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. 
March Notes of Interest

Scholastic Book Fair
We will be hosting a scholastic book fair the week of March 26th. Consider purchasing a book at our fair to help us earn free books for the classrooms! 

Picture Day
Spring pictures are coming soon! They will be held on April 3rd (Tuesday) and 4th (Wednesday). Please watch for further information. 

Teacher Appreciation Committee
National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7th - 11th! Each year we rely on YOU to help us show how much we appreciate the teachers who help your children learn and grow each day. We are looking to set up a committee to help plan special events through the week. If you are interested in joining the committee, please sign up at the front desk. 
Upcoming Dates
March 10th: SNL @ K1 5pm-10pm
March 11th: Daylight Saving Time
March 26th - 30th: Scholastic Book Fair
March 26th - 30th: School Age Days

April 3rd & 4th: Picture Days

Closure Dates for 2018

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

School Age Spring Break
We will be hosting school age days the week of March 26th.  Please let us know if your child will need care on those days. 
Saturday Night Live

Saturday, March 10th
5:00 -10:00 p.m.
@ the Links

Enjoy a night out on February 10th. 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. 

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!

Homemade Baby/Toddler Food Workshop
Interested in making your own baby puree? The U of I is hosting a workshop at OSF on this topic! Click here for more information. 

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

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

Bloomington Fun Time Center
Bloomington Fun Time Center (located inside of Eastland Mall) hosts a special Toddler Time every Thursday from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Click here for more information.

The Normal Cornbelters is now offering a Junior Belter's Kids Club for children under the age of 12 years. Click here for more information. 
Idea's for Home
Check out this simple idea for toddlers! You can create a great fine motor activity by simply using toilet paper rolls (or paper towel rolls) and pipe cleaners (or yarn, ribbon, or rope). 

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: 
  • Styrofoam pieces
  • Plastic food inserts
    • applesauce cups
    • protein snack pack trays
  • Keys

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.

Written by: Maureen Kelly

March Meals to Go

March 1st
Porkchop w/Onions & Mushrooms
Hashbrown Casserole
Peas w/Pearl Onions
Cherry Cheesecake

March 8th
Pulled Pork
Baked Sweet Potato
Baked Stuffed Apples

March 15th
Beef Stew
Cheddar Biscuits
Peach Cobbler

March 22nd
Garlic Bread
Side Salad
Chocolate Chip Cookie

March 29th
Tuscan Chicken Breast
Creamy Orzo w/Parmesan & Tomato
Snickerdoodle Cookie

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: 
Title : Frozen Nutty Banana 

  • Banana
  • Almond Butter (can also use Soy butter or peanut butter)
  • Optional toppings:
  • granola
  • chia seeds
  • cinnamon
  • dark chocolate chips
  1. Cut banana in half and unpeel.
  2. Arrange on a small baking sheet or freezer safe plate
  3. Spread each half with 1 TBSP of almond butter.
  4. Roll banana in topping of your choice
  5. Insert popsicle stick or skewer into the cut end of the banana.
  6. Freeze until solid (about 2-3 hours)


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