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WAC ON TRACK

Welcome  Summer! The Club is a multifunctional organization whose purpose is to meet the social, educational, and personal needs of its members. The Club is designed to encourage international friendship, support, and sharing.

Women’s Activity Club Winterthurerstrasse 18 8610 Uster 043 305 9250

www.wac.ch


Volume 17, Issue 3 WAC Board of Directors Good communication between the board members and the membership of the WAC is important for the continued growth and improvement of the club. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us. President Carol Conzelmann 044 940 02 93 carolconzelmann@gmail.com Vice President Stephanie Weber st_hayes@yahoo.com Secretary Susan Junod susan susan@sjunod.com Treasurer Leong See Wong-Fischer aoisora@wongfischer.com Activities Chairperson Heike Adler locodoro@aol.com Marketing Chairperson Angie Menendez 079 258 53 18 Membership Chairperson Susan Mailley-Smith susanmailleysmith@yahoo.co.uk

Hours:

WAC Office MWF 9:15-12:15

Club Office Manager Jennifer Langkjaer 043 305 9250 com@wac.ch Learning Tree School Hours: Mon.- Thurs. 9:00-12:00 School Director Ida Imbach 043 305 9250 LTCSchool@wac.ch imbach@gmx.net

June 2012 Editor’s Note

Stacy Streuli

As we start the month of June, there are signs that summer is here! We’ve had some warm sunny days, the shops are filled with summer items and the smells of grill fires are in the air! Switzerland has a brief, but beautiful summer - so get out as much as possible and enjoy it! If you are new to CH and wondering where the best spots for grilling, swimming, and hiking are - I recommend www.MySwitzerland.com and http:// momstotszurich.blogspot.com. If you are looking for something local, bring some sausages along to Bruderhaus Tierpark in Winterthur. There are several grill areas and it’s all entirely free (except the ice cream that your kids will beg you for at the kiosk). It’s buggy-friendly as well. And of course “badi-saison” has begun! Sue Mailley-Smith is organizing “Fun in the Sun” - (see page 8), where mums and kids can meet for fun together at the lakeside pool in Uster. If you are an adventurous family, book in now for the unique holiday “Schlaf im Stroh” (Sleep in Straw) this summer, and be part of a hands-on farm adventure (details on page 9). And of course, at the end of June is our Annual WAC BBQ! Our organizers are doing a great job, but they need your help, so sign up for a task -- and be sure to pick up your tickets!! See the ad on page 3 for more info. And finally, I wish you a wonderful June and plenty of sun and fun times. See you at the BBQ. Stacy

Advertising Rates Full page ad: Half page ad: Quarter page ad: Inserts: Classifieds:

150 Sfr. 80 Sfr. 50 Sfr. 150 Sfr. Members: 10 Sfr. Non Members 30 Sfr. WAC Notice board : (one month / max. size A5 / members: free. Please contact office for further information.) “WAC on Track” Deadlines and Contributions If you have a story to share, a fun experience, a recommendation, a joke, or anything else you’d like to share with other members, please email it to: stacystreuli@gmail.com. DEADLINE FOR July/Aug 2012 ISSUE: 20 June


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Vice-President’s Note

June 2012

Stephanie Weber

Dear WAC members, With summer just around the corner, I was reminded on a recent weekend what a beautiful, almost magical, place Switzerland is to live and raise kids. We, like many families, spend our Sundays together exploring the wonderful things Switzerland has to offer. On a recent weekend we visited Atzmännig in Goldingen, a playground in the Alps with a very long rutschbahn that dares you to ride it. Numerous coin-operated rides dot the landscape and there are the ubiquitous goats and other farm animals tame enough to feed by hand. Everyone in the family – from a two-year old enjoying a baby swing to a father cheerfully riding down a toboggan with an older daughter –had fun. I miss home less every time I discover a wonderful place like this. Do you have a favorite place in Switzerland that you like to visit when the weather gets warmer? We would love to hear where you enjoy spending warmer days. Please share your responses with Stacy, our wonderful WAC Editor at stacystreuli@gmail.com, so we can all learn of more places we’ve never been. The beginning of summer also means the WAC BBQ is just around the corner. This will be the first WAC BBQ my family has had the opportunity to attend and we are looking forward to joining friends to celebrate the WAC’s 15th anniversary. I have had the honor of working on the WAC Board of Directors only for a short time now, but long enough to see what goes into making this event a success and a yearly highlight for WAC families. Games, prizes, and good food are just a few notable parts of the event but what really makes this a special time for everyone is the camaraderie we share from being a part of such a great community. There are many specific opportunities for volunteering – including helping prepare and serve food, and running games for the kids. Please email me at st_hayes@yahoo.com if you would be willing to help. See you on the 30th of June! Sincerely, Stephanie


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LTC School News

Ida Imbach

Summer is almost here! One school year is ending but another is just around the corner! The enrollments for the school year 2012-2013 have started. Please contact your child’s teacher or the office if you have not yet received your forms. Remember, we have a ‘first come- first served’ policy so please submit your forms as early as possible. We have added a new class which is ESL4 (English as a second language level 4) and we have split our Reading & writing Class V/ VI into two separate classes. If you have any questions or problems with scheduling the classes, please let us know and we will try to help you as much as we can. In the meantime, enjoy the poems written by our Reading & Writing IV class and the rest of the school year!!

Sharon’s Tips

With the summer holidays just around the corner, it’s time for the famous Uster Ferienplausch (Holiday Fun) once again. Every summer the city of Uster offers a vacation programme for kids 3 years old and up, at very

reasonable prices. Whilst many towns offer some kind of vacation programme, Uster has one of the best, with a huge variety of courses for every kid’s (and mom’s) taste. It is recommended you book early, as the really cool courses are filled very quickly. The courses come online at www.ferienplausch-uster.ch in the wee hours of Friday morning 7th June, at 00h00 to be exact. Once the courses are online, they may also be reserved. Every year I get wiser, and more clued up about the “seriousness” of this booking-business. Last year it seems that hundreds of very eager moms burned the midnight oil, and at 1 minute after midnight when the Ferienplausch courses came online, they were already frantically booking courses for their kids. I was oblivious to the frenzy as I had my beauty sleep, but I did especially wake up at 5.30AM, thinking I would beat the crowds. Ha ha, little did I know! Many of the very cool courses were either already booked up, or only had 1or 2 spaces left, or the best dates were already gone. So there I was, all sleepy-eyed, trying to go from 0 – 100 in 5 seconds. We did eventually book some wonderful courses that my girls absolutely RAVED about; just not all of them would have been my first choice, or were on ideal dates. Quite obviously, you do not need to join the madness. You will always find some enjoyable class or outing still available. But half the fun seems to be joining the insanity of the whole booking process. J As the clock strikes midnight on Thursday 6th June, your carriage won’t turn into a pumpkin, but you will make your child very, very happy this summer, either going to feed the elephants at the zoo, or learning some magic tricks from a magician, or doing a pottery class, or taking a tour of the fire department …. the list is endless. Have fun!


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Fun in the Sun! In June and July, WAC members will be meeting up every Tuesday afternoon from 12 - 3pm at the Strandbad Niederuster. This is a lovely 'Badi' on the banks of the Greifensee, with a great play area for children, a splash

pool, 2 large pools, the lake itself and a cafe. There are

toilets, showers and changing facilities and an entry fee of 4 CHF just for adults.

Come and join us with a picnic lunch and a blanket, or just for a play and a splash around

- whatever you and your children feel like doing! Look out for the WAC flag to find us and have some fun. Our first meet up will be Tuesday, June 5th, from 12 - 3pm.  Join us any time throughout the afternoon. Seeweg 5, 8610 Uster

For more information about these meet ups, please call Sue Mailley-Smith on 078 624 3903, or send an email to susanmailleysmith@yahoo.co.uk.

Please note, this meet up will be cancelled in the event of bad weather! We look forward to seeing you there.


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Girl’s Club Jana Parkin

As you can see the girls had a great time this past month learning some new hair styles! While they were untangling, smoothing, braiding and twisting I talked about good hygiene, appreciating our own uniqueness, and

how beauty magazines only make you feel ugly. The take home message of the day was “It’s nice to be pretty but it’s more important to be nice”. Coming up on June 16th is our big overnight camp out!

We will also be selling lemonade at the WAC Summer BBQ on June 30th

“Schlaf  im  Stroh”  -­‐  What  is  it?  A  bed  &  breakfast  on  a  farm   where  you  literally  sleep  in  straw!  The  concept  is  simple,  when   the  farmers  put  their  cows  to  pasture  for  the  summer,  their   barns  sit  empty.    Guests  bring  their  own  sleeping  bags,  and   bunk  down  in  the  barn  for  the  night.    The  farmer  offers  a   hearty  breakfast  in  the  morning.  Many  farms  also   participate  in  “agri-­‐tourism”  where  guests  can  participate   in  farm  chores  or  learn  more  about  the  inner-­‐workings  of  the   farm.    For  families  with  school-­‐age  children,  this  could  really  be  the  highlight   of  the  summer  -­‐-­‐  forget  those  expensive  theme  parks!    Prices  are  20chf/night  for  adults  and   10chf/night  for  children  under  16.    For  more  information  and  a  list  of  farms  and  what  they  can   offer  go  to  www.schlaf-­‐im-­‐stroh.ch  (english  available).


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June 2012 Hi WAC Members!

LIBRARY NEWS Judy Burckhardt

Lots more famous new DVD releases this month: The Artist --- 2012 Oscar Winner for Best Picture The Iron Lady --- Meryl Streep won the 2012 Best Actress Oscar for her role as Margaret Thatcher.

Mission Impossible #4: Ghost Protocol --- the latest M.I. movie with Tom Cruise Sherlock Holmes #2: A Game of Shadows --- the latest Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr. Horrible Histories 3rd Season --- Hilarious skit show teaches lots of history along the way. Tracey Beaker Returns --- BBC series based on the Jaqueline Wilson’s character & winner of BAFTA. The Library purchased many more DVD’s including Veggie Tales’ Larry Boy & the Bad Apple, American Girl: Kit Kittredge, Wallace & Gromit, the complete Mighty Ducks movies, Einstein & Eddington (true story), Amazing Grace (true story about one man’s struggle to end slavery in Great Britain), Mircocosmos (about the world of bugs), etc. See Movie Flyers @ the WAC for full listing & details. We apologize that some of the new releases are so popular that they usually are borrowed as soon as they are put into the library. Please feel free to ask the Librarian to reserve a movie or two for you. If we are closed, you can put a note on our library door with the name of the movie & your name legibly written to reserve. Thank you. Warm Regards, Judy J

In April The Readers Gone WACky discussed The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. After having read Middlesex in the book club last spring, the Readers Gone WACky were expecting Eugenides’ new novel to be similarly impressive. While it stimulated interesting conversation about young love and the college experience, the book was ultimately somewhat disappointing.

Readers Gone WACky Alice Knöpfel

The story is told in the three voices of recent college graduates: Madeleine, an English major exploring romantic love in both her studies and personal life; Mitchell, a nice boy who sets off on a spiritual quest in foreign lands; and Leonard, a charismatic and intelligent but disturbed biologist. Mitchell has been in love with Madeleine for years, but she falls for the enigmatic and somewhat dangerous Leonard. The tension of this love triangle propels the story forward. Members agreed that the novel captured the essence of college life in the 80’s and the peculiar aimless feelings that occupy recent graduates. However, the readers did not like any of the main characters, and were particularly frustrated with the female protagonist and her choices. Though the topic of the novel seemed to be love and marriage, members did not feel it came to any kind of resolution. And because of the many literary references, we also had a sneaking suspicion that we were missing some hidden intellectual meaning. Interestingly, the portrayal the readers most enjoyed was that of Madeleine’s parents – an old fashioned couple who supported their daughter regardless of her choices. Readers found the novel lacking in structure, with a disproportionate amount of time devoted to Madeleine without ultimately bringing the reader closer to her character. The ending of the book was viewed as both clever and flat. All in all, The Marriage Plot was a fun but irrelevant read. The Readers Gone WACky will meet on May 23 to discuss The Nemesis by Philip Roth and on June 20 to discuss The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. All meetings are at 20:00 in the WAC Lounge. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME! Please call Alice Knöpfel 044 912 2326 aknoepfel@swissonline.ch for more information.


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soccer & Multi sports camps summer holidays GReat FUN!

zURich FaM t a GRe s! DiscoUiLY 5PM e Nts! ! coach FiNish

MINI SOCCER CAMPS (3 TO 5 YRS)

A great fun intro for Boys & Girls in a stimulating & safe environment. Mornings only.

JUNIOR CAMPS (5 TO 9 YRS)

Great fun with more brilliant challenges the older the child. Split into age & ability. Multi Sports in afternoons.

ACADEMY CAMPS (10 TO 13 YRS) challenge. Multi Sports in afternoons.

GIRLS CAMPS (5 TO 13 YRS)

Great chance for Girls of ALL abilities to have fun & learn new

GOALKEEPERS CAMPS (7 TO 13 YRS)

High intensity fun courses for beginners to experienced

FREESTYLE CAMPS (5 TO 13 YRS) www.johnfarnworth.com

CAMP INFORMATION

Multi sports every afternoon Boys-Girls of aLL abilities welcome‌ 5 Day camps Monday till Friday until 1700 each day! 0845 drop off possible! hot Lunch provided!

For more information in your region & to book online visit

www.intersoccer.ch


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English children’s books at very affordable prices. See the brochures in the clubroom. Orders are processed on the 10th of every month. All orders help us get free books and learning material for our School. All enquires to Helen Mylius 044 915 4962 myliushinardi@hotmail.com

June 2012

Mothering Matters is a non-profit, bi-monthly journal for English- speaking parents living in Switzerland with articles and information on child-rearing topics, suggestions and practical tips for child-related activities. A year’s subscription costs SFr. 33. For more information, or to subscribe, go to www.mmjournal.com

THE WAC DAY EXCURSIONS BOOK For all those excursions around Zurich and beyond, don’t forget the revised WAC Excursion Book, listing great days out in and around the Zurich area. Available from the office or library for just 15 SFr.


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Playgroups for   more   information   contact   Danny   Levy   Hoffmann:   danna.levy.hoffmann@gmail.com

little feet MONDAYS 2-4 pm Little Feet welcomes children 0-2 years old Mums, Dads, Carers and kids, please come along for free play, fun, and songs. New members always welcome. Little Feet is hosted by Laura Wigley and Anna Maree Smith. 6CHF per family, or 10CHF for non-WAC members.

Zoom Zoom Zoom ! • • • •

Lots of singing, dancing, and moving Story time or theme discussion Bilingual-English with beginning German introduction For kids aged 1-3 and their care givers Every Tuesday starting at 9:30-11:15

Disclaimer: Members, their families and guests are reminded that participation in WAC activities is entirely on their own discretion and/or risk. Neither the Women’s Activity Club nor its representatives shall be held responsible for damage, injury or loss incurred by the use of Club property or participation in club events.


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Little Feet Playgroup warmly invites mums, dads, carers and children from 0-2 to join in their summer of fun activities! 14th May

Ball pit and balloons

21st May

Light

28th May

BANK HOLIDAY

4th June

Water play - please contact playgroup leader for location

11th June

Music

18th June

Hand and Foot prints

25th June

Jelly

2nd June

Art

9th July

Playdough

16th July

Water Play- please contact playgroup leader for location HOLIDAYS

Each week we will have a different theme and the children will have the opportunity to participate in structured activities around the theme. If you have anything that you could bring for a particular theme then please feel free e.g. a torch for the light week or a tub of jelly for jelly day. We look forward to seeing you there.  For more information please contact Laura on 076 715 8964.

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Congratulations

10% Discount Graduation Cakes and Catering Plus free delivery directly to your school

For the Months of June-July, we will be offering a 10% discount on all Graduation cakes and Caterings. Please call us for details. View our full PDF catering menu and bakery list on our website. Orders must be placed by May 30. Prepayment required.

Peace Foods Baar L채ttichstrasse 3, 6340 Baar 041 535 6267 Manager: Javier

Forchstrasse 136 8125 Zollikerberg 076 275 4185 Catering@peace-foods.ch Manager : Alvaro


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