Early Childhood News

  • November 8 Weekly Update

    Posted by Kristen Nelson on 11/8/2019

     

     

    Open Positions:

    Parent Liaison- Nature Explore Center- This position is still open, it officially closes tonight at midnight!  If you are interested please apply and we can talk about any questions you might have!! It's a stipend position, with some fabulous outdoor time!

    Assistant- 25 hours Handke-interviews happening this week.

    Assistant- 25 hours Zimmerman- positn is now live

    Assistant- 18 hours Otsego- posting to go live early next week.

    ECFE .5 Parent Ed...our "open until filled" position..

     

    Welcome New Staff:

    Well..it's more of switch really!! Welcome Anndee Schlitz back to Rogers!

     

    Upcoming Meetings:

     

    Nov. 11   School Readiness Instructor Meeting 1:30-3:30    Blesener Community Room

                  Co-Teaching Committee Meeting       3:30-4:30    Blesener Community Room 

    Nov. 18   Outreach Committee Meeting            1:30-2:30    Blesener Community Room

    Nov. 19   CEECPD(Formerly known as BBHT)    3:30-5:00    Room 111

    All Staff Meeting Dec. 2!! 

     

    Thank You:

    Thank you to everyone who helped our Poinsettia Sale be such a big success!! What a great turn out we had!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    School Readiness:

    Conference Schedules Reminder

    At our SRI meeting, we discussed the conference schedule, here is the updated information

    We will follow the elementary conference schedule which is 

    November 25, 2019

    9:00-10:00 – Prep Time

    10:00 – 12:20 – CONFERENCES

    12:20 – 1:00 – Lunch Break

    1:00 – 4:00 – CONFERENCES

    4:00 – 5:00 – Dinner Break

    5:00 – 8:00 – CONFERENCES

     

    November 26, 2019

    12:00 – 1:00 – Work Time

    1:00 – 4:00 – CONFERENCES

    4:00 – 5:00 – Dinner Break

    5:00 – 8:00 – CONFERENCES

     

    You will be paid for the entire conference time, no longer 15 minutes a child.  As we discussed, there are some instructors with smaller class sizes or only am classes, please connect with me if this peratins to you.  The expectation is that the above conferences times will be offered to families- we will work together on the open slots and what options are available for unfilled spots/open times.

    If you need to have some time to conference for your own children please connect with me. 

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  • New & Notes -- November 8,2019

    Posted by Kristen Radke on 11/8/2019

    Wow!  This week has shown me that I am more a creature of habit than I would have thought -- for some reason, even though we went back an hour, this time change has really thrown me for a loop --LOL!  I'm sure that I will eventually adjust, even though I'm not a fan of it getting dark so early (until the holiday lights come out anyway!) Well enough about me, the more exciting news is that in the last couple of weeks, I have been able to spend a bit of time in some classrooms and I am amazed at all of the wonderful things I am seeing and hearing about -- seeing how much the children have been learning in just the few weeks of school is so cool!  Thanks for your dedication in working to make a difference for all of our little learners

    Notes:  (not much for this week)

    • eLearning days -- Choice Boards for Discovery Learning -- I had sent an update about how to name the choice boards that families can access digitally but when the folder is displayed on different screens we realized that teachers' names can sometimes be hidden.  With a recommendation from the tech committee I am working to rename the existing choice boards in the folder, so they have visible teacher names and are in a consistent format.  I will take on this task, so you don't need to make any changes, but I wanted to let you know -- so that you wouldn't wonder why your document has a new name.  
    • Discovery Learning classes -- if you haven't done so already, please send home a paper copy of the choice boards with each child.  You can also send home the announcement that was shared or you can put it on See Saw, explaining our preschool participation in the eLearning option for school cancelations due to inclement weather

     

    And just in -- the numbers from the poinsettia sales -- thanks to everyone involved for making this such a successful fundraising event!

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  • News & Notes -- November 1, 2019

    Posted by Kristen Radke on 11/1/2019

    November has arrived!  During this month, we often think about being thankful and grateful and since I am writing this in the midst of our professional development day, I will have to say that I am so grateful for the folks that have shared with us today!  I hope that you have had some take aways that will be beneficial for your own professional development.

    Notes for the week

    • Thanks to Lisa L. for sharing holiday resource information -- please stay tuned as I know she will continue to share with us as she learns more about each opportunity
    • The early childhood bookroom is being temporarily housed in Room 209 at Handke -- I hope that you will take an opportunity to review these wonderful resources.  Please remember that this space is also a very in demand meeting space at the Handke building, please do not interrupt other users of the room when choosing your books.  This is the link to the Book Master Inventory list.

                   https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1T4r6mQ_wSffKgyha71P6DsBPISlmm4I5zL5S_16yqLs/edit?usp=sharing 

    • Coming up-- Monday, November 4 :  ECFE meeting @ 1:30 PM, Tech Committee Meeting @ 2:30 PM; Family Engagement Committee Meeting @ 3:30 PM

     

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  • News & Notes -- October 25, 2019

    Posted by Kristen Radke on 10/25/2019

    I hope that you were all able to enjoy the weekend and take an extra moment to relax and enjoy -- the days seem to be going by so quickly!

     

    Notes for the week:

    • School Readiness Instructors -- please respond (if you haven't already) to the survey that was shared regarding the RSVP volunteers in your classroom.  The information will be helpful as we work to define the roles and responsibilities of volunteers and look to continue our partnership with RSVP
    • TSG checkpoints are coming up -- the deadline is November 23.  If you have questions on how to finalize checkpoints, please let me know -- there are informational recordings on the TSG website, or I am happy to go over the information with you in person.  I have also requested a room at Handke for the teacher workshop day on November 22 from 9AM to 3PM.  Anyone that wishes can bring their computer and materials to work at Handke "open lab" style as you prepare for conferences.  I will be available at Handke to assist with TSG and conference questions.
    • Reminder:  It is the policy of Discovery Learning Preschool and ECFE that we do not celebrate holidays during our class time.  As Halloween approaches, please be reminded that we do not wear costumes to class and we continue to follow our regular snack guidelines.  Families that are looking for more holiday type activities can be directed to the Not So Scary event which is outside of class time.  (P.S. -- Staff are welcome to volunteer and join in on the Not So Scary fun too :) . Educational activities and information may be included in classroom times -- such as apple tasting, washing gourds, examining pumpkins and cutting them open to count seeds, etc.
    • Coming up . . . 
      • October 28 -- Assistant meeting at 1:30 PM; High Five Leadership team meeting at 2:30 PM
      • November 1 -- Professional Development day 8:00 - 3:15 -- detailed schedule will follow
      • November 4 -- ECFE Meeting at 1:30 PM; EC Family Engagement Committee meeting at 3:30 PM

    Have a great weekend!

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  • October 25 Weekly Update

    Posted by Kristen Nelson on 10/25/2019

    Happy Fall!

     

    Open Positions:

    Parent Liaison- Nature Explore Center

    Assistant- 25 hours Handke

    Assistant- 25 hours Zimmerman

    Assistant- 25 hours RES

     

    Upcoming Meetings:

    Asssistant Meeting- Monday October 28 1:30-3:30 in the Blesener Community Room

    Assistant Pyramid Training- Monday October 28 12:00-12:30 in Room 111

     

    Upcoming Events

     

    Not So Scary:

    This Saturday October 26!! Still time to sign up for a time slot...if you need me to resend you the email, let me know!! We will have beautiful weather for our event, so I'm expecting high numbers!! 

    Preschool Fair:

    We will be collaborating with the MOMS Elk River/Otsego to have a Preschool Fair here on Saturday November 2nd.  The fair will be from 9am-12pm in the Handke Gym.  We have over 20 different Preschools that will have a booth!  What a wonderful opportunity for parents.

     

    November 1: Staff Development Day

    School Readiness and ECFE our day will be from 8:00-3:30.  The agenda will come out no later than Monday.

     

    Assistants- there will be training available from 9:00-11:30, it will be on trauma informed care.  You are not required to attend this training.  If you are interested in attending, please let me know.  

     

    Assistants:

    Please let Kris know if you have anything that you would like to add to the meeting agenda, you should be receiving an email to reminding you of the request.

    Looking for assistants for Saturday Open Gym, we will be adding this to the Assistant meeting agenda.

     

    School Readiness:

    Conference Schedules

    At our SRI meeting, we discussed the conference schedule, here is the updated information

    We will follow the elementary conference schedule which is 

    November 25, 2019

    9:00-10:00 – Prep Time

    10:00 – 12:20 – CONFERENCES

    12:20 – 1:00 – Lunch Break

    1:00 – 4:00 – CONFERENCES

    4:00 – 5:00 – Dinner Break

    5:00 – 8:00 – CONFERENCES

     

    November 26, 2019

    12:00 – 1:00 – Work Time

    1:00 – 4:00 – CONFERENCES

    4:00 – 5:00 – Dinner Break

    5:00 – 8:00 – CONFERENCES

     

    You will be paid for the entire conference time, no longer 15 minutes a child.  As we discussed, there are some instructors with smaller class sizes or only am classes, please connect with me if this peratins to you.  The expectation is that the above conferences times will be offered to families- we will work together on the open slots and what options are available for unfilled spots/open times.

    If you need to have some time to conference for your own children please connect with me. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • October 23 -- Wear Orange for Unity Day

    Posted by Kristen Radke on 10/22/2019

    Here's a message from Lisa --

     

    Unity Day, October 23,2019:

     

    Hello everyone!

    I wanted to share a little about the upcoming Unity day with you.  Unity Day, the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month, has been happening in the United States since 2011.  This year  Unity day is Wednesday October 23rd and I love PACER Center's explanation of it on their website: "Wear and share orange to show we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion."  This is a day that all community members,staff and students can participate in by simply wearing something orange on that day.  It would be really fun to encourage your students and families to wear orange too! I hope you join me in wearing orange on October 23rd to promote kindness!

     

    Thanks for all you do to support kids!

     

    Lisa Laehn

    ECSE School Social Worker

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  • October 11 Weekly Update

    Posted by Kristen Nelson on 10/11/2019

    Kristen's Weekly Update

     Welcome New Staff:

    Anndee Schlitz Otsego 3's Assistant

    Silvia Hill Prarie View 3's Assistant

    Open Positions:

    RES assistant- 25 hours

    Handke asssitant- 25 hours

    Parent Liaison-Nature Explore Center

     

    Thank You Liz, for all of your hard work in our Nature Explore Center, your dedication and passion has been greatly appreciated.

     

    Upcoming Meetings: 

    Monday October 14- ECFE Teacher Meeting 1:30-3:30

    Monday October 14- NEC Meeting 3:30-5:00

    November 2- Preschool Fair (in collaboration with MOMS Club Elk River/Otsego) 9:00 am- 12:00 pm

     

    Not So Scary Sign Up:

    Looking for some help on Saturday Oct 26th for our Not So Scary Event.  We have either a 9-11:30, 11:30-2:00 or all day 9:00-2:00 shifts available!  Click on the link below to use the sign up genius to pick your time slot and your station!!

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090549AAAA2BA7FF2-notsoscary

     

    Handke Reminder: If you have some classroom custodial needs please email or connect with Dan K., school dude should be used for "big" project type issues.  Also, just a reminder that ECFE Teachers and SRI Instructors should be making the requests for their classrooms, that way we have just one connection/request point to Dan.

    Assistants: We are looking for a few assistants to help us out with our Saturday Open Gym class that is at Handke from 9:30-11:00.  The dates we need filled are: 11/9, 11/16, 12/7 and 12/14.  Please let Judy know if you are able to work any of those dates.

    Pyramid training 10/14, 10/21, 10,28 and 11/4 from 12:00-12:30.  At Handke Room 111, offsite and log in by google hang out.

     

    ALICE Training: If you have not completed your ALICE training, please get that completed ASAP, I have received a list of incomplete training and will reach out by email today to get that request completed.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • News & Notes -- October 11, 2019

    Posted by Kristen Radke on 10/11/2019

    Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow . . . .  too soon?  What a fall we are having -- hope you and your classes are enjoying the outdoors when we have a chance to be out :)

     

    Notes for this week . . . 

    • The following reminder is from Anna Hampton -- 
      • Co-located Services:
        Groups are starting now for Co-Located services.  If you have any students that would benefit from this support, please let Anna know.  Thank you!
    • Early Childhood Book Room -- I have been working on getting the books inventoried, labeled and organized and I am SO CLOSE to having everything ready for the books to be in the classrooms.  I am hoping to have the basket labels attached before I leave work today, and once that is done, the books will be moved to Handke Room 209 as a temporary location until the permanent book room shelves are ready.  If all goes according to plan, books will be ready to be checked out by Monday afternoon -- please watch your email -- I will send an announcement once everything is ready to go!  I am so excited for these resources to be available for your guided reading and shared reading times in your classrooms!
    • Request for satellite sites sending things back to Handke -- we have had several items that have arrived at Handke without knowing where the items are intended to be used, or who the recipients are intended to be -- please make sure if you have items that are to be returned to Handke you follow the steps below
      • Alert the people that you are sending materials to, so they can expect the items and make the appropriate arrangements to receive the items
      • Use a district asset transfer form -- be sure to complete all of the information on the form so that if there are questions, contact information is available
      • Please do not send furniture items back to Handke without checking with Kris prior to returning. 
      • Please connect with your building Program Liaison when sending items from one location to another, so that they are in the loop -- they are often asked questions about transfers and need to be aware of arrangements --Thanks!
    • Handke classrooms -- please be sure to check to make sure you are taking the correct ipads to use for your classroom -- individual ipads are marked for the classrooms in which they are assigned - Thank you for your cooperation!

    Have a great weekend!

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  • IMPORTANT: November 1st District Staff Development Information

    Posted by Kristen Nelson on 10/11/2019

    The CE/EC PD Committee (Formerly known as BBHT) is currently working on the specific topics of our November 1st Staff Development Day.  Please know that the email sent out by Kelly Stanton for Nov 1 PD information is for district wide elementary staff.  We will have a schedule of events coming out shortly, we are still finalizing some of our speakers!

     

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  • October 4 Weekly Update

    Posted by Kristen Nelson on 10/4/2019

     

    Happy Friday!!

     

    Reminder:

    ALL STAFF: lmeeting on Monday Oct. 7th 1:30-3:30..Remember to fill out your "Interesting Fact" for our meeting.  Our Outreach Committee has some really great items for our meeting on Monday. 

    ALICE TRAINING: I will be notifying those that have not completed the ALICE training a message, if you have not completed the training we still need to have that done.

    NOT SO SCARY SIGN UP- I will be bringing the sign up for working the Not So Scary event to our meeting!! 

     

    TECHNOLOGY SITE VISITS: Want to see what other teachers are doing in their classroom with technology? OR do you do something cool that others would love to see and use? Sign up to visit or be a host. Visit dates are Friday, Oct 11th, Monday Oct 14th and Tuesday Oct 15th. 

    HERE is how you sign up to be a host. If interested in visiting sites please fill out this FORM by Oct 7th so that we can share subs. If you have any questions please reach out to Amanda Milam.

    EXTRA 3 HOURS: Are you interested in learning more about Seesaw, google drive, edpuzzle, or anything technology related? Did you know that you can submit for an EXTRA 3 hours of paid training through BBHT to learn more! If you are interested in this you can fill out the form HERE

    Choice Boards for E Learning Days: Our district wants everyone to have a choice board published for parents and kids to work on when school is cancelled. The deadline for having the choice boards completed is November 4th.  All choice board templates are currently linked on the eLearning website,

    Choice Board GuidanceScore Card ExampleAnother Example

    Please talk in your PLC groups about this topic. I have attached some examples that were used in Robbinsdale. If you want we can put our district logo on these and send out rather than re-creating the wheel. If your team wants to do something different go ahead!!

     

     

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