Bonjour tout le monde:
The sun is here and spring is in the air! As usual, we have lots of fun happening at Atlas this May. In addition to our annual traditions this time of year, we also want to take the time to bid farewell to some of our favorite teachers who move on to new adventures during this end of “school year” season. While we send a few off with a bittersweet “au revoir” and “bonne chance”, we excitedly say “bonjour et bienvenue” to some new faces as well. Please read on to learn about our incoming teachers for the summer and coming school year, as well as learn who you should wish a “bon anniversaire” this month as well!
Events in May and June:
- May 2-6th— Teacher and Staff Appreciation week! Take a moment to recognize your child’s teacher this week! Don’t they do an amazing job? We think so:)
- May 7th— Parents Night Out, 5:30-9:30pm, Gabriel Park. Sign-up is here.
- May 19th & 20th– Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please sign up here to reserve a time to meet with your child’s teacher. Exceptionally, the Tigers class will hold their conferences in June, not May, to allow more time to observe and collect data in light of Madame Caroline’s accident. Thank you for your understanding.
- May 25th–3-5pm Gabriel Park Toddlers (Penguins, Koalas & Giraffes) will hold an interactive concert in the gym to showcase some of their recently acquired musical expertise!:) Parent/adult participation is required.
- June 4th– 9am-10am Preschoolers in Concert! Come see our 3-5 year olds from both campuses show off their singing voices right before the Kermesse! Older Kangaroos, all Tigers and Lions, as well as the Renards class from Hawthorne will participate in this fun show!
- June 4th– 10am-1pm Come to our annual party, la Kermesse! Bring your kids, grandparents, “aunties & uncles” for old-fashioned fun on a (hopefully) sunny day! We’ll craft, pin tails on donkeys, go “fishing” for prizes, bounce in bouncy houses, paint our faces and stuff our faces trying to eat donuts from string… or something like that! Many more details to come, including potluck sign-up, school “schwag” for sale, and end-of-year projects that your kids will be working on.
- June 13th- September 2nd– Atlas Summer Camp (school aged children): Go here to read about the different camps we offer this summer at Atlas, and then sign-up here if you’d like your child to attend one or more weeks. Camps are open to all children entering Kindergarten in 2016 and older, and no prior French experience is required!
- June 23rd, 6:00-7:00pm (Thursday)– Preschool Graduation (Lions & Renards, as appropriate) Bring your tissues and cameras for the cap-and-gown ceremony of our oldest kids, as they get ready to face new adventures ahead in Kindergarten! The show includes a photo slideshow of all our graduates, some Q & A with the graduates on their future plans, and the presentation of diplomas.
- July 4th-8th–Atlas Closure Week: (As a reminder, we have canceled our August closure week, and instead will close between Christmas and New Years).
Madame Caroline Update:
Caroline has been released from OHSU and is home! This is amazing news, and we wish her the fastest and fullest recovery possible! She is in full-time rehab currently, so she’s still got a lot of work ahead of her. Many of you have asked how you can help her in this time of need, and we now have an answer! Please go here to sign-up to bring her a meal.
First off, I am personally very excited to officially announce the promotion of Madame Carole Bunce to Site Director at Atlas Immersion Academy- Gabriel Park! I know the majority of our families at Gabriel Park have had the good fortune of witnessing Carole’s dedication to children, personalized service with parents and children alike, professional attitude, strong work ethic and multiple talents (namely theatre, teaching parent-baby classes, singing, the list goes on…) over the last nearly two years at Atlas, and I personally couldn’t be happier to “pass the baton” to such a qualified and caring individual. Carole holds degrees in marketing and management from France, as well as her CDA (Child Development Associate credential) here in the US. She is excited to take over the day-to-day management of both staff and children alike, and Carole will officially become your main point of contact as of May 16th for all Gabriel Park childcare matters (scheduling, child development, concerns, questions, etc.). Jarod will remain your go-to guy for all billing questions…
So where will I(Dory) be? No, I’m not leaving Atlas;) My new official title will be (Owner &) Multi-Site Coordinator, as I plan to devote more time to overarching goals and long term planning for Atlas. I will still be here and there and everywhere, however you will likely see me a bit less frequently than in the past. You may have noticed our family’s personal project for the coming months as well– we will welcome our fourth (and final!:)) child– a girl!!– into our family in early October. My family has obviously become a larger time commitment than when I started Atlas 5 1/2 years ago, and I am thrilled to be able to leave Gabriel Park in the hands of the multi-talented Carole:)
As a re-cap, Administrative Logistics will be the following, effective May 16th:
- For scheduling questions, change requests, etc.: Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or schedule them yourself through Kindertales when possible. You may also call 971-238-9838.
- For general questions: Email email@example.com, or call 971-238-9838.
- For billing questions or changes, or to reach Jarod: Email Jarod at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To reach Carole specifically: Email email@example.com, or call 971-238-9838.
- To reach Dory specifically: Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 971-238-9838.
Departing Teaching Staff-
We have a couple of announcements to make regarding change in our staff over the upcoming month.
Mesdames Laura (Koalas) and Hillary (School Age) are proud to announce that they have both been accepted at the Lewis and Clark Master in Education Program! Hillary will be getting her masters in secondary education with a specialization in English and ESOL and Laura will be getting her Masters in primary education. We wish them the very best in their studies, and we know first-hand that they will make excellent teachers in their future schools! Both Laura and Hillary will finish at Atlas on May 20th and begin their grad program in June.
Madame Elodie (Kangourous) is pursuing her passion with a career in Outdoors Education. She will be coordinating a Nature Camp called Trackers over the Summer. No doubt, she plans to teach the children a few French words along the way. We hope to see Elodie in the fall as a substitute teacher at Atlas, but will miss her on a daily basis! Elodie’s last day will be May 20th.
Madame Gracie (Lions & Kangourous) will also be leaving us to explore a career in the sciences this summer. Though we are sad to see her leave, it will be an exciting new adventure for her and we wish her well. Gracie will be finishing out at Atlas at the end of May.
Monsieur Philippe (part-time Tigers) has been offered a prestigious position at OHSU’s medical school, overseeing the medical students in their studies. We will miss his scientific approach to observation and assessment in our preschool class, and wish him the best in his “dream job”. He will finish at Atlas the first week of June.
While we are sad to see some our amazing teachers take off to new horizons, we are also very excited to introduce new staff members!… Pictures are here for a couple new and incoming teachers, and the others will be along shortly!
Madame Jessica started in the Penguins’ classroom over the month of April. She holds a Masters degree in Human Development and Family Sciences and has a lot of experience in the child care field, including work in the Child Development Center at Nike and as a nanny for several families. She will be our M-W Lead teacher for the Penguins’ for the year 2016/2017, and will officially take over the Lead Teacher role once she returns from a planned medical procedure in early June. Jessica will be the main point of contact for online communications in the Penguins class, and will be the teacher who disseminates curriculum, etc.
Madame Myriam, who also began at Atlas in the month of April, is a mother of two (a daughter, age 6 and a son, age 10) and hails from the island of Haiti, in the Caribbean. Myriam has accumulated numerious experiences working with young children in both a Head Start facility and on the Mount Hood Community College campus. Madame Myriam has accepted the position of Penguins’ Co-teacher, on days Madame Jessica is not on-site (Th-F). (Photo to come)
Madame Kelsi, a soon-to-be Pacific University (Forest Grove) graduate will be taking over Madame Hillary’s position after May 20th. She will lead the school age program and the summer camps for the year 2016/2017. She is very excited to share her love of French and language learning with the children she will encounter here at Atlas, and we’ve had the good fortune to have her shadow Hillary two afternoons a week for the past month (which she will continue until Hillary’s departure). Both the administration and Hillary believe that Kelsi possesses the organizational skills, enthusiasm, and experience to take over the school age position with ease! (Photo to come)
Madame Kaitlin is coming back to Oregon after a year spent in Normandie, France, teaching through the TAPIF program. Inspired by her experience in French education and her previous involvement at a Montessori preschool, she is excited to teach young children again, even more in a French setting. Madame Kaitlin will be our new Koalas’ Lead Teacher for the year 2016/2017, and her first day will be June 2nd.
Monsieur Tanner graduates next week from the University of California Berkeley with a Bachelors in French. After spending the last year working as an assistant with Pre-K and Kindergarten kids at the Francophone Charter School of Oakland, he is ready to put his teaching skills to good use within our Tigers’ classroom. (Photo to come)
Madame Lauren is a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark College where she earned her Bachelors degree in French Studies. She is joining our team as the new Tigers assistant for the year 2016/2017. Lauren will start in early June. (Picture to come)
Monsieur John (pictured) and Madame Regan (picture to come) are both students at Lewis & Clark College and will be assisting in various classrooms over the summer. They are both coming back from a semester abroad in Strasbourg, France and arrive in late June.
Madame Rheanna has just returned to the USA after a year spent teaching abroad in Senegal. She will be assisting in the Kangourous classroom, and we are fortunate to have her on-board as a teacher-qualified assistant. She has taught previously in the Helen Gordon Child Development Center at PSU, and will be at Atlas for a three-quarters time position.
Mesdame Renee (pictured) et Nakaia (picture to come) are students of the French program at Lewis & Clark College. Madame Nakaia will be the full-time assistant in the Penguins’ classroom beginning mid-May while Madame Renee will be with our Koalas and Giraffes.
May Birthdays- les Anniversaires en Mai
Ty ~ le 1er mai ~ 4 ans ~ les Tigres
Eliza ~ le 2 mai ~ 5 ans ~ les Lions
Lochlan ~ le 7 mai ~ 2 ans ~ les Singes
Airalyn~ le 8 mai ~ 3 ans ~ les Kangourous
Desmond ~ le 13 mai ~ 2 ans ~ les Koalas
Hudson ~ le 14 mai ~ 2 ans ~ les Singes
Harry ~ le 15 mai ~ 2 ans ~ les Koalas
Shyla ~ le 15 mai ~ 2 ans ~ les Girafes
Elise ~ le 17 mai ~ 9 ans ~ l’Apres-midi en francais
Cosette ~ le 22 mai ~ 5 ans ~ les Lions
Madame Marays ~ le 24 mai ~ les Nounours
Madame Dory ~ le 24 mai ~ administration
Ronin ~ le 26 mai ~ 5 ans ~ les Lions
Maya ~ le 28 mai ~ 6 ans ~ l’Apres-midi en francais
Alfons ~ le 29 mai ~ 1 an ~ les Pingouins
Solan ~ le 29 mai ~ 4 ans ~ les Tigres
Addison~ le 30 mai ~ 2 ans ~ les Girafes