Early Learners Highlights

January 7, 2022

Dear Early Learners Families,

Our team enjoyed the time spent with family and relaxation over break, and hope you all had a lovely New Year! Even though things have been a little crazy since returning to school, we've still had a great first week back!

Please make sure you continue to read communications from Dr. Faust and District 109 to stay up to date on the most current information regarding health and safety protocols. We appreciate how supportive our families have been, and ask that you continue to be diligent in keeping your children home if they are experiencing any symptoms. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to myself or our school nurse, Nora Moskos (nbrennan@dps109.org).

Have a wonderful weekend,


What's Happening in Early Learners?

This week our Early Learners kicked off our Community Helper unit by learning about fire fighters and focusing on fire safety. The classes spent time reviewing important skills such as “stop, drop, and roll,” “stay low and go,” and dialing 911 in the case of a true emergency. Please follow up with your child by discussing how they might apply these lessons at home - for example, you may want to show them how they would unlock your phone using the “emergency call” feature prior to dialing 911 if you feel they are developmentally ready. We remind our students that these emergencies will probably never happen, but we practice and make plans so we know what to do just in case.

This week in math our 3s classes focused on patterning with community helper themed vocabulary and body movements. The pre-k classes played games like “count the room” and “roll and cover” as a fun way to apply numeracy skills. These games are favorites in our 109 Kindergarten classes, and our Early Learners loved the idea of getting a sneak peak at the math fun in store for them next year!!

Speech with Ms. Nathanson

Hi Early Learners Families!

I hope everyone had a great winter break! This week in speech group, we listened to the story of the Gingerbread Man. Each student received a paper book to follow along with, a pipe cleaner, and beads. On each page, the students colored the bead at the top of the page to match the color of the bead representing that event in the story. After each page, we stopped to add that color bead to the pipe cleaner. After they strung all of the beads, we twisted the ends of the pipe cleaner together to create a story retelling bracelet.

Upcoming Dates

January 17 - No School, Legal Holiday

January 30 - South Park Bingo Night!**CANCELLED**

February 21 - No School, Legal Holiday

February 22 - No School, Teacher Institute

**Reminder - Early Childhood does not have Early Release on Wednesdays!

Keep in touch!

Janet Gruenwald

Assistant Principal

South Park Elementary School

Program Director District 109 Early Learners