ELC Monthly Newsletter
Sharing events and news from around the ELC
Welcome to school year 2015/16!
Our ELC team is very much looking forward to working with all of our new parents and children during this school year. In addition to having three new kindergarten groups and one new preschool group, we have a few new teachers beginning with us this year. Henriette and Elisa are both very welcome additions to our team. Some of the changes that we have made for this school year are described below and will be explained in further detail during your first parents’ evenings.
Over the summer holidays, we renovated our entire kindergarten wing in order to promote collaboration and to develop an environment suited to our youngest students. Our kindergarten classes are now grouped into buddy-classes which will be working closely with each other throughout the day on a variety of levels. In addition to the physical differences of the building, our 3- and 4-year-olds will all be working with the same four units of inquiry during this school year. Teachers will be working in collaboration to plan the units and learning engagements across all four classes. These units will, of course, be rotated in the following school year so there will not be repetition for our 3-year-olds.
For the first time at BMS, we are excited to offer our preschoolers some optional CCEP Clubs during the afternoons. Parents of preschool students will be receiving a flyer separately. Our focus for these Clubs is to bring more physical activity into our students’ afternoons, and as such many of the offers are of a sporty nature.
Our preschoolers and kindergarteners will be enjoying more physical activity during their specialist program during this school year, as noted below with the introductions to our specialists.
With the introduction of a new Math and Sciences Coordinator, Amy Young, the ELC team looks forward to working to bring further scientific and mathematical inquiries into all of our classrooms. Amy has already put together a few science kits for easy usage during experimentation and she is looking into further ways to engage and encourage the use of science and math in our ELC.
Our focus for languages during this school year will be to work with parents in better supporting our students’ mother tongue development, in addition to their development of our school languages. We look forward to working on this with Friederike Zeller, as our new Languages Coordinator.
As the year begins to take shape and more students arrive each day, we look forward to getting back into the swing of things! We welcome you all to our Early Learning Center 2015/16!
Tuesday, Sep. 1st, 4:30pm to Friday, Sep. 11th, 6pm
our ELC Specialist Team
Kristen will be our new PE teacher and afternoon caregiver. She comes from Tennessee and has a Bachelors degree in Physical Education, and is a certified PE teacher in the US. She will be working with our four and five year olds during this school year.
Benedikt is our new Rhythmic-Movement teacher! He has been a dance teacher and choreographer for the past seven years, working with dancers from age 3 to 50 in a variety of settings. He is looking forward to joining Emma in teaching our 3- and 4-year-olds during their Rhythmic-Movement lessons twice a week.
Emma is rejoining us this year to continue teaching Music to our preschoolers and to accompany Benedikt during our kindergarteners Rhythmic-Movement lessons. She is a passionate teacher, her own genre being opera, and believes that performing arts are a potent and crucial educational tool.
Katie is looking forward to teaching movement to our preschoolers again during this school year. Sharing Katie across the Primary and ELC supports our students not just in their physical activity, but also in transitioning after this year into 1st grade.