ELC Newsletter

DECEMBER 2021

PBIS... Celebrating the Good

The ELC promotes Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports as a way to enrich student behaviors at school. This program recognizes and rewards students who are meeting expectations everywhere at our school with their good behavior, strong choices and leadership skills. We had our first PBIS celebration via Zoom last month for all of our classes. We awarded 2 Grit Workers per class which are friends who have exemplified exceptional work and study habits. We also awarded 2 students per class as our Royal Court Friends who have gone above and beyond consistently to show kindness in every way at school. During our quarterly celebration, all students also turn in all of their tickets they have earned individually to try and reach a goal as a whole school. Everyone can earn tickets by making smart and strong choices during the school day. Tickets are awarded by teachers, bus drivers, librarians, gym teachers, SRO Joe, Mrs. Gutierrez... ANYONE can catch them doing something great during the day and give them a ticket!! Teachers award tickets as a means to recognize those good choices each and every day in school. When the goal is met, the whole school wins an award, which is usually an experience like a dance or popsicle party. Congratulations to all of our first quarter Grit Workers and Royal Court Friends. Congratulations to all of our Kinders, because as a group, they blew away the goal set for them in tickets collected and we celebrated with a popsicle party for the entire school!
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Reading Right along

Your kindergartener is becoming a reader! By the end of the semester your child is expected to be able to read books at a level A and be able to read 14 sight words which are listed below. The list of sight words doubles by the end of the third quarter. By the end of the year your child will know nearly 40 sight words and reading a level C independently. Be ready to be impressed by just how much your child will learn in the last semester in kindergarten. This will be an important time of learning for your child, help support their achievement by committing to the weekly word wall contract and making reading a habit in your home. You can help with your child’s learning by practicing sight words each night, listening to them read, and reading and discussing books with them. It doesn't have to be the same thing each day, however reading should be included in your routine at home every day to insure success for your child.
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Winter is here!!!

Winter is here, so please be sure to dress your children for the weather. We will continue to have outdoor recess as much as possible, but students will not be able to go out if they are not properly dressed for the weather. If you need any assistance with winter clothing please reach out to us at 219-942-7263!
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We celebrated 50 Days of K 50's Style!!

We celebrated the 50th Day of School with our annual 50's Day at the ELC! Staff and students dressed in 50's attire for a fun filled day of 50's activities including a sock hop in classrooms and rootbeer floats!
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Yoga week was a huge success!

Last month, our librarian Mrs. Fraze and our gym teacher Mrs. Helminski combined forces and had a week full of yoga in both gym and library. The kids learned all sorts of poses and deep breathing to help them strengthen both their bodies and their minds! They absolutely loved it!
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Honoring our Veterans

Kindergarteners honored their heroes during classroom celebrations on Veteran's Day. Students participated in this special celebration that not only taught them what a Veteran is but demonstrated the many different ways people have served and continue to serve our country. Through specials stories, songs and crafts, students were able to identify ways to show gratitude and grasp and understanding of why we set aside this special day in our country. ELC families were invited to submit photos of their Veterans to include in our school wide slide show, which all classes enjoyed!
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Friendship Day

There's no such thing as too many friends! Right before Thanksgiving Break- we spent the day celebrating friendship, what it means to be a friend and ways to be a good friend, and even threw in a little turkey and Thanksgiving talk in there too! The kids had a wonderful time spending the day doing crafts and activities celebrating being a good friend and got to bring home a copy of The Cool Bean from our library to keep for their at home libraries.
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The Cool Bean by Jory Johns and Pete Oswald ~ KIDS STORY READ ALOUD by Will Sarris

The Spirit of Giving

This season is a great time to really demonstrate to your child how important kindness is. Consider adopting one of the many opportunities our community and season has to offer to give and support those in need. Teaching children empathy helps them to develop self confidence and a sense of belonging within a community. From helping someone by holding a door to donating goods to those in need, when you help your child find ways to help others, you help them develop social skills that form the foundation for learning and growing.
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ELC families helping ELC families

The ELC is running a food drive to benefit families from the ELC. Food baskets will be made available for ELC families in need. Please email rcrouchclass@hobart.k12.in.us for requests for food basket. All food donations are due by Fri, Dec 10. We will also have a toy donation contest to benefit the Giving Tree for Hobart. The class with the most NEW, UNWRAPPED toys will receive a popsicle party. Toys are due Fri, Dec 3.


Again... Toy Due Date: Fri, Dec 3

Food Due Date: Fri, Dec 10


Food Donation Ideas: Macaroni and Cheese Spaghetti Noodles Spaghetti Sauce Hamburger Helper Fruit Cups Apple Sauce Oatmeal Boxed Potato Sloppy Joe Canned Veggies Stuffing Mix Cereal Boxes PB and J


Toy Donations - any age group *puzzles *dolls *action figures *dress up *board games *Pre-K and infant toys


Monetary donations for special items are also welcome for either collection.

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The Scholastic Book Fair!!

We are so excited to be able to host a book fair this year for the kids! Unfortunately, visitors are still restricted in schools but we are super excited that we will have a book fair open for the kiddos to shop! On the 2nd and 3rd of December- classes will be invited to preview the book fair here at school with their teachers. The week of December 6th, kids will be able to come down to shop the book fair during their regular scheduled library time. Monday 12/6 will be Kelly, Skertich, Buckley, Crouch, Deter, and Ayres-Cook's classes. Tuesday 12/7 will be Aurand, Swims, Metz, Schiller, and Boege's classes. Thursday 12/9!will be our ECD and Brickie Kidz preschool classes, and Friday morning 12/10 will be a final call for all classes for shoppers. There will be something for everyone in every budget! Be on the look out for some more information coming soon from Mrs. Fraze to see what all is at our book fair and how to let your child to be able to shop.
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Please join our PTO meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 12/7

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77070907712?pwd=am5KalpUWkRNbUliK1ZQNHZOWGYydz09

Meeting ID: 770 7090 7712
Passcode: Xcu2N8
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Hello ELC Families!

Lost & Found

If you haven’t done so, please make sure you check our virtual ELC Lost & Found. If lost items go unclaimed, items will be donated to Goodwill at the end of the school day on December 17, 2021.

The link to our virtual lost & found is: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1H3h6ySWWnjKEFjj_43QudD_kfazxiJuRPR5UH8Mg55Y/edit?usp=sharing


Drop off/ Pick up Reminder

Please stay in the car rider line. I discussed the drop off/pick up procedures in last month’s newsletter.

While waiting in line, please do not pass other vehicles waiting in the car rider line. For example, if you are in the car rider line, once you turn onto Wilson St. from 41st Ave., you should be in the north bound lane. Do not use the south bound lane to pass all the vehicles that are waiting to turn into lot A. Our school busses use the south bound lane to exit our school, and vehicles in lot A use that lane to exit also. Please remember the rules of the road, and procedures the ELC has put into place for your safety and the safety of our students.


Student Safety Academy (SSA)


For those of you that don’t know, I have created a Student Safety Academy (SSA) for our little Brickies at the ELC. With the help of Miss Deter, we will be having our club every Thursday after school until 4 p.m. The goal of our club is to teach our students about school and every day safety! We will be having guest speakers such as Police Officers, Firemen, Police K9’s and we will be creating safety posters that we can display around our school!


If you would like to have your student participate in the SSA, or if you have any questions, you can email me at jclemmons@hobart.k12.in.us.


Remember, there is no safety in silence!


Cpl. Joseph D. Clemmons

School Resource Officer

The Early Learning Center

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Meet the Friendly Faces of the ELC!

Upcoming things at the ELC

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