ELC Newsletter

November 2021

Talking Goals & Grit

Grit is working hard, persevering and never giving up! We all need grit to get through life. Angela Duckworth and her team from the University of Pennsylvania are working on clever strategies to help students learn to work hard and adapt in the face of temptation, distraction and defeat. When Angela was asked why she studies perseverance, she said, "Why? Because life is hard. Because there are just obstacles every day in everything that we want to do. If it were easy, it would be done already, and I think that goes for any work that's worthwhile." In other words, children need to be taught to appreciate that it is normal to struggle when working hard on a challenge that exceeds their skills. It is normal to feel confused. Frustration is probably a sign that they're on the right track and to gut it out through natural human aversion to mental effort and feeling overwhelmed. Think of the story "Little Engine That Could." When it got hard, he never gave up and continued to tell himself. "I think I can!" Teachers are here to assist your children when they struggle and encourage them to keep working to accomplish their goals. In addition, they teach students the process of working through the tough work and never give up.
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We’re proud to recognize districts and schools committed to unlocking student potential through their PLTW programs.


PLTW Distinguished Program Recognition celebrates districts and schools committed to helping students own their education by increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs.

These districts and schools empower their students to unlock their potential by developing the in-demand, real-world knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom.

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Why are you proud to be a Brickie?!?

During Red Ribbon week on "Dress to Impress" day.. This friend asked to be photographed and said "There is nothing fancier than being a Brickie... so I wore TWO Brickie shirts today!" And we couldn't agree more!

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Click on the link below and share with us what you love about being a Brickie!! We can't wait read your responses!

https://www.hobart.k12.in.us/Page/10015

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Hello everyone!

For this newsletter we are going to talk about our drop off and pick up procedures here at the ELC.

For drop off and pick up, please use 41st Ave. from Wisconsin St. Once you get to Wilson St. you will turn right and then left into lot A. Please do not come down Wilson St. hoping to jump in the line at that point. You will be asked to turn right onto 41st Ave. to join the line.

We do this for a few reasons:

1. It is easier and safer for the school busses to exit once they drop the students off.

2. It is safer for the walkers who utilize our crossing guard at 41st and Wilson.

3. It frees up space in case we need first responders to respond to the ELC.

While in the drop off and pick up line, please pull forward as far as possible so we can keep the traffic moving. During pick up, it is very helpful to have your purple sign with your student’s name in the windshield until you exit the line. Once you exit from the line, please turn right onto 41st Ave. to Wabash St. Wabash St. will take you to Old Ridge Rd. By not turning left, it keeps our intersection at 41st Ave. and Wilson St. safe for our walkers.

If you do not have a purple sign with your student’s name on it, please park your vehicle and walk to door 1 with a picture I.D. and Mrs. Kusbel will gladly assist you.

The procedures at the ELC are not created to be burdensome on you. They are created with safety and security in mind for you and our little Brickies.


Regards,


Cpl. Joseph D. Clemmons, MPSA

School Resource Officer

jclemmons@hobart.k12.in.us

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PTO Zoom information

Topic: November PTO Meeting

Time: Nov 2, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75742276882?pwd=Vk44ekhJMDVuRUZxcWJtVlBPbEhEQT09


Meeting ID: 757 4227 6882

Passcode: eYSGc4

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A week full of Yoga!

Mrs. Helminski, our gym teacher, and Mrs. Fraze, our librarian, are spending the week of November 8th focusing on Yoga! The kids will be learning different yoga poses, the power of deep breathing, stories about Yoga, and much more! Please make sure that every day this week the kids are dressed in clothes and shoes to do Yoga in! They will go to both gym and library two times each this week and will have four fun filled days of Yoga!
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Parent Roundtable Discussion

Learn about the power of conversation and increase the conversations in your home. Help children notice and world around them. There is lots to see and discuss. In everyday situations, model appropriate responses and have children repeat and practice. Engage in pretend and imaginative play. This is all good practice for future real situations. It increases knowledge, confidence, and skills in addition to developing language. Let’s make a difference!


Join us for a 1 hour chat as we discuss "Finding Gratitude in Talking with your child"

Wednesday November 10, 2021 at either 10:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.

There will be a drawing for a $25 dollar Strack & Van Til gift card at the end of each discussion.

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KINDERGARTENERS HONOR OUR HEROES FOR VETERAN'S DAY

For Veteran's Day, the ELC is teaching our students what a Veteran is and how much we appreciate them and their sacrifice. Classes will hold an observance on Veterans Day where students will participate in various activities that help them understand the concept of a soldier and Veteran. Students with Veterans in their family will recognize them with a special gift that they make. All students will create a craft, watch a video of one of our own Veteran's right here at the ELC, learn a song and listen to a read aloud. We have been collecting items for Soldier Care Packages and students will get to see just how much our school has collected to present to those family members among us that are in active duty. Solder Care Packages are items that have been brought in by our students and staff and it is a service project that is very close to our hearts. It is wonderful to see the children participate in the supply drive and then see the stack of the items boxed up and ready to be mailed to our soldiers.
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Apples Apples Everywhere

Both our Kindergarteners and our Brickie Kidz Preschoolers were able to take field trips last month- and oh the fun we all had!! Our Brickie Kidz friends went to Johnson Farms for pumpkins and play, while our Kinders headed to Garwood Apple Orchard. The Kindergarteners learned all about the growing, farming, picking, sorting, and marketing of apples and had a blast picking their own apples and very much so enjoyed eating apple donuts and having some delightful apple cider!
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Every Kindergartener is bringing home a copy of I Am Enough to keep for their home library.

A #1 New York Times bestseller and Goodreads Choice Awards picture book winner!

This gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another is a beautiful little story about a beautiful little girl.


We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

A letter from Miss Brittney about our book.

Hi Families!


Here is another book for our students to read and grow with. It is called I Am Enough and is written by Grace Byers. Read what Children’s Library Lady has to say about this great book:



“I Am Enough by Grace Byers offers constructive affirmations for those who lack self-esteem and self-acceptance. It celebrates children for who they are and promotes positive female role models.



I Am Enough promotes the message that we are unique and that will always be enough. A young girl makes positive declarations – “Like the sun I am here to shine… like the bird I am here to fly and soar high over everything.” She is surrounded by friends of different colors and cultures and declares “I’m not meant to be like you; you’re not meant to be like me. Sometimes we will get along, and sometimes we will disagree.” A book to promote a positive self-image and self-acceptance that we are worthy no matter our skin color, race, religion, disability and interests.”


Sincerely,


Brittney D. Schmidt, M.S. Ed.

School Counselor

Early Learning Center

219-942-7263 ext. 8804

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Red ribbon week

Last month we wrapped up Red Ribbon Week at the end of the month, teaching our students about making strong and healthy choices. Students did classroom activities that promoted a positive self-image and self-care and had fun with all our spirit days!
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Meet the Friendly Faces of the ELC

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Upcoming things at the ELC

Every month we will be having a classroom competition to see which class brings in the most dollars in Stracks receipts- so ask your friends, family, neighbors... and keep saving and sending those receipts in! Thanks parents!
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