131 RED Newsletter 4.8.16

131 RED NEWSLETTER

April 8th, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

ART STUDIO DAY: We had so much fun exploring several different art forms today! It was great to see how much fun the children were having and how proud they were of their creations.
FAMILY BREAKFAST: Save the date! Our annual Week of the Young Child Family Breakfast for Preschool/ Kindergarten is Thursday, April 14th from 7:30am – 9:00am. If you have a younger sibling in the Infant or Toddler program, they will be holding their breakfast on Friday, April 15th.  Please refrain from bringing siblings between program breakfasts. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend one-on-one time with your older or younger child. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you all there!

Book Fair: During WOYC, Allison Mengarelli, Manager of the Book Bin in Northbrook will hold a special book fair in our mini-gym. Books will be for sale on Thursday, April 14 7:30-9:30 am and on Friday April 15 7:30-9:30am. The book fair will also be available on-line from Monday, April 11- Monday, April 18. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to purchase books for your children, friends and family. You might even find the perfect book to present as a gift to your child's classroom!

Clothing Drive: In order to support underserved children and their mothers, we will be sponsoring a clothing and cleaning supply drive for The Lake County Haven during WOYC as well. Spring is a great time of year to de-clutter and donate. Look for signs and bins throughout the school and help by providing gently used clothing and supplies for children and moms in need of them

WAGNER FARM:  We are excited to announce an in-school field trip on Wednesday, April 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wagner Farm will be coming. The children will have an exciting opportunity to learn about Wagner Farm's livestock in this hands-on program.  They will not only see, smell and touch the animals, but also discover the unique contributions of each animal in sustaining the farm. Each class will transition through three stations as they learn about the life cycles of dairy cows, sheep and chickens. The students will make valuable connections between the seasonality of farm work, the cultivation of farm animals and the specific role of each animal in supporting the farm family, contemporary consumers and American agriculture. If you have any questions about this event please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool Kindergarten Coordinator.

VACATION: Gregg will be off April 11th and 12th. My sub will be Tammy.

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Cinderella... After the Ball

Name: Cinderella... After the Ball

Date: April 15, 2016

Website: http://www.MarriottTheatre.com

 

Event Description:

Ever wonder what happens to Cinderella after the Ball? Come witness her quest for happily ever after as she and her besties, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty, take matters into their own hands to save the kingdom from the villainous Pinocchio. Girl power abounds in this contemporary world premiere musical tale that is sure to delight children and adults alike with its toe tapping music and quick witted humor.

Location:

The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Dr, Lincolnshire, IL. 60069

Date/Time Information:

March 3 - May 8, 2016  
Most Tuesdays-Sundays at 10am and 12:30pm

Contact Information:

Box Office 847-634-0200

Fees/Admission:

$17.23

 

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

The children continued to focus their attention on the alphabet this week. For group time we did a group activity in an effort to practice our identification and handwriting skills. A teacher used a dry erase board to write a letter for the children to see. After we raised our hands and identified the letter and the sound it makes, the children practiced writing the letter on their own chalkboard. They were all so excited to show their teachers how they make their letters! It was a great activity and gave us another chance to praise them for all their hard work and abilities. For art the children used old magazines to cut out as many letters as they wanted. They worked their fine motor skills to cut around each letter and then glued it onto construction paper. Our letter walk from last week was such a success we decided to do it again! As a class we walked all around the school to find letters. The children also learned the difference between upper and lower case letters. We know that upper case letters look different than lower case letters. Some are bigger and some are smaller. Some look almost completely different! It was great to see so many children practicing both upper and lower case letters at our literacy table this week. Next week we will continue learning about letters and have more opportunities to identify, write and sound out!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 Gregg Susan and Susan

133 Newsletter 4-8-16

133 RED NEWSLETTER

April 8th, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

·        WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD BREAKFAST: Save the date! Our annual Week of the Young Child Family Breakfast for Preschool/ Kindergarten is Thursday, April 14th from 7:30am – 9:00am. If you have a younger sibling in the Infant or Toddler program, they will be holding their breakfast on Friday, April 15th.  Please refrain from bringing siblings between program breakfasts. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend one-on-one time with your older or younger child. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you all there!  

Book Fair: During WOYC, Allison Mengarelli, Manager of the Book Bin in Northbrook will hold a special book fair in our mini-gym. Books will be for sale on Thursday, April 14 7:30-9:30 am and on Friday April 15 7:30-9:30am. The book fair will also be available on-line from Monday, April 11- Monday, April 18. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to purchase books for your children, friends and family. You might even find the perfect book to present as a gift to your child's classroom!

Clothing Drive: In order to support underserved children and their mothers, we will be sponsoring a clothing and cleaning supply drive for The Lake County Haven during WOYC as well. Spring is a great time of year to de-clutter and donate. Look for signs and bins throughout the school and help by providing gently used clothing and supplies for children and moms in need of them

·        A VISIT FROM WAGNER FARMS:  Wagner farms will be visiting our school to educate the children about the animals on their farm and what these animals do for us!  If you would like your child to participate in the visit from Wagner farms, please have your child at school by 9:30 am.  Thank you! 

·        SPANISH SCHEDULE CHANGE:  For the remainder of the year, Spanish class will be held on Tuesdays instead of Thursdays. 

·        NO DANCE MONDAY:  Dance class will not be held on Monday April 11th, dance make up day will be held on Friday April 13th. 

·        DANCE MAKE UP:  The week of April 18th, dance class will be held on Friday April 22nd. 

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Name: Earth Day Celebration 2016

Date: April 17, 2016

Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT

Website:https://www.skokieparks.org/emily-oaks-nature-center

Event Description:

Travel through time to experience how Emily Oaks has changed over the past 200 years and discover how people have played a part in shaping the land from prairies to the present! Earth-friendly foods will be available for sale. Join the celebration of Earth at Emily Oaks! ENTERTAINING ACTIVITIES * EARTH-FRIENDLY FOODS * ANNUAL NATIVE PLANT SALE Sponsored by Whole Foods Market Sauganash

Location:

Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie, IL. 60076

View a Map

Date/Time Information:

April 17, 2016   Noon-4pm

Contact Information:

847-677-7001

Send an Email

Fees/Admission:

Free

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          This week for group time we learned about Michelangelo Buonarroti.  Michelangelo was a very accomplished artist who lived from 1475 to 1564.  He is known for many masterpieces such as the massive sculpture, The David, as well as his large painting project on the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.  The children saw his many pieces or art but we thought it would be fun to let the children paint the same way Michelangelo did when he painted the Sistine Chapel, on his back!  We taped a large piece of paper to the bottom of the art table and each child had a turn to lay on their back to paint their own section of the larger painting.  They thought it was so fun to paint this way and thought that Michelangelo must have gotten a lot of paint in his hair! 

          We also learned about Georges Seurat.  He was an artist who had his own special way of painting.  He painted with small dots of paint to create a larger image.  This method of painting is called, "pointillism".  On Thursday we had the children try it out.  The children used our large dot markers in a bright color to create a figure on their page, they chose squares, triangles, circles, and ovals.  They then used a darker color to fill in the rest of the paper to make their figure really pop out.  The children worked really hard to create their images! 

          Next week, our student teacher, Kayla Barnvos, will be taking over our classroom to complete her "Take Over Project".  She will be focusing on restaurants.  This will include different kinds of restaurants and what kinds of food you can order at them, who works at a restaurant, and the different areas that make a restaurant work.  Her project will last from April 11th- April 28th.  We cannot wait to see what she has in store for us!   

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hilary, Gina, and Jessica

                                     

134 Red Newsletter 4-8-16

134 RED NEWSLETTER

April 8, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • WELCOME: We would like to welcome Jonah Baer, his parents Kory and Danny, and his brother Asher (joining the Toddler I program), to our 134 family. 
  • FRUIT COLLECTION: Next week we will look at culinary art. We will be discussing how food presentation is important, especially when it comes to making it colorful. Therefore, we will be making fruit kabobs. Please help by bringing in your child’s favorite fruit. A sign-up sheet will be available by the door so that we can make sure we get a colorful collection of fruit. Thank you.
  • SPANISH CLASS: Spanish will now be held on Tuesday mornings starting April 5th. We will continue to have Spanish at our normal time, 10:00-10:30am. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator, Suzie Brunner. 
  • DANCE CLASS: Next week, dance class will be on Wednesday instead on Monday. Same time.
  • WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD: Save the date! Our annual Week of the Young Child Family Breakfast for Preschool/ Kindergarten is Thursday, April 14th from 7:30am – 9:00am. If you have a younger sibling in the Infant or Toddler program, they will be holding their breakfast on Friday, April 15th.  Please refrain from bringing siblings between program breakfasts. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend one-on-one time with your older or younger child. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you all there!

    Book Fair: During WOYC, Allison Mengarelli, Manager of the Book Bin in Northbrook will hold a special book fair in our mini-gym. Books will be for sale on Thursday, April 14 7:30-9:30 am and on Friday April 15 7:30-9:30am. The book fair will also be available on-line from Monday, April 11- Monday, April 18. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to purchase books for your children, friends and family. You might even find the perfect book to present as a gift to your child's classroom!

    Clothing Drive: In order to support underserved children and their mothers, we will be sponsoring a clothing and cleaning supply drive for The Lake County Haven during WOYC as well. Spring is a great time of year to de-clutter and donate. Look for signs and bins throughout the school and help by providing gently used clothing and supplies for children and moms in need of them

  • WAGNER FARM:  We are excited to announce an in-school field trip on Wednesday, April 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wagner Farm will be coming. The children will have an exciting opportunity to learn about Wagner Farm's livestock in this hands-on program.  They will not only see, smell and touch the animals, but also discover the unique contributions of each animal in sustaining the farm. Each class will transition through three stations as they learn about the life cycles of dairy cows, sheep and chickens. The students will make valuable connections between the seasonality of farm work, the cultivation of farm animals and the specific role of each animal in supporting the farm family, contemporary consumers and American agriculture. If you have any questions about this event please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool Kindergarten Coordinator.
  • OUTSIDE APPERAL: The weather keeps fluctuating. Please help us in keeping the children comfortable outside by having a hat and mittens at school to wear. Thank you.

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE

            At the end of last week, the children learned about Beethoven. They learned that art comes in many forms other than painting. Beethoven represented the art of music. This week we continued to explore various other forms of art. These included architecture and jewelry. For architecture, the children were introduced to Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright is an architect from Chicago who is known for three specific aspects – using horizontal lines, incorporating nature in and around his structure, and creating a design that allows for a lot of light to enter the structure. The children spent time designing horizontal structures using large wooden blocks and small colored cubes.

Jewelry is another type of art. The children helped identify different types of jewelry, including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. By looking at jewelry worn at the time of the discussion by some of the children and the teachers, the children were able to see that jewelry is made using different materials (i.e. metal, wire, plastic, etc.). One of the jewelry activities the children participated in was making different pieces of jewelry playing with pop beads. Another activity involved placing Hamma beads in a piece of clay, which will be strung and made into a necklace for the children to keep.

Next week we will continue on the path of various forms of art, including performing arts, culinary arts, and fashion.

 

HAVE AN OUTSTANDING WEEKEND!

Pauline, Patty, Samantha, and Suzie

 

131 Red Newsletter

131 RED NEWSLETTER

April 1st, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

ART STUDIO DAY: Our annual Art Studio Day will be held on Friday, April 8th. Our classroom time will be from 9:45 to 10:20. Please have your child at school by 9:30 if you would like them to attend. This is a teacher/child only event. Thank you.

CUBBY CLEANING: Please remember to take home your child’s artwork at the end of the day. Our cubbies are getting full and we are limited on space. Thank you for your help.

WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD BREAKFAST:  The Week of the Young Child Family Breakfast for Preschool and Kindergarten will be Thursday, April 14th from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.  Infants and Toddlers will be hosting their own breakfast on Friday, April 15th.  If you have children in both Toddlers and Preschool/Kindergarten, please plan on attending both days to eat with each child individually.  If you have any questions please speak with your child’s lead teacher or Suzie Brunner our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.

WAGNER FARM:  We are excited to announce an in-school field trip on Wednesday, April 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wagner Farm will be coming. The children will have an exciting opportunity to learn about Wagner Farm's livestock in this hands-on program.  They will not only see, smell and touch the animals, but also discover the unique contributions of each animal in sustaining the farm. Each class will transition through three stations as they learn about the life cycles of dairy cows, sheep and chickens. The students will make valuable connections between the seasonality of farm work, the cultivation of farm animals and the specific role of each animal in supporting the farm family, contemporary consumers and American agriculture. If you have any questions about this event please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool Kindergarten Coordinator.

SPANISH SCHEDULE CHANGE:  For the remainder of the year, Spanish class will be held on Tuesdays instead of Thursdays. 

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Simply Spring: Butterfly Exhibit

Name: Simply Spring: Butterfly Exhibit

Date: March 19, 2016 - May 15, 2016

Website: http://nicholasconservatory.com

 

Event Description:

Celebrate the arrival of spring at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens as you experience the magical world of native and tropical butterflies! Enjoy being surrounded by live butterflies in the tropical conservatory, and see the whole butterfly lifecycle in action as you view butterflies emerging from their chrysalis in the emergence area. Included with Nicholas Conservatory admission.

Location:

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens 1354 N. 2nd St. Rockford, IL 61107

View a Map

Date/Time Information:

March 19-May 15, 2016  Tuesdays-Fridays 9am-5pm | Saturdays-Sundays 10am-3pm, Closed Mondays

Contact Information:

815-987-8858

Fees/Admission:

Conservatory admission (resident/non-resident): Adults $6/$8 | Seniors & Veterans $4/$6 | Age 5-18 $4/$6 | Age 3-4 $1/$2 | Age 2 and under FREE

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

This week we started our new project on Letters! We began the week by singing the ABC’s song together and talking about what we use letters for. The children told us we use them to talk with each other and can find them in magazines, street signs, computer screens and of course books! We learned that letters can keep us safe by warning us of dangerous areas and even tell us if the floor is slippery. For art, we used letter stampers to spell the names of friends and family. We also spent time cutting out letters from magazines and gluing them on construction paper. Our favorite activity for the week was our letter walk. As a class we walked around the building looking for letters. We found that letters are all around us! They are on the walls, the desks, the ceiling and even on the fish tank. Our letter project is off to a great start and we will continue writing and identifying all of next week.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 Gregg Susan and Susan

134 Red Newsletter 4-1-16

134 RED NEWSLETTER

April 1, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • MARCH BIRTHDAYS: During the month of March, three children turned four: Nolan Chen on the 4th, Liam Gosman on the 6th, and Eleanor Cohen on the 27th. Happy Belated Birthday! 
  • THANK YOU: We would like to thank Liam for his donation of a puzzle in honor of his birthday. We would also like to thank Eleanor for her donation of some books in honor of her birthday. They are wonderful additions to our classroom.
  • APRIL BIRTHDAYS: Violet Louw will be turning 4 on the 9th. Jaimee Asistores will be turning 4 on the 24th. On the 28th, Alex will be turning 4. We wish them an early happy birthday and look forward to helping them celebrate their special day at school.
  • WELCOME: We would like to welcome Jonah Baer, his parents Kory and Danny, and his brother Asher (joining the Toddler I program), to our 134 family. Jonah’s first day will be on Tuesday, April 5th.  
  • SPANISH CLASS: Spanish will now be held on Tuesday mornings starting April 5th. We will continue to have Spanish at our normal time, 10:00-10:30am. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator, Suzie Brunner. 
  • STUDIO DAY: On Friday, April 8th, the children will have the opportunity to participate in our annual “Studio Day.” Around this time of year the children spend time learning about art. Towards the end of the project, the children become artists themselves and go into our art studio (mini-gym) and explore various types of art and create beautiful works of art. The time our class will go is from 11:05 to 11:40. If you would like your child to attend, please have them at school by this time. (This event is for children and teachers only.)
  • WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD: Save the date! Our annual Week of the Young Child Family Breakfast for Preschool/ Kindergarten is Friday, April 15th from 7:30am – 9:00am. If you have a younger sibling in the Infant or Toddler program, they will be holding their breakfast on Thursday, April 14th.  Please refrain from bringing siblings between program breakfasts. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend one-on-one time with your older or younger child. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you all there!
  • WAGNER FARM:  We are excited to announce an in-school field trip on Wednesday, April 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wagner Farm will be coming. The children will have an exciting opportunity to learn about Wagner Farm's livestock in this hands-on program.  They will not only see, smell and touch the animals, but also discover the unique contributions of each animal in sustaining the farm. Each class will transition through three stations as they learn about the life cycles of dairy cows, sheep and chickens. The students will make valuable connections between the seasonality of farm work, the cultivation of farm animals and the specific role of each animal in supporting the farm family, contemporary consumers and American agriculture. If you have any questions about this event please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool Kindergarten Coordinator.
  • OUTSIDE APPERAL: The weather keeps fluctuating. Please help us in keeping the children comfortable outside by having a hat and mittens at school to wear. Thank you.
  • COMMUNITY HAPPENING: It’s never too early to expose children to art.  Preschoolers are at an age in which they can understand different types of art, such as jewelry, sculpture and architecture.  They are also able to recall and identify art and artists they have been exposed to in the past, especially if exposed on a regular basis.  Chicago is a wonderful city full of incredible museums full of art.  The Art Institute of Chicago, located at 111 S. Michigan Ave., has a famous collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.  Included among them is George Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (one of the paintings the children learned about this week).  Another special feature of the museum is their Touch Gallery.  This exhibit has several pieces of art that the guests are encouraged to explore through their sense of touch.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to allow children to explore art and not have to say, “Don’t touch!”  For more information about the museum, including exhibits, hours of operation or admission prices, go to www.artic.edu/aic. 

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE

We explored several additional artists this week. They included Alexander Calder, Vincent Van Gogh, Ludwig Beethoven, and Pablo Picasso. Calder used wire to make mobiles. There is a famous piece at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. The children placed colored wire and pipe cleaners into a small piece of foam. The pieces were connected using wire hangers, and hung from the light in the classroom. The children observed how the individual pieces of the mobile move independently as well as together when the mobile moves.

The children learned that Van Gogh liked to paint with the color yellow, and used a technique that looked like swirls. The two pieces of Van Gogh’s art they were shown were Sunflowers and The Starry Night. The children observed ways the two pieces of art are alike and different. Then they recreated their own versions of these two pieces of art using different techniques. One was drawing the pictures using markers. The other was using popsicle sticks in ether yellow or blue paint to create swirls.

So far the artists the children have been exposed to have been painters. One they learned about this week was a musician – Beethoven. The children were told that Beethoven wrote and played music. He played music from the early age of three, and was so talented that he was able to create beautiful music despite the fact that he was deaf. We showed real music sheets to the children and then the children tried drawing their own music on plain music sheets. They also took turns playing a large keyboard like a piano the way Beethoven did - on the ground – so he could feel the vibrations instead of hear the sounds.

The final artist of the week was Pablo Picasso. Pablo Picasso has a style called cubism, in which his pictures (many of faces) looked as though they were made of lots of small cubes.  He distorted the faces by moving the eyes and noses to places of the face that they didn’t belong.

 

HAVE AN OUTSTANDING WEEKEND!

Pauline, Patty, Samantha, and Suzie

133 Newsletter 4-1-16

133 RED NEWSLETTER

April 1st, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

·        STUDIO DAY:  On Friday, April 8th we will be having Studio Day to celebrate the arts.  If you would like your child to participate in Studio Day, please have them to school by 9:30 am.  Thank you!

·        WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD BREAKFAST:  The Week of the Young Child Family Breakfast for Preschool and Kindergarten will be Thursday, April 14th from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.  Infants and Toddlers will be hosting their own breakfast on Friday, April 15th.  If you have children in both Toddlers and Preschool/Kindergarten, please plan on attending both days to eat with each child individually.  If you have any questions please speak with your child’s lead teacher or Suzie Brunner our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.

·    WAGNER FARM:  We are excited to announce an in-school field trip on Wednesday, April 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wagner Farm will be coming. The children will have an exciting opportunity to learn about Wagner Farm's livestock in this hands-on program.  They will not only see, smell and touch the animals, but also discover the unique contributions of each animal in sustaining the farm. Each class will transition through three stations as they learn about the life cycles of dairy cows, sheep and chickens. The students will make valuable connections between the seasonality of farm work, the cultivation of farm animals and the specific role of each animal in supporting the farm family, contemporary consumers and American agriculture. If you have any questions about this event please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool Kindergarten Coordinator.

·        SPANISH SCHEDULE CHANGE:  For the remainder of the year, Spanish class will be held on Tuesdays instead of Thursdays. 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:
Cinderella... After the Ball

Name: Cinderella... After the Ball

Date: April 1, 2016

Website: http://www.MarriottTheatre.com

Event Description:

Ever wonder what happens to Cinderella after the Ball? Come witness her quest for happily ever after as she and her besties, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty, take matters into their own hands to save the kingdom from the villainous Pinocchio. Girl power abounds in this contemporary world premiere musical tale that is sure to delight children and adults alike with its toe tapping music and quick witted humor.

Location:

The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Dr, Lincolnshire, IL. 60069

Date/Time Information:

March 3 - May 8, 2016  
Most Tuesdays-Sundays at 10am and 12:30pm

Contact Information:

Box Office 847-634-0200

Fees/Admission:

$17.23

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          We have had a very artistic week in 133!  On Friday we learned about Pablo Picasso.  Picasso was an accomplished artist who lived from 1881-1973.  He was well versed in many mediums but he is most famous for his abstract paintings of faces.  We showed the children a picture of Picasso and several of his most famous works.  The children thought that Picasso was silly when he put eyes, mouths and noses in different places on the face.  The teachers explained that art does not have to look a certain way, art is how you interpret the world around you and how you want to show it.  Picasso thought that people would think about his art more if it was not perfect. 

          For art, we created our own Picasso artwork.  The children tool eyes, noses and mouths cut out from magazines and placed them where ever they wanted on a face.  They then used yarn to make hair for their Picasso person and colored the areas in with oil pastels. 

          Next week, we will continue looking at different mediums of art and the artists who created them.  We will be culminating our Art project with Studio Day! 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hilary, Gina, and Jessica

                                           

Newsletter 3-24-16

134 RED NEWSLETTER

March 24, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Fun Fridays in March: Our last themed Friday is next week, Friday, April1st. The theme is “Inside Out Day.”
  • Spanish Class: Spanish will now be held on Tuesday mornings starting April 5th. We will continue to have Spanish at our normal time, 10:00-10:30am. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator, Suzie Brunner. 
  • Week of The Young Child: Save the date! Our annual Week of the Young Child Family Breakfast for Preschool/ Kindergarten is Friday, April 15th from 7:30am – 9:00am. If you have a younger sibling in the Infant or Toddler program, they will be holding their breakfast on Thursday, April 14th.  Please refrain from bringing siblings between program breakfasts. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend one-on-one time with your older or younger child. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you all there!
  • Wagner Farm:  We are excited to announce an in-school field trip on Wednesday, April 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wagner Farm will be coming. The children will have an exciting opportunity to learn about Wagner Farm's livestock in this hands-on program.  They will not only see, smell and touch the animals, but also discover the unique contributions of each animal in sustaining the farm. Each class will transition through three stations as they learn about the life cycles of dairy cows, sheep and chickens. The students will make valuable connections between the seasonality of farm work, the cultivation of farm animals and the specific role of each animal in supporting the farm family, contemporary consumers and American agriculture. If you have any questions about this event please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool Kindergarten Coordinator.
  • Community Happenings: Kids Cooking Series: FlavorPot, 2041 Tower Drive, Glenview 60026. (224)300-0656. FlavorPot offers monthly sessions with weekly cooking classes on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The theme changes each month, and students may sign up for a full monthly session, or drop in for a single weekly class. Time: Thursdays and Fridays 4-5pm, Saturdays 1:30-2:30pm Cost: $28 Ages: Ages 4 and up

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE

This week we focused on four famous artists – Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe, Claude Monet, and Georges Seurat – and their style of art – splatter painting, large flowers, watercolors and dot prints, respectively.  The children learned that Georgia O’Keeffe liked to paint large beautiful flowers.  Monet painted items he saw outside in nature, such as ponds, people and flowers, using watercolor paint.  Georges Seurat’s paintings were made of many tiny dots.  He did this to reflect the light off his images better.  Jackson Pollock is known for his abstract splatter painting.  He laid his large canvases on the ground and made large movements with his arms to splatter paint from the paintbrushes onto the canvas.  His style of art is also known as action painting, for this reason. With each artist, the children were introduced to one or more examples of his/her art. They included: “Number One” by Jackson Pollock, “Petunia” and “Oriental Poppies” by Georgia O’Keeffe, “Bridge over a Pond with Water Lilies” by Claude Monet, and “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jette” (“Sunday Afternoon on the Island” for short). The children spent time during the week creating their own versions of these famous works of art. They can be seen on display in the classroom.

We will continue learning about more artists next week.

 

HAVE AN OUTSTANDING WEEKEND!

Pauline, Patty, Samantha, and Suzie

133 Newsletter 3-24-16

133 RED NEWSLETTER

March 24th, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

·        FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH:  Friday, April 1st Inside Out Day

·        SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th.

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Cinderella... After the Ball

Name: Cinderella... After the Ball

Date: April 1, 2016

Website: http://www.MarriottTheatre.com

Event Description:

Ever wonder what happens to Cinderella after the Ball? Come witness her quest for happily ever after as she and her besties, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty, take matters into their own hands to save the kingdom from the villainous Pinocchio. Girl power abounds in this contemporary world premiere musical tale that is sure to delight children and adults alike with its toe tapping music and quick witted humor.

Location:

The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Dr, Lincolnshire, IL. 60069

Date/Time Information:

March 3 - May 8, 2016  
Most Tuesdays-Sundays at 10am and 12:30pm

Contact Information:

Box Office 847-634-0200

Fees/Admission:

$17.23

 

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          The baby animals we have been seeing are too cute!  This week we learned about how a tadpole turns into a frog.  The interesting thing about frogs is that you can observe them changing from tadpole to frog unlike a caterpillar in their cocoon.  We read the book, A Frog Grows Up, by Melvin and Gilda Berger.  The children saw that tadpoles hatch from small jelly like eggs.  The tadpoles use their tails to swim around in water.  The children asked how they stayed underwater for so long.  The teachers explained that tadpoles have gills for breathing water, as they grow up, the tadpoles lose their gills and develop lungs for breathing air.  The children observed that the tadpole had no legs, and then over the course of several weeks, legs startedto sprout!  First, the back legs sprouted, then the front legs.  The tail gets shorter and shorter and the frog's mouth gets wider.  Soon, the children noticed that the tadpole was really looking like a frog!  The adult frog can then crawl out of the water, use their lungs to breathe and use their sticky tongue to catch flies. 

          For art, we realized that frogs swim in water and that ponds usually have many different colors that you can see.  The pond reflects the blue sky or a red sunset, there is green algae, and the water can sometimes look brown or yellow.  We decided to use water colors to mix the many colors that a pond can reflect.  The children saw that when the colors mixed, they made more interesting colors!  The pictures are hanging in our classroom! 

          Next week, we will be looking at different mediums of art and the artists that created some of the most iconic pieces in our history.  They will see pieces like the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo (the man, not the Ninja Turtle), Frida Khalo's self portraits, Jackson Pollack's splatter paintings, and pointelism by Georges Seurat. 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hilary, Gina, and Jessica

                                                  

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March 25th, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Fun Fridays in March: Preschool and Kindergarten are invited to
participate in Fun Fridays throughout the month of March. Each Friday will
be a different themed day.
                   Friday April 1st: Inside Out Day
SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on
Friday, March 25th.
CUBBY CLEANING: Please remember to take home your child’s artwork at the end of the day. Our cubbies are getting full and we are limited on space. Thank you for your help.
 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Simply Spring: Butterfly Exhibit

Name: Simply Spring: Butterfly Exhibit

Date: March 19, 2016 - May 15, 2016

Website: http://nicholasconservatory.com

 

Event Description:

Celebrate the arrival of spring at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens as you experience the magical world of native and tropical butterflies! Enjoy being surrounded by live butterflies in the tropical conservatory, and see the whole butterfly lifecycle in action as you view butterflies emerging from their chrysalis in the emergence area. Included with Nicholas Conservatory admission.

Location:

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens 1354 N. 2nd St. Rockford, IL 61107

View a Map

Date/Time Information:

March 19-May 15, 2016  Tuesdays-Fridays 9am-5pm | Saturdays-Sundays 10am-3pm, Closed Mondays

Contact Information:

815-987-8858

Fees/Admission:

Conservatory admission (resident/non-resident): Adults $6/$8 | Seniors & Veterans $4/$6 | Age 5-18 $4/$6 | Age 3-4 $1/$2 | Age 2 and under FREE

 

 

 

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

The third week of our Big Cats project took us on an exploration through the world of cheetahs and Leopards! We learned that cheetahs are the fastest land animal and can reach speeds up to 70 mile per hour! That’s as fast as we drive in a car on a highway. It was funny to learn that cheetahs and leopards sleep high up in trees in order to stay out of the hot sun and to stay safe from other large animals. After looking at several photos of leopards and cheetahs we see that these two animals are very similar. They both have spots to help them hide in the tall grasslands, both have long whiskers and very sharp teeth. The main difference we noticed was that the leopards are much larger and more muscular that cheetahs. They have larger heads with much skinnier tails. After a little research we discovered that a cheetah has a skinnier tail but it is much longer than the leopards tail. The reason it is so long is that it helps the cheetah to change directions when it is running! It acts as a steering wheel and allows the cheetah to make sharp and very quick turns. When comparing the fur we came across the term mantle. The mantle is the fur found on baby cheetahs and leopards. It is long, grass like hair that runs from their heads all the way down to their tail. The mantle helps hide them from predators and keeps them safe. Fro art the children used black finger paints to create cheetah and leopard spots on yellow construction paper. We also had the chance to cut out lion picture to create our own masks to use for dramatic play activities. Next week we will wrap up our Big Cats project and learn about the Puma and Jaguar!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 Gregg, Susan and Susan

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

·        FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH:

Thursday, March 24h Wacky Sock Day

                                            Friday, April 1st Inside Out Day

·        SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th.

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:


Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Name: Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Date: March 18, 2016

Event Description:

Spring ahead, with family fun for all ages at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's. Join in the fun -- and learn new things -- at the new and expanded Kids Activity Garden, where you roll up your sleeves and plant something, get up close and personal with creepy-crawly bugs or just enjoy some time on the swings or a slide in our indoor playground. Tickets for children are just $5.

Location:

Festival Hall, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL.  60611

Date/Time Information:

Mar. 12-20, 2016  Sun-Wed: 10am-6pm Thur-Sat: 10am- 8pm

Contact Information:

312-241-1250

Fees/Admission:

Children ages 4-12: $5 Adult weekday: $14 (purchased online before the show) Adult weekend: $16 (purchased online before the show)

Curriculum Update

This week, we continued our Big Cats project by exploring Lions.  We read a book about lions and the grasslands.  We learned that lions have tan fur that helps them to blend in with their surroundings.  The children were also very interested in learning about manes- the hair around the lions head.  We discovered that only the male lion has a mane.  We also learned that male lions spend most of their day sleeping and that the female lions are the ones that search for food. Baby lions are called cubs.  They live in large groups called a pride and they all have their own territory. 

For art this week we used forks, paint markers and construction paper to create lion faces.  The children drew the face with as much detail as possible and used the fork to apply paint as the mane.  It was a "roaring" good time!!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND HAPPY SPRING

Gregg, Susan and Susan

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH: Preschool and Kindergarten are invited to participate in Fun Fridays throughout the month of March. Each Friday will be a different themed day. 

Thursday March 24th: Wacky Sock Day

Friday April 1st: Inside Out Day

PAULINE'S RETURN:  We are excited to say that Pauline will be back on Monday, March 21st.  We have all missed her very much.

SCHOOL CLOSED: Friday, March 25th for our annual Spring Break Day!

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Syrup Tree and Silver Dollar Brunch

Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle 60532
(630) 719-2468

Take a guided hike to learn the history of maple tapping and see how it’s done! Complete your experience with maple syrup sampling and family style brunch. A portion of this program will be outdoors, please dress for the weather. Brunch includes pancakes, sausage, fruit, maple treat and beverages. Registration closes one week before the section date. Limit 20 per section. Register online.

Time: 1.5 hour sections with start times every 30 minutes from10am - noon

Cost: $18.00 members, $25.00 nonmembers

Ages: For families with children 2 and older

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE

This week we started our newest project on: ART.  This will be a four week study on colors, tools, different types of art and artists and will help introduce different art techniques to all of the children.  Our project will come to a close right after our Art Studio Day on April 7th.  Art Studio Day is a day where we transform the mini-gym into an artists studio, using up to 6 different art mediums for the children to rotate in and out of.  It ranges from wood sculpture to flower arranging.  This is a child/teacher event and will take place in the morning.  We will let you know more as the date grows closer. 

Throughout the week we focused on colors, both primary and secondary.  The children participated in different activities related to color mixing and were able to observe the changes that occur when adding one color to another.  A few of our favorite activities  included Rainbow Stew (which is documented on our art cabinet doors) and painting with primary colors and white paint for shading on aluminum foil.  The designs are beautiful!  Another exciting activity was making rainbow toast.  Using food coloring and milk the children painted the different colors on a piece of bread, toasted it and added butter.  The designs showed such creativity!  They were even more delicious to eat!

Next week we will begin focusing on specific artists and types of art.  The lesson plan is posted in the classroom and on he classroom portal of the website.  Take a look to see if you know any of these artists.  A great field trip is to the Art Institute in Chicago.  There are many representations of the art we will be studying. 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a great 1st day of Spring!!

Pauline, Patty, Samantha and Suzie

 

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March 18th, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

·        FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH:

Thursday, March 24h Wacky Sock Day

                                            Friday, April 1st Inside Out Day

·        SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th.

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:


Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Name: Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Date: March 18, 2016

Event Description:

Spring ahead, with family fun for all ages at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's. Join in the fun -- and learn new things -- at the new and expanded Kids Activity Garden, where you roll up your sleeves and plant something, get up close and personal with creepy-crawly bugs or just enjoy some time on the swings or a slide in our indoor playground. Tickets for children are just $5.

Location:

Festival Hall, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL.  60611

Date/Time Information:

Mar. 12-20, 2016  Sun-Wed: 10am-6pm Thur-Sat: 10am- 8pm

Contact Information:

312-241-1250

Fees/Admission:

Children ages 4-12: $5 Adult weekday: $14 (purchased online before the show) Adult weekend: $16 (purchased online before the show)

 

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          In honor of springtime we have been learning about baby animals.  The children have been learning about what different animals are called when they are babies.  Baby owls are called "owlets", baby kangaroos are called "joeys", baby dogs are "puppies", baby cats "kittens" etc.  The children seem very interested in what each animal is called as a baby.  Connor asked, "What is a baby human called?"  We explained that a baby human is called an "infant". 

          On Friday, we read the book Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle.  The book is about a father seahorse who cares for his babies in the deep blue sea.  The children thought it was silly that the father seahorse carried the babies in his tummy.  They were surprised when the teachers explained that in real life, father seahorses actually do carry their babies in their tummies and not the mother sea horse.  We explained to the children that the mother seahorse puts her eggs inside the father seahorse's pouch on his belly.  He carries them around, keeping them safe, until they are ready to hatch.  He then cares for the little babies and teaches them how to survive as a seahorse. 

          Next week, we will be talking about more baby animals including frogs!  We will talk about the lifecycle of a frog and show the children how this transformation takes place.   

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hilary, Gina, and Jessica

                                                  

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131 RED NEWSLETTER

March 11th, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Fun Fridays in March: Preschool and Kindergarten are invited to participate in Fun Fridays throughout the month of March. Each Friday will be a different themed day.

                  Friday March 18th: College Day

                  Thursday March 24th: Wacky Sock Day

                  Friday April 1st: Inside Out Day

 

Vision and Hearing Rescreening:  If you were absent for the vision and hearing screening on Tuesday, March 1st,  Julie Kupsty will be returning on Tuesday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m. She will also be performing re-screening on that day as well.

Individual Pictures: We will be having individual pictures the week of March 14th.  Look for more information to be passed along soon!

SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th.

CUBBY CLEANING: Please remember to take home your child’s artwork at the end of the day. Our cubbies are getting full and we are limited on space. Thank you for your help.

PARENT SEMINAR: Please join us on Thursday, March 17th from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. for a Meet and Greet Discussion with our school nurse Karen Crawford.  Please come with any questions or concerns you have regarding your child's health, safety and/or first aid.  We look forward to seeing you there. 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME: Don't forget to spring forward this week.  Unfortunately that means we all lose an hour of sleep. 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Chicagoland Family Pet Expo 2016

Name: Chicagoland Family Pet Expo 2016

Date: March 18, 2016 - March 20, 2016

Website: http://www.petchicago.com

Event Description:

Chicagoland Family Pet Expo is America's largest family pet expo all under one roof, featuring world-class entertainment, demonstrations, the latest pet products and hundreds of animal rescue groups.  
Please leave pets at home unless part of a performance or exhibit.

Location:

Arlington Park Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, IL. 60005

Date/Time Information:

Mar 18-20, 2016
Friday: 1-9pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

Fees/Admission:

$10/Adults   $5/Children ages 3-12  $7/Parking
Friday only, buy one get one same price admission FREE from 5-9pm.

 

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

The children began their new project this week and have begun to learn about Big Cats! This week we focused our attention of tigers. We began by learning that there are five different types of tigers. The types are Sumatran, Indochinese, Bengal, Chinese and the Siberian Tiger. We were amazed to hear that a Siberian Tiger can weigh 680 pounds and measure more than 13 feet from the tip of its tail to its nose. To demonstrate how big the tiger is we laid down on our back an used our bodies to measure 13 feet! We now know that tigers live in Asia and can be found in bitter cold places such as Siberia and hot, tropical places as well. Just like people, when a tiger gets too hot it will take a cold dip in a body of water to cool off. The children had the opportunity to learn about a very rare and special kind of tiger called the White Bengal Tiger. These tigers cannot grow orange fur and if you want to see one you will have to go to a zoo because they are not found in the wild. The class learned that tigers are and endangered animal and that it is up to people to take care of Tigers and make sure they continue to live in the wild.  For art the children used black construction paper to tear into stripes. They glued these striped on orange paper to make tiger stripes. We also had some fun painting and printing with toy lions. Next week we will turn our attention to Lions and learn about where they live, what they eat and how they differ from other big cats.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 Gregg Susan and Susan

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH: Preschool and Kindergarten are invited to participate in Fun Fridays throughout the month of March. Each Friday will be a different themed day. 

Friday March 18th: College Day

Thursday March 24th: Wacky Sock Day

Friday April 1st: Inside Out Day

 VISION AND HEARING RESCREENING:  If you were absent for the vision and hearing screening on Tuesday, March 1st, Julie Kupsty will be returning on Tuesday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m. She will also be performing re-screening on that day as well.

INDIVIDUAL PICTURES: We will be having individual pictures the week of March 14th.  Look for more information to be passed along soon!

PAULINES LEAVE OF ABSENCE:    Pauline will be absent for one more week but will hopefully be returning Monday, March 21st.  We will keep you informed moving forward of any extension of that date.  If you have any questions, please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.

PATTY'S TIME OFF: Patty will be on vacation Thursday, March 17th and Friday March 18th. 

SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th.

PARENT SEMINAR: Please join us on Thursday, March 17th from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. for a Meet and Greet Discussion with out school nurse Karen Crawford.  Please come with any questions/concerns you have regarding your child's health, safetyand/or first aid.  We look forward to seeing you there!

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME: Don't forget to spring forward this weekend.  Unfortunately that means you lose an hour of sleep.

THANK YOU:  A special thank you to Liam's family for their donation of a new puzzle for Liam's birthday.  The children were so excited to open it with him yesterday at group time and were even more anxious to help to put it together. 

COMMUNITY HAPPENENINGS

Family Fun Fest

 

Takiff Center- Glencoe Park District

999 Green Bay Rd
Glencoe, IL 60022

Phone number (847) 835-3030

From: Sunday, Mar 13, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

What/Why:

Looking for something fun to do with your children? Family Service of Glencoe, together with the Glencoe Park District and The Grand Food Center are pleased to host Family Fun Fest. This free annual event is geared towards young families with children up to 9 years old. You'll find an array of exciting activities, entertainment, and good food. This year, activities will include floor hockey, karate, yoga, arts and crafts, music with Wiggleworms, and performances by the Dance Company from the North Shore School of Dance.

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Today was the last day of our weather project.  This week we focused on the wind and how it affects the weather around us.  The children participated in a number of activities related to wind.  We talked about how sometimes the wind is calm and other times it can be very strong and powerful.  When the wind is powerful it can cause more dangerous storms called tornadoes and hurricanes.  These winds can be very damaging to our homes and neighborhoods.  It is one of the reasons we practice tornado drills within our school, to learn how to be safe when a storm like this occurs. 

The children use their own breath to make wind to move a cotton ball, an electric fan to attempt to move different weighted objects and a tornado bottle to represent what a tornado might look like in the sky.  This project has brought us a lot of new information about weather and the world around us.  Next week, we are completely shifting gears and will begin a four week project on art.  We will be holding our Art Studio Day for the children on Thursday, April 7th.  If you have any art experience or knowledge to share we would love to incorporate your expertise into our project. 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

PAULINE, PATTY, SAMANTHA AND SUZIE

 

 

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March 11th, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

v  FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH: Friday, March 18th College Day

                                                       Thursday, March 24h Wacky Sock Day

                                                        Friday, April 1st Inside Out Day

v  EXTRA CHANGES OF CLOTHES:  We are all happy to see the sun peeking through the clouds, but with slightly warmer weather comes mud and puddles.  Even though your children have snow clothes, we have noticed that they are still getting wet.  Please bring your child at least two pairs of pants, two shirts, many socks and many pairs of underwear so we have something to change them into.  Thank you all for your help. 

SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th.

PARENT SEMINAR: Please join us on Thursday, March 17th from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. for a Meet and Greet Discussion with out school nurse Karen Crawford.  Please come with any questions/concerns you have regarding your child's health, safetyand/or first aid.  We look forward to seeing you there!

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME: Don't forget to spring forward this weekend.  Unfortunately that means you lose an hour of sleep.

 VISION AND HEARING RESCREENING:  If you were absent for the vision and hearing screening on Tuesday, March 1st, Julie Kupsty will be returning on Tuesday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m. She will also be performing re-screening on that day as well.

INDIVIDUAL PICTURES: We will be having individual pictures the week of March 14th.  Look for more information to be passed along soon!

 

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:


Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Name: Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Date: March 18, 2016

Event Description:

Spring ahead, with family fun for all ages at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's. Join in the fun -- and learn new things -- at the new and expanded Kids Activity Garden, where you roll up your sleeves and plant something, get up close and personal with creepy-crawly bugs or just enjoy some time on the swings or a slide in our indoor playground. Tickets for children are just $5.

Location:

Festival Hall, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL.  60611

Date/Time Information:

Mar. 12-20, 2016  Sun-Wed: 10am-6pm Thur-Sat: 10am- 8pm

Contact Information:

312-241-1250

Fees/Admission:

Children ages 4-12: $5 Adult weekday: $14 (purchased online before the show) Adult weekend: $16 (purchased online before the show)

 

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

       This week we learned all about Volcanoes!  We learned that there are many volcanoes all around the world.  There are active volcanoes, that erupt often, and dormant volcanoes, that may only erupt every few thousand years.  We also looked at what happens with different kinds of eruptions.  We talked about how when lava flows from a volcano, it flows very slowly, so people and animals have a chance to get out of its way.  When a volcano has a lot of gas and steam built up inside of it, it often explodes and produces a Pyroclastic flow.  This is a superheated cloud of ash and gas that moves faster than an airplane, about 600 miles an hour.  It is very dangerous to people or animals that live close to a volcano. 

            For group time, we played the game "Hot Lava".  The children pretended that the carpet was lava and they had to jump from "rock" to "rock" on the carpet, making sure that their feet did not hit the ground!  They laughed and said, "Ouch Ouch Ouch, It's HOT!" 

            On Friday we did the erupting volcano experiment!  The children were able to see what an erupting volcano looks like, we explained that the gases in the pretend volcano are similar to gases in a real volcano.  The gas builds up and puts pressure on the rocks and eventually it bursts in an explosion! 

            Next week, in honor of spring, we will be learning about baby animals!  We will learn about what they are called and how their animal mommies and daddies care for them. 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hilary, Gina, and Jessica

                                                     

Art 2016

Concepts:

  • Colors- Primary and Secondary colors, shades of color

  • Materials – What you make art out of (clay, fabric, beads, paper)

  • Tools – What is used to make art (i.e. brushes, crayons)

  • Types – Jewelry, culinary, clothing, architecture

  • Artists and techniques – watercolor, collage, etc.

  • Professions associated with art – painter, dancer, jeweler, photographer, illustrator, chef, etc.

  • Representational vs. Abstract art

 

Week #1: Colors and Tools

Week #2: Artists and Techniques/style

Week #3: Artists and techniques/styles

Week #4: Types

 

Week #1: March 14th, 2016

 

Monday 3/14 Colors

Group Time: Mixing colors to demonstrate primary and secondary colors, and shades by adding black and white.

Math/Science: Mixing colors in shaving cream

Art: Rainbow Stew

 

Tuesday 3/15 Colors

Group Time: Make a list of things that are the color of the rainbow

Math/Science: Seriate colors from lightest to darkest

Art: mixing watercolors in coffee filters

 

Wednesday 3/16 Tools

Group Time: Show and Tell about various tool.  Play “What’s Missing?” with those tools.

Math/Science: Sort paint brushes, crayons, marker and pencils

Art: Texture stampers and ink pads

 

Thursday 3/17 Tools

Group Time: How many paint brushes in the jar? Have the children estimate and then count them together to find out.

Math/Science: Seriate paint brushes by size from shortest to tallest/thinnest to thickest

Art: Paint on different types of paper (Sandpaper, tinfoil, foam)

 

Friday 3/18

Group Time: Primary vs. Secondary Colors

Math/Science: Color Mixing

Art: Rainbow Toast

 

Week #2 and Week #3March 21stand March 28th

  • Jackson Pollack (splatter paint)

    Group Time: Discuss who he was and his type of art.  Point out that he painted standing up over his canvas on the ground.  Show some of his works of art.

    Math/Science: Experiment with splattering drops of liquid color from an eye dropper from various heights to see what size splats are made

    Art: Splatter paint

 

  • George Seurat (dots)

    Group Time: Show “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” and talk about his technique.

    Math/ Science: Dot to Dots

    Art: Create pictures using Seurat’s technique

 

  • Georgia O’Keefe (flowers)

    Group Time: Discuss her type of painting of large colorful flowers. Show some of her works of art.

    Math /Science: Flower Matching

    Art: Paint big flowers like O’Keefe

 

  • Pablo Picasso (shapes, collage, abstract)

    Group Time: Talk about the shapes he uses in his art and how his pictures are distorted. Discuss abstract vs. representational art.

    Math/Science: Tanagrams

    Art: Projector Art

 

 

 

  • Claude Monet:

    Group Time: Talk about his use of pastel colors/watercolor painting and painting nature (flowers and landscapes) Show some of his favorite works of art.

    Math/Science: Matching artists

    Art: Watercolor Painting

 

  • Vincent Van Gogh

    Group Time: Compare/contrast “Starry Night” and “Sunflowers”

    Math/Science: Patterning with stars

    Art: Recreate own version of “Starry Night” or “Sunflowers” painting

 

  • Ansel Adams/Anne Geddes (photography)

    Group Time: Discuss Adams’ use of landscape and black and white vs. Geddes’ use of portraits and people (babies and kids) and color.

    Math/Science: Look at old camera and film/Look at books of Adams’ and Geddes’ pictures.

    Art: Take a picture and develop it in color or black and white.

 

  • Alexander Calder (wire structures and mobiles)

    Group Time: Read the book about him.

    Math/Science: Floam

    Art: Wire Sculptures using clay base, pipe cleaners, wire and paperclips

 

  • Frank Lloyd Wright (Architecture)

    Group Time: Discuss the history of coming to Chicago and his style of building house vertically.

    Math/Science: Look at a book with his homes in it

    Art: Horizontal structures with mini blocks

 

  • Ludwig Beethoven (music)

    Group Time: Talk about how he composed music and played the piano from the age of 3 and that he was deaf.  Play some of his music and label it as classical music.

    Math/Science: Show some music sheets with the notes in it.

    Art: Writing music notes on blank music sheets

     

 

 

 

Week #4: April 4th , 2016

  • Jewelry

    Group Time: Show different types of Jewelry (necklace, bracelet, watch, ring, earrings, broach).  Discuss what Jewelry is made of (wire, beads, string, shells) and tools to make it.  Point out where on our body we wear jewelry.

    Math/Science: Pop beads

    Art: Noodle Necklaces

 

  • Performing Art

    Group Time: Watch a part of a ballet.  Watch a part of Cirque de Solei. Discuss the various performers/professions (acrobats, dancers, musicians, etc)

    Math/Science: Observe real ballet and tap shoes

    Art: Dance Class

 

  • Culinary Art:

    Group Time: Discuss the presentation of food.. should be colorful, tasteful, etc.  Look at the book How Are you Peeling? and talk about how food can be art.

    Math/Science: Make a pizza by adding topping to a felt pizza

    Art: Make Fruit Kabobs (red/strawberries, orange/cantaloupe, yellow/banana, green/kiwi, blue/blueberries)

 

  • Clothing

    Group Time: Show a clip from a fashion show.  Talk about how clothes are designed (drawn) and then someone sews fabric together to make a piece of clothing that you buy and wear.  Identify different types of clothing and fabrics. Provide clothing and have the children do a fashion show.

    Math/Science: Paper dolls

    Art: Collage of Fabrics

 

  • STUDIO DAY!!

     

 

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH: Kindergarteners are invited to participate in Fun Fridays throughout the month of March. Each Friday will be a different themed day. 

Friday March 11th: Pattern Day

Friday March 18th: College Day

Thursday March 24th: Wacky Sock Day

Friday April 1st: Inside Out Day

STORYTIME WITH THE GLENVIEW LIBRARY: Storytime with the Glenview Library will be here on Wednesday, March 9th. Sylvia Kraft Walker will be returning to read of fun stories. Kindergarten’s time slot is from 10:50-11:30.

 VISION AND HEARING RESCREENING:  If you were absent for the vision and hearing screening on Tuesday, March 1st, Julie Kupsty will be returning on Tuesday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m. She will also be performing re-screening on that day as well.

INDIVIDUAL PICTURES: We will be having individual pictures the week of March 14th.  Look for more information to be passed along soon!

SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th.

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill

711 N. Main St.
Rockford, Ill. 61103
(815) 963-6769
www.discoverycentermuseum.org

Date: January 30, 2016 - May 15, 2016
Cost: Free with museum admission

Board the Birdwell Island ferry and journey to the world of Clifford, America’s beloved big red dog. Slide down Clifford’s tail, work together to fill Clifford’s big dog bowl with bones, hunt for sea shells at T-Bone’s beach or “work” in the fish and chip shop on Birdwell Island and more.

CURRICULUM UPDATE

     We continued our unit studying cars with lots of enthusiasm. The kids  had a wonderful time creating, and then playing with the red cardboard car in our dramatic play area. It was a great wrap-up project as it helped us review what we learned last week about car parts, and car types. It also served as a way for us to extend our learning this week as we discussed ways to maintain a car. The kids "washed" and "squeegeed" it, pumped up the car tires, and pumped gas for the car. We also played a game to learn how to follow car rules and then made our own car drivers license.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH: Preschool and Kindergarten are invited to participate in Fun Fridays throughout the month of March. Each Friday will be a different themed day. 

Friday March 11th: Pattern Day

Friday March 18th: College Day

Thursday March 24th: Wacky Sock Day

Friday April 1st: Inside Out Day

STORYTIME WITH GLENVIEW LIBRARY: Storytime with the Glenview Library will be here on Wednesday, March 9th. Sylvia Kraft Walker will be returning to read of fun stories. Kindergarten’s time slot is from 10:50-11:30.

 VISION AND HEARING RESCREENING:  If you were absent for the vision and hearing screening on Tuesday, March 1st, Julie Kupsty will be returning on Tuesday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m. She will also be performing re-screening on that day as well.

INDIVIDUAL PICTURES: We will be having individual pictures the week of March 14th.  Look for more information to be passed along soon!

PAULINES LEAVE OF ABSENCE: As you have read, Pauline will be taking a short leave of absence due to her father's passing.  We hope to see her back at school by March 14th.  But will keep you informed moving forward of any extension of that date.  If you have any questions, please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.

SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th.

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill

711 N. Main St.
Rockford, Ill. 61103
(815) 963-6769
www.discoverycentermuseum.org

Date: January 30, 2016 - May 15, 2016
Cost: Free with museum admission

Board the Birdwell Island ferry and journey to the world of Clifford, America’s beloved big red dog. Slide down Clifford’s tail, work together to fill Clifford’s big dog bowl with bones, hunt for sea shells at T-Bone’s beach or “work” in the fish and chip shop on Birdwell Island and more.

CURRICULUM UPDATE

  This week we have been actively engaged in activities related to our project on weather.  Our focus has been on rain, rainbows and thunderstorms in anticipation of the spring weather right around the corner.  We have participated in a few fun experiments, told a story about a bear getting caught in a thunderstorm and sang songs and did some movement exercises to fill our mornings.  Our project has even coincided with our Spanish curriculum.  Senora Kus has taught us the words for many types of weather.  Here are a few that have learned:

Esta lloviendo - it's raining

Esta nevando - it's snowing

Esta nublando - it's cloudy

Hace frio - it's cold

Hace calor - it's hot

Hace sol - it's sunny

Hace viento - it's windy

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Pauline, Patty, Samantha and Suzie

 

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March 4th, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Fun Fridays in March: Preschool and Kindergarten are invited to
participate in Fun Fridays throughout the month of March. Each Friday will be a different themed day.
                     Friday March 11th: Pattern Day
                      Friday March 18th: College Day
                           Thursday March 24th: Wacky Sock Day
                  Friday April 1st: Inside Out Day
 
Storytime with the Glenview Library: Storytime with the Glenview Library
will be here on Wednesday, March 9th. Sylvia Kraft Walker will be
returning to read of fun stories. Room 131 time slot is from
10:00-10:40.

 

 Vision and Hearing Rescreening:  If you were absent for the vision and
hearing screening on Tuesday, March 1st, Julie Kupsty will be returning
on Tuesday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m. She will also be performing
re-screening on that day as well.

 

Individual Pictures: We will be having individual pictures the week of
March 14th.  Look for more information to be passed along soon!

 

SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on
Friday, March 25th.

 

CUBBY CLEANING: Please remember to take home your child’s artwork at the end of the day. Our cubbies are getting full and we are limited on space. Thank you for your help.
 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016 - Elmhurst

Name: St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016 - Elmhurst

Date: March 5, 2016

Website: http://www.elmhurststpatsparade.com/the-parade

Event Description:

Come to ou 20th annual parade - now the second largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the Chicago area! Celebrate Irish tradition with leprechauns, clowns, jugglers, dancers, bagpipes, marching bands and floats at Elmhurst St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade will begin at the intersection of Wilson Street and Spring Roads and continue north on Spring Road. 

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

The final stage of our project on art helped us to learn about shades. We discussed the difference between tints and shades and learned that shading means we make colors darker. The children were shown two different works of art. One was very bright in color and the other very dark. They were asked how each picture made them feel. It was interesting to hear how the bright paintings made them feel happy while the darker and more shaded pictures made them feel sad and even sleepy! For an art activity the children were given bright colors and a bottle of black paint. They could shade their paints as much or as little as they wanted. It was fun to see them mixing and shading together at the tables and sharing with each other about the colors they made. The class also spent some time learning about Pablo Picasso and Georges Seraut. We compared their styles of art and looked at many of their finished products. It has been a great tree weeks learning about art and experimenting with colors, various art forms and leaning a bit about some famous artists. Next week we will begin our new project on Big Cats!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 Gregg, Susan and Susan

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February 25th, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

·         HEARING AND VISION SCREENING:  DCFS requires all children 3, 4, and 5 years old, not in public Kindergarten, to have an annual vision and hearing screening. Every child must have this done in order for us to be in compliance. This is the parent permission form. If you have already had a vision or hearing screening this year, please bring in the paperwork. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. HEARING and VISION screening are $5 each or $10 for both! For your convenience, the screenings will take place during the day at our center on Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
·         STORY TELLER:  We have story time on Monday, March 9th from 10:00-10:40 AM.  Sylvia Kraft Walker is returning to lead us in a fun and interactive story time.  If you would like your child to attend, please have them at school before 10:00 AM.  Thank you!
·         DENTAL HEALTH PRESENTATION:  On Wednesday, March 2nd there will be a Dental Presentation from Familia Dental.  It will be held from 10:30-11:00 AM.  If you would like your child to participate, please have your child at school before 10:30.  
·         HILARY ON VACATION:  Hilary will be on vacation from February 29th-March 4th.  She will return on Monday, March 7th.  She will with family on vacation in Mexico.  Her substitute will be Jill Halteman.
·         FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH:  We are going to have Fun Fridays for March!  Here is the schedule:  
March 4th:  HAT DAY
March 11th:  PATTERN DAY
March 18th:  COLLEGE DAY
March 24th:  WACKY SOCK DAY
APRIL 1st:  INSIDE OUT DAY 

 

SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th, 2016

 

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Date: March 12, 2016

Website:http://chicagoflower.com

Event Description:

Spring ahead, with family fun for all ages at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's. Join in the fun -- and learn new things -- at the new and expanded Kids Activity Garden, where you roll up your sleeves and plant something, get up close and personal with creepy-crawly bugs or just enjoy some time on the swings or a slide in our indoor playground. Tickets for children are just $5.

Location:

Festival Hall, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL.  60611

Date/Time Information:

Mar. 12-20, 2016  Sun-Wed: 10am-6pm Thur-Sat: 10am- 8pm

Contact Information:

312-241-1250

Fees/Admission:

Children ages 4-12: $5 Adult weekday: $14 (purchased online before the show) Adult weekend: $16 (purchased online before the show)

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          This week we began our Cars project and the children really seem to be excited.  Cars is a subject they are very familiar with as they ride in them almost every day.  On Tuesday we showed the children the four kinds of cars they see on a regular basis.  We showed them sedans, SUV's, pickup trucks and mini vans.  Many of the children noticed that their parents drive these cars, they were excited when they saw the cars that they ride in every day.  We noticed that all cars have four wheels, they all have windshields, they all have windows and they all have engines to help them go.  We then started to notice some differences between the cars.  Some of the cars had two doors, and some had four doors.  Some of them were bigger, some were smaller.  The biggest difference the children noticed was the pickup truck.  "It doesn't have back seats!", said Nikola.  The teachers explained that people use pickup trucks for work, they use them to transport tools, machines, animals or other vehicles. 

          For art this week, we made a whole car out of a large box!  We cut off the flaps and made wheels.  The children painted the whole box bright red like a race car.   We painted the large circles black for the wheels and small paper plates silver for hubcaps.  The children will use it next week for dramatic play.  We will be transforming our loft area into a mechanic's shop!   

On Friday, we had the chance to take a look at three of the teachers cars.  Hilary, Gina and Suzie parked their cars in the back parking lot and the children took turns in small groups to look at both the outside and inside of each vehicle.  All three teachers have different make and models and the cars ranged from medium, large to extra large.  The following is a picture from the back of Suzie's GMC Yukon.  We think all the children would agree that honking the horn was a class favorite.

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hilary, Gina, and Jessica