106-108 Green Newsletter April 2016

106-108 April 2016 Infant Newsletter

Room News:

~ Our theme this month is “Springtime.”  The teachers have collaborated to come up with a variety of activities that will interest the children.

~ Please wish Mia “Happy 1st Birthday!”  Her birthday is on Thursday, April 21st!

~ Please wish George and his family all the best as he transitions into the Toddler I Program!  We will miss you very much!  Good Luck!

 Family Outings:

~ The Chicago Botanical Gardens – Miles of paths to see beautifully designed gardens brimming with plants; twenty-three garden areas showcasing the best plants for the Midwest; native habitat areas featuring native and endangered flora of Illinois. For more information: 1000 Lake Cook Rd.; Glencoe 60022; (847) 835-5440; http://www.chicagobotanic.org/

~ Independence GroveIndependence Grove offers outdoor recreation and education opportunities centered on a 115-acre lake. Surrounding prairie and woodlands provide a picturesque backdrop for hiking, biking, picnicking and other fun activities.  For more information: 16400 W Buckley Rd; Libertyville 60048; (847) 968-3499; http://www.lcfpd.org/IG/

 Timely Topic:  "The Importance of Spring Cleaning"

~ What do most people expect from spring cleaning? – Most people clean in the spring because it’s a tradition or habit they’ve developed because when their house has that clean feeling, it makes them feel better about themselves and their belongings. They get an opportunity to open up the windows and let some fresh air in, something they may not have been able to do since the late fall season (especially those who live in cold weather climates).

~ Who should really do spring cleaning? – Everyone, especially those who suffer from allergies, asthma and other breathing disorders. All winter long the house has been shut and one’s carpet becomes a breeding ground for airborne bacteria, mold spores, dust mite feces, pet dander, cat saliva, pollen, pollutants from ice melt chemicals, mud, dirt, sand and grit that we and our pets bring in from the outside. All of these things get lodged in our carpets, furnishings, bedding and draperies and they need to be cleaned. By reducing these allergens, dust particles and pollutants, we make our homes far healthier than if we didn’t clean it.

~ When and how often should you clean? – You should be as proactive as possible.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies tells us that our carpets should be cleaned every 6 to 12 months, especially if you have young children and/or if anyone who exhibits a breathing condition.

(Source: http://smallbusinesstrendsetters.com/why-spring-cleaning-is-important-for-health/)

 School News:

~ April 11th-15th: “The Week of the Young Child” – More details to follow.

~ Friday, April 15th: Please join us for our Infant/Toddler Family Breakfast from 7:30am-9am to celebrate the Week of the Young Child. 

Did you know?

 ~ We value the partnerships that we have with our families and recognize the importance of meaningful two-way communication.

 ~ Our school has a beautiful inviting environment that respects our sense of order and provides a refreshing and cheerful place to spend our days.

 ~ The teachers use formal and informal assessments to help track your child’s progress.  These are shared through touch-base phone calls and at conferences.

 ~ At GBN, we pride ourselves on documenting children’s learning.  This is why we call our hallway boards “Documentation Boards” rather than bulletin boards.