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A fun day visiting an amazing rescue program in Santa Clarita: The Gentlebarn                                                                                                              

The Tivoli comunity had an educational day meeting the animals despite the rain.



Fashing is a tradition where we are pushing out the dark winter days and grim winter spirits. Welcoming spring time with happy costumes, masks, yummy food and dancing.


Oh what a lovely week of sharing love and caring for each other.

Our Valentines celebration here at Tivoli was super sweet and heartwarming. The children brought wonderful cards and happily shared them with everyone. They went home with a full bag of love cards. Thank you for the special, yummy Valentines treats that the parents brought. We all loved it. Since it was raining we took our umbrellas and went to bring treats to the neighbors as well. They were happy to receive a Valentine form us.


The Hand in Hand workshop last Thursday was a great way to hear about many issues parents have. Susan Derby a Certified Instructor, trained by Hand in Hand, holding a Master of Social Work and a B.A. in psychology, offered a framework for understanding further the emotional lives of preschoolers and provided specific strategies that parents can use at home to strengthen connectedness and emotional well-being within the family.
She gave us an overview of the hand in hand approach and she answered many questions:
1. How to handle children who wine and fuss all the time
2. What to do when spouses cannot say no and don’t set boundaries,
3. Setting boundaries and the importance of them
4. Creating a safe zone for our kids to release their emotional stress
5. The importance of special time

Hand in hand is a platform build by Patty Wipfler : here is a link for your information:


Happy new year! Its Winter time in LA and in many countries around the world. Its the time to go inward and reflect, keep warm and safe what is growing inside of you and mother earth is doing the same. King Winter brings rain and snow and the cold Northwind is blowing even in LA. The nights are colder and the days a crisp and we are awating the cool rain to drop on out thirsty land. Be patient with your self and enjoy the quiet that the long nights are bringing, for springtime will be much different.


Tivoli moved! We relocated our beautiful school from our Los Angeles location to Santa Monica. The children and the community were hands-on helping the process. As a goodbye ritual each child picked one special item to bring to our new location. Once there, they each found a place for their item to welcome the new site.

Now it’s time to explore the new location!!!


We started off the season of light and warmth with our Lanternwalk celebration. The children acted out the St. Martin’s play, a story of empathy and selfless giving. Afterward we lit up our self-crafted lanterns and went for a walk through the neighborhood to bring our light into the darkness. The evening finished with us all enjoying some yummy Weckmänner.

We now look forward to starting the magical time of Advent, lighting the four candles of the advent wreath in anticipation of Christmas, and celebrating all the beautiful festivals of light presented in our community.


It was a magical night, once again, when the Queen of Fairies came to visit the children and enchanted us with her magic, sparkle, and story. Thank you for letting Ilka guide you into the enchanted story land and for keeping the magic and wonder alive for the children.

It is a big event to get ready for but all worth it when we see the glow in the children’s eyes. Thank you to all the helpers who made the magic happen, we could not have done it without your support! Special thanks to our volunteers who helped decorate and for the orchestra’s beautiful accompaniment.

Also, a giant thank you to our Room Mom for organizing the potluck and to all of you for cooking and baking. The food was so delicious with all the wonderful fall dishes!!!
Yummy, Yummy……Lecker, lecker……..


With the first cloudy mornings rolling into LA, October is upon us!! Time has been flying by and we are happy to say that we had a fun, exciting first month of the year at Tivoli!!!

Transition is a challenging time for everyone. Whether families are joining school for the very first time or are returning after summer, there is a lot to figure out and get used to. Over the last couple of weeks we have introduced the children to our daily rhythm that structures the day and lets the children know what comes next. Being familiar with the schedule and having a sense of predictability is key in feeling comfortable and at ease.

There have been tears and moments of sadness when the parent is leaving for the first time. Sometimes it is the parent who needs a hug, to acknowledge that we understand that it is hard to leave your child for the first time. We have little rituals in place that the parents and the child can do when they come in the mornings – ritual is a supportive way to make the moment of good bye a little lighter. Giving a kiss into each hand mommy to child and child to mommy and to keep the kiss with you so you can find it when you might need it during the day, for example. Or sticking your finger from both sides through the little hole in the gate makes letting go a much easier transition.

We believe that forming trust through sensible activities is the foundation of any successful relationship. Giving the children the time to process their feelings is one of the most important values we practice here at Tivoli. AND we want the children to feel supported, from establishing soothing diaper change routines to helping setting the lunch tables.


… And that’s a wrap! The first week of school is over and we couldn’t be happier!!! It was lovely welcoming old and new families back into our Tivoli community and we are excited to continue meeting everyone over the course of the next couple of weeks!! Our “Back to School Night“ at the end of the month will be a fun opportunity for everyone to mix and mingle over some snacks! Details will follow in our next newsletter.

The children had a fun first week too!! The Bibabutzemann came to meet them all in circle time and everyone made a flower necklace to gift to a new Tivoli friend. Those moments of exchange were truly precious!! We also started to paint the symbol-stones, which we will use for setting the lunch table for the rest of the year now. Some of them still need to dry, but we are excited to see them all once they are done!