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2018-19 School Year at Tree of Life of Lake Zurich, IL
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May 2020 Preschool News

Hello everyone! I hope this article finds you all healthy and hopeful! Unfortunately, we will not be able to return to preschool in May to finish up the remainder of the year, since the governor has extended the stay-at-home order 'til May 30th. However, I will still be offering Jesus Time lessons to each class and personal zoom meetings through the end of May. The Jesus Time lessons we will learn are as follows: "Jesus Returns to Heaven, God Sends the Holy Spirit, Timothy Learns About Jesus" and "Jesus Blesses the Children".

Additionally, once the stay-at-home order is lifted and I can get all end year things in order to give the children, I will hold a one-on-one meeting with each family to wrap up the school year. During this meeting I will give them all the missed work from April and May, portfolios, things left in their cubbies, as well as say "goodbye" so we can all have some closure. Obviously, this is not the way any of us wanted to end the school year, but it is our reality and so we deal with it and move on trusting God to strengthen us, keep us positive and close to Him as we navigate this changing world.

Thanks to all my helpers this year and all the families and their students, as it was truly a blessing to get to work with all of you! I look forward to returning in the fall and getting to see all my returnees and want to say BEST OF LUCK to all the four-year-old children moving on to kindergarten, as I know you will all do great! As a tribute to the four-year-old class and as we say every year at our final spring show...KINDERGARTEN HERE WE COME!

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director

Parents & Students say good-bye to Mrs Lori at the end of the school year.

April 2020 Preschool News

I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. I am really hoping we will be back to school at the end of April, beginning of May, or shortly after that, as we all miss all the children and their families.

During the month of May we will be learning all about "Signs of Spring" and Celebrating Earth" in the three-year-old room. In the four-year-old room we will learn about "Insects" and "Celebrating Earth." During Jesus time we will learn the following stories: "Jesus Remember Me, Jesus Is Alive, Jesus Died for Me" and "Jesus Makes Breakfast". If all goes well we will enjoy a field trip to a local park to help clean it up and then enjoy some playtime. This field trip is for both classes.

Additionally, we will begin working on the songs and lines for our final "Spring Show" which will be held (tentatively) on Sunday, May 17th at 1:30 pm. As always, all friends and family are invited to join us, as well as any church members who would like to come and watch, so please be sure to mark your calendars.

Finally, I will be holding final parent/teacher conferences in May.

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director

March 2020 Preschool News

In the month of March we will be very busy learning all about "Community Helpers" in the three-year-old class and all about "Life Under the Sea" and "Reptiles and Amphibians" in the four-year-old class. During Jesus time we will learn the following stories, "Two Copper Coins", "Blessed is the King", "Jesus Washes Feet" and "Jesus Remember Me". Both classes will enjoy a field trip during the month that goes with the themes they are learning. The three-year-old class will enjoy a trip to the Fire Station while the four-year-old class will enjoy an in-class field trip about "Reptiles and Amphibians". Additionally, I will be very busy this month testing the children and preparing for our final parent/teacher conferences which will take place in the following month of April. Both classes will be on spring break the week of March 23rd through March 27th, with classes resuming on Monday the 30th and Tuesday the 31st, respectively.

One final note, we did have an open house on Wednesday, February 5th, where four families visited our school and one has even already signed up for the next school year! Please remember, if you know of anyone looking for a preschool for 3's 4's or our brand new 2's program, please send them our way.

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director

February 2020 Preschool News

January was a long and rather cloudy month, but we did get outside and enjoyed some snow play, which is always very fun for the children!

February will be a busy month with the three-year-old class learning all about "Shapes" while the four-year-old class will have two themes for the month. At the beginning of the month they will learn about ""Hearts & Valentines" and then for the end of the month we will learn the theme "Healthy Living". Both classes will enjoy Valentine's Day pajama parties. In addition, the three-year-old class will go on a field trip to hunt for "shapes" at Trader Joe's and the four-year-old class will have a special visit from dental hygienist Barb. During Jesus time both classes will learn the following stories: "One Lost Coin", "The Lost Son" and "The Lost Sheep".

Finally, please note that we have begun to accept registrations for the 2020-2021 school year and we will host an open house event on Wednesday, February 5th from 6:30-8:00 pm. If you know anyone with a 2, 3 or 4-year-old, please send them our way! Additional information can be found downstairs at the preschool display as well as open house fliers that can be handed out.

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director

January 2020 Preschool News

New Year to everyone! I hope that everyone had a blessed Christmas celebrating our Savior's birth. Preschool will officially resume on Monday, January 6th for the four-year-old class and on Tuesday, January 7th for the three-year-old class. During the month of January the four-year-old class will work on the themes "Winter" and then "Polar Animals." The three-year-old class will work on the theme "Winter Weather". During Jesus Time we will learn the following stories, "Gifts for a King", "Jesus Goes to Church", "Love Your Neighbor" and "The Farmers Seeds". Additionally, the four-year-old class will enjoy a field trip on the last day of the month to Clay Monet to paint penguins, wrapping up our Polar unit.

Finally, both classes will have vision and hearing testing on Monday, January 27th and Tuesday, January 28th.

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director

December 2019 Preschool News

It's hard to believe that we are already in the month of December, but I'm sure this month will fly by too. First, I want to welcome our newest student Everett as he starts his first day on Monday, December2nd. It will be nice to add another boy to our fours program.

During the month of December, I am finishing up meeting with parents to discuss their child/children's progress on December 2nd and 8th. Additionally, we are continuing to work on our Christmas Program which will be held Sunday, December 15th at 1:30 PM. During this month the children will talk about Christmas with the main focus being on Jesus' Birth. We will also be making special gifts to give to their parents. During Jesus Time we will learn the following stories: "Mary's Big News, The Savior is Born" and "Go and Tell." Both classes will enjoy a craft day mid-month as well as a Christmas Party on their last days of school before break. The Preschool children are invited to sing one of their songs with the Sunday School children on Christmas Eve as well.

Preschool will be on Christmas break from December 23rd through January 3rd with classes resuming on Monday, January 6th and Tuesday, January 7th, respectively.

May God Bless you this Christmas Season and into the New Year!

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director

Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool 2019 Winter Program
December 15th, 2019

November 2019 Preschool News

We are now entering our third month of preschool and I feel that overall our routines have gotten much smoother. I know that the month will be extremely busy with preparing for our parent/teacher conferences and getting ready for the Christmas Program, which will be held on Sunday, December 15th at 1:30 pm. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!

This month in preschool the three-year-old class will be learning about ''Our Five Senses'' and the four-year-old class will learn about ''Native American Indians'' and ''Thanksgiving.'' During Jesus time we will learn the following stories, ''Hannah Prays; Samuel, Samuel,'' and ''David Plays for the King'' (in the three-year-old class) and ''Mary's Big News'' (in the four-year-old class). Both classes will enjoy a field trip mid-month to the Marriott to see the play ''Madagascar.''

Finally, we will be on Thanksgiving Break starting Wednesday, November 27th through Friday, November 29th. May you all have a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director

October 2019 Preschool News

We are now entering the second month of preschool. We have gained a new three year old student which brings us to thirteen in that class.

During the month of October the threes will be learning ''Colors'', while the four year old class will learn about ''Fall & Pumpkins''. Both classes will enjoy a field trip to Country Bumpkin on the 22nd and 23rd. They will also both enjoy fall parties on Wednesday, October 30th and Thursday, October 31st. During Jesus Time we will learn the following stories: ''Noah's Big Boat'', ''Counting the Stars'', ''God Keeps Baby Moses Safe'', and ''God's Rule Guides Us''. Additionally, I will begin testing the children and doing observations to prepare for our November parent/teacher conferences.

Finally, the preschool children and invited to sing with the Sunday school children for the first time this school year on Sunday, October 6th.

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director

September 2019 Preschool News

Well, here we go...another year of preschool is about to begin! On Tuesday, September 3rd the 3-year-old class will officially start their first day, with the 4-year-old class starting on Wednesday, September 4th. We have 18 children enrolled in our 4-year-old class and 12 children enrolled in our 3-year-old class. We will start the year off in the 3's class learning the theme ''All About Me and My Family.'' The 4's will start the first week ''All About Me,'' then go to ''Apples,'' and finally finishing off the month learning about ''Pets.'' During the month the 3's will enjoy a special ''Family Read Day'' and the 4's will enjoy a field trip to ''Petco'' to finish our study on pets. During Jesus Time the children will learn the following stories, ''God Made the World, God Fills Our World, God Made Me,'' and ''The Sneaky Snake.'' Picture day will be on Tuesday, September 17th and Wednesday, September 18th. In addition to our regular preschool program we will also have enrichment classes all five days with 3-9 children attending each day.

I am anticipating another great year and look forward to getting to know all our new families and reconnecting with my past families as well. As you can see it will be a very busy year of learning and fun!

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director