131 newsletter 3-25-16


March 25th, 2016



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.


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.


Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens 1354 N. 2nd St. Rockford, IL 61107

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Date/Time Information:

March 19-May 15, 2016  Tuesdays-Fridays 9am-5pm | Saturdays-Sundays 10am-3pm, Closed Mondays

Contact Information:



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






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!


 Gregg, Susan and Susan