Monthly Archives: March 2016

April Showers

“April Showers bring May Flowers!”

As we begin the month of April, we hope we will all be able to enjoy warmer weather and many beautiful spring days.

We begin our month by posing for spring pictures. All of our children will be taking pictures, including our Kindergartners, who will be taking their graduation pictures.

In the month of April we are excited to learn about Europe, Pinnacles, Invertebrates and Botany!

We end this month by giving our parents an opportunity to come and observe their child in their classroom. We also look forward to our International Potluck. We are excited for the month of April!

Niles Egg Hunt 2016

We would like to thank all our parents that volunteered and donated in making our annual Easter egg hunt a success for all our Friends. As the classes begun this morning, all our children anticipated their turn to start their hunt. We heard “this is amazing” and our friends faces had big bright smiles as they scattered all around in the playground in hunt of Easter goodies. At the end, our friends were very much happy and eggs were shared all amongst each other. We appreciate all your generosity in making this event a memorable one for all our Niles Friends.


Easter Egg Hunting Schedule

Happy Monday!

This is a gentle reminder that our Easter Egg Hunting Day is this Thursday, March 24th from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. in the school grass field area or in the courtyard if weather permits. Some children made their own buckets from recyclable materials and other children decorated brown paper bags for egg hunting. Please let the front desk or your child’s teacher know if you do not wish your child to participate in this activity.

Parents are welcome to join with their children in egg hunting. Have fun and enjoy the moments together!

Please let us know your questions or concerns. Thank you for your generosity!EGGG

Egg Dyeing and Egg Hunt Activity.

This is a friendly reminder of our upcoming Easter Activities.

Easter Egg Dyeing Activity

The children will be dyeing the eggs prior to the Easter Egg Hunt Activity.

Classroom 1, Classroom 2 and Classroom 3 will be dyeing their eggs on Thursday, March 24th  2016.

Classroom 4, Classroom 5 and Classroom 6 will be dyeing their eggs on Friday, March 25th  2016.

Easter Egg Hunt Activity – Friday, March 25th,2016

Our Easter Egg hunt will begin at 9:00. Each class will have 15 minutes to look for hidden eggs.

The schedule is as follows:

Classroom 1:  9:00 – 9:15        Classroom 2: 9:15 – 9:30
Classroom 3: 9:30 – 9:45          Classroom 4: 9:45 – 10:00
Classroom 5: 10:00 – 10:15     Classroom 6: 10:15- 10:30


The Scientific Method

March 15, 2016
Dear Science Fair Family Project Participants,
Happy Tuesday!
We would like to thank you for your interest in participating in this year’s Science Fair. It is stated in the Science Fair Guidelines that the scientific method will be used in making the science project. Scientific method is a way of doing a science experiment or hands-on demonstrations.
Doing a science experiment is a wonderful opportunity to introduce children to the concepts of observing, predicting, investigating and testing. It is important to give the children the chance to experiment where they need time to investigate things on their own and generate their own questions. Brainstorm with your child prior to starting the science project.
A sample of the scientific method: With guide and instructions
Topic or Title: Soil Exploration
Problems or Questions: What are the living things and non-living things that are found in the soil? (Before the children can test their ideas, they need to discuss possible questions.)
Prediction or Hypothesis: This is the possible answer to the question. (Answer the question/s). I think that there are things found in the soil. Children can make their own predictions. Whatever was discussed should be written in their paper or notebook.
Materials: Tray or bowl, Wood stick, Backyard soil, Magnifying lens, Notebook and Pencil
Procedure/Do the experiment: Give the children a tray and collect soil from the backyard. Let the children dig in some soil and put it on the tray. Parent may dig in, too. Our goal is to let the children make their own discoveries and observations. Slowly and little by little use a stick to see if there are things mixed with the soil. Use a magnifying lens to enlarge the tiny or small things.
Observations: Watch anything that moves, describe the shape, color and texture, even the smell, identify and record in the notebook. Ask the children to tell something about what they observe and see. Children can make their own interpretations.
Drawing: The children may draw what they saw, label the names of the living things or non-living things they identified.
Conclusion: Discuss outcomes. How did the living things (ants, earthworms, leaves, twigs) go in the soil? Where do ants come from? Ask the children to go to a different spot in the backyard and dig in soil again. The children may compare the first soil with the second soil. Children relate and compare experiences with what’s happening to increase their understanding. Pictures of the science experiment may be posted as highlights onto the bulletin display board.
On the day of the Science Fair, Wednesday, March 30th, all projects will be displayed in the courtyard. When it is the child’s turn to present his/her project, the teacher will bring in the project into the classroom.
Classroom participants will have their space to display their science projects in the courtyard. All projects will be taken home at the end of the day.
The class presentation for rooms 2, 3, 4, and 5 will start at 9:00 A.M. Class presentation will be for the children only as the classroom has limited space. Parents are welcome to view the family projects at 1:00-4:00 P.M. in the courtyard on Science Fair Day.

St Patrick’s at Niles!

Dear Families and Friends,

This is just a friendly reminder that next week, Thursday, March 17th, the children may come to school in green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. In the classroom at cultural studies time, the children will make projects that depict the life and history of St. Patrick, the teachers will read stories about Irish-American culture and heritage. Making booklets about a leprechaun or counting for the pot of gold are interesting and fun activities the children will enjoy.

We welcome parents to come for a class presentation about Irish population to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The children are excited to hear your stories and learn more about this celebration. Your ideas are welcome and your child will be proud seeing you present a lesson. Please speak to your child’s teacher to schedule for a class presentation.

Please let us know your questions and concerns. Have a wonderful day!

Teacher’s Appreciation Luncheon

Team Niles, enjoyed  a lovely and a pleasant luncheon, to herald all our  teacher’s hard work and support.                                                                                                 DSC00931DSC00926DSC00924                                                                                               DSC00929DSC00934

Science Fair Project Guidelines!

Happy Friday!

Our goal of holding a Science Fair Family Project is to give our children the opportunity to discover how things work using the scientific method. It stimulates their imagination and critical thinking that build their confidence and learn to appreciate the world around them.

• Registration: Register the name of the child and write the topic by signing up in the science fair project sheet in your child’s classroom. Deadline for registration: Friday, March 18, 2016.

• Family Science Fair Project: A family member or an adult is advised to assist the child complete this project.

• Science Project Participants: Pre-K and Kindergarten children only. (Four and a half years old and above.)

• Follow safety procedures in doing the experiment: Safety first before you begin your experiment. Wear goggles and hand gloves and make sure that the child is supervised by an adult. Wash hands after doing the experiment and clean the area to avoid any contamination. Participants MAY NOT bring dangerous or hazardous chemicals, flammable materials, and live animals to school.

• Experimental Method: Do an experiment using the steps of the Scientific Method where the child must do a test or experiment to determine the answer to a question.

• Parents encourage their children to do an experiment as opposed to demonstration or model project.

• Display board: The scientific method will be mounted on a small sized tri-fold display board (28 in. x 40 in.) or 71 cm. x 101.6 cm.) that can be purchased at office supply stores. A sample of the science fair project will be displayed in the lobby.

• Contents of the display board: Topic, Materials Used, Problem/Question, Testable Hypothesis/Prediction, Observation and Outcome/Results.

• Family Science Project Presentation: On Wednesday at 9:00 A.M., the children will bring their display board to the classroom to be presented to their classmates.

• Science Fair Open House: The science fair projects will be displayed in the courtyard in the afternoon for our families and friends to view from 1:00 P.M.- 4:00 P.M.

• Display Boards Clean-Up: The display boards and all the materials used in the Science fair will be taken home at the end of the day.
Science Project Guidelines will be emailed and posted in your child’s classroom. Thank you for encouraging your child to participate in this event.

Please let us know your questions and concerns. Have a great weekend!

March Event Guideline

We are delighted to announce that March is our Science Fair month! Children will be learning interesting science and technology facts by experimenting with different materials they see around them. Preparing a science fair project is a good example of what Dr. Montessori calls active learning or “hands-on learning” in a prepared environment. It is an effective instructional method that every child needs to develop science literacy skills.

Below is our March event guidelines:

March 2, Wednesday: Dr. Seuss birthday celebration: The children will make book projects or activities that support reading and writing skills.

March 7, Monday –March 10, Thursday: Lifetouch Picture Taking Days: The schedule is in your child’s classroom and also to be emailed soon.

March 17, Thursday, School Day: St. Patrick’s Day: The children will come to school dressed in green! They will have fun and exciting activities related to St. Patrick’s history and origin.

March 24, Thursday: Egg Hunting Day: Parents are welcome to donate plastic eggs for their child’s classroom. Donations will be dropped off in your child’s classroom any time starting today. The schedule of Egg Hunting will be emailed and posted in your child’s classroom. Children may bring their own Easter baskets for egg hunting, unless the child’s classroom has a special project such as Easter basket crafts to use for this purpose. Please speak with your child’s teacher to confirm whether or not an Easter basket is needed for your child.

March 30, Wednesday: Science Fair Project Presentation in the classroom: This is an optional project for Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms only. A sample of a science fair project will be displayed in the lobby. A family member is required to help the child complete his/her project. The teachers will discuss more details to the children on how to prepare this science project. Science Fair guidelines will be emailed and also posted in your child’s classroom. Please speak to me, to your child’s teacher, or to the front desk for your questions and concerns.

Helpful Websites for Science Fair Family Projects:

20 Science Projects for Preschoolers