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January 22nd, 2016



  • 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. 


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.



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!


 Gregg, Susan and Susan