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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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Weekly Update 10/23-10/27

Spotlight on Learning Language: This week we had the pleasure of spending time with poet Bill Buczinsky, SFX’s special guest for the week! His message to our kiddos was simple but powerful – poetry is the practice of playing with words! In Bill’s eyes, kids love nothing more than to play…. and to talk! (As preschool teachers, we can closely relate to this philosophy!) Bill supported both of th
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Lunch Bunch & Enrichment News

3 Year Old and Jr Kindergarten Preschool families are asked to make a note of the following updates as we look to the start of the 2nd Quarter on Monday, October 30th: Lunch Bunch and Enrichment Registration for 2nd Quarter is now open. Please complete this form if you are adding, deleting or changing dates of Lunch Bunch/Enrichment service during the 2nd Quarter. This form should be returned to the office by Friday,
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Weekly Update 10/16-10/20

Spotlight on Learning Science: This week we explored all things pumpkin! We started this unit off by reading about how a pumpkin grows from a seed to a pumpkin! We were introduced to the word, “humongous,” which helped us describe a giant pumpkin we saw within our magazines. We dug into a real pumpkin to find and feel the seeds and pulp within. Social-Emotional Development: To promote social-emotional dev
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Weekly Update 10/9-10/13

Spotlight on Learning Theme: Fire Safety! M: NO SCHOOL T: We launched our Fire Safety unit by reading through our, “Clifford’s Big World,” magazines. These magazines helped us discuss the tools we may see firefighters use, and the various ways fire fighters help people throughout the community. W: Today we visited Mrs. Dos Santos in the library. We had a blast reading, singing songs, and acting out
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Weekly Update 10/2-10/6

Spotlight on Learning Theme: Apples M: Picture Day and birthday celebrations were a great way to start our school week! Today we celebrated Scarlett and Grayson’s birthday! We sang, “Happy Birthday,” to them during snack time, and created special birthday posters. During circle time we learned about the parts of an apple including the skin, stem, flesh and seeds. Our friends were able to learn about
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Weekly Updates 9/25-9/29

Spotlight on Learning: M: Today at circle time, our friends were each invited to sit in the big rocking chair to share a story about what we did over the weekend. Similar to the learning opportunities of Show and Tell, this activity allows each student to practice their speaking and storytelling skills as they are sharing. Meaningful participation in circle time activities fosters a great sense of community within th
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Early Childhood Educational Screenings

District 39 provides Early Childhood families who are residents of Wilmette with free, educational screenings to help identify developmental delays in preschool children between the ages of 3-5. Vision and hearing screenings are also provided as part of this service. The first of four screenings this school year is scheduled for next Tuesday, October 3rd. Learn more about how to schedule a screening for your preschoo
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Picture Day for Preschool Students

Picture Day takes place this Monday, October 2nd beginning at 8:30am. Our Make-Up Picture Day is Thursday, November 9th beginning at 8:30am. We ask that families bringing preschool students to picture day (if they do not normally attend school on Mondays) please arrive no later than 10:30am on October 2nd or 9:30am on November 9th. Seedlings, Turning 3, 3 Year Old and Jr K students who DO NOT attend school on Mondays
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Weekly Update 9/18-9/22

Spotlight on Learning: Theme: The 5 Senses! M: We kicked off our 5 senses thematic unit by learning a song about which body parts help us observe and understand the world around us. To better understand the sense of touch, we played a, “mystery bag” game, where each student was asked to guess an object that was hidden in the bag. This game helped our students explore the sense of touch, while also develop
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Pre-K 3 9/11-9/15

Spotlight on Learning: Theme of the Week: All About Friends! M – We launched our “All About Friends” unit this week by discussing what the word “friend” means to our 3-year-old students. Some words and phrases used to describe how friends behave included, “sharing,” “taking turns,” “giving hugs,” and “making people feel happy.” We read an Elephant and
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Pre-K3 Report Week of 9/4-9/8

Spotlight on Learning: Theme of the Week: All About Me! M – NO SCHOOL  T – We launched our “All About Me” unit by working one-on-one with each student to fill out their “All About Me” poster. Each student was asked to draw a self portrait on the page, which allowed us to observe their understanding of early shape concepts and fine motor control. Ms. Jones taught our students about our prayer table, which
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