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  • News & Notes -- March 27, 2020

    Posted by Kristen Radke on 3/27/2020

    Thank you Everyone!

    I truly appreciate all of the extra work that you have put in during these past days/weeks.  It is a crazy time, but everyone has been amazing!  Please remember that all official communication will be coming from Cory or the District Office.  

     

    Be Well!

     

    kris

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  • News & Notes -- March 13, 2020

    Posted by Kristen Radke on 3/13/2020

    Be Well!  

    This is my wish for you all as we are hearing so much about the spread of the coronavirus, and other contagious diseases.  Take care of yourselves!  Along those lines, I have been made aware of a few requests for Lyson spray -- I did check on this and together Dan and I found out that the spray solution provided to the classrooms can be used to wipe down surfaces -- tables, doorknobs, toys, etc.  This is preferred over the Lysol spray as it does not require rinsing after for food/snack service areas -- just allow to air dry.  

    Notes:  

    • The Early Childhood Family Engagement team is working on some projects and they would like your feedback.  If you received the survey link, please take a moment or two to complete the google form by March 20.  
    • TSG -- in the past, when we've had teacher workshop days, I have reserved space to work away from your classrooms on TSG -- the last times have had fewer users, so I have not reserved a room for March 20.  If you have questions about setting/finalizing checkpoints, running reports or other TSG questions, please use SLACK to send me a message.
    • This week, I will be a guest reader in one of the Discovery Learning preschool classrooms, if you are interested in having me as a guest reader in your room, please send me an email and together we can plan a time

    Have a great weekend!  

    kris

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  • News & Notes -- February 28, 2020

    Posted by Kristen Radke on 2/28/2020

    Hope you all have a Happy Leap Day tomorrow!  

    Here are a couple of announcements for the week -- 

    • ECFE classes for Winter session are ending soon, please work with each other to schedule the use of iPads/computers so families have access to complete their end of session surveys.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask
    • RtI planning information was sent to School Readiness Instructors -- these services may be starting as early as March 16 -- if you need further information, please let me know
    • There are two bald eagle cams that are up and running (that I know of) with announcements that there are eggs!  MN DNR Eagle cam and the Decorah Bald Eagle cam from the Raptor Resource Project (a google search should give you the links to view) -- Remember these are live cams so you may see feeding time, etc. that could possibly be more graphic than what you want during your class times, however, you can "rewind" to see previous footage, so you may be able to preview what is shown in class in that way
    • If you are in my iObservation group -- I have completed the classroom visits and will be sending out a sign up genius for the post observation visits next week 

     

    Upcoming:

    Monday:  ECFE Meeting @ 1:30 PM

    Early Childhood Tech Committee Meeting @ 2:30 PM

     

    Have a great weekend!

    kris

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  • News & Notes -- February 14, 2020

    Posted by Kristen Radke on 2/14/2020

    Happy Valentines Day! 

     

    • Thanks for all of your support of the Valentine Carnival -- it was a great event!
    • Hope you were all able to stay warm during our first ever E Learning day yesterday.  I am looking to collect some informal data on how this option was received by our Discovery Learning Preschool families; I have shared a document with School Readiness Instructors.  Please take a few moments in the next few days to add your information
    • A High Five coaching interest survey was sent to current coaches and coachees -- if you haven't already done so, please take a few moments to complete.  If you have any questions about High Five coaching, please connect with your supervisor
    • I am beginning to get some questions about upcoming Parent/Teacher conferences.  The TSG checkpoint finalization due date is March 21.  We will be following the elementary schedule for offering conferences, I will be reserving the Discovery Learning preschool classrooms for the conferences, if you need space outside of your assigned classroom, please let me know as soon as possible so I can complete the facility request
    • iObservation sign ups were sent, and I have sent out pre observation conference forms to the folks on my schedule.  Please log into your iObservation page to make sure it went through correctly.  I am looking forward to coming to visit your classrooms and see all the wonderful things you are working on!
    • I have worked with Kristen to create a google form if you'd like to request Mindful Mentor support for your classes.  I will be sending the link in a separate email later today.  Please complete the form for each class request.  If you have questions about scheduling Mindful Mentor support, please connect with Kristen.  
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  • February 14 Weekly Update

    Posted by Kristen Nelson on 2/14/2020

    Happy Friendship Day, Friends!

     Hope you had a fabulous day, and have a great extended weekend!!

    A big THANK YOU to our Outreach Committee who planned and held a wonderful All Staff Meeting last week, alghough I wasn't able to be there, I've heard some amazing feedback about the wonderful time team members had! 

     

    Upcoming Meetings:

    Monday February 3rd- All Staff Meeting

    Monday February 10th- ECFE Teacher Meeting

                                     - High Five Meeting 

    Monday February 17th- No School

    Monday February 24th- School Readiness Instructor Meeting

                                    - Family Engagement Committee Meeting

     

    Valentines Carnival

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!  We had an amazing turn out in both participants, volunteers and workers.  Thank you so much for all of your help.  What a great event it was! We saw about 1100 children and parents. 

     

    Iobservations- SR and ECFE 

    Kris and Kristen have their iobservation schedules out, if you haven't already please sign up for a time.

     

    School Readiness: 

    Conferences- Conferences will be Wed March 25, Thurs March 26 and Friday March 27.  We will be following the elementary conference schedule to be able to stay consistent with our ECSE inclusion classes.

     

    Assistants: Feb 22 needs to be filled.

    Saturday Open Gym Sign Up:

    Feb 1  Nancy F

    Feb 15  Wanda A

    Feb 22 OPEN

    Feb 29 Nancy F

     

    Feb 22 and March 14- please use the link to sign up

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

     

    Thank You For All You Do!

     

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  • January 31 Weekly Update

    Posted by Kristen Nelson on 1/31/2020

    Hello All!

    It's been a busy January! 

    Discovery Learning 2020-2021 is well under way!! We had a few little software snafu's but overall it was a successful registration. 

    3's:

    Total registered - 89

    Full:
    1 class at PV
    1 class at HC
    1 at RES
     
    4's:
     
    Total registered - 226
     
    Full -
    M-TH AM HC
    PV AM
    M-F RE
    M-TH ZE
    OE AM
     
    Full day at HC 8 spots left

    All Day Programming- we will be working with School Readiness Instructors to finalize the daily schedule and create a fabulous learning opportunity for our new program- will keep you posted! If you have parents with questions, please refer them to Judy or the front office as we have had operations team meetings discussing how to best address families needs. 

    Prairie View Edventure Club 2020-2021: We will be offering Edventure Club to Prairie View families- they will be able to come to Edventure Club from 7 am-9 am at Prairie View; after class they would then be bussed to Otsego Elementary for child care until 5:30.  Prairie View kids, could also be dropped off at Otsego Elementary at 7:00 am and take a bus from OES to Prairie View for afternoon class; after class they would have care at PV until 5:30.  Parents have questions? Have them call Judy!

     

    Open Positions:

    Assistant- 18 hours Otsego- interviewing is in process

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

     

     

     Upcoming Meetings:

    Monday February 3rd- All Staff Meeting

    Monday February 10th- ECFE Teacher Meeting

                                     - High Five Meeting 

    Monday February 17th- No School

    Monday February 24th- School Readiness Instructor Meeting

     

    Valentines Carnival

    The Baskets are finished, the plans are made...no snow in the extended weather forcast! We are in desparate need of wokers for the actual event. Please see the link below to sign up for time that would work for you.

    https://tinyurl.com/ECFECarnival2020

    For ECFE and School Readiness staff this is a paid event.

     

    Iobservations

    Look for the next schedules to come out from Kris and Kristen

     

    Assistants: Feb 22 needs to be filled.

    Saturday Open Gym Sign Up:

    Feb 1  Nancy F

    Feb 15  Wanda A

    Feb 22 OPEN

    Feb 29 Nancy F

     

    Feb 22 and March 14- please use the link to sign up

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

     

    Thank You! 

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  • News & Notes -- January 31, 2020

    Posted by Kristen Radke on 1/31/2020

    Whew!  It's Friday!  I somehow thought that after winter break things might slow down and settle into routines again -- but somehow, things still seem to be going at record speed!  I am so thankful to be able to work with such a great team racing along right beside me!

     

    Notes for this week:

    • Huge thank you to paraprofessionals and teaching assistants -- you are such an important part of all of our early childhood program.  You are appreciated during this Paraprofessional Appreciation week and each and every day!
    • Handke staff -- please remember the request to return any kitchen items to the Blesener Community Room kitchen.  
    • School Readiness -- please review the RtI and STARE information that was shared with you this week.  If you have any questions, please let me know.
    • All Staff Meeting is on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 1:30 PM in the Blesener Community Room at Handke
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  • News & Notes -- January 17, 2020

    Posted by Kristen Radke on 1/17/2020

    Just a couple of items for this week --

    • Valentines!
      • The carnival is coming up soon and I am so grateful for the time and effort our advisory council has been putting into the event!  Please share information about the carnival with families, both about attending the event and how they can volunteer or donate, if they are able to do so.  If you have any questions relating to the carnival, please check with Kristen or Justene
      • Our classes do not have Valentine parties (per our parent handbook policy) however some information on Friendship skills, activities & ideas was shared earlier this week.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
    • January -- as we head into the second half of the month, please take a look at your preschool class agreements with your team members.  Review schedules and routines as well as each team member's role during each routine.  Please have your agreements updated by the end of January.
    • Preschool registration begins next week -- this is always a season that families are requesting tours of our program.  I will try to let you know when I have tours scheduled so that you know we may be stopping by.  Thank you for being so welcoming to our prospective families!  

     

    As I am writing this, the forecast of our winter weather watch is in effect -- I hope that you all have a safe and enjoyable weekend!  (I think I am going to check to see that my kindle has the battery charged!)

     

    kris

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  • January 10 Weekly Update

    Posted by Kristen Nelson on 1/10/2020

     

    Happy New Year!!

    It was a nice long break, so glad to have everyon back in the building!!

    ECFE Classes started this week, and we have our Discovery Learning Preschool brochure going out today! We are excited that registration will be in a couple of weeks and that we were able to add priority registration to currently enrolled children.  We also have our All Day program pilot starting next year and have many families all ready interested.  We have also changed our offering at Prairie View and Otsego.  We will not be offering Edventure club wrap around at our Prairie View location.  Due to available classroom space and the low enrollment in Edventure Club DL we decided that we would be able to offer more programming to our 4's and 5's by not having wrap around care.  We have maintained a waiting list of 35 children through out the year and feel this is the bes decision to try and prepare the most children for Kindergarten. We are currently working with Vision to see if we will be able to  bus from Prairie View to Otsego where we will have Edventure Club available all day. If families have any questions they can give Judy a call. 

     

    Open Positions:

     Assistant- 18 hours Otsego- interviewing is in process

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

     

    Welcome New Staff:

    Kiersa Mandler- New assistant at Handke in Room 8

    Marie Johnson- New assistant at Zimmerman- she will start on Jan 21.

     

    Upcoming Meetings:

    Monday January 13th Assistant Meeting 1:30

    Monday January 13th Outreach Committee 2:30

     

    Valentines Carnival

    It's that time of year...the Valentines Carnival!!  

    As we get closer we will have opportunities available for prep, but right now we have the link to sign up for an area to work.  Please see the link below to sign up.

    https://tinyurl.com/ECFECarnival2020

    For ECFE and School Readiness staff this is a paid event.

     

    Iobservations

    Look for the next schedules to come out from Kris and Kristen

     

    Assistants:

    Saturday Open Gym Sign Up:

    January 11 Liz

    January 18 open

    January 25 Wanda

    February 1 Nancy

     

    We still have a couple of openings- please use the link to sign up

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

     

    Thank You! 

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • News & Notes -- January 10, 2020

    Posted by Kristen Radke on 1/10/2020

    Happy New Year Everyone!

    Welcome back -- I hope that you all enjoyed your break!  While it was nice to have some quiet time, I am enjoying the energy that is back in the buildings as we begin classes again!

     

    • This week, I forwarded some information from Tina in the Health Office that can be shared with families as they make decisions on keeping children home from school and/or deciding when they are able to return to classes.  If you did not receive the information, please let me (or Tina) know and we can forward it to you.
    • Book Ends -- RSVP Readers Theatre group is taking reservations for their presentations (Judy forwarded the flyer with information and topics earlier this week).  
    • Upcoming --
      • ECFE/SR Assistants Meeting -- Monday, January 13 @ 1:30PM in the Blesener Community Room
      • Early Childhood Outreach Committee Meeting -- Monday, January 13 @ 2:30 PM (location to be determined)
      • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- Monday, January 20, 2020
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