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We are working on our upcoming curriculum and looking forward inching ever closer to Spring! If you think you or your family could contribute something to any of our upcoming themes, please speak with your child's classroom teacher.

February - Around the World!!! Chinese New Year, Black History Month, Valentine's Day and President's Day. We'll be taking a look all around the world this month and would love for you to share. Are you from or have you lived in or visited another country? Would you be willing to share pictures or maybe other items from that country? Please let your child's classroom teacher know. We would love to incorporate experiences from our student's lives!

March - Things that Go! A transportation study. Now that we've been around the world...how could we really get there? We'll talk about planes, trains, automobiles, bicycles, boats - anything that can help us go! Take a picture of how you get around to share with your child's room and we can create "How we go!" boards.

April - Construction! It will be everywhere, might as well make it a learning opportunity, right? We'll learn about all the different tools that we use to build from giant buildings down to small projects.

Thanks for your help!

 
 
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Lexington Kids is looking to hire a PT (30 hrs per week) float teacher for our older infant classroom. Candidate must be at least assistant teacher qualified through DHS though we prefer teacher qualification but will make exceptions for students enrolled in early childhood and child development programs. Teacher qualifications can be found here. If you are not sure if you're qualified, please contact us!

We look for individuals who love children, are creative and innovative educators, competent multi-taskers, organized, and excellent communicators with parents, coworkers and students.

This position would work 10 hour days, 3 days per week covering for our primary caregivers.

For more information, please contact the director, Nicole at nicole.frethem@lexingtonkids.net 

Lexington Kids provides benefits to part-time employees (Aflac insurance options, paid holidays and paid time off).
 
 
Check out our latest Gazette!

Available online as a google doc or for download here.
 
 
The results are in!

After an amazing final hour race by so many generous parents, Lexington Kids has raised over 996.2 lbs/$ in our October Food drive - surpassing our goal by almost 400! WHOA! 

Congratulations to our Turtles classroom - the big winners of $100 in Lakeshore Learning store bucks to spend on supplies for their classroom. They raised 292.4 $/lbs. Big shout out to the Joeys (221.4) and Bees (211.4) who will both be getting $50 to spend at Lakeshore. We also want to recognize the Penguins who topped the 100 mark (164.6) and will be getting $25 to spend. 

Great job everyone!!!

 
 
6 more hours until the final food drive FINAL counts - here's where we stand:

Joeys - 213.4 lbs + $0 =213.4
Bees - 31.4 lbs + $75 =106.4
Monkeys - 39.4 lbs + $0 = 39.4
Penguins - 39.6 lbs + $0 = 39.6
Turtles - 127.4 lbs + $0 = 127.4
Lions - 42 lbs + $0 = 42 

Total $/lbs - 568.2 - We are still 31.8 $/lbs away from our goal!

Joeys are way out ahead but there is still time. Second Harvest greatly appreciates cash donations because they can use their big buying power. Does your business offer a matching grant for donations? That counts! Also, you can share with your social networks - the more the merrier! The classroom that raises the most food/funds gets a $100 Lakeshore gift card for new classroom toys BUT we will also give out $25 gift cards to any classrooms that break the 100 $/lb mark. 

Let's get there!
 
 
We are celebrating the harvest once again at Lexington Kids! The culmination of our harvest unit begins today with our first of 5 spirit days. 

Join in the fun as we demonstrate the changing colors of the leaves, scare crows away from our crops with our costumes and celebrate the farm and farmers who grow our food!

Monday - Orange Day
Tuesday - Costume Day
Wednesday - Red Day
Thursday - Farm/Farmer Day
Friday - Brown Day

We will have our big celebration on Tuesday, October 30th starting with classroom parties at 4:30 pm. Join us for snacks and age-appropriate activities. Students can visit our other classrooms and fill their passport while collecting treats and trinkets. Starting at 5pm, we will have activities open in Fellowship Hall including pumpkin carving and painting (BYOP - we'll clean up!), cooking decorating, coloring, and our big food drive weigh in! You still have 1 more day to donate to our food drive -
 
 
Lexington Kids is looking for students ages 16-20 who are interested in a volunteer internship in our school age classroom. Interns would serve as mentors for students and help our teachers implement summer camp curriculum.  

For more information, view our release here.
 
 
Click here to view the latest edition of our center newsletter. 
 
 

Experience life-changing growth. Become a Minnesota Reading Corps literacy tutor.

You’re ready for growth. Whether you’re looking to explore a new career in education, reenter the workforce or simply want to work with kids, you’re ready. So what are you waiting for? Become a Minnesota Reading Corps literacy tutor at Lexington Kids Christian Child Care and start creating meaningful growth. 1 full-time Preschool Literacy Tutor position is available. 

Minnesota Reading Corps, the country’s largest state AmeriCorps program, will train and place over 1,000 literacy tutors in schools across the state. These tutors provide research-based strategies, monitor progress and ultimately, guide struggling students toward becoming successful readers by the end of third grade. They are seeing real results and catching kids up to their peers. All while building valuable professional experience. It’s a chance to explore life in our school and create growth– both in your life and a young child’s life.

During your eleven-month AmeriCorps service, you’ll receive extensive training, support and general professional development opportunities. In addition, you’ll receive a living stipend of about $500 biweekly an education award of $5,550 and other benefits if eligible. 

All tutors serve 11 months as AmeriCorps members, beginning in August, and will be trained by Minnesota Reading Corps to provide proven, data-driven literacy strategies to at-risk children. 

Preschool Literacy Tutors are embedded into a classroom of children ages 3 to 5 to develop children’s early literacy skills in preparation for kindergarten. These AmeriCorps members are trained in research-based strategies and collaborate with the classroom teaching staff to enhance daily literacy opportunities and conduct literacy assessments to ensure children are on track to read by the end of third grade. They commit to daytime hours and are placed in preschools or Head Starts, where they build their professional experience and network.


Qualifications
Strong interest in education, specifically helping children develop early language and literacy skills 
Experience working with children, preferably in an early childhood setting or as a literacy tutor 
Dedication to community service 
Computer skills, including the ability to navigate and use online database systems and e-mail 
Speak, read, and write English fluently 
Responsible, organized, flexible, motivated, professional 
Excellent oral and written communication skills 
Ability to make a commitment to complete 11 months of service (August ’12 – June 30, 2013) 
High school diploma or GED and must be at least 18-years-old U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident alien 
Preferred: College coursework, college degree, or equivalent work experience

How do I apply? Positions for the 2012-13 school year begin in August. To read more about the program, including full position descriptions, and to apply, visit www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org.