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

Spanish Classes
Just a reminder, the first session of Spanish classes begins on September 4th. They will be held every Tuesday at 4:00-4:30pm in the gym. If you are still interested in signing up your 4 or 5 year old you can find the flyer on the Parent Info Board in the lobby. Or ask a member of the leadership team for help. 

Creative Movement
Creative Movement starts on Tuesday, September 4th. The class is open to any child who will turn 3 years old by December. If you would like to enroll your child in Creative Movement you can pick up a flyer on the Parent Info Board in the lobby.

Water Feature
The last day of water feature use is August 31st. Please make sure to take home all of your child's water gear during the first week of September, unless instructed otherwise by your child's teacher.

Prep Freeze Cook Fundraiser 
We will continue our Prep Freeze Cook fundraiser in September. Make your evening easier and have someone else prepare dinner for you! Pick up your order form in the lobby. So far, we have raised $177.60 (44% of our goal). Thank you for your continued support!

Back to School Supply
Thank you so much to everyone who donated supplies to the Back-to-School campaign! It was a very successful event this year and they were able to help a lot of children get the necessary items they needed for classes. 

Katie's Kids at the Links is celebrating it's 12th Anniversary this September! Thank you to all of the loving and dedicated teachers and families for making us who we are today. 
 
 
Upcoming Dates

September 3rd:  Closed for Labor Day
September 4th: Spanish and Creative Movement Begin
September 9th: National Grandparents Day
September 12th & 13th: Picture Days
September 15th: SNL @ K1 5:00-10:00 PM
September 18th: Katie's Kids 12th Anniversary
September 24th - 28th: Scholastic Book Fair
September 28th: Katie's Kids Day of Play
September 29th: World Wide Day of Play 

October 1st: New Tuition Begins



Closure Dates for 2018

Please click  here to view the Katie's Kids Center Closure list for 2018.
   
            
2018-2019 Tuition Rates

New Tuition Rates go into effect on October 1st. Each family affected by the rate change will need to sign a new financial agreement with the new rates.

We are also taking this moment to update our admission forms, which we are mandated to do by DCFS each year. Every family needs to fill out a new admission form unless you have enrolled in the past 60 days (from August to October).

These documents have been placed in your child's cubby. However you can also access them below. Once you have filled out your forms, please hand them in to a member of the leadership team at the front desk.

Thank you!!

Financial Agreement
Admission Form

Fall Picture Days - September 12th & 13th
With Creative Images

Here are a few more details:
-     Pictures will be taken of every child unless you state otherwise.
-          There is no obligation to buy the portraits.
-          Photos will be taken with plain white background and your child(ren) can bring a prop to be in the picture with them.
 
The schedule will be as follows:         
September 12th- Infants and ALL SIBLINGS (any age children with siblings)
S eptember 13th - Tod/2's and Preschoolers
  • Any combination of siblings will have pictures on Wednesday, September 12th
  • Pictures will be taken separately and together w/sibling unless otherwise stated.
If your child(ren) does not attend on their scheduled picture day, we will still take their picture on the day that they are here or you can bring them in on one of the days.


Saturday Night Live

Saturday, September 15th
5:00 -10:00 p.m.
@ Fort Jesse (K2)

Enjoy a night out on August 18th. 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. 

Health Corner

Germs
Are germs good for you? There are many types of germs. Those germs are divided into 4 categories: bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. Not all germs are bad, some are good for our bodies and help keep things in balance. Keeping everything clean is smart; however over cleaning could actually be killing off germs that can help strengthen our body's immune system. Make safe and smart choices.

Click below for more information.


            
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!

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Click here to view the 2018 - 2019 Season of Events

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

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

Farmer's Market
If you are looking for a variety of fresh farm products - including vegetables, fruits, cheeses, meat, eggs, plants, and more - visit the farmer's market on the downtown Bloomington square between 7:30AM and noon every Saturday through October. 

Hummingbird Festival
The 12th annual Hummingbird Festival and Pollination Celebration is taking place on September 1st at Sugar Grove Nature Center. Come between the hours of 10:00a, and 2:00pm to celebrate hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies while learning about the importance of pollination.

Open Cockpit Day
There will be an Open Cockpit Day on September 15th from 10am - 3pm at the Prairie Aviation Museum. Click here  for more information.

Ideas for Home
--------------------------------------------  
Infants and Toddlers learn so much by using their senses. Here is a great idea for edible sensory play.

Click  here for instructions!
 
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: 
  • Various nature items to be used as food in the outdoor playhouse (e.g., pine cones, short & thick sticks, bark, nuts, seeds)
  • Colorful bottle
  • Empty peanut butter style jars w/lids
Meals to Go

Did you know? In order to make our foot print a little less on this Earth, we use reusable food containers for our Meals to Go! We kindly ask that you rinse your containers and return them to the front desk at your earliest convenience . We will wash and sanitize these containers to be used for our next meals. 

_______________________


September 6th

Half Rack Ribs
Coleslaw
Moist White Cake
___________________ __

 
September 13th

Buffalo Chicken Croissants
Grilled Asparagus
Oatmeal Scotchies
______________________


September 20th

Tomato Basil French Bread Pizza
Potato Wedges
Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread
______________________


September 27th

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Fruit Salad
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
______________________


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: 
 
Pork & Snap Pea Lo Mein

Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
  • ⅓ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups snap peas, trimmed
  • 12 ounces boneless pork loin chops or tenderloin, trimmed, cut into thin strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-4 scallions, sliced

  
Directions:
  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch and sugar in a small bowl.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add snap peas and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add pork and cook, stirring, until no longer pink on the outside, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir the soy sauce mixture, pour into the pan and cook, stirring, until thickened, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the pasta to the pan and toss to coat with the sauce. Serve topped with scallions.
 

Katie's Kids Learning | @ the Links | 309.663.5800 |  Katie@katieskids.net | www.katieskids.net
STAY CONNECTED:
  
Like us on Facebook