• October

             19  Parent Teacher Conference Week
             23  Picture Day
             27  Dine Out at Chipotle
             30 Spirit Day (Wear Red /white or blue or spirit wear)


             3  Presidential Election-No School 
             12  PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM
                     End of First Trimester
            13 Teacher Work Day-No School
            15  National School Board Member
                     Appreciation Day
                    Tuition Payment is Due
           16-20  American Education Week
           19 Progress Reports and IEP goal       
                     updates sent home
           23-27 Thanksgiving Break-No School

    Thank you to the Key Club from Wheaton North High School, the Jefferson Early Childhood Center PTA, and specifically PTA members Danielle West, Bre Stetka, Amy Giacone and Kim Engel for decorating our school.   We love our colorful fall decorations! To view all pictures please check out our FB site at Jefferson Early Childhood Center.


    Academic language is the vocabulary words that bridge the gap between academic concepts and critical thinking.  It lays the foundation for understanding of words to apply to tasks in later years. It provides context and meaning to what students are learning about. 

    In preschool, we want students to become familiar with academic language and it is often forgotten because young children are tasked with learning so much every day.  They are learning how to name objects, categorize things, make requests, and comment on things in their environment as they learn.  

    We want to challenge our children to think critically.  This is accomplished when they make comparisons, describe things they are excited about, and make sense of the things they experience each day.

    At Jefferson we are increasing the use of academic language in all of our classrooms.  Be on the lookout for handouts, activities, or challenges from your child’s teaching team to promote the use of academic language at home.

    PICTURE DAY: Picture day has been rescheduled for Friday, October 23.  Flyers were sent home two weeks ago and can still be used.  Parents may also order pictures on-line at www.mylifetouch.com   Jefferson’s Picture Day ID is EVTTSQ7CP. Pictures will be taken during gym time.  Those students who are in Virtual Academy are welcome to come to school any time between the hours of 3-5 pm that day to be photographed.  Due to COVID, there will be no class composite pictures this year.

    Please contact your child’s teacher or the school office at 630-682-2474.

    EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION:  Please visit your Parent/Vue account and update contacts and phone numbers.  This is needed in case of emergency and sending out important information communications.

    PARENT CONFERENCES: Parent conferences are scheduled for the week of October 19th. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have not already scheduled a parent conference.

    ATTENTION ALL MILITARY PERSONNEL (PAST AND PRESENT):   We would like to recognize all those connected with Jefferson Early Childhood Center students (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, etc.) who are currently serving in the military or have done so at any time in the past.

    As part of Jefferson’s observance of Veteran’s Day, you will be receiving a photo template with a letter of explanation next week for our Wall of Honor. Our Wall of Honor displays pictures of all of our beloved veterans as well as those who are on active duty. All pictures collected for the Wall of Honor will be returned after Veterans Day. Thank you for helping us recognize and honor those who protect us and keep us safe.



    Parents are being asked to do so many things right now! It is exhausting and overwhelming and sometimes in the midst of stressful times we as parents forget to stop and take care of ourselves! Taking care of ourselves is not selfish or neglectful to those around us, it is essential and critical to our ability to parent.  Here are some tips from The Child Mind Institute on ways to take care of ourselves. 

    Make time for yourself

    The pandemic has taken away much of the time that we might find for ourselves to decompress, maybe pre-pandemic you had time during a commute to and from work or social outings that are no longer happening.  So now we have to intentionally create that time where we can recharge, maybe that is taking a walk around the block by yourself, reading a book, taking a bath, or just quiet time after the kids have gone to bed. 

    Prioritize healthy choices

    We all know that we feel better and our bodies are healthier and stronger when we eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, and find time for physical activity

    Be realistic

    “Perfectionism and the coronavirus don’t mix,” says David Anderson, PhD, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute. Give yourself grace and set realistic expectations. This is an unprecedented time that none of us have ever experienced before. “Practice forgiveness and self-compassion,” says Dr. Anderson. We are all doing the best we can!

    Set boundaries

    Be aware of how much negative news you are exposed to.  Anxiety can be high in these stressful times so making a conscious effort to “unplug” right now is important. 

    Reconnect with things you enjoy

    This is a great time to bring back a hobby that you may have enjoyed in the past.  You can also consider learning something new.  Maybe you would like to learn to bake or knit or do some woodworking. If you are having a hard time finding kid free time you might introduce a new skill or try a new art project including the kids.

    Remember that taking care of yourself will help you stay calm and be more prepared to handle the day to day challenges that come your way. Taking care of YOU will increase your ability to care for your family!

    JIM GILL: This week the students and families were able to enjoy Jim Gill’s virtual music assembly. In addition to Jim playing for our virtual ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this year, Jefferson staff use his educational songs in classes. Thank you to the Jefferson PTA for sponsoring this educational enrichment event.

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