Mission Statement
To elevate child development to a new level by leading the social and emotional growth and education of young children by providing a safe, welcoming, home-like environment with a caring, educated and professional staff that promotes partnerships between parents, children, and other early childhood professionals. 
August Notes of Interest

New Nurse Consultant
Here are a few words from Amy, our new nurse consultant:

"I would like to introduce myself, Amy Cornejo, RN BSN. I am the new nurse consultant for both centers. I have over 14 years of nursing experience, ranging from hospital and doctor's office to occupational health. I have a passion for health and wellness and preventative medicine. I live in North Normal with my husband and 4 children, Peyton 11, Kinley 9, Cambrie 3 and Maddox 2. I look forward to this opportunity."

School Supplies Drive - Last Chance to Donate!
Our center is participating in a school supplies drive with the Back 2 School Alliance. The drive ends on August 3rd, so you only have a few days left to contribute to this cause! The organization is looking for donations of various school necessities, including backpacks, binders, divider tabs, folders, index cards, loose paper, spiral notebooks, pencils, rulers, colored pencils, glue sticks, markers, crayons, highlighters, scissors, erasers, and pens. We set up a donation box in the lobby for your convenience. Please remember that no donation is too small.Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Parent-Free Play
Click  here to read an article about the importance of parent-free play for children's development of various important skills, including problem solving, planning, as well as autonomy.

Product Recalls
A variety of  Goldfish crackers as well as  Ritz crackers have been recalled due to salmonella concerns. Click on the linked articles for more information.

Water Feature
Please make sure that your children have all the necessary items on their assigned water day, including a towel, swimsuit, swim diaper (if necessary), hat, and water shoes. 

Prep Freeze Cook Fundraiser Update
We will continue our Prep Freeze Cook fundraiser in September. So far, we have raised $145 (36% of our goal) and hope to raise more money in the future. Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Dates

August 15th: Last day of school age summer program
August 17th:  Professional Development Day - CLOSED
August 18th: SNL @ K2 - 5:00-10:00 PM
September 3rd: Closed for Labor Day

Closure Dates for 2018

Please click  here to view the Katie's Kids Center Closure list for 2018.
Saturday Night Live

Saturday, August 18th
5:00 -10:00 p.m.
@ Fort Jesse (K2)

Enjoy a night out on August 18th. Children ages 3+ have the opportunity to watch a movie and use their artistic abilities to create a masterpiece of their choice! Free play activities will be set up for children under the age of 3 years. If you have any questions please ask the KKLC Leadership Team. 

Health Corner

Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease (HFMD):

HFMD is a common childhood virus causing sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. Symptoms usually include fever, sore throat, irritability, general malaise and loss of appetite. The virus is easily transmitted. It is spread through saliva and mucus; coughing, sneezing, drooling. Since it is a virus, it has to run its course. It typically clears up on it's on within 7-10 days. Tylenol or Motrin can help to relieve the symptoms. HFMD is most contagious during the first week of the illness. HFMD can be contagious for days to weeks after symptoms disappear.

Check out the following links for more information:

Community Connections

Our community has great things to offer families! We are adding this new section to the newsletter to help you connect to the variety of community events occurring  in the Bloomington/Normal area. Enjoy!

Car Seat Safety Check
Click here for the 2018 schedule of Car Seat Safety Checks

Children's Discovery Museum
Click here for the Summer 2018 schedule of events 

Farmer's Market
If you are looking for a variety of fresh farm products - including vegetables, fruits, cheeses, meat, eggs, plants, and more - visit the farmer's market on the downtown Bloomington square between 7:30AM and noon every Saturday through October. 

Normal CornBelters Legends Game
The 3rd Annual Normal CornBelters Legends Game is coming up on August 4th. Click here for more information!

McLean County Fair
The fair will be open from August 1st-5th and offer a variety of family fun and attractions, including comedy and magic shows, a music tent, face painting, delicious food, a petting zoo, and an extreme raptor show, among others! Click here here for more information as well as a detailed schedule of events. 

Pollinator Palooza - Party with the Pollinators
The Illinois State University Horticulture Center (Raab Road, across from the Corn Crib) will be hosting a Pollinator Palooza on Thursday, August 9th from 5-7 pm. Come visit with various insects and hives, dance, taste test honey, pollinate a flower, and more! Click  here  for more information. 

Illinois State Fair
The 2018 Illinois State Fair will be open from August 9th-19th at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Click here for more information.

Open Cockpit Day
There will be an Open Cockpit Day on August 18th from 10 am - 3 pm at the Prairie Aviation Museum. Click here for more information.

Bloomington Cultural Festival
Check out the Cultural Festival on August 18th from 10:30 am - 7 pm at Miller Park for some music, food, and entertainment for the whole family! Click here for more information.

Kids Run for Fun
The Lake Run Club is hosting a Kids Run for Fun event every Friday at Parkside Junior High starting at 6PM (June 1st - August 10th). This family program is non-competitive and intended to help teach kids that exercising and running can be fun. This event is open for children aged 1-12 and their families.

Sweet Corn Blues Festival
The Sweet Corn Blues Festival is coming up on August 25th and 26th on the streets of Uptown Normal. Come out with your family and enjoy some fun, food, and great music!

Ideas for Home
Looking for a fun summer craft? Try creating a colorful pet rock!

Click  here for instructions!
Loose Parts Donations -   

We, at Katie's Kids, would like to keep utilizing loose parts in our classrooms throughout the year.  Therefore, we are inviting parents and families that are interested to keep the supplies coming!  If you choose to donate you can drop the materials off at the front desk at any time!
Be sure to look through our center for how the loose parts are being used within the curriculum! 
Thank you in advance for your donations, we look forward to seeing the creativity that stems from all of the materials!

Our Focus this Month: 
  • Various nature items to be used as food in the outdoor playhouse (e.g., pine cones, short & thick sticks, bark, nuts, seeds)
  • Colorful bottle/container lids
  • Applesauce toppers

Each month Katie Stelle-Mardis either writes an article for Pastelle Magazine or lends advice to other authors writing articles concerning some aspect of Early Childhood Education. To view these articles, you can either pick up a copy of Pastelle in our lobby or click on the link below.

Meals to Go

Busy this summer? Choose a meal from our August Meals to Go menu!


August 2nd

Main Dish: Cajun Chicken Quesadillas
Side: Spanish Rice
Dessert: Brownies

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August 9th

Main Dish: Spinach Chicken Alfredo Tortellini
Side: Garlic Bread
Dessert: Apple Betty


August 16th

Main Dish: Coastal Carolina Shrimp
Side: Steamed Cheddar Broccoli
Dessert: Vanilla Cupcakes


August 23rd

Main Dish: Italian Beef Hoagie
Side: Garden Salad
Dessert: Coconut Almond Cookie Bars


August 30th

Main Dish: Chipotle Honey Chicken Skewers
Side: Italian Pasta Salad
Dessert: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

Getting Healthier...
At Katie's Kids Learning Center, we are committed to providing the best possible nutrition to you and your family.  We hope you enjoy the following recipe: 
Frozen Smoothie Pops

  • 2 cups mixed berries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • Special equipment: 6 small paper cups, 6 popsicle sticks
  1. In a blender mix all ingredients until smooth
  2. Place six small paper cups on a baking tray and fill the cups with the smoothie and freeze for 15 minutes
  3. Place one popsicle stick in the center of each cup and freeze again for one hour or until solid
  4. Rip the paper cups from the popsicle and enjoy!  

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