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. 
June Notes of Interest

Music, Spanish, & Creative Movement 
With summer right around the corner it's officially time to enjoy being outside more! Unfortunately this means Music, Spanish, & Creative Movement have come to an end until this Fall. Please be on the look out for more information in August, but for now let's enjoy the summer weather! 

Water Days
Reminder that Water Days have started. Please make sure to have your child's water gear! Your child will need a swim suit, water diapers (if applicable), water shoes, a towel, sunscreen (if you don't use KKLC sunscreen), and any other accessories you would like your child to have (hat, sunglasses, etc.). A reminder that your child's swimsuit will be sent home at the end of the week to be washed and brought back the following week. 

Parking
 For proper flow of the parking lot, it is important that you park only in the designated areas. You may park in the spots in the front lot, back lot, or along the curb in front of the flag. You may not park along the opposite curb from the flag pole. This helps with school bus's to be able to get in, families and staff to pull out to leave, and safety of children in the parking lot. Thank you for your understanding!
 
Website
Have you checked our new website yet?! With our new web design we have many changes and are excited to share them!! Check it out at www.katieskids.net and let us know what you think! 

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Upcoming Dates

June 3rd:  SNL @ K2 from 5pm-10pm
June 14th & 15th: Usborne Book Fair
June 18th: Father's Day
June 23rd & 24th:  Relay for Life at Normal Community High School 
 
Closure Dates for 2017 
 
Please click here  to view the Katie's Kids Center Closure list for 2017.
   
  
        


Join us for Relay for Life!

When: June 23rd through June 24th
Time: 4:00 pm Friday through 4pm Saturday
Where: Normal Community High School 

For more information on the scheduled events occurring during relay this year click here
If you are unable to attend the event, you can still support the Katie's Kids Kicks Cancer team by donating to the cause. There will be a special Meal to Go night on June 15th. All proceeds from this Meal to Go will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Please watch for further information. 
Saturday Night Live
At Katie's Kids @ Fort Jesse 
Saturday, June 3rd   
5:00 -10:00 p.m.

Need a night off? Can't find a babysitter? Katie's Kids would love to help! Saturday Night Live is a Saturday night out for parents while children come to school for dinner and a fun filled movie night! 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 administration.
 
 
Classroom News
 
Please click on your child's room number to view their classroom newsletter. 
   
 Room 1 (Infants/Toddlers) - Ms. Paige, Ms. Taylor, & Ms. Erin
 
  Room 2  (Infants/Toddlers) - Ms. Lori & Ms. Laya
 
 Room 3 (Infants) - Ms. Chasney & Ms. Brittany
 
  Room 4 (Toddlers/Twos) -  Ms. Caitlin & Ms. Alexis
 
  Room 5 (Pre- K) - Ms. Angelica & Ms. Kayla
 
  Room 6  (Pre-K) - Ms. Skylar & Ms. Kayla
 
Room 7   (Pre-K) -  Ms. Katie & Mr. Matt
 
Room 8 (Toddlers/Twos) - Ms. Kelly & Ms. Rebecca
 
Loose Parts Donations -   
 
Our Focus this Month: 

Keep track of all of those extra parts. We can use them here!
        • Water bottles
        • Paper towel rolls
        • Plastic containers
  
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!

Reggio Reads...
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Provocations can be as simple as a photo of a rock sculpture next to some pebbles or as elaborate as a table with an assortment of recycled materials next to a book on robots and resources to make up cycled robots. Often though, provocations are simple and displayed beautifully to provoke interest.

Ultimately, the intention of provocations is to provide an invitation for a child to explore and express themselves. It should be  open-ended and provide a means for  expression where possible.

June Meals to Go w/Patti 
 
June 8th 
  No Meals-To-Go
 
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June 15th
Entrée: 
Fundraiser for Relay for Life   
Taco Pizza
Dessert:  
Strawberry Cupcakes
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June 22nd
Entrée: 
Garlic Butter Tuscan Shrimp w/ Wild Rice  
Dessert:    
Chocolate Cobbler
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June 29th  
Entrée:  
Pot Roast w/ Potato & Carrots
Dessert:     
Oatmeal Whoopie Pie

 
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Getting Healthier...
At Katie's Kids Learning Center, we are committed to providing the best possible nutrition to you and your family.  We want to keep you updated about the healthy changes we are making on our menu to promote nutrition and wellness at our center.  The following recipe is now being offered as snack at our center: 
 
Title : Healthy Baked Broccoli Tots   

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups or 12 ounces of uncooked or frozen broccoli
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup of cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup of italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley( or cilantro/rosemary)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Directions:
  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a baking sheet with a thin layer of oil or line with parchment paper and set aside
  3. Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute then remove and shock with cold tap water to stop the cooking process. 
  4. Drain well.
  5. Chop broccoli finely and mix thoroughly with the egg, onions, cheddar, breadcrumbs, and seasoning.  
  6. Scoop about 1.5 tablespoons of mix using an ice-cream scoop or your hands and gently press between your hands into a firm ball then shape into a tater-tot shape. It helps to wash your hands after every few tots to keep them from sticking onto your hands. Next, placed on your prepared baking sheet. 
  7. Bake until golden brown and crispy, 18 -24 minutes, turning half way. Remove from the oven and enjoy hot with ketchup, sriracha, ranch dressing, or your favorite dipping sauce!


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