Katie's Kids 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. 
Upcoming Events

March 5-16            ButterBraids Fundraiser 
March 10               SNL @ K1  5pm-10pm
March 11               Daylight Saving Time
March 19-23           Scholastic Book Fair
March 26-April 2      Spring Break, No School Age Program 

April 5 & 6             PICTURE DAYS

Kindergarten Registration

Children reaching the age of 5 before September 1 will be eligible for enrollment in kindergarten for the 2018 school year.  

March 13 - Unit 5 enrollment
District 87 will take place in April

*registration dates & times are posted outside the preschool classrooms and a flyer is available at the front desk

March 10
Saturday Night Live
Katie's Kids @ The Links
5:00 -10:00 p.m.

Need a night off? Can't find a babysitter? Check out Saturday Night Live @ Katie's Kids! Saturday Night Live is a Saturday evening full of fun for children while families go out. Children can enjoy playing, having dinner with friends, and snuggling in for a movie.  

Meals to Go 
Tuesday Nights

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

The procee ds were used to purchase new materials.  The magnet shapes are a favorite in both our toddler and preschool classrooms.   

Colorful Squigz's were added to the Room 3 environment.  
March  Reminders:   

If the outdoor temperature is above 25 degrees the children will be going outside to play.  Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing... boots, winter coat, snow-pants, hat, gloves, etc.  



We truly appreciate the time on our recent Professional Development Day to work in our classrooms & build
 as a team.  

We want to thank all the members of our Katie's Kids  team for 
their hard-work and dedication.

We would like to highlight milestones for years of dedication

Missy Devine                     11 years
Jody Watkins                    10 years
Tami Mann                         9 years
Tammy Halter                    9 years
Andrea Carter                   8 years
Betsy Harrison                  8 years
Heather Von Holten          7 years
Megan Turbett                  7 years
Kathryn Andrews               6 years
Danielle Kinkelaar              5 years
Katie Thoennes                  5 years
Jamie Lantgen                   4 years
Tori Wallrich                     4 years
Lindie Alsdorf                   4 years
Raquel Lanham                   3 years
Priya Patel                         3 years
Leslie Tallen                      3 years
Anna Oelschlager              3 years
Alyson Keeney                   1.5 years
Alex Baldock                     1.5 years
Allie Parlapiano                 1 year

Young children need the same variety of nutrient-rich foods as older kids and adults, just in smaller quantities. As portions have gotten bigger, some parents and caregivers have developed a distorted view of the amount of food toddlers and preschoolers need. Feeding children becomes less frustrating and less complicated when adults know what kids need to grow well and be healthy.

Defining a Young Child's Serving Size
An appropriate serving size for children 2 to 3 years of age is about one-half an adult serving. This rule of thumb is based on serving sizes recommended by MyPlate, not portions served in many restaurants. The recommendations are a general guideline based on age and activity level.  So a serving of bread for a 2- to 3-year-old would be half of a slice.

Foods Young Children Need
Most 2- to 3-year-old children need to consume about 1,000 to 1,400 calories per day. Here's how to distribute those calories in a healthy eating plan:
  • Grain Group: About 3 to 5 ounces of grains per day, preferably half of them whole grains. For example, that is one or two slices of bread plus one ounce ready-to-eat cereal and 1 cup cooked rice or pasta.
  • Vegetable Group: 1 to 1½ cups raw or cooked vegetables per day. Like adults, young kids need variety of vegetables and include dark green, red and orange ones: mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli with low-fat dip or tomato sauce for pasta.
  • Fruit Group: 1 to 1½ cups fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruits per day. Limit fruit juice to 4 to 6 ounces per day. Emphasize whole fruits rather than juice. Kids love melon balls, mandarin oranges (fresh or canned in juice) and frozen berries.
  • Milk Group: 2 to 2½ cups cups per day. Whole milk is recommended for children younger than 2. Older children can have lower-fat, calcium-rich choices such as fat-free or low-fat milk and soy milk, yogurt and cheese.
  • Protein Group: 2 to 4 ounces total per day. Mix up protein foods with lean meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, soy products, cooked beans (black, pinto, kidney), unsalted nuts and nut butters.
What to Do About Snacks, Sweet Drinks and Desserts
Plan two to three small snacks at set times during the day to refuel small, active bodies. Choose foods from the  MyPlate food groups. Make small servings of sweet drinks and desserts "sometimes" foods. MyPlate recommends to limit sodium to 1,500 milligrams per day, saturated fat to 11-16 grams per day and added sugars to 25-35 grams per day for young children.

For more information about eating plans and serving sizes for preschoolers, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov.

Exposure to Lead 
Illinois Department of Public Health 

Every year the Illinois Department of Public Health would like us to remind families about the exposure to lead.  If you would like additional information, please follow the link