Early Learning Center Family News

February 2022

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 8th

  • Vision & Hearing Screening
Friday, February 11th
  • No School for Preschool- School Improvement Planning Day
Monday, February 21st
  • No School - Presidents' Day

Thursday, March 3rd

Dear Preschool Families,

An email went home earlier this week regarding the Virtual Parent Participation Day on February 11th. Preschool students do not have school on this day. If you would like to participate in this virtual event please submit your RSVP by Monday, February 7th.

Thank you all for your continued partnership and support!


Barb Golik


Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Please help us in creating a smooth transition to and from school by reviewing these arrival and dismissal procedures. Safety is a top priority of the preschool staff.

Parking Lot Guidelines: Following the school's traffic patterns in the school zone provides for a safe environment. There are designated pick-up and drop-off zones for students which do not interfere with bus traffic. Please click here for the map. A few safety reminders:

  • For drop off and pick up, enter the parking lot from the drive located off of Harrison Street. Cars will proceed down the drive alongside the Early Learning Center.
  • Make a right turn to enter the parking lot of the Early Learning Center.
  • Park your car in a parking spot and walk your child to the arrival and dismissal door that your child’s class is assigned to. Please use the sidewalks.
  • As you proceed through the parking lot, please be sure to drive slowly as we have many students and families crossing to get to their cars. New signs were installed as a reminder to slow down.
  • To exit the parking lot, please proceed to the exit that is located off of Dee Rd.
  • Schools zones are also cell phone free zones. This means that any cell phone use, even hands free, is prohibited.


  • Doors will open 5 minutes prior to the start time.
  • AM Session starts at 8:40 AM (doors open at 8:35 AM)
  • PM Session starts at 12:15 PM (doors open at 12:10 PM)
  • Stand on a white spot while waiting to enter the building (to avoid overcrowding at the doors).


  • All students will exit at 11:10 AM or 2:45 PM
  • Stand on a white spot while waiting for students to exit (to avoid overcrowding at the doors).
  • A teacher will call your student to the door when you reach the front of the line (please do not wave your student over to the door to exit).
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Valentine's Day Information

With Valentine's Day coming up in February, we wanted to inform parents/guardians that students will have the opportunities to participate in a small classroom celebration on Monday, February 14th. Due to health and safety protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sharing of food will not be part of our classroom celebrations. Students may, however, bring Valentine's cards or other non-food items to distribute to their classmates if they so choose.

Your child's classroom teacher will be sharing more information in the upcoming weeks.

Clean Up, Give Back

Clean Up, Give Back is an organization in the Chicagoland area that sponsors plastic bag drives and clean up efforts in the communities. The ELC will be participating in a community plastic bag drive effort. Preschoolers are currently learning about how to "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" and this collection effort ties nicely into the unit of study. We will start our plastic bag drive now and continue through Earth Month in April. The ELC goal is to collect at least 25 lbs. of plastic bags by then. Here are some things to know:

  • Review this flyer letting you know what items we are collecting.
  • Starting the week of February 7th, students will decorate boxes that will be located in our building and the front foyer inside Door #1.
  • The week of February 14th we will start collecting the plastic bags and dropping them into our collection boxes.

Programming at the Family Resource Center

The FRC @ D63 has many free programs to offer our D63 families this winter. Click here to view the list of programs on our website and/or to register for programs click on this file to see the February calendar!
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Parents: Make a Difference at Your School!

D63 is Hiring - Keeping our schools open relies on many factors, including a great team of substitutes who can step in when teachers or TAs are absent - and lunch supervisors who can help our mealtimes run smoothly. These jobs are fun, flexible, easy to do - and pay well!

  • Teacher subs earn $160/day and Teacher Assistant subs earn $130/day. Lunch Supervisors earn $26.83/hour.

We welcome parents who would like to join our Team D63! Subs must hold a four-year college degree - and obtain an Illinois Substitute License. Learn more and apply today!

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