Excellent Resource for Pre-schools in the Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale Oak Brook Homes Area

Excellent Resource for Pre-schools in the Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale Oak Brook Homes Area

  • Mike McCurry
  • 08/27/10

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School Notes

August 26, 2010


Grace Lutheran Preschool of La Grange, 200 N. Catherine Ave., is expanding its Parent’s Day Out program. Children ages 2-5 (pre-kindergarten) may enroll from 12:15-3 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays ($25) from October-April. In addition, Grace Holiday Parent’s Day Out will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays ($35) from November-January. Applications continue to be accepted for the Terrific Twos (with caregiver), and 3-year-old and 4 year-old classes. Call Lynne e-mail at (708) 352-0730, ext. 216. For registration forms, visit Grace Lutheran Church.

First Congregational Church of Western Springs Preschool is accepting applications for the 2010-11 school year. Morning and afternoon class times are available. The preschool offers a curriculum for children ages 2 to 5. E-mail the preschool director, Amy Faison, at [email protected] or call (708) 246-4908.

Hinsdale Community Preschool enrichment-class registration is available for kindergartners and preschoolers for September at 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Classes provide a blend of academic, cultural and artistic exposure. Call (630) 325-7484.

La Grange Area Head Start preschool program for children ages 3 though 5 has open enrollment for the 2010-11 school year. Services are provided at no cost for qualifying families, and children with special needs are welcome. Call (708) 482-2430, Ext. 3047.

Elmhurst Unit District 205 Madison Early Childhood Education Center’s pre-school program will be screening students who will be age 3 by Sept. 1 for the 2010-11 school year. Children are screened by staff using the Creative Curriculum, a research-based curriculum that is aligned with the Illinois Early Learning Standards. The program takes place five days a week, and morning or afternoon sessions are available. The program closely follows the District 205 attendance calendar. Call (630) 617-2385 to schedule a tour of the program, ask questions or start the process. Visit Madison Center.

Clarendon Hills Park District’s Active Learners Preschool is accepting registration for its fall 2010 programs for students ages 3-4 at the Community Center, 315 Chicago Ave. Classes for 3-year-old children will meet from 8:45-11:15 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Children in the program must be 3 by Sept. 1. The 4-year-old class will meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, also at the Community Center. Children in this program must be 4 by Sept. 1. Tuition for the fall session, Sept. 8 to Dec. 17, is $725 for residents of Clarendon Hills, $775 for nonresidents. A $100 nonrefundable deposit is required for registration. Call Kathy Forzley at (630) 323-2626. Registration is being accepted at the Community Center.

Raggedy Anne Learning Center, 232 S. York Road, Elmhurst, is accepting applications for the 2010-11 school year for preschool and full-time day care. Hot lunch and snacks are included with all-day care, which is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children may enroll for 2 to 5 days per week, and tuition may be paid monthly or weekly. The center also provides a half-day preschool program from 9-11:30 a.m. Children may enroll for two or three days per week. Call Carol Murray at (630) 530-2666, e-mail [email protected].

Grand Avenue Preschools has opened enrollment for nationally accredited preschool classes for the 2010-11 school year. Classes are available for 3-year-old, 4-year-old and pre-kindergarten children. Morning and afternoon time slots are available, as well as all-day preschool programming. Classes are available at Grand Avenues LaGrange Highlands, Western Springs and La Grange school locations. Call (708) 246-2270 or visit Grand Avenue Preschool & Day Care.

Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 is accepting applications for the 2010-11 blended preschool program for children ages 3- to 5-years-old who are not age-eligible for kindergarten. The program is open to children who live within the district. The tuition-based, preschool education will be provided 2 1/2 hours each day, five days a week, and includes an early childhood screening. The program follows the District 181 school-year calendar. Call (630) 887-1070, Ext. 0.

Oak Brook Park District ABC preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds offers hands-on activities, including art projects and games, so learning can be fun. Through free play, the children learn to enhance social skills and share. Oak Brook Park District, in conjunction with Butler Elementary District 53, provides a blended preschool program, offering every preschool child in the district a chance to participate in a standard preschool program, regardless of special needs. Additional staff is available to accommodate children with special needs. Call (630) 645-9590.

Preschool registration is open for fall 2010 at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st Street and York Road. Christ Church Preschool offers a faith-based curriculum for 3- to 5-year-olds, as well as a children’s discovery center and new outside playground for warm-weather days. Children will enjoy field trips, special events and more. Classes are available Tuesdays and Thursdays, Mondays and Wednesdays, or Monday through Thursday. Longer days also are offered Fridays. Call Cathy Fiala at (630) 321-6753.


Elmhurst Academy, 212 W. Lake St. is registering for the 2010 summer session and the 2010-11 school year. Elmhurst Academy is a private, Reggio Emilia-inspired, early childhood school, educating children from birth through kindergarten. For more information or to schedule a private tour, call Colleen Odegaard, director, at (630) 279-2494 or e-mail [email protected].

Cass Elementary District 63 has kindergarten and preschool registration packets for the 2010-11 school year in the Concord School office, 1019 Concord Place, Darien. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must have reached his/her fifth birthday on or before Sept. 1. For the preschool program, a child must be 3-years-old. A birth certificate and three proofs of residency are required when the packet is returned. For a registration packet, call Concord School at (630) 968-3026.

Trinity Lutheran School, 11503 German Church Road in Burr Ridge is now accepting applications for the 2010-11 school year. Registration is open to the community for the 2-year-old mom and tot class, 3- and 4-year-old preschool, and kindergarten through eighth grade. Trinity is a Christian school with a 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. extended care program for parents with before- and after-school obligations. Call Dana at (708) 839-1444.

Seton Montessori School, 5728 Virginia in Clarendon Hills is accepting registration for fall classes. Programming is available for children ages 2 months through 9 years. Fall offerings include morning, afternoon, extended-day and all-day classes for children who are young toddlers through lower elementary students. A parent-child program also is offered. Call (630) 655-1066.

For parents

Lyons Township Community Advisory Council is seeking persons interested in serving a two-year term. Interested volunteers can contact the superintendent’s office at (708) 579-6451 for an application, or download an application from the LTCAC web page at www.lths.net. The LTCAC has 60-70 members, including staff, students, parents and community members, who represent the entire Lyons Township High School community when speaking directly to the Board of Education. The council meets five times during the school year. The meeting agendas are designed cooperatively by the council and the administration. Materials are presented by staff directly involved with those programs, and members have a chance to ask questions and respond. There is a 30-minute time period at every meeting to address other issues of concern to LTCAC members.

Lyons Township High School Hall of Fame committee is looking for volunteers. For LT alum or friends of the district interested in choosing this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, call (708) 579-6483. Committee members are asked to attend four meetings per year, with the bulk of the work completed in June. The Hall of Fame recognizes alumni and friends of LT who have brought great credit and distinction to the school through their accomplishments or service in the arts, athletics, business, education, public service or other professions.

Elmhurst Academy has announced a new collaboration, Positive Parenting DuPage — a multifaceted, countywide collaboration comprised of dozens of organizations that work with families during the first five years of a child’s life. Based in primary prevention methods, Positive Parenting is working to change the culture of parenting and child development in DuPage County, in order to lower the incidences of child abuse and neglect, and increase effective parenting. The collaboration coordinates educational materials, and strengthens linkages and access to support for all families.

For students

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-3rd, of Western Springs, is presently accepting letters requesting nomination to the U.S. Service Academies from young persons in the 3rd Congressional District for the class entering in the summer of 2011. The service academies include: Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.; West Point Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; and Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y. Coast Guard admissions are based on a nationwide competition, with no congressional nominations. Potential candidates must have reached their 17th birthday and not be past their 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year they would enter the academy; be a U.S. citizen; have graduated from high school; be unmarried; have taken the ACT and/or SAT test, and meet the stringent entrance requirements of their preferred academy. The selection of nominees is based upon a whole-person evaluation. Although nominations will not be made until January 2011, all interested persons are encouraged to submit their written requests as soon as possible. Closing date for completed files is Dec. 1. Call Lenore Goodfriend at (708) 424-0853 in Lipinski’s office, 5309 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn.

Elmhurst Police Department’s Peer Jury Program is a tool used to divert nonviolent, first-time juvenile offenders from formal court action. The program is designed to counsel juveniles through peer mediation, giving individuals a second chance at becoming successful law-abiding citizens. Peer jurors consist of high-school student volunteers from York, Timothy Christian and Immaculate Conception high schools. Volunteer jurors are well-rounded top students selected individually by the Elmhurst Police Department. Questions regarding the program may be directed to Sgt. Michael McLean at (630) 530-6338.


York Community High School 2010 class reunions include the Class of 1950 60th reunion on Sept. 25 at Maggiano’s in Oak Brook, a tour of York will be held at 1:30 p.m.; Class of 1957 will have its 53rd reunion from Sept. 10-12 at Watson’s Wild West in Elkhorn, Wis. Call (602) 955-1653 or e-mail [email protected]; Class of 1960 50th reunion will be held Sept. 17-19 and at the Doubletree Hotel Sept. 18, register at www.yorkwillowbrook1960.org/; Class of 1970 will have its 40th reunion Sept. 25 at Villa Nova Restaurant, Villa Park, e-mail Cheryl (Kancer) Tiede at [email protected]; Class of 1980 will have its 30th reunion Oct. 23 at Grotto Restaurant, Oak Brook — to contact, visit Facebook York High School Class of 1980; Class of 1985 will have its 25th reunion from 7 p.m. to midnight Sept. 25 at Fitz’s Lanes, 119 N. York Road, Elmhurst — e-mail Cathy Grant Armstrong at [email protected] or call (630) 655-0454; Class of 1990 will have its 20th reunion from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 25 at Club Lago at 331 W. Superior, Chicago — e-mail Kristen Beese Alfonsi at [email protected].

Montini Catholic High School 2010 reunions include: Classes of 1970 and 1971 will have their 40th reunion on Oct. 9 at Doc Ryan’s in Elmhurst; Class of 1975 is in the process of planning its 35th reunion, those who would like to help organize the event may contact Meg (Crotty) Pauley by e-mail at [email protected]; Class of 1980 will have their 30th reunion on Oct. 9 at Balleydoyle’s Pub in Downers Grove; Class of 1985 will have their 25th reunion on Oct. 9 at D.O.C. Wine Bar in the Yorktown Shopping Center in Lombard; Class of 1990 will have their 20th reunion on Sept. 15, more details to follow; Class of 1995 will have their 15th reunion on Oct. 9 at Emmette’s in Downers Grove; and Class of 2000 will have their 10th reunion on Oct. 9 at Anyways. For more information about reunions and other alumni events, visit www.montinialumni.org. NOTE: Don’t miss the 2010 Homecoming Game at the Alumni Endzone Tent, starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 on the school’s Duff Memorial Stadium Football Field. For more information contact Jessica Sippel at (630) 627-6930 or via e-mail at [email protected].

Morton High School class of 1950 graduates are being sought for its 60th reunion held on Sept. 17 at the Doubletree Hotel, Oak Brook. For those who have any information about any classmates, call or e-mail Arlyne (Tichy) Dvorsky at (630) 574-2373 or [email protected].

Taft High School class of 1970 is seeking alumni for its 40th class reunion Sept. 25 at La Grange Country Club. Dick Biondi will be the MC for the night. For more information, visit Taft 50th Reunion.

St. Turibius class of 1955 will be holding its 55th reunion on Sept. 25 at Nicobee’s Restaurant, Chicago Ridge. Call Carol Lepper at (708) 599-0045 or Barbara Pekan at (727) 733-8167.

Harrison Alumni Classes from 1931 to 1965 are holding a reunion dinner party from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Abbington, 3S002 Route 53, Glen Ellyn. Tickets are $45 per person. Call Bryan Brown at (708) 366-3423 or e-mail [email protected], or call Adeline Glow Fencik at (847) 381-7529 or e-mail [email protected].

Parker High School (formerly at 38th Stewart Ave. in Chicago) graduates will have a luncheon welcoming graduates through 1960 and classes of 1940, 1945, 1950 and 1955 will be honored, at noon Sept. 26 at Lexington House, in Hickory Hills. The planning committee meets at 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday of most months at Oak Lawn Library, 9427 Raymond. Call Ed O’Farrell at (773) 779-3198 or Betty Collins at (708) 424-4009.

Hinsdale Central High School reunions include: Class of 1970 40th reunion will take place on Oct. 2, during Homecoming weekend — for more information and to register, visit www.hinsdalecentral1970.com; Class of 1985 25th reunion on Oct. 2 at KLM Memorial Lodge — classmates are invited to visit the website www.hinsdalecentral85.com or call Amy Enright Hoffmann at (847) 658-6001 or e-mail [email protected];Class of 1990 will have its 20th reunion on Oct. 1 at Belluomini’s in Hinsdale, and Oct. 2 at Francesca’s Bellezza in LaGrange — for ticket purchase or more information, visit Facebook page “Hinsdale Central Alumni 1990” or e-mail [email protected] or [email protected].

Mary Queen of Heaven Elementary School is planning a 60th reunion for the Class of 1950 to be held Oct. 16. For more information call Marianne Miklas at (708) 562-2963 or e-mail Harold Fremgen at [email protected].

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