In the Loop

The Little Angels Learning Center Newsletter

July 2013

Don't forget . . .

  • Tuition is due on the 3rd of each month. A $20.00 late fee will be enforced. Please place your tuition payment in the black lockbox across from the office on the wall. Tuition prices are also listed along with LALC closing dates.


  • LALC will be closed on Thursday, July 4th for Independance Day and Friday, August 23rd for Teacher Inservice Day.


  • No Parent Advisory Commitee Meeting this month.

New Tuition Rates Start in July

Happy Birthday to YOU!

  • Felix Goodmann will be 3 on the 8th.
  • Malia Miller will be 2 on the 18th.
  • William Miller will be 2 on the 18th.



We would like to welcome Ellen Pannell to the Infant Room and Felix Goodwinn to the Three Year Old Room.


Openings on the LALC Board

We are looking for one or two more parents to serve on the Little Angels Board. Meetings are scheduled three to four times a year over the noon hour. If you would like to join us or have any questions, please let Cathy or Jamilee know.


LALC is Now a Bleach-Free Center

Best practice is now recommending that we no longer use bleach as a way to disinfect hard surfaces. Studies have linked it to causing asthma or worsening the symptoms. Therefore, Little Angels has switched from using a bleach and water solution to a hydrogen peroxide based disinfectant. Recent studies have shown this to be more effective in fighting germs with less cause for health concerns.


Child Protect ID Program

LALC will be setting up a date in the near future to have a local agency provide Child Protect ID cards to families. These can be used to give to police in the event a child goes missing. Other daycares in the area are participating in this program as well. More information to come!


Preschool Graduation

Tuesday, Aug 13th, 5:30pm

214 E Jefferson St

Iowa City, IA

All preschool families are invited to attend this year's graduation ceremony and dinner. Please check your email for the Evite to RSVP for this event.


Parking Reminder

When looking for a spot for drop off and pick up, please keep in mind that you are not allowed to park in front of the white garage doors near the dumpster. Those belong to the priest at St. Mary's and we don't want to inconvenience him. If you are coming to pick up after 4:30PM and there is a church staff's spot open, feel free to park there. Otherwise, go down along the brick wall and pullover as far as you can. Hopefully this will keep the alley free of congestion.

Developing an Improved Curriculum for Our Preschoolers

At the end of July our lead preschool teachers, Sammy and Jamilee, will be attending a 4-day long Summer Institute on the Project Appoach hosted by St. Ambrose University in Davenport. They will be diving deep into the philosophy behind the project approach as well as gain some practical ways to apply it to their classrooms by visiting Childrens' Campus. At Little Angels, we are always looking for ways to grow and look forward to the changes that will be coming to our preschool program this fall.


Below is a bit of information about the Project Approach.

Learning & Teaching

The Project Approach fosters not only academic knowledge and skill sets but what many educators refer to as the whole child. The use of the word whole stems from research indicating that students need more than content mastery to succeed in the 21st century—they need to be physically, emotionally, and socially healthy; they need to be intellectually challenged and supported by caring adults; and they need to be interested and engaged in their school learning.

Though project work has long prepared students for health, happiness, and success—even as far back as the 16th century—it emerged recently as a prime teaching strategy of the 21st century. Headlines everywhere refer to a rapidly changing and more global world, and governments and organizations call upon students to lend their hands through service, innovation, and problem-solving. These calls to action require a new kind of education—one that inspires, connects, and empowers students. The Project Approach does just that by:

  • connecting students to their local and global communities—and providing them with real-world experiences beyond the classroom;
  • fostering what researchers refer to as essential 21st-century skills, including critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity;
  • providing opportunities to integrate technologies into the classroom—and to use technologies as tools for achieving specific purposes instead of as ends in themselves;
  • providing students with opportunities to apply the skills they acquire through systematic instruction;
  • building on the individual needs, interests, and strengths of all students—and allowing students to work, where appropriate, at their own pace;
  • giving students a sense of purpose and fostering self esteem;
  • providing opportunities for service learning and enhancing a sense of social justice and responsibility;
  • improving research skills by helping students not only to use print and electronic resources but also field work, surveys, interviews, consultations with experts, and firsthand observations and experiences;
  • honing literacy and communication skills by enabling students to use a variety of media to share the process and product of their project work with authentic audiences;
  • integrating content knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines, so that students come to see and make cross-curricular connections;
  • enhancing the multicultural literacy of students by giving them opportunities to learn about and collaborate with people from other cultures.


from www.theprojectapproach.org


Note About Paperwork

When turning in any kind of paperwork, please place it in the lockbox (where your tuition payment goes) or in the parent folder outside of Cathy's office. Another great option is to scan it and email it in to Cathy.

Checkout this month's menu on our website.

Recipe suggestions are always welcome!


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If you are not a member of our website, please follow the directions below so that you are able to access our newsletter and other important information.

  • Go to littleangelsadvantage.webs.com
  • Push "parent" on the left
  • Create a password
  • Push "sign in". This will then send me an email asking me to confirm you.
  • You will then get an email asking you to "join the site".
  • Once you join I will send you an invite to complete your profile.