ELC NEWSLETTER

April 2022

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Write-On Kindergarteners!

Our Kindergartners are becoming amazing authors! Their writing has grown so much this school year! We began with simple drawings and are now aiming for complete sentences! Throughout the year we develop our students into writers by beginning with telling a story by drawing pictures with appropriate details and colors and then go into labeling the pictures with beginning sounds and then labels written as they sound. We then practice a simple sentences to go along with the story under the pictures. Right now we are focused on Non-Fiction/Informative writing. We are writing facts about things students know about. (animals, objects, etc.) and creating "How To " informative pieces. In March, students recorded their observations of their classroom chicks as they changed and wrote about how to take care of the eggs and chicks. We are also working on conventions…..starting with uppercase and using lowercase for the rest, spaces and punctuation. Your child can practice putting these skills together by writing postcards to family and friends or a by writing a story of their own! Provide them with lots of opportunity and even some fun pencils and pens to make writing exciting!
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The importance of developing a growth mindset for you and your child.

We know there are a lot of goals and a lot of things to learn in Kindergarten! Growth Mindset is a way to tackle a challenge with a positive attitude. Developing a growth mindset is so important as it means having the confidence you will need to make it through. You may make mistakes but even a mistake is an opportunity to learn. It is important to remember for both ourselves and our children... challenges and mistakes help us all learn! Always remember all the things your child CAN do and don't just focus on the things they cannot do! Try flipping the script on your child when they are having a hard time and say "I can't do this!!!" Tell them, "You can't do it YET!" They will get there. The most important thing is to not give up and keep trying! No one is good at something the first time we try it... you have to try, try, and try again. Having a growth mindset helps your child get prepared for the challenges. If we couple this with hard work and GRIT and your child will be eager to learn new things!
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A Seussical Celebration!

We had SO MUCH FUN celebrating Dr. Seuss last month during Read Across America week. We rocked through each day of the week celebrating a different Dr. Seuss book. We read Cat In The Hat, The Sleep Book, Wacky Wednesday, Fox in Socks, and the fan favorite Green Eggs and Ham! In library we read several more stories like Hand, Hand, Fingers Thumb, Put Me in the Zoo, and Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! The kids LOVED that the books are full of sight words and they loved all the rhyming and silly words in the stories. We even had a special visit from the Cat in the Hat himself!
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Love Our Peeps!!

We also just had the most exciting 2 weeks in Kindergarten! Students spent two weeks in March studying the life cycle of an egg. Classrooms were equipped with incubators and each received a dozen or so eggs. Students carefully studied the eggs each day. They learned that they need to gently turn the eggs each day in order for the chicks to develop, use quiet voices in the classroom and the critical temperature the eggs must be kept at in order for the chicks to have the best chance to develop. They were thrilled to witness the hatching process and be joined in their class by joyful peeping of their newly hatched friends!
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Bubble Kick-off at the ELC!!

On Monday, 4/4- we will be kicking off the Week of the Young Child with a Bubble Day! Please send in a container of bubbles with your child for that celebration! If your child attends school in the morning only, please RSVP to let us know a parent will be bringing them at 1:30 to ajohnston@hobart.k12.in.us or at 219-942-7263 x8819.
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Let's Celebrate their AWESOMENESS!

We have some amazing Paraprofessional Aides here at the ELC. Our days would not be the same if we didn't have each and everyone of them here! They do so much for all of our kiddos each and every day. April 6th is the official day to celebrate them, so let's CELEBRATE them! Thanks to all you amazing ladies for all of the things you do. We so appreciate all of you!!
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Please join our PTO Meeting on Wednesday 4/6 at 6pm via Zoom

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Incoming 2022-2023 Kinders... This info is for you!

Please make sure to get your child registered for the 2022/2023 school year. To register, you will need all documents mentioned above. We will also be hosting a Kindergarten Kickoff next Thursday evening for incoming Kindergarteners to come check out the school, meet our teachers, meet some new friends, and do some activities and crafts in the classrooms. They will even have a chance to see the Cat in the Hat himself! We can't wait to see all our new friends and their parents here at the ELC Thursday 4/7/22 from 6-7pm. The information portion of this night will begin promptly at 6pm in our cafeteria.
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Spring Book Fair

We are so excited to be able to host a 2nd 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 8th of April- classes will be invited to preview the book fair here at school with their teachers. Then on April 11th & 12th, kids will be able to come down to shop the book fair during their regular scheduled library time. Monday will be Kelly, Skertich, Buckley, Crouch, Deter, and Ayres-Cook's classes. Tuesday will be Aurand, Swims, Metz, Schiller, and Helminski's classes. Thursday 4/14 will be our ECD and Brickie Kidz preschool classes. There will be something for everyone in every budget! You can sign up for the E-wallet, send in cash, or send in a blank check (with a budget of course!!!) Here is the link to easily set up an ewallet for them to shop if you don't want to send them with cash! https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/parent-how-it-works.html?fairID=5071552 We will help your kiddos shop and get something they LOVE no matter your budget!


This just in!!!!! We will also have evening hours on Thursday 4/14 from 4-7 pm for parents and kids or just parents to come shop. Think Easter baskets! 🐰

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Join The ELC table at The Makers Fair on 4/13!!!

The kindergarteners are spending the next couple of weeks in library learning about coding. Mrs. Fraze is reading Gabi's If/Then Garden and then we are taking coding into our own hands. During library we are learning how to code our robotic mice. Our mice light-up, make sounds, and we are learning all about programming and sequencing to make them move through a maze! Mom's and Dad's, we sure hope you can join us at the Makers Fair on Wednesday April 13th at the High School to see what we have learned to do! We can't wait to show you! There will be kiddos aged Kindergarten-12th grade showing off all their talents as well. There will be SO MANY COOL things to see, so please pencil in the date to join us at the Hobart High School Fieldhouse anywhere between 6 & 8pm on Wednesday 4/13 to check it all out.
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Graduation Pictures

All Kindergarteners and Brickie Kidz Preschoolers will be taking Graduation pictures on Thursday April 14th. Just like previous pics this year- you will be able to preview their photos via text message or email from Classic Photo and make your orders then. There will be a graduation picture make-up day on April 28th.
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Friendly Faces of the ELC

UPCOMING THINGS AT THE ELC

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