Issue: # 62June 9, 2014

"We don't accomplish anything in this world alone ... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something."

-Sandra Day O'Connor

Moving Up & Moving On

With the official end of our academic school year upon us, children are preparing to transition to the next stage in their educational adventure. Whether that means moving up a level in the Preschool Room or moving on to Kindergarten, teachers strive to make that transition as smooth as possible for children and their families.


Making the jump from preschool to elementary school can be stressful for some individuals. Parental concerns about transitioning out of the preschool program are often addressed during Spring conferences. Because our teachers have first-hand knowledge of the learning styles and temperaments of the children in our care, we can offer helpful suggestions to make this transition a positive experience. 


End of the year home visits for students exiting our GSRP program also proves helpful in the transition process. This allows preschool teachers to visit children in their home setting to celebrate their completion of preschool and upcoming move to Kindergarten. It also gives parents another opportunity to ask any lingering questions and a chance for teachers to share additional resources that may help with the transition process.

Excerpt from an Observation Notebook.

Painter's Paradise

Miss Ashley, one of our summer interns, will guide us through a Painter's Paradise this week. We are painting with everything imaginable. Some of the more unusual things to paint with include fly-swatters, spaghetti, marbles, and car wheels.


Painting outside can be a blast! Using chalk paint, we are painting up the sidewalks of our playground. You can paint on sidewalks at home with this simple recipe for chalk painting.

                1/3 cup Cornstarch

                1/3 cup Water

                Liquid water color or food coloring

Mix together adding enough liquid water color to achieve your desired color intensity.


Wednesday, June 11, we will walk to Goldsworth Pond where we will sit by the water and sketch the world around us. If you would like to join us on our Artist Walk to the Pond, please see Miss Jenny or Miss Ashley.


Thursday, June 12, Janey's mom, Corinne, will teach an art lesson. We're excited to find out what we will create.

Celebrating zoo animals.

Open-Ended Art

Toddler teachers believe that the process of creating art is more important than the end product itself. For that reason, children are encouraged to openly explore and utilize art materials, rather than always working to complete crafts that have predetermined outcomes. Open-ended art is appreciated and encouraged in our classroom, and we celebrate that this week in our Painter's Paradise.


This week's painting theme offers children an opportunity to express themselves creatively through art while exploring an assortment of painting styles and techniques. We'll use many unique and non-traditional materials to apply paint and explore art. Tools such as fly-swatters, spaghetti, and our feet are just a few of the mediums children can use while investigating cause and effect through painting activities. Regardless of the artistic creations made this week, children are sure to gain an appreciation for art!

Concerts In The Park

Bronson Park  June 15  4-5 p.m.  FREE

Concerts in the Park welcomes The Mickey's. 


Hailing from Kalamazoo, Amy Sherman and Julie Peebles front the compelling musical force known as the Mickeys. Identical twins, this striking twosome blends Americana, Alt-Country and Folk music; creating a unique acoustic sound with powerful harmonies and heartfelt lyrics. Their band boasts two other talented players: Bascom Peebles on guitar and dobro and Tom Rogers on bass.


The Stage at Kindleberger  Parchment  June 15  6:30 p.m.  FREE

Old Friends - Simon & Garfunkel Tribute 


Old Friends is the premier Simon and Garfunkel tribute show dedicated to the timeless music of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. Performed by long time friends Nick Foresman and Jason Elsenheimer, complete with a full back up band, Old Friends faithfully reproduces the sound, look and feel of this legendary American duo in their most famous concert ever.


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In This Issue
Moving Up & Moving On
Concerts in the Park
Important Dates
Campus Kids
Important Dates 
Billing for 
June 2-13
Due June 3
  Late by June 13 
Preschool & Campus Kids Field Trip to Goldsworth Pond
Wed. June 11
Preschool & Campus Kids Art Lesson by Corinne Satterlee
Thursday, June 12
Toddler Field Trip to Flag Pole
Friday, June 13
Family Fun Night
Tuesday, June 24
6-7:30 p.m.


June 9-13
Painter's Paradise
Campus Kids will experiment painting with anything and everything you can think of to create the Campus Kids Unique Art Museum.
Next week -
Kids in the Kitchen
Let's get cooking during a week filled with kid-friendly food creations.

are available for toddlers, preschool and school-age children.