November 2020

Our mission is to elevate child development to a new level by leading the social, emotional growth, and education of young children while providing a safe, welcoming, home-like environment with a caring, educated and professional staff that promotes partnerships with parents, children, and other childhood professionals.
Special Events
November 1
Set Your Clock Back One Hour

November 3
No School Day Unit 5
Election Day

November 9-22
Online Scholastic Book Fair

November 25
No School Day Unit 5

November 26 & 27
Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Please let us know if your family needs to change your days of attendance for this week or if your child will not be in attendance.

Hours of Operation:
Hours of operation will remain 7am to 5pm. With the colder weather we are asking families to stay with their scheduled pick up and drop off times. If your family needs to make adjustments to your drop-off and pick-up times, please communicate with Jody at

Drop Off and Pick Up:
Infants in Room 1 and 2 will drop off and pick up infants at the classroom doors.
Scholastic Book Fair...
Start your holiday shopping at our Scholastic Book fair! Shop our Scholastic Book Fair online from November 9-22! All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.

You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:
  • Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
  • All orders ship direct to home
  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • Katie's Kids earns 25% in rewards
Click on the link below to start looking through the book fair.

Happy Reading!

Mask Policy
Katie's Kids continues to request that all individuals who are dropping off or picking up a child to wear a mask. DCFS mandates mask be worn by all adults and children 2 years and over. Masks must be worn at all times tolerable except during meal times, nap, and playing outside.

Please place a mask on your child before entering the building in the morning.
School Age...
Katie's Kids will continue to provide e-learning on days your child does not attend in person instruction. According to the original 2020-2021 school calendar, the children will not have a in-person instruction or online learning on the following days. Katie's Kids will offer a program on no school days.
  • November 3
  • November 25

Late Start Instruction 8:45 Start Times
  • November 18
Health Corner...
Each month we are going to focus on a section of "My Plate"
This month we will focus on Grains...

According to the CDC website:
Diet and Academic Performance
  • Grains - Make half your grains whole grains: popcorn is a whole grain! Pop a bag of low-fat or fat-free popcorn for a healthier snack.
  • Whole grain pasta is great in baked dishes or pasta salad. If you choose refined grain pasta, make sure it's enriched by checking the ingredient list.
  • Ready-to-eat, wholegrain cereal is a tasty breakfast option or can be enjoyed as a whole grain snack.

What foods are in the Grains Group?
Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, grits, and tortillas are examples of grain products. Foods such as popcorn, rice, and oatmeal are also included in the Grains Group.
Grains are divided into 2 subgroups: Whole Grains and Refined Grains. Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel ― the bran, germ, and endosperm. Examples of whole grains include whole-wheat flour, bulgur (cracked wheat), oatmeal, whole cornmeal, and brown rice. Refined grains have been milled, a process that removes the bran and germ. This is done to give grains a finer texture and improve their shelf life, but it also removes dietary fiber, iron, and many B vitamins. Some examples of refined grain products are white flour, de-germed cornmeal, white bread, and white rice.
Most refined grains are enriched. This means certain B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid) and iron are added back after processing. Fiber is not added back to enriched grains. Check the ingredient list on refined grain products to make sure that the word "enriched" is included in the grain name. Some food products are made from mixtures of whole grains and refined grains.
How many grain foods are needed daily?
The amount of grain foods you need to eat depends on your age, sex, and level of physical activity. The amount each person needs can vary between 3 and 8 ounce-equivalents each day -- at least half of the grains you eat should be whole grains. Those who are very physically active may need more. Recommended daily amounts are listed in the table below. Most Americans consume enough grains, but few are whole grains.
*These amounts are appropriate for individuals who get less than 30 minutes per day of moderate physical activity, beyond normal daily activities. Those who are more physically active may be able to consume more while staying within calorie needs.

What counts as an ounce-equivalent (oz-equiv) of grains?
In general, 1 slice of bread, 1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal, or ½ cup of cooked rice, cooked pasta, or cooked cereal can be considered as 1 ounce-equivalent from the Grains Group. The table below lists specific amounts that count as 1 ounce-equivalent of grains towards your daily recommended intake. In some cases the number of ounce-equivalents for common portions are also shown.
We understand that children share a wide range of emotions and learning how to work through them is sometimes tough work for a child. Here are a few books we would like to share to help your child work through self control.

Older Infants:
  • "No No Yes Yes" - An book shows an expressive baby demonstrating familiar behaviors and their predictable responses 
  • "Quiet Loud" - Help teach your little one the difference between quiet and loud noises.

Toddler Books:
  • "No David" - The book offers plenty of 'projection' and gives parents a way of teaching discipline, behavior and manners in a way that it doesn't sound like it's Mommy/Daddy saying 'no' all the time.
  • "Llama Llama Mad At Mama" - llama and his mom go to the grocery store where Llama gets mad and frustrated, let's find out how they work through it.
  • "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" - issues, ranging from moral responsibility and blame, persuasion, and even punishment.

Preschool Books:
  • "Waiting is Not Easy" - patience, friendship, waiting, surprise
  • "Clark the Shark - Tooth Trouble" - celebrates boisterous enthusiasm – and knowing when it's time for indoor voices
  • The Way I Feel" - assist children in a range of emotions, including frustration, shyness, jealousy, and pride
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