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

Tuesday 5 November 2019

St. Nikolaus Celebration on December 6


St. Nikolaus Celebration on December 5


November 2019


                        NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER 2019
Dear Parents,
I hope this letter finds you in a warm place. Winter has arrived and with the colder days now here, we will “hibernate” in our classroom and only go outside on special “winter activity days”. However, we will from now on take our students to the gym for fun filled games and physical activities each day.
We had a very busy October! Each class enjoyed a variety of fall activities, exploring the inside of a pumpkin, letting pumpkins roll down the hill and learning spooky Halloween rhymes!
Our first two field trips of the year were fantastic! We had a fun filled morning at the Children’s Discovery Museum and at Dutch Growers hay maze. Thank you to all parents that joined us for these special events!

NOVEMBER THEMES
November will be a potluck of preparation for cultural events and looking into the winter season.

HOW DO YOU ANIMALS SURVIVE IN WINTER?
We have already started with this umbrella unit. This month our children will learn about how frogs, bears, squirrels, hedge hogs and other animals protect themselves from the cold and how they survive winter.

NURSERY RHYMES
We  will also focus on literacy this month by teaching students different nursery rhymes and nursery songs. Can you think of a better time in the year to sit inside cozy and  warm and listening  to fairy tales and  rhymes with your little one?

CULTURAL EVENTS

ST. MARTIN HOLIDAY (GERMAN LANTERN FEST)

St. Martin is a traditional holiday that people in Germany celebrate on November 11th every year. It is based on the legend of a soldier named Martin who lived in Hungry around 316 B.C. One cold winter night, Martin was riding his horse and saw an old beggar, shivering in the snow. The old man had no warm clothes on. Martin stopped his horse, lifted his sword and cut his own red cape in two halves. Martin kept one hand and shared the other one with the old man. On Martin’s Day, in Germany children parade through the streets at night, singing Martin songs and carrying their lanterns with lit candles in honour of St. Martin. Often times the parade is accompanied by a rider on horseback in a red coat. At the end of the night, people are gathering around a big bonfire and warm up with hot chocolate and other warm beverages. St. Martin is a festival of sharing and bringing light into the dark.

ALPHABET ACTIVITIES

We have noticed that our little ones are getting really excited to learn a new letter every week!
Realizing that every letter has a sound makes it even more fun to look for words that start with the letter of the week. The word “Daddy” has even 3 “D” s in it!!
Our younger students always enjoy tracing individual letters with stickers.
In addition to letter recognition, we are teaching older students how to print letters and how to write their name.
We always encourage children to start each letter from the TOP! It is a great pre-printing skill to have prior to starting Kindergarten. 

OPTIONAL PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
Thursday, Nov 28th    3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov 29th         8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

We will be offering optional Parent Teacher Conferences for our families. The meetings are a great opportunity to share and exchange information that will help you and us to support your child’s growth. We believe that communication is the key to positive relationships and  we would be happy to discuss our observations and any questions that you have regarding your child. 
I will hang a sign-up list with slots for meeting times in the hallway.


NIKOLAUS VISIT & CELEBRATION WITH OUR FAMILIES
(Dec 5/6 10:30 a.m.  -11.45 a.m.)

On December 5/6,  Nikolaus will visit our class! Our children will select a few songs and rhymes  a that they have learned over the last few months, and perform for Nikolaus. Based on the German cultural tradition, Nikolaus will fill our children’s boots with treats after their performance.
We will send out an invitation and hope that all of you will be able to join us for this special celebration!

DATES TO REMEMBER

November
6/7    Picture Day 9 (class picture/ individual pictures)
          Parents are invited to join us for a short St. Martin lantern parade at 11.30 a.m.
7/8    Scholastic Book Orders due (place your order online at scholastic.ca/canadaclubs)
 8       PD day, no school
11       Remembrance Day Holiday, no school
28      Parent Teacher Conference  3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
29      Parent Teacher Conference  8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (class will be running that day)

December
5/6     Nikolaus Celebration:  10:30 a.m.  – 11:45 a.m.     
          All  Families are invited to join us for this special event!
·         Visit from Nikolaus
·         Children’s performance
·         Christmas cookies and traditional German mulled punch

If you are interested in special events of various groups within the German Community, please check out www.saskgermancouncil.org.

WINTER WORDS:
Winter (vin’tah)  – winter
Schnee (schnay) –  snow, Schneeflocke (schnay flaw’ken) – snowflake
Schneeball (schnay’bahl) – snowball
Jacke yak’eh - jacket , M├╝tze (mut’tzeh) -  touque
Schal ( schahl) – scarf, Handschuhe (hahnd shoo’heh) – mittens, Stiefel (schtee’fehl – boots
Kalt (kalt) – cold Eis (ice) – ice, Schneemann (schnay’mahn) – snowman


Kind Regards,
Uli Hecker & Larissa Lorenz

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Year End Poem

Dear Pre-schoolers,

You filled our Hearts with your

Smiles and your Giggles,
your silly Faces and all of your Wiggles.

You brought Tears of Joy to our Eyes
And your Smile can melt a Mountain of Ice.

You have played with Blocks and Dress up clothes,
and you have learned how a Flower grows.

You have watched Puddles disappear,
and found Ladybugs with cheer.

You pretended to be a Dinosaur
and you found Bones that made you ROAR!

“Hase” taught you the ABC’s
and he helped you with the 123’s.

At Christmas, Nikolaus filled your Boot
and all of your Friends had a hoot.

On Fasching we scared Winter away,
with Drums and Shakers, Hip Hip Hooray!

Playing outside was so much Fun,
especially when you made your Teachers run!

Frau Hecker held up Bananas at Snack
Pretending to be on the Phone.
What the heck?  


Sticky Fingers and running Noses
didn’t keep us from smelling Roses.
 
We took our Time to Observe and Explore
Once you slow down, you see so much more!

Remember to close your Eyes
and you will see
you can even hear and smell a Tree.

Watching the Life Cycle of a Butterfly.
So exciting, right in front of your eye!

We taught you about Seasons, Insects and Bugs,
but also about the Importance of Hugs.

Teaching “please” and “sorries”, too,
when someone tripped over somebody’s shoe.

Building Friendships goes a long way,
We hope that all of your friends will stay.

Like a Butterfly time has flown.
You have learned so much and you have grown.

Time to take off and spread your Wings!
Wherever you fly, you will learn new things.

Please be ensured as you do,
we will always remember you!

Love,
Frau Hecker & Frau Lorenz