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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 

December 2015


for Preschool & Future Kindergarten Children
Unit #40 Preschool/Kindergarten Screenings will be held March 15, 16, and 17 8:00am to Noon and 3:00 to 6:00pm and on March 18th 8:00am to 2:00pm.  Screenings will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 600 West Temple Avenue in Effingham.  To schedule an appointment, parents can call Sharon Chesnut after February 8th at Central School217-540-1400.

Preschool/kindergarten screenings are highly recommended for all Unit 40 children who are eligible to attend preschool or kindergarten in Fall 2016.  However, screening does not guarantee Early Childhood Special Education placement.

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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 shown 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 is 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 years passed, it fell silent for all of them.  Even Sarah found on Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound.  though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believe."

November High Five Reward Party

The students at the Early Learning Center with 'High Five Behavior' were rewarded with November Fun!

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The boys and girls listened to Thanksgiving stories.

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The students made a turkey puppet.

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Keep Up the 'High Five Behavior'!


V.I.P. Night at E.L.C.

V.I.P. Night at the Early Learning Center was a show by presenter Serengeti Steve.

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Serengeti Steve began his career in herpetology over 25 years ago and has been entertaining crowds ever since.

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He has raised and maintained over 200 species of reptiles and arachnids from around the globe, including some of the world's deadliest cobras & mambas to alligators & komodo dragons.  Although Steve's love of all animals is high on the list, his first love and driving force will always be entertaining the children and adults attending his performances.

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Steve's greatest asset is his ability to combine a thrilling yet comical presentation which involves audience participation. The attendees will be given the opportunity to help hold these unique creatures in a safe environment, but do not worry, Steve's deadly animals will not be used for the crowds interaction.

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Everyone a great time!  Thanks to Steve and everyone who attended.

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

The students and staff at the Early Learning Center celebrated the 50th day od School with a 50's Party.  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!

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

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The students enjoyed creating with Play-Doh.

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The boys and girls did Hula Hops.

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The students chewed bubble gum and blew bubbles.

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They played board games.

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The boys and girls concluded the day with a Sock-Hop and limbo to 50s music.

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Winter is Coming!
The weather is turning colder.  Please remember to dress your child in a warm coat, hat and mittens.  We go outside for recess if the temperature and wind chill factor are above 20 degrees.

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