Kindergarten Newsletter - January 22, 2016


100th Day Celebration:  The Kindergartners celebrated our 100th day celebration this week! We all had such a wonderful time. Thank you to all of the parents who were able to come into GBN to help out! We couldn’t have had such a wonderful day full of celebrating without your help.

Outdoor Play: Outdoor play is a part of your child's day in Kindergarten.  We are outside twice a day, even in the winter months.  Our temperature guidelines allow us to go outdoors if the temperature with the wind chill is 15 degrees or higher. The length of time we are outdoors depends on this temperature.  On a 30 degree day or above we will be outdoors in the morning and afternoon for at least 20 to 30 minutes. As a staff, we can understand that muddy snow gear on a daily basis can be frustrating.  Your children love to play and explore no matter what time of year it is outside.

The change in temperature allows for many new and different textures and fun to investigate and get messy with.  We recommend having at least one pair of snow pants, two pairs of waterproof gloves or mittens and as always, extra DRY clothing (pants and socks are a must) to change your into after outdoor play.

Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles: Mark your calendars now! On Wednesday, January 27th, Dave and his traveling reptiles will present an in-school field trip in the mini gym. This is an opportunity for an up-close, live, and interactive “hands on” experience with reptiles and amphibians from around the world. This field trip blends education and a unique style of humor to form a totally original experience that makes their presentation every bit as entertaining as it is educational. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to Suzie Brunner, Preschool and Kindergarten Coordinator.

Kindergarten Information Night: Kindergarten Information Night will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd at 4:30pm. This meeting is for all parents of prospective Kindergarten and Jr. Kindergarten parents. 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, interested and abilities. Registration for 2016-2017 Kindergarten year starts at the Information Night and continues through February 10th. If you have any questions about the Information Night, please contact Suzie Brunner at or 847.564.3004.

Field Trip: Save the Date! On Friday, February 19th, the Kindergartners will be visiting the Museum of Science and Industry as an extension of our learning about the human body. We have space for 9 parents to join us on this field trip. We will leave GBN at 8:45AM and return to the center at 2:45PM. If you are interested in joining, a sign-up sheet will go up next week.  We need a final head count by Friday, February 5th.

Community Happenings

Frosty Fest: Bittersweet Golf Club, 875 Almond Rd; Gurnee. 

This unforgettable day of winter family fun includes ice sculpting, horse-drawn carriage rides, dog sled demonstrations and meet the team, snowshoe on the 10th hole, sledding and snow play fun, free s’mores and hot cocoa and festive winter games. Activities subject to change based on weather conditions. No registration required.

Time: 10:30AM - 1:00PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All ages

Curriculum Update

This week, we’ve have finished our travels around the nifty, fifty United States. As we’ve been learning the state bird, flower, tree and animal, the children have also become curious about other random state facts. Did you know that many states have milk as their state beverage? Additionally, we’ve pointed out the state on the United States floor map, focusing on which part of the country it’s located (north/south/east/west and/or along the coasts).  Next week, as an extension of our 100th Day Celebration, we will focus on the number 100 while doing a variety of activities. We are super excited about it!

Literacy Table

 At the literacy table this week, we’ve continued working on our short vowel sounds. We are continuing to work on our 3 letter CVC words with all 5 short vowels, identifying beginning sounds, as well as recognizing and writing lower case letters.  

 Math Table

At the math table, we’ve transitioned through many different missing number challenges. Some of us have even started working on missing numbers from 1-100! In addition to identifying the missing numbers, we’re also working on writing each number correctly. It’s taking a little longer, but it’s a valuable skill to work on. It helps to remind us to slow down and check our work prior to completing it. 

Art Table

We have finally completed our collection of 50 States fact sheets. Each child has worked very hard on these pages, and you will see quite a transformation from the beginning of the states to the end. Look for there is your child’s 50 States folder or in their portfolios.


Have a terrific weekend!

Mrs. Arado, Mrs. Daugherty, Mr. Mark, & Miss Berne