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Principal Updates October 23, 2015

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead                                                                        
Important Dates
October 28 Anthony’s Avenger Day
November 5 113th Principal’s Coffee
November 6 Kedzie Principal’s Coffee
November 11 No School – Veterans Day
November 12 Food Drive
November 13 No School – School Improvement Day
November 18 Parent Conferences 11-6
Flu Shots
LSC @3:45pm
PTT @6:00
November 25-27 No School – Thanksgiving Holiday
It is hard to believe that we are already on our seventh week of school! The children have all settled into the routines and structures of the school day. Their days are busy with many activities; finding places to hang a sweater or jacket, putting belongings in cubbies, listening to new stories and songs, discovering all the toys to play with and explore, and meeting new friends and teachers. During these first weeks of school, the classroom staff has focused on supporting the children’s social emotional development by providing specific activities to help the children feel welcome and a part of their classroom community. The placement of family photographs, the children’s names on coat hooks and cubbies, children’s work displayed around the classroom are all intentional decisions the staff has made to support the children in learning that they are an important part of their classroom community.
The children all appear to have made a successful transition into preschool, however remember this transition can be difficult for some children. Continue to assure your child that school is a safe place and you will be there to pick them up every day. Plan some special time with your child, taking a walk or reading a book to help ease their time away from you.
Parent/Child Activity Days
Thank you to everyone that was able to take time from their very busy lives to spend some time in our classrooms with their child last Friday for our Parent-Child activity day. The children’s All About Me books will be well read throughout the year. Remember, you are welcome to add additional pages throughout the year. Just mat the event on a 5×7 piece of paper and let the classroom team know. Our hope is that this book will grow and document both your child’s learning and life events throughout their year in school.
Holiday Policy
Thank you to everyone that participated in our Holiday Survey. Your input was very valuable to the Holiday Committee. The committee has completed the policy and it is attached to this email correspondence. The process that was followed included a review of literature and investigation of Anti-Biased curriculum, review of the Parent surveys and a healthy and emotional discussion amongst participating staff members. Please review the policy and feel free to stop into the office if you have any questions or need any clarification.
This year with Halloween on Saturday, the children and staff will not dress in costumes.
We plan to revisit this policy regularly as our families and children change significantly every two years.
Anthony’s Avengers
Wednesday, October 28th is our Anthony’s Avengers day. As you may know, Anthony is a former Barbara Vick student who transitioned to Kindergarten last year. His younger Danny is a student in Room 106. Anthony was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive type of brain cancer this summer. The PTT will be onsite and will work with the children to decorate the front of the school with orange and grey ribbons (Grey is the chosen color of pediatric brain tumor awareness and orange is Anthony’s favorite color). They are encouraging children and staff to show their support by wearing orange and gray; or your favorite Avengers t-shirt. Please show your support by wearing Anthony’s colors.
A fundraiser for Anthony will take place on Sunday, November 1st from 2:00pm-7:00pm at Bourbon Street. The funds raised at the benefit will help to support Anthony’s ongoing treatment, medical bills, living expenses, and to provide Anthony with amazing life experiences. Please consider attending this benefit and supporting one of our school families. Adult Tickets are $35 each and children are $15 each. Please be aware that children under 5 are free with paid adults.
If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, Colleen Rivera, Room 103, will be collecting donations and ticket requests. Please see the attached letter/ticket request form.
Food Drive
We have changed the date for our annual Food Drive. We will be collecting food from the surrounding community on Thursday, November 12th. The Drive is in the planning stages. More information will be forthcoming.
PTT news
Have you joined the PTT yet? This is a perfect time as the PTT has issued a challenge for all of the classrooms. They are offering incentives to classrooms with the highest PTT membership. Prizes range from classroom libraries to free tickets for the fundraiser. Remember it is only a $10 investment that supports the very important work the PTT does for the school. If you have not done so already, please consider joining.
Save the date – The Fundraiser has been booked for March 4th at Bourbon Street. Be sure to make your calendars.
PTT Officer and Fundraiser Chair positions are still available. Please contact Sheri Vanderschoot at sherivan13@yahoo.com if you are interested.
Principal Coffee
Have you ever wondered how the classroom staff decides what to teach each day? Or how they assess what the children are learning? On Thursday, November 5th, Cathy Lawton and Amy O’Connor will host a meeting to discuss our curriculum and assessment system. The information presented will give you an overview of curriculum and assessment systems and support your participation in Parent Conferences. The Options for Knowledge program will also be discussed.
Parent Conference Days
…are scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th from 11-6. You will have the opportunity to meet with classroom teachers to discuss how your child is adjusting to school. Classroom teams will send more information closer to the date. Flu Shots will be available at the school on that day. We will also have computers available for any parents wishing to complete the application process for the Options for Knowledge program. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions and provide student ID numbers; which are necessary to complete the application.
Chinese Visitors                                                                                                                           Last spring both campuses welcomed a group of visitors from Early Childhood Programs in China for a day of observation and reflection. Barbara Vick was the only Chicago Public School that was chosen to participate. Erikson Institute’s Graduate School in Child Development sponsored the experience. Another group of educators from China will be coming to the school on November 16th. Please help us make our visitors feel welcome.


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