Fox Ridge News
CUSD 303 Early Childhood Department
January 19, 2024
Jan 24 - Early Release Day
AM classes DISMISS EARLY at 11:05 am
If your child rides the bus home from our morning session, drop off at your home or child care will be 25 minutes early.
PM classes START EARLY at 12:05 pm DISMISS EARLY at 2:10 pm
If your child rides the bus to school for our afternoon session, pick up will be 25 minutes early from your home or child care and the bus at the end of the day from Fox Ridge will drop off 50 minutes earlier.
Feb 19 - No School
President's Day Holiday
Feb 21 - Early Release Day
Same schedule as January 24.
Feb 29 - No School
Conferences will be scheduled with your child's teacher for parents/guardians of students who started after Fall parent/teacher conferences in October or by teacher request.
Mar 1 - No School
Teacher Work Day
2024-25 School Year Updates
Returning Community Preschool Students (Fee-based)
Parents/guardians of current Community Preschool students who are not eligible for Kindergarten next school year please return your "Intent to Return" form you were emailed by Thursday, January 25.
Early Childhood Department at Haines Next School Year
Our Early Childhood Department will be moving to a renovated Haines Center for the 2024-25 school year. This includes all of our classrooms and programming currently at Fox Ridge. Construction begins at Haines Center in March 2024. We will be sharing the Haines building with Compass Academy and construction plans include distinct, separate and secure spaces for our preschoolers and the high school students during student attendance hours.
Kindergarten Students 2024-25
Children are kindergarten eligible for 2024-25 if they turn five on or before September 1, 2024. More information about the timeline for kindergarten registration will be shared with you when it has been released.
2024-25 Start & End Schedules
Hours for our next school year have been released which include a change at Early Childhood.
Abriendo Puertas / Opening Doors
Abriendo Puertas / Opening Doors is an evidenced-based leadership training program for parents and caregivers of 0-5 year old children. Designed to honor and support you with information and home activities during the early stages of your child's development, your child's ability to reach the goals and dreams you have for them will be greatly enhanced.
English and Spanish groups are starting in January and are offered for FREE in partnership with Fox Valley United Way, SPARK Early Childhood Collaboration, and Kane County All Our Kids Network. English sessions are facilitated by Tricia Sabathne, Child and Family Educator (CAFE) at Fox Ridge, and are in person with child care and snacks provided. Spanish sessions are facilitated by Adrianna Casillas, Family Resource Specialist for SPARK Early Childhood Collaboration, via Zoom.
We'd love for you to join us! Please share this information widely with other people you know with young children.
Toy Lending Library
Our Toy Lending Library has new selections in its catalog, including many more games. Check it out!
Dress for the Weather
Outdoor play continues throughout all the seasons at Fox Ridge, weather permitting, and is an important part of our curriculum. Classrooms go outside as long as conditions are safe to do so and the temperature, including wind-chill, is above 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Please be sure your preschooler has clothes appropriate for outdoor play daily. If weather prohibits outdoor play (e.g., raining, too cold, or hazardous conditions like ice present) classrooms use one of our indoor motor areas. If you are in need of a warmer coat for your child please contact Tricia Sabathne, Child and Family Educator, at email@example.com
Even if your child has another year (or more!) before going to kindergarten, "This 2024 Getting Ready for Kindergarten- Family Activity Calendar" is for you! Designed for any child 5 and under who is not yet in kindergarten, and full of ideas and resource to help maximize experiences at home and out in the community to help your children thrive now and in the years to come.
This Family Activity Calendar contains daily activities to support school readiness. Children develop at their own rate! It's up to you how to use this calendar. Tips can be done in any order. Each month has a list of recommended books, tips, and videos in addition to the daily tips.
Each child who attends Fox Ridge for preschool or walk-in speech should have received a copy of this calendar before Winter Break. If your child is just now starting with us a copy will be sent home shortly. Digital copies are also available - click on the picture of the calendar.
Early Release Dates 2023-24
2023-24 Early Release Days- ALL Grades including Early Childhood
Preschool for All
Preschool for All
Applications are currently being accepted for CUSD 303's Preschool for All Program, which is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education, for the 2023-24 school year. The program provides a school experience for young children ages 3-5 years old (not eligible for Kindergarten) at Fox Ridge Early Childhood Center.