Kindergarten Newsletter- April 8, 2016


April 8, 2016


Week of The Young Child: 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 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!

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

Spanish Class: Spanish will now be held on Tuesday mornings starting April 5th. Kindergarten will have Spanish at its normal time, 10:30-11:00am. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to one of the teachers, or our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator, Suzie Brunner.


Field Trip: We will take our final kindergarten field trip on Tuesday, April 19th. We will head into the city to see Skippy Jon Jones in the Cirque de Olé at the Apollo Theatre. We will be leaving promptly at 8:45am. Please have your child here no later than 8:20am. If your child would like breakfast, we will be serving from 7:45am – 8:15am. SPOTS ARE ALL FILLED. The bus will return to school around 1PM, and we will have lunch upon arrival.


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

Train Day: Lambs Farm, Libertyville. I-94 and Rte. 176, 60048. (847) 362-4636. Saturday April 23, 2016. Children of all ages can don their conductor's hat and operate the Digital Command Control System for running model trains on the portable layout courtesy of Valley Model Railroad Club. The layout also features a CTC computerized signal system. Operating and viewing the model trains is free of charge. Train related children's activities will be available at zero to nominal cost. Children can explore Lambs Farm by purchasing a $3 Fun Pass and receive a free gift while visiting all our campus businesses! While you're here enjoy a meal at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery or visit the Farmyard & Attractions! Standard rates apply.

Time: 10am - 3pm

Cost: FREE

Ages: All ages

Curriculum Update

This week, we continued our study of visual arts. This week, we focused on cave paintings, sculpture and tapestry. We looked at familiar and unfamiliar pieces of sculpture. Many of the sculptures we looked at were public pieces of art, made from stone, wood, metal or plastic. When discussing it further, we realized we can make sculptures from pretty much any material! While learning about tapestries, we learned that most were made using a loom. Artists who create tapestries also use needles and threads. The tapestries we observed were very intricate and detailed, each of them telling us a different story. Tapestries began as an alternative way to display art in castles. They can be as large as a football field or as small as the palm of our hands. We had the opportunity to create our own tapestry using popsicle sticks, yarn and small pieces of fabric.

 Next week's lesson: Introduction to Theatre

Literacy Table

This week at the literacy table we worked on rhyming words. We focused on basic words like hat, pin and top. The kindergartners used picture cards with matching word cards. This week’s focus was to understand rhyming words and matching the words. Next week, we will focus on writing rhyming words and making up our own silly words.

Math Table

At the math table this week, children continued to work on math addition facts by attempting various addition problems with and without manipulatives in their own math packets. Each child has a chance to work at their own pace. 


Art Table

At the art table we’ve practiced new techniques creating artwork. We’ve learned about the techniques that artists of the past have used and tried to emulate those while creating our own masterpieces. Please take a look next week at our new board: Masterpiece Hall.