Welcome to Medicine Hat French Immersion Society!
Are you ready to play and learn? Au Chapeau is a preschool designed to introduce 3 & 4 year olds to the French language through play, songs, stories, art activities and fun! We specialize in educational programs for preschool age children who are exposed to hearing, using and speaking french words as part of their daily activities, and would love to welcome you and your child as one of our students.
Fully licensed by the province of AB, our program is designed to introduce and increase French vocabulary as well as teaching the children many other wonderful things throughout the school year. Our program facilitates the transition into the French or English Kindergarten. Although Au Chapeau is not affiliated directly with Medicine Hat School District 76, we are able to offer their Early Childhood Intervention programs to our children (eg. speech therapy through them at no fee to our parents) and we are located on the top floor in Connaught School at 101 - 8 St. S.W.
We are very excited to welcome back Mme. Alicia Bigras as our lead teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. Aside from experience gained with children in elementary, preschool and voice/choir settings, Mme. Alicia also has personal experience with young children as she and her husband Jan have two young boys 6 and 3 (in 2018). She has a Bachelor degree in Education as well as a Bachelor of Music degree and her First Aid Certification. Mme. Alicia is a private vocal instructor at the Medicine Hat College as well as the conductor of the Children's Choir. She has developed and teaches "Here Comes Treble" a music program for children ages 2-6 at the Medicine Hat College. We are so excited for her to share the French language, her musical talents, and wonderful plans using many creative methods and materials so the children are able to both learn and socialize while having fun.
Mme. Krystal Eirich, returning in 2019 for her sixth year with Au Chapeau, Krystal has been an aide in the classroom working for the Medicine Hat Public School District for the past five years and now joins Mme. Alicia as her full-time aide with Au Chapeau. She holds a Daycare Assistant (level 1) certificate, First Aid/CPR Certification, along with attending many professional development workshops over the years. Mme. Krystal has a lot of experience working one on one with children but also has an amazing way of incorportating inclusiveness into the learning process by bringing a few children together to socialize in a game together, or she will sit with a group and bring out their artistic and creative nature or work on fine motor skills with them. She has a caring, and fun nature that the children are drawn to. Mme. Krystal and her husband Jeremy have two sons in the French Immersion program going into grades 5 - and grade 9.
There will be a second aide in the classroom, present in all of the morning classes, and employed with MHPSD. It is unknown at this time whom it will be and no confirmation as to whether this aide will also be present in the afternoon classes. We will introduce the aide when more information is available and what kind of roll/interaction with the children and in the classroom the aide will play.
Au Chapeau Preschool is a non-profit organization that is overseen by an Executive Board comprised of parents under the umbrella of the Medicine Hat French Immersion Society. All parents of registered children are also members of the Society and welcomed at meetings which will be announced through various means of communication.