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Room 103Room 103 Teachers: Sean Halloran, Colleen Rivera and Mise Payne

 

 

March Newsletter

Special Olympics

All Students Invited Barbara Vick has been offered the chance to participate in the brand new Young Athletes portion of the Special Olympics here in Chicago! This program is for children 2 – 7 years old with and without disabilities. Events will take place on either June 1st or June 2nd at a Chicago Park District site. Buses and lunches will be provided for this all-day event. All students are invited to participate. Students with special needs and their typically developing peers work together in events such as jumping, running, and kicking. For our students with special needs, it gives them an introduction to the Special Olympics and lets them shine. For our general education students, their participation helps support their friends and offers them inspiration to continue in the Special Olympics as volunteers or peer buddies. We will be working on the skills necessary for the Special Olympics with our class during outside activity time. This may include throwing and catching balls, balancing on a beam, and running short lengths! This is a very special opportunity for both our campus and Vick Village. Please ask us about participating as a chaperone for this event! There is a short online training required for chaperones, but you will get the chance to truly be a part of our students’ success! Waivers must be signed for all students; please watch for them in your child’s mailbox.

Important Dates

 March 9th: PTT Meeting @ 6pm

Room 103 is excited to announce that we’ll be taking a field trip on March 24th to Morgan Park Sports Center at 115th and Western! Gymnastics, an obstacle course, and more movement activities await us on this fun-filled day! Both classes – AM and PM – will meet at school at 9:00am. We will be leaving at 9:10 to walk to the center. Please pack a small, disposable lunch with NO TREE NUT PRODUCTS as some of our students are allergic. We’ll walk back and dismiss at 11:45am at school. Please let us know if you would like to chaperone for this event. Field Trip: March 24th Let’s Get Moving! YYYYYYYYYY Y

Reminders  Game Day is on Wednesdays! Please sign up if you would like to bring your child’s favorite board game from home to play with friends. It would be most helpful if you came into the classroom during choice time (9:10-10:10am or 12:30-1:30pm) to teach it to a small group of students.

Birthdays! Lauren – March 1st (AM) Essence – March 8th (PM) James – March 14th (AM) Ronan – March 18th (PM) Collin – March 19th (PM) Ms. Mise – March 25th

New In The Classroom

 Students are still exploring Building. Right now we are working with different materials to see what we can build. For example, we’re using PVC Pipes and connectors to build largescale “houses”! We’re exploring what we can build with recyclables as well.

 We’re also working on the concept of Sink/Float. What floats and why? We will soon be working on building our own boats out of recyclable materials like milk cartons and Styrofoam!

 This leads to our next exploration, STEM Activities. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) development is critical for children of this age as it is explored frequently in higher grades. We’ll be doing weekly experiments.

January News  

Room 103

 What’s New

-The students were so happy to return to school!!! Everyone is back in the normal routine and excited to explore with friends in our classroom. We have started reading the book, The Mitten by Jan Brett and we have started discussing characters, story problem, and story solution. We will have the students use different materials to help better understand this story. We will also learn more about this story during small group with the students.

-Game Day on Wednesdays!!! We will place a sign-up sheet in the hallway outside our classroom door. Please sign up if you would like to bring a board game from home and come in during our choice time (9:10-10:00 am & 12:30-1:30) and teach it to a small group of students.

-We have a student teacher in our classroom! Ms. Liz is a student from St. Xavier University and she will be student teaching in our classroom until May. The students love having a new face in the classroom and Ms. Liz is very excited to work with such wonderful students.

What’s Next

We have noticed that a majority of our students enjoy building with blocks and playing with the vehicles so we will be incorporating more materials in the classroom to help the students explore further and determine which type of study we would like engage in…it all depends on the interest of the students.

Reminders

-         please make sure to switch out extra clothes in your child’s school bag now that the

the weather is becoming cooler

-         we do go outside after it rains and sometimes during a light mist, please make sure you send your child with rain boots so they can walk through the puddles without becoming soaked `

-         please make sure to label ALL of your child’s outerwear (hats, mittens, snow pants

boots, etc)

-         please practice with your child daily on how to put on their jacket and zip

independently

-         we are entering the season of cold weather…please practice having your child blow their nose independently

-         lending library starts again on Thursday, January 19th!

-         please put your child’s hat and mittens/gloves in the sleeve of their coat. It’s much easier for the students to locate them rather than looking in their school bags for hats and gloves when getting ready to go outside.

-         IF it snows please make sure that your child is fully prepared for the cold (i.e. snowpants, hat, gloves and boots).

-         we are running low on Kleenex and Clorox Wipes and our hand washing towels are falling apart. We would greatly appreciate any donations :-}

-         each classroom is in charge of a basket for the fundraiser. Our classroom theme for our basket is “building.” We will be accepting donations for this basket so if you would like to donate, please drop it off at our classroom. (think blocks, legos, etc.) Thanks!

***No School on January 16th- Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday***

***Parent/Child Activity Day-January 27th (Remember, this is a special day when you or another family member attend school with your child for only one hour*** The sign up sheet is in the hallway or you can email us the time that works for you.

  Birthdays

          January

          Billy 16th (am)

          Ava 20th (am)

          David 31st (am)

October News  

Room 103 

What’s New

The students have done a great job these first few weeks of school!

We have:

- learned each other’s names

- discussed friendship and classroom rules

- made new friends and reconnected with friends from last year

- explored our classroom

- played outside

- worked together in groups

- cooked and ate some tasty treats

- done a great job with Word Play (phonemic awareness group activity)…students learn   rhyming words, initial sounds, compound words as well as a new nursery rhyme each week…please remember to ask your child which nursery rhyme they are learning

What’s Next

We have noticed during choice time that some students are expressing an interest in building/transportation, over the next few weeks will gather some information from the students using books and group discussions to see what the students would like to learn/explore about this topic. We will also be discussing and focusing on Family and how each of us is special in our own way. We will also be conducting a mini-author study…we will focus on Laura Numeroff & Marcus Pfister for the next couple of weeks.  A BIG thanks to all who have sent in supplies as well as ingredients for our cooking! Much appreciated.

Reminders

   please make sure to switch out extra clothes in your child’s school bag

-         we do go outside after it rains and sometimes during a light mist, please make sure you send your child with rain boots so they can walk through the puddles

-         book fair is this week (Oct 3-7)…you can shop before and after pick up

-         family reading night is Wednesday Oct. 5…students can come in pajamas

-         parent/child activity day (Oct 21.)…this a day when you come to school with your child for one hour to work on a special project

-         No school on Oct. 10…Columbus Day

Birthdays

September

Logan 1st (pm)

Aiden 3rd (am)

Michael 5th (am)

Matthew B. 12th (am)

         October

Matthew C. 19th (am)

Lou 21st (pm)

Alessandra 27th (pm)

Lila 28th (am)

 

 

 

Hi families…tomorrow is Parent/Child Activity Day!

      Remember…your child attends for only one hour with you. All of our activities will be taking place on school grounds outside and directly across the street in Kennedy Park. One of our activites is bike/trike riding. Students may bring their own bike to school for this activity. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!!!
Thanks,
Room 103

May News   

Room 103

 What’s New

The students have had a wonderful time exploring with our study of, “The Three Little Pigs.” We have:

 -read different versions of the story

- made houses and props to act out the story

- wrote in our journals

- discussed characters, setting, story problem

- worked in teams and used different materials to build houses

- visited the Beverly Arts Center to see, “The Three Little Pigs” play

What’s Next

Our chicken eggs have arrived!!! We put our eggs in the incubator and in 21 days hopefully we will have some fluffy chicks! We numbered the eggs 1-24. The students were able to “pick” an egg and we will be doing some activities centered around our chicks. We currently are discussing how things grow and how certain things are different weights. We will also experiment with growing other things such as:

-grass

-beans

-caterpillars-butterflies

-praying mantis

Please send in a baby picture of your child and add height and weight at birth. We will be investigating measuring/growth as well as graphing.

 Dates to Remember

Parent/Child Activity Day (May 20th)

Memorial Day- No School (May 30th)

 Birthdays

Rowan 6th (am)

Emma 12th (am)

April News  

Room 103

 What’s New                                                                                                                                    Our field trip to the Morgan Park Sports Complex was a huge success!!! The students loved learning about gymnastics and bouncing all over the gym!!! We have concluded our Exercise study and have recently started studying… The 3 Little Pigs!!! We are reading the different versions of the story as well as:

-         Discussing characters

-         Discussing parts of the story

-         Making props

-         Acting out the story with puppets/houses

We are also going to start building using different materials with the students. Students will work in pairs to build a house for the pigs. We will have baskets in the hallway in case you can donate some of the materials we need, such as:

-paper towel/toilet paper rolls

-soup cans (empty)

-any building materials you have at home that you think would work

 We will be taking a walking field trip to the Beverly Art Center on April 27. All students will attend school for the morning session again this day (9:10-11:40). We will need five chaperones from each session.

 We have also concluded our author study on Mo Willems and have started studying Mercer Mayer. He is the author of the Little Critter books.

 Parent/Teacher conferences will be April 13th. A sign-up sheet will be placed on the classroom window in the hallway. We would like to meet with the families of students leaving for Kindergarten as our first priority, however there is allotted time for 3 year old students as well. We just ask that families of students transitioning to Kindergarten sign-up first.

 As the weather is changing (hopefully it will stay warm soon!) please take a minute to update the clothes that are kept in your child’s bag to make sure they fit them still and that they are weather appropriate.

 Our classroom is running low on supplies if you feel inclined to donate, we would love to have:

a.m. Clorox Wipes and small paper plates and little packs of Kool-Aid

p.m. Kleenex and hand soap and little packs of Kool-Aid

      Dates to Remember

No School…Professional Development Day (April 8th)

Report Card Pick-Up Day (April 13th)

Spring Break (April 18th-22nd)

Field Trip to the Beverly Arts Center (April 27th)

 Birthdays

John 5th (am)     Zion 5th (pm)

Owen 8th (am)

   March News  

Room 103 

What’s New

The students have really been enjoying all of our activities associated with our Exercise study. The students learned how we can help keep our bodies healthy, exercise, and stay active. Our exercise study is coming to an end and we are excited to explore some new ideas the students have shared with us. We have turned the bottom part of our loft into a “Pizza Shop!” The students have been making pizzas, delivering pizzas, taking orders, etc. We have also been reading, The Little Red hen stories and discussing team work and working together. We have also read different versions of these books and discussed characters and compared/contrasted the different versions.

The students have really enjoyed our author study of Mo Willems. We are continuing with the study because the students are still very much entertained by the books.

We have set up a new computer station in the classroom and the students have really excelled with using the mouse! We also have the iPads available for the students to use as well. We are taking recommendations from those of you who have great apps that you and your child use at home. Let us know what they are and we may be able to use them in our classroom. Also, if you would like to be our guest chef on a Friday, please let us know…the students love it!!!

Just a reminder, please make sure your child is prepared every day for outdoor play. Warm coat, hat, mittens, and boots/snowpants if there is snow on the ground. Our classroom is running low on supplies if you feel inclined to donate, we would love to have:

a.m. Clorox Wipes and small paper plates and little packs of Kool-Aid

p.m. Kleenex and hand soap and little packs of Kool-Aid

             Dates to Remember

Barbara Vick Fundraiser (March 4th)

Tickets for admission ($30), raffle ($10) and gourmet baskets ($5) are available in the hallway and/or the office.

Birthdays

Lauren 1st (am)

James 4th (am)

Essence 8th (pm)

   February News 

Room 103 

What’s New

Our exercise study is in full swing! The students are really taking an interest in all of the activities, books, and discussions we have been having. Students have been sharing their favorite ways to exercise and how exercising can keep our bodies healthy. We have changed our loft into a “doctor’s office!” The students have enjoyed “signing in” to see the doctor and experimenting with all of the doctor equipment. Thanks to those who donated and lent our classroom equipment and supplies. Most of our small group time has revolved around gross motor movement to help students understand the importance of exercising and how to keep our bodies healthy.

The students are also enjoying our author study of Mo Willems. Some students have started drawing their own pigeons and telling their own stories. We have displayed some of their works of art in the classroom and on our hallway board outside the classroom. Please encourage your child to make their own stories at home!  Parents…here’s your homework! Your three/ young four year old can draw, tell you about their picture and you can write their words on a sticky note and place on the back of their drawing. Our older 4/5 year olds can draw a picture and start trying to label their pictures and use inventive spelling.

We are going to start discussing why people write/send letters. In our small groups we will begin exploring with letter writing/sending notes. If you would like to donate heart/valentine stickers, envelopes, writing paper we would greatly appreciate it!

Dates to Remember

No School- Professional Development (February 5th)

No School- President’s Day (February 15th)

Birthdays  

Miles 7th   (am)

Lydia 29th (am)

Danny 15th (pm)

Aubrey 25th (pm)

Adam 29th (pm)

Hi families…tomorrow is Parent/Child Activity Day!!! Remember, you and your child  attend for only the one hour that you signed up for. Please don’t forget your pictures that you and your child cut out of their favorite things for our alphabet board. 8-12 pictures should be good…you do not need pictures for every letter of the alphabet. Just a reminder…if your child likes Power Rangers, cut out the picture and they can glue that on the “R” board, Paw Patrol goes on the “P” board, etc. Also, environmental print is great as well…such as “Target”, “McDonald’s”, “Walmart”…these are words children recognize from the neighborhood. Also, if you would like to bring in some new pictures for your child’s “All About Me” please feel free to do so.

Thanks so much and see everyone tomorrow.
Room 103

Hi families…Parent/Child Activity is this Friday…please make sure you are bringing pictures for our alphabet board. Such things as “McDonald’s”, “Target”, “Xmen.” Thanks so much. Also, the PTT fundraiser basket for our classroom is “Games!” If you would like to donate a new game for the basket please drop it off in the box outside our classroom door. Thank you!!!

Just a reminder, we know it’s been too cold to go out but please make sure your child is dressed to go outside as long as the windchill is above 20 degrees. If you would like to update your child’s “All About Me” book, feel free to bring in some new pictures. Excited to see everyone Friday!!!
Room 103

Hi parents and families…just wanted to give you a quick update on our exercise study. The students are really enjoying what we have been doing in class. We have been discussing how are bodies move, how to keep our bodies healthy, and different types of exercises which keep our bodies working. The students have also started asking questions about what people do when they get hurt such as in a sport. So, we’ve decided to transform a section of our classroom into a “Yoga studio.” Also, another part of the classroom is going to become the sports rehabilitation center. This is where the students can explore some of the materials one might need if they have exercise related injuries. So, we asking for some materials if you have them handy or know some one who may work in the medical field.

Items such as:
-slings
-x rays
-ace bandages
-stethoscope
pretty much anything you would see in a doctor’s office/urgent care/therapy clinic
Thanks,
Room 103

Hi Families…Parent/Child Activity Day is January 22nd. We will be conducting a painting activity as well as a few other small activites. We would like give you some time to gather some things for one of our activities. We will be making an alphabet display and we want each letter to reflect common items children see. For example…the letter T will have pictures of toast, toes, ten. So, please start cutting and snipping out pictures with your child of some favorite things and we can add them to our alphabet collage. Please bring in these cut out pictures on the 22nd with you.

Thanks,
Room 103

January News

Room 103

Welcome Back

Welcome back everyone!!! We are excited to start our second part of the school year! The students returned and knew exactly what to do. Our first week back is filled with many new and exciting things that we will begin discussing with the students. The weather is COLD!!! We go outside everyday as long as the wind chill is above 20 degrees. Please make sure your child is prepared every day for outdoor play.

-Warm coat

-Hat

-Mittens/Gloves

-Boots/Snow pants

As always, please label all items with child’s name.

What’s New

We are going to start a study on Exercise! We thought this would be a great time of year to discuss how our bodies move especially with winter upon us. Many of the students were sharing about the various sports leagues that they are in and we wanted to explore their questions/wonderings about how our bodies move and everything that is involved when doing certain tasks like walking, running, climbing, etc. We are curious where this study will take us and all the wonderful explorations will we discover. For all of you parents/families…do any of you have a background in any type of exercise (yoga, dance, etc) that you would be willing to come into our classroom and share some examples/demonstrations with our students?

Please let us know and we can set up a time.  Or, if you know someone please inform us and we will contact them. We will also be doing an author study (Mo Willems)…we will read different books from this author and discuss characters, setting, acting out, story re-telling, problem-solving etc.

Also, parent/child activity day is January 22nd. More info will be coming about this day and our activity. Remember on this day you sign up for one hour to come and spend with your child.

Dates to Remember

No School- Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 18th)

Parent/Child Activity Day (January 22)

Birthdays

January

Darion 2nd  (pm) Quintin 18th (pm)

Cillian 25th (pm) Bridget 27th (pm)

December News

Room 103

Thank you

We want to thank everyone who attended our Thanksgiving Feast…it was a huge success!!! The students loved having their family members join us. Thanks as well to those who were able to chaperone our field trip to the Beverly Arts Center. The students are still discussing Alice in Wonderland.

What’s New

Our days have been busy as usual!!! We are currently working on a holiday study which will take place these three weeks before Winter Vacation. This week (11/30-12/4) we will be discussing Hanukkah and making Latkes with applesauce on Friday. Next week (12/7-12/11) we will discuss Kwanza and make Macaroni and Cheese with Kwanza Punch on Thursday and during our final week (12/14-12/18) we will discuss Christmas and have cookies and hot chocolate the last day of school on the 18th. If you have special holiday traditions that you would like to share with us, please feel free to contact us and we would love for you to visit our classroom and share your ideas with the students. During small group these three weeks we will be focusing on number formation for writing and counting skills. Also, we have our little elves ringing our bells in the hallway for our “Giving Tree.” We will use the money we collect to purchase gifts for children from our giving tree.

Dates to Remember

Vick Sing-a-long (December 10) 6:30-7:00…Ag High School

No School-Winter Vacation (December 21-January 1)

Birthdays

December

Ryan 21st (pm)

Stephen 26th (am)

Hi all…just a reminder that our field trip is this Monday, November 23rd. Our school day is 11:00-1:30 for both classes. Please drop off your child at the classroom at 11:00 and pick up at the classroom at 1:30. We had a lot of interest for chaperoning so we put all names in a hat. We apologize if you were not chosen but we will take more trips throughout the year and try to accomodate everyone who would like to chaperone. The chaperones for this Monday are:

1. Miles Morgan       6. Ivanti
2. Amelia                  7. Essence
3. Lydia                     8. Adam
4. Stephen                9. Aubrey
5. Lauren                  10. Ean
Also…next Tuesday we will have a classroom Thanksgiving Feast. Some of the students were asking if they can come dressed up, so I said I would send an email. So your child can come dressed up nicely if they choose for our feast. If you took a sticky note with a food please drop off the item by Monday. Also if you are free, parents are invited to join our feast and eat with our class. Morning feast is at 11:00 and afternoon at 2:30.
Thanks,
Room 103

Hi all…just a few reminders:

1. Parent/Teacher Conferences are next Wednesday (November 18th) from 11:00-3:45 & 3:45-6:00. There is a sign-up sheet on the classroom window for Mr. Sean’s students. These are students who do not have an IEP. Time slots are 10 minutes long. Please sign up or reply to this email with a time that works for you. Colleen’s students have 20 minute slots (Colleen has already emailed her parents individually to set up times.)
2. No School tomorrow (Wednesday November 11th- Veteran’s Day) & No School Friday (November 13th- Professional Development for Teachers)
3. Food Drive/Walk- (Thursday November 12th) We will leave the school at 10:00 and 1:15. Please inform us if you would like to walk with us and if you have a wagon you can bring to help collect the food.
Thanks so much,
Room 103

November News

Room 103

 Thank you

Thanks to all the parents who have volunteered their time in our classroom helping the students with hand washing at entry time. Also, thank you to Dottie’s mom & Lou’s mom for making special treats with the class to celebrate Dottie’s and Lou’s birthdays! Also, thanks to George’s mom for visiting and reading a book for George’s birthday. Thanks to Miles Mayorga’s mom for being our guest chef and cooking with the students…they loved it!!!

 What’s New

We have been busy! The students are doing a great job modeling how to be a good friend and how friends treat one another. We have also started something new which is called “Story Workshop.” This is a method of teaching the students the formats of writing through use of the arts. For example, when the students have a story to tell, or we notice the students working with certain materials (blocks, paint, etc.) we ask them about their work. We write down the student’s words and take a picture of their creation. We check in with the students periodically and ask if they have more to add to their story and if there is another way to “tell” their story by using a different material. Students may also say they have finished that story and may begin a new one. Please check out our bulletin board in the classroom which showcases some of the students’ current stories. Once a story is “finished” students can “publish” and then share their stories with the class. At this time the students can listen and ask questions. We have started to set up our classroom with materials which help the students develop stories. If you have lego people or small toy animals at home that you would like to donate to our classroom, we would greatly appreciate it.  Another area the students are showing growth in is, “Word Play.” Word Play is a time of day when we gather on the carpet and play different verbal/clapping games to help with phonemic awareness. Every day we say rhyming words, beginning sounds, ending sounds, compound words, etc. We also focus on a nursery rhyme for the week. We learn one line each day and write it on the board. This helps show the students where you start writing/reading, capitalization, punctuation, and letter formation when writing.

    Dates to Remember

No School-November 11th (Veteran’s Day)

FoodDrive Walk 12th

 No Students-November 13th (Professional Development)

November 18th –Report Card Pick-Up (Parent/Teacher Conferences)

No School-November 25-27

Birthdays

October

George 15th (a.m.)

Dottie 15th (a.m.)

Jake 16th (p.m.)

Matthew 19th (p.m.)

Lou 21st (p.m.)

Finn 25th (p.m.)

November

Miles Morgan 12th (a.m.)

Araceli 19th (p.m.)

Dear Parents,

Our first child/parent activity is Friday, October 16th.  We will be making or adding to our All About Me Books. We will provide the binders, the pockets, markers, crayons, glue, and scissors. You need to bring your choice of the following photos:  baby pictures of your child, birthday celebrations, holidays, special events, pets, and/or favorite foods, and stickers if you would like to decorate the pages.  The book will be kept at school.  During the school year we will be adding pages with your child.  At the end of your child’s time at Barbara Vick, your child will take the book home.

Why is making an “All About Me” book important?  It is important because:

-It helps your child develop his communication skills when he shares his book with the teachers and their friends.

-Collecting the items to put in their books gives your child a reason to feel proud.

-By choosing the items that are going to be put into the books, the children create a sense of security and identity

– a connection between home and school.

We are hoping that each child’s book is unique, just like them! Look for the sign-up sheet outside the classroom door or email us with your preference. This is a day for you and your child, no siblings please.  If you are unable to attend, please ask a grandparent, aunt or uncle to accompany your child.  Remember this is an attendance day for your child.  If your child does not come he/she will be marked absent.

All About Me Book Ideas (You and your child can choose what you would like)

Photographs of:   The front of your home           Sports/Activities               Family

Favorite TV Character           Extended Family           Favorite toy/activity       Favorite body part

Child as a baby                      Pets                      Favorite food                 Favorite Place in Nature

Birthdays/holidays                Vacations                     New siblings                        Friends/School

You can also bring print outs of favorites from the Internet and make drawings for the book.

Please sign up for a time either by signing up in the hallway or by email.

You can choose a time from the following:

9:10-10:10,

10:30-11:30,

12:45-1:45,

2:00-3:00

We look forward to sharing this day with you!

Thanks,

Mr. Sean, Ms. Colleen, Ms. Mise

September News

Room 103

Thank you

We would like to say thank you to all families for making the first few weeks of school such a success and for supplying our classroom with items from our wish list as well as attending orientation and the ice cream social! The students have transitioned well into the classroom and have begun making friends and memories.

What’s New

We have been doing a lot!!! The students are doing a great job following  our daily routines. Students usually have a job every other day (watering plants, line leader, counter, door holder, etc) make sure to ask your child about their day and what types of things they did. We have started discussing how to be a good friend and what friends do, as well as families and how we are all special.

Volunteering

We will have a sign-up sheet outside the classroom door for our first volunteering opportunity. If you would like to assist the students with hand washing for the first 10 minutes of each session which is 9:10-9:20 & 12:30-12:40 please sign-up.

Birthdays

Every child has made a birthday “Lantern” and they are now hanging up in the classroom. If you are available at drop off on your child’s birthday we would love if you would stay for a few minutes to help your child “light” their lantern (i.e. weave colored ribbons through their lantern). We are looking for donations of ribbon (1/2 inch wide or less) to add to the selection of ribbons the children can choose from to decorate their lantern on their birthday. * Please check out the lanterns that are hanging in the classroom if this sounds confusing. There are a few lanterns that are already “lit!”

The children love it when their parents are able to come in the class on their birthday. Some parents like to read the class a story, make an art activity, do a “healthy” cooking activity, or play a game. If you would like to come and spend some time in the classroom please let us know so we can make sure we set aside a sufficient amount of time.

Cooking

We will be cooking in the classroom on Fridays. A note will be posted outside of the classroom to let you know what it will be. If your child is unable to eat that particular food please let us know. It is helpful if you could then bring in something similar for your child to eat.

There will be a list outside the classroom with items that we need for that week. Please take the sticky note as a reminder of what you are willing to bring and also sign your name under the item.

Just a Reminder

-Please check your child’s mailbox everyday

-Please check your child’s school bag every night

-Please send in a family photo if you have not already done so

-Please send in a spiral notebook. Your child will use this when we journal

-Please make sure all clothing items are labeled with your child’s name

-Please make sure your child has a complete change of clothes in their bag. Including underwear and socks.

-We go outside every day. Even if it has just rained or there is a light mist. Rain boots are great for these types of days. They keep your child’s feet/socks dry as well as their pants

-If you have signed up for towel washing, please remember to take the towels home with you and return them the next day. The towels will be hanging on your child’s name hook in the hallway at dismissal.

-Student absence…if your child is absent please make sure you send a note with your child when he/she returns. We will also have a white form attached to the sign in sheet outside the classroom door with your child’s name on it. Please sign and date. You only have to fill this out if you have not sent in a note.

Dates to Remember

21st-25th (Spirit Wear Sales)

Birthdays

Aiden 3rd (a.m.)

Max 5th (a.m.)

Kevin 9th (a.m.)

Ivanti 16th (p.m.)

End of the Year News

Room 103

Thank you

We would like to thank everyone who has helped us throughout the year. We have cooked a lot this year and are very thankful for the items which were purchased and donated from our wish list. Also, thanks to all who have washed towels all year. Thank you to all chaperones who have volunteered for field trips as well as taking time out of their busy schedules to join us for parent/teacher conferences and parent/child activity days.

What’s New

Our chicks have left the building!!! The students really enjoyed this project. We counted down the days, candled the eggs, watched them hatch, and then took care of the baby chicks all last week. Our next topic of discussion is “Bugs!!!” We have started reading books about different types of bugs and are beginning to get a sense of the different types of things about bugs the students want to learn about.

Dates to Remember

Parent/Child Activity (May 22th)

Sign-up sheet is on the window outside the classroom…times are:

9:10-10:10, 10:30-11:30, 12:30-1:30, 1:45-2:45

You attend for one hour with your child. This activity is taking place across the street at Kennedy Park.

Yoga (May 26th)

Field Trip to Lincoln Park Zoo (May 28th)

Permission slips are going home this week

Field Trip to The Children’s Museum at Navy Pier (June 9th)

 Permission slips are going home this week

During the last week of school (June 15th-19th) we want to pick one day to walk over to Kennedy park and allow the students to play in the sprinklers and have a picnic in the grass. More information will come as we get closer to this week.

Birthdays

May

Johnathan 1st  (p.m.)

June

Stella 12th (a.m.)

Siobhan 15th (a.m.)

Sydney 23th (a.m.)

Josie 16th (p.m.)

FebruaryNews                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Room 103 

Thank you

We want to say a big thank you for all who attended our Parent/Child Activity. The students really enjoy when parents are able to join us at school for fun activities. The barrel is complete and looks fabulous. We also appreciate all the cooking ingredients donated. We do ask if you take a sticky note from our wish list for cooking ingredients, can you please drop off the item(s) on Thursday. It is easier for us to have all of our supplies Thursday since we cook on Friday.

What’s New

We are currently conducting our ball study and the students are enjoying all of the activities in the classroom. We have read books on how balls are made, move, and the many uses. It seems the students especially enjoy any type of game involving a ball! We have set up different game stations in the classroom such as bowling,  mini-volleyball, bozo buckets, marble painting, and marble runs. The children also have time throughout the day to explore the different types of balls that students have shared with the classroom. We will continue our study as long as the students show interest.

Just a Reminder

-Please check your child’s mailbox everyday

-Please check your child’s school bag every night

-Please send in a family photo if you have not already done so

-Please send in a wooden letter of your child’s first initial of their first name if you have not already done so

-We go outside every day. Now that weather is cold, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outside play

-Please have your child practice getting dressed independently. Students need to practice zipping and putting on their coat, hat, gloves, etc.

-Please make sure all clothing items are labeled with your child’s name and switch out extra clothes now that the weather is cold!!!

-We go outside every day as long as the wind chill is 20 degrees and above. Even if it has just rained or there is a light mist. Rain boots are great for these types of days. They keep your child’s feet/socks dry as well as their pants

-If you have signed up for towel washing, please remember to take the towels home with you and return them the next day. The towels will be hanging on your child’s name hook in the hallway at dismissal.

-We will have our classroom (Valentine) celebration on Friday, February 13th. Your child may bring in stickers to decorate cards the students will be making for each other in class.

Dates to Remember

President’s Day-No School (Feb. 16th)

Yoga (Feb. 17th)

Art Studio (Feb. 9th, 11th, 18th, & 25th)

Birthdays

Max 16th  (p.m.)

Ian 26th (a.m.)

 

January News                                                                                                                                                                                     Thank you

Thank you to the parents who wash towels daily for us as well as those parents who have volunteered in the classroom. We have a spot open for towel washing on Tuesday (PM.) If you would like to sign up for this slot, please let us know. We also appreciate the items sent in from our classroom wish list. Thank you to Claire McKeon and family for taking care of Shelly over winter vacation.

 What’s New

We have been busy!!! Our holiday study was a huge success. The students enjoyed learning about the different holiday celebrations and cooking on Fridays. We have started a “ball” study this week. We will introduce the students to different investigations such as:

  1. Do all balls bounce?
  2. Do all balls roll?
  3. What makes balls move?
  4. Who uses balls?
  5. What are balls made of?

We are asking for students to bring in different types of balls from home. We will keep them in the classroom and return them when we have completed the study.

 Just a Reminder

-Please check your child’s mailbox everyday

-Please make sure you return your child’s “All About Me” book if you have it at home

-Please check your child’s school bag every night

-Please send in a family photo if you have not already done so

-Please send in a wooden letter of your child’s first initial of their first name if you have not already done so

-We go outside every day. Now that weather is cold, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outside play

-Please have your child practice getting dressed independently. Students need to practice zipping and putting on their coat, hat, gloves, etc.

-Please make sure all clothing items are labeled with your child’s name and switch out extra clothes now that the weather is cold!!!

-We go outside every day. Even if it has just rained or there is a light mist. Rain boots are great for these types of days. They keep your child’s feet/socks dry as well as their pants

-If you have signed up for towel washing, please remember to take the towels home with you and return them the next day. The towels will be hanging on your child’s name hook in the hallway at dismissal.

 Dates to Remember

Martin Luther King- No School (Jan 19th)

Parent/Child Activity Day (Jan 23rd)

School Improvement Day-No School (Jan 30th)

 Birthdays

Raellyn 6th  (p.m.)

Cillian 25th (p.m.)

Bridget 27th (p.m.)

 

 December News     

Room 103

 Thank you

Thank you to the parents who wash towels daily for us as well as those parents who have volunteered in the classroom. We also appreciate the items sent in from our classroom wish list. Thank you to Zachary Bratton and family for taking care of Shelly over the Thanksgiving holiday.

 What’s New

Ms. Rose has returned!!! Room 103 is back together and having a blast. We have three weeks before winter vacation so we have decided to learn about a different holiday each week. We will conclude each week with a cooking activity on Friday that relates to the holiday studied for that week. We are looking for volunteers who would like to come in and cook! We’re thinking of latkes this Friday…if you have experience doing this, please let us know! If you have a fun recipe for Kwanza and/or Christmas and would like to volunteer to cook, please inquire.

Holiday study: Hanukkah Dec. 1-5…Kwanza Dec. 8-12…Christmas Dec. 15-19. Also, we will have a holiday celebration one day during our last week (more info to follow.) Starting this week we will have bell ringers in the hallway during arrival and dismissal. We are collecting spare change to purchase presents for individuals from the Giving tree. Also, we need a volunteer to take care of Shelly (our classroom turtle) during winter vacation. We will place a signup sheet in the hallway outside the classroom door next week. Please signup if you are interested in taking care of Shelly. If there is more than one who is interested, we will have a raffle. The lucky winner will take Shelly home on Friday, Dec. 19th and return to school Monday, Jan. 5th.

 Just a Reminder

-Please check your child’s mailbox everyday

-Please make sure you return your child’s “All About Me” book if you have it at home

-Please check your child’s school bag every night

-Please send in a family photo if you have not already done so

-Please send in a wooden letter of your child’s first initial of their first name if you have not already done so

-We go outside every day. Now that weather is cold, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outside play

-Please have your child practice getting dressed independently. Students need to practice zipping and putting on their coat, hat, gloves, etc.

-Please make sure all clothing items are labeled with your child’s name and switch out extra clothes now that the weather is cold!!!

-We go outside every day. Even if it has just rained or there is a light mist. Rain boots are great for these types of days. They keep your child’s feet/socks dry as well as their pants

-If you have signed up for towel washing, please remember to take the towels home with you and return them the next day. The towels will be hanging on your child’s name hook in the hallway at dismissal.

 Dates to Remember

Holiday Sing-A-Long at The Chicago Agricultural High School Dec. 11th

Yoga Dec. 12th

   Winter Vacation (No School) Dec. 19th- Jan. 5th

 Birthdays

Megan 13th  (a.m.)

Ryan 21st  (p.m.)

Shamar 29th (p.m.)

Sincere 29th (p.m.)

Hi Parents…next Tuesday we will have a “Friendsgiving” celebration.
We will be celebrating friendship with two other classroom…rooms 104
& 105. Each classroom will make a treat and we will sit and celebrate
thanks and friendship together. We are making cookies, room 104 is
making pancakes, and room 105 is making a fruit salad. Just wanted to
inform you of our upcoming celebration.
Any questions, feel free to ask.
Thanks,
Room 103

Hi everyone…just wanted to send details about our Parent/Child Activity Day next week Friday, October 17th. We will be constructing “All About Me” binders. We have the binders here at school as well as the blank pages and sleeves. We are asking that you sit with your child at home over the next week and gather pictures and items that reflect your child’s interests and that describe your child. Each binder will have 5 blank white pages. You and your child will decorate the pages in the binder during your hour together here at school. Some examples of items/pictures are:
-Favorite Foods
-Favorite Animals
-Favorite Activities
-Family Members (this is a great page to have because it helps us teachers become familiar with family members in your   child’s life
-Favorite Colors/movies
-Feel free to bring in sticky letters, stickers, etc to accent your child’s binder/pages
The options are endless…every book will be unique because it is based on your child’s interests. So parents…your homework is please help your child gather pictures, items, cut pictures from magazines, etc to fill up their “All About Me” binders. Also, please bring in a self portrait of your child to put on the front cover of their binder. This can be a current photo, a baby photo, or a family photo.
The pages you will be filling are the size 9 x 6 inches. These are mini binders. 4×6 and 3×5 photos will fit best.
We look forward to seeing you and your child on Parent/Child Activity Day!!!
Any questions, please feel free to ask :-}
Thanks,
Room 103

October News                     Room 103

Thank you

We would like to say thank you to all families for making the first month a school such a success and for supplying our classroom with items from our wish list! The students have transitioned well into the classroom and have begun making friends and memories.

What’s New

Ms. Rose is out of school on medical leave and will be returning in 5-7 weeks. She is doing well and we check in with her daily. Colleen Kenzinger has filled Rose’s position temporarily until Rose returns. A letter of introduction from Colleen will be in your child’s mailbox. Ms. Megan’s (our student teacher) time is coming to end with us. Her last day will be October 17th. The students have enjoyed time spent with Ms. Megan. They have worked on fun and exciting activities and Ms. Megan promised she would come back to visit. Our topic of discussion currently in the classroom is about seasons. We have been speaking about the different types of things you can do and clothing you wear for each season. We will have a sign up sheet outside the classroom for guest readers starting in the new couple of weeks. Our first field trip is this month!!! We will be visiting the pumpkin/animal farm in Palos on October 31st. Both sessions (a.m. & p.m.) will attend together. Please have all students at school at 11:45 with a bag lunch. NO PEANUT PRODUCTS. Students will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m.

Just a Reminder

-Please check your child’s mailbox everyday

-Please check your child’s school bag every night

-Please send in a family photo if you have not already done so

-Please send in a wooden letter of your child’s first initial of their first name if you have not already done so

-We go outside everyday. Now that weather is becoming cooler, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outside play

-Please make sure all clothing items are labeled with your child’s name

-If you have signed up for towel washing, please remember to take the towels home with you and return them the next day. The towels will be hanging on your child’s name hook in the hallway at dismissal.

Dates to Remember

Parent/Child Activity Day 17th

Food Drive/Walk 30th

Field Trip to the Farm 31st

Birthdays

Jonah 6th (a.m.)

Logan 8th (a.m.)

Mason 27th (p.m.)

September Newsletter    Room 103

Hi Parents…just wanted to send out an email and inform you of how the students’ first week of school is going and to recap some orientation info. I know it was a lot of information in a short period of time. I’ll list some of the bullets we discussed during orientation in case you need to revisit any of these areas in the future. Please remember if you ever have questions, no matter how small, please feel free to contact us either through email or directly in the classroom during drop off/pick up.

The students have been enjoying their first full week of school. We have noticed many new friendships blossoming. The students are doing a wonderful job of remembering classrooms rules and routines and displaying friendly and welcoming behavior to one another. Our returning students have been great helpers with our new students in the classroom; showing our new friends around the classroom as well as the playground. We’re really excited about this year and all it has to offer!

 Parent Orientation Highlights:

-Entry/Exit Procedures: AM 9:10-11:45 & PM 12:30-3:05

-Drop off/Pick Up: Please make sure you sign your child in and out everyday at drop off and pick up on the sign in sheet on the clipboard outside the classroom door. If you arrive early and have time, please have your child use the bathroom and wash their hands before entering class. If someone will be picking up your child for the first time and is listed on the release form, we will be asking to see I.D. If you send someone to pick up your child who is not on the release form please send an email or phone the office and inform us. We also need to see an I.D. for this individual.

-Birthdays: Please send in a wooden letter for the first initial of your child’s first name. These letters can be purchased from Michael’s or Walmart. Your child will decorate their letter on their birthday. If their birthday falls in the summer, they will decorate on their half birthday. We cannot accept any outside food (cake, cupcakes, candy, etc) for your child’s birthday. You may come in and “cook” with the students (please inform us ahead of time so we can check for food allergies and intolerances. You may also come in and read a book or send in a book to be read.

-Absences: Please send a note with your signature when your child has been absent. Please state the reason for absence.

-Wish List: We have a Wish List outside our classroom door above our sign in clipboard. We will place sticky notes on this sheet with items we could use in our classroom. If you like, you can take the sticky note and bring in what is listed on the sticky.

-Change of clothes: Please make sure your child has a complete change of clothes in his/her bag. We keep the clothes in your child’s bag and use them when needed. Please make sure each article of clothing is labeled with your child’s name. Also, please check your child’s bag every day for wet/soiled clothing as well as to replace clean items. Please switch out summer clothing for Fall/Winter clothing once weather changes.

-Parent/Child Activity Day: This day is a special day for you and your child. You may send another family member in your place if you’re unable to attend. Please no siblings. You and your child will spend one hour at school together working on a project/craft. Sign up sheets will be in the hallway once dates become closer. The dates are: 10/17, 1/23, 5/22

-Field Trips: We love taking field trips!!! We coordinate field trips that extend classroom learning and exploration. Field trip info will be shared with parents many weeks before the trip.

-Sickness: Fever 100.00 or above…diarrhea and vomit free for 24 hours before returning to school.

-Volunteering: We love volunteers in our classroom. Please let us know if you would like to volunteer. We have a towel washing sheet outside the classroom and we will have a guest reader sheet outside very soon.

-Outside Play: We go outside everyday as long as the wind chill is above 20 degrees. Please make sure your child id dressed EVERYDAY appropriately for outside play. Please make sure EVERY article of clothing is labeled with your child’s name. Your child may wear slippers in the classroom and keep their snow boots outside in the hallway under their name hook. Waterproof snow boots and snow pants keep your child’s clothing dry. You may also send your child in rain boots on rainy days. If rain clears we go outside, students enjoy walking through puddles but only allowed if they have on rain boots.

-Family Picture: Please send in a 4×6 picture in a frame of your family. We display this pictures throughout the classroom and discuss everyone’s family. It helps us the teachers as well as classmates to learn more about your child and family.

-Specials: We have Art Studio! Ms. Kate is our Art Studio teacher. She will take small groups of students to the art studio weekly to explore different types of art materials. We will also have Yoga with Ms. Margaret.

-Mailboxes: Your child has a mailbox. It is located in the hallway directly across from our classroom. Students put things made in their mailbox. School flyers/news are also placed in mailboxes. Please remind your child to check their mailbox everyday when you pick them up.

I know this was long but I hoped this was helpful. Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks,

Room 103

Mr. Sean, Ms. Rose, Ms, Mise, & Ms. Megan

 

March/April News 103

Thank You

Thank you to all of the families who came out and supported us this year at our annual Fundraiser. With your help, we are able to begin our plans to create an engaging outdoor space for our children to learn and grow. We would also like to thank the families that have helped keep our classroom green by washing our hand towels.

What’s New

Our classroom has been studying the different versions of the “Three Little Pigs.” The students have been placed in small groups according to their preferred book and are working on recreating the story of the “Three Little Pigs.”  Each group has decided on a way to represent the story through dramatization, writing or film. Each child has an important role. Ask your child about his/her role.  In lieu of our study, we will be taking the children to see a performance of “The Three Little Pigs” at the Apollo Theatre at the end of April.

Just a Reminder

Please remember to check your child’s mailbox and school bag every day, as there is important information that is sent out. As the seasons are changing, be sure to check your child’s extra clothes in their school bag and make appropriate changes.  We are still looking for parents to guest read in our classroom on Wednesdays. There is a sign-up sheet in the hallway.

Important Dates

March 14th Kindergarten forms are due

March 21st permission slips for trip are due

April 7-12th 103 will be celebrating our own version of the Week of the Young Child, more details to follow

April 14-18th Spring Break

April 30th Trip to Apollo Theatre to see “The Three Little Pigs”

Ms, Kate Ms. Rose Ms. Mise

February News 103

Thank You

Thank you to the families who participated in our Parent-Child Activity. The chairs are beautiful and they are a representation of our family involvement.  Thank you to all for all of your donations so far this year for the class and for Shelly.   We also, appreciate the families who have volunteered to wash our class towels.

What’s New?

Ms. Kate is back from maternity leave. She was so excited to see the children and to learn about all the new things that they have learned. The children wished Ms. Kim “good luck” as she moved to another school.

Just a Reminder

We do go outside when the weather is above 20 with the wind chill.  Therefore, please make sure that your child has all the proper clothing daily because these days we never know when that may happen.  The children should have hat, scarf, gloves or mittens, boots, warm coats and snow pants if you have them.

The Annual Fundraiser is February 21, we are asking all who can to come out and have some fun with us and support the rebuild of our playground.  You can also help support the fundraiser by donations.  Some the donation suggestions are gift cards, alcoholic beverages, any unused items in your house that you would like to donate would greatly appreciated.

As Valentine’s Day is approaching, please remember that no treats/cards are accepted.  The children are welcome to create cards for their peers in class.

Important Days

2/12: NOSCHOOL, Lincoln’s Birthday

2/21: Fundraiser at 115 Bourbon Street

Ms. Kate, Ms. Rose, Ms. Mise

Welcome to 103
Meet the Teachers

My name is Kate Cochrane and I am the Early Childhood teacher.. I have been teaching Early Childhood Education for 9 years, 7 years at Barbara Vick. I have a 04 certificate with an approval in Early Childhood Special Education. I am currently in graduate school at National Louis University to obtain a MED in Curriculum and Instruction with an ESL endorsement. I grew up in the Beverly neighborhood; however I now live in Edison Park with my husband and our dog, Benny. We are excitedly expecting our first child early this October.

My name is Rose Major and I am the Special Education Teacher in the class. I have been with Early Childhood for 19 years and 10 at Barbara Vick. I have a 04 certificate with an endorsement in Special Education, MED in curriculum and instruction and I am currently enrolled as a graduate student at National Louise University working towards my ESL endorsement. I grew up on the south side of Chicago and I am currently living on the south side. I am a single mother of two young adults and the Nana of a 2 year old little girl. This summer I became a pup mom to a 5 month old Shi-jon.

Our hopes and dreams for our classroom this year:

  • to create an environment where the children feel safe and loved
  • for the children to develop positive relationships with peers and adults
  • for the children to develop a lifelong love for learning
  • for the children to believe in their ideas and explore the endless opportunities of creating

Contact:
Phone: 773-535-2671
Emails: keholland@cps.edu
rmajor@cps.ed
cslawton@cps.edu