from your country on Friday, March 21st and have lunch with your child in his/her classroom.