Houston’s Premiere French language immersion preschool.

Welcome!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Once again, welcome to the 2016/2017 school year at La Maternelle French Academy. I have quite some exciting news to share with you. 

 

First, the school curriculum has changed over the summer and we are now following the new curriculum established last year by the French ministry of Education. The program is now divided into five areas (Cycle 1)

 

- becoming a pupil

- language acquisition, and beginning to write

- corporal movement and expression

- discovering the world of mathematics and science

- imaging, sensing, and creating

 

Below is a video link in French from Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French Minister of Education explaining the new programs with clarity and details:

https://www.reseau-canope.fr/programme-maternelle-2015/introduction.html 

 

Of course, the main purpose of La Maternelle stays the same, learning French while allowing children to develop their full potential and to have a successful first experience with a school. The emphasis is on the acquisition of language and its development, the discovery of the world of writing and that of numbers as well as learning to “live together”. Both Petite Section and Moyenne Section now both work as a unit so your child has not one teacher but two teachers. Like always, arts projects are in the spotlight and are mainly used as tools for language development. 

 

Second, we are now focusing on pragmatic and hands-on activities that children do together in a small group. This way they use critical and creative thinking processes to learn from others and especially from themselves. 

 

Third, children will now dictate brief texts to the teacher so as they can see the correspondence between oral communication and written communication. Socialization and language are the key points of interest in this new approach. Not only will the children continue to acquire strong oral foundations in French but they will build relationships and interact positively with others. We want them to be responsible for their own learning, as they work independently and in groups.

 

We Still Have Openings. Enroll Today!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Our enrollment is almost completed for Fall 2016 and we still have openings for the 2016-2017 school year. We also accept applications for our younger children year-round for our wait list and Spring 2016.

 

Call Karen at 281-589-7400 to schedule your personal tour.

Our campers had fun on the high sea! Grrrr ….

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer Camp 2016 is still open for registration

Monday, May 16, 2016

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!

NEW STUDENTS:

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.

 

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.

 

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