Welcome Letter to all Preschool Families for the School Year 2012/2013

Dear parents,

The German-American International School would like to welcome you to our preschool for the upcoming school year 2012/2013. Thank you for choosing our preschool and the trust you place in us to care and nurture your child. For some of the children this will be their first entry into the world of preschool. To help make the transition smoother, we will have an orientation afternoon and family potluck on August 21, from 3-5 PM at the preschool.
During the afternoon, you can focus on getting to know the school a little bit better, showing your kids around, meeting the teachers, talking to other parents, etc. Returning families can catch-up with others after the long summer and can help welcoming all of our new families. There will be an information session at 3:30 PM to inform new parents about the first days of school, preschool procedures, etc. Please bring something to share for the potluck.

 

The first day of preschool:

For the 5- and 3-day group, the first day of preschool will be on Wednesday, August 22th, the 2-day group will have their first day on Thursday, August 23th. The first day is an orientation day for new parents and children alike. Children may come with their parents and stay as long as they like to meet their teachers, find their cubby and explore all the different areas of the preschool. The regular daily preschool routine will start on the following day. If you or your child anticipates separation anxiety, please talk to your child’s teacher during the orientation afternoon on how you plan to address the separation. Some children are natural risk takers and come bounding into the classroom eager for new adventures. Others are more naturally cautious and require more time and reassurance to feel safe and at ease. No one style fits all and we will do our best to make the transition as smooth as possible. Make sure you don’t slip out when your child isn’t looking, as tempting as that may be. Children need to know when you are going and be able to say good bye. It is also helpful to keep your schedule flexible during the first week of school, in case your child needs a bit more time for the transition. Some children that have little experience separating from their parents for extended times, might also benefit from a shorter day at the beginning of the school year.

 

If this is your child’s first experience in a preschool setting, it helps to read books with a starting-school theme. Local libraries and bookstores are usually well stocked at this time of year. Reading stories about school helps the child understand what to expect and encourages her to ask questions. It is helps to go over the daily schedule with the child, talking about some of the things she will be doing while at school (circle time, eating snack and lunch, playing, painting, riding a bike, story time, etc.). We discourage bringing toys from home, however if a special stuffed animal or blanket helps your child with the transition, they are more then welcome to bring that. Sometimes, even a family photo can help the child feel more secure in their new environment.
Please remember that children need to be fully potty trained (this also means no pull-ups) and used to going to the bathroom independently at our preschool, as we do not have the ratio or facility to change children.

 

On Tuesday, August 28th, we will have a Back-to-School Night for all preschool parents at 6:30 PM.
The teachers have been busy preparing for the new school year and are eager to welcome all new and returning students to another exciting year in the preschool.
We will continue to have four 5-day classes, one 2-day and one 3-day class. Unlike the last school year, all 5-day classes will be age-mixed.
The staffing will be as follows:

 

Anita Stoney, Carol Ferrieri and Moni Oser will continue to teach the 5-day classes. Simone Campbell and Dunja Zaun will continue to co-teach a 5-day class. Michaela Coan will teach the 3-day class and Katrin Huelse will take over the 2-day class. Michaela will assist the 2-day class and Katrin will assist in the 3-day class.

 

Christine Mueller, Katarina Kuhlke and Karin Voelker will assist in the 5-day classes. Sylvia Nobbmann will return for the next school year and teach in the afternoon hort program. Mahbu Vaseghi, Katrin Huelse and Katarina Kuhlke will also continue to teach in the hort program. Mahbu Vaseghi, Zeinab Mukhaiche and myself will cover for teachers and assistants during their breaks.

 

Please also check our website at www.gais.org for the teachers’ welcome letter. Their letters will be posted under news.

 

Due to continued changes, class placements will be announced at the end of the summer.
We will do our best to provide classes that are balanced in age, gender and language abilities.

 

 

Best regards,

 

Heike Schmalstieg

Preschool Principal
German-American International School
275 Elliott Dr.
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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