Remote Learning Resources

Remote Learning Resources

Getting Creative

SLC is committed to keeping our children and families engaged in learning. We have been working on compiling a resource list that we hope you will find useful in the coming weeks. This list is a living document so if you have any resources you would like to share let us know and we can add to it.

Q&A with SLC

Q&A with SLC

Dear SLC Families,

As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, SLC remains committed to do everything we can to
help our families, our teachers, and the entire SLC community. Naturally, we have fielded a variety of
questions and wanted to collect our responses below for your convenience. As always, please feel free
to reach out if you have questions or concerns. The best way to reach us is to email: Be safe, be smart, and be well

1. When will SLC reopen?

SLC will continue our practice of following the District 65 school calendar and therefore our
building will remain closed until District 65 reopens. The current school closure is scheduled
from March 16 through April 12. Our team is continuously monitoring developments from both
District 65 and public health administrators and will keep you posted as the situation evolves.

2. Is SLC still operating?

YES! Our administrative and teaching staff are still fully focused on the day to day operations of
SLC and have developed a variety of ways to remain engaged with our families. Our
administrative staff and teaching staff are now working remotely but remain available by email
during normal school hours, and our governing board has formed a COVID-19 Team that is
meeting regularly to evaluate the ongoing situation.

3. How is SLC taking care of its families?

Our families are of the utmost importance, and we plan to stay connected during school closure.
Your teachers will touch base regularly via an online community platform with videos, and
activity suggestions. Each classroom has a unique format, please reach out to your teacher if
you have any questions or difficulty accessing the information.
The school will continue with regular communication via Thursday Thoughts, daily Facebook
posts, and updates to our website; all of which will contain community resources, educational
weblinks and activity suggestions.

4. How is SLC taking care of its teachers?

We know that our wonderful teaching staff is what makes SLC great and why you entrust us
with your children’s early education. SLC teachers will be paid in full during the current school
closure and will remain as dedicated as ever to supporting your child’s development. We will
increase communication with staff, provide technology support, and offer mental health
consultation in collaboration with the First Presbyterian Church’s Parish Nurse.

5. How will SLC handle tuition for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year?

SLC will continue to operate, albeit in a different manner, during the current school closure and
we will maintain our current tuition schedule.
Please know that we will be working individually with families that are on financial assistance to
help them navigate these challenging times. We hope to resume our normal operations on April
13th after the current school closure. If that changes, we will evaluate the operating model and
tuition plan for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year at that time.

6. How will SLC handle registration and tuition payment for the 2020 Fun In The Sun summer camp?

SLC will continue registering and invoicing for the 2020 Fun In The Sun summer program but
acknowledges that the current situation may require a cancelation at a future date. In that case,
parents can expect a full refund of any tuition paid.

7. How will SLC handle registration and tuition payment for the 2020-2021 school year?

Registration will proceed as scheduled for the 2020-2021 school year. Tuition for the 2020-2021
school year, which would normally be invoiced April and due May, will be delayed one month.
We will communicate updates as soon as there is further clarity on the District 65 calendar for
the 2020-2021 school year.

8. How can I help the SLC community?

We have all been humbled and impressed by how communities band together in difficult times
and this era is no different. SLC Staff and parents have identified several ways to help those in

  • Email to reach an administrator about a service you can offer other families, or with a request to fill a need you may have. We will do our best to connect available resources.
  • Join SLCs Facebook group, called School for Little Children Family Forum, to request support & resources from other SLC parents:
  • Join Evanston Aid Facebook group, a community hub designed to help connect people to resources during COVID-19.

COVID Follow-Up

COVID Follow-Up

A message from our staff

This morning the SLC staff conducted our first-ever remote meeting via video/phone call.  During the conversation we talked about what our work will look like over the next month, and discussed some of the ways we can stay connected to, and share resources with, colleagues and our SLC families.

As we all try to navigate new emotions, stress and uncertainty I continue to be impressed with the staff’s leadership, creativity and compassion.  We have remarkable teachers and they have generated a wealth of suggested activities and resources that they look forward to sharing with you soon.

That said, the message the staff wants our families to receive is this:  during this heightened time of stress and anxiety, it is important to focus on routines that meet your family’s basic needs for rest, nourishment and exercise (preferably outdoors). 

Once these needs are met, and based on what research shows, PLAY is the next best thing you can do for yourself and your children.  Read stories, bake, play games, act, sing, or build a fort.  We want it to be clear that any suggestions or resources you receive from SLC in the coming weeks are by no means an expectation, and are to be utilized (or not) in a manner that best suits your family.

So, what can you expect in the coming weeks from SLC?

  • The office will continue to send weekly communication via Thursday Thoughts.
  • Your teaching team will reach out to you regularly; they miss you and are looking forward to ongoing communication during school closure.
  • We will host parent/teacher conferences remotely, and they will consist of two parts:
    • You will receive your child’s Reporting Document via email by Friday.
    • Your teachers will follow up to schedule a time to have an OPTIONAL phone conference.

If there are families who have questions or specific needs, our school community is here to help.  Please send an email to

Until we meet again, be well and stay safe.


COVID-19 Update/School Closure 3.16.20

COVID-19 Update/School Closure 3.16.20

Good Afternoon,

It has been a busy 48 hours and I want to start by thanking all of our families for their patience and understanding during this dynamic circumstance.  I also want to thank the leadership, guidance and support of the SLC Governing Board of Directors & Administrators who have made informed and thoughtful recommendations over the past two days.  

In accordance with District 65s decision to close, SLC will be closed starting Monday, March 16th and will re-open on Monday, April 13th.  

This decision was made with the health and safety of our families and staff in mind, and based on information and research put forth by agencies including the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  

During school closure the SLC staff will be working to remain engaged with our families through the sharing of resources and regular communication.  We also plan to hold Parent-Teacher conferences (remotely) in the coming weeks.  Please look for our first communication on Monday afternoon, after we hold a staff meeting.

This is likely a stressful time for many of our families, and discussing the Coronavirus with our children can be challenging.  Here is an article written by SLCs STEM teacher, Ann Gadzikowski, that you may find helpful in the coming days:

How to Talk to Children about Coronavirus

If you have questions, needs or concerns during the next few weeks please do not hesitate to reach out by sending an email to  We are here to support each other and we will do our best to connect you to the information and support you need.

Be Well,

Chrissy Cornell

Update From SLC

Update From SLC

Good Morning SLC Families,

Per our notification yesterday, SLC will be in session today (with the exception of our Little Explorers class).  There is plenty of staff on hand to welcome your children this morning.

SLCs COVID-19 sub-committee of our Governing Board of Directors will meet this morning to discuss school closure.  Now that District 65 has made the determination to close starting Monday, March 16th, SLC will do the same.  This decision is being made with the heath and safety of our staff and families in mind.  Please begin to prepare for this disruption to your everyday lives.

We will send more details later this afternoon.  Thank you for your patience during this dynamic situation.  

Chrissy Cornell