January Network Meeting Presentation!

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NID Lutheran School Colleagues: 

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS! We are excited to have Anne Konen, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant at Illinois Action for Children, speak at our January 17, 2018 Early Childhood East Network Meeting.  Anne works directly with child care providers and home-based family child care providers to promote and support social-emotional development, understand behaviors and developmental needs of children, and prevent challenging behavior in young children ages birth to five years old. This work involves providing consultation and observation, sharing information and resources, supporting communication and relationship building with families, and education and training. Have you ever wondered why a child is acting out, cannot seem to express their emotions appropriately, or does not listen? Do these behaviors in young children challenge you? Do you as a child care director feel armed with the tools and ideas to think about challenging behavior differently? This workshop will focus on reflection and how to build capacity and support challenging behaviors.

Early Childhood East Network Meeting: January 17, 2018 at 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m.
Location: St. John’s Lutheran School, 505 Park Road, La Grange
Topic: Mental and Emotional Health
RSVP by January 10 to Holly Hackelberg at: h.hackelberg@sjlagrange.com

Please share this information with your colleagues. We anticipate a large turn-out and want to make sure all interested RSVP!

November Network Meetings

Area Conferences:
1.     Mc Henry Community College Early Childhood Conference
Ø Annually: A Saturday in mid November (7:30 AM – 1:00 PM)
Ø Keynote and 2  sectionals
Ø Economical- $40 per person
Ø Snacks

2.     ASCD Pre-K & Kindergarten Conference
Ø Held at the Schaumburg Convention Center
Ø Held annually; March 7-9, 2018
Ø $125 - $265 depending on attendance an ASCD membership; with two paid teacher registrations the school administrator goes free!
Ø Excellent Speakers
Ø Lots of Vendors
Ø Registration fills up quickly (must be done by 2/15/18 unless already filled)

Other Professional Development Opportunities:
Online classes through INCCRA:
Ø Gateways registration
Ø DCFS Licensing Required Training
Ø CCAP Provider Required Training
Ø ExceleRate Required Training
Ø ECE Credential Level 1 Training
Ø & more

Summer Programming: 

Ø TLC (Trinity), Huntley
o   3 weeks in the summer in the mornings
o   New feature:  “K Boot Camp”  with an academic focus to get students better prepared for the first day of kindergarten
o   Well received and will probably run again in the summer of 2018
o   Contact: Vicky Piller  tlc@trinityhuntley.org

Ø Rockford Lutheran
o   11 weeks
o   Ages: 3 years through 5th grade
o   Theme: Excelrate
o   Weekly Field trips
o   Staffed by the school’s teachers with 1 week commitments
o   @35 students per day
o   In 2018-  More academic focus; more format changes
o   Used “Invest in Kids” funding
o   Contact Person:  Curtis Wudtke   cwudtke@rockfordlutheran.org

Ø St. Peter, Arlington Heights
o   8 weeks
o   Ages 2-14 years
o   @250+ students/!60 per day
o   20 years of operation
o   Has helped maintain and increase school enrollment
o   Weekly field trips- sometimes 2 per week based on age levels
o   Weekly water activities-preschool through grade 2 were onsite and grade 3-8 at a local park district pool
o   Weekly walking trips to area parks
o   Weekly special events (picnics, assemblies, special recreational activities)
o   STEM, art teachers & camp nurse
o   Features added in 2017:  Parents Day Out (PDO) 2 & 3 year olds program and the Summer Food Program which offered free snack and lunch for students.
o   Handouts:  Camp Management Calendar & Summer Days Camp 2017 brochure
o   Website information (mostly 2017 materials)  http://www.stpetermyschool.com/campuslife/summercamps/summerdayscamp/
o   Contact Person:  Michelle Fritz mfritz@FullLifeInChrist.org

Ø Zion, Marengo
o   It offers an Open Site for the Marengo area for the Summer Food Program which enabled them to offer free breakfasts and lunches to community children 1-18 years old.
o   The program is publicized in area public schools and through a variety of other community agencies to families in the Marengo area.  Zion also publicizes it to its students and to the students in its After School program, which primarily come from the public schools.
o   The program can be used for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks.  It can be an “Open Site” program like Zion, where individuals just show up for the meals or as “Close Site programs, like St. Peter, Arlington Heights, where it serves the children in the Summer Camp program.
o   Some specific rule and procedures must be followed. Training through the Federal Government and its subcontractors  is needed but in general it is  a relative easy program to administer and run.  Stipends to the programs can be used to help with equipment and other related costs.
o   Zion was reimbursed for @$2.00 per child per meal.
o   They employed their own cook and offered hot meals to area residents.  It got many area families into their building on a regular basis. 
o   In 2017, they served @75 – 100 people per day
o   This was their 5th year in this Federal food program.

“Seed of Grace” at Grace Northbrook-  
o   Second year for this child care center with its first Summer program held during the summer of 2017
o   Themed:  Best Children of God Super Heroes
o   10 weeks
o   For rising 1st graders through 5th grade
o   Weekly water play
o   In House visitors
o   Local Field Trips
o   Facilities:  Large fellowship hall divided up into center: motor, manipulatives, reading, dramatic play, etc.
o   8 AM – 4 PM with extend care beginning at 6:30 AM at ending at 6:30 PM, Monday through Friday
o   Costs:             (includes 3 snacks, lunch & all fieldtrips)
2 days per week     $180
3 days per week     $240
5 days per week     $310
o   Challenges:  Finding affordable busing for field trips, etc.
o   Childcare 6 weeks+ also offered in a year-round format

St Paul, Mt. Prospect 
o   Summer activities; early childhood themed weeks, fine arts camps sports camps & VBS
o   For Perks and Kindergarten themed camp
o   2017 Theme:           “Our Town”    This theme changes every summer on a rotational basis
o   4 weeks of half day early childhood level camp activities- 2 week sessions
o   Extended care available; separate entity from the camps
o   Up to 20 students at a time
o   Staffing:  teachers from the school
o   Offered only to school families; not to the community
o   Some of the school teachers lead, run & manage the camp as a separate entity of the church & school
o   20% given back to the church

 Shepherds Flock at the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights
o   Intergenerational Child Care in a senior living facilities on a year-round schedule
o   6 weeks – 6 years  (5 levels of classrooms)
o   Licensed and uses the “Excelrate” system
o   Has its own “Noah’s Ark” bus, which they use for regular Wednesday Field Trips
o   Brings in speakers and assemblies into the building for both the students and the senior citizens
o   Challenges:  Working with DCFS guidelines yet meeting the needs of special needs students and their families

St. Andrews Lutheran, Park Ridge
o   Program is offered only to school families
o   Half day programs for part of the summer
o   Run by teachers from the school
o   Uses walking trips to various areas in the neighborhoods around the church & school.

Cross Lutheran, Yorkville
o   Preschool through 5th grade
o   Educational component with technology integration
o   Offered on Wednesdays from 9:30 – 12:00 noon
o   $15 per week/$120 per 8 weeks
o   Run as a separate entity from the church & school

Ideas for Field Trips:
1.     Bison’s Bluff in Schaumburg
2.     Offering both Medieval Times (somewhat expensive) and the Brookfield Zoo (free) to be able average field trip costs and offer a variety of field trips

Ideas for In-House Speakers/Assemblies:
1.     Rick Allen Productions:  “Magic School House” show - $160 http://www.rickallenmagic.com
2.     “Class Acts” Over 100 Assemblies http://www.class-act.com
3.     Leonardo     Musical groups     www.gigsalad.com      1-888-826-6004
4.     Miss Carole Peterson   Musical presentations   http://www.macaronisoup.com
5.     Karen Ritter   Nature presentations   http://karensnaturetales.com
6.      Stretch & Grow    Exercise presentations    stretchngrownorth.com
Stretch N Grow North Inc, 1737 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60622

Federal Summer Food Program
o   Breakfasts, snacks and lunches delivered daily  for children 1-18 years old
o   Free SUMMER program for centers/schools/ community sites residing within  a certain distance or less from certain low income zip codes.
o   Contact person for more information
Kathy Tentler regional manager
FSP/Ceres Food Group, Inc.
5343 W. Roscoe St., Chicago, IL. 60641
Cell: 847-812-0344          

Schools of the Month:  Zion Lutheran, Marengo IL.,  and Seeds of Grace at Grace Lutheran, Northbrook

Zion Lutheran: 

This large poster was one of many pieces of child friendly artwork and murals that were posted and drawn on walls around the early childhood wing of the Zion Lutheran School building.   Their message of Jesus love was very prevalent in their building.

Director:  Sandee Dunker
Teachers & Staff:  Mary Hildebrandt, Karen Bransky, Judy Dailey, Melodie Bailey, Catie Hill, Judy Dailey, Abby Lee, Winnie Wiegel

Zion’s Preschool Staff post the Illinois State Early Learning standards in various parts of the classroom that they relate to as a reminder of what is being accomplished in these areas.  They post @ 5-10 of them each month and then rotate them.

Some of the preschool classes at Zion made their own Advent wreaths for use in their classroom. The base of them were filled with oranges with cloves which created a very nice aroma around them.

Science Project in Zion’s Two Year Old room:
A Compost Garden complete with lots of worms & plants

A road design was posted on top of the low shelves near the block corner when the transportation vehicles were found. 

Seeds of Grace Lutheran: 
Director Lori Schneider and Infant/Toddler Specialist Paige Kecseg 

Early Childhood Director Job Position

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Good Shepherd Lutheran School located in Collinsville, IL., is seeking a person who is passionate and relational with families about Early Childhood and their Lord!  We are seeking a person who believes in a Team Ministry! The position is a Early Childhood Director/4's Teacher that offers a variety of 3's and 4's programs..(Half Day, School Day, and Extended Day). The goal is to intentionally reach all about Christ and their faith walk from Preschool - Grade 8 and then to the Lutheran High school in Edwardsville. We have moved into a new  Early Childhood facility that was built for preschoolers in 2015. It now is connected to our K-8 School facility next to our church on 3.4 areas of land. Our school has existed for 34 years. Contact information as follows: 
Robert Mayhew - Principal
Good Shepherd Lutheran School
Collinsville, Illinois 62234
Phone: 1-618-344-3153 Fax: 1-618-344-3156

Website: www.gslcs.org

Cubbies! (not the baseball team!)

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Richton Park has 2 different styles of cubbies for early childhood use. One set of 4 cabinets (20 students) is free. The other set of 8 cabinets is larger and is for sale for$100.00 each( originally $550.00 each)Both sets are in very good condition. Is there any chance that you could include in your newsletter?  We would like to have them picked up by Dec. 20th. Please contact Diane Wunderlich at dwunder1@aol.com for further questions. 

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