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News Bulletin June 2014

Four Components of the

Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum

Edgewater Early Learning Center • A program of One Hope United 5244 N. Lakewood Ave., Chicago IL, 60640 • 773.907.0278

Overall Health • Exercise • Nutrition • Environmental Sustainability Getting Ready for Kindergarten Is kindergarten right around the corner for your child? Let him know you’re happy for him and confident he will do well. Here are some things to think about as the school year approaches. What are the health requirements for a child to begin school? • A physical exam by a doctor or other health care provider. The provider should give you a signed form to take to school. • An eye exam performed by an optometrist or medical doctor. • All required immunizations. Start early so your child is ready for that first day. Talk to his doctor, your local health department, or call the Illinois Public Health Department at 217-782-4977 if you’re not sure what immunizations he needs. What will the teacher expect my child to be able to do? • Hold and use a pencil, crayons, and scissors. • Speak well enough for others to understand what she is saying. • Say her full name and how she gets to and from school. • Handle self-care tasks such as hanging up her coat, going to the toilet, and washing her hands. • Get along with most children and adults and respect others’ property and rights. • Work alone and with others. • Sit and listen for about 15 minutes. • Remember and carry out two or three directions. • Finish a task she starts. • Follow rules and be willing to take turns.

What are some ways I can help prepare my child? • Help him learn about the world around him. Take him on interesting trips—to the library or grocery store, on a bus ride, or to a museum or park—and talk with him about what he sees. Encourage his curiosity and help him find answers to his questions. • Read to him and let him know that words can be written as well as spoken. • Teach him the names of colors and shapes. • Help him see and hear how objects and sounds may be alike or different. How can I find out what my local school expects of my child? • Take advantage of any kindergarten screening or school visits your school may offer. • Call the school office and ask for information on what is expected of children and parents. What if my child needs special help to be ready for kindergarten? • Check with your local school district office to find out about screening and programs. • Call Child Find at 800-323-GROW (Voice and TTY) to find out about preschool screening or services for children who have special needs.

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“Check Out” Our New Lending Library! Starting this month, our Preschool and Kindergarten classes will have the chance to utilize our new Lending Library. The Lending Library offers a chance for children to get excited about literacy by choosing their own books and taking them home to share with families.

• Please park in the designated parking spaces when dropping off or picking up your child. • The safest exit from a vehicle for your child is to exit on the curb side of the vehicle—not into the street! • Show your child proper pedestrian safety by crossing the street only at crosswalks. • Make certain your child holds an adult’s hand while crossing streets, alleys and driveways or walking through the parking lots. • All children are to be walked into the center and escorted to their classroom. When exiting the building, please be certain your child does not run ahead and try to exit on their own! • For your child’s safety, do not drop your child off outside the center or leave any child, including siblings, unattended in your vehicle or in the hallway, stairs, etc. Thank you for helping us stay safe!

A Visit to EELC’s Kindergarten Class:

Each Friday, children will check out one book from the Lending Library, take it home and share, and then return their book before the next Friday. All books should be returned before making a new book choice. For more details, specific classroom information about the Lending Library Program will be provided from your child’s teacher. The Lending Library not only offers a chance for children to build literacy and make that home/school connection, but it also helps to teach responsibility by caring for and returning their materials. If you have any selections that you would like to see added to the Lending Library, please feel free to share your request.

Keep It Safe! Now that the weather is getting warmer, we are certain to have more street and sidewalk traffic. Please ensure that your drop off and pick up is safe for you and your child by following the Pedestrian Safety policy in your Parent Handbook.

During the beginning of June, some of our Preschoolers who will be going to Kindergarten in the fall will take some time to visit EELC’s own Kindergarten program. During this time, the children will get to see some Kindergarten activities and hear from other Kindergarteners about what to expect in the fall. Be on the lookout for more information from your child’s teacher about other Kindergarten transition activities you can do with your child at home.

Summer Sun Means Summer Camp! We are looking forward to an amazing summer! Not only will we be visiting the Brookfield Zoo, The Bulls and Sox Academy, The Field Museum, Legoland and more, but we will also be working with the Library Program as well as the Junior Achievement Program! Our first day of Summer Camp for the School Age children begins on Monday, June 16, 2014. All registration fees must be paid and all enrollment paperwork must be turned in before campers may begin. If you are still interested in signing up for summer camp, please contact the office.

Learning from Each Other: Room 209 invited our Kindergarten class to share a special day with them! The children created a special fruit salad that they shared and then they listened to some special stories together. You can see how well Frances captured the attention of the crowd as she helps Ms. Jackie read a story!

We love to see the special relationships that develop between our oldest and youngest friends!

Kids in the Kitchen Based on a family favorite, these Turkey Sloppy Joes are a quick AND healthy alternative! With whole wheat rolls and a few veggies snuck in…your child will love helping you cook them as much as they will love eating them! Turkey Sloppy Joes • 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil • 4 carrots, coarsely grated (2 cups) • 1 medium onion, minced • 1 clove(s) garlic, minced • Coarse salt and ground pepper • 3 tablespoon(s) tomato paste • 3/4 pound(s) ground turkey (93% lean, dark meat) • 1 can(s) (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes • 2 tablespoon(s) dark-brown sugar • 1 tablespoon(s) cider vinegar • 1 teaspoon(s) Worcestershire sauce • 4 whole-wheat hamburger rolls, split Directions 1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium; add carrots, onion, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. 2. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add turkey; cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes. 3. Add tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 12 to 14 minutes. Serve on whole-wheat rolls.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Before you throw it out, bring it to EELC! We are always looking for materials such as: • Newspapers • Paper towel rolls • Shopping bags • Plastic bags • Plastic lids • Magazines As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We will put those items to good use in our classrooms!

From the Director’s Desk: Summer time in the city! It’s time embrace the warm summer sun and the special activities that Chicago has to offer in the summer. It is also time to wish Ms. Miranda Franco, our Family Support Specialist, best wishes as she gets set to begin her maternity leave this month. Tentatively, Ms. Miranda will be out June 14 and is scheduled to return just in time for the first week of the new school year, Sept. 5. During Ms. Miranda’s absence, Ms. Cindy (Office Asst.), Ms. Yesenia (Eligibility Specialist) and I will be working together to assist families with any of their needs, including enrollment, paperwork and identifying family resources. If you have any questions or need any assistance with anything at all, please feel welcomed to stop by our offices on the first floor. We know that we have some big shoes to fill, but we are looking forward to experiencing part of the life of a Family Support Specialist! Please join us in wishing Ms. Miranda and her family all the best as they await their newest bundle of joy! (We will keep you posted!) Happy Summer!

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Marybeth Center Director


Calendar June 2014 Sunday


















13 Staff 14 In-Service Early Dismissal at 2:30 p.m. for all classrooms. No School Age Program

15 Father’s Day

16 Summer Camp Program begins for School Age










26 Keeping Healthy Dental Habits Going Strong at Home 4:30–6 p.m.





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All dates are tentative.

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