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Early Childhood Titles Available at the Book Fair

The SFX Spring Book Fair runs through tomorrow, June 8th at The Book Stall in Winnetka, and with limited hours also here at the SFX Library. A full 20% of your purchase benefits SFX School – be sure to tell The Book Stall that you are shopping for St. Francis Xavier to claim our library credits! We promise lots of fun, including an exciting raffle for all those who visit the store and submit an entry form (one
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Weekly Update 5/21-5/25

Spotlight on Learning Science: The topic of science this week and next stems from the question, “What makes a bird, a bird?!” We are studying bird characteristics, nests, feathers, eggs etc! We are building nests in our tinker space, creating binoculars to use on our bird walk, and matching bird feathers to birds. The purpose of this unit is for our students to explore life science, demonstrate a curiosit
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Weekly Update 5/7-5/11

Spotlight on Learning Literacy: Last week’s letter sound was letter L. This week’s letter sound is letter F! We introduced a new classroom job this week, called the Letter Leader, where one student sings our letter song and shares photos and objects that start with the letter of the week! Science: Last week, our gardening unit focused on flowers! We planted an assortment of flowers including Zinnias, Cosm
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Weekly Update 4/23-4/27

Spotlight on Learning Science: This week, we launched our gardening unit! Our dramatic play area turned into a vegetable garden where our students planted and tended to seeds, picked and washed crops ready for eating, and sold them at our farm stand! We had a great time acting out the chores of garden work. We discussed the 5 things plants usually need to survive, and tried to name as many fruits and vegetables that
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Weekly Update (4/9-4/13)

Spotlight on Learning Science: Last week our science experience revolved around shadows! We used a flashlight to make our shadows jump, wave and dance. We found our shadows outside during our sunny recess time. We now have an exploration tub where our students can use classroom materials and a flashlight to continue to experiment with making shadows. Religion: Last week our religion lesson introduced God’s good
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Weekly Update 3/19-3/23

Spotlight on Learning Science: This week we learned about mallard ducklings. We learned that ducklings hatch from eggs, can swim before they can fly, waddle when they walk and eat bugs and plants from the pond. We read “One Duck Stuck” and “The Golden Egg,” to introduce duck characters into our story time! Literacy: This week we learned about the letter M sound! We found objects around the cla
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Lunch Bunch & Enrichment Registration Now Open

4th Quarter Registration for Lunch Bunch and Enrichment for Preschool students is now open. Our current 3rd Quarter of programming ends tomorrow, March 23rd. Q4 Lunch Bunch and Enrichment programming begins on our first day following spring break, on Monday, April 9th. Download this registration form and return it to the school office by Monday, April 9th indicating your selections for the 4th Quarter. If you choose
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Weekly Update 3/12-3/16

Spotlight on Learning Tinker Space – This week we worked with nuts, bolts and washers in our Tinker Space! We stacked, constructed and sorted our way through these metallic materials. We then introduced magnet wands, allowing our students to naturally explore with the pushes and pulls that magnets create! Fine Motor – This week we used some of our ordinary classroom objects to challenge and develop our fi
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Weekly Update 3/5-3/9

Spotlight on Learning Literacy: Last week our students learned the Jolly Phonics song for letter C and letter K. Since these letters typically make the same sound, they are grouped together into 1 song. Our students loved getting to play a real castanet, generously borrowed to us from Mrs. Chada’s instrument collection! This week, our students learned the song for letter H. We loved hopping “up and down,&
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Weekly Update 2/19-2/23

Spotlight on Learning Tinker Space: Our tinker space is officially up and running! We are slowly introducing the new materials to our students that include many wood, craft and everyday pieces! We began the week by building with styrofoam, pipe cleaners and cut-up straws. The creations we came up with were incredible! We ended the week exploring with wooden spools and wavy popsicle sticks. Our students will have the
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Weekly Update 2/12-2/16

Spotlight on Learning Art: This week our students explored using crayons and water colors in the art area. For the remainder of the year, we will focus on the production of, “process art,” which allows students to learn and express through the creative process rather than focus on the end result. As discussed at the conference I attended this week, spontaneous, creative self-expression increases a child&#
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Weekly Update 1/29-2/1

Spotlight on Learning Literacy: This week we focused our literacy learning on the letter P! Throughout the week, we started collecting objects around the classroom that begin with letter P to add to our “alphabet box”. Our students found a pig, a penguin, a panda the colors pink and purple, and our letter p sandpaper card. This is a fun and easy activity that can be extended to home if your child shows in
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Weekly Update 1/22-1/26

Spotlight on Learning Science: Our focus this week has been cold weather animals! We discussed which animals live in the cold weather, and read many stories about these animals including, “That’s Not My Dad,” “Grumpy Pants,” and “Puff and Billy”. We will discuss and compare the ways humans stay warm in the cold weather to how animals stay warm. We will conduct an experiment t
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Weekly Update 1/16-1/19

Spotlight on Learning  Literacy: This week our students spent time learning the song, “5 Little Snowmen,” We also discussed how to make a snowman, and practiced acting our the sequence of these steps! Religion: On Wednesday we spent time getting to know our 7th grade buddies, in anticipation of the mass we will host together on Friday, February 2nd! We spent quality time together playing with the Imaginat
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Weekly Update 1/8-1/12

We hope you a had relaxing and joyful Christmas break! We are excited to jump back into our preschool routines. Over the next few weeks we will incorporate winter themes into our activities that will include snowmen, polar animals, and more! Spotlight on Learning Literacy – We learned our first Jolly Phonics letter-sound song during circle time and our students LOVED the experience! These short, silly songs wil
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Weekly Update 12/11-12/15

Spotlight on Learning Social Studies: Our students discussed the different modes of transportation we may use to travel for the holidays. We extended the concept of a holiday train to our teacher learning table, where we created trains out of simple plane shapes. Sensory Exploration: We introduced kinetic sand to our “Discovery Center” this week. This sticky, magic sand keeps our fingers active as we dig,
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Weekly Update 12/4-12/8

Spotlight on Learning Music: Over the past few weeks, Mrs. Chada and Ms. Jones have been teaching our class a set of songs to perform at the Early Childhood Christmas Program! We have been practicing, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and “Blessed be the Name.” We have a very musical bunch of kids, and we cannot wait for you to join us for the performance! Religion: We will create a classroom a
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Weekly Update 11/27-12/1

Spotlight on Learning Language/Literacy: This week our students began creating dictated books in our language center! After illustrating a picture on each page of their book, they dictated stories to Ms. Jones, who then wrote the narration down on the page. This pre-writing activity allows our students to make a connection between spoken and written word; match pictures to a story; and practice the concept of re-tell
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Family Reading Night Reminder

This week we will celebrate our 3rd annual Family Reading Night. It will take place in the Xavier Room starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16. We hope you will join us for stories, a fun craft designed by our art teacher, Mrs. Kuhn, a visit from Mrs. Joseph of the Wilmette Public Library, and a book swap where children can bring in their own gently used books and swap them for some new treasures to take home
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Wilmette Holiday Parade Reminder

The Wilmette Holiday Parade takes place this Saturday, November 18th. Bring the entire family (strollers and wagons welcome) and march with our school community behind the SFX School Banner! Be sure to pay a visit to Santa at the end of the parade route in front of Wilmette’s Village Hall. If you are able to serve as our point person during the event on Saturday please contact caroline.c.keating@gmail.com. Happ
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Weekly Update 11/6-11/10

Spotlight on Learning Social-Emotional Learning: This week our social-emotional discussion focused on how to problem solve when someone is doing something to us that we do not like. We introduced this conversation by showing a photo and fictional scenario to our students (see below). We then asked our students to model how they would solve this problem with teacher support. The provided script included, “Please
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Wilmette Holiday Parade

The Wilmette Holiday Parade officially ushers the holiday season in on Saturday, November 18th. Save the date and march with the SFX School community at 10:15am! We hope that many Early Childhood families will join us as we spread holiday cheer and represent our school at this signature Wilmette event. Early Childhood families with little ones are encouraged to bring strollers and wagons and to visit Santa at the end
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Weekly Update 10/30-11/3

Spotlight on Learning Social-Emotional Development: This week we read a couple of stories that helped us identify different emotion words. These stories included, “The Way I Feel,” by Janan Cain and “Grumpy Pants” by Claire Messer. “Grumpy Pants,” was definitely the classroom favorite! Overall, we want to help our students identify various emotions, and know that feeling all emotio
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