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Room 202 Teachers: Jessica Meland, Tiffany Thomas and Maribel Rodriguez

 

 

 

APRIL NEWSLETTER

Study of Super Heroes!

Our classroom has begun a study of superheroes. Children have been so interested in discussing superheroes each day, and pretending to be superheroes during dramatic play. We decided to research what superheroes Wear, their Powers, and who they Help. The children have been engaged in thoughtful conversations while examining books, and the computer for information. We have been focused on how superheroes help and how we too can help our community. The superhero study is infused with cognitive, language, and literacy learning. Upon completing our research, we are curious to expand the study into children creating their own unique superhero along with powers and costumes. We will continue to update you on our study as the children guide the learning.

Math Concept: Measurement

During the month of March our classroom was studying the math concept of measurement. We explored the concept through many different lessons and provocations. Children were invited to measure materials against the length of their hand to notice if they were “larger than, smaller than, or equal to” in length. Additionally, we created a measurement station at the table. Children experimented with length, weight, and capacity. Furthermore, as a class we measured ingredients to make pancakes at school! Throughout the month we exposed the children to important ideas of measurement such as considering attributes, fair comparisons, and precision. During April, we will begin studying shapes!

Room 202- Mrs. Meland, Ms. Thomas, Mrs. Bahena

APRIL NEWSLETTER

Important Dates

-April 7- No School

-April 10- 14- Spring Break No School

-April 19- Parent Teacher Conferences

-April 18th- Chicks are arriving! (We will be incubating eggs to hatch into chicks during April and May.)

Welcome Venessa Bahena (Ms. B)

- We are thrilled to announce that we have a new teacher in our room, Mrs. Venessa Bahena. The children call her Ms. B. She is an extremely skilled and thoughtful early childhood teacher with years of classroom experience. She is bilingual and able to provide Spanish support to both our children and families. Please say hello and welcome her to our community!

Upcoming FIELD TRIPS

We have three field trips coming up this Spring.

1. May 16th- Palos Farm

2. May 26th- Live Beauty and the Beast at Beverly Art Center

3. June 1st- Special Olympics

MARCH NEWSLETTER

Story Workshop

We have started a new literacy practice in our room called Story Workshop. Story Workshop is a special day in the classroom where students are intentional about telling stories and the teachers are thoughtful about documenting the children’s story telling work. We have about two story workshop days each month. On story workshop days the classroom environment is set up with special provocations. A provocation is meant to provoke children to consider an idea, be inspired, critically think, and tell a story. The tables and areas are arranged with special toys, intentional activities, and beautiful fabric. On Story Workshop days the teachers remind the children what stories that they have told previously so they can build upon their ideas motivated by different materials. We follow the children and record their stories into their journals based on what they tell us and what we are observing. We take pictures and videos of the stories. At the end of the day we project each child’s photograph and story onto the wall. The children stand up and present and “read” their stories to one another. Story Workshop teaches children that stories are all around us and they can use inspiration as writers.

Goodbye Ms. Rodriquez

We are sad to announce that Ms. Rodriquez’s last day of work at Barbara Vick will be this Friday, March 3rd. Ms. Rodriquez completed her Masters Degree in Social Work last May. She recently has accepted a social work job to support High School students. Ms. Rodriquez has been working at Vick Village, since the school opened six years ago. We will very much miss her kindness, dedication, and humor in our school family. On Friday we will be having a celebration to say goodbye and thank you to Ms. Rodriquez. Families, you are invited to come into our classroom on Friday to eat some food, say goodbye, and take pictures with Ms. Rodriquez. AM class families, you may come to the party at 11:10 to the end of the day. PM class families, you may come to the party from 2:35 to the end of the day. We are so grateful to have had Ms. Rodriquez in our classroom community and we wish her all the best in her future work! Room 202- Mrs. Meland, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Rodriquez

 Important Dates

-April 7- No School

-April 10- 14- Spring Break No School Contact Information

- Thank you families for being involved in your child’s education. We strive to be partners with you to help your child best succeed! If you ever have questions or want to discuss your child, please reach out! Our emails are as follows: Ms. Melandjmeland@cps.edu Ms. Thomastmthomas7@cps.edu

Lending Library

- The Lending Library is open for you to borrow books from! You can choose a book with your child before or after school. Please make sure to put the book slip in the child’s picture pocket behind our classroom door. Please return the book.

01/11/2017

JANUARY NEWSLETTER

Author Study: Lois Ehlert

During December we began studying the prolific children’s author and artist, Lois Ehlert. We have read many of her books and we encourage you to read some at home! We have noticed that Lois writes stories and also likes to use little words to label pictures. Lois also puts special information in the back of her books, such as recipes, or photos, or information about the artwork. Finally, Lois uses many different art materials such as water color, drawing, cutting, and found objects; however, her favorite medium is collage.

The children were inspired by a photo of Lois’s art studio and noticed that she hung a butterfly over her work station. In celebration of Lois, we made a collaborative collage of a butterfly for our art area. Additionally, please look in the hallway at the documentation above the cubbies to see how else we have been inspired by Lois! During author studies we discuss the writing process with children and make connections with how the children are writers and artists as well!

Our Environment Updates

In December the children worked hard to create a number line for our environment. We represented each number with dots, our fingers, and the numeral. Children will utilize the number line as a resource when counting or writing numbers! Encourage your child to notice numbers everywhere!

The children created identity panels for our wall. Each child painted a selfportrait. We had conversations about who we are and what makes each of us special. Now we are wondering, “How do we work and explore together while honoring each other as unique?”

Important Dates

-January 16th- No School

- January 27th Parent- Child Activity

Thank You

- Thank you for your participation in the Giving Tree project last December. Our classroom raised $95 dollars through coins! We had a powerful experience discussing compassion and generosity with the students. They were so proud to buy presents for those in need!

- Thank you for coming to our Holiday Celebration on December 23rd. The children were excited to sing and hang bird feeders with their family. We have noticed all the birds enjoying the feast this January!

Wish List

- Black dry erase markers

- Materials to make Playdough: Salt, Flour, Cream of Tartar

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

About Me Books

Thank you families for coming to the Parent-Child activity in October. The All-About Me books that you created with your child are beautiful! The children have been thrilled to read them to each other and the teachers at school. It is special to have that resource in our classroom to learn about each other and stay connected to families. Throughout the year you may come in to add pages to your child’s book!

Peace Table

In October we created a Peace Table in our classroom. The children use it as a resource to solve conflicts. We encourage the children to communicate about how they are feeling to their classmates. We then ask the child to pick a strategy to help themselves to feel better. It may be “use teamwork to find a new idea,” or “ask a friend or teacher for help.” Maylene says, “If you sad to make you feel happy. You need to help everybody too, if I am sad and they broke my house, then they fix it, I do it again.” We are teaching students to care about each other’s feelings and that our community supports resolutions. “Peace is not yet absense of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

 Important Dates

-November 4- No School -

November 9- Parent Teacher Conferences

-November 11- No School

-November 23-25- No School Conference

Please sign up for a conference time on November 9th. The conferences will be from 11 AM- 6 PM for time slots. During the conference we will discuss your child’s growth and development, goals for the year, and ideas to support your child at home.

Thank You Thank you for coming to the zoo! The children had a wonderful time! Please e-mail us your favorite picture that you took at the zoo to:

jmeland@cps.edu or tmthomas7@cps.edu

We are hoping to go to the Children’s museum for our next field trip and we will let you know dates ASAP.

 Room 202 Mrs. Meland, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Rodriquez

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

Math Focus: SETS

Recognizing and making sets is an important mathematical skill. Students have been learning the following about sets: 1. Attributes can be used to sort collections into sets. 2. The same collection can be sorted different ways. 3. Sets can be compared and measured. The classroom is organized in a way that encourages students to look at objects and group them by common attributes. Children are constantly learning about sets and they navigate the classroom throughout the school day. Students also have the opportunity to make sets in small group activities, as we encourage them to sort collections. At home, talk with your child, asking them to notice, “What is the same and what is different?”

Our Class Pet

We welcomed two new community members last week, our pet fish! All week we prepared for our fish; we discussed what our fish needed, set up our tank, and drew pictures of what we wanted our fish to look like. On Friday, the children were thrilled when the fish arrived. We voted on their names, Banana and Tiger! We also discussed how we think our fish want to be treated and made a set of rules for caring for our pet.

REMINDERS

-Check your child’s cubby each day. We use their cubbies as mailboxes for art work, parent letters, and reminders!

-Dress your child for the weather. As it gets colder, please put their names inside their jackets, scarves, etc.

-Please be on time each day! AM session 8:10- 11:45 PM session 12:35- 3:10

-Please bring in a family photo for our classroom if you have not yet done so.

-We encourage you to sign up to volunteer in our room on a Friday.

Our Contact Info Feel free to e-mail us if you have any questions or concerns!

Mrs. Meland- jmeland@cps.edu

Ms. Thomas -tmthomas7@cps.edu

Ms. Rodriguezmrodriguez258@cps.edu

We have had a beautiful first few weeks of Pre-school! We are so thrilled to have your child in our classroom. We look forward to more learning and community!

 Room 202 Mrs. Meland, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Rodriguez

May Newsletter

Hatching Chicks

We have gotten eggs from a farm and we are waiting for our chicks to hatch! We have an incubator in our room, and the eggs will beginning hatching in 21 days! Each day our class counts down to see how many days are left prior to hatching. We track the embryo development, and add observational drawings regarding what is happening inside the egg to our timeline. You are welcome to come into our room and view our data and observe our eggs! We are asking the children to draw their own theories of how the chicks develop and to share their thoughts with the class. Throughout the study, children are engaged in cognitive processes such as thinking flexibly, questioning and problem posing, gathering data, striving for accuracy, and communicating with clarity and precision.

 

Math Concept- Shapes

We are working on the math concept of shapes. Some of the big concepts

that we are asking students to think about are the following:  shapes can

be defined and classified by their attributes,  and shapes can be combined

and separated to make new shapes. You can begin to notice shapes with your

child at home, at the store, or while traveling. You can play I-spy games to

talk about attributes ( “I spy a shape that is round with no edges… a circle!”)

Important Dates

May 20 – Parent/Child Activity

May 30 –No school (Memorial Day)

June 1- Field Trip to Farm

April  Newsletter

Study of Animals

Our students have begun an emergent study of animals in our classroom. It began when our students started to build zoos out of blocks each day. We decided to to explore different animals and where they live (zoo animals, farm animals, pets, water animals, etc.) We have been researching in animal books and started to draw our observations. Last week, we began to observe a live eagle camera attached to a real nest. Each day we have been watching two eagles feed their babies and care for their nest. During the conversations the children are learning about how nests are made, what eagles eat, what sounds eagles make, and more. To build on our learning, after spring break, we will be hatching live chicken eggs in our classroom!

Math Concept- Spatial Relationships

We are working on the large math concept of spatial relationships.

Spatial relationships in pre-school is an important concept for children

to understand shapes, make connections, build, plan, and more. The

children have been playing in obstacle courses in our basement. We are

moving our bodies along the path and practicing going over, under, between,

around, through, behind, and more. Right now we are focused on creating maps.

Children are drawing maps with landmarks and paths. You can discuss with

your child the pathway that you take to school each day. Perhaps, you can

draw a map together of your route.

Important Dates

Friday, April 8- No School (School Improvement)

Wed, April 13th-No School (Parent Teacher Conferences)

Monday, April 18- April 22nd- No School (Spring Break)

March

We are Writers!

 

Our teaching team is working to make a literacy rich environment for the students to explore how they are writers! We have been doing in-depth author studies during story time. Earlier in the month we read Ezra Jack Keats books, and learned about how Mr. Keats writes books about Peter and his dog Willie. These last few weeks we have been studying Mo Willems, and the children love his writing! We have noticed that Mo Willems always draws the pigeon in his books, he always writes stories that make us laugh, and he loves to write about friends. You can read these books at home with your child! As we learn about famous authors, we have conversations about how the children in our room are authors too! Children have been making books and sharing their stories at circle time with the class. We have children writing about anything that interests them; such as Chicago, fish, family and more! Even though our students may not be able to read yet, they are making important meaningful work as writers and readers. Ask your child what they are writing about at school!

Important Dates:

Friday, March 4th- Celebration of Learning, Come at the end of our school day to see our Chicago museum.

April 1st- Friendship Day

Reminders:

-As the weather gets warmer, we will be going outside. Please dress your child in appropriate clothes for outdoor play.

-I am always available by email if you need me! My email: jmeland@cps.edu

Chicago Celebration of Learning!

The children have worked hard on their investigation of our city. Our celebration exhibit will give students the opportunity to share their learning with our families!

 

February Newsletter

Study of Chicago: El Train

We are continuing to study the city of Chicago in our classroom. Children have begun to focus on the El Trains. We are exploring the trains through videos, photos, drawings, building, sculpting, painting, and more. Through studying the train we are learning so many important developmental and academic skills. For example math skills through construction; literacy skills as we read maps and write signs; language skills during discussions and research, and more. Please continue to ask your child about Chicago, share photos with us, and come into our room to see your child’s work on the walls! If you ride the train with your child, please take a picture!

Math Patterns                                                                                                                                     In our classroom, we are working on the math concept of patterns. We are beginning by noticing patterns around our school or on our clothes. Noticing patterns and having adults describe the patterns we see, is the first step in learning this new math concept. We provoked children’s thinking by asking them if they complete AB color patterns with colored unit cubes. Students have started to independently construct patterns. We will continue our pattern play by creating patterns out of different materials, creating patterns with our bodies, noticing patterns in books, nature, and more. Parents, please point out the patterns that you notice around your home to your child!

Important Dates

Friday, Feb 5- No School (School Improvement)

Friday, Feb 12- Friendship Day

Monday, Feb 15- No School (President’s Day)

Thursday, Feb 18- Studio Parent Workshop

January

Beginning a Study of Chicago

In the photos above, students are investigating the Willis Tower in downtown Chicago. They use different mediums to represent their thinking.

Study of Chicago:                        During the past few weeks, the children have been discussing houses and buildings in Room 202. We have observed the children beginning to build different types of structures (zoos, airports, police stations, etc). To extend the children’s interest, the teachers have provoked children with photos and information about specific architecture in Chicago. Our study will unfold as we begin to question, “Where do welive?” “What’s in a city?”

What are the architectural  features of skyscrapers?” We will research these questions with creativity, collaboration,and critical thinking, and infuse our investigation with joyful play.            Parent Participation:           Begin to talk about Chicago and your home with your child. What does he/she notice in Chicago around your home? Please share with us if you have pictures with you and your child at Chicago sightseeing location, or of your

Job Chart: Our classroom has expanded our daily job chart. Every day each child has a new job in order to build classroom community and active citizenship. Each job requires children to think about a specific academic skill, such as counting, measuring, writing, and more. For example one of the jobs is to collect data. Each day one child will pick a question and survey the room. The child has to write tally marks, count, write the number, and compare quantities. You can talk to your child about what job they had each day!

 

Dear Families,

Hello, my name is Jessie Meland and I am honored to be the new teacher in Room 202. I look forward to getting to know you and your child. I recognize that Room 202 has been in transition this Fall, thus I look forward to working with Mrs. Lorzano and Ms. Harding to provide a consistent and joy-filled learned environment for your child.

I am originally from Arizona, and I love to visit my family back home. I went to college in Los Angeles and studied Dance and Art History, and then moved to Chicago when I graduated. My husband and I have lived in Chicago for the past seven years and we love the city. When I am not teaching, I enjoy my family, yoga, and movies.

I received my Masters in Early Childhood Education at UIC in Chicago. I have been working in Pre-Schools for the past seven years. I most recently was the Master Teacher at a Head Start program on the West Side of the city. I am passionate about teaching young children and I am motivated to build relationships with each individual child. I value the Reggio approach and I am inspired to create joyful, playful, and meaningful experiences to create capable and competent learners.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and know that you are always welcome in our room! You are the first teacher to your child and I look forward to partnering with and learning from you about your student!

Warmly,

Jessie Meland

Room 202 Newsletter

December 2015

Time keeps going by so fast, in two weeks we will be on Winter Break! The children have been working on our classroom rules that we will put in our classroom for everyone to see. The children are doing great with sharing and taking turns. On Monday, the new general education teacher will begin her new journey in room 202.

This Month in our classroom:

It is amazing how much the children have learned in our classroom these couple of months! The children are sharing, caring, taking turns, helping each other and offering assistance to each other.

Activities:

We are continuing to talk about our families and learn different things that the children enjoy doing with their families. If you have not sent a family picture, please send one in soon. We are learning about the color red and blue. Please have your child bring in something blue.

Reminders:

  • If your child will be absent from school for the day please make sure that you contact the office to let them know. The number is 773-535-9010. Also, please complete a note for the absence.
  • Please remember our wish list that is outside our door, thank you.
  • December 10, 2015 – Vick Holiday Sing-a-long at

                           Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences

(Please be on time!)    3857 W. 111th Street, Chicago, IL  60655

                              6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.      

  • December 21, 2015 thru January 1, 2016 – Winter Break – No School

 

Room 202 Newsletter

November 2015

Mrs. Lozano and Ms. Harding

It is incredible that we are in the month of November. Time has passed very quickly.  Most of the children have adjusted to the school schedule. We continue to support the children that are still having difficulties with the transitions. Most of you have asked me about the changes in our classroom; Mrs. Conway is now the teacher in 206. We will have a new teacher in 202.

This Month in our classroom:

We have been learning how to play and share with our friends. We have been constructing houses, towers, police stations and stairs.

 Activity:

Please do not forget to send in a family picture for our family activity. We continue to talk about our families.  We are learning about the color red. Please have your child bring a red item to school.

Reminders:

  • If you have not brought in the extra clothes for your child, please do so.  Place them in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name.
  • If your child will be absent from school for the day please make sure that you contact the office to let them know. The number is 773-535-9010. Also, please complete a note for the absence.
  • Please remember our wish list that is outside our door, thank you.
  • November 11, 2015  –  No School – Veteran’s Day
  • November 13, 2015 – No School – Professional Development Day
  • November 18, 2015 – No School – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 25 – 27, 2015 – No School – Thanksgiving Day Break

 

October 2015

Mrs. Lozano, Mrs. Conway and Ms. Harding 

Room 202 News

For some children the transition into school has been easy and for others it has been a little challenging. During this month, the children have been learning the classroom routines, and how to share with their new friends. We will continue to support them through this important transition.

What We Will Be Learning About This Month:

We have been learning ways that we can share, take turns, and how we can show that we care about our friends. We are learning how to use our words to express how we are feeling and when we want something. We will also be learning more about our school and creating a set of rules for our classroom. We will be talking about our families and the things we like to do with them.  Since the children have been talking and drawing about their houses we have decided to explore their interests. We will be learning about buildings, different materials used to build them and some of the machinery needed to build them.

Activity:

Please send in a family picture for our family activity. We will be talking about our families during the next few weeks. We will start learning our colors too. We will ask your child to bring an item of the color we are learning during the next few weeks. Also, if possible please send empty boxes with your child for our building study.

Reminders:

  • If you have not brought in the extra clothes for your child, please do so.  Place them in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name.
  • If your child will be absent from school for the day please make sure that you contact the office to let them know. The number is 773-535-9010.
  • It is very important that you complete an absence note for the day your child was not in school.
  • Please remember our wish list that is outside our door, thank you.
  • October 12, 2014  –  No School – Columbus Day
  • October 16, 2014 – Parent Child Activity Day. It is an attendance day.  If they are not here, they will be marked absent.

 

September 2015

Mrs. Lozano, Mrs. Conway and Ms. Harding 

Welcome to the new school year.  We look forward to a wonderful year full of learning and new experiences.  We have a new team this year, Mrs. Francie Conway is the Special Education teacher and Ms. Audrey Harding is the Special Education Classroom Assistant.

What We Will Be Learning About This Month:

 

This month we will be exploring and learning about our classroom. We will also learn how to follow our classroom routines and daily schedule.  We will learn about ways that we can care and share with our friends in our classroom.

Summer Bag Activity:

Every year we like to do the “Summer Bag Activity.”   Each child will receive a bag for the activity.  Each child should choose 3 “special” items that represent something special from their summer vacation to put in the bag.  The items will be shared with the rest of the children.  Please limit your child to 3 special items.  They should be able to fit in the bag. This activity will promote language and social development as they share and describe each item to the class. We are looking forward to their exciting stories.

Reminders:

  • We would like you to please bring in a change of clothes including undergarments for your child to be kept at school. This is in case they get wet, get paint on them or have a “bathroom” accident.  Please place them in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name.
  • If your child will be absent from school for the day please make sure that you contact the office to let them know.  The number is 773-535-9010. Also, remember that a note needs to be completed.

Welcome to the new school year at Barbara Vick Village! We are very excited to start the fifth school year as part of this community.  We are a play-based preschool implementing the Reggio Emilia Philosophy. This means that we believe children learn through their experiences with play.  Our philosophy is for your child to feel safe and secure while learning.

My name is Velia Leticia Lozano.  I am the general education teacher in 202 this year.  I received my bachelor degree from DePaul University in Early Childhood Education. This past year, I received my master degree in Special Education and Bilingual Endorsement from National Louis University. Thank you for giving me the opportunity of having your child in my classroom.

My name is Francie McGowan Conway and I am the Special Education teacher in Room 202.  This is my second year teaching at Barbara Vick Village.  I hold a Masters degree in early childhood special education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Vick Village community and I am excited about the new school year–to see returning students again and to meet new students as well.

Hello, my name is Audrey M. Harding. I have a Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I have eight years of experience working with children in the Chicago Public School system. I have been working at Barbara Vick since 2012. I love working with children and I look forward to an enriching year for your child as well as myself.

Room 202 Newsletter

February 2015

Mrs. Lozano, Ms. Paramore and Mrs. Barrios

What We Will Be Learning About This Month:

We are continuing to learn about transportation.  The children have especially been talking about trains and planes.  The children have been talking about where people go to take a trip on a train and where people go to take a trip on a plane. We are discussing how we can turn our dramatic play area of the classroom into a train station.  The children have been contributing ideas and would like to make a train. Since there has been construction happening on the street outside our classroom window the children have been interested in what kinds of transportation vehicles they see. The children have seen construction vehicles, dump trucks, garbage trucks, buses, cars, and even some planes! We are continuing to learn about the colors blue, green, and brown.

Activity:

Talk to your child about any trips they have taken on different kinds of transportation such as a car, train, boat, or plane.  Discuss where they were going to, how did they prepare, what they took with them on the trip and what did they did once they were in the car, on the boat, train, or plane.  We will have the children share with their friends any trips they have taken.  If your child has a special “something” that is blue, green and brown, please have them bring it to school to share with their friends.

Reminders:

  • If your child will be absent from school for the day please make sure that you contact the office to let them know. The number is 773-535-9010.
  • It is very important that you complete an absence note for the day your child was not in school.
  • Please remember to check your child’s cubby each day.
  • Please remember our wish list that is outside our door, thank you.
  • No School – February 16, 2015 – President’s Day

Room 202 Newsletter

January 2015

Mrs. Lozano, Ms. Paramore and Mrs. Barrios

 Welcome to 2015! Last week was our first week back from hopefully a wonderful and restful break. Sometimes students need extra support transitioning back into school after a break. We will continue to support and talk to our students about school.

What We Will Be Learning About This Month:

We are learning about transportation.  We are talking about trains, cars, scooters, planes, helicopters, ambulances, fire trucks, and many more. The children are building planes, spaceships, cars, trucks and trains with blocks and legos. The children are talking about the “trips” they have taken on planes and how a plane dropped them off at school.

 Activity:

If you have any pictures of vehicles, motorcycles, bikes or any other method of transportation that you can share with the students, please send them to school with you child.  We want to compare the different styles. If your child has a special “something” that is blue, green and/or brown, please have them bring it to school to share with their friends.

Reminders:

  • If your child will be absent from school for the day please make sure that you contact the office to let them know. The number is 773-535-9010.
  • It is very important that you complete an absence note for the day your child was not in school.
  • Please remember to check your child’s cubby each day.
  • Please remember our wish list that is outside our door, thank you.
  • No school – January 19, 2015 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • Parent Child Activity – You are asked to participate in an hour activity with your child that day. We ask that you do not bring siblings, please.  It is an attendance day.
  • No School – January 30, 2015 School Improvement Day

 

Room 202 Newsletter

December 2014

Mrs. Lozano, Ms. Paramore and Mrs. Barrios

 

This year is going by too fast! We are already in the month of December and two weeks away from Winter Break.  In our tree study, the children learned about animals, fruits and things that come from trees. They were surprised that paper is made of trees. We continue to work with the children on routines and schedules.

What We Will Be Learning About This Month:

This is our last week working on our Tree Study. The children have been talking about transportation. They talk about cars, planes, trains and busses so we decided to continue with their interest. We will learn about the different forms of transportation that is available to us. We will compare transportation from the past to the present. Also, we will continue learning about colors. We have been talking about orange, yellow and red.

 Activity:

We would like for you to send pictures of any vehicles, motorcycles, bikes or any other method of transportation to share with the students.  It will be interesting to compare the different styles! If your child has a special “something” that is orange, yellow or red, please have them bring it to school to share with their friends.

Reminders:

  • If your child will be absent from school for the day please make sure that you contact the office to let them know. The number is 773-535-9010.
  • It is very important that you complete an absence note for the day your child was not in school.
  • Please remember our wish list that is outside our door, thank you.
  • Sing along – On December 19th we will have our sing along with all the students in the gym. We will have more information on the schedule posted in our classroom.
  • Winter Break – Last day of school before winter break is December 19th.  We return on January 5th of 2015.

 

November 2014

It is incredible that we are in the month of November! The majority of the children have learned their routines and schedules. If you ever have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us!

What We Will Be Learning About This Month:

We are continuing to learn about trees, the fruits that come from them and the animals that live in trees. We will talk about the importance of trees on our planet and in our lives. When you go walking or driving with your children, please talk to them about trees.  Talk about the changes that are happening with the change of weather.

Activity:

In our classroom we will be doing different activities with tree parts. We will be counting leaves and sorting them by color, size, and textures.  These are only some of the activities that we will be doing.  If there are any activities that you would like to share with our classroom please feel free to let us know!  Also, if you have a tree in your backyard, please bring leaves, branches or any seeds they have.

Reminders:

  • If your child will be absent from school for the day please make sure that you contact the office to let them know. The number is 773-535-9010.
  • It is very important that you complete an absence note for the day your child was not in school.
  • Please remember our wish list that is outside our door, thank you.
  • November 7, 2014 – Professional Development Day
  • November 11, 2014 – No School – Veterans Day
  • November 12, 2014 – No School – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • November 26,27,28, 2014 – No School – Thanksgiving Break

October News

Mrs. Lozano and Ms. Paramore

It’s incredible that a month has gone by already! Children are starting to learn the classroom routines. They have made new friends. For some children the transition into school has been easy and for some a little challenging. We will continue to support them. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

What We Will Be Learning About This Month:

We have been learning ways that we can share, take turns, and how we can show that we care about our friends. We will learn how to use our words to express how we are feeling and when we want something. We will also be learning more about our school and creating a set of rules for our classroom. We will be talking about our families and the things we like to do with them. Now that autumn is here. We will be learning about environmental changes. Leaves changing colors, falling from trees, grass changing, and weather change. This will prepare them for our tree study.

Activity:

Please send in a family picture for our family activity.  We will also ask your child to bring a colored item when we start our color activity. We will start collecting leaves and branches for our tree study.

Reminders:

  • If you have not brought in the extra clothes for your child, please do so.  Place them in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name.
  • If your child will be absent from school for the day please make sure that you contact the office to let them know. The number is 773-535-9010.
  • It is very important that you complete an absence note for the day your child was not in school.
  • Please remember our wish list that is outside our door, thank you.
  • October 13, 2014  –  No School – Columbus Day
  • October 17, 2014 – Parent Child Activity Day. It is an attendance day. Children will be in school one hour. If they are not here, they will be marked absent.
  • October 31, 2014 – Field trip to Lincoln Park Zoo.

Room 202 News September 2014

Mrs. Lozano and Ms. Paramore

WELCOME! We would like to welcome you to the new school year.  We are very happy that you are in our classroom! We look forward to a wonderful year full of learning and new experiences. If you ever have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact either of us!

What We Will Be Learning About This Month:

We will be learning about our classroom. We will also learn how to follow our classroom routines and daily schedule.  We will learn about ways that we can care and share with our friends in our classroom.

Summer Bag Activity: 

Each child will receive a bag for our “Summer Bag” activity.  Each child should choose 3 “special” items that represent something special from their summer vacation to put in the bag.  The items will be shared with the rest of the children.  Please limit your child to 3 special items.  They should be able to fit in the bag. This activity will promote language and social development as they share and describe each item to the class. We are looking forward to their exciting stories.

Reminders:

  • We would like you to please bring in an extra change of clothes including undergarments for your child to be kept at school.  Please place them in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name.
  • If your child will be absent from school for the day please make sure that you contact the office to let them know.  The number is 773-535-9010. Also, remember that a note needs to be completed.
  • Picture Day – September 25, 2014

 

 

April 2014

Spring is here!  Hope that you have been enjoying the warmer weather.  We can’t wait to take walks to the park and have the children play outside in our garden.

What We Are Learning About:

We have begun our study of buildings.  We are learning about different kinds of buildings and their features, such as windows, stairs, and doors.  We have been talking about how buildings are made of different materials and are not all the same size or shape. The children have been discussing the buildings that they see in their communities and what they are used for.  We are going to begin talking about who builds the buildings and what are the different tools that are needed.

Activity:

Talk to your child about your own house.  Discuss what features they see on and in your house. Point out the different rooms that your house has and what they are used for.  Look at how many doors are in your house, how many windows you have, and if your house has stairs.  We would love if you could please send in a picture of your house to share for our study. You can also email a photo of your house if you are not able to print one yourself.  Feel free to send pictures to vllozano@cps.edu or lmparamore@cps.edu.  We are excited to see the different homes.

Reminders:

• If your child will be absent from school for the day please make sure that you contact the office to let them know. The number is 773-535-9010.

• It is very important that you complete an absence note for the day your child was not in school.

• Please remember our wish list that is out side the door, thank you.

• Field trip- April 9, 2014

• NO SCHOOL – Spring Break- April 14-18, 2014

• Back to school on April 21, 2014

February 2014

Mrs. Lozano, Ms. Paramore and Mrs. Cahue

Happy February! We know that it has been extremely cold these past few weeks and we appreciate your support in bringing your children to school each day!

What We Will Be Learning About This Month:

We have been learning about different fabrics and types of clothing. The children are learning about buttons, snaps, zippers and toggles. They have been comparing sizes of clothes and shoes. They are talking amongst themselves about the hats, scarves, gloves and mittens they wear during this cold weather. We will be learning about uniforms in the next couple of weeks. Also, if anyone knows how to knit or crochet and is willing to come show the children, please let us know.

Activity:

We have been comparing, measuring and matching socks. Our activity for next week will be to bring in their favorite outfit. The day they bring it to school, they will present it, talk about it and it will be returned the same day.

Reminders:

It is very important that your child attend school every day.  If they must be absent from school for the day please make sure that you contact the office to let them know.

  • The number is 773-535-9010.
  • Once your child returns to school, it is very important that you complete an absence note for the day that your child was not in school.
  • Please remember our wish list that is outside our door, thank you.
  • NO SCHOOL – Lincoln’s Birthday – February 12, 2014
  • Parent Child Activity – February 14, 2014

October 2013

Mrs. Lozano, Ms. Paramore and Mrs. Cahue

Hello! We have had an exciting first month of school! Some children are starting to learn the classroom routines. They have made new friends. The transition into school has been a success. If you ever have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us!

What We Will Be Learning About This Month:

We will continue learning ways that we can share, take turns, and how we can show that we care about our friends. We will learn how to use our words to express how we are feeling and when we want something. We will also be learning more about our school and creating a set of rules for our classroom. We will be talking about our families and the things we like to do with them. Now that autumn is here. We will be learning about environmental changes. Leaves changing colors, falling from trees, grass changing, and weather change. This will prepare them for our tree study.

Activity:

Please send in a family picture for our family activity.  We will also ask your child to bring a colored item when we start our color activity, so we will send you a note when we start.

Reminders:

  • If you have not brought in the extra clothes for your child, please do so.  Place them in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name.
  • If your child will be absent from school for the day please make sure that you contact the office to let them know. The number is 773-535-9010.
  • It is very important that you complete an absence note for the day your child was not in school.
  • Please remember our wish list that is out side our door, thank you.
  • October 11, 2013 – Parent Child Activity Day. It is an attendance day. Children will be in school one hour. If they are not here they will be marked absent.
  • October 14, 2013 – No School – Columbus Day

August 2013:

Welcome to the new school year at Barbara Vick Village! We are very excited to start this school year as part of this community.  For those that are not familiar with our school, we currently have five classrooms, an art studio, a block room, a library, and a gym for gross motor development.

We are a play-based preschool influenced by the Reggio Emilia Philosophy.  This means that we believe children learn through their experiences with play.  Our philosophy is for your child to feel safe and secure while learning.

Leticia Lozano

My name is Velia Leticia Lozano.  I will be your child’s preschool teacher this year.  I received my bachelor’s degree from DePaulUniversity.  Currently, I am taking classes at NationalLouisUniversity for my Bilingual Endorsement.  I look forward to having your child in my classroom this year.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity of having your child in my classroom.

Lauren Paramore

My name is Lauren Paramore.  I am the Special Education teacher in the classroom this year. I recently received my master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  This is my first year at BarbaraVickVillage and I am looking forward to having a great year getting to know you and your children.

Talia Cahue

Hello! This is my third year working for BarbaraVickVillageEarlyChildhoodCenter.  I believe that I’ve always had a natural love for children of all ages; however when they are this young I believe our work is extremely vital.  I currently have my A.A. degree and as of this year I became a SECA (Special Education Classroom Assistant).  I am extremely grateful for the experiences that I can share with the children every day.

Bienvenidos al nuevo año escolar en Barbara Vick Village!  Estamos honrados de empezar otro año escolar siendo parte de esta comunidad.  Para los que no nos conocen, tenemos cinco aulas, un estudio de arte, un salón de bloques, una biblioteca, y un gimnasio.

 Somos un preescolar influenciados por la Filosofía Reggio Emilia. Esta filosofía se basa en que los niños aprenden mejor a través de sus experiencias jugando. Nuestra filosofía es crear un ambiente donde su hijo/a se sienta seguro mientras aprende.

 Leticia Lozano

Mi nombre es Velia Leticia Lozano.  Soy la maestra en el aula 202 este año. Recibí mi licenciatura en la Universidad de DePaul en Educaciόn Temprana.  Actualmente estoy tomando clases en la Universidad National Louis para recibir mi Certificación Bilingue. Estoy encantada de tener a su hijo/hija en mi aula.  Gracias por la oportunidad que me brinda al tener a su hijo/hija este año.

Lauren Paramore

Mi nombre es Lauren Paramore.  Yo soy la maestra de Educación Especial en este salón.  Acabo de terminar my Maestría en Educacion Temprana concentrada en Educación Especial de la Universiddad de Illinios en Urbana-Champaign.  Este es mi primer año en Barbara Vick Village y espero tener un año estupendo conociéndolos. 

 Talia Cahue

¡Hola! Este es mi tercer año trabajando para la escuela Barbara Vick Village Early Childhood Center.  Yo siento tener un cariño muy natural para los niños de todas edades; pero en esta etapa de su edad siento que nuestro trabajo es vital.  En este momento tengo un Asociado y a partir de este año hice el cambio a SECA (Asistente del Aula de Educación Especial).  Estoy agradecida por las experiencias que comparto a diario con los niños.