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3224 S. Banker
Effingham, IL 62401

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Early Learning Center

“We strive to provide a strong, nurturing academic foundation and a positive first experience for ALL students attending the ELC.”      Learn more...

Visitors are Welcome!

You are always welcome at the school; however, VISITORS TO SCHOOL ARE REQUIRED BY STATE LAW TO REPORT TO THE OFFICE whenever they enter a school building. Please make sure you stop at the office to sign in and sign out when entering and leaving the building and wear a badge for the safety of the students. Thank you!

ELC Newsletters 

February 2015


for Preschool & Future Kindergarten Children

Unit #40 Preschool/Kindergarten Screenings will be held April 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th, 8:00am to Noon and 3:00 to 6:00pm.  Screenings will be held at Cornerstone Christian Church on South Banker Street in Effingham.  To schedule an appointment, parents can call Sharon Chesnut at Central School540-1400.

Preschool/kindergarten screenings are highly recommended for all Unit 40 children who are eligible to attend preschool or kindergarten in Fall 2014.  However, screening does not guarantee Early Childhood Special Education placement.

Screening Form



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Betsy Ross Visits ELC

Betsy Ross is credited for making the first American flag.  History states that President Washington requested that she make the first American flag of the United States of America.

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Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating six white.  The stripes represent the original thirteen colonies; the stars represent the 50 stars of the Union.  The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence, and Blue represents Vigilances, Preseverance and Justice. 

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ELC Celebrates the 100th Day of School

The students at the Early Learning Center celebrated the 100th Day of School by participating in a number of activities.

The boys and girls dressed up like they were 100 years old.

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The students wrote to 100.

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They wrote 100 words.

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The boys and girls wore fancy 100th Day Crowns.

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The students counted 100 items.

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And counted more items.

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Mrs. Moeller's 100 year old grandmother celebrated being 100 with her class.

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Happy 100th Day of School, E.L.C.! 

January High Five Reward Party at ELC

The students at the Early Learning Center with 'High Five Behavior' the month of January were rewarded with Snow Games.

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The boys and girls created 'Frosty the Snowman' using cotton balls.

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The students were 'Dashing Down the Trails' collecting after Christmas sale items in their shopping bags. 

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The boys and girls played 'Snowball Toss' and 'Snowball Freeze'.

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The students had 'Odd Odd Iditarod' races with stuffed animals.

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The boys and girls enjoyed a 'Snowman Snack'. 

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Keep up the great 'High Five Behavior' ELC! 

Santa Makes a Special Trip to E.L.C.

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Ho! Ho! Ho!

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All I wants is...

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Merry Christmas to all!

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See everyone soon! 


The Polar Express at E.L.C.

One of the most beloved children's books of all time, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg was introduced to the students at the Early Learning Center. The boys and girls took an imaginary journey on the Polar Express to the North Pole.  On their journey, they wore pajamas, drank hot cocoa and ate delicious cookies.  This was a memorable experience for all the students and staff. 

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As it is written on the last page of the Polar Express....."At one time most of my friends could hear the bell, but as year passed, it fell silent for all of them.  Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer her its sweet sound.  though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believe." 


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