Friday, 7 February 2020

February News


Dear Parents,

Having talked about ocean and having scared winter away with our “Fasching” songs has worked! The temperatures have started to climb up and we are finally able to play outside again!


FEBRUARY THEME: 5 SENSES
This month we will be exploring the 5 senses. Children naturally perceive the world around them by using their five senses. This month we will provide our students with a variety of activities that allows them to explore and learn about the different senses that help us to better understand the world around us.
Here are the five senses that of our umbrella unit:
          -Feel
        -See
        -Hear
        -Smell
        -Taste
It will be a fun unit, and we look forward to exploring one sense at a time with our little ones.

Outdoor Fun with Care Partners: February 14th (M-W-F class)

We are planning another fun filled morning with our care partners on Friday, February 14th. We will take the children outside to the small hill for some winter fun. Our little ones will have a chance to toboggan with their care partners, explore in the snow, and afterwards enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate. We will make a friendship card to give to our care partners on this day. Sleds will be provided by our care partners.

Valentine Cards:
Any families wishing to bring Valentine Cards to preschool are welcome to bring them to school. In case you are planning to do so, we kindly ask you to please ensure your child has a card for ALL students of our class. If you are in need of an updated class list please let us know, we are happy to provide one for you. (Tuesday/Thursday class is invited to wear pink or red on Thursday Feb. 13th)


FRIENDLY REMINDERS

- Dress for the weather
As our lovely Saskatchewan weather continues to warm up off and on, we would like to be outside each day. Please ensure your child has all the cozy, warm and water proof clothing items and foot wear they may need for these days.
This may affect our daily routine for Sharing times. On your childs scheduled day, please let us know if your able to stay a few extra minutes in the morning, and we will start the day with your childs sharing! If you're not able to stay at 9 a.m.  but would like to watch later, we will come back inside and have sharing at our usual 11:35 time. Just let us know, prior to your child’s show and tell date.

-Frau Hecker Away (February 6-25)
Frau Hecker will be away visiting family in Germany February 6-25th. During her absence Frau Lorenz will be team teaching with Frau Skinner. Mrs. Skinner has worked as a preschool teacher at our school in the past.  She also does special story time, and our little ones are in for a treat.

For any questions, reported absences or concerns while Uli Hecker will be gone please call or text:
Larissa Lorenz: 306 -220-4830 email: riss@sasktel.net
We ask parents to only contact the front office of Brevoort Park School if you can’t get a hold of the teacher.


DATES & REMINDERS

Feb 13      Students are welcome to wear red and pink
Feb 14         M-W-F class: Care Partner activities outside
Feb 17-21   Winter Break (school will resume Monday 24)
Feb 26         Scholastic Book orders are due
                     Frau Hecker will be back from Germany
Feb 28      Last day to return order forms for Mom’s pantry fundraiser forms

A special Thank You goes out to Kira’s dad who visited our MWF class to tell us all about Chinese New Year! Your special visit was greatly appreciated!



SCHOLASTIC BOOKS: ONLINE ORDERS

For any families wishing to order books for the month of February:
The deadline to order for this month is Wednesday Feb. 26th. If you need any help to set up an account, please don't hesitate to contact Frau Lorenz. As of now, we will only be using the online ordering system and no longer sending home the paper flyers. If you need another copy of the steps to create an account, please let us know.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Beach Party


BEACH PARTY
Wednesday, January 29th
Thursday, January 30th 

After a long cold stretch, we are ready for a hot trip! As part of our ocean unit, we are planning a fun beach party in our classroom.
Our tables will turn into coral reefs, we will have snack on the beach and enjoy a variety of fun ocean activities.

Fasching
At this time of the year, many provinces in Germany celebrate a cultural tradition called “Fasching” or “Karneval”. This is a celebration that originated in the 13th century and is meant to scare away winter.

We have decided to celebrate our traditional Fasching (carnival) a little early this year as Frau Hecker will be gone for an extended week in February. Therefore, we will combine two parties into one. Fingers crossed that Fasching mixed with beach themed activities will help to chase winter away!

Snack provided
Larissa and I will put a “beach snack” buffet together.  So please enjoy a break, and just pack a water bottle for your child. It’s going to be sunny and hot in the room, so they will get thirsty.

We invite the children to dress in whatever “summer/beach clothes” they like for this fun day. Please bring a beach towel!

Parents are invited to join us from 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.!
We invite all parents/caregivers to join us for the last 30 minutes of class on this day. Our little ones will march through the room chanting for winter to GO AWAY and sing a variety of our ocean songs. We will end the day with a traditional Fasching “candy toss” parade and a special beach drink for our parents!

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

January 2020


                JANUARY NEWSLETTER 2020
Dear Parents,
We wish all of our families a very Happy New Year! We hope that you had a restful and relaxing break and spent lots of time with your family.
We are looking forward to our first month of the 2020 school year with our batteries fully recharged. Our children must be excited to see their friends again! Now it’s time to settle back into our routine and explore new things.
JANUARY THEME
OCEAN FUN
Our team has decided to break up the long winter! We will have a unit on “Life under Water” and we will spend most of January with activities related to our OCEAN THEME.  You will see a lot of sea creatures hanging in the hallway. The highlight will be a “Hawaii Beach Party” at the end of January. Coming to school in flip flops, sun glasses, shorts and summer dresses is one way to make winter fun!!
We will also explore questions such as:
·         How do fish sleep?
·         What happens when a star fish loses a leg?
·         Why does an octopus squirt ink?
·         Why do some fish have whiskers?
·         Why do shells have holes?
·         etc.
If you have a fish in a small tank at home, we would be happy to borrow it for a few days and invite your fish to join our class!

INDOOR SHOES CHECK

We realized a BIG GROWTH SPURT in some of our children and wonder if their little feet
still fit in their indoor shoes! Please check your child’s indoor shoes to make sure that their little “happy feet” are not “trapped”.

FLUE PREVENTION

We encourage all parents to be cautious and keep children at home when they are sick and show flue/cold symptoms. The best way to prevent germs from spreading in our classroom is covering coughs and sneezes (and in some cases keeping fingers out of mouths and noses J).  

PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THE 2020-21 PRESCHOOL YEAR

Parents of students that are currently enrolled can pre-register their child prior to the Open House when registration will open to the public.

All students currently enrolled will have a spot guaranteed. However, final class placement will be based on a combination of factors. Our registrar will contact you once we have sorted through the 2020/21 applications after the Open House. Families who are pre-registering do NOT have to attend the Open House in order to get a spot.
·        Pre-registration is now open until January 17th.
·       Please spread the word about the Registration Night (open to public) on January 22 @ 7p.m.! You can also find us (and like us J) on Facebook!

DATES AND REMINDERS

Jan 15              Brevoort Park School Kindergarten Info Night @ 6 p.m.
Jan 17              Last day to pre-register for 2020-21
Jan 22              2020/21 Information & Registration Night for new families
Jan 27              PD Day, no school  
Jan 29/30        HAWAIIAN PARTY - Come in your shorts and summer dresses, sun glasses etc. and bring a towel. A snack “wish list” will be hanging in the hallway!
If you would like to stay updated about activities in the German-Canadian Community, you can subscribe for the monthly newsletter of SGC (Saskatchewan German Council) www.saskgermancouncil.org. You will find all kind of interesting news and listed special events.
We would like to say “Thank you” for all the nice cards, kind gifts and special Christmas treats that we had received from families in December!! It was not expected but greatly appreciated! 
We are excited to start a New Year and are looking forward to another month of FUN and Learning!

Happy New Year! Ein Frohes Neues Jahr!

With warm wishes,

Uli Hecker & Larissa Lorenz

Monday, 9 December 2019

December 2019


December 2019 Newsletter                             

Dear Parents,
We are quickly approaching the end of the year, and it shows how time has flown by! It seems like yesterday that we had started our school year in September. At the same time, we have seen so much growth and exciting changes in all of our children. Not only their little feet have grown, their interest about the world around them has expanded so much. Your children are filling our “buckets” with their unconditional love, trust in the world and the many hugs we are getting from them on a daily basis. This is the most rewarding and “touching” part of being a preschool teacher!

Thank you to all the parents and family members that had joined us for our Nikolaus celebration and contributed to our amazing cookie buffet! We were so proud of our little singers and each of them deserved to have their boot filled!!!

DECEMBER ACTIVITIES
This month will be full of fun, learning and enjoying the special season.
December will be a relatively short month, and we will focus on activities that revolve around the Holiday Season. Over the next 2 weeks we will make crafts, count and sort snowflakes, snowmen and explore the science of snow!
Speaking of Holiday Season and cultural traditions, we always encourage our families to share their cultural traditions with us. Whenever your family is celebrating a special holiday or season, please let us know. Our children love to hear and learn about their friend’s heritage and special traditions.

PRE – REGISTRATION for 2020/21 SCHOOL YEAR (January 6th – January 17th)
We ask all families of currently enrolled students to let us know if your child will be returning next school year. Depending on enrollment numbers we will offer a M-W-F morning class (4 years old) and an age mixed Tue-Thur morning class (3 and 4 years old).
As of Wednesday Night, January 22, 2020 registration will be open to the general public and we will take registrations at our Registration Night on a first come first served basis.
Please contact us, either via email or in person if your child will be returning for the 2020-21 school year.

Special THANK YOUS
·         A very special Thank You goes to our bucket filler Mrs. Marilyn Stehr, who is volunteering every Thursday morning and helping us with activities for our children.
·         Thank you to all parents who joined us for the parent teacher meetings to discuss their child’s individual progress with us. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns in regard to Kindergarten Readiness for your child.
·         Thank you to all of our board members for supporting Hansel & Gretel Preschool and helping us to run our preschool smoothly!
·         Thank you to Mr. Tod, the care taker of Brevoort Park school for helping us with the setup for our Nikolaus celebration!

DATES to REMEMBER:
Dec 19/20                                 Last day of school before Christmas Break
Jan 6/7                                    Classes resume, pre-registration for 2020-21 starts
Wednesday, Jan 15               Brevoort Park Kindergarten Information Night @ 6:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan 17                          Deadline for Pre-Registration for 2020-21 School Year
Wednesday, Jan 22                  Informational Registration Night for 2020/21 Preschool Year
                                               @ 7p.m.  Brevoort Park School Library
                                               (no need for current families to attend)   
January 27                              PD day, no class

We had a few children missing their show & tell day last month. A friendly reminder to please check the monthly event calendar that we send out. It has all important dates and events in it. It is also hanging in the hallway.
We will celebrate all late December and early January birthdays after the Christmas break. 

Whatever winter celebration your family celebrates, embrace it wholeheartedly!
Thank you for the gift of working and learning with your precious children!

                           Frohe Weihnachten & Alles Gute im Neuen Jahr!

                                      Uli Hecker & Larissa Lorenz