Ilene grew up in Bayside, Queens. She has a BA in Elementary Education from SUNY New Paltz and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Queens College. Ilene worked as a preschool teacher at the Mid Island Y JCC for over 13 years. She was a mentor teacher, always helping to guide new teachers at her school. Ilene is an innovator in early childhood education, always researching new theories and programs to help her children get the skills necessary to succeed in today's society.
We inspire a love of learning and discovery in each child who walks through the academy doors. Ilene believes that lessons in our school be intentional. Teachers choose the best strategies to accommodate the different ways children learn. This means that teachers have specific outcomes or goals in mind as they create their lesson plans. Some learning is child-guided, where teachers provide materials but children make connections on their own or through interactions with peers. Presently, Ilene is introducing a STEM curriculum to Long Island at the Jericho STEM Academy where your child learns and practices concepts in science, technology, engineering, and math continuously throughout the day through our integrated approach called Balanced Learning. Art, phys. ed. and music are also integrated into our curriculum daily. Our entire staff had to complete classes to become STEM certified which is a great accomplishment. Ilene was President of Shaloma Hadassah where she successfully raised funds to benefit Israel. Ilene resides on Long Island. She has 3 wonderful children and a grandson! "I am thrilled to be a part our students' educational journey. I love getting to know our families and building relationships that last a lifetime.”
____________________________________________________________________________ A Message from the Director, "And remember, also, that many places you would like to see are just off the map and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond your reach. But someday you'll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow." Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! As I anticipate the beginning of the school year, I look forward to the children that we will soon meet and get to know over the upcoming year. I remember my first day of school as a child and the mix of excited anticipation and fear that I felt. I also remember the first day of school for each of my children and I remember, again, the mix of anticipation and fear that I felt for them—perhaps I was more nervous than they! I say this because I want you to know that we understand. Each one of our teachers is a parent. We all know the fears, the hopes, the problems, and the joys of parenting. Yet we are also Early Childhood Educators. We understand, perhaps better than most, how very important the task of educating the young child is. We want for your children a true education, because we know that education is not just what a child learns from reading a book (although much can be learned from reading!) or from memorizing letters, numbers, shapes, and facts. Education is what happens when one discovers meaningful information through experience. Here at Jericho STEM we hope to provide an environment rich in a variety of meaningful and exciting materials and experiences so that your child can explore, discover and absorb through our STEM activities. Remember what your child learns today will help to discover “all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow .” Warm Regards, Ilene ——————————————————-- As you all know, the beginning of this school year started in a much different and less ideal way. Covid has made us make changes that we never dreamed of and the transition to this new school year has been different than ever before. Yet, we have successfully adjusted to the new norm and protocol and our students are thriving and having a wonderful time growing and learning. I want to thank all the teachers for working so hard to follow all the new protocols.
Please make sure your child is coming to school wearing PLAY CLOTHES. We play hard and get messy! Paint, playdough, dirt and other goodies will get on their clothes. The children are encouraged to participate in many tactile and sensory experiences that are often messy, therefore children must be dressed appropriately when coming to school.
October We are looking forward to a fun and exciting month of October! We will be learning about the season of fall, pumpkins and apples. We will talk about the changing weather in autumn. We will take a walk outside and see the leaves change into beautiful shades of red, plum, orange and gold. The children will also be painting with leaves in fall colors to decorate our classrooms. There will be many new science explorations this month. We will also have pumpkin explorations and a pumpkin patch in our playground! We are welcoming the new school year with some new friends, so we have been focusing on the "All about Me" topic and the 5 senses. Try it at home: No Cook Pumpkin Play Dough Ingredients
1 can of pumpkin puree (15oz)
2-3 cups of corn starch
2 tbsp of pumpkin pie spice
Combine the canned pumpkin and the pumpkin spice in a bowl and mix until the pumpkin is smooth
Slowly add corn starch and stir. Continue to add corn starch and stir until the dough begins to form. You will then want to finish kneading the dough with your hands.
If the dough is at all sticky add a little more cornstarch
After a bit of kneading you will be left with the most delightfully squishy and soft pumpkin play dough
I look forward to working with you and your family and having a happy and successful school year!
Some facts concerning STEM: There are profound ties between STEM learning and language learning. Early STEM instruction leads to better language and literacy outcomes (Sarama et al. 2012), and exposure to more spatial language during block play in infancy and early childhood leads to improved spatial thinking abilities (Pruden, Levine, & Huttenlocher 2011). Math skills and reading skills at kindergarten entry are equally predictive of reading skills in eighth grade (Business Roundtable 2016), and background knowledge about the world and how it works (much of which falls within the realm of STEM concepts) is critical for listening comprehension throughout life and for reading comprehension once children are able to sound out words (Guernsey & Levine 2015). For young children, STEM is all around. We want children to discover all the fun possibilities that STEM has to offer. Then they can build their interest in STEM over time. To help make that happen, we need to remember that STEM starts early(NAEYC).
October/November Dear Parents, We hope everyone’s fall season is off to a wonderful start. As the days get shorter and the weather begins to change, we are keeping very busy at the preschool. The children are settling into their new environment and learning the daily routines of preschool alongside their friends. We would like to thank you all for the speedy return of paperwork as well as providing your child with a change of clothes and the requested supplies needed for the classroom. Our SPOOKTACULAR Preschool Halloween parade and party is on Thursday 10/29. Please have your child come to school in a costume (no masks). We will play games, parade around our school and get goodies from our teachers. As always our teachers will take pictures as we parade around. Please bring a change of clothes for your child if they stay all day. Parent teacher Conferences will be on Tuesday, November 3rd from 10:00-1:30. and on November 17th in the evening from 5:00-8:00. Please message your teacher if you would like an appointment during the day or in the evening. They will then message you back on brightwheel with your assigned time. Due to covid these conferences will be phone calls from the teacher to the parent. ****If you need daycare on November 3RD please let me know. If we get enough children to register I will arrange for a daycare day. Cost:$70.00 9:00-3:00 Fall brings us a plethora of ideas and activities to explore both at school and home. In the classrooms this month, we will be focusing on all aspects of the fall season such as the changing leaves, pumpkins and of course a little Halloween! We will also address the changes in weather as well as the differences in the clothing we wear. The children will also be creating some very fun and “scary” art projects! Miss Gina's Little Explorers are working on number sentences. Miss Kim’s Stars have been blending colors and learning primary and secondary colors. Miss Marlene's Monkey's enjoyed discovering color blends on our light table. Some classroom discussions and learning will include topics such as: • Compare and contrast characteristics/attributes of leaves • Discuss parts of a leaf • The life cycle of a pumpkin • Sizes of pumpkins – small, medium, large • Weight of pumpkins – light and heavy • Exploring what is inside a real pumpkin • Thematic vocabulary related to Fall - Leaves, Autumn, pumpkin, acorn, etc. Your child will certainly bring home several projects throughout the year for you to display at home! However, we want to remind parents that many of the activities and skills we focus on in preschool are based on the process, not the product. Therefore, there may be times where you will not see a product coming home in your child’s backpack. READING WITH YOUR CHILD The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. You can't start reading to a child too soon! Read together every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together. Give everything a name. You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?" Say how much you enjoy reading together. Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day. Read with a fun tone in your voice, with humor and expression. Use different voices for different characters. If your child loses interest or has trouble paying attention, just put the book away for a while. Don't continue reading if your child is not enjoying it. Be interactive. Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses. Read it again and again and again. Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills. • Please remember if you need to update your emergency contact numbers to call the Office. • If you need to add additional adults to pick your child from school you will need to notify the office and add ID’S. •
Children love helping in the kitchen, why not bake some pumpkin cookies together. INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups butter, softened. 2 cups packed brown sugar 1 cup white sugar 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups quick-cooking oats 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups miniature chocolate chips DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 2. Beat butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together in a bowl until creamy. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. 3. Mix flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl; stir into creamed butter until combined. Fold chocolate chips into batter. Drop 1 to 2 tablespoons batter for each cookie onto a baking sheet. 4. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges of each cookie are lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes Also, please remember to take home the shorts and short sleeve shirts you sent in. We will need pants and long sleeves for the children's change of clothes. Warm Regards, Ilene