Early Learning Center Family News

December 2021

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 8th

  • Erin's Law Presentations

Monday, December 13th

  • Spirit Week: Jersey/Sports Day
Tuesday, December 14th
  • Spirit Week: Crazy Hair Day
Wednesday, December 15th
  • Spirit Week: Superhero Day
Thursday, December 16th
  • Spirit Week: Pajamas All Day
  • Erin's Law Presentations
  • Virtual Winder Pajama Party - 6:00 PM (Link will be emailed)
Monday, December 20th- Friday, December 31st
  • No School for Students - Winter Break
Monday, January 3rd
  • Classes Resume
Thursday, January 6th

Dear Preschool Families,

With the winter months upon us, please do your best to help students arrive at school on time. When students are tardy they miss out on important parts of the preschool curriculum. Doors will open 5 minutes before the start time and close at the start time.

  • Students arriving after 8:45am or 12:20pm are marked tardy and will need to be signed in by a parent.

Also, please be sure to pick up your child at the end time for each session.

  • AM Session starts at 8:40 AM (doors open at 8:35 AM) and ends at 11:10 AM.
  • PM Session starts at 12:15 PM (doors open at 12:10 PM) and ends at 2:45 PM.

There are many exciting things happening prior to winter break in December and we have a few events coming up that I would like to make you aware of. The week of December 13th we will have a spirit week (flyer is attached below). In addition, the First Steps team would like to invite you to a virtual winter pajama party night with stories, music, and more. We hope to see you the night of December 16th at 6:00pm. More information will be emailed the week of December 13th.

Thank you all for your continued partnership and support!


Barb Golik


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Parking Lot Procedures

Parking Lot Guidelines: Safety is a top priority of the preschool staff. Following the school's traffic patterns in the school zone provides for a safe environment. There are designated pick-up and drop-off zones for students which do not interfere with bus traffic. Your cooperation will help to ensure the safety of all of our school children. Please click here for the map.

A few safety reminders:

  • For drop off and pick up, enter the parking lot from the drive located off of Harrison Street. Cars will proceed down the drive alongside the Early Learning Center (Watch the video in this newsletter).
  • Make a right turn to enter the parking lot of the Early Learning Center. Park your car and proceed to the arrival and dismissal door that your child’s class is assigned to.
  • As you proceed through the parking lot, please be sure to drive slowly as we have many students and families crossing to get to their cars. New signs that will be installed as a reminder to slow down.
  • To exit the parking lot, please proceed to the exit that is located off of Dee Rd.
  • Schools zones are also cell phone free zones. This means that any cell phone use, even hands free, is prohibited.

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.

When we return from break, staff will be focusing on reteaching these expectations and rules providing opportunities for them to practice the expectations. 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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We’re extending our We Care Campaign until December 10! You have four opportunities to give back to the community. Donations can be dropped off in the lobbies of any EMSD63 school, ESC, or the FRC. Click on this infographic to learn more!

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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