134 Red Newsletter 2-26-2016


February 26, 2016

  • WELCOME: As you may have noticed, we have had a new face in 134 for the past month or so. Samantha Lacasse is new to Nielsen and started at the end of January. She moved here from Boston and has her B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She will be working opposite hours of Suzie in the mornings or afternoons and will float throughout Preschool and Kindergarten midday. Please help us in officially welcoming Samantha to our 134 family. If you have any questions, please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.

  • SPARE CLOTHES: Playing outside often ends up in the children’s pants and/or socks getting wet. It would be helpful to have extra pants and socks at school for your child to change into. Thank you.

  • DENTIST VISIT: On Wednesday, March 2nd we will be having an in-school “Dental Health Presentation” by Familia Dental dentistry. Our classroom’s time is from 10:00-10:30 am.

  • LIBRARIAN VISIT: On Wednesday, March 9th, we will have a “Storytime with the Glenview Library.” Sylvia Kraft Walker is returning to lead us in a fun and interactive story hour. Our classroom’s time is from 10:50-11:30am.

  • VISION AND HEARING SCREENINGS: DCFS requires all children 3, 4, and 5 years old, not in public Kindergarten, to have an annual vision and hearing screening. Every child must have this done in order for us to be in compliance. The parent permission form has been emailed to you from Pam. If you have already had a vision or hearing screening this year, please bring in the paperwork. HEARING and VISION screening are $5 each or $10 for both! For your convenience, the screenings will take place during the day at our center on Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2, 2016. You may drop the permission form and your check (Made payable to Julie Kupstys) at the front desk at any time prior to the screenings.

  • FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH: We are celebrating the month of March with some extra fun days. Each Friday is themed as follows:

    • March 4th ……..HAT DAY

    • March 11th ……PATTERN DAY

    • March 18th …..COLLEGE DAY

    • March 24th ……WACKY SOCK DAY

    • April 1st ………...INSIDE OUT DAY



    • Brick by Brick: Opens March 10th. Museum of Science and Industry’s newest exhibit features giant LEGO versions of favorite landmarks, including a 60-foot-long replica of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can even try building a masterpiece yourself with hands-on challenges that teach engineering, construction and architecture.

    • Chicago Flower & Garden Show: March 12-20th, at Navy Pier. This year’s theme is “Chicago Is” and will celebrate what makes our city so great. Plus walk through more than 20 life-sized gardens, enjoy daily seminars and workshops, and shop the marketplace. Visit www.chicagoflower.com for more information.



          Every day the children are examining our thermometer and deciphering the weather temperature using the colors as a guide. For example, Eleanor said, “It’s on the blue, so it’s cold.” We started identifying weather this week in terms of what we see. The children named four types – sunny, cloudy, snowy, and rainy. We discussed which type of weather we have in the winter/cold, summer/warm, and both. We used the weather from this week to answer those questions. For example, on Tuesday it was sunny and on Wednesday it was cloudy. It was discovered that it can be sunny and cloudy in both warm and cold weather. Another question asked of the children was “In which type of weather (we see) can we not go out?” Tommy answered, “Raining, because it has puddles and it’s too wet.”

          Then we started talking about sunny days, cloudy days, rainy days, and snowy days. We discussed how it makes us feel, what activities we do, what we wear, and what we see in nature. We had a lot of fun at our movie night and connecting what we have learned so far about weather to the concepts in the movie. The movie inspired the children to make igloos. They used sugar cubes and glue to create them. They found it much less challenging than the characters in the movie.

          Next week we continue exploring weather and what adventures it bring for us.



Pauline, Patty, Suzie, and Samantha