May 2019 Newsletter

Early Childhood News!
May 2019

Keep Learning All Summer!

The end of the school year has snuck up on us again. It seems like we were just getting our year of learning and growing together started! As we all pre-pare for Summer break, we would like to remind parents that while Summer is a wonderful time for relaxing, it shouldn’t be a time without learning. As you prepare for the Summer, the Early Childhood Program staff would like to suggest ways that you can continue to promote your child’s cognitive, motor, language, and social growth. Make time for reading together throughout the summer. The Dorothy Bramlage Library offers a summer reading incentive program that will keep your child motivated to read for prizes. Include your child in planning out your activities. Allowing them to help you plan out the day will teach them critical thinking skills, decision-making skills, and will give them great practice in research. Let them plan out the location and the menu for a family picnic. Help them work through what items are good picnic foods and what are not. They will love feeling like they were in charge of a day of family fun as well! Keeping a Summer journal is another great way to promote learning. Have your child draw pictures or write stories about the fun things they do over the Summer. This family tradition will result in priceless keep-sakes of your children’s childhood memories. Get outside and get moving! Gross motor development opportunities are all over the parks and trails throughout the community. No matter what your child’s Summer days consist of keep that language development engaged through lots of conversation. Ask them about their favorite parts of the day, talk about how the water at the pool feels, discuss a fun imaginary trip. Children develop language skills through listening to you share your ideas and by verbalizing their own. Most of all, enjoy this time with your little one! Happy Summer!


A Note from Nurse Tammy :
With the Summer months upon us, it’s a good time to re-view heat and sun safety! The peak hours that sun exposure is the most dangerous is between 10:00am-6:00pm. When you are spending time outdoors during peak hours, sun safe-ty is critical. Be sure to apply sunscreen everyday, even when it’s cloudy. Sunscreen should be put on 30 minutes be-fore you go out and reapplied every 2 hours. Make sure to offer plenty of fluids when in the heat. If you wait until you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Remember water is best for rehydrating! Have a wonderful Summer!



Important Dates:
5/1
ECC main building Afternoon Classes to Topeka Discovery Center
No school for ECC main building morning classes
5/2
Mrs Kim S’s morning class and Heim, Grandview, Westwood, Washington, 4 Year Old Classes to Topeka Discovery Center
No school for Heim morning classes and Mrs. Kim S’s afternoon class
5/2
Dress like a Super Hero
School Lunch Hero Day
5/6-5/10
Teacher Appreciation Week
5/6
Professional Development Day—No School
5/8
School Nurse Appreciation Day
5/9
Wear your Little Jay shirt
Splash Into Summer Learning Carnival @ ECC @ 5:00-7:00
5/15
Dress like what you want to be when you grow up!
5/16
Parent/Teacher Conferences—No School
5/20
Field Day @ ECC
AM—9:00-10:15
PM—1:00-2:30
5/22
Last day of school
Wear your Little Jay shirt


There’s a lot of learning going on!!
Our next theme in Curiosity Corner is “Splash Into Summer!”. Our students have been learning about the seasons all year and this unit will give them the opportunity to learn about all the excitement that comes with Summer. This unit also focuses on ways that our students can be helpers at home and in the community. Children will be encouraged to identify ways that they can help-ful to those around them every day.


Wonderful Words in Unit 18
Splash Into Summer!

picnic hot summer berry lake
visit during zipper exercise beach
Please encourage your child to tell you about these words and begin using them at home!

Children’s Books Related to Our Theme
 “The Night Before Summer Vacation” by Natasha Wing
 “The Relatives Came’ by Cynthia Rylant
 “Froggy Learns to Swim” by Jonathan London
 “One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia
 “Fireflies” By Julie Brinckloe
 “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” by Mark Teague

Families with students that are returning to the Early Childhood Program next year will have an opportunity to enroll online this month. This will allow you to complete the necessary paperwork at your convenience. Students that are transitioning into Kindergarten in the Fall are considered “new students” and they will need to be enrolled as such. Please visit www.usd475.org to find more information about enrolling online. We will provide assistance with the online enrollment process at our spring carnival. In addition, you can visit the Devin Center at 123 North Eisenhower Drive anytime this Summer and they will have computers and scanners available for you to use to complete your child’s online enrollment.


Join us for Field Day at ECC!
Tuesday, May 20th will be Field Day at ECC! The morning classes will be out-side from 9:00-10:15. The afternoon and full day classes will head outside from 1:00-2:30. Our students will enjoy games, activities, and a cool treat on our play-grounds and field behind our school. Please remember to put sunscreen on your kiddo before school on Field Day. We’d love to have families join in the fun! Please see your child’s teacher if you have ques-tions!


Hello parents! Can you believe we have made it to the end of the school year? The months do fly by, don’t they? For the month of May, I will be reading a book to classrooms called The Library Book by Tom Chapin. This is story about how books in the library come to life and is a must read. Keep instilling literacy at home over the summer. There are many things you can do to promote literacy by using items you may have at home. Have them practice identifying their name by using clothespins and writ-ing each letter on a clothespin, then matching the letters on a piece of paper that has the child’s name written on it. Write each letter of their name on a sticky note and have them put the sticky notes in the correct order. Make beanbags out of socks and beans, filling up the sock with beans and tying a knot in the sock, then write a letter on the beanbag and have them toss the beanbag into a bucket or container, saying the letter and a word starting with the letter. Check out the reading programs offered at your local library. So many possibilities! Happy reading with your child! Thank you for all you do parents!
Julie Gyuran-Early Childhood Program Early Literacy Specialist

Reminder: Field Trips for our Little Jays
May 1st is the field trip to the Discovery Center in Topeka for our four year old classes’ in the main building at ECC. On May 2nd, Mrs. Kim Stich’s morning class and the four year old classes at Heim, Grandview, Westwood, and Washington will all travel to Topeka. The morning classes in these locations (and Mrs. Kim S’s afternoon class on 5/2) will not be in session on the dates of these trips. On May 13th, the morning classes in ECC’s main building will be having a field trip to the Milford Nature Center. The morning sessions at Jefferson, Morris Hill, and Heim will be traveling to the Nature Center on May 14th. The afternoon classes in these locations will not be in session on those dates. Full day classes’ schedule will not be changed by field trips. If your child rides the bus to and from school, you will be notified if there is a change to their normal pick-up and drop-off times for field trip days. Please be sure your child’s permission slip is signed and re-turned so they can join us for these fun days of learning outside the classroom!


Mark your calendars!!
Splash into Summer learning carnival at ECC

May 9th from 5:00-7:00
Games, activities, silent auction, book fair, and family fun!


Meet the Early Childhood Staff:
Mrs. Elke Stanley, EC Program Kitchen Manager
Mrs. Elke has been working in school kitchens for over 16 years. The last 8 of those have been feeding our EC Little Jays! She arrives at ECC far before many of us have even started our day to be sure that our students have a warm and delicious breakfast waiting for them. She prides herself on providing the best lunch in USD 475 every day as well. We are thankful to have such a hardworking kitchen manager that makes sure our tummies are full so our brains are ready to learn!


The Learning is For Everyone (LIFE) community education program is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the people of Geary County, Ft. Riley and surrounding areas. It is based on the premise that the quality of life in any community is dependent upon the opportunity for the personal development of its individual citizens. LIFE provides a means for people to share their knowledge, exchange ideas and pursue their interests through lifelong learning. The Summer 2019 edition is coming soon! To learn more about the program, visit http://www.jclib.org/LIFE.html

Dear Early Childhood Families,
It’s so hard to believe that it’s time for our school year to wrap up. It seems like just yesterday, I was meeting you all for the first time. It is my sincere hope that this school year has been a wonderful experience for your child and your family. The students have all grown and learned so much this year. We are very proud of all the progress all of our students have made. We’ve watched them grow in their social skills, academic skills, language skills, and motor development. Each child came with their own strengths and chal-lenges and they are all leaving us for Summer break having made tremendous individual pro-gress. If your child is moving on to Kindergarten, or your family is leaving our community, please know that you all will always be a part of the Little Jay family. I hope everyone has a safe and fun Summer break. I look forward to seeing you all in August!
Stephanie Bogenhagen
785-717-6953
or stephaniebogenhagen@usd475.org

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