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Get Your Preschooler Ready for Kindergarten

Kindergarten is an important and exciting experience in your child’s life. It represents one of his or her first steps toward independence, provides the foundation for his or her academic life, and even allows your child to practice the basics of social interactions. There are numerous ways to prepare your child for kindergarten, but the five listed below are some of the most important.Read to Your Child Reading will play a role in the rest of your child’s life. After all, just about everyth..

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Outdoor Activities for Preschoolers

Summer is just around the corner, and that means kids will want to go out, play, and have fun. Though free play is absolutely vital to your child’s development, it’s important that you also incorporate some structured learning into each day. Here are some of the best and most exciting outdoor activities that will spark your child’s desire to learn and creativity.Plant a GardenSmall kids love watching things change and grow, so a garden is a fantastic idea. Gardens teach lessons about biolo..

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Get Your Child Ready for Pre-K

Sending your child to pre-K for the first time is a big step for both you and your child. There is likely some apprehension as you worry about how to handle things like separation anxiety or perhaps even social struggles. Fortunately, there are things you can do during the summer months to help prepare your child for pre-K and make every single day from the first to the last a wonderful experience.Start Practicing Your Before-School RoutinePre-K typically occurs in morning or afternoon sessions,..

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Conversations about School Violence

With all of the violence in today’s schools and the nonstop media coverage that follows, it’s only reasonable to expect that your child might have questions. If your preschool-aged child comes to you with questions or concerns about violence in schools, it’s best to handle it as simply and as matter-of-fact as possible. Here are some guidelines for discussing school violence with very young children. Find Out Why Your Child is Asking First things first, before you can truly provide the rig..

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Conversations About School Violence

Thanks to the digital age, there is information at our fingertips. Unfortunately, not all of this information is positive, and even very young children are exposed to negative media. If your preschool-aged child comes to you with questions about school violence, you may be curious about the best way to handle it. Here are some tips and guidelines for helping your child feel safe and at ease during such a conversation.Consider Your Child’s AgeVery young children are especially curious about the..

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Private School for Pre-K

For many families, private school makes sense for older children who need more academic challenge than public school alone can provide. What’s more, Catholic families often find that private school offers a more well-rounded approach to education that includes both religious and academic upbringing. There are also a few reasons why private school is a better alternative for younger children, including those in Libertyville, Lake Bluff, and Lake Forest entering pre-K. More One-on-One Time The p..

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Kindergarten Fire Truck Ride

Work hard and play hard, the Kindergarten annual Fire Truck Ride is an East Lake Academy tradition. It was a beautiful day to ride on the truck and honor those who bravely take care of us in times of trouble. 

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Gorman’s Grocery

The kindergartners are proud to announce the grand opening of their new grocery store: Gorman’s Gangs’ Grocery Store. We are currently open for business Monday- Friday during regularly scheduled school hours.  Upon our opening, each student received a bag of dimes and pennies of which they keep in their desks and use to grocery shop a couple of times a week. Each child has to determine if he/she has enough money to pay the labeled price of each item, or multiple items, and then pay the ex..

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Kindergarten News

Is it a bird? An ice cream cone? A dog? No, it is a cloud! The Kindergartners are studying nephology, otherwise known as the study of clouds! They have learned about the three main types of clouds: cirrus, cumulus, and cumulonimbus. They have studied the altitude the clouds are in, the type of particles they are made of, and what each type of cloud may produce. They also tapped into their imaginations and named various objects the cloud images reminded them of. Finally, each kindergartner create..

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Physical Education

At the start of the New Year the students were introduced to volleyball and badminton. The volleyball skills we have covered include:  Underarm pass (bump), underarm serve, overarm serve, setting, and blocking and spiking the ball over the net.  As students develop and refine their skills they will participate in volleyball games to reinforce the skills taught. Students will partake in games such as:  Newcomb, Radiball, King & Queen of the Court, Sideline Volleyball, and Six on Six.  Stu..

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6th- 8th Grade Science

It is exciting to announce that East Lake has received a grant from the Westerman Foundation in order to develop our Science curriculum.  This organization provides financial support to several types of programs that promote virtue, including educational institutions with emphasis on Catholic Education.  We have been recipients of this generous grant for the past two years.  Last year, we used the grant monies awarded to us to purchase a portable sink and storage cabinets with drawers for the..

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Kindergarten News

The kindergartners are proud to announce the grand opening of their new grocery store: Gorman’s Gangs’ Grocery Store. We are currently open for business Monday- Friday during regularly scheduled school hours. Upon our opening, each student received a bag of dimes and pennies which they keep in their desks and use to grocery shop a couple of times a week. Each child had to determine if he/she had enough money to pay the labeled price of each item, or multiple items, pay the exact amount to th..

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Syncing the ELA Calendar

Why Sync?While it can be common for people to copy, download, print and import calendars, none of these processes offers the real-time benefit of syncing. Once you sync to one or more of East Lake Academy’s calendars, updates and additions to those calendars are automatically reflected within your calendar system.  Click on the PDF below for easy to follow instructions.Google Calendar Syncing Instructions

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Lake Forest Leader Year in Review 2015

Lake Forest Leader Year in Review 2015:“I remember the first time I gave a chapter to test our now current eighth grade students," recalls Sra. Marianela Gonzalez, 4 - 8 grade Spanish teacher at East Lake Academy.  "They were distraught by how challenging it was.  There were tears and stunned faces.  Today, many of those same students are completing the second semester of high school Spanish and face any challenges confidently."  In the 8 years since the introduction of a new curriculum at..

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Kindergarten News

The Kindergartners are reading! They have been enjoying their Little Angel Readers; a text that fosters not only a love for literature, but builds upon the basics of literacy to create comprehensive readers. They are not only reading as a class, and independently, but they are also working towards building their stamina each day. They are filled with excitement as they encourage one another during “read with your partner” time. They not only listen to what their partner is reading, but are l..

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Physical Education

Middle SchoolIt's basketball time at East Lake Academy, and as we prepare for our upcoming basketball season, middle school students will be participating in a basketball unit for the next three weeks. The primary focus of this program is to help students refine their basic skills including: dribbling, passing and shooting, practicing taking free throws and lay-ups to the hoop, and improving offensive and defensive techniques. In addition students will participate in drills to polish these cruci..

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Preschool-3rd Grade Spanish

Spanish is a core subject at East Lake Academy, which in itself sets us apart from most other schools. However, it is our approach to teaching the language that makes us truly unique, and it all begins in our Preschool program where the children are exposed to conversational Spanish through song and play. Now in our ninth week of school, our kindergarteners are successfully reading in Spanish, first graders are conjugating verbs,second graders are writing their own original sentences, and third ..

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