Weekly Updates and articles from the Open Arms director

Hello Everyone!  So much happens here throughout the week and so many people care about our school so deeply.  We are blessed with new adventures everyday and we are so thankful to God for each new day we get!  Here you will find Ms. Jessy's weekly updates about things going on around the building and in the classrooms!

11/4/22 Update

Hi Everyone!  The week after Halloween is always an interesting one.  Are you sure you all didn't feed the kiddos candy for breakfast.  Just kidding, we know you would never do that.  Anywhoo here are some goings on around the building.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Culver's Fundraising Dinner Out: Join us for Dinner on Monday November 7th, from 4 to 8pm.  Make sure to mention that you are participating in the Open Arms fundraising event.  20% of your total will go towards funding Open Arms.  Plus, you don't have to cook or plan dinner AND you can have some yummy ice cream, I mean, Custard for dessert!

Safe Families:  On next Saturday Immanuel will be hosting a presentation from Safe Families.  This organization helps families stay together through different support methods.  And coincidentally, we have some children enrolled that are being supported by this organization.  Please consider joining us. 

Daylight Savings: Friendly reminder that this weekend we roll our clocks back an hour.  Enjoy that extra hour of sleep (that is, if your children let you).

10/14/22 Update

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone stayed healthy this week.  With the beautiful but colder fall weather we prepare for a lot of changes.  Please remember to check the spare clothes in your child's cubby and switch their spares out for warmer weather clothes.  Here are some updates from around the school!

Pumpkin Patch:  A HUGE thank you to Lukas' family for donating all the pumpkins this year for our pumpkin patch.  Every child got to take home a perfect pumpkin!  The children also got to go on a hay ride and take photos in custom picture cutouts! 

Front Doors:  Whoo-whoo we did it!  The new front doors look AMAZING! Thank you all for your patience and for your important role of keeping the kiddos safe.  Our new doors all open and close with no problem.  Remember that the 2nd door is the one you need to pull to enter. Grinning Face

Costume Parade and Halloween:  Our Costume parade is in 2 weeks on Friday the 28th at 5pm-dont be late it goes by very quickly.  Please remember to send your child's costume in and it needs to be God pleasing, so no ghosts, vampires, zombies, or un-natural creatures. Halloween in Glenview is Monday the 31st from 3 to 7pm!

Illness:  With the changing colder weather we always have a few rounds of illness in the school.  Please remember to keep sick children home and to please not medicate with fever reducers before coming to school. 

9/30/22 Update

Hello OA Families!  Happy Friday, happy fall and welcome October!  Here are some updates from Open Arms!

Parking Lot: Next week should be back to normal.  You are able to use both the in and the out sides of the driveways.  Please continue to drive slowly and watch for very quick children.  Staff will be able to park along the river again and reserve the front spots for pick up and drop off purposes. 

Baby Sitting: Ms. Abby (Soccer Shots Coach) has a women's ministry at her college, Wheaton, and they have many college age women looking to babysit.  Ms. Abby is WONDERFUL with the children.  If you would like her email address please contact Ms. Jessy :)  Thank you!

Phone calls: Please save (847) 724-6092 in your cell phones as Open Arms.  Our phones have been a little glitchy lately and has been showing the direct lines to different classes instead of the main number for outgoing calls.  If you get a phone call from a classroom please do NOT call that line back- please call the mainline to return any phone calls. 

Pumpkin Patch: We have our annual pumpkin patch coming up soon.  We are checking to see when our hay ride tractor driver is available for some hay rides.  If you know of any places that sell or offer group discounts on medium baking pumpkins please let Ms. Jessy know so she can pick up enough pumpkins for all the students! :)

Parenting PSA: there is a YouTube Kids programming issue.  Children will be scrolling through videos and a very inappropriate video will pop up on the app.  These videos are titled with kid friendly words and cute screen images, making it look kid friendly, but are scary and graphic within seconds of the video starting.  If your children are on the internet, please have them watch where you can also see the screen to stop and report any inappropriate videos. 

9/16/22 Update

Hello Everyone, my apologies for missing last weeks update, I was a bit under the weather and missed work on Friday. Here are some of the updates as we go into our weekend. 

Soccer Shots: Soccer practice for the 2s through kindergarten age group started this week. The children are so super excited for this opportunity during their school day!

Technology Update:  Open Arms is merging their email domain with Immanuel.  Don't worry!  All the emails will be the same, but this does mean that our online newsletters and photos may not be available or may accidentally get lost in the transfer.  If that does happen we ask for your patience while we figure out what data needs correcting and appreciate your forgiveness in advance if some cute photos are lost.

October Updates:  We do still have plans for our Fall Pumpkin Patch this year, more information will come out.  The Costume Parade is BACK!  We want to get the parents back into the building to see all the costumes that the kiddos love showing off.  More information will come about that soon, but in the meantime we ask that you start planning your costumes with sincere focus.  We are requesting that all costumes be God Pleasing so no ghosts, devils, witches vampires "re-animated" creatures or cult like characters. 

9/2/22 Update

Happy Friday and "tag you're it" for a long weekend :).  Just kidding.  We will miss all the kiddos over the long 3 day weekend, but we look forward to a wonderful next week. Here are some updates from Parent Orientation night in case you weren't able to attend. 

CLOSED MONDAY:  Reminder that we are Closed this Monday, September 5th, for Labor Day! See you Tuesday!

2022-2023 School year theme: Developing Followers of Jesus.  This is a part of our Mission statement. It fits so perfectly because we are a child development center, focusing on helping children develop mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. 

OA Parent Facebook Page: If you would like to meet other parents and see some what's going on around the school, email Ms. Jessy on how to be invited to the page.  This is a locked and private group for Open Arms Parents both past and current

Signing Children in and Out: Reminder to please please please sign your children in and out each day.  This helps us keep track of all the children in our care, especially in the case of an emergency. 

Daily Prayer: Did you know that the entire school prays together TWICE each day.  At 12:15 the children do an echo prayer over the walkie talkie and then at 3:30 we all say the Lord's Prayer (the Our Father).  It so nice that we are able to do that openly in our school!

NLSA: We are entering our re-accreditation year.  We are looking for parents (or even some involved grand parents), who would like to weigh in on what makes our center great and ways to make it even better.  If you are interested please reach out to Ms. Jessy for more details.  It will take less than an hour a month of your time and all of the work benefits your child (or grandchild). 

Looking for a babysitter?  Downstairs by our staff lounge (room 109) is a board where you can post if you are looking for a babysitter.  Some of our staff are more than happy to babysit on the evening or weekends.  And who better than someone that already knows your kiddo!

8/26/22 Update

Happy First Week of School!  We welcomed back many faces this week and met some new friends. It has been an adventure getting used to new rooms and new kids, but don't worry, after a few weeks the tears will subside and children will be talking all about how they love their new classrooms!  Here are some updates around the building

Drainage System:  The new drainage system in the back is well underway, we have been watching from the library and enjoy seeing the mini excavator digging in a new drain trench. We have had a few rain showers but all the rooms are dry!  YAY!

Front Lot Gas Line Work:  You should have all received an email today about our front lot being dug up.  We were a bit surprised by this too.  Sometime next week some workers will be digging up our gas line which will mean that part of our driveway will be closed and a bunch of our parking spots will be torn up.  Staff will all park in the west lot so parents have closer parking to the building.  We hope this project only takes a week or two at the most. 

Parent Orientation Night:  Mark your calendars for Wednesday August 31st from 6 to 7pm.  We ask that children stay home and only parents attend.  This is a great opportunity to meet your child's teacher and ask questions about the upcoming school year.  We will meet in the Church first to go over some big school changes (getting to know Ms. Christin as well as our school year theme and cool things happening this year).  

8/12/22 Update

Hello and Happy Friday everyone.  Did we all survive the full moon this week?  With the last full week of school before the new school year, the children have been extra enthusiastic haven't they?  Here are some updates from the school and some calendar reminders too!

New Drain Work:  We are nearly done with the drain work!  The threes and fours classrooms had to have some new pipes put in.  God bless the men working on the project as it took them an hour to cut through the old sold cast iron pipe!  The library will be finished up and then they will move to the kitchen!  We are super excited to see this project so close to being complete!

New Doors:  The current projected ETA is sometime in late September so we will have a short break between building projects. 

Grill Night is on this Wednesday the 17th at 5:30pm.  Come and join us for the last cook out of the year and mingle with the families.  We have a lot of newer families so come and say hello!

Back to school and backpack blessing:  We have collected 10 backpacks filled with supplies!  Thank you all!  These backpacks will go to the Debra Gelfand Children's Foundation to be sent to nearby schools with children in need of the supplies.  The blessing with be at Immanuel Lutheran on Sunday August 21st at 10am.  Parents can bring their work bags and children can bring their own backpacks to be blessed for the upcoming school year. 

8/5/22 Update

Happy Friday!  I cannot believe how fast we are flying through the school year and the summer. We are in the last few weeks of summer and we are getting super busy and excited for the upcoming school year.  Here are some quick updates:

New Drain work:  The drainage work begins on MONDAY.  Since there is rain in the forecast they plan to start with the indoor work so when it comes time to drill through the brick, hopefully we will have dryer weather. 

Daily Prayers:  Did you know that every day the children say a prayer together.  The entire school with Ms. Jessy leading over the walkie talkie leads us in prayer.  Then at 3:30pm we all say the Lord's Prayer.  So if your children are suddenly able to say the Lord's Prayer, it just means that they are actually paying attention in school :)

Back to School Blessing:  All families are invited to join us at 10am on Sunday August 21st. For a backpack blessing and to bless our teachers.  This will be included as part of our regular worship.  We will be blessing the backpacks donated as well as all the children's back to school backpacks and even the grownups briefcases or work bags!

Calendar Reminders: OA is CLOSED August 18th and 19th for staff orientation and cleaning.  1st day of school is August 22nd.  Parent Orientation (no children please) is on August 31st at 6:00pm. 

7/29/22 Update

Happy Friday here are some exciting things that have happened this week.  I hope you all have a relaxing and well deserved weekend. 

Pardon our Dust:  We have the permit and approval for our new front doors! YAY!  We are just working out the when and the supplies so we will give a definite date soon. This will probably mean that drop off or pick up may be a little different as we may need to use a different door and the key fob activator may be down for a few days so keep a close eye on your emails for updates

Saying Good bye to summer break:  We are in the last few weeks of "Summer" as we prepare for the 1st day of school on the 22nd.  You all should have received an email with your classroom information and the school supply lists.  Reminder that we are closed August 18 and 19th.  Let your teacher know if you will be out on vacation that week (we know it is a popular week to vacation).  

When it rains it pours:  We had a busy week, the sudden rainstorm this week caused some minor flooding in the baby begonias and almost in the 2s room.  Thank you for our amazing staff who moved water, children, and supplies and for all our amazing parents who picked up kids so quickly so we could clean and re-open.  

7/22/22 Update

Happy Happy Friday everyone!  July is just zooming by.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!  Here are some reminders for things at Open Arms.

Grill Night: Grill Night is this upcoming TUESDAY at 5:30!  Come and join us in the backyard for some hotdogs, brats, and community!  This is a great opportunity for new families to meet some of our veteran families and our families to meet members of Immanuel!

Cleaning Days: Reminder that we will be closed August 18th and 19th for staff orientation/in-service training and cleaning.  If you have plans to go on vacation that week (we know many of you like to use that opportunity) please let your lead teacher know so we can possibly get a jump start on some of that cleaning :)

New Classroom Information:  All families will be receiving an email next week with the classroom assignments, supply lists, tuition information, and new parent handbooks.  I do not use the automated system for that so I thank you in advance for your patience while I type all those out individually to email to each family. Also, Check out our "About Us" page with the new teacher info and bios!

Is there something we are doing really well:  We love to hear all about ways we can grow, and it is just as important to us to hear about things we do that have made a big impact on your family, if there is something we do well, feel free to send an email, or drop a letter in the tuition box!  If anyone would like to write a review for our website please send one to Ms. Jessy!  Thank you!

7/15/22 Update

Hello and happy Friday.  It started out pretty rainy, I hope you all manage to stay dry at pick up time too.  Here are some changes and updates around the building. 

Weekly COVID Testing: Illinois started to offer funding to COVID testing facilities again, so our company is able to test all the children and staff even if they didn't want to provide insurance information.  Friendly reminder that ALL children will be tested unless they have an Opt-Out Form, the form is attached below on the 11/5/21 update.  For children that had opt out forms from the beginning we have kept them and have not tested those select children.  You can opt out or opt back in at any time. 

Grill Night: Our next Grill Night is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26th starting at 5:30PM!  We will be grilling hot dogs and have side dishes.  Come and get to know other families and members of Immanuel.  

August Cleaning Days: On August 18th and 19th Open Arms will be closed so the staff can attend in-service trainings, CPR trainings, and cleaning/ prepping their classrooms for the upcoming school year.  School will re-open on Monday August 22nd for the 1st day of the school

Parent Classes: In the past OA offered free classes on a variety of different subject for parents to attend.  Is this something you would be interested in again?  Would you like to have a zoom class or maybe a recorded YouTube video?  Ms. Jessy has some different topics to explore.  If you have suggestions on a topic please Email Ms. Jessy your ideas!  

7/1/22 Update

Happy Friday everyone and Happy 4th of July Weekend.  Here are some things happing around the school this week!

4th of July:  We are CLOSED on Monday July 4th for Independence Day.  We will re-open on Tuesday July 5th at 7:00am.  Just a friendly reminder that tuition is the same for next week. 

Accreditation Process:  This week the School and Church Boards as well as the lead teachers begun discussing the self-study questionnaire to renew our status with the NLSA (National Lutheran Schools Accreditation Association).  If you are interested in learning more about this process or would like to help us continually improve our schools please reach out to Ms. Jessy to serve on a subcommittee.  

Open Door Policy:  Here at Open Arms we want everyone to feel like family, we all take care of each other and we are there for each other in times of need.  If you ever have any questions about how things are run or have a worry about your child's care, please reach out to Ms. Jessy first.  We all work very hard around here to always provide you with the best care, and if there is something we can improve on we want to know about it right away.  You are always welcome to speak to Ms. Jessy, call or email.  

6/24/22  Update

Happy Weekend everyone! We have been blessed with BEAUTIFUL weather for water play days! Some classes even got to go out multiple times! Here are some updates around the building

Door Updates: Front Doors have been making process, we need to go before the Glenview Appearance Committee to approve the "look" of the doors, we are pretty sure of the company we are going with to replace the doors and then it is just a waiting game on materials to come in.  The back code door: the code door is located between the toddler room and the twos room, parents are not given this code for security purposes, and not all staff are given the code either.  If you need to re-enter the building please enter through the front doors. Please continue to make sure that the doors close behind you.

Mark your Calendars: Here is your friendly reminder that Open Arms will be CLOSED Monday, July 4th in honor of Independence Day. 

Also, you are invited to join us on Sunday August 21st for a back to school blessing- we bless all our wonderful teachers, staff, and administration as well as any back packs, briefcases, and work bags for a blessed school year. 

Reminder: Please go back and check your emails for the parent and staff survey about the administration and overall Open Arms School. 

6/17/22 Update

Happy Friday again!  This week has been quite warm.  We are so blessed to have an air conditioned building!  Here are some things going on around the building. 

Water days: Water days have begun full swing. Please check out the Open Arms Parents Facebook Page for some of the photos.  If you need access to the page please send "Jessy Open Arms Dinkelman" a friend request and we will invite you to the group.

Spring Cleaning Bug: The cleaning bug has hit OA!  Some of you may have noticed our BEAUTIFULLY cleaned stage area in the gym.  Our teachers are also working on many of the toy and curriculum storage areas around the building.  At this time we ask that if you have a donation please leave it with Ms. Jessy.  If we have a use for it we will add it to a classroom.  If we do not have a use for it we will send it along to St. Paul in Mt. Prospect for their Breakfast With Baby charity. Reminder that we will be CLOSED August 18th and 19th for deep cleaning and staff orientation. 

Staff trainings:  Our staff are continually updating their knowledge base.  Some of the annual trainings include: SIDS/SUIDS prevention, Mandated Reporter Trainings, Shaken Baby prevention, and Trauma Informed Practice Trainings.  Every 2 years staff get refreshers in CPR/ First Aid/ Choking/ and now AED. We also have meetings with our staff on how to fill out accident/incident reports, technology in early childhood, and safety drills.  If you think our staff could use improvement in a certain area, please talk to Ms. Jessy to add to the training schedule! 

COVID Vaccine Update: Some of you may heard that the FDA is voting to approve the vaccine for children between the ages of 6 months and 5 Years.  We are still waiting for more information, but our preliminary findings show that the side effects reported would require any child under the age of 5 that receives the vaccine needs to stay home 24 hours after receiving the vaccine to monitor for side effects.  My encouragement for families considering the vaccine would be to schedule it for a Friday so their child would not miss any days of school. More information to come as we hear more. 

6/10/22 Update

Happy Friday Open Arms!  We had a wet week, but the sunshine did peek through for us often enough for us to have some fun. Here are some updates around the building

-Ms. Megan E- In the 2s room welcomed her beautiful baby girl on Monday.  Mama and Baby are doing great- we will have Ms. Megan back after her maternity leave and baby will be joining us as well!

-Water Days technically started this week, I think only 1 class was able to make it out between all the rain.  We pray for sunshiny days so everyone gets to play in the sprinklers and water tables!

-Lead teacher and Co-Lead teachers have been announced for each classroom please check your email for those announcements!  We look forward to an amazing new school year!  

-Open Arms Survey:  A few months ago we sent out surveys asking  parents about their lead teachers and now we are sending out a survey for the administration of Open Arms.  Parents and Staff please check your emails for this survey, even if you just graduated, we would love your feed back!

-Backpack Blessings:  For the month of July we are collecting School Supplies and backpacks that will be blessed for the upcoming school year.  These supplies and backpacks will be distributed by the Debra Gelfand Fund to children in the area.  Please bring all supplies to Ms. Missy in the front office. 

6/3/22 Update

  • Congratulations to our Kindergarten Graduates! The Kindergarten class of 2022 Graduated on Thursday Night with performances by the Daisy Threes and Sunflower Fours.  Our Kindergarteners are so ready for 1st grade! If you would like a copy of the slideshow presentation please bring a USB memory stick to Ms. Jessy.  Thank you. 
  • Another Congratulations to our Sunflower Fours who completed their Bridging Ceremony today.  Some of our 4s will join us for Kindergarten but many are off on their own Kindergarten journeys.  We have some bright futures ahead. 
  • Reminder that Water Days for the classroom start next week.  Monday: 3s Class; Tuesday Toddler/Baby Classes; Thursdays 4s Class; Fridays 2s Class. Please remember to pack a suit, towel, appropriate water shoes, sunscreen/hat, and swim diaper (if necessary).  
  • Tonight is Grill Night: Food will be served From 5:30 to 6:30pm.  We hope to see you there!

5/27/22 Update

Happy Friday Open Arms!  We have certainly had a fun and busy week!  Here are some important announcements!

1) We are CLOSED on Monday May 30th in observation of Memorial Day.  No care will be available for that day. 

2) Graduation is right around the corner please join us on Thursday June 2nd at 6:30pm for Kindergarten Graduation and Friday June 3rd at 11:30am for the 4s and Kindergarten picnic and Bridging Ceremony. 

3) Summer is coming up so please remember to bring your child's water day items.  Please remember that flip-flops are not allowed (for water day or for play).  

4) In light of recent events around the country right now we all want to stop and take a moment of prayer for the families that don't deserve their worst nightmares becoming reality.  We pray for all the innocent souls that have been claimed by violence. We do want to assure you that we keep our school safe and secure and the staff practice what to do in case of an emergency. Please check your emails for further information about our school's safety. Further information can also be found in the Question/Answers section on the left side of the page. 

5/20/22 Update

Whew.  What a busy week.  The weather changes certainly didn't help.  We have seen an influx of flu and colds running around the school this week so keep an eye out for symptoms in your household. 

Memorial Day: Reminder that we are CLOSED Monday May 30th for Memorial Day

Graduation: The children have been practicing for Graduation.  Join us on Thursday June 2nd at 6:30pm in the chapel. 

4s and Kindergarten Picnic and Bridging: The 4s will have their bridging ceremony.  All the families from the 4s and Kindergarten are welcome to attend.  On Friday June 3rd from 11:30 to 12:30 outside (weather permitting) Please let Ms. Jessy know how many are attending so we can order enough pizza!

9 Minute Rule: Do you know the most important 9 minutes in your child's day?  I'll give you a hint its 3 minutes 3 times a day.  Read through this article and practice these three important moments in your child's day:

The Most Important 9 Minutes of A Kid's Day

5/13/22 Update

Family Fun Night: Was tonight, it is being postponed due to low sign ups.  We hope to come back to this event soon. 

Graduation: Is right around the corner.  Remember that Graduation is on Thursday June 2nd at 6:30pm.  The 3s, 4s, and Kindergarten all have a part to play. They have all been practicing really hard.  Reminder to Kindergarten families to please send in your child's infant photo if you have not done so already.  This is for the amazing slideshow that we play each year. 

Picnic and Bridging Ceremony:  The 4s and Kindergarten will have a picnic on Friday June 3rd from 11:30am to 12:30pm.  All parents (and other family members- older siblings, grandparents, etc.) are invited to join us for lunch and the 4s official Bridging ceremony to send them off to kindergarten :). Please RSVP the number of people coming so we can order enough pizza for everyone.

Teacher Updates:  Our next year classrooms may look a little different but will still be filled with love here is a rundown of our lead teachers. 

Baby Rosebuds: Ms. Natalie and Ms. Rana (Co- Lead Teachers)

Baby Begonias: Ms. Debbie

Toddler Tulips: Ms. Carol and Open Position for Co-Lead Teacher

Tiger Lily Twos: Ms. Adriana

Daisy Threes: Ms. Nicole (New- We welcome her with Open Arms)

Sunflower Fours: Ms. Megan

Wildflower Kindergarten: Ms. Leslie

5/6/22 Update

Thank you to all of our amazing families from each one of the wonderful staff at Open Arms.  We felt super appreciated during this years teacher appreciation week.  In case you didn't guess, we are a very food motivated staff ;)  Thank you to our parent planning committee who organized and shopped for all of the surprises! --PS they are looking for some new members so if you have a talent for planning (and shopping) reach out to Ms. Jessy and she will get you connected with the committee. 

Trike-A-Thon final numbers:  We officially raised $3,555 dollars for St. Jude Research Hospital.  Thank you everyone for your generous donations and for sharing with family, friends, and social media!

Staff Training:  Every two weeks we meet with the classroom assistants as well as our weekly lead teacher meetings to update certain topics around the building.  So far we have covered topics like working in a Christian environment, fire and tornado procedures, and emergency situations.  This week we covered Lockdowns and suspended schedules.  Please know that while we do practice fire and tornado procedures, we will NEVER actively practice Lockdowns with the children present.  We know that this is a scary world, but there is no need to scare the children with practice when our teachers understand the procedures. 

Changes for summer and next school year: Parents please check your email for the official letter of changes this letter includes the cancelled summer camp for children aged 5-10 as well as staffing changes. If you have any questions please speak with Ms. Jessy

Rain Rain Go Away:  Due to all the rain we have received, we have recently taken on a little water in a few of the downstairs classrooms.  Not enough to cause classroom closures, but enough that we are moving forward with some temporary fixes to our drainage system.  You may see some work in the back yard being done to help push the water away from the building.  This is a temporary solution as we continue to plan our re-vamp of the entire back lot.  More to come on those plans later. If your child is in a downstairs classroom please know that we have emergency plans to minimize the interruption of care, should we need to utilize any of those plans, you will be notified as soon as possible.  

4/29/22 Update

Happy Friday Open Arms and did we have a great Friday or what?  Pizza, Comfort Dog, and a Trike-a-thon! Whoot Whoot

Trike A Thon:  We had a wonderful time riding our bikes in the gym today all to support and raise awareness for childhood cancer research.  We raised $3,240 all for St. Jude's Research Hospital. This amount helps cover an entire ultrasound study as well as 5 days of oxygen for a child in need. Thank you everyone! Check out the Open Arms Parent Facebook Page (closed group) for some awesome photos!

Teacher Appreciation Week:  Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  Don't forget to bring the items you signed up for or forget to show up if you volunteered your time.  There will be chalk on the front steps of the school so families can draw or write messages on the sidewalk and steps by the building. 

Mothers Day is coming up!  In case we were all so busy we nearly forgot.  Next weekend is Mother's Day!  Along with mother's day is our annual Diaper Drive!  This year the diapers will be collected for WINGS.  Wings provides victims of domestic violence and their children with 33 safe housing options in and around the Chicagoland area to help end the cycle of violence.  We collect open and unused packs of diapers as well as brand new packs. Collection will start next week and will go until May 15th. 

4/22/22 Update

It has been a very busy week around here!  Here are some of the highlights!

1) Back Lot: Planning and discussions have gotten into full swing for the back lot.  As many of you know the back paved lot by the playground has seen better days.  It is in part due to some collapsed drainage pipes under the ground.  We have been LOTS of work has been done to design a better back yard and better drain space for our school!  YAY Progress!

2) St. Jude Trike A Thon: is coming up quick next week is the last week to collect donations.  Remember on FRIDAY the 29th the 2s, 3s, 4s, and Kindergarten will be riding bikes/trikes/scooters/and big wheels in the gym for St. Jude!  Please remember to bring their bikes AND HELMETS labeled please! Parking for bikes will be labeled in the areas by the gym. 

3)Teacher Appreciation Week: announcements have been sent out from the Parent Committee.  The first week of May is for our OA Teacher who we are crazy proud of and so super blessed to have caring for our children every day! Donations Via Smartcare have wrapped up, but you can still donate your time or your breakfast and snacks shopping skills by signing up for bringing in food or serving  food to the staff. 

4) Comfort Dogs:  We are looking into having some Comfort Dogs from Lutheran Church Charities K9 Comfort Dogs visit the school.  Lutheran Church Charities is located just a few minutes away in Northbrook.  For more information visit K9Comfort.org.

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4/15/22 Update

1) Smartcare is going through several server updates, unfortunately this is not something I can control.  They have apologized for the glitches and will hopefully finish switching over and updating all their servers and things will begin working much better for us soon.  We realize that a lot of families have been having difficulties signing in and out as well as getting updates from classrooms.  We will try our best to have a paper sign out at the front table when things go down. 

2) Pick up and Drop off- As the weather is getting nicer please keep a few things in mind. First, if you need to pick up your child from the field or the playground in the afternoon DO NOT park next to the children or along the field, please park in a parking spot in the center of the west lot or along the tree line. Also, please gather your children's items inside and then pick them up outside, if you need to go back into the building, please ask to be let in, DO NOT PROP DOORS, propping doors does not keep our building secure.  After you have notified your child's teacher that you are here to pick them up, please leave with them.  We know it is fun to let them play a little longer, but having a bunch of parents standing around makes it difficult for staff to complete their jobs.  Gather your children and exit the building. 

3) St. Jude Trike-a-thon is on April 29th.  Information was given to each family if they choose to raise money for St. Jude instructions are in the packets sent home, if you need another packet there are extras at the front table.  For the actual trike-a-thon the 2s, 3s, 4s, and Kindergarten will be allowed to bring in their bikes and helmets on the 29th.  Parent volunteers for that day will be wonderful, if you are interested, please contact Ms. Jessy. 

4) This weekend is Easter, you are all invited to to join us for Easter.  Easter Breakfast is at 9am, The Egg hunt is at 9:30am and Service is at 10:45am.

4/1/22 Update

Lutheran Home Collection: Today was the last day of collecting items for the Lutheran Home.  Thank you everyone for bringing in items! We collected over 300 items for the Lutheran Home to distribute to their residents.  PLUS a bunch more donations came in for their resale items.  All items and profits made from their resale goes directly to their residents!

COVID updates: As a potential wave of COVID cases is predicted we emailed all our current staff and families an updated policy for testing and quarantining.  Please check your email for further information


Maundy Thursday 4/14- Service in person and on zoom at 7pm

Good Friday 4/15- Service in person and on zoom at 7pm

Easter 4/17- Breakfast at 9am, Egg hunt at 10:00, and Service in person and on zoom at 10:45am

Website Updates: Occasionally Ms. Jessy learns some new tricks and finds some ways to update the website.  You will now find a direct link to our Church page Immanuel Lutheran and a Calendar on the left hand page selections- Both pages have great information about things going on at the school and with the Church for children and adults to participate in.  The school calendar has also been updated with next school years days off and break information. 

3/18/22 Update

Happy Friday.  Long time no see.  My apologies for getting so behind on these. Here are some cool things going on around Open Arms!

-A very happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you, we had a sneaky little leprechaun running around our building all day.  He made lots of messes and left some treats for us.  Even with all the traps we set, he still managed to get away, telling us to "try again next year". 

-We are starting to wrap up our Lutheran Home donation/collection, last day is March 25th.  There are flyers all around the building with items to bring.  You are welcome to bring in any item, but each room also has an assigned item.  The Rosebuds: lip balm, Begonias: boxes or pocket size tissues, Tulips: pads of paper, Tiger Lilies: unopened tooth brushes, Daisies: Full size toothpaste tubes, Sunflowers: Bars of soap, and Wildflowers: New Pens.  Click on the Photo to learn more. 

-April's donation collection is for St. Jude-culminating in our annual Trike-A-Thon!  Our Trike-A-Thon will be on April 29th from 9:30am to 12:00pm.  Children in the Tiger Lily 2s, Daisy 3s, Sunflower 4s, and Wildflower Kindergarten can bring in their bikes/trikes/scooters/big wheels on the 29th to ride around the gym/blacktop.  Our goal is $1,000 which covers two-thirds of the cost of one day of chemotherapy for a St. Jude child. 

2/11/22 Update

Happy Friday Families! We have had a busy week here so here are somethings happening at Open Arms!

- A couple of rooms had their Valentine's Day celebrations today and had a BLAST, the other rooms are going to celebrate on Monday.  Remember to bring in your child's Valentine's Day cards and please remember our "no food policy" and do not include any candy or food for their Valentines. 

-We did our COVID testing on Wednesday this week so results are still waiting to get to us. 

-Please remember to complete your re-registration form for next school year, open Enrollment starts on March 1st so make sure you secure your spot!

-Mask Mandate- Many parents have begun asking, and schools have started discussing, what the new mask mandates will mean for childcare centers.  As we have observed, childcare updates tend to come out much slower than other school updates.  We MUST follow all DCFS requirements.  As of today there has not been any changes and all children over the age of two and all adults that enter our center MUST wear a mask.  We will notify you if we receive any further or updated information from our DCFS representative. 

-Mark your Calendars!

---February 21st is Picture Day! Remember to pack the clothes you want your child to wear. Do not drop off your children wearing the clothes you want for the photos, it will not look as pretty since some children will be having their photos taken after meals or after nap.  We will change them in and out of their clothes for the photos. 

---The Spaghetti Dinner is BACK!! Saturday March 12th starting at 5:30pm we will be serving spaghetti and having our talent show, so start practicing now!

---March is also when we will be collecting items for Lutheran Retirement Home so prepare your mental checklist of what to get rid of during your spring cleaning! More information to come!

2/4/22 Update

Happy Wintry Friday.  We made it through the week without needing to close! I am so glad that everyone was able to make it safely.  We had only a handful of students missing on the biggest snow day (Wednesday) so I am glad we were able to be open and caring for everyone. Here are some updates from this week

-COVID update: Everyone was tested on Tuesday and everyone came back Negative!  Thank you for your continued efforts in keeping our children healthy!

-Mark your Calendars: Picture day will be on February 21st.  Make up days are posted around the school. 

1/28/22 Update

WhooWhoo! Happy Friday and Thank you all for a wonderful week of fun outfits for Lutheran Schools Week! Swing by our parents facebook group for some photos from the week. 

-COVID testing:  It looks like we will move to Tuesdays from now on. Great news! The last two weeks of testing everyone has been Negative!  We tested on 1/19 and 1/25. Thank you all for your help over these past few weeks to put the COVID spikes behind us. I pray that the winter is kind and everyone stays healthy.

-Lead Teacher Survey is available today.  Parents please take a few minutes (less than 5) to do fill out the quick survey that was emailed to you today in preparation for lead teacher reviews in March. 

-Snow Day Information Update: Due to the challenge of snow plows getting the roads cleared, this year may prove to be a little more challenging to get to school safely.  As always we will assess the situation as early and as quickly as possible.  If it is too dangerous to have children or staff on the roads we will close for a snow day/ice/cold day or issue a late start to allow for safer roads.  Your children's safety is our first priority. 

1/21/22 Update

Next week is Lutheran Schools Week.  Remember:

Monday: Wear your OA t-shirt! We will be going around on Monday getting t-shirts to families that need one. 

Tuesday: Dress Fancy. Dress to the 9s in some spiffy attire. 

Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday. Get goofy wear something silly or go for a crazy hair style

Thursday: Sports Day.  Go team! Represent your favorite sports teams!

Friday: Pajama Day! Get all cozy and snuggly for a pajama day to wind down the week!

Keep an eye out. 

-Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year will be coming out soon.  Remember Open enrollment for the community starts March 1st, all currently enrolled families get first pick of the spots. 

1/14/22 Update

Happy Friday and  Hello. I feel like I haven't written in a while.  It has been a crazy few weeks.  

Mark Your Calendars: January 24-28th is Lutheran Schools Week.  Each day has a dress up theme, check out the flyers around the building or January Newsletter if you need a refresher on the different themes.

COVID UPDATES: Our school was tested on Wednesday this past week.  We will most likely continue to test Wednesdays, and it seems like our lab has worked out some of their influx challenges, getting the results to us quicker than last time. We thank all our families and staff for being safe and for communicating any concerns or possible exposures to COVID. 

COVID Policy Updates:  Open Arms tries to remain open as much as possible.  A room will only close under the most severe of circumstances, such as if the Majority of the classroom has officially tested positive or we do not have the proper staffing for required ratios.  Open Arms is enforcing a 10 day quarantine for all positive CHILDREN and must return symptom free.  Fully vaccinated staff have been moved to a 5 day quarantine, but also must return symptom free. 

If your child tests positive from a school test you will always receive a phone call from Ms. Jessy or another school representative, you will also receive an email from stream lab solutions.  Sometimes these phone calls are after school hours, we make our phone calls as soon as we get the results, if you do not answer a voice message will be left for you. 

12/10/21 Update

We had a wonderful staff appreciation luncheon today.  The staff enjoyed the food so much and LOVED the mugs with the OA logo on them.  Thank you so much from all of us for this special treat, it brought many smiles to some tired faces. Here are some things around the building.

1) REMINDER: The Mom's Christmas party is tonight from 6:30 to 9:00. Bring your white elephant gift and a little snack-y to share. 

2) Our Health and Safety inspection was this week.  Because we have a high risk population (i.e. Children) and we serve food we have 2 surprise inspection each year.  Both of our inspections this year were great and we passed with a beautiful 100% Go Open Arms!

3) A reminder as we get into the colder months, sickness will happen, its better to take a day in the beginning of the illness than to take several days when it is a full blown sickness. Some classes have already begun seeing some rough viruses go through their room. As much as we let the children rest at nap, a longer and uninterrupted nap (or even a calmer day at home) can lead to better sleep at night and a stronger immune system.

12/3/21 Update

1) Reminder that our Christmas Program will be tomorrow! The Daisy Threes, Sunflower Fours, and Wildflower Kindergarten will be performing at 9am in the Church.  After the performance will be a light breakfast in the gym and photo opportunities with the Nativity and Santa.  The nativity will be on the Altar and Santa will be in the Library. Santa (and breakfast) will be heading back to the North Pole at 11am. Everyone is welcome to attend (extended family included) please remember to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. 

2) The Open Arms Staff Party will be on December 10th, so any last minute donations or sign up need to be before then.  The staff really appreciate this wonderful tradition, they love taking care of the children every day and love the opportunity to have a nice lunch and time with each other. 

3) Mom's group White Elephant Christmas Party will also be on the 10th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.  Bring a secret gift and a small munchie to share. 

4) Please see our Monthly Newsletter (emailed earlier this week) for all the planned December events in advance. 

Have a Wonderful Weekend and we hope to see you all tomorrow. 

11/19/21 Update

Happy Friday!  This week has felt so busy.  I'm going to have to remind myself to put my feet up this weekend (hahaha who am I kidding I've got a 3 month old, hahahaha). 

Some quick notes on the goings on of this week. 

- You can still donate for the teacher's Christmas Luncheon.  Smartcare donations are CLOSED but if you wish to still contribute, you can bring in a check or bring in a $5 gift card to any store like Starbucks, Dunkin, Einstein bagels, etc., you can also sign up on sign up genius to donate your time: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4cacab2da5fe3-open1

- Mark your Calendars for the MOMS CHRISTMAS PARTY! Friday December 10th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.  Bring a fun white elephant gift and a snack to share.  

-COVID testing updates.  I apologize for going back and forth, we are still new to the process and they are informing me as we go.  I previously stated that anyone under 2 will not be tested.  That information has changed.  Starting next week they WILL test the younger children.  IF you wish to OPT OUT the link to the form is in the 11/5/21 update below. We still have the forms for those who previously opted out.  

-We had our DCFS state re-licensing visit today.  We have this really big visit every 3 years and the staff always work exceedingly hard to make sure everything is perfect all year round.  Every paper and file must be complete and the classrooms perfectly safe.  We always do well and this year is no different.  The classrooms were AMAZING, the only work needed included new trash cans and some paint touch ups! YAY TEACHERS! We could not be more proud of all of our staff in working to make their classrooms amazing every day! Some files needed some fine tuning but overall, the entire school did amazingly well. YAY OPEN ARMS!

11/12/21 Update

Happy Friday! This week has felt a little off, hasn't it?  Maybe it was just the time change, but everyone seems to be a bit on edge lately, myself included, lets find a way to help someone smile today :). 

Here are somethings that went on at Open Arms this week:

-We lost internet intermittently for the last 3 days.  Everyone probably heard about the Comcast outage, I guess it really knocked us out. We are catching up on all the emails so thank you for your patience as we get through the backlog. 

-Today we had the first round of COVID testing for all children aged 2 and older.  I apologize, I thought it was also for the infants and toddlers.  We will continue to test the children that are 2 and older and staff every Friday.  If a child is not going to be here, they will simply go untested for a week, and will test again the next time they are present. 

-Note that we will be closed for Thanksgiving, both the 25th and the 26th. PAJAMA DAY on Wednesday the 24th!!

-Mark your calendars for the CHRISTMAS PROGRAM (*whisper* and Santa's visit) on December 4th at 9am. And Mom's group Christmas party on Friday December 10th.

11/5/21 Update

Happy Friday.  We have had a busy week here.  Here are a few major updates of things going on around the school. 

-Our center will now have free weekly COVID testing to all children and staff.  Stream Labs Solutions will be conducting weekly cheek swab tests on all the students.  If you would like to OPT OUT of this for your child please fill out an opt out form in the front office. SCHOOL_OPT_OUT_FORM.PDF

-Reminder to parents: Please sign your children in and out on the Smartcare kiosk, you can use your phone for touch free check in/out. 

-Also, please see your child to the classroom each morning- they don't always go straight to their rooms and we don't want to have a missing child.  Teachers need to see an adult at the door for both drop off and pick up.  It is an important time to communicate with parents about the child's day. 

-This weekend is Daylight Savings: Remember to fall back

10/29/21 Update

-Halloween Fashion Show: All the children looked ADORABLE in their costumes today! Each class got to get some videos or photos of them in their costumes.  The Videos and photos are on Facebook.  If you are not a part of our OA Parents Facebook page please friend request "Jessy Open Arms Dinkelman" and I will invite you to the page.  

-New Handbook update: Some minor changes were made to the handbook to include our COVID policy.  A few people noticed that our hours are different in the handbook. Right now that is to help us plan for hopeful future hours.  We thank everyone for their patience as we continue to try to navigate longer hours.  At this time we are looking to expand to 7am to 5:30pm.  We are also deliberating if a 6:30am to 6:30pm day is actually necessary, so please weigh in via email.  Other changes in the handbook were simply wording and names, i.e. "The Board" was replaced with the "Mission Leadership Team". 

-NLSA Accreditation renewal: This is a busy year for us, we have our DCFS relicensing as well as our accreditation renewal.  This means a lot of work for our staff, especially our lead teachers.  Please pray for us as we navigate these items.  

10/22/21 Update

IM BACK! It is so good to be back and I am so blessed to have my daughter just downstairs when I need some baby snuggles.  Here are a LOT of updates so please read through this and reference it as needed. 

1)The 3s, 4s, and Kindergarten are singing in Church THIS SUNDAY October 24th.  They have been working on practicing their "Blind Man" song.  There will also be a special children's message.  We want you all to know that on behalf of Immanuel Lutheran Church we are so happy to have children in our service.  We do not care if they are loud, or fussy, or running around, we are just so happy from them to be there, you are invited to join us for the entire service. The children will sing in the beginning of service.  <<<<Picture of the children practicing their song. 

2) Now that I am back there are two of us! Ms. Hannah and I have divvied up the roles of the job.  Ms. Jessy is working directly with Parents so any questions you have should go to oadirector@openarmsglenview.org.  Ms. Jessy is also working with Enrollment.  Ms. Hannah is working with staff, so if you would like to drop her a note about how a classroom is doing you should send it to oaad@openarmsglenview.org.  Ms. Missy is still handling receipts and attendance, so if you need a tax statement or a statement of payments or need to call out a child please send a message to oaoffice@openarmsglenview.org.  Please continue to email your child's classroom teacher AND Ms. Jessy for the following: COVID test results, Absences, Illness, Questions about classroom, curriculum, and policies. 

3) Did you know you can get notifications on your Smartcare phone app?  Using your parent app you can go into the notification settings to let you know when things are updated.  I have the sign in/out turned off, personally, but I like to keep things like "child needs", "incident", "medication", and "notes" turned on. Our teachers will use these features occasionally and when they do it is nice to get a notification right away!

4)IDPH Travel Updates: Travel in the U.S. is no longer restricted.  Your family my travel to any of the US States without needing to quarantine or COVID test upon return. 

5) Saint of the Week:  Here at Open Arms we believe that everyone is a saint and the best news, you don't have to do anything but be a child of God to be one!  We will be randomly selecting 7 people (children and/or staff) to be saints of the week.  We will honor that child's love from God through acts of service and a special spot on our front bulletin board.  

6) Pumpkin Patch and Halloween Fashion Show:  Just a reminder to mark your calendars for next week: Wednesday during school we will be bringing the pumpkin patch to us and Friday October 29th for our fashion show.  The pumpkin patch here at school worked out so great and we will have our mini tractor hay ride again this year for all ages! For Friday, we will be streaming the show on Facebook and Facebook live throughout the day during the children's gym times.  Ask their teachers what time their class goes to gym and set your alarms to log in to watch.  The videos will be available after as well, just in case you miss it. 

10/1/21 Update

Happy 1st of October!

With October starting, there are a few things that are coming up this month. Hopefully you all received the newsletter, but to recap:

-Hearing and vision forms for the upstairs classrooms will be passed out on Monday the 4th. The actual date for hearing and vision testing is on Tuesday October 26th.

-Connecting Open Arms with Immanuel, we are inviting the 3's, 4's, and kindergarten to join us for singing at church. The service is at 10:45AM and the children will be asked to come forward right at the beginning of service to sing their song that they have been practicing so hard on these last few weeks. Hope to see you there!

-Our Halloween Fashion Show will be on October 29th during the day. We will have the show on Facebook Live via the Open Arms parent page. If you need access to our parent page please send Ms. Jessy a friend request.

9/24/21 Update

The first day of fall was this week! Cooler temperatures are upon us. Please make sure your child has a coat or sweater for outside time. Also start swapping out extra clothes that are kept at school for warmer ones and not so summer like ones.

October is fast approaching. Keep an eye out for the school/church newsletter. The newsletter will put into detail the different events coming up in October.

This weekend we have Oktoberfest! Sunday September 26th from 3-6pm there will be brats and hot dogs as we have a fun time together enjoying the beautiful weather! It is supposed to be super nice outside this weekend, so even if you don't join us at Oktoberfest, enjoy the weather with anything you do this weekend!

We are still looking for a storm drainage engineer. If you know of anyone, please send them our way.

9/3/21 Update

Again if there are any parents that know of a storm drainage engineer please send them our way. You can email Mrs. Dunn at oaad@openarmsglenview.org or Ms. Kathy at kgerken@immanuelglenview.org. We are looking to get our flooding issue under control and the Village of Glenview wants us to have a storm drainage engineer design a plan before we can move forward. Thank you in advance. 

Reminder that Monday September 6th is Labor Day. Our facility is closed.

Have a great weekend!

10/8/21 Update

Happy Friday!!

Columbus Day is Monday October 11th. Open Arms is open Monday! Please let classrooms know if you will be keeping your child out that day.

Some reminders: 

Oct. 24th the 3's, 4's and Kindergarten will be singing for church. Church service starts at 10:45am. 

Oct. 26th we have our hearing and vision testing. Please fill out the form and get that back to your classroom teacher as soon as possible.

Just another note for parents- there will be a Trunk or Treat at OLPH. Please find the flyers hanging up around the school.

8/27/21 Update

It's been a wonderful second week of school here at Open Arms! We are all falling into our routines and enjoying learning and playing with our friends! :)

Wednesday we had Parent Orientation night. If you missed it please feel free to email Mrs. Hannah Dunn at oaad@openarmsglenview.org or your child's teacher to gather more information about curriculum and different things going on around the school!

Just a quick side note: If there are any parents that know of a storm drainage engineer please send them our way. You can email Mrs. Dunn at oaad@openarmsglenview.org or Ms. Kathy at kgerken@immanuelglenview.org. We are looking to get our flooding issue under control and the Village of Glenview wants us to have a storm drainage engineer design a plan before we can move forward. Thank you in advance. 

8/20/21 Update

Reminder that Grill night is tonight from 5-7pm! Please join us for hot dogs and brats as we celebrate the start of a new school year!

Parent Orientation is upon us. August 25th at 6pm join us for a night of meeting the teachers! Can't wait to see you all!