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Mums & Tots Newsletter February 2005

WELCOME and a big „HELLO’ to any newcomers to Warsaw – we know there have been quite a few. We hope that you will be very happy here and make many good friends through the Mums & Tots network. A bumper Newsletter for you to make up for the fact that there wasn‟t a January one! A very big thank you to everyone who contributed to this Newsletter.

Activities for Warsaw’s Mums, Tots, Bumps & Babies
☺☺☺There are a number of important changes to the mums & tots schedule. Please read carefully the bits in green italics – you don’t want to turn up on the wrong day or at the wrong time! Mondays – We no longer meet up in the mornings, instead mums & tots are welcome to come along to the Pre-Nursery at the British School (on ul. Dabrowskiego 84/90) from 1.30pm until 3.30pm. As before there will be tea, coffee and biscuits provided and your tots can run around in a huge room which has lots of toys. Thanks go to Laura Spindler for liaising with the British School and organising this afternoon session. ☺Baby Music takes place on a Monday morning at different mums‟ houses on a fortnightly basis. Tuesdays – There are two options (the first being the most popular at the moment):

card costing 100zl for 10 sessions. This month on Tuesday 8th February, everyone is welcome to celebrate Carnival at Kangurek with lots of singing and dancing. Please dress your tots in their favourite fancy dress outfits.

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Stonoga play centre, ul. Zielona, Piaseczno from 10.30am. A number of mums have started meeting at Stonoga. It is smaller and usually quieter than Kangurek but makes a nice change and costs 8zl for the session.

Wednesdays – As we no longer meet up on Monday mornings we would like to start up a Wednesday morning toddler group that meets up at mums’ houses say from 10am until midday. We are looking for someone to coordinate this group and volunteers to host. If you would like to be involved as the coordinator or as a host please email postmaster@mumsandtots.com and/or come along to the committee meeting on 7th February (details overleaf). Thursdays - Mini music for tots up to 3 years takes place in different mums‟ houses between 10.00 and 12.00 on a voluntary basis. If you are interested in hosting mini-music, Cecelia Cienska our mini-music coordinator needs hosts for April onwards. Fridays – For mums-to-be and mums with their babies (generally under 18 months old). The group meets at a different mum‟s house each week between 10.00 and 12.00. We have a new co-ordinator for this group – Kate van Schuijenburg. Thanks to Carina for running the baby group up till now.

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Kangurek play centre in the Old Paper Mill, Konstancin from 10am. Open to all ages but more suited to tots. As well as your children being able to run around and let off some steam, part of the morning is also dedicated to a singing circle and arts & crafts where the little ones can show off their artistic talents! Aga Strojna-Rasche is our coordinator. The play centre charges 12zl for the morning (for Mums & Tots members) or you can purchase a discount

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The schedule set out at the end of the Newsletter has details of who is hosting and when, along with a list of those responsible for the various arts & crafts sessions at Kangurek. Full contact details of the co-ordinators and our hosts can be found in the mums & tots contact list. Please email postmaster@mumsandtots.com if you need a new contact list at any time. Feel free to contact the appropriate coordinator if you would like to host – go on it will be fun!

☺☺☺Congratulations to Catherine, baby Francesca Hall was born on 7th January weighing 2500g and measuring 52cm in length. ☺☺☺Congratulations to Lindsey, Peter and Anna, baby Oliver Thomas Wislocki was born on 7th January weighing 3300g and measuring 55cm in length. Very impressed that Lindsey was at mini-music just hours before going into labour.

Mums’ (and Dads’) nights out
These are monthly socials to give us the chance to get together without babies and children. Thanks must go to Tracey Bull for organising a great night out in January at the Cinnamon bar. The date and venue for the next night out has yet to be decided – details will be sent out in the near future. If you have any suggestions or ideas regarding the mums/dads nights out please contact Tracey.

News from the Mums & Tots Group
Mums & Tots News
There will be a committee meeting on Monday 7th February at Morag‟s house from 10am. Everyone is welcome to come along (with tots!) particularly if you have ideas for the Group to consider, if you have any thoughts on the Newsletter or if you want to volunteer your help in some way. We are still looking for a co-ordinator to organise a Wednesday mum & tot group and if one or two of you fancy organising the mums‟ nights out I‟m sure Tracey wouldn‟t mind. Tracey Bull has been our social secretary for well over a year now and has done a great job and although she is happy to continue in this role – it is always nice to have fresh ideas.

The Book Club
The next meeting is on Tuesday February 8th and the book to be discussed is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Everyone is welcome – if you are interested in coming along call Jess Mulligan on 0693 041085.

Update from Aga A Big Thank You to EVERYONE who took part in the “Letter to Santa”!
A friend and I visited the Orphanage in Pacanow (250km from Warsaw) on 9th of January and we arrived with a car packed full of presents for all 40 children at the orphanage (26 girls and 14 boys). In total I distributed 28 letters to mums from Mums and Tots (15 mums bought presents for 23 children!), to my other friends, and also to people I‟d never met before but who had been reading the Newsletter and who liked the idea of helping the children.

Baby News
☺☺☺ Congratulations to Ruta, baby Alexander Kapitan Bergman was born on 8th December weighing 4250g and measuring 60cm in length. ☺☺☺Congratulations to Tiffany, baby Olivia arrived just before Christmas (mum and baby were in hospital on Christmas Day!)

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At the orphanage we received a very warm welcome. Some children were in tears because they couldn‟t believe that we really had come. They showed us around their modestly furnished house and whilst the children had soft toy animals there was no Lego, Fisher Price or other brand toys. Every child got a different and a very special present which was beautifully wrapped. The children were simply overwhelmed as they had never received presents like that before. One boy got a second hand computer from someone who had recently bought a new one. For this 17 year old boy who is leaving the orphanage this year the computer means his future because he is physically disabled with a heart impediment. He was the happiest and everyone at the orphanage was happy with him. The Orphanage exists on the financial edge and is able to spend money only on the basics. To help them further I will organise in May on occasion of the International Children‟s Day (1st of June) an action “Shoes for summer holiday”. Look out for details later in the year. Finally for those interested I have the bank details for the orphanage if you would like to make a donation. I know many of you wanted to help with the letter to Santa but were away during the break. In addition if you have any second hand clothes/toys/etc (2-18 years) or stuff which can help 18-year old boys or girls with their start in independent life please contact me. I will be sorting out a big collection in May.

Useful Info and Top Tips
Publications
If you want to keep up to date with what is happening in the news and if you miss having a newspaper to read, try the following publications which can be delivered to your door. You might get the news a little bit late but at least you will be in the know eventually:

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The Week, a digest of British and foreign press; costs around £65/year http://www.theweek.co.uk/front_website/inde x.html The Weekly Telegraph, the best of the daily & Sunday Telegraph, £72/year www.weeklytelegraph.com The Guardian weekly, a digest of The Guardian, Observer with pieces from the Washington Post and Le Monde. Around £50/year http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardianweekly/0, 12598,,00.html

Thank you very much in my name, in the name of Foundation Pro Bono and last but not least in the name of the CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aga Strojna –Rasche

A reminder of the useful Warsaw publications:  New Warsaw Express (the English language newspaper emailed to you weekly, free of charge; subscribe by sending an email to local@new.com.pl)  Warsaw ‘Insider Magazine’ (8zl, monthly. Home delivery, 33zl /6 months), or at http://www.warsawinsider.pl). This one is probably the most useful for details on restaurants, cinemas and restaurants and generally what is going on in Warsaw.  Warsaw ‘In your Pocket’ (5zl, bi-monthly, or free from some restaurants/hotels)  Warsaw Voice (10zl, weekly. Delivered 128zl/6 months, see http://www.wvmarketing.pl), Warsaw Voice website, www.warsawvoice.pl  Free Poland ‘What, Where, When’ & „What’s Up in Warsaw’ monthly and bi monthly from hotels, American Bookstore, etc.  Contact International Business Voice The

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British Chamber of Commerce produces a free bi-monthly English Language magazine. (To subscribe contact Anna at media@bpcc.org.pl or phone 654 5971). ☺☺☺The Visitor a monthly free guide in English and Polish available in many of the hotels and restaurants in Warsaw. It has some great tours to try out with your visitors including one covering historic Warsaw and another on the squares and parks. Also has a website – www.thevisitor.pl.

Useful Info and Top Tips – Continued
Cheap Flights
Have you heard about the new low cost airline, www.centralwings.com that starts operating this month? Will fly once a day from here to Gatwick plus lots of other places - Lisbon, Sicily, Prague, and Bologna. It definitely sounds more holiday orientated than the others.

Websites about Warsaw & Poland
A reminder of the various websites about Poland and/or Warsaw  Address listings only, What’s Up in Warsaw www.whatsup.pl  Official Polish Government site, www.poland.gov.plwww.poland.pl in English and www.polska.pl in Polish, port for all internet information about Poland  Cultural events in Poland (English) www.culture.pl  Official website of Warsaw http://www.e-warsaw.pl (English)  General tourist information at http://www.explore-warsaw.com and http://www.warsawtour.pl and http://www.explore-warsaw.com  http://www.warszawaonline.pl/ events, restaurants - Polish only

Horse Riding
A possible day trip for those of you who like horse riding (Thanks to Tracey for this). Chojnow stables (in Stajnia Chojnow on the road from Piaseczno to Gora Kalwaria) have an amazing horse riding facility with a massive indoor riding ring. They also have horse shows approximately once a month. There is a French restaurant attached Restauracja La Boheme rustique (sister restaurant of La Boheme in Warsaw) which has huge glass windows so you have a great view while eating lunch. The food is excellent with very friendly English speaking staff. Tel: 790 2704. It is probably better for older children as there are no other distractions such as toys or games. It would be great in the summer as they have outdoor horse riding facilities and the restaurant moves outside.

Resort & Spa
The Mrongovia Resort & Spa (a Mercure hotel) is in Mrągowo located in the very heart of the Mazurian Lake District. A number of mums have tried it – it is great for a spot of relaxation and beauty treatments (also has a great pool for the kids).

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Contact details – mer.mrongovia@orbis.pl, www.orbis.pl, +48 89 741 3221. The website also seems to suggest that the hotel offers supervised activities for kids – worth checking.

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Shopping etc  Very excited about the following new
delivery service (a competitor for the other delivery outfit known as room service). www.dinnerexpress.pl will deliver meals from a variety of Warsaw restaurants including Bacio, Osteria, India Curry and the Tortilla Factory. There is a 30PLN minimum food order and a delivery charge (between 6PLN and 15PLN depending on where you live). You can place orders online or by calling 22 652 35 63. Haven‟t tried it yet but would like to hear from any of you that have. Thanks to Heather Caile for letting us know about this latest delivery service.

For those interested, we have quite a comprehensive list of all the Polish words for the different meats, fish, breads, cheeses, flour etc. Just send an email to one of the Newsletter Editors and we can forward it. Definitely invaluable on those first supermarket trips here.

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Get the kids involved in making some play dough and get adventurous with those cookie cutters (available from IKEA, Geant etc). The following play dough recipe which appeared in an old Newsletter apparently takes only 15 minutes to make and if you have cream of tartar doesn‟t go hard like the shop bought stuff.

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Thanks to Kathy Robinson for recommending the following butcher very near Sadyba Best Mall who does great legs of lamb. Polskie Świeże Mięso, on ul. Powińska 25, tel. 858 2434. For delivery to your home* (or to the American School) of fresh fish, live lobster and shellfish, try www.thorsheimfamily.com/fish, tel. 227541325 (Unni Thorsheim). *(taxi charge added to price). Morag has spotted English comics on sale in Empik at Galeria Mokotów. The English Language Resource Centre (British Council) a few doors along from the Marriott Hotel has a good stock of videos, DVDs and books for rental. Check out their website for more details – www.britishcouncil.org/poland.

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1 cup plain flour Half cup of salt 2 tablespoons of cooking oil 1 cup of water 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar (this helps keep the play dough soft but it can still be made without it) Few drops of food colouring and/or a sprinkling of glitter (optional). Get your kids to help measure the ingredients in a large bowl then you put all the ingredients in a large saucepan and cook over a very low heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring all the time. The play dough is ready when it forms a soft ball. To store it, wrap in cling film. If you want to keep for posterity things that have been made with it, bake in a very low oven for 3 to 4 hours. They can then also be painted. (Alternatively buy the Play Dough from Smyk, Geant etc).

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mouse skills as well as learning colours, words etc), pictures to print off and colour, stories to read/follow on screen and other practical fun ideas to try out. Here are some of our favourites: o o o o o o o o o www.barbie.co.uk www.pollypocket.everythinggirl.com www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies (Has games and other stuff featuring the Teletubbies, Noddy etc); www.hitentertainment.com/bobthebuil der (you can click onto lots of different country sites, UK, Germany etc); www.nickjr.co.uk (The Wiggles, Dora the Explorer etc) www.funschool.com www.theideabox.com www.crayola.com www.amazingmoms.com

5.00pm. There is a huge buffet style selection of food which was pretty good (3/5). As the kids are well looked after you are definitely able to relax. On our last visit the kids buffet was not great but you can just choose a pasta dish for them. Very relaxed atmosphere – great place to meet up with friends – our kids favourite!

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Sunday Brunch
Call us lazy but in these cold winter months we really like the idea of spending a few hours on a Sunday afternoon eating and drinking lots particularly if our kids are happily entertained. Thankfully there are lots of hotels and restaurants to choose from – here are our favourites, all of which offer a high standard of all-you-can-eat brunch costing around 125PLN including unlimited sparkling wine and soft drinks (red or white wine will also be provided in the cost – just ask). Generally you do not pay for kids under 6 but worth checking. What we go for depends on what type of food we fancy, whether we have guests with us (and so want something special) and what kind of mood the kids are in! It is always best to book in advance – sometimes possible on the Sunday morning. Here are our favourites.

The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Venti Tre Italian restaurant (Tel: 851 68 10) provides the Italian experience with a large selection of antipasti (where you help yourself), followed by a selection of pasta dishes, then a variety of meat and fish dishes both served at your table. A whole host of desserts and ice creams conclude the experience, overall for food (5/5). Children are entertained away from the dining area in a supervised room on the floor below which usually has face painting, drawing, videos. In that respect it is not as good as the Marriott as you may need to stay with them downstairs – however for us the Hyatt does the best food for both adults and kids. The Royal Meridien Bristol Hotel, Marconi Restaurant (625 25 25). Brunch runs from 12.30pm till 4.30pm and is a smart affair – one for your guests or a special occasion. There is a small supervised play area outside the dining room with creative materials and puzzles. The food is a huge buffet style selection which normally includes some hot Polish dishes – and has always been excellent 4.5/5).

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The Marriott Lila Weneda Restaurant (Tel: 630 51 79) has made a special effort to target families with small children offering a large play area with a big selection of toys, a slide and a ball pit. The play area is at one end of the dining room and you can ask to be seated right near it to keep an eye on your little ones. Sunday brunch is from 12.00pm to

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February Events and Key Dates
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Feast of St Mary Gromniczna Wax candles known as gromnici are lit in churches Tłusty Czwartek Or “Fat Thursday” The last Thursday before Lent is marked by eating pączki (doughnuts) or other fried delicacies known as faworki (fried strips of pastry dusted with icing sugar). For recipes refer to our Polish corner. Mums & Tots Committee meeting at Morag‟s house, 10am onwards, everyone welcome Shrove Tuesday (See Sarah‟s pancake recipe below) Carnival at Kangurek – everyone welcome Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent (40 days before Easter)

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Through to the 18th - British School half term break. Through to the 25th – American School half term break.

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A favourite pancake recipe from Sarah
220g plain flour Pinch of salt 4 large eggs 400ml of milk mixed with 150ml of water 3 tbsp of melted butter sun-flower oil for frying Sieve the flour & salt into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then whisk the eggs together incorporating the flour. Gradually add small quantities of the milk/water still whisking (don‟t worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). Keep whisking until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Melt the butter and add to the batter and whisk in. Put a drop of oil into a frying pan, heat until very hot. Turn down to medium add 2 to 3 tbsp per pancake, tipping from side to side to evenly coat pan. It should take 30 seconds or so to cook, flip over. The other side will only need a few seconds. Remove and cover with foil to keep warm. To serve sprinkle with lemon juice and caster sugar.

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A Bit of Culture, Film & Music
For theatre, opera, concerts check out www.ebilet.pl for most upcoming events and on-line booking. Or tel: 622 0060, 09:00 to 17:00.  February 3rd to the 27th, Cats is on at the Roma Theatre, www.teatrroma.pl (It is also on in March from the 3rd until the 20th, Grease returns in April!)  Until 6th February, Warsaw Portals of Yesteryear, (at the Warsaw Historical Museum, 28/42 Old Town Sq.) first exhibition in Warsaw of drawings, photographs and original fragments of portals (entrances/gateways) in Warsaw‟s Old and New Town. Many survived wartime destruction as the only remaining parts of old tenements.  11th February – St Valentine’s Day Ball at Hotel Jan III Sobieski. Reservations on-line at www.pph.com.pl.  At the National Opera in February there is as ever lots going on including the following: Puccini‟s Tosca (6th), followed by his Madame Butterfly (8th), Prokofiev‟s Romeo & Juliet (9th), Tchaikovsky‟s Swan Lake (23rd) and Verdi‟s Nabucco (24th) and La Traviata (27th), www.teatrwielki.pl  19th February, 7pm – the Valeri Michailovski State Ballet Company from St Petersburg. A cross-section of almost all classics in the art of ballet dancing, presented in a light hearted manner.

 20th February, 7pm – Patricia Kaas, an outstanding artist who links traditional French music with pop, jazz and blues. Sala Kongresowa (Palace of Culture & Science). (Tel: 627 1700, www.kongresowa.pl) Films on this month include:  Finding Neverland (with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet)  Closer (with Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen)  Phantom of the Opera  Ladies in Lavender (with Maggie Smith and Judi Dench)  Meet the Fockers (Sequel to the blockbuster Meet the Parents with Robert de Niro and Ben Stiller)  The Aviator (the biography of Howard Hughes featuring Leonardo DiCaprio  Million Dollar Baby (story of a woman who tries to make a career as a professional boxer with Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank). Check out the following websites for more details – www.silverscreen.pl (website Polish/English and can order tickets on-line), www.kinoimax.pl (website in Polish only), www.multikino.pl (website in Polish only but easy to follow times etc; on Wednesdays there is a multibabykino – special screenings for parents with children under 1.)

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Polish Corner
As it is Fat Thursday this month or Tłusty Czwartek we thought you might like to try the following recipes (not many calories!). Faworki (fried strips of pastry dusted with icing sugar) - made for the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. 11/2 cups of flour 4 egg yolks 3 to 4 tbsp of thick cream 1 tbsp of white vinegar or alcohol (vodka) lard or oil for frying 2 tbsp of icing sugar/vanilla sugar for sprinkling Mix egg yolks, cream and alcohol or vinegar together. While mixing, slowly add flour. Knead the dough. Keep beating and kneading the dough for 15 minutes. When ready, put it in a bowl, cover, and let stand in a cool place for an hour. Roll dough on the board till it is very thin. Cut into 4cm wide strips. Make a slit in the middle of each and pull one end through it. In a deep frying pan heat the lard (oil). To test readiness of oil, put a small piece of dough in it; if it immediately comes to the surface the temperature is right. Put 4-5 strips in at a time and deep fry on both sides. Take out and place on a paper towel. Sprinkle when still hot with the icing sugar and/or vanilla sugar. Best eaten immediately, but can be kept for up to 2 days. (Thanks to Agnieszka Deegan and her mum for this recipe!). Pączki (Doughnuts) 1 1/2 cups of milk 2 yeast cakes 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 cup butter 4 1/2 cups flour Scald milk and cool to lukewarm. Break

yeast into the lukewarm milk. Beat sugar and butter until fluffy, add eggs, salt, and flavouring. Add flour and milk gradually, beating well. Let rise in a warm place until double in bulk, about 2 1/2 hours. Punch down, knead and let rise again. Place dough on lightly floured board, stretch towards you and fill with thick filling - rose jams, apricot or peach preserves, prune butter. Fold over and cut into desired size and shape like a ball, place on lightly floured surface and let rise. Fry in deep hot fat, turning only once. Pączki should have a very dark brown colour before turning, to ensure baking thoroughly. Drain on absorbent paper. Sprinkle with confectioner‟s sugar. If you can‟t face actually making the above yourself, Sarah and I (purely for research purposes) tried the faworki from the bakery opposite the British School– very nice they were too. The pączki that they sell are also absolutely scrummy (so people tell me!).

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Can you help? Sister Prema, a nun who belongs to the Catholic Community of Warsaw and who works with refugees in Warsaw, has recently communicated a need for baby items such as go-carts, strollers, high-chairs, etc. for the babies born to refugee families in Warsaw. If anyone has the ability to donate some items to these needy families, Sister Prema would welcome your phone call or email: Tel: 723-6677 in Warsaw, or email: postmis@fmm.opoka.org.pl Warsaw Care Centre Do you live in Warsaw? Are you looking for somebody to take care for your child? If both answers are positive you should contact Warsaw Care Center and pay attention to our offer. Our mission is to deliver fully qualified, professional and caring nannies, help for elderly and handicapped people or maids and cleaning ladies. It does not make any difference for us if you look for help working for your relatives in full time or just for several hours during week time. We may ascertain you that all the personnel we recommend will be duly adapted to your needs. Not only do we perform psychological tests with the supervision of experienced specialists, but we check personal skills and abilities to be a perfect nanny as well. Should you be interested in our offer do not hesitate visit us on our web page www.opiekunki.pl Nanny available Monika is a very experienced, loving and responsible nanny. She has taken care of expat children aged four months to 5 years for several years. She has first-hand experience with ALL baby- and toddlerrelated issues and handles them all in a calm and caring manner. Since her "charge" will start nursery school in Feb, she is looking for work in the mornings. She is also available evenings and weekends. Monika speaks Polish and English. You may reach her at 0501-676-148. Referred to by Barbara Mozdzierz (bmozdzierz@yahoo.com or 853-85 45) who has known her since 2002. Babysitter Available Justine from Kidsplay is looking for weekend and evening babysitting work. She speaks very good English and is well known to regulars at Kidsplay. Please call her on 0502 865862. Pilates instructor I would like to recommend my Pilates instructor Asha who will come to your home for individual or small group lessons. If you would like to book some lessons please call her on 0502 266 758. KJ Bell International Pre-School of Warsaw Zawrat We are currently accepting applications for the coming school year 2005-2006. For those of you who are familiar with our program, I would like to let you know that we have made a few changes. We now accept children ages 2-5, we have extended our hours so that we are now open from 0800-1700 daily, we have a hot lunch program available to students who wish this, and we now accept part time enrolment. Also, our summer program will start on 20 June this year and will run for 5 weeks. this program accepts children from ages 2-6 and runs from 0800-1700 daily. You do not need to be enrolled in the regular school year to participate in the summer program. If you have any further questions or would like a tour of our school please contact myself, Sandra Nicholson, via telephone: 604401573 or 843-0964 or via email: capecod02563@hotmail.com

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Apartment for Rent Ursynow, Warsaw 80 metre apartment located in a modern new building, 2 bedrooms, fully secure apartment, enclosed garden and playground. Bathroom with tub and shower, washroom, dishwasher, balcony, garage (secure parking space above ground and 1 secure parking space underground). Nr. SGGW (agricultural university) and near Metro Imielin, good access to main roads. Close to fitness club, supermarket, stores, buses, drugstore, post office, cinema (Multikino), schools, swimming pool, parks (Wilanow Palace, Natolin Reservation, Kabaty Forest). Rent 3800 PLN or best offer; Available 1 January 2004. Contact 605 091 888. Beauty Therapist

Furniture shop Wherever your home is, you want it to be the reflection of your soul. It has already been a year since we opened our Artshop “Meble wyjatkowe” which we have created for those who seek something unique. Handpainted old and new wooden furniture for your living/dining room, bedroom or nursery, one of a kind in its form and design, made to suit every kind of interior. A gift for every occasion. We will make your personal dream come through. You are welcome to come and see us on Monday through to Friday from 11am to 7pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm at Wilanow, ul. Wiertnicza 112, telephone (22) 885 25 78, www.artmeble.pl Greetings Cards If you are interested in buying UK manufactured greeting cards, gift-wrap, party invitations and note cards, I am selling a wonderful, varied range to suit all tastes at very reasonable prices. Some items are available for immediate purchase, whilst others can be ordered from the catalogue. Also available is some end of season Christmas stock at 20% off original price. Greetings cards from 7PLN each (or 6PLN when you buy 10 or more). For more information call me Lyndsey Esling on 642 7130

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Catering for all your beauty needs, including:  Manicures  Pedicures  Waxing  Make-up Call Renata on 0501 126 108 at any time, to arrange an appointment in your own home. English and Polish spoken. If you require a reference please contact Mandy swift on 0605 264 274.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this month‟s Newsletter. Please remember that this is your Newsletter. Send us anything that you think might be of interest to other mums, particularly if you are a newcomer. Your comments are always welcome. Your thoughts and ideas should be sent by email either to one or both of us - Melissa (andytov@msn.com) or Sarah (brett@globster.pl).

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Mums & Tots Schedule
Toddler Group (Monday afternoons)
(Coordinator Laura Spindler – spindlers@neostrada.pl) On Monday afternoons 1.30pm to 3.30pm we meet at the Pre-Nursery at the British School, ul. Dabrowskiego 84/90. Please note there will be no toddler group on the 14th February as the school will be closed for the half-term break. Where to find it You will find the school at Dabrowskiego 84, Mokotow. It is a one way street so you need to enter from Niepodleglosci. The school is on the right hand side. Please avoid parking on the grass verge immediately outside the school - instead please find a space in the parking bays before and after the school on the right side of the street, or park on the left hand side of the street. Enter the school through the left hand gate - you will need to press the buzzer to be let in by the guard - and explain you are attending the Mums and Tots playgroup in the Pre-Nursery classroom. If you have any problems finding the school (or getting in once you have found it) please call Laura Spindler or Sarah Brett.

Baby Music (Mondays – fortnightly, 10am)
(Organiser Dora Rechnitzer – docika@hotmail.com)

Look out for an email with details of host and venue.

Kangurek Craft Programme (Tuesdays 10am – 12pm)
(Organiser Aga Strojna-Rasch – agastefan@eircom.net) 1 February Maria Church 8 February Carnival Ball – please bring children in fancy dress 15 February Marie 22 February Christine Ashton

Mini Music (Thursdays 10am – 12pm)
(Organiser Cecelia Cienska - Cienski@neostrada.pl) 3 February Lisa Martin 10, 17, 24 February Christine Ashton 3, 10, 17 March Kathy Robinson 24, 31 March Jana Wright

Baby Group (Fridays 10am – 12pm)
(Organiser Kate van Schuijlenburg – andre_kate_vsch@hotmail.com) 4 February Heike Gruenewald 11 February Helen Maguire 18 February Kate van Schuijlenburg 25 February Clare Schneck

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