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My name is Christina Lee and I have been the Director at Rogy’s Learning Place in Morton since January 2011. Before coming to Morton, I worked for 3 years at Rogy’s Learning Place as a Preschool teacher in Normal on Kays Drive. I have loved every moment of my time in child care. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Illinois State University and knew that daycare was exactly where I wanted to spend my time and exercise my knowledge. We strive to have a center that makes the children our focus and helps to create a love of learning at an early age for our students. We encourage positive growth and development and do our best to meet the needs of the children as individuals. Childhood is such an amazing time in life and we are so happy to be a part of encouraging the leaders of tomorrow.
My name is Tina Wyman and I have a son (17) and a step-daughter (21). I’m very involved with my family. I have a 19 month old Grandson that I see everyday and seeing him grow is amazing! I graduated with an associates in Early Childhood. I have been in child care for 21 years. I’ve been with Rogy’s for 11 years. I love working with children and watching them grow. When a child accomplishes something, the smile of their face is priceless. Every child holds a special spot in my life.
We strive to teach children not only academically, but socially and emotionally as well.
As an approach to recognize positive behavior and reduce or eliminate challenging behaviors, Rogy’s implements a program to enhance social and emotional development and promote school readiness. The approach was developed by Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning or CSEFEL and uses a pyramid model to address the social and emotional needs of children. We at Rogy’s like to refer to this approach as PBS. PBS focuses on being proactive in preventing challenging behaviors by building positive relationships with our children and families, creating a supportive environment for our children, and finally, using specific strategies in teaching social and emotional development. With PBS in place, the amount of time addressing challenging behaviors has been reduced and in turn has allowed our staff to focus on the positive behaviors and to support all areas of development and learning in all children.
We work really hard to teach PBS strategies to our children and love the results that we get! It is an amazing program to help the children really blossom emotionally and learn to deal with different emotions and different situations. It also helps the teachers to focus one on one with children, especially during their difficult times. We want the children to learn through every experience to ensure that they are constantly growing. One way we help our children learn is through helping them understand what is going to happen that day. Most people appreciate some routine and consitency to their day, so our classrooms each have a . As we progress through our days, we want the children to focus on the positive as much as possible, so our teachers work hard to constantly develop different strategies to reassure the children that they are doing the right thing. For example, when they clean up, they can fill up the and earn a classroom party! With PBS, the children always want to be caught being good. . Our wonderful teachers love to reinforce positive behavior, so they pick a child, who has really shown growth emotionally, and name them the . Each child in the classroom gets an opportunity to show off their family, friends, likes, hobbies and more. A huge part of Rogy’s is knowing the children as individuals. It helps us to meet their needs specifically. We celebrate the uniqueness of each child that comes through our doors. When meeting the emotional needs of each child, we want to be sure that they have plenty of space to use to relax when they need a moment to themselves. We call this area our “Thought Spot”. We always offer posters, books, activities and comfy rugs and pillows to help the children understand their feelings and learn to control different types of emotions. Our teachers find it helpful to have some Super Heros and other popular characters around to be reminders to the children throughout their day as to what the classroom rules and expectations are. . Our ultimate goal is to help the children grow and to learn ! PBS is a huge part of our day. If you have any questions regarding our program, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Month of the Young Child!
Obviously, as a child care center, our main priority every day is children. We have so many wonderful children here and we are so grateful for the opportunity to get to know them and be a part of their early development. Building a strong educational foundation for them is something we strive to do in each of our classrooms. April is Month of the Young Child and we would like to take this opportunity to refocus on just how special each child is here at the center. We have some teachers who will be planning special activities for the month. Thank you to Ms. Gina, Ms. Tracie, Ms. Kayla and Ms. Ashley. They will be planning different activities for children and providing resources for families. Check out our calendar for ideas on how to carry the Month of the Young Child activities from the center to your home.
We have lots of news about pictures here at Rogy’s. First of all, the Easter Bunny pictures are in and available for viewing and purchase at the front desk. Prices are stated on each packet of pictures. We can accept cash or check and checks can be made out to Photography by Sharon.
Our next batch of pictures will be taken on April 24th, by Forever Memories. They will be taking spring pictures. Please dress your children in their Easter best for the pictures. You are welcome to send an extra set of clothes so that their nice clothes do not get dirty throughout the activities of the day. Outfits will not be provided by Forever Memories.
We will be having Parent Teacher Conferences the week of April 14th. Sign ups will be on classroom doors for you to meet with teachers and discuss your child’s progress. If the times on the doors do not work for you, please see Christina or Tina to determine another time to meet. All parents, whether they sign up for a conference or not, will receive a form showing their child’s growth through the last 6 months. We also ask that parents sign off on each of the child’s evaluations so we can make sure you receive their eval paperwork. Please be sure to see your child’s teacher during that week to sign the evaluations.
School Age Parents!
Spring Break is just around the corner. It is April 14-21. We will be planning different activities and field trips for the kids and a couple of them will involve the park and nature walks. Please be sure to have your child wear comfortable tennis shoes that can get dirty and please bring an extra pair of clothes just in case. On April 16th the school agers will be going bowling in Washington. The Kindergartners will be going the 17th. It is $5.00 for the field trip.
What to Bring!
We just want to remind everyone that we cannot have outside food brought into the center for individual meals unless we have a note from a doctor or religious official. We have several children with allergies throughout the center and we do not want to expose any children to something that may cause a reaction.
Also, please keep in mind that show and share days are on Fridays. Comfort items can be brought in for nap time each day, but extra toys should not be brought unless it is Friday, or a special event the teachers set up.
* Our spring book fair will be set up in the lobby through April 9th. Check it out and get some books for your child’s Easter basket!
*The sun is out and the temperature is slowly rising. Please be sure you have extra clothes for spring at Rogy’s.
Have an Amazing Month!
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Dr. Seuss’ birthday is Sunday, March 2nd. We will be celebrating all that following week by reading his books and dressing up. Our classrooms will be decorated to reflect some of his best work. We would also like to invite parents to come and read to the classes. Please see the sign-ups on the classroom doors to choose a time to come and read a Dr. Seuss book to your child’s class. Books will be provided for you to choose from. Dress up week will be March 3-7 and how to dress is as follows:
Monday: Wear Green
Tuesday: Hat Day
Wednesday: Dress Crazy
Thursday: Wear 2 Different Shoes
Friday: Pajama Day
Check out Seussville online to for fun games and activities related to Dr. Seuss! http://www.seussville.com/
If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2014 and will attend kindergarten in the Morton School District please call 263-2581 to make a pre-screening appointment. All kindergarten students must be pre-screened on March 13 and 14. They will start at 8am and end at 7pm. Please take your child’s birth certificate, social security card, vision exam, dental exam, physical and immunization records. If you do not have all the documents, you can bring them on registration day. Please be sure to call 263-2581 soon. The appointments are filling up quickly. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Staying Up to Date!
Prompt payment of tuition is helpful because it lets us focus on your child’s educational environment and not on collecting fees. All fees are due and payable in advance on Monday each week. Payment in full is required for your child’s scheduled days. Parents who become more than two weeks behind on payment may be asked to remove their children until all payment is made in full. During that time, the child’s position in our center cannot be guarnateed for re-enrollment. Please be sure you are keeping up with your bill and making payments on time. If you have any questions about weekly charges or what you owe, please see Christina or Tina.
Please be sure you are not bringing outside food into the classroom for your child to eat unless you have provided a doctor’s note for food allergies. We do have several children with allergies in the center, and we do not want to expose them to anything that is dangerous to them. When classrooms have parties, outside food is allowed as long as it is store bought, sealed and does not contain any nuts. We provide breakfast, lunch and snack each day for the children and without a doctor’s note stating what we serve is not healthy for the child, we cannot serve the children different food.
*The Easter Bunny will be here Wednesday, March 12th to take pictures with all of the children. Pictures will be available for viewing and purchase approximately one week later.
*There is a half day of school on March 7th for the school age children and no school on March 10th!
*We have our Spring book fair starting March 31st and will go through April 8th. Books would make great gifts for Easter baskets.
*Please be sure you are bringing in an extra pair of spring clothes for your child to have at the center.
Have a Spectacular Month!