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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 March 23, 24, 25, and 26, 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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The Reptile Experience

The students at the Early Learning Center with "High Five Behavior" in the month of February attended a presentation about reptiles with presentor Serengeti Steve.

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Serengeti Steve began his career in herpetology over 20 years ago and has been entertaining crowds ever since.  He has raised and maintained over 200 species of reptiles and arachnids from around the globe, including some of the world's cobras and mambas to alligators and komodo dragons.

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Steve's love for all animals is high on the list, his first love and driving force will always be entertaining children and adults his performances.  Steve has the ability to combine a thrilling comical presentation which involves audience participation.

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This participation included holding a snake.

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Including teacher participation.

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Steve introduced a lizard to the boys and girls. 

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The boys and girls were introduced to an alligator.

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Everyone has a chance to participate.

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The students saw even more animals.

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The boys and girls were given opportunities to help hold these unique creatures in a safe environment.  The students were thrilled to see, touch and hold these creatures.

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What an amazing experience! 

Learning is Fun!

The boys and girls at the Early Learning Center are working on putting letters in order.

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The students practiced with letter mats as wll as 'ice skating' on paper plates to find letters in order.

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The boys and girls use their Book Boxes and Whisper Phones to practice their Read to Self skills. 

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Great job, ELC! 

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! 


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