Early Childhood Director Position Available

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DIRECTOR POSITION AVAILABLE.   Immanuel Lutheran Early Childhood Center in Charleston, Illinois is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of full time Director.  An application and complete job description with requirements are available on the website of Immanuel Lutheran Church at www.immanuelcharleston.com  Immanuel Lutheran Church is located at 902 Cleveland Avenue in Charleston, Illinois.  Deadline for application is Friday, June 15, 2018 by 5:00 pm.  Applications with resume may be sent to  Immanuel Lutheran Church attention of Pastor Kenneth Hoover, 902 Cleveland Ave. Charleston, IL 61920; or emailed to pastorkhoover@consolidated.net 

Please click here for further details regarding the position.

April School of the Month:

St. John, Country Club Hills 

News and Notes

-The next NID Teachers Conference will be held at Concordia University, Chicago on Friday, October 19, 2018.  Phil Vischer, the originator of Veggie Tales, will be the keynote speaker. 30+ sectionals.  $90 per person (lunch and snacks included).  Both Gateways and ISBE credits will be available.

-The Concordia Early Childhood Conference will be held at Concordia on Friday, August 3, 2018. Please visit the website for further information! www.cuchicago.edu/ecc 

-Our next NID ECE Directors meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 16th from 4:30-6:30 pm at Concordia University Chicago Early Childhood Education Center, 7400 August Street, River Forest, IL 60305. This is a joint meeting between our East and West regions as we plan themes and locations for the 2018-2019 school year. Please RSVP to Aimee Walsh at aimee.walsh@cuchicago.edu or 708-209-3538.

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Early Childhood Positions Available! 

Name of School:  St. Paul (Canfield) Lutheran Early Childhood Center
                          5650 N. Canfield, Chicago , IL 60631

Selection Chairman:  Michael Lawrence
Description of Positions:   PreK, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade teachers

Description of Program:   This is a newly formed Early Childhood Center grades pre-k thru 2nd

Please send cover letter and resume to Michael Lawrence.

Closing Date:  April 2, 2018

February Early Childhood Center of the Month!

Rockford Lutheran Academy, Rockford, IL

Faith Stories:
1.       One director reported the joy of seeing a staff member develop a wonderful new prayer journaling program in her classroom.  This same staff member had previously been somewhat opposed to integrating faith into the school’s curriculum when the school became more of a ministry of the church.  The Holy Spirit has truly worked hard on her heart in the last few years.
2.       Another school reported about how a new sermon series based on Joshua 1:9 was used with both the church and school.  It had a great impact on the children and adults.  Lots of visuals were used.

1.       Dr. Jean:  April 18, 2018     
Hilton Garden Inn, 7675 Walton St., Rockford
2.       Concordia Early Childhood Conference:  August 3, 2018
Concordia University, Chicago
$110 person + $10 optional lunch;  Gateways and ISBE credits
3.       NID Teachers Conference: October 19, 2018                               
Concordia University, Chicago
$90 person (lunch included); Gateways and ISBE credits

Online Resources Recommendations:
1.       www.himama.com
80+ different podcasts for early childhood leaders; blog, child care helps, parenting topics
2.       Pre-K Pages
Helps for preschool teachers

3.       Fairy Dust Online Early Childhood Conferences

Ideas for Staff Relationships and Recognition
1.       -Using days such as “National Compliment Day” (January 24) https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-compliment-day-january-24/
-Integrate with Scripture on compliments: Romans 15:2, Philippians 4:8, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 100:3, Ephesians 2:10, Isaiah 40:8
-Compliment Sheets:  Have one staff name on each piece of paper.  Pass the papers around and add compliments to them about the person.  Eventually return the sheet to the appropriate person with a fancy ribbon on it, attach a chocolate bar to it, etc.
-Post-It Notes: Use a variety of fun, bright post-it notes to leave little messages of appreciation, congratulations, love on teachers desks.  It’s fun to slip them on these desks/areas when they are not expecting anything.  Pick up lots of great, inspiring,fun, colorful shapes especially during August/September during “Back to School” time
(St. Peter, Arlington Heights)
2.       There is real POWER in feeling appreciated.   It’s a great feeling to work with a group of people who you love to be around.  Appreciated work keeps people motivated to keep on going. (Immanuel, Belvidere)
3.       -Host baby showers for staff members; live life with them through both the good and low times.
-“One Eared Reindeer Award”   Pass this object (or any other fun/silly object)  around from classroom to classroom to show appreciation for projects/activities/actions that are “well done”
-“Great Elf Competition”-  Small containers are put out in a common area where families can drop off/vote with coins/$ based on the names of the various teachers.  The teacher(s) with the most $ in their container at the end of a certain time period, would then dress up as an elf for the day.  All proceeds goes to a charity.
-Celebrate such special days as National Popcorn. https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-popcorn-day-january-19/   or Pancake Day https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-pancake-day-september-26/   and offer these food items  to everyone in the building.
-A handout with “9 Fun Ideas for Employee Recognition at Your Center” was shared
(Rockford Lutheran Academy, Rockford)
4.       Celebrate “National Have Fun at Work Day” (January 28) https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-fun-at-work-day-january-28/
-Honor employees with “fun foods” and bags of silly items (rubber  bands, kalidoscopes, etc)
(TLC – Trinity, Huntley)

Early Childhood Staff:
Teachers: Stephanie Wilburn, Cortney Rehfeldt,
Lianette Lucena, & Megan Schultz
Principal: Curtis Wudtke

The staff is pictured in the middle of their newly remodeled preschool gym area

Preschool Rainbow Color Experiment
-clear cups
-white paper towels
-food coloring

Each preschool room is designed with a full classroom theme such as jungles, dogs, oceans, etc.  New lofts are being added this spring to all of these classrooms with theses theme as the basis for them. Come visit next year to see these completed lofts.  Principal Wudtke is building all of them.

Rockford Lutheran Academy uses the D.I.G. (Develop, Inspire, Grow) materials as the basis for the preschool curriculum.  It is published by the Abrams Learning Trends Company.  It is a 9 month integrated, thematic program.  It uses as variety of charts, puppet “Letter People”, CDs, readers, alphabet friezes, and other related materials. 

A Classroom Rules Chart used “Mr. Potato Head” parts to illustrate the expectations for appropriate classroom behavior.

Position Available!

St. Paul Lutheran, Chicago (Canfield), is looking to hire an Executive Director of Early Childhood Center

If you or someone you know might be interested please click on the following link to review the job description: Executive Director of Early Childhood Center

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