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Room 204 Teachers: Carrie Comer, Jenna Finn and Patty Barrios



December 2016 Newsletter

Our Learning

We have started talking about jobs in our classroom. We are beginning to talk about the different types of jobs we see at home and in our community. Children have been very excited to share their knowledge of jobs from helping out at home or talking about jobs that their parents have. 

Come to our classroom!

Calling all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or any person that is special to your child! We are looking for anyone with a job or special talent they would like to come and share with our class! You can just chat with us at meeting time for 10 minutes, it does not need to be anything extensive! We are interested in your job duties, uniform, tools used, and anything else relevant to your expertise.

There will be a calendar outside the classroom door for those who would like to come in and share their talents with our class. If you are not able to come in and sign up, please email jfinn@cps.edu or ctcomer@cps.edu with your availability.

The children will be so excited to hear about all the different professions and see their loved ones in our classroom!

December 24th- January 8th: No school. Happy New Year!  

TBD: Ornament decorating. More information to come soon.


November 2016 Newsletter

Our Learning

We are beginning to talk about community. We are first focusing on our classroom community, what role we each play and how we treat one another. The children are going to be generating a list of classroom agreements that we will strive to honor each day.

Math Focus- Making sets of 1-5 objects. We are working towards recognizing numbers 1-5 and creating sets representing each number. You can play games making sets with any objects at home.

Literacy Focus- We are beginning to focus on the letters in our names. You can practice identifying letters in your child’s name at home. If they do not know any, start with focusing only on the first letter.

Dress for the Weather!

As the weather is getting colder, please make sure to send your child dressed appropriately to school. This includes a jacket, hat, scarf, gloves, and warm comfortable shoes. We will continue to explore and play outside each day until it is 34 degrees.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher conferences are on Wednesday, November 9th. This is just a quick conference to get to know one another and discuss how your child is acclimating to school. Please fill out the Pre-Conference Survey that was sent home. We have extra copies available if needed. Remember, this is a non-attendance day for students.

*Please sign up for a conference time slot outside the classroom.

Important Dates

Friday November 4th- No School


Wednesday, November 9th- No School- Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 11thVeterans Day (No School)


Wednesday, November 23rd – Friday November 25th- No School- Thanksgiving Break

Studio Days = Nov 1st, Nov 10th, Nov 18th, Nov 30th

October 2016 Newsletter

New Beginnings

It’s hard to believe the first month of school has come and gone! We are enjoying our time at school and adapting to new routines. We are also still in the process of establishing friendships, exploring unfamiliar materials, and learning how to express our emotions appropriately.


Math: What does it look like in Room 204?

We are working on identifying attributes such as color, shape, and size to begin sorting items. Becoming familiar with identifying and sorting attributes will lead the children to begin making sets. We are excited to introduce our new sorting table that will be available during choice time each day.


Our goal is to expand this learning across our curriculum areas. We’ve begun by focusing on the attributes of two students at a time, with conversations surrounding same/different between the two. Our classroom reading literature (Goldilocks and the Three Bears) has also focused on the attributes large, medium, and small.

Parent-Child Activity Day

Friday October 21st is our first parent-child activity day of the year.  This is a day where parents/guardians come to school with your child for 1 hour. Time slots will be outside the classroom before day. You and your child will be making an All About Me book for our classroom.  Some pictures you may want to bring in for your child’s book are photographs of: family, baby pictures, birthdays/holidays, pets, vacations, favorite activities, favorite food, etc… Be creative!

*Remember, this is a special day for your child to spend with you so therefore no siblings allowed.

Studio Days: October 6th, 17th, 25th

Friday, October 21st: Parent- Child Activity Day

Friday, October 31st: Halloween. No costumes please. Please see our holiday policy in the school handbook.



May 2016 Newsletter

Our Chicks are Coming

Our baby chicks have been in our classroom incubator, and will be hatching next week! We are very thankful to have a parent who has volunteered to build us a home for our chicks!

As a group, we have been talking about the differences observed in our baby chicks’ growth each day. To do this, we use replica eggs that have pictures of the daily growth in our real eggs. We also have a new job in our classroom, and each day a different child has the opportunity to be the “Observer”. The observer draws the growth and development they see on the inside of the egg for the day.

We are very excited to begin watching our chicks hatch

 Purchasing Our Book

If you are interested in purchasing one of the books we published, please complete the following form and return it with exact cash to the classroom by Wednesday, May 18th.

AM: If You Give a Giraffe a Hotdog

PM: If You Give a Monkey a Pizza

Please stop in our room and see the completed books if you are considering purchasing one!

Important Dates

Friday, May 20th: Parent Child Activity Day

Tuesday, May 24th: Field Trip to the Children’s Farm

Monday, May 30th: No School- Memorial Day

Friday, June 3rd: Friendship Day

Tuesday, June 21st: Last Day of School!

April 2016 Newsletter

Please Join Us!

We have completed our author study on Laura Numeroff, the author of the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

We were inspired by Laura’s writing style and have been working very hard on writing and illustrating our own story. We are proud to present two different books:

AM: If You Give a Giraffe a Hotdog

PM: If You Give a Monkey a Pizza                                                                                                 Please join us for a read aloud of our book on Thursday, April 14th.

AM: Read Aloud at 11:30 AM
PM: Read Aloud at 2:50 PM

Parent teacher conferences will be held Wednesday, April 13th. Teachers will only be meeting with families of children transitioning to kindergarten this fall. Please sign up for a timeslot that works for you.

Important Dates

Wednesday, April 6th: Field Trip

Friday, April 8th: No School (School Improvement Day)

Wednesday, April 13th: No School (Parent Teacher Conferences)

Thursday, April 14th: Read Aloud in Room 204

Monday, April 18th- Friday, April 22nd: Spring Break! No School


March 2016 Newsletter

Author Study

We have started an author study for our story reads. Our current author focus is Laura Numeroff, who has written several children’s books. We have been talking about what it means to be an author, and have used her collection of books as a starting point to becoming authors in our classroom!

Laura Numeroffs writing style has helped children make predictions based on cause and effect. These books are available at the library.

Books by Laura Numeroff

Here are some titles that we have read/will be reading:

  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  • If You Give a Pig a Pancake
  • If You Give a Moose a Muffin
  • If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
  • If You Give a Pig a Party
  • If You Take a Mouse to School

Important Dates

Friday, March 25th: No School

Friday, April 8th: No School

Wednesday, April 13th: Report Card Pick Up Day (No School)

April 18th-22nd: Spring Break

TBA: Field Trip to Chicago Children’s Museum

January/February 2016 Newsletter

ROOM 204

Buildings Study 

After concluding our literature study on the Three Little Pigs, we notice that children are still focusing on building the Three Little Pigs homes and using great detail when building. The children’s ongoing interest in building inspired us to expand our focus to take an in-depth look at the buildings we live in and our surrounding community.

We need your help! We are gathering pictures of the various buildings in our community. Please send a picture of your house or apartment to: jfinn@cps.edu

What You Can Do at Home:

Study your house or apartment building with your child. How many floors or stories does it have? How many rooms, windows, and doors does it have? What color is it? What material is it made of? Can you see any shapes in the building?

Talk with your child about the buildings you see together. Keep a list of buildings that interest your child. If your child has a favorite building or place feel free to send us a picture and we will include it on our community buildings board!

Important Dates: 

Monday, Jan. 18th: No School (MLK)

Friday, Jan. 22nd: Parent-Child Activity Day

Friday, February 5th: No School

Friday, Feb. 12th: Friendship Day

Monday, Feb. 15th: No School (Presidents’ Day)


December 2015 Newsletter 

Three Little Pigs

We are in the final stages of our literature study of the Three Little Pigs.  We are working on recording ourselves acting out the story. Please join us on Wednesday, December 9th in the basement for a small presentation of our film!!

Morning Session 11:30

Afternoon Session 2:50

Nursery Rhymes

To strengthen children’s language development, each week we focus on a new nursery rhyme. We watch the video on YouTube and sing together. You can find videos of the nursery rhymes on YouTube (Mother Goose Club) and sing with your child at home.  Here are some we have done:

Little Miss Muffet

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

Three Little Kittens

Little Bo Peep

Holiday Sing-A-Long

Please join us for the Vick Holiday Sing-a-long on Thursday, December 10th.  The sing-a-long will take place at the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) located at 2857 W. 111th St. (111th and Pulaski). The sing-a-long will be from 6:30-7:00 p.m. The entire family is welcome! See you there!

Important Dates

Wednesday, Dec. 9th: Presentation of The Three Little Pigs film

Thursday, Dec. 10th: Holiday sing-a-long 6:30-7pm @ 3857 W. 111th St.

Monday, December 21st: First day of Winter break

Happy Holidays 

November 2015 Newsletter

The Three Little Pigs

We are in the beginning stages of a literature study on The Three Little Pigs.  Children are really excited to participate in the story reads, as well as using the repetitive language and phrases. We are working on identifying main characters and retelling the story (beginning, middle, end) using pictures or props. Additionally, we will be comparing/contrasting different versions of the story. Below is a picture of some of the books we will be reading. We encourage you to talk with your child about the book we read each day!


As you may have already heard from you children, we started “Jobs” in our room this week. If you child has a job, they will have the same job for the entire week. The following week they will be on “vacation”. Each child will have a different job every other week.

Important Dates

Wednesday, Nov. 11th-No School (Veterans Day)

Thursday, Nov. 12th- Food Drive

Friday, Nov. 13thNo School (School Improvement Day)

Wednesday, Nov. 18th-: Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Nov. 25th- Friday, Nov. 27th- No School (Thanksgiving break)

Room 204

Barbara Vick Village

(773) 535-9010

Ms. Finn, Ms. Comer, Ms. Barrios

October 2015 Newsletter

Welcome Back!

Welcome to Room 204, Ms. Finn, Ms. Comer and Ms. Barrios’ classroom. We are looking forward to a great new school year filled with fun and exciting experiences! We are very excited to get to know you and your child at Barbara Vick Village Early Childhood Center.

Exploring our Emotions

We are beginning to recognize and understand different emotions. We will explore what each emotion looks like and feels like. Identifying and acknowledging our emotions helps us to understand one another and build our classroom community. An easy way to carry this learning to your home is to have conversations with your child about how they are feeling and what makes them feel that way.

Attendance is Important

Please remember that it is important that your child be at school every day! However, if your child is sick or there is a situation in which that prohibits them from attending, please call the school office at (773) 535-9010 to report the absence.

Family Picture

We will be making a family picture display in our classroom. Please send in a current family picture. (4×6)

Important Dates

Monday, October 12th: No School

Friday, October 16th: Parent Child Activity Day

Wednesday, October 21st: School Pictures


March 2015 Newsletter

Sequencing and Ordering

We are taking some time to focus on the importance of sequencing. Examples of classroom activities are:

-Following food/play dough recipes

-Friends from tallest/shortest

-Sequencing stories (beginning/middle/end)

-Order of our daily schedule

-Arrival of students (first, second, third, etc.)

Important Dates

Friday April 3rd- No School

April 6th-10th- No School (Spring Break)

Guest Chefs- Thank You!

Thank you to the following student’s mothers for being “guest chef” in our classroom: Lilah, Roselyn, Ariana, Diego, Regina

*If you would like to sign up to be a Guest Chef, please see Ms. Finn or Ms. Comer *

 Perfect Attendance!

Congratulations to the following students for having Perfect Attendance in the month of February:

Armando Salazar

Rodolfo Salas

Leslie Lara

Christian Harvey

Fernando Reyes


February 2015 Newsletter

Restaurant Study

We are well into our restaurant study right now. The children are taking on roles of servers, hosts, chefs, cashiers, waitress/waiters, etc. We recently began discussing the use of manners, and the proper way to behave in a restaurant. Please reinforce this at home during meal times and when dining at restaurants.


To deepen children’s learning and understanding, we are going to visit a real restaurant!

We are going to Beggars Pizza on 51st and Cicero on February 10th. We will arrive before the restaurant is opened. The children will be given a tour of the restaurant, kitchen, and meet the chefs and waiters. The children will also make their own personal pizzas, and receive dessert and a drink!

We are looking forward to our fieldtrip, so please remember to bring in your permission slip so your child can attend!

Come Be Our Guest Chef!

First, thank you to the many parents who have shared their talents and come into our classroom to cook with our children! The children love these special days that we have a “Guest Chef” in our classroom!

We will be creating a sign-up sheet outside the classroom. If you would like to be a “Guest Chef” please sign up your name and what you would like to cook!

If you need any help with gathering ingredients we are more than happy to help! If you have any questions, please ask a teacher!

Important Dates

Tuesday, February 10th: Field trip to Beggars Pizza.

Arrive at 9:10 am.

Pick up is at 12:00 pm.

Monday, February 16th: No School


Barbara Vick Village

(773) 535-9100

Ms. Finn, Ms. Comer, Ms. Rodriguez

December 2014 Newsletter

Restaurant Study

As some of you may have noticed, we re-arranged the dramatic play area in our classroom. Our children have shown great interest in cooking, baking, creating menus and playing as if they are in a restaurant. Because of their high interest, we are going to be focusing on learning all about restaurants in our classroom.

Children will also strengthen their literacy skills, by being exposed to new vocabulary and engaging in conversations, Math concepts will also be reinforced by measuring, counting using recipes, and taking turns. These are just a few of the many skills your child will be working on during our restaurant study.

We need your help!

Please help us create our restaurant in our classroom by donating any old and empty food boxes/containers.  Examples: Empty cereal boxes, Macaroni and Cheese boxes…etc

We are also collecting take out menus from restaurants.  Please bring in any that you are willing to donate to our classroom. We appreciate your donations and being partners in your child’s learning!

Sick Policy

Please be mindful of our Sick and Wellness Policy here at Barbara Vick. Students must be free of fever, diarrhea, vomiting for 24 hrs. before returning to school.

Important Dates

December 19th-Winter Sing Along

11:10 (AM Class) /2:30 (PM Class)

December 22nd- January 4th

No School!  Winter Vacation

November 2014 Newsletter

Halloween Pictures

Please send a picture of your child in their Halloween costume to jfinn@cps.edu

We will print out the pictures and the students will be able to show their friends and talk about their costume during meeting time.

Important Dates:

Friday November 7th- No School

Tuesday November 11th- No School

Wednesday November 12th-No School / Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday November 26th-

Thanksgiving Break- No School

Thursday November 27th- Thanksgiving (No School)

Friday November 28th- No School

Dress Appropriately

As the weather is getting colder, please make sure to send your child dressed appropriately to school. This includes a jacket, hat, scarf, gloves, and warm comfortable shoes. As a part of our curriculum, we play outside as long as it is at least 34 degrees out so dress warm!

*Also, please remember that the sick and wellness policy states that children must be free of fever, diarrhea, vomiting or other illness for 24 hours without medicine before returning to school.*

Parent Conference Sign Up

Parent Teacher conferences are on Wednesday, November 12th. Please sign up for a time on the sheet outside the classroom door. Remember, there is no school for children on this day.



Room 204 news letter

Welcome Back!

Ms. Finn, Ms. Comer, Ms. Rodriguez

Welcome to Room 204, Ms. Finn, Ms. Comer and Ms. Rodriguez’s classroom. We are looking forward to a great new school year filled with fun and exciting experiences! We are excited to get to know you and your child during this new school year at Barbara Vick Village Early Childhood Center.

Summer Bags

Each child has received a bag for our “Summer Bag Activity”. This bag will be shared with their friends and should contain special items that represent something special from their summer vacation. Please limit your child to give special things in their bag. This activity will promote language development as they describe each item. We are looking forward to their exciting stories!

Here at Barbara Vick Village we are a play-based curriculum. Your child will be learning and exploring through play. Check the bulletin board outside our classroom to keep up with your child’s learning.

Room 204 Reminders

We suggest that you send your child with a change of clothes (shorts, t-shirt, underwear and socks) in a bag with their name written on it.

Please remember to sign your child in and out, outside of our door on the brown clipboard.

  • If your child is absent please call the school at (773) 535-9010.
  • We will be making a family picture board to display in our classroom. Please sent a current picture of your family. (4X6)

Don’t Forget!

AM class is from 9:10- 11:45

Doors will open at 11:38.

 PM class is from 12:35- 3:10

Doors will open at 3:03.

Please be on time when picking up/dropping off your child!

February Newsletter

Room 204

Dear Families,

We have begun a clothing study in our classroom and we have noticed that the children are very interested in clothes. They talk about different types of clothes, put them on and take them off, and compare their clothes. We have also been learning about patterns and incorporating concepts and skills in math, literacy, science, social studies, arts, and technology. We are also going to use our thinking skills to investigate, ask questions, solve problems, make predictions, and test our ideas. We have a clothing rack in our classroom and are beginning to collect clothes and fabrics of different sizes for students to try on, sort, and practice hanging up on a hanger.  We need clothes of all sizes, types, colors, and fabrics. If you wish to send in clothes for our collection please wash them before and put your child’s name on the tag so we can return it when we are done with our study!

We are having a Chicago Firefighter come to visit our classroom on February 21st to talk about the uniforms they wear at work and allow the children to explore the equipment.

If you wish to come to our classroom one day and present clothes from your profession or culture please let us know, we would love to have you!

What You Can Do At Home  

Talk with your child about clothes. Examine fabrics and discuss clothing sizes and uses. Discuss patterns your child sees and help them create and extend simple patterns.

Important Dates

Wednesday February 12th- NO SCHOOL

Friday February 14th- Parent Child Activity Day

Room 204

 Welcome children and parents to the Barbara Vick Village Center.  We are a Play-Based Center that utilizes the Creative Curriculum System for Preschool. We are excited to have you here and look forward to a great year of learning with your child.  Parents please routinely check your child’s book bag for their work and other notifications that might be sent home for you to read.

 Who We Are

Ms. Jenna Finn- Hello, I am the Early Childhood Teacher .I graduated from Arizona State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  This is my first year teaching and I am looking forward to growing and learning with you and your child.

Ms. Carrie ComerHello, I am the Special Education Teacher. This is currently my sixth year teaching. I received both my graduate and undergraduate education from Southern Illinois University –Carbondale. I am very excited to help your child learn and explore this year.

Ms. Maribel Rodriguez- Hello, I am the Teacher’s Assistant. I am a Graduate Student pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Loyola University at Chicago. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with your child and watch them progress throughout the year.

Anuncios de clase 204

 Bienvenidos a los estudiantes y los padres a Barbara Vick Village Center. Somos un centro basado en el juego que utiliza el Sistema de Currículo Creativo para Preescolar. El año escolar está ahora en pleno apogeo, y estamos muy contentos de tenerlos aquí. Esperamos tener un gran año para sus hijos e hijas. Padres, por favor de revisar rotunamente las mochilas de su hijo o hija para trabajo y otras notificaciones van a ser enviados a su casa para que ustedes puedan leer las.

 Quién somos:

Ms. Jenna Finn-Hola, yo soy la maestra de Educación Infantil de  clase 204. Me gradué de la Universidad Estatal de Arizona en 2013 con una licenciatura en Educación Infantil. Este es mi primer ano de ser maestra. Estoy  muy emocionada porque sé que voy a crecer y aprender con sus hijos este ano en Barbara Vick Village Center.

Ms. Carrie Comer-  Hola, yo soy la maestra de educación especial de clase 204 y este es mi sexto año de ser maestra. He recibido mi posgrado y educación de pregrado de SIUC. Estoy muy contenta de ayudar a sus hijos e hijas aprender y explorar este ano en Barbara Vick Village Center.

 Ms.Maribel Rodriguez- Hola, yo soy la asistente de la maestras de clase 204. Actualmente, soy un estudiante de posgrado persiguiendo un titulo de maestría en Trabajo Social en la Universidad de Loyola en Chicago.  Estoy muy emocionada de tener la oportunidad de trabajar con sus hijos e hijas y verlos progresar durante todo el año en Barbara Vick Village Center.