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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

131 newsletter 3-25-16

131 RED NEWSLETTER

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

131 newsletter 3-4-16

131 RED NEWSLETTER

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

131 newsletter 2-16-16

131 RED NEWSLETTER

February 26th, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • LIBRARIAN VISIT: On Wednesday, March 9th, we will have a “Storytime with the Glenview Library.” Sylvia Kraft Walker is returning to lead us in a fun and interactive story hour. Our classroom’s time is from 10:50-11:30am.

  • VISION AND HEARING SCREENINGS: 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. The parent permission form has been emailed to you from Pam. If you have already had a vision or hearing screening this year, please bring in the paperwork. 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. You may drop the permission form and your check (Made payable to Julie Kupstys) at the front desk at any time prior to the screenings

  •    DENTAL HEALTH PRESENTATION: Wednesday, March 2 from 10:00-10:30.

  •      FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH:   Friday March 4th is Hat day

                                             

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Name: Junie B. Jones The Musical at Northbrook Theatre

Date: February 27, 2016

Website: http://www.northbrooktheatre.org

Event Description:

Junie B. Jones The Musical is....where we step into the outspoken, precocious and loveable life of Junie B., complete with her Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal and experience funny and fast-paced musical adventures of first grade!

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

Our project on art is moving right along. This week we focused our attention on new vocabulary. We learned that black is not actually a color. In fact it is considered achromatic or the absence of color. The children put on their science hats and continued to mix primary colors to come up with secondary colors. We also discovered that if you add white to a color it is called a tint. As a class we worked together to try and make pink. In front of the children were several different colors to choose from. The teacher asked them to pick a color to mix with white. After trying several different colors we were finally able to make pink! When we finished our experiment the children had the opportunity to paint with all the bright colors we created together. Next week we will learn about shading colors, talk about how colors make us feel, and begin to focus on some very famous artists.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 Gregg Susan and Susan

 

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131 RED NEWSLETTER

February 19th, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • v      MOVIE NIGHT: Thank you all for coming to movie night. We hope you had a good time and we look forward to more movie nights in the future.
  • v      MAD SCIENCE: We will be having a visit from the Mad Science group on February 24th from 9:30-10:00. Our topic is Colors! Please be sure to have your child at school before 9:30 if you want them to attend.
 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Name: Junie B. Jones The Musical at Northbrook Theatre

Date: February 27, 2016

Website: http://www.northbrooktheatre.org

Event Description:

Junie B. Jones The Musical is....where we step into the outspoken, precocious and loveable life of Junie B., complete with her Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal and experience funny and fast-paced musical adventures of first grade!

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

The first week of our project on art is off to a great start. We began the week by talking about the different forms of art such as painting, sculptures, photography, wire and even knitting! The children looked through several books and had the chance to see many different types of completed artwork created by many different artists. As a class we did some experimenting with color mixing as well. We picked any two colors of paint and mixed them together to see what would happen. It was fun to guess and check and see what we could create. For art activities we worked with markers, colored pencils and had a great time finger painting! Next week we will continue to explore art and its many forms. We will use crayons and oil pastels and have the opportunity to paint on several different mediums. 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 Gregg Susan and Susan

131red Newsletter 2-12-16

131 RED NEWSLETTER

February 12th, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • MOVIE NIGHT: We are excited to announce 131’s Move Night. Please join us for dinner and a movie here at school in the Mini-gym on Thursday, February 18th, from 4:30-5:45. Pizza and salad will be provided by the school. Everyone is invited to come dressed in pajamas for even more fun and comfort. [The children can wear pajamas all day!] We will put up an RSVP sheet by the clipboard. We would appreciate you letting us know if you will be joining us. Parents only please. Younger siblings have their own special night.

  • MAD SCIENCE WORKSHOPS: Mad Science Group Inc. has franchises located around the world, who bring science education to millions of children each year. Our innovative programs help kids learn about science through our fun after-school programs, preschool programs, in-class workshops, camps, birthday parties and special events. They will be coming on Wednesday, February 24th.

     

    9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Colorful Colors Room 131

     

    Please have your child here by the designated time to participate in their classroom experience

  • TIME OFF:  Susan Hedrick will be on vacation Monday, February 15th through Wednesday, February 17th.  She will be returning on Thursday, February 18th.

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Storytown Improv

Name: Storytown Improv

Date: February 13, 2016

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Website: http://www.storytownimprov.com

Event Description:

From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

Room 131 spent the past week reading and talking about some books such as Ballerina Rosie, Clink, and The Day I Lost My Superpowers. These were fun books that we chose to read and to act out as a group. Our goal was to get some more experience working in teams and working together as a class. We practiced our listening skills and worked on our ability to follow multi-step directions. It was also a great opportunity to use our imagination and improvisation skills as well. The entire class really enjoyed acting out the stories and adding their own twist as we went! Next week we will begin our new project and our topic will be Art.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 Gregg Susan and Susan

131 newsletter 1-22-16

131 RED NEWSLETTER

January 22nd, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • v      MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Kindergarten Information Night will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd at 4:30 pm. This meeting is for all parents of prospective Kindergarten and Jr. Kindergarteners. If your child will be turning 5 by December 31st, 2016, you are encouraged to attend. Please join us at our Information Night to find out more information on our comprehensive curriculum and how it is tailored to meet each individual child’s needs, interests, and abilities. Registration for the 2016-2017 Kindergarten year starts at the Information Night and continues until February 10th. If you have any questions, please contact Suzie Brunner at sbrunner@gbnchildcare.com or 847-564-3004.  
  • v      THE REPTILE SHOW: Wednesday, January 27th from 10:30 to 11:45 in the mini gym. Please have your child to school by 10:00 so we can ensure a smooth transition. 
 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Name: The Morton Arboretum's Husky Heroes Event

Date: January 30, 2016 - January 31, 2016

Website: http://www.mortonarb.org

Event Description:

Visitors of all ages will enjoy interacting with Siberian sled dogs when Husky Heroes returns to The Morton Arboretum,Jan. 30-31, 2016.

Guests can watch demonstrations of husky sled-pulling and skijoring, a winter sport where the dogs pull a person on skis. Children and adults can visit the dogs and sled teams, inspect equipment and have their pictures taken with the rigs. In addition, information will be available during the event about husky adoption. 

Husky Heroes takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 and 31, at the Visitor Center and on nearby trails.

Demonstrations held near the dogsled course will begin at 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. Presenters will include information about each sled team participating in the demonstrations. Information about adoption of huskies will be available, and visitors can view film footage of dogs competing in various sled races.

Husky Heroes also will feature hot drinks and snacks available for sale. Visitors are asked to leave their own pets at home. The Arboretum’s next Dog Admission Day is March 5, 2016.

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

Our penguin project is off to a great start! We began the week by reading the book See How They Grow. This book helped us to expand our growing vocabulary with words such as huddle, rookery, molt and toboggan! We have learned that there are 17 different kinds of penguins and that they come in different sizes and colors. Our favorite names are the Emperor penguin and the Macaroni penguin. We also discovered that the male penguin places a single egg on top of his feet, to keep it warm, and will stay with it until it hatches. When the baby hatches it is covered in soft down feathers with will change to waterproof feathers as the penguin gets older. We know that penguins eat squid and fish such as the sardine. When they are swimming through the ocean in search of food they have to be careful of the Leopard Seal! For art we spent a lot of time making our new mobiles. They are finished and we will hang them in our classroom asap. Next week we will learn about all the different species of penguins and do some gross motor activities such as the penguin walk, the egg walk and even have the chance to do some tobogganing!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 Gregg, Susan and Susan