At Little Ones we are lucky to have families from a variety of cultures, and one of our goals is to foster tolerance and respect for all people. When children are born, they come to us without biases about other people regardless of their race, culture, gender or abilities. We would hope that if we raise our children in a home without prejudice, that they would remain that way. Unfortunately, society’s messages are sometimes too pervasive. As parents and teachers, we need to take positive action if we want our children to grow up comfortable with who they are and respectful of others. In order to do this, at Little Ones we try to choose books, dolls, and even pictures on the walls that reflect a balance and show children what they see too little of elsewhere. We try to make a point of communicating that both men and women of all ethnic backgrounds can do a variety of jobs, that both men and women can do the same jobs, and that even though we are all different that we are all the same. We try to talk about how even though some things are easy for some of us, that the same things may be hard for someone else. We try to use terms like mail carrier instead of mailman, which implies that only men deliver the mail. We are committed to helping children grow up confident of their own identity, respectful of other people, and aware of the rich diversity of their community and the world. Thanksgiving is also a time that we can communicate respect for others. At Thanksgiving, we focus on families, corn, being thankful and a little bit on Native American culture. Talk about Pilgrims and Indians and “our” story of Thanksgiving tends to pass on stereotypes to our children. Also, even though this is time of celebration for Americans, it is also a time of mourning for many Native Americans, since it was a time that they gave up their land. Therefore, as a staff we have decided to respect this mourning time. What better way to communicate respect for others! You, as parents, are even more important than we are in your child’s development of attitude. If you have any questions about how we are addressing issues of bias and diversity or if you want to talk about issues that arise at home, please don’t hesitate to ask. We will be talking a lot about families and being thankful in November and wish you and your family a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
Don’t miss Parent University, which is being held Saturday, November 3rd from 7:45 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Glenbrook North High School. There are numerous workshops to assist parents with communication, setting limits, sibling rivalry, anxiety, etc. The cost is $25 if you register by October 22nd and $30 from then on and at the door. Babysitting is also available.
(1) Don’t forget Parent Teacher Conferences are on Thursday and Friday, November 8th and 9th. There are no regular preschool classes on conference days.
(2)Priority registration for the 2013-2014 school year for currently enrolled children and siblings will begin on Monday, November 12th. Please make sure to register on time to secure your child’s spot for next year. Registrations will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis. Registration will be open to new families in the community on Monday, November 19th.
(3)Don’t forget that there is no school from Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving.
(4)Don’t forget to bring in extra clothes that are appropriate for the winter and switch them for the other clothes you have on hand.
(5)Don’t forget to read the wipeable board outside your child’s classroom everyday, so that you are aware of what your child has accomplished that day. This will also enable you to talk to your child about his/her day on the way home or at the lunch/dinner table.
(6)Please make sure that when you are exiting Little Ones on Sanders Road, that you form 2 lanes (right turn and left turn). This will enable exiting to flow more quickly and smoothly. Please park behind Little Ones, and not behind the church.
Thanks to all of the parents who have made playdough with their child to bring to school.
Thank-you to those of you who have made book donations to Little Ones in honor of your child’s special day.
Thank-you to those of you who have supported the Pam Stern Scholarship Fund by purchasing acknowledgement cards.
Congratulations to the Little Ones staff for obtaining their CPR and First Aid re-certification this past month.