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. 
May Notes of Interest


Mother's Day Event  
On May 6th from 10:00 - 2:00, we will be having a open house for our Mother's Day Event to support Katie's Kids Relay for Life Team! We will have healthy snacks prepared by Chef Patty as well as vendors such as LulaRoe, POSH, Beach Body, and more! Please feel free to invite your friends and family to be enjoy an afternoon filled with pampering while supporting a great cause!

Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8th - 12th! At Katie's Kids Learning Center we want to show great gratitude and love to our teacher who support our little one's! For the week of May 8th, we will be having a relaxation room in break room, different style of foods every day, and thank you notes from our parents and staff to show how much we truly appreciate everything they do for our kiddo's! We are asking parents to volunteer their time or by donating to our Teacher Appreciation Donation jar to help make Teacher Appreciation Week great for our teachers! 

Cornbelter's Game
 On May 9th preschool will be going to a Cornbelters game from 9:15 - 2:15! If you have not turned in your permission slip yet please do so! If you have questions regarding the field trip or for the students not attending please ask administration!

Water Days 
Hard to believe but water days are already coming up! Water days will officially begin The week of May 29th! Each classroom has a designated day/time of when their classroom water day will be so be prepared for more information to come! Please stop by the front desk if you have not dropped off your sunscreen form yet!

School Age 
School will be coming to an end soon and Katie's Kids to ready to have School Ager's for the summer!  Applications are online as well as up front if you would like one! Please feel free to ask administration if you have any questions!
 
Parking
Even with Spring time upon us, please keep in mind of parking in a appropriate spot.  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 may changes and are excited to share them!! Check it out at www.katieskids.net and let us know what you think! 

Upcoming Dates
 
May 5th - Room 5 Parent/Teacher Conferences

May 6th - Mother's Day Event

May 6th - SNL @ K1 from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. 
 
May 9th - Preschool Cornbelter's Game  

May 19th - Room 3 Parent/Teacher Conferences

  May  29th - Closed for Memorial Day

 
Closure Dates for 2017 
 
Please click here 
 
to view the Katie's Kids Center Closure list for 2017.
   
  
        
Saturday Night Live
At Katie's Kids @ The Links 
Saturday, May 6th    
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 creative a masterpiece of their choice! 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. Brittany, & Ms. Taylor
 
  Room 2  (Infants/Toddlers) - Ms. Lori & Ms. Laya
 
  Room 3 (Infants) - Ms. Chasney, Ms. Barb, & Ms. Brittany
 
 Room 4 (Toddlers/Twos) -  Ms. Caitlin, Ms. Courtney 
 
 Room 5 (Pre- K) - Ms. Angelica & Ms. Kayla
 
  Room 6  (Pre-K) - Ms. Skylar & Ms. Alexis
 
Room 7 (Pre-K) -  Ms. Katie, & Mr. Matt
 
Room 8 (Toddlers/Twos) - Ms. Kelly, Ms. Rebecca, & Ms. Courtney

 

Developing Melodies® Music Corner
 

Music is such an important aspect here at Katie's Kids! 
We believe music is an essential part of play and helps with growth and development of a child. Music is not only enjoyable for a child but it's a core function for brain development. The first 12 months of a child is critical for brain development and having music therapy can help with the response and process of brain growth. Music also taps into emotions, improves our attention skills, and enhances learning. We are a proud supporter of music therapy and enjoy watching what music does for our kiddos emotionally, physically, and cognitively!  We love having Ms. Janel here at Katie's Kids to encourage play and growth through music and rhythm!

 
 
Loose Parts Donations -   
 
Our Focus this Month: 

Keep track of all of those extra parts. We can use them here!
        • Plastic Bottles
        • Paper Towel Rolls
        • Buttons
  
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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"It is encouraging the wonder and possibilities that can only come from a child and his innate desire to explore the world around them."

"It is cultivating a strong relationship with my child through learning and play and being active in the process we create together. "

It is creating a natural environment full of beauty and reflection: small natural objects, mirrors, light, wooden toys and quality experiences. "
May Meals to Go w/Patti 
 
May 4th  
   Entrée:
Sweet Chili Glazed Chicken Wings 
  Dessert:  
Blueberry Tarts  
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May 11th 
Entrée:   
Meatloaf with Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole 
Dessert:  
Cherry Cheese Cake 
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May 18th
Entrée: 
Fried Chicken with Garlic & Chive Mashed Potatoes 
Dessert:    
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting 
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May 25th 
Entrée:  
Muffuletta Subs w/ a Tomato, Cucumber, Avocado Salad 
Dessert:     
Butterscotch Peanut Bar

 
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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 : Parmesan Zucchini Chips 

Ingredients:
  • 2 medium zucchinis, sliced into 1/8" rounds 
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1.5 cups of freshly grated Parmesan cheese 
  • Hidden Valley Simply Ranch, for dipping 
Directions:
  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a metal baking sheet with parchment paper or foil
    1. If using foil, spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray) 
  3. Slice zucchini into thin slices
  4. Optional step: lay out on a paper towel to dry for 20 minutes. Place another paper towel on top of the zucchini slices and press lightly. This will help remove some moisture which will help the zucchini crisp a little more. 
  5. Arrange zucchini in a single later on the prepared baking sheet. It's okay if they are touching as they will shrink during baking. Place about a teaspoon of freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top of each slice. 
  6. Bake for 20 - 22 minutes or until golden brown on top. 
  7. Cool for a few minutes before transferring to a plate. 
  8. Serve with Hidden Valley Simply Ranch for dipping. 


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