Monthly Preschool Newsletters

Director’s Newsletter – January 2018

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and restful New Year!

This month, we will take time out to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his teachings.  We will also study “Polar Animals” and “Winter Fun.”

To all new students and returning students: Make sure your child is registered for next fall (September 2018) and your registration fee ($90.00) is paid. Registration is now open to the public so classes will start to fill up.

Remember to check the preschool phone message (847-367-5791) for preschool closing after 7:00 AM on days when winter conditions make travel to school unsafe. As a rule, we close when Hawthorn School District schools close. You may also refer to your EMERGENCY CLOSING CENTER information sheet given to you in September. This provides more ways to learn if the preschool is closed! Additional copies are available on the cart in the main hallway.

Please be careful and drive slowly in the parking lot especially under snowy conditions. Due to the many cars in the lot, for everyone’s safety, please try to park carefully.

Students must have winter clothing to have fun outside. This includes boots, snow pants, coat, mittens (MUCH easier than gloves), and a hat. LABEL EVERYTHING WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME! Also, please send winter clothing to school in a separate bag. This leaves the school bag free for student projects and important school notes!

Please keep your child at home if he/she has the following symptoms:

  • Cold Symptoms (coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, sore throat)
  • Fever (Child should be fever-free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.)
  • Fussy, unusual behavior
  • Extremely tired
  • Symptoms of a communicable disease (such as pink eye or flu).

Please encourage frequent hand washing, especially after sneezing or coughing.

As we enter the middle of our school year, we are needing to replenish some of our classroom supplies.  Any donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated: napkins, 5 oz cups, disinfecting wipes (Clorox or similar), hand wipes, small paper plates and tissues.

Remember to “like us” on Facebook.  Miss Jayne and our staff does a great job of taking photos of current events in the classrooms.

God’s Blessings!
Kathy Davis, Director


Tots – January 2018

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We will jump into January celebrating diversity, staying healthy, and sharing some winter fun. We will continue practicing being good friends. We will be introducing the Pledge of Allegiance during circle time each morning.

Also, please remember to leave snow clothes for the children labeled with names. If it is above freezing and sunny we will try to include some outdoor fun.

Special Dates:

  • January 8 – School resumes
  • January 15 – NO SCHOOL
  • January 18/19 – Wear comfy clothes for yoga
  • January 24/25 – Chapel Time @11:00

It is exciting to be back in our classroom after the holiday break!

Miss Tracey and Miss Lisa


Starfish & Angelfish (Young Three’s) – November 2017

Wow!  Two months down!  We are all doing such a great job in school now; I am thrilled!  November is going to be a fast month.  We will be continuing through the alphabet with letters F, G and H.  For our color of the month, we will be concentrating on yellow and our shape is the oval and our number is 3.  Our theme will be Transportation and Thanksgiving

Some dates to remember this month:

  • Nov 2 and 3 – Godly Play with Ms. Kathy
  • Nov 5 – Empty Bowls Soup Supper
  • Nov 6 and 7 – Letter F day – bring a F item
  • Nov 9 – Holiday Bazaar
  • Nov 10 – No School – Veterans Day
  • Nov 13 and 14 – Letter G day – bring a G item
  • Nov 15 and 16 – Chapel @ 11am – all are welcome
  • Nov 20 and 21 – Thanksgiving Feast
  • Nov 22-24 – No School – Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 27 and 28 – Letter H day – bring an H item
  • Nov 29 and 30 – Wear yellow today

All are welcome at our Thanksgiving Feast.  There will be more information to follow concerning the feast and I will post a sign up sheet on our bulletin board.  This month at circle, we continue to work on listening and following instructions.  We are doing very well but as the year progresses we will try to expand our circle time to encourage the children to verbalize more.

If you have any questions or concerns about anything, please feel free to contact me.  I am available before or after school or by phone if needed.

I am looking forward to November as Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!

Ms. Susan and Ms. Melissa


Sea Turtles and Seahorses (Three’s) – December 2017

We hope you have a wonderful, peaceful Christmas with those you love.  We will soon be welcoming the cold month of January!  It’s hard to believe we are half way through the school year!  We have seen such growth in your children. They are learning to sit quietly at circle time as well as learning the proper way to use scissors, glue and markers.  We continue to practice the correct pencil grip.  We are now focusing on name recognition and writing the letters in their name.

Our themes this month are “Winter Wonderland,” Polar Animals,” and “We Teach Peace.”  We will focus on the letters “I,” ”J,” “K,” and “L,” as well as the numbers 4 and 5.  The color of the month is white and the shape is the rectangle.

Here are some important dates to remember:

  • January 8 School resumes
  • January 9/10 Letter I
  • January 11/12 Godly Play with Miss Kathy
  • January 11/12 Wear white
  • January 15 No School – Martin Luther King Day
  • January 16/17 Letter J
  • January 18/19 Yoga
  • January 23/24 Letter K
  • January 24/25 Chapel, 11:00, all are welcome!
  • January 30/31 Letter L


* An important note about outdoor play*

We will continue to go outside to play even it is cold.  We won’t go outside if the temperature or wind chills dip below 20 degrees Please remember to send your child to school with snow pants, waterproof snow boots, mittens (not gloves please), a hat and a warm coat.  Please keep these items in a separate bag so we have room for projects and other important papers in their school bags.  Also, please have shoes or slippers for your child to wear in the classroom so our floors don’t get wet and slippery. *Please continue to have your child practice putting their coat on by themselves. This will provide us with more time to play outside and will help to avoid the frustration of having to wait for the teacher to help them. Learning to do this can be difficult but it is an important life skill.

At this halfway point in the school year we could use more paper towels, tissues for noses, hand-wipes and cleaning wipes.  If you could contribute 1 or 2 of these items it would be greatly appreciated!

As always, please see us if you have any questions or concerns.  Happy New Year!

Miss Gini and Miss Jen



Monkey Class (Y4) – December 2017

Happy Holidays!  As we welcome December we also will be counting down the days to Jesus birthday.  We will not be having any letter weeks this month.  Instead we will be learning about the different symbols of Christmas.  We also look forward to entertaining you with our Christmas Program which is on Tues, Dec 19 at 8:45.  We will have a short social gathering with cookies after the program.  Our classroom Christmas Party will be on Thurs, Dec 21.  Thank you so much for those of your that volunteered!

As the weather is getting colder, and snowy, we ask that you remember to send your child with jackets, hats, mittens and boots.  We will continue to play outside so please dress for the weather.  It is very helpful to teach your child to be self-sufficient in getting on jackets, mittens, etc.  When wearing boots to school please bring extra shoes for the classroom to help keep our classroom clean and dry.  It can be helpful to keep an extra pair in the schoolbag.

Important Dates:

  • Dec 4        In House Registration begins for 2018-19 school year
  • Dec 7   Marriot Theatre trip – no morning class, extended day available, 11:30-6 pm
  • Dec 14     Chapel 11:00
  • Dec 19     Christmas program and cookies, 8:45 am
  • Dec 21     Christmas party
  • Dec 22-Jan 5     No school, Christmas break
  • Jan 8     school resumes

I wish you all a very joyous and blessed Holiday Season!

Ms. Kathy

Birds and Butterflies Class – December 2017


During the month of December, we will be talking about the Symbols of Christmas.  Throughout the month we will be reminding the children, “Jesus is the reason for the season.”  We will celebrate his birthday with a party on December 18/19.

There will be ongoing Christmas projects and centers in our room throughout the month.  Be sure to look around our room and let your child show them off to you.  We will have a class hand print Christmas tree on our bulletin board.  Be sure to check it out!  Also, look for our hand print garland decorating the door to our coatroom.

On Wednesday, December 6, the Birds and Butterflies will be attending Sleeping Beauty at the Marriott Theatre.  Please arrive by 9:40 for a 10:00 show.  There will be no AM school that day, but there will be Lunch Bunch, Enrichment, and child care in the afternoon.  Also, be sure to stop by the church on Saturday, December 9 for “Saturday with St. Nick.”

This year our Christmas program will be held on Wednesday, December 20.  The show will start at 11:00 A.M. for both the Birds and the Butterflies.  The day will begin as usual at 8:30, with parents and family members returning at 11:00 for the program.  If you would like, you may bring a SMALL plate of Christmas cookies to share after the show.  Remember, NO NUTS please.

New snack lists will be coming home shortly. If your child has a summer birthday, pick one of your days to celebrate a ½ birthday if you’d like.  Just let us know that we are celebrating!  Thank you for all your healthy snacks.  The children really do like getting a chance to try something they might not try for you at home!  *****We are always taking donations of paper goods (napkins, spoons, and little plates.)*****

Important Dates:

  • December 4– In house registration begins for the 2017-2018 school year
  • December 6 – Meet at the Marriott at 9:40
  • December 9 – Saturday with St. Nick from 9:30 to 11:30
  • December 13 – Chapel at 11:00
  • December 18/19– Happy Birthday Jesus Party
  • December 20 Christmas Program at 11:00 (Birds and Butterflies)
  • January 9– Classes Resume

We want to wish you and your entire family the most blessed holiday season and may God’s love fill your hearts always.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Miss Jayne, Miss Lisa, Miss Denise, and Miss Kathy B.


Lions Class – January 2018

Dear Friends,

We hope everyone had a relaxing and fun Christmas vacation.  We will begin the New Year with our New Year’s Party, which includes ringing bells, throwing some confetti and, of course, making some noise. ☺

We are glad you came to see our Christmas show.  Your children were wonderful and had a great performance on the stage.  Thank you for sharing our special time together.  Also, thank you to Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Atluri and Mrs. Mandadi for organizing our fun Christmas party.

Our main theme this month is Winter Wonderland, including Polar Animals.  We will fill our sensory table with real snow and continue to enjoy those winter temperatures.  We will provide the children with some hands-on experiences such as making tracks, packing snowballs, using shovels, examining snowflakes and icicles up close and simply having fun with snow.   Additionally, we will further explore the theme of International Children.  We will learn about the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his dream and how we can live in peace with one another, no matter what we believe, what we look like or what language we speak.

Please send your child to school with their “ready to go outside outfits” (boots, snow pants, jackets, mittens and hats) in a separate bagDo not put your child’s winter clothes in their regular school bags, as it leaves no room for their important school papers and projects.  Also, if your child wears boots to school, please send along an extra pair of shoes or slippers to be worn inside the classroom; boots are wet and hard to move around in all day.  Thank you for your help!

The children will review their phone numbers in January.  Please let us know if there has been a change with your phone number so that your child can learn the correct one.  As before, name, shape, color and letter recognition will continue to be implemented in our daily activities.  It must be remembered, however, that discussions, projects and activities, and not too many worksheets, are the appropriate learning modes for young children.  Everybody will continually be given the opportunities to develop at their own pace, learn through self-directed and guided exploration and develop confidence in themselves as learners.  Children need to be given time to work on concrete ideas and projects at school and at home.

New snack calendars have been sent home.  Please remember our snack counts:   22 on Monday – Thursday and 15 on Friday.


Important Dates:

  • Monday, Jan. 15 – NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • Thursday, Jan 18 – Yoga class (wear comfortable clothes)
  • Thursday. Jan. 25 – chapel at 11:00 am

Miss Charlotte and Miss Devina

Preschool Tidbit

  • CHAPEL – Jan. 24 & 25 @ 11a
  • NO SCHOOL for Presidents’ Day Holiday – Mon., Feb. 19
  • Register now for Fall 2018 classes
  • Summer Kids Kamp registration opens in late January
  • 25th Celebration – Sat., May 5!

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