Fox Ridge News
CUSD 303 Early Childhood Department
November 15, 2023
Nov 20- 24: No School
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
NO SCHOOL Next Week!
School resumes Monday, November 27.
Curriculum at Fox Ridge
Creative Curriculum for Preschool
The environment at Fox Ridge, and each classroom space children learn in, is uniquely suited to the way preschoolers learn and promotes quality learning interactions and experiences. It includes:
- Intentional, meaningful learning experiences
- Building on prior knowledge and interests of each student
- Facilitating active engagement in self-directed learning experiences
We use the Creative Curriculum for Preschool, a research-based curriculum, as our foundational framework. The five components of the framework include:
- How Children Learn & Develop
- The Learning Environment
- What Children Learn
- Caring & Teaching
- Partnering With Families
The curriculum teaches the whole child in four developmental domains: Social/emotional, Physical, Cognitive, and Language. In addition, six content areas are addressed throughout the curriculum: Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Social Studies, & The Arts.
Our multilingual learners are learning more than one language. Did you know we have over 20 languages spoken in homes of our students? It is something worth celebrating, as being multilingual has numerous benefits. It is important to note that the understanding and use of a child's first, or home, language is the first step in acquiring English proficiency and English literacy skills. If you have a multilingual learner in your home, keep reading, speaking, and writing in your their first or home. When found eligible for English Language Learner services in preschool, our classroom teachers provide the appropriate English Language Learner services for students that are found to be eligible. Along with this comes.... more standards! There are 6 additional benchmarks in the IELDS which align to 2 objectives in Creative Curriculum for Preschool.
Family Conference Reports
On Tuesday, November 21, your child's teacher will share this school year's first "Family Conference Report" with you. This includes information about your child's current knowledge, skills, and abilities which are collected through observation as your child participates in the daily classroom activities at school. Your child's teacher will also share some next steps for development and learning. You don't need to sign and return the form, but please do reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions.
Our students that receive Special Education- that have an Individualized Education Program (IEP)- will also receive goal updates at this time.
*For Spanish click on the "en español" drop down to select which area you want tips in.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Release Dates 2023-24
2023-24 Early Release Days- ALL Grades including Early Childhood
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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.