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. 
September Notes of Interest

New Chef:
We have hired a new chef named Dee! She has been working with us for a few weeks now and is enjoying learning all about the kids. Please give her a warm welcome when you see her. With that, we have started our meal to go program again. So exciting!

Creative Movement & Spanish Classes:
Creative Movement and Spanish classes are starting up again! 
     1) Creative Movement will begin the first Wednesday of September, (but will be held each Tuesday from there on out). If you would like your child to take this class, please turn in your registration form and first months payment to the folder on the parent bulletin board in the lobby. 
     2) Spanish classes will begin on September 11th for 4 and 5 year olds. Registration forms can be turned in to the appropriate folder on the parent bulletin board in the lobby. 

Fingerprinting Services:
If you are interested in having your child's fingerprints taken for a child ID card, we will be hosting a fingerprinting service on September 15th in our lobby starting at 3pm. 

Scholastic Book Fair:
We will be hosting our semi-annual scholastic book fair during the week of September 18th! Just a reminder that 40% of the proceeds will get donated back to us in the form of books for the classrooms. Be sure to check it out! 

World Wide Day of Play
Join us at the World Wide Day of Play on September 30th in Uptown Normal. This is a very fun event for children of all ages. 
 
 
Upcoming Dates
 
September 4th: Closed for Labor Day
September 6th: Creative Movement begins
September  5th: School Age Day
September 9th: SNL @ K1 from 5pm-10pm
September 11th: Spanish starts for 4 & 5 year olds
September 15th: Fingerprinting Services provided 
September 18th - 22nd: Scholastic Book Fair
September 22nd: St. Jude Bike - a - Thon 
September 29th: Katie's Kids Day of Play
September 30th: World Wide Day of Play

October 3rd: Rader Farms Preschool Field Trip
 
Closure Dates for 2017 
 
Please click here  to view the Katie's Kids Center Closure list for 2017.
   
  
        
St. Jude Trike-a-thon

We are hosting a St. Jude Trike-a-thon in order to help raise funds for St. Jude's Children Hospital. Our preschool aged children will have a fun week learning about bicycle safety, earning a drivers license, and resting up for their big event with a pajama day. The actual trike riding will be held at 11:00am on Friday, September 22nd. Each of our preschoolers should have gone home with a packet explaining how to ask for sponsorship. However, if you have any further questions about the event, feel free to ask someone on the leadership team at the front desk. 

During the week we will also have a change drive occurring in the lobby. Please consider donating your spare change to this worthwhile cause.


School Age Day

We will be hosting a school age day on September 5th. Please let us know if your child will need care that day. 



Saturday Night Live
At Katie's Kids @ Ft. Jesse 
Saturday, September 9th    
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.
 
 
 
Loose Parts Donations -   
 
Our Focus this Month: 

Keep track of all of those extra parts. We can use them here!
        • Dried flower stalks
        • Bottle Caps
        • 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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Here is a beautiful read about children connecting to nature.
 
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 : Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad  

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (I used tricolor)
  • 1½ cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 mango, diced
  • Honey Lime Glaze:
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil for garnish
 
Directions:
  1. Rinse and prepare the quinoa according to package. Let quinoa cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, strawberries, blueberries, and mango.
  3. To make the glaze: In a small bowl combine the honey and lime juice. Drizzle over the fruit salad and toss to coat. Garnish with fresh basil   
 


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