Early Learners Highlights!

October 21, 2022

Dear Early Learners Families,

We are very excited for our Halloween activities next week! We hope you are able to join us for our Halloween Parade on Monday, October 31st.


Morning Classes - The parade will begin at 11:20, and will culminate in a short outdoor performance of our favorite Halloween song by our classes! Our morning classes will be exiting the front door, parading around the front circle, and ending up by our Early Learner doors for the song. If you are available to watch the parade and performance, please make sure that you park your vehicle in our school parking lot.


Afternoon and Full Day Classes - Our program will participate in the schoolwide parade which begins at 2:00 with it culminating in a short outdoor performance of our favorite Halloween song by our classes! We will be parading outside, around the school. If the outside temperature (including wind) is above forty-five degrees and it is dry, we will be leaving through the gym doors, heading west on the Rosewood blacktop, north up the fire lane, east across the north blacktop, around the front circle. Our Early Learners families typically like to congregate around the circle drive near our playground. Our classes will be at the back of the parade and will step off the route there to give a quick performance.


More information on the parade and any special Halloween related activities will come from your classroom teacher.


Have a wonderful weekend!


Marcia Klita

Halloween Costumes

We want to remind families to be cautious when helping your child select a costume for Halloween. Using another's culture as a Halloween costume can be viewed as insensitive or offensive. In addition, we encourage students to be as inclusive as possible when dressing in group costumes so that students do not feel excluded during the Halloween festivities.


Below are some additional reminders about wearing costumes at school.

  • Please do not send students with accessories (e.g witches broom).
  • Toy weapons are strictly prohibited.
  • Masks that cover the face as a costume accessory can be worn during the parade and party, not during class time as it may be a distraction during learning.

If you need assistance in providing your child with a Halloween costume, please reach out to Marcia Klita.


Families who are not comfortable sending their child in costume, please reach out to your child's teacher so that we can be sensitive to you or your child's feelings about dressing up for Halloween. We want everyone to feel comfortable.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN EARLY LEARNERS?


This week our Early Learners wrapped up our Fall unit! We asked our students to share some things they learned and enjoyed:


“We painted red leaves in the classroom” - Keldyn


“I actually learned that leaves have that little thing in them… chlorophyll!” - William


“Leaves change colors and they fall off the tree.” - Joey


“Leaves fall… first they change color and then the fall! They turn yellow and orange and sometimes red! Yeah… the green ones don’t fall yet” - James and Derek


“We poked the pumpkins with hammers and golf tees! We also built an apple castle, and we pretended to buy pumpkins.” - Miles


Next week we'll be focusing on all things Halloween!

SPEECH WITH MISS NATHANSON

This week in speech group, we read Happy Halloween, Little Critter! After reading the story, we practiced sequencing the events that occurred. Sequencing is an important skill because it helps students understand and organize information that they have learned. It also helps with learning routines and retelling stories.

PTO Spotlight!

Be sure to check out the PTO spotlight for exciting updates and information!


In this week’s Spotlight…

  • Online Book Fair Ends 10/23
  • Mom's Night Out 11/3
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest
  • And more...

PPS 109

We are excited this school year to return to offering in-person parent/guardian networking and educational opportunities for our community in collaboration with PPS109.


PPS109 is a partnership of DPS 109 administrators, teachers and parents/guardians who are dedicated to providing support to families of children with a wide range of needs. Our first event of the ‘22-’23 school year will be An Overview of District 109 Student Services. This event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 pm at the District Office.


We are also asking for your help! Please click here to help us prioritize the next community event that will be offered during this school year. There is also an option on the form to let us know if you are interested in participating in PPS109 parent/guardian networking opportunities.

SCHOOL HOURS

1/2 Day AM: 9:00 - 11:30 Monday through Friday

1/2 Day PM: 12:30 - 3:00 Monday through Friday


Full Day: 9:00 - 3:00 Monday through Friday



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


You can download our Early Learners calendar with program specific events HERE.

Upcoming Events

October 27th: Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m.


October 31st: Halloween Parade and Classroom Celebrations


November 8th: Election Day- No School


November 21st: Parent Teacher Conferences (Evening)


November 22nd: No School- Parent Teacher Conferences


November 23rd-27th: Thanksgiving Break- No School. School resumes on Monday, November 28th.



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

KEEP IN TOUCH

Marcia Klita

Assistant Principal

South Park Elementary School

Early Learners Program Coordinator

Phone: 847-945-5895 x2105

mklita@dps109.org