ELC November Newsletter

News and events from the Early Learning Center at BMS

Happy autumn break!

I wish all of you a relaxing and enjoyable October holiday. Hopefully you will have sunshine and lovely weather, no matter whether you are in Berlin, San Diego, Barcelona, Fiji, or elsewhere in the world. We look forward to welcoming you all back to our Early Learning Center after the holidays (either for holiday program on the 26th, or on November 2nd for regular ELC program). All the best to you all from all of us: your ELC team.

Inquiry into healthy bodies and minds in Preschool

A big thank you to our parents who come in to support student understandings by sharing their expertise. For their line of inquiry into "taking care of our bodies and minds", one of our preschoolers' parents came in to explain what she knows about caring for the human body.

Roundtable: BMS Strategic Update (November 4, 2015)

BMS will kick off the second year of our roundtable series on November 4, 2015 with an update and presentation on current and important strategic initiatives at BMS. Roundtables at the Berlin Metropolitan School are aimed at both educating and fostering discussions amongst all stakeholders of the community, with the central purpose of extending key components of our culture, vision and mission statement. We will welcome Silke Friedrich, Executive Director, who will offer a presentation on school program developments, building and facility improvements, as well as important upcoming accreditations BMS will pursue. Parents are cordially invited to attend the evening´s presentation and ensuing discussion on November 4, 2015 beginning at 7:00pm.

We look forward to your participation!

Open House

Saturday, Nov. 7th, 2-5pm

122 Linienstraße

Berlin

ELC Lantern Parade and Diwali Celebration!

Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 4:45-6:15pm

122 Linienstraße

Berlin

We welcome all ELC parents to join us for our annual Lantern Parade, in celebration of St. Martin's day. This year, we will be celebrating Diwali at the same time as it serendipitously falls on the same day! We look forward to you joining us for a mash-up celebration with traditional foods and activities from two different cultures - both celebrating light in different ways!

Looking forward to Halloween over the October holidays? Here are some fun things to read/watch/do with your kids!

* A classic children's film for celebrating Halloween: It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

* An amusing series of stories about a witch and her black cat: Winnie the witch (Winnie's website offers up some spooky activities and coloring pages as well).

* Another funny tale about a witch, from the creators of the Gruffalo: Room on the Broom.

* For those early readers (or parents who enjoy an amusing read-aloud), Arnold Lobel's "Owl at Home" is a wonderful collection of short chapters on Owl's antics at home. The second chapter, in which Owl is tormented by two strange bumps at the end of his bed, could be deemed a short and spooky tale.