134 Red Newsletter


February 12TH, 2016



  • 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.


    • 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.



          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.



Pauline, Patty, Suzie, and Samantha