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Christ Lutheran Early Weekday School (CLEWS) has quite a reputation in the Orland Park area. If you tell someone that your child attends CLEWS, chances are they will respond with “I remember the Teddy Bear Picnic!” or “I loved the Thankful Feast they did!” And Director Patti Bareither, who just celebrated her 25th year with the program, is a celebrity in her own right with CLEWS alumni. A summer celebration in her honor saw hundreds of CLEWS families from over the years come by to share hugs, stories, and appreciation.
So what makes CLEWS such a strong program? Their philosophy and focus is on enriching cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual development through play, stories, and songs, as well as hands-on and individual activities. Class sizes are small, which gives children a chance to know their teachers and vice versa. And interaction from both parents and the pastors of Christ Lutheran truly make this an interactive program with many opportunities for learning.
Children are eligible to enroll in CLEWS as soon as they turn 3 years old. The next session of the “Just 3″ program will begin on January 11, 2014 and will run from 9-10:30am on Fridays through May 16. Children may also begin the “Just 3″ program mid-session with a pro-rated fee. CLEWS will host two open house opportunities in January, the first on Sunday the 26th from 10:30am-1:00pm and the second on Tuesday, January 28 from 5-7pm. If a child in your life is getting ready to enter pre-school in the fall, please come and see what all of the buzz is about! Program Director and teacher Patti Bareither can be reached at (708) 349-0171 for further information.
***CLEWS preschool will be shut down from March 16th until March 31st.***
CLEWS REGISTRATION FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR Members of Christ Lutheran Church may register for the THREE AND FOUR YEAR OLD PRESCHOOL PROGRAM starting NOW! Being a Christ Lutheran member, your child will have first choice of class times and days. Registration packets are available in the CLEWS office or the Church Office. As soon as your application and registration fee are received, you will be contacted. Open Registration begins on Sunday, January 26, so take advantage of this early opportunity to enroll your child before all classes fill up! Call Patti Bareither at 708-448-2614 if you have any questions, or contact the CLEWS office directly at 708-349-0171. Open Houses: January 26, 10:30 to 1:00, and January 28, 5:00 to 7:00
CLEWS REGISTRATION FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR Registration packets are available
in the CLEWS office or the Church Office. If you have any questions, contact the CLEWS office
directly at 708-349-0171.
MOMMY/DADDY & ME continues this Friday, September 20, from 9:30 to 11:30. The group meets downstairs in the classrooms. Sign-up forms are still available on the narthex table.
A new year is already upon us and at C.L.E.W.S. we are eagerly planning an exciting year, as we begin holding registration for the 2019-2020 school year.
PHASE I: Now through January 19, 2019 for Christ Lutheran and CLEWS families.
Early registration enables Christ Lutheran and CLEWS families to receive priority class placement before we open the classes to the public.All eligible Cradle Roll and Sunday School children’s families will be mailed the packet of registration information, or you may pick it up in the church office. Be sure to turn in your registration before January 20, 2019 for priority placement.
PHASE II: Sunday, January 20, 2019 begins OPEN REGISTRATION for new families to the CLEWS program.
CLEWS is beginning its 36th year and still maintains its excellent reputation. Thanks is due to the dedicated staff, and to the loyal families who continue to spread the word about their experiences at CLEWS.
Parent Meeting…Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:00 to 8:30 PM
THE GIFT OF A YEAR-Kindergarten Readiness and Beyond
At this meeting, researched information and factors to consider about kindergarten readiness will be presented. Also, a panel of parents and educators will be present to share their experiences with preparing their child for kindergarten, including what factors they considered when making the decision to send their child to kindergarten and what has been the outcome now that their children are older.
We ask that you pre-register so that we know how many to plan for and in the case of inclement weather (as happened last year when we had to cancel) we will be able to notify you. Please call the CLEWS Office at 708-349-0171 and leave your leave your name and contact number if you plan to attend this meeting.
Blessings, good health, and happiness to you and your families in the New Year!
By Melissa Petersen
With a new school year well underway, our Christ Lutheran Early Weekday School (CLEWS) teachers are back to work with a bright and wonderful group of students. As always, the program aims to combine play and learning with activities that are age-appropriate, experimental, sensory and manipulative in a Christian preschool setting.
CLEWS is thankful to have so many of its amazing teachers returning for the 2017-2018 school year. Patti Bareither, lovingly known as Mrs. B, has returned for her 30th year. Mrs. B has over 50 years of education experience. Her greatest gift to CLEWS is her love of all children and her passion for teaching. She is always creating and establishing an innovative, exciting, interactive, age-appropriate curriculum for students. All of the teachers, parents, alumni, and students would agree the Patti is the glue that holds the CLEWS program and its loving spirit together.
With over 18 years at CLEWS, 3-year-old classroom aide, Karen Ketelaar has always referred to CLEWS as her “happy place.” Being separated from parents for the first time is difficult for many new students, and Karen has the wonderful gift of being able to put nervous children at ease with her happy demeanor and infectious laugh.
Four’s teacher Lisa Grant quickly realized after putting her own children through CLEWS that she wasn’t ready to leave the program. Lisa has been with CLEWS for over 9 years. Her patience knows no bounds and she has a great love and respect for the program and the teachers. Lisa has had a significant impact on the success of the four’s program at CLEWS.
Former CLEWS parent, Ronda Gilchrist is beginning her 7th year with the school. Whether she is teaching in the three’s classroom or aiding in the fours class, Ronda is energetic and excited to educate young minds. She knows how to start the day for each child with her an outgoing and special welcome.
Whitney Corbin has been with CLEWS for 4 years as both an aide and as the school’s administrative assistant. (Although she has been volunteering in the production of the teddy bear picnics since 1996.) Her degree in psychology and her certificate in organizational psychology brings a good balance of business and fun to the school. As a CLEWS alumnus, Whitney has had a soft spot in her heart for CLEWS since she was 3-years-old. Her sons have also attended the school just like mom.
CLEWS is also fortunate to have four’s aide Patty Nolan as part of the program. Having been with CLEWS for three years, her background in speech therapy makes her an invaluable resource in assessing each child’s needs and then quickly adapting lessons to their needs. Her understanding of child development has been a wonderful gift to the school.
Lisa Niedziela is completing her second year at CLEWs as an aide in the three’s class and has quickly become an invaluable staff member. She is always ready to pitch in and help in both her class and in other classrooms. Her love of working with children shows through every day in her positive attitude and personality. CLEWS loves having Lisa as their go-to-gal for extra help and assistance.
This year CLEWS welcomed Melissa Petersen as an aide in the 3’s and Just 3’s program. Her youngest daughter just completed CLEWS last year and there was no getting rid of mom. Her background in graphic design and marketing has been helpful in finding new ways to get CLEWS news out in the community. Her fresh perspective has been helpful in adding new and fun elements to the program.
It has been said that CLEWS parents are attracted to the program because it affords daily opportunities to share in many special moments and experiences with their child. However, much of the school’s success and stellar reputation is because of this talented and caring teaching staff. Christ Lutheran Church is blessed to have so many special and unique individuals associated with CLEWS.