Messages from Ms. Aubry
Assistant Principal for Early Childhood Education
Hello! My name is Mandy Aubry and I’m the administrator at the Early Childhood Center in Keeneyville District 20. Before I moved into this administrative position 3 years ago, I was the speech-language pathologist for our preschool programs for 16 years. I received a Bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL in 1998 and a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from St. Xavier University in Chicago, IL in 2000. In 2006, I received a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Aurora University. I have spent my entire career in our preschool programs in District 20 and enjoy all of the relationships I’ve made with students and their families. Watching preschool-aged children learn, grow, and experience things for the first time is something that I will always enjoy. It’s a wonderful age of exploration and learning through play. Knowing that preschool is usually a child’s first school experience, and often the first time a child is away from his or her parents, my staff and I work very hard to make this a positive experience for every child and their family as we lay the groundwork for their academic careers. I’m excited every day to come to school and see what new things our students learn.
Hello, everyone! It’s hard to believe we are well into the second trimester of school! With a screening at the beginning of November, we have added more students to our classes in the last few weeks. They are doing well and we are so happy to have more friends at our school. We also have added a brand new little Penguin as Ms. Katie had a baby boy on December 13th. After winter break, her substitute for the next 8 weeks will be Ms. Helgeson. Ms. Helgeson has done a great job subbing for other maternity leaves in the district and has preschool teaching experience. She is excited to be with us and we are excited to have her. In February, Mrs. Walters will also be having a baby and Dr. Bostic will be filling in for her from that point until almost the end of the school year. Dr. Bostic has subbed many times at the ECC and we are thrilled to have her with us. As always, we work very hard to make these transitions as seamless as possible for our students. The paraprofessionals and service providers will all be the same and we try to keep the schedule the same for them as well. I have no doubt the students will do just fine with these changes.
We continue to have a lot of fun learning experiences for our students and their families this year. Along with the day to day learning that goes on in the classroom, we have several field trips and Parents Education days in the works. Please make sure you check the ECC calendar regularly as our schedule is slightly different from the rest of the district. Here are a few of our upcoming events:
February 14th - Field trip to Gymkhana
February 15th - Parent teacher conferences
March 22nd - Parent Education Day, Community Resources
April 18th - Preschool screening (non attendance day for ECC only)
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend field trips with their children. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your child while engaged in a fun learning activity. We provide transportation or you can drive yourself if you choose. We’ve had a lot of success with our field trips and look forward to continuing these experiences!
Please make sure that you check your child’s backpack daily for information the teachers send home. There may be informational notes, notes that need a response, a weekly newsletter, and/or other important information that you need to see to be aware of what’s going on in preschool. Students also bring home work that they have done and by looking at that work and reading the newsletter, you should have some information to be able to talk to your child about what they are doing in school.
This time of year the weather changes quickly. Please make sure you check the weather daily and dress your child warm enough to go outside. The state requires us to take the children outside to play for at least 20 minutes unless the temperature is above 90 degree with the heat index, below 25 degrees with the wind chill, or raining. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately to go outside every day. We want all our students to be as comfortable as possible. We also ask that you send a change of clothes with your child in case he/she gets wet throughout the day. As the weather starts to get colder, please start sending warmer clothing for this change of clothes.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your child’s educational experience. If you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to talk to your child’s teacher or to me at any time.