Monday, 6 November 2017

December Story time


November Newsletter


HANSEL & GRETEL PRESCHOOL
NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents,                                                                                    
The last month seems to have flown by! Our pre-schoolers enjoyed many different fall activities. Sticking their little hands in a pumpkin and scooping seeds out with their fingers turned into a memorable experience for many of the children. We read the book “The Runaway pumpkin” and learned many new Fall related rhymes and songs.  Our students took pumpkins outside and watched them roll down the hill. We also pretended to be a flock of geese, honking and “flying” through the park in a shape of a “V”.
The highlight was our field trip to Dutch Growers Hay maze. All of our little ones found their way out of the maze! Way to go! Thank you to all parents and grand parents who were able to join us for this fun trip. Your help was greatly appreciated!
NOVEMBER THEME: HOW DO ANIMALS PREPARE FOR THE WINTER?
As a continuation of our Fall unit, the children will learn about how different animals prepare for  winter and adapt to the cold. We will start off by talking about what happens to animals’ bodies when they hibernate and go into deep sleep. We will study a variety of different animals (bears, birds, squirrels, frogs, ladybugs, etc.) and learn about how they protect themselves from the cold.
GERMAN St. MARTIN’S FEST  (Lantern Parade): TUE-THU CLASS NOV 16
Every year our preschool celebrates St. Martin’s Day that many people in Germany and other countries in Europe celebrate in November. Children will learn about the St. Martin legend and we invite you to join us for a little lantern parade at the end of class that day. There will be a poster hanging in the hallway with more information about this traditional holiday
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: MONDAY, NOV 20 @ 7P.M.
Hansel & Gretel Preschool will hold their AGM on Monday, Nov 20st @ 7p.m. In order for our preschool to run smoothly and to develop goals  we rely on the support of our families. Please consider attending this meeting! The AGM is another unique chance to meet parents and board members from our preschool.
HIBERNATION CELEBRATION DAY: TUE-THU CLASS NOV 21 (M-W-F CLASS NOV 22)
(Children are welcome to wear their Pj’s and bring their favourite stuffy or Teddy)
We will wrap up our hibernation unit with our annual ‘Hibernation Day” and our classroom will turn into caves and shelter places for our little “bears”. You might hear a lot of snoring and roaring that day. Hibernation games like “sleeping quietly in your cave” are a perfect activity to practice lock down drills. During a School lock down drill the students are supposed to gather in the corner of our classroom and stay very quiet for about 5 minutes!
NOVEMBER DATES

Monday 6/7
Scholastic Book Orders are due; Care Partner activities
Thursday 9
PD day, no school
Friday 10              
S.T.A. Convention, no school 
Monday 13             
Stat. Holiday (Remembrance Day), no school
Tuesday 14            
Picture Day Tue-Thu class
Wed 15, Thur 16     
St. Martin Lantern parade (last 15 minutes of class time, please join us)
Monday 20             
Annual General Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.
Tue 21, Wed 22
Hibernation Day (come in your PJ’s and bring your teddy or favourite stuffy)
DECEMBER DATES
Tue 5, Wed 6     Nikolaus Visit and Celebration
(All families are invited to celebrate with us from 10:00 -11:45 a.m.) We would greatly appreciate if you could bring some Christmas baking/cookies on that day. We will provide coffee, tea, hot chocolate and traditional German mulled fruit punch.

Dec 21/22         Last Day before Christmas break. School will resume January 8, 2018

Frau Lorenz will be filling in for Frau Hecker and lead teaching from November 23 – Nov 29.
If you need to contact her during this time, please call her at: 306 220-4830 or email riss@sasktel.net
As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Uli Hecker    
                                                                                                           

Monday, 2 October 2017

Story time on October 7th


October Newsletter



What a great first month of preschool we have had! We were lucky enough to play outside most days, and explore the changing of the season. We gathered leaves, listened to the wind, crows and crunching leaves. Our children experienced this by using their senses, allowing them to see, feel, hear and even smell fall. Some of you might have heard your child singing our German song “Herbst ist hier”. We will now start, keeping an eye out for geese flying in a V shape, and leaving for warmer places.

HOW DO YOU FILL A BUCKET?
This month we will read a variety of books that talk about  How To Fill a Bucket”.  We already see many of our children  “filling buckets” every day by using their gentle hands, using kind words, sharing and taking turns. If we catch them “scooping” instead of filling their friend's buckets, we provide them with tools and teach them how to “refill a bucket”.  Reflecting on our own behaviour or choices, and saying  “sorry” can sometimes go a long way! J
Over the last few weeks, we took pictures of our students during playtime as they were sharing, taking turns, picking up toys, inviting each other to play and having fun together. Please come and take a look at our “bucket fillers”! Their pictures are hanging  on our bulletin board in the hallway!

OCTOBER THEME: FALL and THANKSGIVING,
Many of our October activities will revolve around “FALL” and “FRIENDSHIP”. Our students will learn about the changes in season. We will cut open pumpkins and apples to explore the inside. Often times our fall activities will include counting, sorting and classifying different nature items such as pine cones, sticks, leaves etc.
The kids really enjoy our “nature sensory bin” and like to cover up (pretend) ladybugs with leaves.
Thanksgiving Holiday is coming up next weekend and we will take the opportunity to think about what we are thankful for. Our care partners from grade 3/4 will visit us and make a little “friendship” craft with our pre-schoolers.

FIELD TRIP to DUTCH GROWERS HAY MAZE: OCTOBER 27th
All of our classes will be going on a chartered field trip to Dutch Growers Greenhouse Hay Maze.
We will need helping hands for this day. If you can join us, please let us know. There will be a sign up list hanging in the hallway. Thank you in advance for volunteering your time!



FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE
Our bus will be leaving at 9:10 a.m. and we will be back at the school by 11:00 a.m.
·      Children will be dismissed at their regular end of class time. Please inform your teacher if you are taking/picking up your child earlier (e.g. after the actual field trip) that day.
·      Snacks will be provided on our field trip day. However, if you would like to bring a special snack to share with our class, please let us know.

Costumes
      -  M-W-F students are welcome to wear a costume on the day of their field trip (Oct 27th).
      -  T-Th students will have a chance to dress up on:
           Tuesday, Oct 31st: We will have a little Halloween Party.
           (On either day costumes are optional but not required.)

LETTER RECOGNITION
We will be introducing our students to the letters of the alphabet throughout the year. The most exciting activity for each child is to identify the letters in their own name. Many of the children already recognize some letters in their name.
LINES and CURVES
We have introduced all of our children to the terms “lines” and “curves” and played around with wooden lines and curves. All letters of the alphabet are made of curves and lines! Here is one way to get excited about letters. Have your child look at his name and spy for letters that have long lines, short lines, big curves and little curves.
“Hase” our bunny in the magic hat, will pull wooden lines and curves out of his magic hat every week.  He shows the children how to form the letter of the week and also introduces the sound of it. Don’t be surprised if your child is having snack at home and starts to stutter  “b-b-b anana”! Banana starts with a “B”. Yippie!

BATHROOM
Thank you for taking your child to the bathroom before class starts. We have had way more playtime and less bathroom traffic lately. Please remind your child to let us know if he/she needs to go the bathroom.

CARE PARTNERS
We are very fortunate to provide care partners for our little ones. Each of our pre-schoolers will have his/her own care partner. These are Brevoort Park School students from grade 3/4. Usually, our care partner friends will come and visit us once a month. Sometimes they will help with a special craft, read a book or simply play with their assigned pre-schooler.


SHOW & TELL: 11:30 – 11:40 a.m.
We will start with Show & Tell this month. Each day one designated student will get to bring one item from home. It could be a special toy, a picture, a souvenir or simply something from nature. You can support your child by preparing him/her to say a few sentences about their “special item”.
If you (or someone else from your family/day care staff member) would like to watch your child for the 10 minutes of sharing, please join us at the end of the day.
Sharing will usually be at the end of class. However, if 9:00 a.m. works better for you as a parent to join us, we are happy to accommodate you.

LAST CIRCLE TIME: 11:40 A.M. – 11.45 A.M.
After show & Tell is done, ALL parents/care givers are invited to come into the classroom and join us!
We will provide you with information about your child’s day and upcoming events and activities for the week.

THANK YOU’s
·           Thank you for teaching your child how to get dressed for outside. We see many of your children trying really hard to do it “all by myself”. 
·           Thank you for teaching your child how to cover their sneeze and coughs with their sleeve (not with their hands).
·           Thank you for always checking your mailbox after class.
·           Thank you for taking off your (and your child’s) wet footwear when you walk inside the building.
·           Thank you to Mrs. Masiowski for taking care of our monthly book orders from Scholastic.

DATES TO REMEMBER (please mark your calendar!)
Our school follows the Public School calendar. All statutory holidays, professional Development Days (PD days) and breaks are observed.

October

Mon/Tue Oct 2/3           Scholastic book orders are due
Wed, Oct 4                    Picture Day M-W-F class
Fri, Oct 6                       PD - no school
Sat, Oct 7                      German-English Family Story Time
                                      with Frau Hecker @ Mayfair Library from 2-2:30 p.m.
Mo Oct 9                       Thanksgiving Day Holiday (no class)
Thu Oct 26                   T-Th class Field Trip to Dutch Growers Hay Maze*
Fri Oct 27                      M-W-F class Field Trip to Dutch Growers Hay Maze*

(*We will need 6 parent helpers/chaperones for each class!! There is a sign up list hanging in the hallway.)
Mon, Oct 30                  Picture re-take day
November
Thu, Nov 9                       PD - no school                 
Fri, Nov 10                       STA Convention – no school
Mon, Nov 13                    Stat. Holiday Remembrance Day – no school
Fri, Nov 24                       Regular class for MWF class!

December
Nikolaus Celebration  (mark your calendar!)
Nikolaus will visit our class. All families are invited to join us for a traditional Nikolaus celebration and a special children’s performance
Tue, Dec  5   (T-Th class)                 Nikolaus Celebration from 10:00 -11:45 a.m.
Wed, Dec 6  (M-W-F class)              Nikolaus Celebration from 10:00 -11:45 a.m.
                      
OKTOBER “GERMAN HERITAGE MONTH”
In December 2016, the Canadian Parliament officially declared October “German heritage Month in order to “recognize the contributions that German-Canadians have made to Canadian Society.
There will be a variety of events happening in the Province during this month. Please find the poster hanging in the hallway or go on the SGC website www.saskgermancouncil.org
On this website you will find many important dates and special events that are happening within the German-Canadian Community. You can also sign up to receive the SGC monthly newsletter.

As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Uli Hecker, Larissa Lorenz

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Start of the School year!



Dear Parents,

Here we are, at the start of a new school year! We finally have met all of our students and their families.
It was so nice to see the many smiles on our children’s faces on their first day of preschool.
We are looking forward to a fantastic and exciting year with our pre-schoolers!

September will be a busy month for all of us. In order to help with a smooth transition into the year, I would like to provide you with some important information and dates.

If you have not done so, please read the 2017-18 Parent Handbook that each of you should have received at the sneak peek day in May. It contains important information about school policies, curriculum etc.
Here is a list of things that we will help you to keep on track.

CLASS TIME  9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

ARRIVAL
Brevoort Park School opens the doors for their students at 8:50 a.m. and it can get a bit busy in the hallways around that time.
Our classroom door opens at 9 a.m. (If you are still in the hallway and hear the Canadian National Anthem “Oh Canada”, Brevoort Park School asks all parents, students and staff members to stand still until the anthem is finished). We thank you in advance for your co-operation in regards to this daily routine.

ABSENCE
We keep daily track of attendance. If your child will be absent, please let us know by emailing or texting (306-2814-428).

SCHOOL DOORS
ALL back and side doors of Brevoort Park School will be locked after 9 a.m. and remain locked during the day.  If you are arriving after 9 a.m. you will have to enter the school through the main door at the front.
However, you are still able to EXIT through the boot room doors throughout the day!!

REMOVAL OF WET FOOTWEAR
When entering the school, we would like to remind all parents, care givers to remove their (and their child’s) wet/muddy footwear.

BATHROOM
As we start this new year, I strongly encourage you to take your child to the bathroom prior to when class starts. The need “to go” seems to be as contagious for pre-schoolers as yawns are, for most people. Once one of their friends has to go, it always unleashes a tide of others. J Thank you for your anticipated co-operation.

OUTSIDE PLAY AND WEATHER APPROPRIATE CLOTHES
Please remember that we will take our students outside on nice days until it gets cold or muddy. Please dress them in weather appropriate clothes and shoes that they can run with safely.

Most of our students know how to take off their shoes and how to put them on with no or little help. We encourage, teach and foster independence and cheer for every step along the way. It’s very empowering for children to realize how much they can do by themselves!

DISMISSAL
Dismissal time will be 11:45. Parents (or whoever will pick up your child) are invited to join us for the last 5 minutes of class time. We will open the door at 11:40 a.m. and invite you to hear about our day.
Children will get dismissed only with the designated person that is on your registration file. If someone else is picking up your child, please let us know.
Depending if we are outside or inside dismissal will be in the classroom or the boot room.
Don’t forget to check your mailbox and take your lunch kit before leave.

Thank you in advance for being prompt on your pick up, and drop off times. It means so much to us, but especially to your children!

SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS
Please find more information on the September order form that you have in your mailbox.
October book orders might have to go out before the September books have arrived to ensure that next month fall themed books will arrive on time.

BIRTHDAYS
If you would like to, you may bring a small treat (cookie, sticker etc.) to share at school when it’s your child’s birthday. If you want to share baby pictures of your child to document their growth, please share them with our class. Our class will also learn how to sing “Happy Birthday” in German. Please remember Brevoort Park School is nut-free and we ask you to not bring anything that contains nuts.

VOLUNTEERING
What would the world do without volunteers?  There will be occasions that we have to rely on helping hands from parents, grand parents etc. We will have a sign up sheet in the hallway for certain activities that we will need help with.
Especially when we go on field trips with  (12-16) pre-schoolers, every extra hand will help us to keep our ducklings in a row. J

NEWSLETTERS
I will email a monthly newsletter to give you an overview of the month’s theme and activities.
Each month I will send home a calendar with your child. It will remind you of special events, school closures and your child’s day to share. The newsletter will also be posted here on the blog.

(If anyone needs a paper copy of the monthly newsletter, please let me know)

Happy Beginnings!

Uli Hecker & Larissa Lorenz