Early Learners Highlights!

September 16, 2022

Dear Early Learners Families,

We've had an exciting week here at Early Learners! Between the adventures of building, creating, and celebrating Dot Day, our Early Learners had an amazing week!


Thank you for your partnership and we hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Sincerely,


Marcia Klita

SHIELD Testing To Be Discontinued

Due to limited participation in the program, DPS 109 will be discontinuing SHIELD testing at the end of September.


There are a variety of COVID tests available over-the-counter at your local pharmacy and through your doctor. You can visit www.covid.gov/tests for more information about free testing in our area. If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to access home tests during the school year please reach out to Joanna Ford at jford@dps109.org.


Q: What should I do if my child is exhibiting COVID symptoms?

A: Families are required to report any potential COVID symptoms to their building nurse and await guidance prior to sending their child to school.


Q: How do I submit at-home testing results?

A: Use this form provided by the district.


Q: Where can I find the latest IDPH guidance?

A: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/covid19.aspx


If you have any additional questions, please contact communications@dps109.org.

A Message From Nurse Nora Moskos

We would like to remind you that families are still required to report any potential COVID symptoms to their building nurse and await guidance prior to sending your child to school. If your child is presenting with COVID symptoms, we will be continuing to accept home test results via our website.


Here is the link to submit your child’s home test results (please select your child’s school from the drop down menu). If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to access home tests during the school year please reach out to Joanna Ford at jford@dps109.org.


Below is the list of COVID symptoms:


  • fever
  • moderate to severe persistent headache
  • shortness of breath
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • loss of taste
  • loss of smell


Even if your child is negative for COVID they need to be diarrhea, fever, and vomit-free for 24 hours without medication prior to their return to school.


Feel free to contact Nurse Nora Moskos if you have any questions at nmoskos@dps109.org.

PPS 109

We are excited this school year to return to offering in-person parent/guardian networking and educational opportunities for our community in collaboration with PPS109.


PPS109 is a partnership of DPS 109 administrators, teachers and parents/guardians who are dedicated to providing support to families of children with a wide range of needs. Our first event of the ‘22-’23 school year will be An Overview of District 109 Student Services. This event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 pm at the District Office.


We are also asking for your help! Please click here to help us prioritize the next community event that will be offered during this school year. There is also an option on the form to let us know if you are interested in participating in PPS109 parent/guardian networking opportunities.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN EARLY LEARNERS?


This week our Early Learners studied more about buildings and construction. We learned more construction related vocabulary and enjoyed making building paintings and creating structures with their friends! Some of our Pre-K classes studied famous buildings and monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, and the Sydney Opera House.


As we move into our Solar System unit next week, we will continue to place an emphasis on doing research to find answers to our questions. Our preschoolers learned that they can use an expert, a book, or technology to learn more about a topic. We love accessing the preschool-friendly database, PebbleGo, through our school library website as an alternative to google.


Our students also celebrated International Dot Day this week! This special day is based on the book “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds. We recognized the children’s creativity, uniqueness, and self-compassion through a variety of dot themed activities! It’s one of our favorite days with our little learners!

Speech with Ms. Nathanson

This week in speech group we discussed another bead on the Expanding Expressions Tool (EET). This week we focused on the pink bead which represents "pink parts". We talked about how we can describe things by the parts that they have (i.e., a car has wheels, lights, etc.). The students had the opportunity to describe many different objects by the parts that they have.

PTO Spotlight!

Be sure to check out the PTO spotlight for exciting updates and information!


In this week’s Spotlight…

  • Noodles & Company Fundraiser - 9/21
  • Gift Wrap Sale
  • Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Opportunity - 10/15
  • Discount Cards
  • Birthday Signs
  • And much more…!

SCHOOL HOURS

1/2 Day AM: 9:00 - 11:30 Monday through Friday

1/2 Day PM: 12:30 - 3:00 Monday through Friday


Full Day: 9:00 - 3:00 Monday through Friday



**Reminder - Early Childhood does not have Early Release on Wednesdays!


You can download our Early Learners calendar with program specific events HERE.

Upcoming Events

September 25th- Regular Board of Education Meeting at 7:00 pm


September 26th- NO SCHOOL


October 5th- NO SCHOOL


October 10th - NO SCHOOL


October 13th- Picture Retakes



**Reminder - Early Childhood does not have Early Release on Wednesdays!

KEEP IN TOUCH

Marcia Klita

Assistant Principal

South Park Elementary School

Early Learners Program Coordinator

Phone: 847-945-5895 x2105

mklita@dps109.org