Early Learning Center Family News

October 2021

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 7th

Friday, October 8th
  • No School for Preschool - School Improvement Planning Day
Monday, October 11th
  • No School for Students- Indigenous Peoples Day
Friday, October 29th
  • Halloween Parade for AM Classes (10:30 AM)
  • Halloween Parade for PM Classes (2:05 PM)
Monday, November 1st
  • No School for Students - Institute Day
Thursday, November 4th

Dear Preschool Families,

Please note that District 63 is changing the way parents report absences for their child(ren). As of Monday, October 4 all absences will be submitted via the Parent Portal.

Formerly, parents called a school’s dedicated attendance line to report an absence on any given day of school. Moving forward, these phone lines will no longer be active and will not accept messages. Instead, they will direct parents to the Parent Portal.

How to use the Parent Portal to report your child’s absence:

  • All absences must be submitted on the morning of the day your child will miss school - NOT the night before. Once you log in to the Portal, you’ll choose your child’s name and navigate to a list of online forms. Select and complete the “Absence Form,” and then submit.
  • Review detailed, step-by-step instructions.
  • You can find these instructions at any time on our website: www.emsd63.org/attendance.
  • Questions? Contact the Early Learning Center main office.

October 8th- No School for Preschool Students

Although preschoolers will not have school this upcoming Friday, we would like to send out some information about a virtual field trip you can join with your child. What happens when you send Nickelodeon slime to the International Space Station? Find out here.

Thank you all for your continued partnership and support!


Barb Golik


Halloween Parades

We will send information via email regarding the Halloween Parade at the Early Learning Center later in the month of October, closer to the date. However for the time being know that we will hold these on Friday, October 29th.

Due to Covid restrictions and guidelines we will not have food, beverages, or volunteers in the building at this time. Our students will participate in fall themed activities during the day and we will adhere to District 63's guidelines and procedures centered on school health and safety.

M-NASR: Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation

Who We Are

Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation (M-NASR) has been providing fun, recreational, and beneficial opportunities to individuals with disabilities since 1972. Today we serve over 1,300 children and adults in more than 600 programs, trips, and special events each year. Programming options include recreational or competitive sports, exercise, cultural arts, general recreation, bowling, swimming, and more! In addition, individuals with disabilities who choose to participate in their home park district may benefit from our inclusion services.

M-NASR offers programming and services to individuals with disabilities living within our seven member districts:

Des Plaines Park DistrictGolf-Maine Park DistrictMorton Grove Park DistrictNiles Park DistrictPark Ridge Park DistrictSkokie Park DistrictVillage of Lincolnwood Parks & Recreation

How to reach us

Notes from the Nurse

The beginning of autumn brings changing leaves, pumpkins showing up in stores, and earlier sunsets. Consider adding something that may help renew and relax the whole family as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. YOGA! It has been shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self esteem, academic performance, and classroom behavior. It can help reduce stress and anxiety while improving flexibility, coordination, and body awareness. Children may jump at the chance to assume the role of animals, trees, flowers, warriors. When they stretch like a dog, balance like a flamingo, breath like a bunny, or stand strong like a tree, they are making a connection with their body and the environment. For adults, yoga can help with back pain, ease arthritis symptoms, benefit the heart, help you relax and sleep better AND help manage stress. Try searching YouTube for kid focused Yoga videos.


Leslie White

Community Ed

Over the course of the year, we have various free adult & family classes and/or workshops for our community to access. This fall we have Zumba, Yoga en Espanol, Guitar, Citizenship Preparation, and English Classes along with presentations about Hospital Basics (in English & Spanish), Understanding IEPs and Special Services, and Reading at Home with Children. Registration is recommended, visit our website to register and to learn more about what we have to offer this fall!

Fall 2021 classes and presentations are listed on our website.

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