Early Learning Center Family News

January 2022

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Upcoming Events

Monday, January 17th

  • No School for Students - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Friday, January 21st

  • No School for Preschool- School Improvement Planning Day

Thursday, February 3rd

Friday, February 11th

  • No School for Preschool- School Improvement Planning Day

Dear Preschool Families,

As you are likely aware, at last night's board meeting the EMSD 63 Board of Education approved that preschool students will continue with in person learning and not take an adaptive pause. Grades kindergarten through 8th grade will take an adaptive pause beginning Monday, January 10th. At the Early Learning Center we will continue to remain diligent with our safety protocols in order to keep students and staff safe.

Just a reminder that if your child will be absent please contact our front office to let us know by submitting the absence information via the Parent Portal. If your child has any COVID symptoms or you have COVID related questions, please direct them to our school nurse, Leslie White at lwhite@emsd63.org.

Thank you all for your continued partnership and support!


Barb Golik


Submitting an Absence

Please note that District 63 changed the way parents report absences for their child(ren) in October. All absences will be submitted via the Parent Portal.

How to use the Parent Portal to report your child’s absence:

  • All absences must be submitted on the morning of the day your child will miss school - NOT the night before. Once you log in to the Portal, you’ll choose your child’s name and navigate to a list of online forms. Select and complete the “Absence Form,” and then submit.
  • Review detailed, step-by-step instructions.
  • You can find these instructions at any time on our website: www.emsd63.org/attendance.
  • Questions? Contact the Early Learning Center main office at 847-827-4165.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for D63 Students & Families

District 63 has partnered with Jewel-Osco to host a COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccination Clinic for D63 children aged 5 - 11.

Check out our website for details and the registration links.


  • Pfizer vaccines for D63 students aged 5 -11
  • Pfizer vaccines for any D63 family member - including D63 students - aged 12+
  • Pfizer boosters for any D63 family member aged 16+

Friday, January 21 (1st vaccine shot)
Friday, February 11 (2nd vaccine shot)
Booster available either date.

2:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Family Resource Center
9000 Capitol Drive, Des Plaines
Enter directly through the gym doors.

ELC Behavior Expectations

At the Early Learning Center we are consistently working on teaching students expectations and rules for the different learning environments. Our three big expectations are Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Ready. Rules in different parts of the school are then linked to these expectations. Each expectation and rule is focused on being positive and specifically telling children what "to do" rather than what not to do. Please see the expectations at the Early Learning Center here.

This week staff reviewed expectations for Be Kind in all parts of the building. The following expectations will be reviewed over the next two weeks:

  • Week of January 10th - Be Safe
  • Week of January 17th - Be Ready

Click here to find a great resource about being consistent with positive guidance for young children that could be helpful at home.

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Illinois Rental Payment Program

So many families have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who have fallen behind on rent payments, the Illinois Rental Assistance Program may be able to help keep you in your homes.

The Illinois Rental Payment Program provides financial assistance for rent to income-eligible Illinois renters and their landlords who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Illinois renters may be eligible for up to $25,000 and 18 months of emergency rental payments under the program. This is a grant that does NOT have to be repaid.

Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.

Programming at the Family Resource Center

The FRC @ D63 has many free programs to offer our D63 families this winter. Click here to view the list of programs on our website and/or to register for programs click on this file to see all of the programs at a glance!
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Parents: Make a Difference at Your School!

D63 is Hiring - Keeping our schools open relies on many factors, including a great team of substitutes who can step in when teachers or TAs are absent - and lunch supervisors who can help our mealtimes run smoothly. These jobs are fun, flexible, easy to do - and pay well!

  • Teacher subs earn $160/day and Teacher Assistant subs earn $130/day. Lunch Supervisors earn $26.83/hour.

We welcome parents who would like to join our Team D63! Subs must hold a four-year college degree - and obtain an Illinois Substitute License. Learn more and apply today!

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