Always reference our school calendar for upcoming events and school days off, so that you are able to plan accordingly.
- Ms. Genny -
The colorful leaves, cozy jackets, and “pumpkin-spiced everything” are in full swing, and here at Kids In Harmony, we are embracing the season with open arms. As we transition into Autumn, we have lots of in-stored fun and educational activities for our young, enthusiastic learners.
AUTUMN FESTIVAL WEEK
Make sure to mark your calendars for our annual dress-up party and Autumn-related themes in school happening from October 23rd – 27th. Please see attached info sheet. We highly encourage everyone’s participation!
Weather-permitting on October 27th, we will go “Trick-or-Treating” to nearby merchants and neighbors that we know. We cannot wait to see all the creative costumes our little stars will be wearing. Please ensure costumes are safe, comfortable, and easy for your child to move in. The children should come in wearing their Halloween clothes. If your child’s costume is bulky, bring in a change of clothing in a labeled bag to avoid mix-ups and lost items.
As always, treats are welcome but not required. Since many parents will be bringing in edible treats, please refrain from including “non-edible” items in the bag. This is just to make sure children do not ingest these non-food items by accident. Also, as defined by DCFS, the following food items are NOT allowed in school: hard candy, homemade food, popcorn, nuts, peanuts, raisins, grapes and berries. Only commercially bought and individually wrapped food are to be served to the children. If bringing in cupcakes, please send in only the mini ones, so they do not go to waste.
If you do not wish for your child to join in on the celebration of Halloween due to religious or personal preference, please let us know so we can plan accordingly.
We will also have a food sign-up sheet available in the office for those who wish to send class treats on October 27th.
CREATIVE HALLOWEEN CRAFTS.
Throughout the month of October, our little artists will be creating Halloween-themed arts and crafts to get into the spooky spirit. From ghostly handprints to pumpkin masterpieces, your child will have a blast while developing their fine motor skills and creativity.
SAY CHEESE! On October 20th, we will have our Holiday Picture taking in school starting at 7:30 am. If your child is wearing something cumbersome, kindly send a change of clothing. We will assist your child right after picture-taking.
Part-time students can have their pictures taken between 10:00 – 11:00 am.
No payment is required on picture day. Proofs will be sent home on the same day and orders can be done online. Picture packages are generally available after three weeks.
If you have other questions, please feel free to ask our staff.
Thank you for being a part of our Kids In Harmony Family. We cherish the opportunity to be a significant part of your child’s growth and development journey. If you have any questions or concerns, please always feel free to reach out to us at your convenience.
We wish you a joyful and pumpkin-spiced October!
TEACHER INSERVICE DAY
As stated in our Schoolyear Calendar, we will be closed on Monday, October 9th. Every Early Childhood Educator is required by DCFS to complete annual Inservice hours which is mandatory, in order to continue employment in a teaching facility. The remaining required hours will be completed in February. Please mark your calendars!
ITEMS FROM HOME
Please refrain from sending your child to school with a toy or item from home. Zippy cups and bottled water are not necessary to be brought to school, as we have water breaks throughout the day. Naptime items which provide comfort and sense of security are welcome but should be kept in the cubby when not in use.
We always welcome books for sharing in class. However, other items that are fragile or will cause hardship when lost or broken, should be kept home. As always, please remember to label your child’s belongings.
SET OF CLOTHING
Please make check with your child’s teachers and be sure to leave a set of clothing in school: Long-sleeved shirt, pants, underwear, and a pair of socks. Also, as the weather gets colder, make sure to always dress your child accordingly. Send in a jacket for outdoor play.
If your child has an extra pair of shoes in school, kindly make sure that they still fit comfortably. Is it time to bring in a new pair?
UPDATED MEDICAL FORM
We will be sending home requests to update your child’s medical form in the upcoming weeks. Please be sure to complete this requirement in a timely manner, in order to avoid disruption in your childcare attendance.
HEALTHY AND SAFETY REMINDERS
As we all get ready for the coming cold seasons, it is a good time to remind everyone of the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19, the Flu, and RSV. Hopefully, we all understand the important part this step does in protecting ourselves, families, and the community.
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING PARENTS
for your contribution to the school:
Emery’s Parents – School supplies
Lucy Yew’s Parents – Classroom supplies
Cy’s Mom – Donut treat for the staff
Please keep KIH in mind for children’s books, scrap paper for our writing and art centers, and craft items that you no longer use at home. We can never have too many fun items in class. The children are genuinely thrilled to work with a variety of materials, as they add interests and layers of fun learning at any given time.