Fox Ridge News
CUSD 303 Early Childhood Department
November 29, 2023
Nov 29: 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.
Dec 25 - Jan 8 No School
Winter Break & Teacher Institute Day (Monday, January 8)
School resumes on Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Second Step: Social-Emotional Learning for Early Learning
We use the Second Step early learning program in your child’s classroom to teach how to learn and get along with others.
The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:
1. Skills for Learning: Children gain skills to help them be better learners, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, and ask for help.
2. Empathy: Children learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Children also learn how to show care for others.
3. Emotion Management: Children learn how to calm down when they have strong feelings, such as worry or anger.
4. Friendship Skills and Problem Solving: Children learn how to make and keep friends and to solve problems with others in a positive way.
Classrooms are finishing up units on Empathy this month. At the end of January the lessons in the Emotion Management unit will begin. Visit www.secondstep.org/families for more information.
Help your child learn develop empathy skills at home. A concept taught during Second Step lessons is that there are two different ways to tell how someone feels:
- Look at their faces and bodies for clues.
- Focus attention on what is happening.
To help you child, model using these two ways to make a guess about how someone feels during every day activities including sharing books, playing, and shopping. Another way is to tell about your face and body clues, as well as what is happening, when you are exhibiting a feeling.
Tips for Learning About Feelings
Jim Wheeler - Toys for Kids
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
Early Release Dates 2023-24
2023-24 Early Release Days- ALL Grades including Early Childhood
Toy Lending Library
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.