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