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3224 S. Banker
Effingham, IL 62401

PH: 217/540-1460
Fax: 217/540-1484


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 

September 2013 Newsletter
October 2013 Newsletter
November 2013 Newsletter
December 2013 Newsletter  
January 2014 Newsletter  
February 2014 Newsletter  
April 2014 Newsletter
May 2014 Newsletter


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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November High Five Reward Party at ELC

The students at the Early Learning Center with "High Five Behavior" the month of November were rewarded with Thanksgiving Fall Fun games.

November 1 

The boys and girls played Turkey ring Toss.

November 2 

The students played Turkey Bowling.  We had a number of great bowlers.

November 3 

Have a great fun!

November 6 

The students played Pass the Turkey.  When the music stopped, the students selected a card and and did the action stated on the card.

November 4 

November 5 

The boys and girls enjoyed a Thanksgiving pie in a cup.

November 7 

November 9 

The students has Pumpkin Relay Races. They swept a pumpkin with a broom.

November 10 

November 8

Great fun together!

November 11 

They played Thanksgiving Picture BINGO.

 November 12

Keep up the fantastic 'High Five Behavior' ELC! 

V.I.P. Night 2014

The students at the Early Learning Center had a great evening with their special guest(s).  Students, Parents, Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts and special friends all enjoyed an hour of  kindergarten activities.  Everyone had the opportunity to choose from a variety of sports related activities that including a Trading Card Center, Play Book, Ball Toss, Face Painting, Hot Shot, Games, Hoop Shoot and Snack Shack.

Everyone had a fantastic time!

VIP 1 

Playing the Ball Toss.

VIP 2 

VIP 3 

At the Trading Card Center.

VIP 12 

Family Fun!

VIP 4 

Fun making a Play Book a.k.a. Read & Write the Room.

VIP 5 

Great shot at the Hoop Shoot.

VIP 14 

Go Team Family!

VIP 6 

Spirit Wear a.k.a. face painting was fun.

VIP 7 

VIP 8 

Go Team!

VIP 9 

Enjoyed playing Games with our V.I.P.

VIP 10 

Fun playing Hot Shot.

VIP 11 

Good food at the Snack Shack.

VIP 13

Everyone had a great evening of fun! 

ELA Centers at ELC

The boys and girls at the Early Learning have been working hard in their ELA Centers.

ELA 1 

This center is Letter Work.

ELA 2 

This student is in the Word Work Center.

ELA 3 

These students are using letter flash cards to practice sounds of each letter in the alphabet. 

ELA 4 

These students are reading books from their Book Boxes.

Great job ELC! 

E.L.C. Celebrated the 50th Day of School

The students and staff at the Early Learning Center celebrated the 50th Day of School with a 50's Party.

50s Day 1 (1)

The boys and girls came to school dressed in poodle skirts and rolled-up jeans as part of their attire for the day.  Everyone looked great!

50s Day 2 (1)

50s Day 3 (1) 

Some of the great highlights of the day were root beer floats and popcorn.

50s Day 4 

Yum! Yum! 

50s Day 5 

The students enjoyed creating with Play-Doh.

50s Day 6

50s Day 7 

The boys and girls did Hula Hops to 50's Music.

50s Day 8 

50s Day 9 

The students chewed bubble gum and blew bubbles.

50s Day 10 

50s Day 11

They had a great time with their friends playing games.

50s Day 12 

50s Day 13 

The students concluded the day with limbo and the 50's dance the "Hand-Jive."

50s Day 15 (1) 

50s Day 14  

Operation Lifesaver

The students at the Early Learning Center had the opportunity to be apart of Operation Lifesaver.  The boys and girls learned about railroad safety.  You can learn more about railroad safety at www.oil.org

Obie 1 (2)

The students listened and watched a presentation on railroad safety.

Obie 2 (3)

After the presentation, the boys and girls rode 'Little Obie the Train'.

Obie 5 (2)

Obie 3 (3)

All Board!!!

Obie 4 (2)

Obie 6 (1)

We had a great time and learned alot about railraod safety.  Thanks, Obie!  


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