Dutch Exchange Newsletter

January/February 2017

lk hou van je. (I love you.)

February is the month of love! And I love to travel. I hope you all have been communicating with your Dutch partner. Mrs. Collier and I are very excited to be receiving our guests from Holland very soon and traveling there to see and experience Holland with you! Read more below about some of the interesting places we will be visiting while in Holland!


Amsterdam is the capital city and most populous city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its status as the Dutch capital is mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands though it is not the seat of the Dutch government, which is The Hague. Amsterdam has a population of 813,562 within the city-proper, 1,112,165 in the urban region and 1,575,263 in the greater metropolitan area. The city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country.

The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is the Netherlands' National Museum dedicated to the arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum has on display 8,000 objects, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. The most famous of the collection is arguably, The Nights Watch by Rembrandt. You will get a chance to see it for yourself along with other Dutch Masters at this beautiful museum.

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The Anne Frank House

We will visit the house that the Frank family hid in during WWII in Amsterdam. After leaving Frankfurt, Germany, the Frank family settled in Amsterdam. However, with the outbreak of WWII and the restrictions on Jews, the family went into hiding. Anne kept a diary during her stay in the secret annex, which was published in 1947, after her death. Anne's diary and personal story would touch many people around the world. You will see where eight people hid out during the war and where only one, Otto Frank, would survive.

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Next payment deadline is fast approaching!

Monday, Jan. 9th, 3pm

1285 North McKinley Road

Lake Forest, IL

Please make sure to get your next payment into Mrs. Collier or Mrs. Serrato by next Monday. Checks should be made out to Lake Forest High School in the amount of $500.

Want to learn some Dutch before heading to Holland?

There are lots of useful expressions you can learn before heading to a foreign country. Here are three common phrases that will help you break the ice.

Hello = hallo

Nice to meet you! = Leuk je te ontmoeten.

My name is ___ = Mign naam is

Next Dutch Exchange Meeting

Wednesday, April 26th, 6pm

Lake Forest High School, Library Classroom

This will be a meeting that will give you alot of information about hosting expectations/responsibilites. Please make sure to write it on your calendar and we will see you there!