Snack Menu & October Early Release Date

Good morning families,

Attached is October’s snack menu. Just a reminder that we have an early release date scheduled for Friday, October 14, children should be picked up by 3:30pm. We will also be closed on Friday, November 4 for parent/teacher conferences.

As always please feel free to email or call me with any questions or concerns.

Amanda Sattler

New Classroom Emails

Hello families,

We have updated our classroom emails. Below is each classrooms email:

Birch – lclabirchroom@gmail.com
Pine- lclapineroom@gmail.com
Redwood – lclaredwoodroom@gmail.com
Oak – lclaoakroom@gmail.com
Bonsai – lclabonsairoom@gmail.com
Willow – lclawillowroom@gmail.com
Oak – lclaoakroom@gmail.com

I hope you all are having a wonderful week.

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

Amanda Sattler

Bringing Scholastic Back

Dear Family,

With a $25 order, you can pick a FREE $5 Book (use code: READS). 

 Class Order Due Date: 10/21/22

Shop Our Center Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/PLMQY

Shop Digital Flyers for our age groups with Your Child: https://clubs.scholastic.com/kindergarten

Please share the Center Page link to extended family and friends. All orders also earn FREE Books for our class.

Thank you for your support!

Amanda Sattler

Center Code: PLMQY

Door Codes Entered

Hello families,

I hope you have been having a wonderful holiday weekend. Your door codes should all be set, once you type your number in you will touch the arrow button under the 9.

If you chose to keep our generic 313233 please send me a different code. It can be a 4-6 digit number.

We are looking forward to another great year and seeing your children enjoy their new classrooms.

Amanda Sattler

Fall 2022 COVID Procedure Letter from Becky

Hello LCLA Families! 

My name is Becky Ketarkus, I am one of the Owners of LCLA. At LCLA, I serve in the role of Financial Administrator. Outside LCLA, I work as a Nurse Educator for Children’s Wisconsin. I work out of the Madison Regional Office, in a primarily work from home position, while I pursue my Doctorate in Public Health. 

During the first few incredibly uncertain months of the COVID-19 pandemic, you heard from me quite a bit as I wrote new policies and procedures for the center based on the quickly changing science of the virus. Our staff moved just as quickly to put those policies in action. Our staff closed classrooms and quarantined as needed, but they never once shuttered the centers to care. I am so incredibly proud and grateful for their frontline work. 

As the months passed, and vaccines became more readily available, we hung onto those policies and procedures to guide us. Until the Omicron variant arrived, nearly two years after the pandemic began, we didn’t have one case of COVID in the center. At that point, it became unavoidable, and we saw the impact on our staffing the same way quite a few centers did. Because of Omicron, its impact on staffing, and to protect our youngest children in care, we kept our masks firmly in place. 

We consulted with my fellow School Nurses as well as Dane County Public Health on how to proceed this fall. We watched the local school districts, and their decisions, carefully. I reviewed all the CDC guidance. And finally, we asked all of you how you wanted to proceed. At the core, family and staff voices matter the most. The overwhelming feedback from everyone involved was that it was time to move to masks optional within the centers. 

We know there will be quite a few feelings about this decision. Maybe this will be a happy transition for some. For others, this change may feel very frightening. I have a medically fragile daughter. I know firsthand the trust we are asking you to place in us when we are caring for your children during a global pandemic. We want to be very transparent about our practices.  

We plan to follow MMSD guidance for health and safety in regard to COVID-19. Some of this isn’t new. Universal precautions have always been used within the centers. Health screeners are a licensing requirement for LCLA. Staff who choose to continue to wear masks will be supported in this choice, and PPE will be provided by the centers for them. We will still be extremely cautious regarding symptoms of illness. If your child is ill, please keep them at home. Any child exhibiting symptoms of either respiratory or gastrointestinal illness will be asked to stay home. LCLA is fortunate enough to have two pediatric nurses on call to assist with decision-making about whether or not a child needs to be excluded from care. Staff are excellent about tapping into this resource. We cannot mandate vaccination. We encourage staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 if their personal health allows for it, and we have provided release time to do this. As boosters became available, we provided release time to do this as well. Our overall vaccination rate among staff is very high. 

Like every other educational institution in the country, we are facing staffing shortages. LCLA administration is working hard to balance staff retention with safety procedures. These last two years have been incredibly hard for our teachers. We are fortunate to have a comparatively low turnover rate at LCLA amongst our teaching staff. In June of 2023, LCLA will celebrate 20 years of caring for children. I have never been more grateful for the staff that care for your children every single day. Their dedication throughout this pandemic has been second to none. Thank you, teachers! We appreciate everything you have done, and will continue to do, for the children of LCLA. 

If you need clarification about procedures in your child’s classroom, we encourage you to talk to their teacher first. Amanda, LCLA Center Director, is also happy to clarify anything that is unclear. If you have policy concerns, please feel free to email me at bketarkus@gmail.com

Thank you! 

Becky Ketarkus
Administrator
Little Chicks Learning Academy

Paperwork & Mask Survey

Good morning families,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Just a few reminders.

Please turn in your door codes, UW affiliation and ACH forms to myself or your classroom teachers ASAP. If you have uploaded them to ELV please let me know, I do not get a notification for that. Emailing or handing in person will be best, if possible.

If you haven’t had a chance to fill out the mask survey please do so by the end of the day, Tuesday, August 23. I will share the results with our owners and we will make a plan to, hopefully, have to you before our new school year.

As always if you have any questions, concerns or happy thoughts please feel free to contact me.

I hope your week goes well,

Amanda

New School Year Starts – Tuesday, September 6

Hello families,

Last week, Monday, August 1, I sent out four packets of information to you. More than that if you have multiple children here.

The information that was included:
~Center information packets
~Welcome letter from your teachers
~Family Handbook
~Door Code & UW Affiliation

Please take the time to read over these packets. Your childrens teachers and myself put a lot of work into these packets to try to give you all the information and reminders you need.

The forms I need back, as soon as possible are the UW-Affiliation/Door Codes sheet and your ACH information.

Whether you have been here a few months or five years we would like this information. Each year we wipe out all the ACH information so that all the information can be added at the same time. Please hand these forms to your classroom teachers or email them back to me by Monday, August 22, these will be used starting the first week we come back in September.

We will be installing new door code systems at both centers on August 29, I should have all door codes entered into the system by the start of Tuesday, September 6, as long as there are no technical difficulties.

Attached below are the fall closing dates.

As always please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Amanda Sattler