SUMMER CAMP 2021


Many, many thanks to our KIH families who informed us of your intent to stay for summer 2021.  To those few who did not notify us at this time, we will note that your children’s last day at KIH will be on June 18th (Friday).  We will move forward and contact those on our waiting list, as to availability.

Please remember --- NO sandals or open-toe shoes for your children’s extra pair in school, as per DCFS regulation. Also, please replace your extra winter clothes set with summer clothing.  Check with your child’s teachers.


Lastly, always reference our school calendar for upcoming events and school days off, so that you are able to plan accordingly.

CLICK HERE TO GO CHECK OUR SY CALENDAR


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J U N E   2 0 2  1 

 


Hip, Hip, Hurray!!! Congratulations are in tall order as we highlight and brag about our little ones’ accomplishments in Early Childhood Education.  Surely, they have grown thus far! And from here forward, will only be achieving even greater things by leaps and bounds. Congratulations also to their parents, for making wise decision to invest in the children’s education early on.
To our graduates who will be moving on, we send you all our love. And with much pride, we all know that you will do very well! You will definitely be missed at KIH!


To our other students who will continue attendance at Kids In Harmony, we look forward to many new things in the coming school year, as we further build on what you have already learned and accomplished in PreK.
On this note, our RAINBOW CLASS will celebrate this joyous occasion   on Friday, June 4th at 2:30 PM.  It will be at Matthew Bieszcat Resource Center (6100 N. Central Ave, Chicago).  KIH will close at 12:30 PM on this day to allow everyone ample time to prepare for the show.  The show will begin promptly, so don’t be late.  
COVID-19  restrictions only allows for a maximum of 50 people.  Each child may only have 2 guests.  Should there be changes prior the show, we will inform you appropriately.


We will have “TO GO” food bags which you can all enjoy outdoors right after the show.  The venue is surrounded with parks and bike trails for your enjoyment.  


Parents wishing to sign up for reception food contribution may do so through Zelle or QuickPay.  Please make sure to indicate what the payment is for.  Thank you in advance for your participation and donation.
Once again, congratulations to this year’s graduates! 

OUTSIDE PLAY


Please always make sure that your children have appropriate outerwear every day. Remember to also label your child’s belongings in order to avoid mix-ups or lost items.

Summer Fun: 
Tips for Families to Have a Healthy,  Active Season  

JULY 5th, MONDAY


As stated in our school year calendar, we will be closed on this day for Independence Day Holiday.

Families who will be taking a day off or two during this week should inform us ahead of time. This will allow us to coordinate staff time-offs accordingly.  If you are taking a vacation at this time, please remember to cover your half tuition payment prior your vacation. As always, thank you for your cooperation.

Special Thanks To...

 

Cassie & Elias’ mom for the children’s backpack and soccer ball donation


Here are some safe, fun summer activities and ideas to get a jump-start on education following an unconventional school year.

ROAD TRIPS
As many states ease restrictions, it might be time to think about hitting the roads to explore the area. Here are some essential things to consider before you pack up the car and head out:

  • Be thorough. Consider calling ahead to any place you plan to go. Ask hotel managers how they are ensuring people’s safety. Ask about refund policies, if they reduce capacity, and what cleaning protocols are in place.
  • Do your research. What is the current COVID-19 case data at your destination? Is it low, or is the area experiencing a spike in cases?
  • Each state is different. Know in advance what the restrictions are.
  • Pack masks. It is best to have masks handy for everyone in the family, even if adults are fully vaccinated and especially for children who are not vaccinated. Some businesses require masks, as do hospitals, health centers, and public transportation.


EXPLORING YOUR COMMUNITY
Summer is a great time to get to know your community and explore new destinations and activities in your area. Perhaps a bike trail you have yet to explore or a farm where you can pick your fruit. Many communities are doing creative things to help support local businesses and restaurants — such as blocking the downtown area to promote outdoor dining. Now is the time to get to know your community!


BEACHES
New England beaches are popular in the summer and can be crowded. Here are some tips for enjoying the beach safely:

  • Know before you go: Be aware of parking rules and fees. Are the public restrooms open and cleaned often? Is food available at the beach, or will you need to leave your parking spot to get it?
  • When you pack up the sunscreen and snacks, be sure you include your mask and a few extras (in case they get blown away or taken by a seagull!).
  • Consider going to the beach at off-peak times. Some of the most beautiful, peaceful times at the beach are at dusk as the sun sets, the crowds dissipate, the air cools, and the moon shines. Take a camera for some great shots! You may even save on parking fees at these off-peak hours.


POOLS
Chlorine indeed kills most germs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to humans through pools, especially pools that are well-maintained and treated with appropriate chlorine levels. However, here are some things to keep in mind if you are at a community or hotel pool this summer:

  • If the pool gets busy, hop out and take a break until fewer people are in the water.
  • Consider wearing a mask when you are out of the water if it is crowded, especially for children who are not vaccinated yet.  


BABYSITTING
You may need childcare or a babysitter this summer. Here are some tips for a safer childcare experience:

  • Candid, open conversations are essential to a healthy sitter/family relationship, during the pandemic and in regular times, too.
  • Know if the prospective sitter is fully vaccinated or follows safe practices to prevent getting COVID-19.
  • Consider who should wear masks, especially if unvaccinated children are part of the gathering.
  • Have a plan if the sitter, child, or family member becomes sick with symptoms of COVID-19.


KEEPING UP WITH ACADEMICS
After this tumultuous school year, some children may have fallen behind with academics. Summer is an excellent time for learning. Use free resources, including local libraries and online programs, such as Khan Academy, Duolingo, and other academic sites. Reach out to your teachers or school administrators for suggestions on how to keep your child engaged with academics. Teachers may be available to offer small group or 1:1 instruction for students this summer. Schools or other programs may offer summer sessions. Ask around to see what other families are doing to keep students academically engaged this summer. 

One of the best ways to keep your child learning this summer is to encourage them to follow their passions. Perhaps they love drawing — dedicate a day each week to art based on children’s books. If they love the outdoors, have them build an outdoor fort using math and technical skills. Thinking out-of-the-box can be a fun and memorable way to keep young minds challenged.


IDEAS FOR TEENS
With some ingenuity, resilience, and creativity, teens can make this a memorable and impactful summer!

  • Free college classes and lectures are available online to jump-start fall classes or learn something entirely new. Check out edx.org for free courses on thousands of different subjects.
  • Learn a new skill like cooking. Online cooking classes abound, and what better way for them to help the family than to prepare some home-cooked meals!
  • Volunteer. Check with your local high school community service advisor for suggestions or ask adults who have careers that your teen is interested in pursuing if they have any ideas for volunteering this summer.

With planning, creativity, and safety in mind, you can enjoy the summer. Stay healthy!