Winter Festival

Thanks to the parents who supplied the sweet treats for Winter Festival!

Hello and happy December!

In December, we plan for and celebrate our traditions, be it at home with special family gatherings and meals, be it at church with plays, or attending our favorite dance recital. There are opportunities for family, friends, and communities to come together and celebrate. It is quite a busy time of the year too! I feel time flying by—not getting all that I want to accomplish by weeks end.

It also the time of year for reflection, time to slow down, pause, think about what was accomplished throughout the year. Here at Child’s Voice, 2019 saw growth in our children, our families, and in our community. We began a new initiative of becoming a Theory of Mind community of learners. We successfully completed another year of our strategic plan goals.  Moreover, several of our families shared with us sweet stories. One was about how distant relatives, who have not seen their grandson or nephew for a while, were so thrilled to have an actual conversation with him.

We continue to collect data on a number of data points, some that are shared with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) on our program outcomes and all with our grantors. Child’s Voice continues to be the place where you want to get involved. We continue to be involved with Beit Micha, a listening and spoken language program in Tel Aviv. We recently began to explore “Values” of Child’s Voice and delved deeper into the Culture of our programs/staff. Child’s Voice strives to be lifelong learners.

With our reflections, we must look deep inside us too. We must prioritize self-care throughout the year. Every signal job at Child’s Voice is hard work, demanding, and full of deadlines. We must make sure we are taking care of ourselves! Winter festival will kick off winter break and give us all time to renew, refresh, and rejuvenate.

I hope you all have an amazing holiday season and I look forward to connecting in the New Year.

Happy Holidays,

Dr. Michele