134 Red Newsletter 4-1-16


April 1, 2016



  • MARCH BIRTHDAYS: During the month of March, three children turned four: Nolan Chen on the 4th, Liam Gosman on the 6th, and Eleanor Cohen on the 27th. Happy Belated Birthday! 
  • THANK YOU: We would like to thank Liam for his donation of a puzzle in honor of his birthday. We would also like to thank Eleanor for her donation of some books in honor of her birthday. They are wonderful additions to our classroom.
  • APRIL BIRTHDAYS: Violet Louw will be turning 4 on the 9th. Jaimee Asistores will be turning 4 on the 24th. On the 28th, Alex will be turning 4. We wish them an early happy birthday and look forward to helping them celebrate their special day at school.
  • WELCOME: We would like to welcome Jonah Baer, his parents Kory and Danny, and his brother Asher (joining the Toddler I program), to our 134 family. Jonah’s first day will be on Tuesday, April 5th.  
  • SPANISH CLASS: Spanish will now be held on Tuesday mornings starting April 5th. We will continue to have Spanish at our normal time, 10:00-10:30am. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator, Suzie Brunner. 
  • STUDIO DAY: On Friday, April 8th, the children will have the opportunity to participate in our annual “Studio Day.” Around this time of year the children spend time learning about art. Towards the end of the project, the children become artists themselves and go into our art studio (mini-gym) and explore various types of art and create beautiful works of art. The time our class will go is from 11:05 to 11:40. If you would like your child to attend, please have them at school by this time. (This event is for children and teachers only.)
  • WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD: Save the date! Our annual Week of the Young Child Family Breakfast for Preschool/ Kindergarten is Friday, April 15th from 7:30am – 9:00am. If you have a younger sibling in the Infant or Toddler program, they will be holding their breakfast on Thursday, April 14th.  Please refrain from bringing siblings between program breakfasts. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend one-on-one time with your older or younger child. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you all there!
  • WAGNER FARM:  We are excited to announce an in-school field trip on Wednesday, April 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wagner Farm will be coming. The children will have an exciting opportunity to learn about Wagner Farm's livestock in this hands-on program.  They will not only see, smell and touch the animals, but also discover the unique contributions of each animal in sustaining the farm. Each class will transition through three stations as they learn about the life cycles of dairy cows, sheep and chickens. The students will make valuable connections between the seasonality of farm work, the cultivation of farm animals and the specific role of each animal in supporting the farm family, contemporary consumers and American agriculture. If you have any questions about this event please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool Kindergarten Coordinator.
  • OUTSIDE APPERAL: The weather keeps fluctuating. Please help us in keeping the children comfortable outside by having a hat and mittens at school to wear. Thank you.
  • COMMUNITY HAPPENING: It’s never too early to expose children to art.  Preschoolers are at an age in which they can understand different types of art, such as jewelry, sculpture and architecture.  They are also able to recall and identify art and artists they have been exposed to in the past, especially if exposed on a regular basis.  Chicago is a wonderful city full of incredible museums full of art.  The Art Institute of Chicago, located at 111 S. Michigan Ave., has a famous collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.  Included among them is George Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (one of the paintings the children learned about this week).  Another special feature of the museum is their Touch Gallery.  This exhibit has several pieces of art that the guests are encouraged to explore through their sense of touch.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to allow children to explore art and not have to say, “Don’t touch!”  For more information about the museum, including exhibits, hours of operation or admission prices, go to www.artic.edu/aic. 



We explored several additional artists this week. They included Alexander Calder, Vincent Van Gogh, Ludwig Beethoven, and Pablo Picasso. Calder used wire to make mobiles. There is a famous piece at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. The children placed colored wire and pipe cleaners into a small piece of foam. The pieces were connected using wire hangers, and hung from the light in the classroom. The children observed how the individual pieces of the mobile move independently as well as together when the mobile moves.

The children learned that Van Gogh liked to paint with the color yellow, and used a technique that looked like swirls. The two pieces of Van Gogh’s art they were shown were Sunflowers and The Starry Night. The children observed ways the two pieces of art are alike and different. Then they recreated their own versions of these two pieces of art using different techniques. One was drawing the pictures using markers. The other was using popsicle sticks in ether yellow or blue paint to create swirls.

So far the artists the children have been exposed to have been painters. One they learned about this week was a musician – Beethoven. The children were told that Beethoven wrote and played music. He played music from the early age of three, and was so talented that he was able to create beautiful music despite the fact that he was deaf. We showed real music sheets to the children and then the children tried drawing their own music on plain music sheets. They also took turns playing a large keyboard like a piano the way Beethoven did - on the ground – so he could feel the vibrations instead of hear the sounds.

The final artist of the week was Pablo Picasso. Pablo Picasso has a style called cubism, in which his pictures (many of faces) looked as though they were made of lots of small cubes.  He distorted the faces by moving the eyes and noses to places of the face that they didn’t belong.



Pauline, Patty, Samantha, and Suzie