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Important Dates

June 16- Pre-K Fun Day

June 20- Last Day of School


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Contact Ms. McIlvain

kmcilvain@cps.edu


Related Service Providers
Speech Language Pathologist
Jensine Fitzgibbons 
jmfitzgibbon@cps.edu

Bilingual Coordinator Kayla Vigil Nuguid
krvigil@cps.edu

Social Worker
Nancy Hanna
nhhanna@cps.edu

Physical Therapist
Sarah Hammet
sabroeg@cps.edu

Occupational Therapist
Abby Meehan
aemeehan@cps.edu


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Week of June 5-9, 2017

This Week:
This week we will celebrate the letters O, P, Q, R, and S! Today we did an obstacle course in the small gym that included crawling under a desk, running around and between cones, climbing up a step stool, and jumping down! For the rest of the week we will wear polka dots, have an entire quiet day, wear a rainbow, and wear sunglasses and stripes.


Preschool Application for New Students:
If you know anyone interested in applying for preschool for next year, the application is now available! They can apply through the chicagoearlylearning.org website. Children must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1, 2017 in order to be eligible for preschool. Current/returning students do not need to apply.


Pre-K Fun Day:
Our end of the year Pre-K Fun Day will take place on Friday, June 16th. This will be a parent-child activity where we will have lots of fun games set up outside for you to play with your child to celebrate the end of the year! We will meet on the LaSalle II back playground at 8:00 am and the event will end at 10 am. There will not be regularly scheduled classes on this day. Because this is a parent-child activity students must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event. If it rains, the event will be held indoors. 
Please fill out the note stating your attendance and return it to school as soon as possible.










Week of May 22-26, 2017

This Week:
This week we celebrated the letters F, G, H, I, and J! We fingerpainted, played parachute games, wore fun hats, make butterflies, and jumped around! We also read books like 'The Cat in the Hat' and 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' to go along with our activities. We practiced identifying the letter of the day and talked about its' sound.


Preschool Application for New Students:
If you know anyone interested in applying for preschool for next year, the application is now available! They can apply through the chicagoearlylearning.org website. Children must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1, 2017 in order to be eligible for preschool. Current/returning students do not need to apply.


Pre-K Fun Day:
Our end of the year Pre-K Fun Day will take place on Friday, June 16th. This will be a parent-child activity where we will have lots of fun games set up outside for you to play with your child! More details will be sent home in the next few weeks.













Week of May 15-19, 2017

Mother's Day Celebration:
Our students did a great job performing at the Mother's Day Celebration last week! We would like to say a huge thank you to all the moms that came out and made the event such a success! We hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day!


Preschool Application for New Students:
If you know anyone interested in applying for preschool for next year, the application is now available! They can apply through the chicagoearlylearning.org website. Children must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1, 2017 in order to be eligible for preschool. Current/returning students do not need to apply.


2017 Parent Empowerment EXPO:
The CPS Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS) is hosting a Parent Empowerment Expo on May 20th from 9:00-1:00. The Expo is a special education and disability resource fair for parents and caregivers of CPS students receiving special education services. You will be able to meet with community agencies, attend an IEP and Transition clinic, and attend workshops. One of the workshops will be a PECS for Parents training which I would highly recommend if your child is non-verbal as it is something we use in the classroom! Lunch will be provided and there is no registration fee for parents. You can register here


This Week:
This week we began our ABC Countdown! We reviewed the letters A, B, C, D, and E by bringing our stuffed animals to school, blowing bubbles, wearing crazy socks, having a dance party, and exercising! Every day we discuss the letter of the day and review its' sound and words that start with it; we also have a discussion about our activity for the day such as showing off our crazy socks! We also read a book that goes along with the theme of the day and look for the letter in that book! We are off to a great start and can't wait to see where our countdown takes us!















Week of May 8-12, 2017

Mother's Day Celebration:
This Friday, May 12th, we will be having a Mother's Day Celebration in the gym. We will photograph you and your child and students will perform a few songs. Please pack a light snack and drink to enjoy after the performance.
Class hours for BOTH the a.m. and p.m. sessions will be 9:00 to 10:30. This event is for Pre-K students and their mothers- siblings will not be able to attend due to space and age constraints. If you are unable to attend this celebration, your child will not have school that day. If Mom cannot attend this celebration your child can bring a grandmother, aunt, or close female friend in her place.


LaSalle II Carnival:
This Wednesday, May 10th, will be the third annual LaSalle II Student Council Carnival. The Student Council will be raising funds in the hopes of creating and purchasing a school flag, in addition to continuing the tradition of bringing cultural assemblies to Fun Day. The carnival will take place from 3:30-6:00 and all students must be accompanied by an adult.


Preschool Application for New Students:
If you know anyone interested in applying for preschool for next year, the application is set to launch May 15th. They can apply through the chicagoearlylearning.org website. Children must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1, 2017 in order to be eligible for preschool. Current/returning students do not need to apply.


2017 Parent Empowerment EXPO:
The CPS Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS) is hosting a Parent Empowerment Expo on May 20th from 9:00-1:00. The Expo is a special education and disability resource fair for parents and caregivers of CPS students receiving special education services. You will be able to meet with community agencies, attend an IEP and Transition clinic, and attend workshops. One of the workshops will be a PECS for Parents training which I would highly recommend if your child is non-verbal as it is something we use in the classroom! Lunch will be provided and there is no registration fee for parents. You can register here


Focus of the Week:
This week we are finishing up our shapes unit! We have studied circles, square, triangles, and now rectangles! We have read many books about shapes and practiced identifying them all. We have also been sorting by shape, which was a little tricky for some of our friends since they were used to sorting by color. We did a lot of fun shape art projects and practiced cutting shapes, too! We will be wrapping up our shape unit in order to get ready to begin the ABC Countdown next week!


ABC Countdown:
Believe it or not the school year is coming to an end! Everyone has worked very hard during the past year and we are going to celebrate by counting down the last days of school. During the last 26 days of school, we will be participating in an ABC Countdown to summer! Each school day will have a different activity depending on the letter of the day. Your child may need to bring certain items to school or dress to a theme on various days to help make the day a success. Our ABC Countdown calendar went home this week and we recommend hanging it on the fridge or somewhere easy to see so you can reference it as we go! We start on Monday, May 15th.












Week of May 1-5, 2017

Mother's Day Celebration:
Friday, May 12th, we will be having a Mother's Day Celebration in the gym. We will photograph you and your child and students will perform a few songs. Please pack a light snack and drink to enjoy after the performance.
Class hours for BOTH the a.m. and p.m. sessions will be 9:00 to 10:30. This event is for Pre-K students and their mothers- siblings will not be able to attend due to space and age constraints. If you are unable to attend this celebration, your child will not have school that day. If Mom cannot attend this celebration your child can bring a grandmother, aunt, or close female friend in her place.


LaSalle II Carnival:
Wednesday, May 10th, will be the third annual LaSalle II Student Council Carnival. The Student Council will be raising funds in the hopes of creating and purchasing a school flag, in addition to continuing the tradition of bringing cultural assemblies to Fun Day. The carnival will take place from 3:30-6:00 and all students must be accompanied by an adult.


Spirit Week:
Monday, May 8th- Mismatch Day
Wear different patterns, mismatched shoes or socks, anything that doesn't match!
Tuesday, May 9th- Fictional Characters
Dress up as your favorite fictional character from a movie, book, TV show, etc.
Wednesday, May 10th- Skittles
Dress head to toe in the color assigned to your grade- Pre-K is purple!
Thursday, May 11th- Throwback Thursday
Dress in 80s and 90s
Friday, May 12th- Falcon Friday
Dress in purple and blue, wear your Falcon spirit gear, or even dress up as a falcon!










Week of April 17-21, 2017

Thank you for making Bring Your Parent to School Day a success!
Thank you so much to all the parents who came in for Bring Your Parent to School Day! We had a great time interacting with all of you and your children together and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!


Field Trip:
Tuesday, April 25th, is our field trip to Brookfield Zoo! Students need to arrive at school at 9:00 am and will be dismissed at 2:00 pm. There will be no buses to or from school on this day. Students will need to bring a paper/plastic bag with their lunch in it.


Focus of the Week:
This week we began a new unit on shapes! We will be focusing on one shape each week and as we learn more we will begin to combine them to make something new! This week we began with circles. We cut out circles, painted circles using paper-towel rolls, and practiced sorting circles verses squares. We have also been reading books about circles and taking turns finding the circle on each page. For this unit, we will be using a shapes choice board to help our friends identify and match shapes. Our core word of the week is 'see' and we have been using it to help us say what shapes we see! Everyone received a core board in their green folder from Bring Your Parent to School Day so be sure to practice using it at home! We are reviewing the letter 'E' because it is in so many of our names and we want to make sure we really know it. 


Week of the Young Child:
LaSalle II Pre-K will be celebrating the "Week Of The Young Child" April 24th - April 28th!
The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.
The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child™ in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families."

We will celebrate the following days: 
April 24, 2017 "Music Monday" - We will dance at our morning circle times. 
April 25, 2017 "Tasty Tuesday" -  Try a new vegetable for dinner.
April 26, 2017 "Work Together Wednesday"- We will work to create buildings as a group. 
April 27, 2017 "Artsy Thursday" - We will use a variety of media to create art work.
April 28, 2017 - "Family Friday" - We will send home a parent and child activity for our families to do together. 

Week are looking forward to celebrating our youngest learners! 













Week of March 27-31, 2017

Bring Your Parent to School Day:
In lieu of parent/teacher conferences, we will be hosting a parent/child activity- Bring Your Parent to School! Students will have the opportunity to bring a parent to school on Wednesday, April 19th. Students will show their parent their favorite centers and participate in some fun hands-on parent/child activities! Remember, this is a non-attendance day for students so if you sign up for Bring Your Parent to School, make sure to show up at the scheduled time!
P.S. We will be having a Mother's Day celebration Friday, May 12th, so Bring Your Parent to School Day would be a great opportunity for dad to come to school!

Sign-up forms went home today (March 31st) and will be due next Tuesday, April 4th.

Illness:
As the weather is changing we have had a lot of students getting sick. We will be disinfecting the room more often than usual to help stop the spread of germs, but we ask that you please keep your child home if they are sick. Check out the graphic above for more specifics about when it is best to keep your child home from school.


Focus of the Week:
This week and next we will be reviewing all the parts of the body we have learned about and touching on a few that we haven't (stomach, shoulders, belly button). We will be making a few different art projects that incorporate our knowledge of the body such as gluing arms/legs/heads onto the appropriate parts of a body. We will also be reviewing the Core words we have studied this unit which are "want", "touch", "stop", "go", "see", and "hear". We will wrap up this unit next week in order to be ready to start fresh when we come back from spring break!


Dates to Keep in Mind:
Next Thursday, April 6th, is our field trip to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. This will be a field trip day so students will come to school at 9:00 am and be dismissed at 11:30 pm. There will be no buses to or from school on this day. We will not be eating lunch on this trip.

Next Friday, April 7th, there is no school and it is the beginning of Spring Break. Classes will resume on Monday, April 17th.


Week of the Young Child:
LaSalle II Pre-K will be celebrating the "Week Of The Young Child" April 24th - April 28th!
The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.
The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child™ in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families."

We will celebrate the following days: 
April 24, 2017 "Music Monday" - We will dance at our morning circle times. 
April 25, 2017 "Tasty Tuesday" -  Try a new vegetable for dinner.
April 26, 2017 "Work Together Wednesday"- We will work to create buildings as a group. 
April 27, 2017 "Artsy Thursday" - We will use a variety of media to create art work.
April 28, 2017 - "Family Friday" - We will send home a parent and child activity for our families to do together. 

Week are looking forward to celebrating our youngest learners! 











Week of March 20-24, 2017

Petting Zoo:
Last Friday we had the opportunity to see a petting zoo in the school gym! The students watched a presentation of some unique and cool animals and then got to pet some of the friendlier ones! The students really enjoyed seeing all the animals, though a lot of our friends were hesitant to touch them. We all loved listening to the rooster crow and it really made the students laugh! 


Focus of the Week:
This week we continue our Parts of the Body unit with a focus on our feet and legs. We are practicing identifying our feet, toes, knees, and legs by touching them on our bodies or pointing to them in pictures.We have been talking about the uses for our legs/feet like walking, running, kicking balls (not people!), and more! We have also been practicing using the words 'Stop' and 'Go' in a number of different foot related activities (kicking, running, etc.). We traced our feet and made footprints with paint as fun art activities. Our letter of the week is 'L' for leg, lion, and leaf.


Illness:
As the weather is changing we have had a lot of students getting sick. We will be disinfecting the room more often than usual to help stop the spread of germs, but we ask that you please keep your child home if they are sick. Check out the graphic above for more specifics about when it is best to keep your child home from school











Week of March 13-17, 2017

Students searching for coins in shaving cream with our Occupational Therapist, Ms. Meehan.


Focus of the Week:
This week we are continuing our study of the parts of the body with a focus on our arms and hands. We will be practicing identifying our arms, hands, fingers, and elbows. We will be talking a lot about what we use our hands for such as shaking hands, high fives, building, and drawing (and also the things we don't use our hands for, like hitting!). Our letter of the week is 'F' for finger, flower, and fish. We will also be talking about how we use our hands to gently touch animals in preparation for the petting zoo on Friday!


Yearbook:
 The LaSalle II yearbook forms went home recently! The yearbooks will be in full color and cost $20. Room 103 will have our own page and all students will be represented. Forms are due THIS FRIDAY March 17th.


Illness:
As the weather is changing we have had a lot of students getting sick. We will be disinfecting the room more often than usual to help stop the spread of germs, but we ask that you please keep your child home if they are sick.













Week of March 6-10, 2017

Our PM class showing off their Cat in the Hat hats! Thanks for a great Dr. Seuss Week!

Focus of the Week:
This week we are beginning a new unit- parts of the body! This week we are focusing on our face and senses and will be talking about our eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and head. We will be practicing identifying these body parts, talking about what they do (eyes see, ears hear, etc.), and practicing using them. Our letter of the week is 'E' for elephant, eye, and ear.We also learned a new song this week- "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" which was an instant hit!  Our new unit provides a great opportunity for you to bring school learning into the home! Be sure to talk about the parts of their body with your child and discuss what they do.


Yearbook:
 The LaSalle II yearbook forms went home last week! The yearbooks will be in full color and cost $20. Room 103 will have our own page and all students will be represented. Forms are due March 17th.


Illness:
As the weather is changing we have had a lot of students getting sick. We will be disinfecting the room more often than usual to help stop the spread of germs, but we ask that you please keep your child home if they are sick.


Perfect Attendance:
Congratulations to the following students who had perfect attendance for the month of February! 
Marco
Matthew












Week of February 27- March 3, 2017

AM students creating Green Eggs to go along with the book "Green Eggs and Ham".

Focus of the Week:
This week we are celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss! We have already read "Fox in Socks", "Green Eggs and Ham", and "Hop on Pop" and will read "The Cat in the Hat" and "One Fish, Two Fish" in the next few days. The students have really enjoyed all of the wonderful illustrations in the Dr. Seuss books and the fun rhymes. We have been doing activities that go along with each book and it has been a very fun week! Our letter of the week is 'D' for Dr. Seuss and the students have gotten really good at finding the letter D on the cover of his books. We have also been talking a lot about what an author does and how they write the words of the stories. 

I would like to give a big thank you to all the parents that have been helping their students dress to the theme! We have had a ton of fun discussing what we are wearing each day and connecting it to the book.


Upcoming Trips:
March 17th- Petting Zoo
This will be a normal schedule day but while students are here we will get to explore a petting zoo in the gym.

April 6th- Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
This will be a field trip day so students will come to school at 9:00 am and be dismissed at 11:30 pm. The cost of the field trip is $3.00 for students and $7.00 for chaperones. 
All money and permission slips are due THIS Friday, March 3rd.

April 25th- Brookfield Zoo
This will be the make-up day for our zoo field trip that was cancelled in December. Students will come to school at 9:00 am and be dismissed at 2:00 pm for this trip. Students (and chaperones) will need to bring a lunch on this day. Parents that previously paid for and turned in slips for the trip will need to fill out a new permission slip with the updated date, which was sent home last week. Students that did not previously turn in money or forms do now have the opportunity to do so, but we do not have space for any more chaperones. 
All money and permission slips are due THIS Friday, March 3rd.


Yearbook:
 The LaSalle II yearbook forms went home last week! The yearbooks will be in full color and cost $20. Room 103 will have our own page and all students will be represented. Forms are due March 17th.











Week of February 20-24, 2017

Dr. Seuss Week:
Next week, February 27- March 3, we will be celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Each day we will be reading a different Dr. Seuss book and doing activities that go along with it. We are asking students to dress up to correspond with the book we are reading that day to make a fun home-to-school connection. If you have any Dr. Seuss books at home, be sure to read them and talk about how it is the same author!

Monday- "Fox in Socks"
Wear your silliest or mismatched socks

Tuesday- "Green Eggs and Ham"
Wear something green

Wednesday- "Hop on Pop"
Come ready to jump

Thursday- "Cat in the Hat"
Wear a hat to school

Wednesday- "One Fish, Two Fish"
Wear red or blue clothing


Focus of the Week:
This week we continued our questioning with 'The Three Little Pigs' and also practiced greetings! We read a fun story about why we say 'hello' or give another type of greeting and we practiced greeting people that come into the classroom. We have been encouraging students to respond to a greeting by saying 'hi', waving, shaking hands, giving a high five, or giving a hug. Our letter of the week was 'H' for hello, hi, hand, and hat!


Random Acts of Kindness:
The month of February is Random Acts of Kindness Month so all of LaSalle II has been performing random acts of kindness throughout the month. This week we colored pictures as a thank you for our bus drivers as our random act of kindness. The students had a lot of fun coloring and giving the cards to their bus drivers and aides and everyone was very appreciative of them!


Upcoming Trips:
We have a number of field trips and fun events coming up in the next few months so please be on the lookout for notes and permission slips that will be coming home in your students' backpacks.

March 17th- Petting Zoo
This will be a normal schedule day but while students are here we will get to explore a petting zoo in the gym.

April 6th- Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
This will be a field trip day so students will come to school at 9:00 am and be dismissed at 11:30 pm. The cost of the field trip is $3.00 for students and $7.00 for chaperones. 
All money and permission slips are due next Friday, March 3rd.

April 25th- Brookfield Zoo
This will be the make-up day for our zoo field trip that was cancelled in December. Students will come to school at 9:00 am and be dismissed at 2:00 pm for this trip. Students (and chaperones) will need to bring a lunch on this day. Parents that previously paid for and turned in slips for the trip will need to fill out a new permission slip with the updated date, which was sent home last week. Students that did not previously turn in money or forms do now have the opportunity to do so, but we do not have space for any more chaperones. 
All money and permission slips are due next Friday, March 3rd.


Yearbook:
Be on the lookout for LaSalle II yearbook forms that should be sent home in the next few days! The yearbooks will be in full color and will cost $20. Room 103 will have our own page and all students will be represented. Forms will be due March 17th.











Week of February 13-17, 2017


Focus of the Week:
Our letter of the week this week was the letter 'V' for valentine! We made valentine's cards on Tuesday and talked about the letter all week. We learned that 'v' is a very tricky sound to make but we tried it! This was the last week of our color unit and we focused on how colors mix to form other colors. We read a number of books about color mixing and even mixed paint in ziplock bags so we could see it ourselves! The students had a great time smooshing the paint around in the bags and identifying what color it turned into.


Upcoming Trips:
We have a number of field trips and fun events coming up in the next few months so please be on the lookout for notes and permission slips that will be coming home in your students' backpacks.

March 17th- Petting Zoo
This will be a normal schedule day but while students are here we will get to explore a petting zoo in the gym.

April 6th- Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
This will be a field trip day so students will come to school at 9:00 am and be dismissed at 11:30 pm. The cost of the field trip is $3.00 for students and $9.00 for chaperones. The permission slip will be going home this week and is due on Friday, March 3rd.

April 25th- Brookfield Zoo
This will be the make-up day for our zoo field trip that was cancelled in December. As of right now, this trip is only open to students that paid and turned in forms in December. We do need parents to fill out a new permission slip with the updated date, which will be sent home this week and will be due on Friday, March 3rd. Students will come to school at 9:00 am and be dismissed at 2:00 pm for this trip.










Week of February 6-10, 2017

Focus of the Week:
Our letter of the week is the letter 'B' and our colors are blue and green. We will be adding the colors to our collaborative rainbow and then it will be finished! Students have also been making a collage of each color that we will be turning into their own book of colors. We have been practicing identifying all colors, verbally for students that can do so and using a choice board with pictures of all the colors for students that need it. Choice boards are a great way to give our students their own voice and are very easy to make. We have continued reading 'The Three Little Pigs' and have been practicing answering questions about the book. Some questions we ask are things like identifying characters ("who is that?"), identifying what characters are doing ("what is the pig doing?"), and analyzing why characters are doing things ("why is the wolf on the roof?"). We use choice boards to help students answer questions and we also use many of these as whole group discussions.


Valentines Day:
Next Tuesday, February 14th, is Valentines Day and we will be celebrating in the classroom. Students are invited to bring Valentines for their classmates, though it is not required. There are 5 students in the morning session and 5 students in the afternoon session. We ask that you not put names on the valentines as it makes them more difficult for students to pass out themselves. Students are also invited to dress in pink or red on this day.


iPad:
Some of you may have noticed on your child's Daily Report that they have been playing in the technology center! We recently acquired an iPad for students to use and it is now available as a center during Free Choice time. It has exclusively educational games, but they are still very fun! In order to encourage play in all areas of the room, students are only allowed 5-7 minutes of iPad time at a time and are limited to 15 minutes for the entire day.


Perfect Attendance:
Congratulations to Marco and Armando who both had perfect attendance for the month of January!








Week of January 23- 27, 2017

Story Bus:
Last Thursday we had the opportunity to go on the Story Bus! The Story Bus is a bus that travels the city and is decorated on the inside to correspond to a fairy tale. This year's story was Goldilocks and the Three Bears so it included three beds, three chairs, a broken chair that students could fix, and more! We read the story of Goldilocks a number of times before the bus' visit so that students were familiar with what they were seeing! They had a great time exploring the scenes on the bus!


Focus of the Week:
Our colors this week are pink and purple so our letter of the week is 'P'! We will be putting pink and purple hand-prints on our rainbow, which is a collaborative art project we will be creating throughout our color unit, and making collages with pink and purple materials. We will also begin reading "The Three Little Pigs" (because pig starts with p!) which will be a story we will be focusing on for a while in order to practice answering questions about the text and then sequencing the events of the story. We continued our work on patterning (another p!) and most of our students are really starting to be able to extend a simple pattern (for example- red, green, red, green). Try making some patterns at home to bridge their learning between both home and school!


Attendance:
We know the weather is cold and that many students are getting sick, but please try to make sure students are at school every day. Our classroom attendance has continued to decline, and we currently have one of the worst attendance rates in the school. Being at school every day is vital to your child's growth as a student. When children are not at school they miss out on invaluable learning opportunities that cannot be made-up. For our students with special needs, missing even one day of school throws off their routine and they have a much more difficult time re-adjusting to school when they return.
Please make sure that unless your child is sick, they are at school every day.









Week of January 17-20th, 2017

Jim Gill Parent-Child Activity:
A note went home with your child today or yesterday asking about attendance for the Jim Gill Concert on Friday, please fill this out and return it to school as soon as possible!
January 20th we will be hosting a concert by award-winning children's musician and author Jim Gill. This concert will be a parent-child activity so parents must stay with their children and attend together. We are sorry but no siblings will be permitted to attend. If you would like more information about Jim Gill you can check out his website at jimgill.com


Focus of the Week:
This week we are starting a new unit of study about colors! Each week we will be focusing on a color and practicing identifying that color in different settings. Our color this week is the color red and our letter of the week is 'R' to go along with it! We talked about how 'red' starts with 'r', practiced the sound 'r' makes, and discussed other words that start with 'r'. We read a book all about the color red and we also read "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" to get ready for our visit with the Story Bus that will take place on Thursday. Throughout this unit we will be using our color skills to begin learning about patterning! We started practicing this week and it was a good introduction!


College/ High School Gear Dress Down Day:
This Friday, January 20th, will be a College/ High School Gear dress down day sponsored by the Student Council. For $1 students may wear hoodies, t-shirts, or sweatshirts from a high school or college of their choice. A portion of the donations will be given to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.


Attendance:
We know the weather is cold and that many students are getting sick, but please try to make sure students are at school every day. Our classroom attendance has continued to decline, and we currently have one of the worst attendance rates in the school. Being at school every day is vital to your child's growth as a student. When children are not at school they miss out on invaluable learning opportunities that cannot be made-up. For our students with special needs, missing even one day of school throws off their routine and they have a much more difficult time re-adjusting to school when they return.
Please make sure that unless your child is sick, they are at school every day.












Week of January 9-13, 2017

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!
I hope everyone had a great break and we are excited to get back in the swing of things this week!


Jim Gill Parent-Child Activity:
January 20th we will be hosting a concert by award-winning children's musician and author Jim Gill. This concert will be a parent-child activity so parents must stay with their children and attend together. We are sorry but no siblings will be permitted to attend. If you would like more information about Jim Gill you can check out his website at jimgill.com


Focus of the Week:
Our letter of the week this week is the letter 'A' we will be talking about words that begin with 'A' and especially names that begin with A since we have a number of those in our room! We will also be spending time going back over classroom rules and expectations, with a focus on what we can do if we are upset. We will be using a 'Wheel of Choices' that will be hanging in the classroom for the rest of the year that shows students some of their options to help fix the situation. We will discuss how students can 'Take a Break' in the sensory center to calm down, 'Butterfly Breaths' which are deep breaths where we also move our arms up and down, 'Walk Away' if someone else is bothering them, or say 'Stop, Please' using the stop hand motion to ask someone to stop if they are doing something they don't like. 



Attendance:
We know the weather is cold and that many students are getting sick, but please try to make sure students are at school every day. Our classroom attendance has continued to decline, and we currently have one of the worst attendance rates in the school. Being at school every day is vital to your child's growth as a student. When children are not at school they miss out on invaluable learning opportunities that cannot be made-up. For our students with special needs, missing even one day of school throws off their routine and they have a much more difficult time re-adjusting to school when they return.
Please make sure that unless your child is sick, they are at school every day.


Chicago Parent Special Needs Playdate:
Our social worker, Nancy Hanna, informed me of an upcoming event, the Chicago Parent Special Needs Playdate on January 28th at JCC Northbrook. For tickets and more information go to http://neighborhoodparentsnetwork.cmail2.com/t/ViewEmail/r/13B507C8C900EE172540EF23F30FEDED/20365E1B4DEA03520CC2E775D3CF5869.













Week of December 19-23, 2016

Winter Break:
This Friday (December 23rd) is our last day of classes before Winter Break! 
Classes will resume on Monday, January 9th. 
Happy Holidays!


Ugly Sweater Day:
This Thursday, December 22nd, will be an ugly sweater day for $1 as a student council fundraiser. Money from this event will be donated to Toys for Tots and we would love to see everyone attend!


Pajama Day:
Friday, December 23rd, will be pajama day! There is no cost for students to wear their pajamas, but all students must wear shoes or slippers with rubber soles.


Movie Day:
This Monday we had a movie day as a thank-you to all students for the donations to the food drive! The entire Pre-K gathered in 105 to watch a movie and the students had a great time!


Letter of the Week & Holidays:
This week we studied the letter 'C' for cat and candy. We also talked about two of the big holidays coming up- Christmas (which starts with C!) and Hanukkah. The students are making art projects that represent both holidays and we have read books about both, as well. If there is another holiday that your family celebrates, please let us know so we can learn about that, too!


Jim Gill Parent-Child Activity:
January 20th we will be hosting a concert by award-winning children's musician and author Jim Gill. This concert will be a parent-child activity so parents must stay with their children and attend together. We are sorry but no siblings will be permitted to attend. If you would like more information about Jim Gill you can check out his website at jimgill.com













Week of December 12-19, 2016

Zoo Field Trip:
THE ZOO FIELD TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELLED. There will be classes as usual on Friday, December 16th.



Letter of the Week:
Our letter of the week this week is the letter 'Z' for zoo, zebra, and zipper! We are reading books about the zoo in preparation for our field trip on Friday! We created zebras by rolling marbles through black paint and they joined our monkeys and giraffes on the walls of the classroom to create quite the zoo atmosphere! We talked about the sound the letter 'z' makes and sorted letters to practice identifying it.


Winter Weather & Gear:
We will continue to go outside even when there is snow on the ground so if you would like to send your child to school in winter boots you may do so. If you choose to send them in boots we recommend you put a pair of gym shoes in their backpack that they can change into while in the classroom.
 We will continue to go outside, unless it is raining, until the wind-chill temperatures get too cold, as decided at principal discretion. Please mark all belongings (coats, hats, gloves, etc.) with your child's name or initials. Students often misplace or remove items and this is the only way to make sure it gets returned to the correct owner.


Attendance:

We know the weather is cold and that many students are getting sick, but please try to make sure students are at school every day! Being at school every day is vital to your child's growth as a student. When children are not at school they miss out on invaluable learning opportunities that cannot be made-up. For our students with special needs, missing even one day of school throws off their routine and they have a much more difficult time re-adjusting to school when they return. A study done by the University of Chicago found that "Students who are chronically absent in preschool are five times more likely to be chronically absent in second grade"; your child's attendance now is influencing how they will attend school for the rest of their life! Check out the rest of the study here to read more about their study into the effects of regular attendance in preschool.   

Please make sure that unless your child is sick, they are at school every day. 


Jim Gill Parent-Child Activity:

January 20th we will be hosting a concert by award-winning children's musician and author, Jim Gill. This concert will be a parent-child activity so parents must stay with their children and attend together. We're sorry but no siblings will be allowed.  If you are looking for more information about Jim Gill, a note went home today in the students' backpacks or you can check out his website at www.jmgill.com










Week of December 5-9, 2016


Staley the Bear Visit:
Last Friday the morning class got the opportunity to see a presentation from the Chicago Bears' mascot- Staley the Bear called "Bear Down on Bullies". Staley acted out ways to deal with bullies, did dances, and made sure every student got a high-five before the left!


November Perfect Attendance:
Congratulations to the following students on having perfect attendance for the month of November! Keep up the good work!

Sonja
Matthew


Letter of the Week:
Our letter of the week this week is the letter 'G'. We have talked about the sound the letter 'G' makes and identified a number of words that start with 'G' such as girl, ghost, and gloves. We were sad to find none of us have the letter 'G' in our first names, but we will just have to wait and check out the letter next week! We are reading the books "Giraffes Can't Dance" and "The Gingerbread Man" and will be creating art projects that go along with these!


Winter Weather & Gear:
We will continue to go outside even when there is snow on the ground so if you would like to send your child to school in winter boots you may do so. If you choose to send them in boots we recommend you put a pair of gym shoes in their backpack that they can change into while in the classroom.
 We will continue to go outside, unless it is raining, until the wind-chill temperatures get too cold, as decided at principal discretion. Please mark all belongings (coats, hats, gloves, etc.) with your child's name or initials. Students often misplace or remove items and this is the only way to make sure it gets returned to the correct owner.


Kindergarten Applications:
Kindergarten applications are now available online.  The deadline for the applications is Friday, December 9th, 2016.  The website is www.cps.edu/accessandenrollment. You can apply online or print a paper version and mail it in.  If you apply online you need to first apply for a pin number, once you receive your pin number you will also need your child’s student ID number. Please ask the teacher for your child’s student ID number.











Week of November 28- December 2, 2016

Zoo Field Trip:
We will be going to Brookfield Zoo on Friday, December 16th. We will leave school at 9:15 and return at 2:00. Because of the late start, breakfast will not be provided- please feed your child breakfast before they come to school. We will be eating lunch on the trip and going to see the dolphin show. The cost for the trip is $4.00 for students and $6.00 for chaperones. If you are interested in volunteering, please indicate this on the permission slip. 
All money and permission slips are due TOMORROW, November 30th.


Kindergarten Applications:
Kindergarten applications are now available online.  The deadline for the applications is Friday, December 9th, 2016.  The website is www.cps.edu/accessandenrollment. You can apply online or print a paper version and mail it in.  If you apply online you need to first apply for a pin number, once you receive your pin number you will also need your child’s student ID number. Please ask the teacher for your child’s student ID number.


Letter of the Week:
Our letter of the week this week is the letter 'M'! We made mittens to hang in the hall and our room and read the book "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. We will also be making monkeys to go along with our preparations for our upcoming zoo trip and reading "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed". We discussed many words that start with 'm' and practiced making and identifying it's sound. We also looked in our own names to see if they had the letter 'M' and we found it in a bunch! 


Weather:
As the weather gets colder, please make sure students are dressed appropriately to play outside. We will continue to go outside everyday (unless it is raining) until the wind-chill temperatures get too cold, as decided at principal discretion. Please mark all belongings (coats, hats, gloves, etc.) with your child's name or initials. Students often misplace or remove items and this is the only way to make sure it gets returned to the correct owner.












Week of November 21-25, 2016

Thanksgiving Break:
There will be no school this Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday (November 23rd, 24th, and 25th) to celebrate Thanksgiving. Have a great holiday everyone!


Kindergarten Applications:
Kindergarten applications are now available online.  The deadline for the applications is Friday, December 9th, 2016.  The website is www.cps.edu/accessandenrollment. You can apply online or print a paper version and mail it in.  If you apply online you need to first apply for a pin number, once you receive your pin number you will also need your child’s student ID number. Please ask the teacher for your child’s student ID number.


Zoo Field Trip:
We will be going to Brookfield Zoo on Friday, December 16th. We will leave school at 9:15 and return at 2:00. Because of the late start, breakfast will not be provided- please feed your child breakfast before they come to school. We will be eating lunch on the trip and going to see the dolphin show. The cost for the trip is $4.00 for students and $6.00 for chaperones. If you are interested in volunteering, please indicate this on the permission slip. 
All money and permission slips are due NEXT WEDNESDAY, November 30th.


Weather:
As the weather gets colder, please make sure students are dressed appropriately to play outside. We will continue to go outside everyday (unless it is raining) until the wind-chill temperatures get too cold, as decided at principal discretion. Please mark all belongings (coats, hats, gloves, etc.) with your child's name or initials. Students often misplace or remove items and this is the only way to make sure it gets returned to the correct owner.









Week of November 14-18, 2016

Parent Teacher Conferences:
A huge thank you to everyone who came to Parent-Teacher Conferences last week! We had 100% attendance! This opportunity for us to discuss what is going on in school and to strategize together is invaluable- so thanks again!


Kindergarten Applications:
Kindergarten applications are now available online.  The deadline for the applications is Friday, December 9th, 2016.  The website is www.cps.edu/accessandenrollment. You can apply online or print a paper version and mail it in.  If you apply online you need to first apply for a pin number, once you receive your pin number you will also need your child’s student ID number. Please ask the teacher for your child’s student ID number.


SOAR Student of the Month:
Congratulations to Matthew from the PM class who is our SOAR Student of the Month for October! Matthew had perfect attendance for the month and he has been doing a great job sharing in the classroom! You can see his picture on the bulletin board across from the office, along with all the SOAR students from other classes.


Student Council Dress-Down Day:
Next Tuesday, November 22nd, will be a student council dress down day. Students that bring in $1 will be able to wear their favorite hoodie for the day! The money raised through these dress down days is used by the student council to fund projects around the school, last year they purchased new water fountains that include a place to fill water bottles! We would love to see every student participate in these initiatives.


Thanksgiving Books:
Here are a few of the books we have been reading in class this month that contribute to our Thanksgiving theme. Most of these books can be found at your local library or online if you are interested in reading them at home! Reading books more than once is very helpful to our students' comprehension and helps them really be able to understand the story. It also helps improve the length of time they can attend to a book since they are more engaged with familiar stories. 

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland
Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by Kimberly & James Dean
Run, Turkey, Run by Diane Mayr
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennessy


Song of the Month:
This month we have been singing a song called "Hello, Mr. Turkey" every day during music. The lyrics are in the image above and it is sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It". We do motions that go along with the song, as well. We wave our hands while we sing "hello, mr. turkey how are you", flap our arms like a bird during "with a wobble, wobble, wobble", and open and close our hands to look like beaks during "and a gobble, gobble, gobble". The students really love this song!



Letter of the Week:
Our letter of the week this week is the letter 'T'! We have been talking about the sound the letter T makes and different words that start with T such as turkey, Thanksgiving, tomato, turtle, tooth, and taco. We have also been practicing writing the letter T and identifying it when we see it.



Thanksgiving Break:
Don't forget there is no school next Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday (November 23rd, 24th, and 25th) for Thanksgiving Break!


Zoo Field Trip:
We will be going to Brookfield Zoo on Friday, December 16th. We will leave school at 9:15 and return at 2:00. Because of the late start, breakfast will not be provided- please feed your child breakfast before they come to school. We will be eating lunch on the trip and going to see the dolphin show. The cost for the trip is $4.00 for students and $6.00 for chaperones. If you are interested in volunteering, please indicate this on the permission slip. 
All money and permission slips are due Wednesday, November 30th.











Week of November 7-11, 2016

Parent Teacher Conferences:
Wednesday, November 9th, will be Parent-Teacher Conferences. Parents are invited to come in for a 15 minute conference which will be scheduled between 12:00-3:00 and 3:45-7:00. This is a time to discuss how your child is doing in school and what we will be focusing on moving forward. I will be reaching out to all parents this week to schedule a specific time for you to come in- this is not a drop-in event, you must have a scheduled appointment. Please be prompt in responding to messages about scheduling in order for you to receive your preferred time.


Perfect Attendance:
Congratulations to the following students who had perfect attendance for the month of October!

Sammy

Leo

Matthew


Scissors:
This week we began talking about scissor safety and practicing cutting. Cutting is an important fine motor skill and is something you can be working on at home, as well! We used scissors to snip thin strips of paper into smaller pieces and then we used these pieces to make the feathers for the turkeys currently hanging in our room. We also followed a line to cut our own strips that we made into pumpkins.


Food Drive:
The LaSalle II Student Council is hosting a family food drive. Donations of non-perishable food items can be sent with your child to school and they will be donated to families in need. Monetary donations are also appreciated; they will be used to buy perishable items such as turkeys, hams, eggs, and milk.
All donations are due by November 15th.


Zoo Field Trip:
We will be going to Brookfield Zoo on Friday, December 16th. We will leave school at 9:15 and return at 2:00. Because of the late start, breakfast will not be provided- please feed your child breakfast before they come to school. We will be eating lunch on the trip and going to see the dolphin show. The cost for the trip is $4.00 for students and $6.00 for chaperones. If you are interested in volunteering, please indicate this on the permission slip. 
All money and permission slips are due Wednesday, November 30th.


Our morning class dressed in their costumes last week to celebrate Halloween!
Both classes did a great job walking in our Pre-K Costume Parade!


Sign Language in 103:
We use a few different signs throughout the day in our classroom and I wanted to share them with you so that maybe you can use them at home, as well!

Play
To sign play, take both hands and extend your pinkie fingers and thumbs, while keeping the rest of your fingers tucked in. Holding the two hands out with palms facing you, shimmy them around a little by twisting them back and forth.

Water
To sign water, take your strong hand, extending and separating the three middle fingers (the ASL sign for W). Tap your index finger on your chin.

Bathroom/ Potty
To sign potty, make your hand into a fist with thumb peeking out between the index finger and the middle finger. Hold the fist out and shake it around a little.

More
To do the sign for more, flatten out your hands then bring your thumbs under to make an O shape. Then, bring your hands together and separate them repeatedly.

Help
To sign help place your dominant hand on top of your non-dominant palm and move both hands upwards.

Eat
Make the sign for eat by taking you strong hand, with the tip of your thumb touching the tips of your fingers and tapping it on your mouth.

All Done/ Finished
For all-done we usually do the ASL sign for finished because it is a little simpler. You start with palms facing in, then turn the hands so that they are facing out.

All of these signs and descriptions are from http://www.babysignlanguage.com/ which is a great resource if you are looking to learn other words you can use at home!




















Week of October 31- November 4, 2016

Pumpkin Farm Field Trip:
Thank you to everyone who chaperoned our field trip last week to Goebbert's Farm! The students had a great time taking a wagon ride, petting farm animals, and picking their own pumpkins!


No School This Friday:
This Friday, November 4th, there will be no school because of a School Improvement Day.


Parent Teacher Conferences:
Next Wednesday, November 9th, will be Parent-Teacher Conferences. Parents are invited to come in for a 15 minute conference which will be scheduled between 12:00-3:00 and 3:45-7:00. This is a time to discuss how your child is doing in school and what we will be focusing on moving forward. I will be reaching out to all parents this week to schedule a specific time for you to come in- this is not a drop-in event, you must have a scheduled appointment. Please be prompt in responding to messages about scheduling in order for you to receive your preferred time.


Food Drive:
The LaSalle II Student Council is hosting a family food drive. Donations of non-perishable food items can be sent with your child to school and they will be donated to families in need. Monetary donations are also appreciated; they will be used to buy perishable items such as turkeys, hams, eggs, and milk.
All donations are due by November 15th.


Zoo Field Trip:
We will be going to Brookfield Zoo on Friday, December 16th. We will leave school at 9:15 and return at 2:00. Because of the late start, breakfast will not be provided- please feed your child breakfast before they come to school. We will be eating lunch on the trip and going to see the dolphin show. The cost for the trip is $4.00 for students and $6.00 for chaperones. If you are interested in volunteering, please indicate this on the permission slip. 
All money and permission slips are due Wednesday, November 30th.










Week of October 24-28, 2016

Pumpkin Farm Field Trip Reminder:

THIS THURSDAY, October 27th, we will be taking a field trip to Goebbert's Pumpkin Farm in South Barrington. All students (both AM and PM) and any chaperones accompanying them are to arrive at school at 8:50 and will be dismissed at 1:00. 

There will be no buses to or from school on this day because of the change in time. 


The parents attending are:

AM- Marco, Yusuf, Sonja, & Leo

PM- Matthew & Jaylah

Please let me know as soon as possible if something has changed and you are no longer able to attend.


Halloween:

We will be celebrating Halloween on Monday, October 31st. Please dress your child in their costume at home and make sure they have clothes underneath if it is something they are going to want to take off. There are no guns, swords, or masks allowed at school. Parents will be allowed to come in for the first 15 minutes of the day (both AM and PM) to take pictures, but we will not be allowing parent volunteers on this day, due to a high number of people that wish to come in.

Due to a new CPS policy STUDENTS MAY NOT BRING CANDY to share with their peers. If you would like to send something to share pencils, stickers, or other small items are good replacements. Please keep in mind that students do not have to bring anything, it is only if you want to!



Cubs Spirit Day:
To celebrate the Chicago Cubs in the World Series this Friday, October 28th, will be a Cubs spirit day! Students are invited to wear their Cubs apparel or colors.



Water Table:
This week we opened our water table center and the students are really enjoying it! They have loved getting to explore the water and use the scoops, buckets, and cups to manipulate it.


Pumpkin Unit Update:
This week we are talking about the life cycle of a pumpin! How it starts as a seed that grows into a sprout, turns into a vine, which grows flowers and then small green pumpkins before finally turning into a big orange pumpkin!


Here are some pumpkins the students made last week that are currently hanging in the room! The students ripped orange paper (a great fine motor activity) and then glued it to a paper plate. The next day they chose what shapes they wanted for the eyes, nose, and mouth and glued those on as well. They turned out fantastic!


Trick-Or-Treating with Students with Special Needs:

Trick-or-Treating can be very difficult for our students with special needs, if you are starting to think about what you may do this year you can check out 

http://www.tacanow.org/family-resources/trick-or-treat/ 

for a great article with a lot of helpful tips. The website also includes a printable you/your child can give to the houses they are at to explain why they may not say "trick-or-treat" or "thank you".









Week of October 17-21, 2016

Dress Down Day:

This Friday, October 21st, will be the student council's first dress down day. For the cost of $1, students are invited to wear anything pink to school. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the rest will be used to fund student council projects throughout the year. We hope everyone will participate!


Backpacks/ Notes Home:

Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every day! We send home our Daily Reports so that you can be informed about what is going on with your child while they are at school and can discuss it with them at home; it is disappointing to see a week's worth of reports still sitting in the bag. 

We have also had a problem getting forms returned to school in a timely manner and this is preventing us from moving forward on classroom projects. Please make sure you are checking your child's bag every day and responding to forms/notes as appropriate.


Walk-A-Thon:

Thank you to all who donated or raised money for our LaSalle II Walk-A-Thon! The students had a great time walking around the track and both classes were able to make it around 3 times!


Pumpkin Books:

As part of our pumpkin unit we have been reading many books about pumpkins and Halloween. Some of our favorites have been:

Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by Jill Esbaum

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Click, Clack, Boo! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

Most of these books can be found at your local library or online if you are interested in reading them at home! Reading books more than once is very helpful to our students' comprehension and helps them really be able to understand the story. It also helps improve the length of time they can attend to a book since they are more engaged with familiar stories.


Pumpkin Farm Field Trip Reminder:

Next Thursday, October 27th, we will be taking a field trip to Goebbert's Pumpkin Farm in South Barrington. All students (both AM and PM) are to arrive at school at 8:50 and will be dismissed at 1:00. 

There will be no buses to or from school on this day because of the change in time. 


The parents attending are:

AM- Marco, Yusuf, Sonja, & Leo

PM- Matthew & Jaylah

Please let me know as soon as possible if something has changed and you are no longer able to attend.


Halloween:

We will be celebrating Halloween on Monday, October 31st. Please dress your child in their costume at home and make sure they have clothes underneath if it is something they are going to want to take off. There are no guns, swords, or masks allowed at school. Parents will be allowed to come in for the first 15 minutes of the day (both AM and PM) to take pictures, but we will not be allowing parent volunteers on this day, due to a high number of people that wish to come in.

Due to a new CPS policy STUDENTS MAY NOT BRING CANDY to share with their peers. If you would like to send something to share pencils, stickers, or other small items are good replacements. Please keep in mind that students do not have to bring anything, it is only if you want to!









Week of October 11-14, 2016

Healthy Family Fest:

This Friday, October 14th, at 3 p.m. the Education and Wellness Committee of the PTO will be hosting it's 6th Annual Healthy Family Fest. There will be physical challenges, tables on energy efficiency, healthy food options, and much more! If you and your child would like to attend please return the blue Waiver of Liability to school that went home earlier this week. 

Please keep in mind that any child who wishes to attend must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.


Pumpkin Farm Field Trip Reminder:

On October 27th we will be taking a field trip to Goebbert's Pumpkin Farm in South Barrington. All students (both AM and PM) are to arrive at school at 8:50 and will be dismissed at 1:00. 

There will be no buses to or from school on this day because of the change in time. 


Halloween:

We will be celebrating Halloween on Monday, October 31st. Please dress your child in their costume at home and make sure they have clothes underneath if it is something they are going to want to take off. There are no guns, swords, or masks allowed at school. Parents will be allowed to come in for the first 15 minutes of the day (both AM and PM) to take pictures, but we will not be allowing parent volunteers on this day, due to a high number of people that wish to come in.

Due to a new CPS policy STUDENTS MAY NOT BRING CANDY to share with their peers. If you would like to send something to share pencils, stickers, or other small items are good replacements. Please keep in mind that students do not have to bring anything, it is only if you want to!


Trick-Or-Treating with Students with Special Needs:

Trick-or-Treating can be very difficult for our students with special needs, if you are starting to think about what you may do this year you can check out 

http://www.tacanow.org/family-resources/trick-or-treat/ 

for a great article with a lot of helpful tips. The website also includes a printable you/your child can give to the houses they are at to explain why they may not say "trick-or-treat" or "thank you".






Week of October 3-7, 2016

Pumpkin Unit:

This week we began our first thematic unit- pumpkins! We talked about what a pumpkin looks like, touched the outside of a pumpkin, opened a pumpkin and touched the inside, made pumpkin play-dough that we used to create numbers, and talked about big and small in terms of pumpkins. It was quite the first week!


Columbus Day:

Don't forget next Monday, October 10th, there is NO SCHOOL in honor of Columbus Day! 


September Perfect Attendance:

Congratulations to the following students on having perfect attendance for the entire month of September! Keep up the great work!

Jaylah

Aizeiah

Marco

Sonja


Parent Coffee:

This Friday, October 7th, at 8 a.m. there is a school-wide parent coffee in the Library that all parents are welcome to attend!


Special Readers:

This month we will be starting our "Special Reader" volunteer program. Anyone that would like to come in and read their favorite book (or one of our favorite books) to the class is invited to sign-up for a day to come in and do a read-aloud! Volunteers will be asked to come in at 9:30 for the a.m. class and 2:00 for the p.m. class and are invited to come outside and play with us afterwards, until the end of the day. The dates available for Special Readers for this semester are as follows:

October 20th

November 3rd

November 10th

November 17th

December 1st

December 8th

If you would like to be a Special Reader, email Ms. McIlvain to reserve your spot. 

We will only take 1 a.m. and 1 p.m. Special Reader per date, but more dates will be made available next semester.








Week of September 19-23, 2016

Picture Day:

Don't forget, this Thursday- September 29th is picture day! 

Order forms went home last week and must be turned in no later than Thursday.


Pumpkin Farm Field Trip:

On October 27th we will be taking a field trip to Goebbert's Pumpkin Farm in South Barrington. All students (both AM and PM) are to arrive at school at 8:50 and will be dismissed at 1:00. There will be no buses to or from school on this day because of the change in time. 

The cost of the field trip is $7.00 for students and $13.00 for adult volunteers. Please be sure all money is exact change and returned to school in an envelope with the child's name. 

All permission slips must be returned by THIS FRIDAY, September 30th. No exceptions!



Dress for the Weather:

As the weather turns colder please don't forget to send students to school dressed appropriately. We will continue to go outside every day for 20-30 minutes unless it is raining or extremely cold.


Bus Issues:

If you are having any issues with buses please call the bus company first, they do not usually inform us of any issues or changes so we will not have any information to share. The bus company phone numbers are:

Illinois Student Transportation (773)638-3660

AllTown (773)248-0090

If you are unsure about which company your child rides with, please let me know I and I can tell you.






Week of September 12-16, 2016


Attendance:

Being at school every day is vital to your child's growth as a student. When children are not at school they miss out on invaluable learning opportunities that cannot be made-up. For our students with special needs, missing even one day of school throws off their routine and they have a much more difficult time re-adjusting to school when they return. A study done by the University of Chicago found that "Students who are chronically absent in preschool are five times more likely to be chronically absent in second grade"; your child's attendance now is influencing how they will attend school for the rest of their life! Check out the rest of the study here to read more about their study into the effects of regular attendance in preschool.   

Please make sure that unless your child is sick, they are at school every day. 


Pumpkin Farm Field Trip:

On October 27th we will be taking a field trip to Goebbert's Pumpkin Farm in South Barrington. All students (both AM and PM) are to arrive at school at 8:50 and will be dismissed at 1:00. There will be no buses to or from school on this day because of the change in time. 

The cost of the field trip is $7.00 for students and $13.00 for adult volunteers. Please be sure all money is exact change and returned to school in an envelope with the child's name. All permission slips must be returned by Friday, September 30th. No exceptions!


Family Pictures:

We are still waiting on family pictures from a number of families! It is important to us that your child and family are represented in the classroom, so please send these in as soon as possible!


A big thank you to the families that have already sent theirs in, our family tree is looking great!





First Week of School

September 6-9, 2016



Our AM class going for a walk around the school to practice walking in a line.



All our friends exploring the different centers in the classroom! 

We have sensory, blocks, library, art easel, puppets, and table toys centers open currently.