Early Learning Center Family News

April 2022

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Upcoming Events

April 2nd - April 8th

  • Week of the Young Child

Monday, April 4th

  • WOYC: Music Monday

Tuesday, April 5th

  • WOYC: Book Talk Tuesday
  • Ronald McDonald Care Mobile @ ELC

Wednesday, April 6th

  • WOYC: Wellness Wednesday
Thursday, April 7thFriday, April 8th
  • WOYC: Family Friday
Monday, April 11th
  • 2022-2023 Registration Opens
Thursday, April 14th
  • No School for Preschool
  • Parent Participation Event AM
Friday, April 15th
  • No School for Students - Good Friday
Tuesday, April 19th
  • Meet and Greet with the New Superintendent, Dr. Schleizer 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 28th
  • Mobile Dentist @ ELC
Thursday, May 5th

Dear Preschool Families,

This year the Early Learning Center will be celebrating Week of the Young Child from April 2nd - 8th. Please see information below for the activities we will be participating in this week.

Thursday, April 14th preschool students will not have school. However, we will have JG's Reptile Road Show coming to the ELC. We will have two different show times from 8:30-9:15 am and 9:45-10:30 am. **Weather permitting - the show will be held outdoors and we will try to accommodate as many families as possible. In inclement weather the show will be moved to our gym.**

We will have limited space available and ask that only one parent attend with your preschool child. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate siblings. Please RSVP here by Friday, April 8th for your show preference as this show is first come, first serve. Confirmation emails will be sent out on Tuesday, April 12th. The event will also be streamed online for any families that cannot attend in person.

Thank you all for your continued partnership and support!


Barb Golik


Whoever You Are Read Aloud

Week of the Young Child (WOYC)

This is a NAEYC sponsored week that helps spread the word about the importance of high-quality early learning, and the critical role early childhood educators and families play in a child’s development and learning. The Week of the Young Child® is a time to recognize that children's opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment—at home, at child care, at school, and in the community—that will promote their early learning. Here are additional details for the week!

Saturday 4/2 - Kick Off Saturday

  • Play the video above for your child and follow along with the book that was sent home on Friday.

Monday 4/4 -Music Monday

Tuesday 4/5 - Book Talk Tuesday

  • During the school day, teachers will read books to students that include a variety of cultures.

Wednesday 4/6 - Wellness Wednesday

  • During the school day students will participate in a variety of wellness activities.

  • Extend these activities at home by trying one of the wellness activities on this infographic (click on the pictures to access additional resources).

Thursday 4/7 - Thankful Thursday

  • Don't forget to send in your heart note with something that your child or family is thankful for. This will be used in a display in our main entrance.

  • At school, students will visit the area and share what they may have written.

  • Our literacy night will be from 5:30-7:30 pm. Please be sure to RSVP by Monday!

Friday 4/8 - Family Friday

  • Send your child to school in traditional or special clothing that you or your family like to wear!

  • At school, students will also read through a book compiled of the dolls they have brought in and discuss how our school families celebrate.

We are looking forward to a fun-filled week of celebrating with our youngest learners. Should you have any questions, please don't’ hesitate to reach out to us or your classroom teacher.

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RSVP Here by Monday!

Save the Date!

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It's Time to Choose Student Summer Reading Books!

For the second year in a row we’re excited to provide current D63 students with their own collection of free books to read this summer. Families can select books with their child(ren) from Tuesday, March 22 - Friday, April 8.

The number of books varies based on your student’s current grade:

Grades PreK- 2: 12 books

Grades 3-5: nine books

Grades 6-8: seven books.

Just follow these step by step directions to make your book selections.

Book packs will arrive at schools in May and will be distributed to students before summer break. Questions? Contact support.emsd63.org

Online Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year will Open 4/11/2022

  • Returning preschoolers
  • Returning students (entering grades 1-8)
  • New students (K-8) (students entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 1, 2022.)

Look for an email on that date. Once registration opens, visit our Registration Page to get started

All registration is online. If you need in-person assistance for your preschooler, you can drop by the Early Learning Center on Tuesday, April 12 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. - or call your school to schedule an appointment.

Questions? Email: firststeps@emsd63.org

Clean Up, Give Back- Last Month!

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 was to collect at least 25 lbs. of plastic bags and we have surpassed that! We have collected approximately 40 lbs as of right now! Here are some things to know:

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Family Resource

Parents and teachers can support young children by encouraging them to develop friendships with their peers. Learn more in Illinois Learning Project's latest podcast, Making and Keeping Friends for Young Children with and without Disabilities, featuring Dr. Seon Yeong Yu, an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Yu shares tips for teachers and parents about friendship development for all young children. The tip sheet, Making and Keeping Friends, is a wonderful complement to this podcast.

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. Additionally information about a summer camp for preschoolers can be found here.
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