Navigator News PM

June 3, 2016

Week in review

Can you believe it's already June!? Time flies when we're having fun :)

This week the Navigators were so excited to find out that our butterflies emerged from their chrysalises! They loved observing them in Discovery as they flew around the net. We fed them sugar water and made some observational drawings. We released them on Thursday. We also enjoyed discussing the life cycle of a chicken to prepare for the Wagner Farms field tip. We watched a video of a chicken hatching from it's egg. We discussed how hens lay the eggs. Next, a hatchling appears, then grows to be a chick and then an adult chicken. We made life cycle wheels to show the steps. We had lots of fun on our field trip! We learned about the various chores that farmers do, about the different animals they had, and we even made our own butter! On Tuesday we also had snack and centers with one of the kindergarten classes! It was great to be able to see what their classroom looks like meet some new friends.

In Jolly Phonics, we learned about the diagraphs oi and ue and er.

In HWT we practiced writing the letters M and N. We will be sending the HWT journals home next week. Over the summer, feel free to complete any pages that we did not get to!


Young Performers:

This week, the Young Performers engaged in Reader's Theater with the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The students recreated a caterpillar’s journey from a tiny egg on a leaf to a beautiful butterfly, while identifying and 'eating' a variety of foods in between. Through discussion about the story, the students demonstrated understanding of metamorphosis and the life cycle of a caterpillar. Additionally, the activity required retention of story lines, cooperation, representational play, impulse control, and listening. I have been so impressed with the students’ enthusiasm and investment in performing this year. They have come up with creative ways to express themselves, and have worked well together as an ensemble. I hope they each continue to grow in the ways they communicate with and express themselves to others, and that they each feel more comfortable “performing.” Thank you for a lovely year.

Maren Andersen

Psychologist / Performer


In our last music class, the friends practiced their graduation songs and did one of their favorites, 5 little monkeys!

Snack Schedule

Thank you, we now have enough snack!

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, June 8-PM Graduation 1:45-3:00pm

Thursday, June 9-Last Day of School

Young Explorers Early Childhood Program Has Fall Openings

District 28’s unique Young Explorers program has openings in fall 2016 for 3 and 4-year-olds. The program is held in the morning, five days a week, following the District 28 school year, at Westmoor School. Students are enrolled into the program through Early Intervention or through a play-based screening. Screening spots are available for June 3 and August 1, 2016.

For more information or to schedule a screening, please contact Nancy Jones, Administrative Assistant for Early Childhood at 847-504-3809 or email program director, Jenna Duffy, at