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