October Network Meeting

Peaceful Hearts, Plainfield: East Network School of the Month


Business Meeting:

1    1. The new 2017 – 2018 NID Early Childhood East & West Regions brochure was passed out.  It lists all of the meeting dates, times, formats, & contact information.  Participants took extra copies to share with additional EC teachers, administrators, and related church professionals.  For each meeting, it is helpful to contact the host school via the contact information phone or email address at least one day in advance.  Please bring your ideas for the designated topics for each month’s sharing time.

2.   Next month’s West Network meeting will be at Immanuel Lutheran School, 1964 West Pearl City Rd.,  Freeport on Thursday, October 26mfrom 4:30 – 6:30 PM.  Contact Dan Green, principal at 815-232-3511 or  DGreen@ourgodwithus.com

            Our upcoming Early Childhood Network meeting will be held this Thursday, October 19 at                  Peaceful Hearts, Plainfield. If you have not already done so, please contact Tracy Miranda to              RSVP at:  peacefulhearts@peaceplainfield.org
            Address Information: 24024 W. Main Street (when using GPS: 415 W. Main St.) Plainfield                  815-436-9857
The topic for these meetings will be STEM. If you and/or your teachers do not know this acronym then you should attend!  If you and/or your teachers do know what STEM entails then you should come and share! 

 Future and Recently Attended Conferences:
a.    Some of the preschool teachers from Concordia Machesney Park attended a conference sponsored by “Learning Without Tears” which previously was known as “Handwriting Without Tears.”  This publisher now offers full literacy and math elements to their program.  For more  information their program and professional development workshops check out their website https://shopping.lwtears.com/prekworkshops   Conferences are offered as half day, full day and multi day options  running from $250 - $385.  Upcoming Chicago area conference dates:  Sept 29, 2017, December 1, 2017 & March 9, 2018.
b.       University of Wisconsin- Plattvillle Early Childhood Conference:
                                                              i.      One day conference held in March of each year.  March 10, 2018
                                                            ii.      https://www.uwplatt.edu/continuing/early-childhood-conference
c.      University of Wisconsin- Whitewater Early Childhood Conference
                                                              i.      Two day conference held in April of each year    April 6-7, 2018
                                                            ii.      $100 for 1 day    $180 for 2 days
                                                          iii.      https://www.uww.edu/ce/camps/additional-camps-events/ecc
d.      An Early Childhood Teacher was discussed as a  highly regarded sectional speaker from the Rockford Lutheran August 2017 Teachers Conference:                    
Linda Figgins – she spoke on early childhood math related topics.   We will contact Rockford Lutheran to secure her contact information.  She could be a possible speaker for an early childhood network meeting (2018 – 2019), at the NID- LCMS Teachers Conference (Oct 2018) or the Concordia Early Childhood Conference (Aug 2018)

Sharing Topic of the Evening: Large Motor Development & Activities

Immanuel, Belvidere: A lot of effort has been placed on appropriate usage of their outdoor playground and improving materials and resources available for use by the EC classes and staff.    Some their athletic fundraising monies have gone specifically for EC large motor materials. Immanuel’s teachers have developed teaching plans using Perceptual-Motor Lesson Plans Level 1 by Jack Capon.  One teacher at a time sets up the equipment for use during a given day by all of the EC classes in attendance that day.  Each teacher may vary the equipment and plans to fit the needs of their individual class.

Christ the Rock, Rockford: they are DCFS licensed so they use much of the large motor equipment such as slides, boats, steps, etc.. from the DCFS equipment list. They integrate large motor activities into their entire thematic day and learning environments.  They use their equipment to effectively motivate their students to want to try new motor skill areas.  Example:  Backwards Slide Day

Concordia, Machesney Park: recently created a “Ninja” circuit in their gym and it was well used and enjoyed by their early childhood students. They also work with “Kid Spots” in Roscoe and the “Gymnastics Academy” for additional enrichment large motor experiences both at their locations and at Concordia.

Shepherd of the Valley, Rockford: effectively use a separate classroom and the hallways for their large motor activities.  This creative use of space works well for them.

Immanuel, Freeport: use a lot of outdoor play, especially at this time of the year in addition to equipment such as giant rubberbands, and Ytube movement/dance videos.

St. Peter, Arlington Heights: are beginning to use some “animal” & “shape” yoga posters and books in their motor room.  www.kidsyogastories.com/faq-kids-yoga/stories  Some free downloads are available.  Animal yoga pictures and other related materials are located at Mother Natured    https://mothernatured.com/animal-play/animal-yoga-for-kids/

Idea to be explored:  Having elementary K-8 schools come to free standing early childhood centers to do demonstrations such as dance, sporting games, and/or setting up large motor circuits using their elementary students and equipment was suggested.  These activities would be a great bridging activity between these early childhood centers and the local Lutheran elementary schools as well as great, memorable large motor experiences.

Challenges to Leading Motor Activities:
1.      Storage of equipment
2.      Cost of equipment
3.      Set-up and clean-up of equipment…..who does it at your school?  One person each day or every early childhood teacher
4.      Helping children learn to walk up and down stairs at the schools
5.      Yoga…is it Lutheran enough?

NID West Region School of the Month:
Concordia Lutheran School, Machesney Park:

Concordia Lutheran School hosts a full wing of four preschool and extended care classrooms as well as a variety of offices.  It serves children 3-6 years old.  It recently was totally repainted through a local community service grant.  The staff include teachers Kara Rehfledt and Arlene Torres as well as principal Joel Koehler. Concordia also has an elementary department which serves kindergarten through 8th grade in its north region of the Rockford area.
Newly painted classroom! 

Preschool Teachers (left) and Principal (right)

Cooperative Art

Hallway Bulletin Board

Apple Orchard Sensory Table

Mouse Paint Cooperative Art

Exploration Center: Math and Science 

2017-2018 Early Childhood Network Meetings

East Region
West Region
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
St. Paul,  Mt  Prospect
Amy Cimarusti
18 S. School St., Mt Prospect 60056
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Concordia, Machesney Park
Joel Koehler
7424 N. 2nd St., Machesney Park
Large Motor Development
Thursday, October 19,  2017
Peaceful Hearts, Plainfield 
Tracy Miranda
24024 W. Main Street
(when using GPS:  415 W. Main St.)
Plainfield 60446  
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Immanuel Lutheran School, Freeport
Dan Green
1964 West Pearl City Rd., Freeport
Wednesday, November 8, 2017                  Open Arms, (Grace) Northbrook                Lori Schneider                  lschneider@openarmsnorthbrook.org         2245 Walters Ave. Northbrook  60062 
  847- 498-3060
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Zion, Marengo
Sandee Dunker
408 Jackson Street, Marengo
Summer Camp Programs
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
John, LaGrange
Holly Hackelberg
505 S. Park Rd (47th & Brainard  Ave) LaGrange
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Christ the Rock,  Rockford
Doreen Peterson
8330 Newburg Rd, Rockford
Mental & Emotional Health
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Good Shepherd, Elgin
Jan Eigenfeld
195 Nesler Rd, Elgin 60124
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Rockford Lutheran Academy
Curtis Wudtke
1711 Delcy Drive, Rockford
Staff Relationships and Recognition
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
St. John, Country Club Hills
Matt Kamien
4231 183rd St, Country Club Hills, 60478
Thursday, April 26, 2018
TLC Preschool- Trinity, Huntley
Vicky Piller
11008 N. Church Street, Huntley
Dealing With Crisis
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Concordia University, Chicago
Aimee Walsh
7400 Augusta Street River Forest 60305
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Joint meeting with both the East & West Regions
Concordia University, Chicago
Aimee Walsh
7400 Augusta Street River Forest 60305
Planning Meeting for 2018 - 2019

Teaching Position Available

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St. John Lutheran Early Learning Center (ELC) at 7214 South Cass Avenue in Darien, IL has an open part-time teaching position for the upcoming academic year beginning August 28, 2017 through May 23, 2018:

Teacher for Four-Year-Olds
A preschool teacher is needed on Monday-Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. to work with a class of four-year-old children. An Illinois teaching license is required with an Early Childhood license preferred.  Applicants should be a member in good standing of a Christian congregation, preferably one of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS).

If you are interested in either position, contact Director Nancy Chibe at 630-324-6582 or elc@sjlcdarien.org.

          St John Lutheran Early Learning Center
                        7214 South Cass Avenue
                        Darien, IL 60561

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      Immanuel Christian Academy has an immediate opening for a part-time Preschool teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.  The Preschool program consists of 4 year olds.  The part-time teacher must be available to work Monday-Friday from 7:30AM to 11:30AM.  It is possible that this will become a full time position for the next school year.  Please contact the school at the number listed below if there are questions or if you are interested in applying.

Immanuel Christian Academy

2329 S. Wolf Rd.

Hillside, IL 60162

708 562-5580

Positions Available!

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Early Childhood Director employment opportunity in Roselle IL. Full time position in a DCFS licensed program with a capacity  for 98 children. Wonderfully equipped facility with 24 staff dedicated to providing quality care and education in a Christian environment. Send resume to Rogene@trinitryroselle.com

We are growing at Trinity Child Care Center!
Full and part time Early Childhood Teacher and Assistants Positions are available due to our increasing enrollment.
We are seeking to fill our positions with energetic and enthusiastic individuals who desire to provide quality care and education to children 6weeks to 5 years old in a Christian environment.
Please contact the center director for detailed job descriptions and qualifications          

Deb at 630.-894-3970  darby@trinityroselle.com

Final Early Childhood Network Meeting of the School Year!

A BIG THANK YOU to St. John's in Lombard for hosting our last early childhood network meeting of the school year. We spent our time discussing possible topics and meeting locations for next year. I will be posting further information regarding the notes from our meeting during the summer months.

Two things...
1. If your church/school in either the east or west region of the Northern Illinois District of LCMS schools is interested in hosting one of our network meetings for next year, please send me an email in the weeks ahead (Melissa.Smith@cuchicago.edu). 

2. If you have an early childhood topic that would be of interest to our administrators and teachers, please also email me in the weeks ahead. 

Enjoy the pictures from St. John's Lombard. May you all have a safe and blessed summer vacation.     


East AND West Network Meeting of the Year!

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Welcome to the final Early Childhood Network Meeting of the school year.  We are looking forward to being together as we celebrate a year well done! 
Please bring idea's of future topics for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.  A light dinner will be served.
When:  May 17, 2017
Time:    4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Host:    St. John's Lutheran School
              220 S. Lincoln
              Lombard, IL  60148
**Lincoln is a one way street going North.  It is easiest to come in from Main Street on Ash, where you'll make a right turn onto Lincoln.   Please enter the new school building on the West side of the street, across from the old school and church.

Please RSVP to Kris Ann MIlas  
 Email:  krisann.milas@stjohnslombard.org
Phone:  630-932-3196 x105