PRESCHOOL – 134 RED

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

 

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

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

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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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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

 

 

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: 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

 

134 Red Newsletter 2-26-2016

134 NEWSLETTER

February 26, 2016

  • WELCOME: As you may have noticed, we have had a new face in 134 for the past month or so. Samantha Lacasse is new to Nielsen and started at the end of January. She moved here from Boston and has her B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She will be working opposite hours of Suzie in the mornings or afternoons and will float throughout Preschool and Kindergarten midday. Please help us in officially welcoming Samantha to our 134 family. If you have any questions, please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.

  • SPARE CLOTHES: Playing outside often ends up in the children’s pants and/or socks getting wet. It would be helpful to have extra pants and socks at school for your child to change into. Thank you.

  • DENTIST VISIT: On Wednesday, March 2nd we will be having an in-school “Dental Health Presentation” by Familia Dental dentistry. Our classroom’s time is from 10:00-10:30 am.

  • 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.

  • FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH: We are celebrating the month of March with some extra fun days. Each Friday is themed as follows:

    • 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 FIRDAY, MARCH 25TH, 2016

  • COMMUNITY HAPPENING:

    • Brick by Brick: Opens March 10th. Museum of Science and Industry’s newest exhibit features giant LEGO versions of favorite landmarks, including a 60-foot-long replica of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can even try building a masterpiece yourself with hands-on challenges that teach engineering, construction and architecture.

    • Chicago Flower & Garden Show: March 12-20th, at Navy Pier. This year’s theme is “Chicago Is” and will celebrate what makes our city so great. Plus walk through more than 20 life-sized gardens, enjoy daily seminars and workshops, and shop the marketplace. Visit www.chicagoflower.com for more information.

       

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          Every day the children are examining our thermometer and deciphering the weather temperature using the colors as a guide. For example, Eleanor said, “It’s on the blue, so it’s cold.” We started identifying weather this week in terms of what we see. The children named four types – sunny, cloudy, snowy, and rainy. We discussed which type of weather we have in the winter/cold, summer/warm, and both. We used the weather from this week to answer those questions. For example, on Tuesday it was sunny and on Wednesday it was cloudy. It was discovered that it can be sunny and cloudy in both warm and cold weather. Another question asked of the children was “In which type of weather (we see) can we not go out?” Tommy answered, “Raining, because it has puddles and it’s too wet.”

          Then we started talking about sunny days, cloudy days, rainy days, and snowy days. We discussed how it makes us feel, what activities we do, what we wear, and what we see in nature. We had a lot of fun at our movie night and connecting what we have learned so far about weather to the concepts in the movie. The movie inspired the children to make igloos. They used sugar cubes and glue to create them. They found it much less challenging than the characters in the movie.

          Next week we continue exploring weather and what adventures it bring for us.

 

HAVE AN OUTSTANDING WEEKEND!

Pauline, Patty, Suzie, and Samantha

 

 

134Red Newsletter 2-19-2016

134 NEWSLETTER

February 19, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • MOVIE NIGHT: We are excited to announce 134’s Move Night. Please join us for dinner and a movie here at school in the Mini-gym this coming Wednesday, February 24th, from 4:30-5:45. Pizza 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.

  • IN-CLASS WORKSHOP: Our class will be participating in a special science workshop on Wednesday, February 24th. The topic is “Wonderful Weather.” The workshop is for the children only during our curriculum time. We look forward to sharing with you afterwards all the interesting things we learned.

  • COMMUNITY HAPPENING:

    • CHINESE GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS: February 17-18th at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie). North Shore Center’s Youtheater welcomes the Chinese Golden Acrobats to Skokie to celebrate the Chinese New Year.  For more information visit www.northshorecenter.org.

    • SLEEP-OVER WITH THE ANIMALS: February 20-21st at the Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark St., Chicago). Have dinner and then explore the zoo after hours before enjoying snacks, games, and stories as you get ready to curl up in your sleeping bag. Breakfast is served in the morning. For more information visit www.lpzoo.org.

       

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          Our schedule in both the summer and the winter provides for us to play outside twice a day. Our ability to play outside depends on the weather. Many times the children will ask, “Can we go outside,” or “Are we going outside?” We have finished our unit on winter, so it seemed appropriate and a prime opportunity to look at “weather” for our next unit. Our goal is to help the children learn what information is needed and how to gather that information in order to determine the answer to their questions about the weather. This way, they can better understand how we get to the answer about going outside, and be able to answer the question more independently.

          We started the unit this week by looking at the definition of weather. It was explained that weather is made up of two things – temperature and precipitation. We explored what these words mean. For example, we feel temperatures and we see precipitation. Temperature is described with words, such as warm and cold; Precipitation is described with words, such as snow and rain. After the basic introduction, we moved into learning about temperatures in more detail. There are different ways to identify temperature. One way is connecting colors to temperatures, in which red is hot and dark blue is cold. We purchased a special thermometer for the classroom and showed the children on the measuring tool that the needle moves from one end of the spectrum to the other depending on the temperature. When we had it inside, the children saw the needle in the orange/yellow section (warm), and when it was outside, the needle was in the blue range (cold).

          The thermometer also measures temperatures in degrees, and includes information on wind chill, heat index, and humidity. Next week we will examine how to measure temperature with numbers in degrees.

 

HAVE AN OUTSTANDING WEEKEND!

Pauline, Patty, Suzie, and Samantha

134Red Weather Curriculum Plan

CURRICULUM PLAN

February 2016

Emerging ideas for WEATHER

Literacy

  •  Read fiction and non-fiction books about weather,  such as
    • Little Cloud by Eric Carle
    • Wild Weather Days by Katie Marsico
  • Listen to books on CD following along with the book.
  • Dictate related stories and experiences.
  • Group Times

    ·         Examine weather-related words (i.e. sunny, rain, wind, clouds, hail, cold, hot, warm, freezing, etc.).

  • Investigate ways to check the weather (i.e. TV, IPad, radio, eyes, etc.).
  • Learn what instruments we use to check temperatures and how to use them.
  • Look at different clothing worn in different types of weather and temperature, and why we wear them.
  • Identify dangers associated with weather, such as storms and frostbite.
  • Learn how to spell some weather words (i.e. sun and wind).

Social Studies

  • Learn weather related words in different languages. For example, the Spanish word for sun is "sol".
  • Look at types of weather and temperatures around the world, especially in locations where we have relatives.

Math and Science

  • Experiment what happens when we wear cotton gloves vs. waterproof mittens.
  • Sort…clothing worn in different temperature, animals living in different climates, day and night activities, etc.
  • Pattern… weather pictures (i.e. sun, moon, sun, moon, etc.).
  • Make 1:1 correlation… (i.e. match raindrops to the numeral on various umbrellas).
  • Explore the concept of wind.
  • Experiment with different ways to create “rain.”

Art

  • Make suns using various mediums and techniques.
  • Create unique umbrellas.
  • Wind painting using straws to blow paint across paper.
  • Make clouds out of white playdough.
  • Paint with warm and cold colors as they relate to temperature.

Project Work

  • Track on a graph the temperature each day for an extended period of time and see trends.
  • Create a chart to show the weather each day and use it to track the weather.
  • Learn to identify the weather and temperature in order to determine whether or not we can go outside and play.

 

 

 

134 Red Newsletter

134 NEWSLETTER

February 12TH, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • CUBBY STOCKING: Please keep an eye on what extra clothes your child has available in their cubbies, and replenish as needed. After returning from outside play, we often times need to change the children’s pants or socks and run out

  • CAMP AND KINDERGARTEN CONFIRMATION:  If you applied for either camp for the Summer of 2016 or Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year, you will receive written confirmation of your spot the week of February 22nd.  If you have any questions please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.  She can be reached next week by email at sbrunner@gbnchildcare.com .

  • 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.

     

    10:50 to 11:20 Wonderful Weather Room 134

     

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

  •  

    MOVIE NIGHT: We are excited to announce 134’s Move Night. Please join us for dinner and a movie here at school in the Mini-gym on Wednesday, February 24th, 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.

  • STAFF TIME OFF: Suzie will be on vacation next week, Feb. 15-19th.

  • COMMUNITY HAPPENING:

    • WINTER CHILLY FEST: February 13-14th at Emily Oaks Nature Center (4650 Brummel St., Skokie). Go ice skating on the pond, enjoy a hay ride, take part in snow and ice games, roast marshmallows, and dine on chili by the fire at this family-friendly festival. For more information, visit skokieparks.org.

    • CHINESE FOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS: February 17-18th at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie). North Shore Center’s Youtheater welcomes the Chinese Golden Acrobats to Skokie to celebrate the Chinese New Year.  For more information visit northshorecenter.org.

       

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          With the cold weather upon us, this week we have been keeping our bodies busy with some fun, physical activities.  While reading, The Mitten, by Jan Brett, we re-enacted the story of the animals going to hibernate in the little boy’s lost mitten.  Every child had the chance to pretend to be one of the animals.  On Tuesday, we talked about the concept of hibernation.  We incorporated music and movement into this activity by playing the song, “Do a Deer” from the Sound of Music.  The children danced slowly and lightly to the music, as if they were getting sleepy and ready to hibernate.  When the music stopped the “animals” fell asleep and went into hibernation.  When the music started again, it was springtime!  The flowers started to bloom, the grass was starting grow and turn green and the leaves were budding on the trees.  How refreshing a long winter’s nap can make you feel! 

Using coordination and cooperation, we also participated in an ice cube relay in the hallway.  The children worked together with their classmates and teachers to pass spoons with an ice cube to one another and walk carefully in the hallway trying to not drop the ice.  It was challenging and fun and we learned that if we take too long our ice cubes get smaller and smaller.

 

HAVE AN OUTSTANDING WEEKEND!

Pauline, Patty, Suzie, and Samantha

134Red Newsletter 1-29-16

134 NEWSLETTER

January 29, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • 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.

  • ACCESSORIES: Please help us by refraining from sending your child with jewelry or excessive hair ties/clips to school. They become a distraction during group times, as well as a safety concern at nap time. We wouldn’t want for them to break or get lost.

  • MOVIE NIGHT: We are excited to announce 134’s Move Night. Please join us for dinner and a movie here at school in the Mini-gym on Wednesday, February 24th, 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.

     

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          A highlight of our second week of “Winter, Water, Snow, and Ice,” began by reading Wake Me in Spring by James Preller and Snow Happy by Patricia Hussell. Both books highlight fun snow and winter activities. Afterwards, the children split up in groups and acted out different snow fun: Group one acted out making snow angels. Group two built snowmen, complete with a carrot nose and top hat. Group three made an igloo/snow house. Then all of the children pretended to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows and whipped cream. Imaginations ran wild!

          Next week snowmen will be a big part of our curriculum activities.

         

HAVE AN OUTSTANDING WEEKEND!

Pauline, Patty, Suzie, and Samantha

 

134 newsletter January 22, 2016

134 NEWSLETTER

January 22, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • JANUARY BIRTHDAYS: Sofia Soyugenc turned 5 years old on the 6th and Devon Belcher will be turning 4 years old on the 31st. We wish them both a very Happy Birthday!

  • 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.  

  • IN-SCHOOL FIELD TRIP: Next Wednesday, January 27th, from 10:30-11:45 (in the mini-gym), Dave DiNaso will be presenting his “Traveling World of Reptiles.” It is an up-close, live, and extremely hands-on experience about reptiles and amphibians from around the world. If you have any reservations about your child participating in this experience, please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.

  • COMMUNITY HAPPENING:  Visit the Enchanted Railroad at the Morton Arboretum between January 15th and February 21st. Go to www.mortonarb.org for more information.

     

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

            This week we started our multi-week unit on WINTER, WATER, SNOW and ICE. We covered a little bit of all four of those concepts this week during various activities.

WINTER: We discussed animals that live in winter weather (i.e. cold temperatures). The children were each given an animal and they had to identify what it was and name the location in which it lives – warm or cold weather. Some of the winter weather animals were snow leopard, penguin, walrus, polar bear, Alaskan husky, and snow bunny. Another concept related to winter is clothing. We did two fun activities with our winter gloves. The first one was to find out which color was most popular among our gloves. Each child hung one of his/her gloves to a clothesline with a clip. We grouped the colors together and then counted them. We discovered that blue was the color of the most gloves (6) and purple was the least (2). As a follow up to that, the children designed their own poster board gloves by tracing his/her hand like a mitten and coloring it in. The mittens were cut out and we hung them on a clothesline on display. Blue and purple were no longer the most and least popular color with these gloves. J

WATER and ICE: The children learned that water comes in three forms – liquid, solid, and gas. They were shown a cup of water, a bowl of ice, and they watched as Pauline threw a large pitcher of boiling water into the cold air outside. It was explained that liquid, if picked up in our hand, just spills out. Water in a solid form can be held in our hand in its current form. The last, demonstrated how the water evaporates in the air and can no longer be seen.

SNOW: We did an experiment with snow in which we collected a cup of snow and placed it in a bowl, and a cup of water was put in another bowl. We waited for the snow to melt and observed if the amounts would still be equal. We were surprised to discover that as the snow melted, the water evaporated and after almost two hours, all that was left was two tablespoons of water. It was not even close to being equal. It was also a visual of why we have to keep snow outside and why we only have snow in the winter, because otherwise it melts.

            Next week our unit continues with more experiments, books and games.

           

HAVE AN OUTSTANDING WEEKEND!

Pauline, Patty, Suzie, and Tammy