Apr 10

Current Forms are Here!

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All the forms on our School Answers page are now current.

The Intradistrict Transfer forms can be turned in as early as tomorrow.  Again, LITTLE VILLAGE KIDS has been changed to FAIRFIELD WEST DISTRICT.

CLICK HERE to find our page featuring new district maps, all of the policies, and all of the registration forms that you’ll need to make sure you’re set for the start of school in the fall.

If you haven’t filed any application or read up on all of this already, don’t worry.  You haven’t missed any deadlines. However, the disctrict has been accepting Open Enrollment forms since April 6th and the first date that you can turn in Intradistrict Transfers is Tomorrow April 11th.

So, check out the information we’ve provided here and, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us using the form at the bottom of the School Answers Page.  And if you know anyone who needs this information, they can find it at www.littlevillagekids.com/schoolanswers.

Mar 29

Everything You Need to Know About Fairfield’s Redistricting

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You’ve probably heard that the districts for Fairfield’s Elementary Schools have been redrawn for the 2017-2018 School Year.  To make things as easy for you as possible, we’ve assembled everything you need to know right here on our website.

CLICK HERE to find a page featuring new district maps, all of the policies, and all of the registration forms that you’ll need to make sure you’re set for the start of school in the fall.

If you haven’t filed any application or read up on all of this already, don’t worry.  You haven’t missed any deadlines. The first date that you can turn in applications for Open Enrollment or Intradistrict Transfers is April 6th.

So, check out the information we’ve provided here and, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.  And if you know anyone who needs this information, they can find it at www.littlevillagekids.com/schoolanswers.

Dec 05

The Village Make It Place | Holiday Hours

The Village Make It Place | Holiday Hours

Thank you to everyone who came by over the weekend! You made our opening special. The Village Make It Place will be open from now until Christmas on Fridays and Saturdays. Come by if you didn’t get a chance or even if you did. There’s already new stuff in there that you haven’t seen.  Find the perfect gifts for the special people in your life!

Nov 16

Last Day for the Turkey Tree!

This is just a reminder that today is the last day for taking turkeys from the turkey tree for the Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Thank you so much to all of you have already donated do generously to this year’s effort!

Leslie and I will be purchasing the actual turkeys and delivering the boxes on Saturday.  This year promises to be the biggest food drive ever, so if you planned to participate, today’s the day.

Thanks!

Greg

Here’s a short video about last year’s food drive so you can see what it’s all about.

Nov 11

My Grandfathers | A Salute on Veterans Day

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I was fortunate to grow up with two grandfathers who were actively part of my life and I loved them both with an admiration only a grandson could muster.  One was a barber, the other was a newspaper man.  One was Methodist, one was Baptist.  One was clean shaven, of medium height with fair hair.  One wore a moustache and stood over six feet tall with hair black as coal.  They were very different men, but they had one major thing in common.  They were both Veterans.

Richard Dungan was my father’s father.  He grew up in Dayton, Ohio and served his country in the army stationed in Japan.  He was a cook and a paratrooper.  He left home as a young man, traveled halfway around the world, and then returned home older than his age would tell.  I can remember him telling me stories of what it was like to jump out of an airplane and parachute to the ground ready to defend himself and his country with his very life.

Donald Stevens was my mother’s step-father.  Her father died when she was young (he was a veteran as well), so Don was the grandfather I knew.  He grew up on a farm in Christiansburg, Ohio and served his country in the army stationed in Europe.  He was shot during the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, survived, and was honorably discharged with a Purple Heart in 1946.  I remember him telling me stories of being drafted, basic training, and the horrors of Omaha Beach.

Both of these men were simple people with simple mid-western lives who served their country just like countless numbers of other brave men and women.  They came home, adjusted the best they could, and went to work.  They married, raised families, and spent their lives trying to be productive citizens of the nation they so valiantly defended.  They were just two in a long line of veterans in my family stretching all the way back to the American Revolution, but they were the two I knew.

Spending time with them, listening to their stories I learned to appreciate my freedom and those who gave so generously to protect it.  So, on Veterans Day I pay homage to those who gave years of their lives in service to my country and on Memorial Day I pay homage to those who gave their very lives for the same reason.

I believe that it is important to remember and respect the service of Veterans, because, without them, we would not have the freedom to cast votes, back candidates, and participate in democracy.  We would not enjoy the privilege of pledging our allegiance to the flag or singing our national anthem.

I encourage you to pause today and consider the people you know who gave of themselves in military service.  Honor them in some way.  And be thankful for the hard-fought, expensive freedom that you enjoy every day as a citizen of the United States of America.

Sep 29

52 Things Everyone Should Learn Each Year | Thing 3: A Plan

WHO is way more important than WHAT.  Settle the WHO and the WHAT will take care of itself.” ~ The Family Man

Here is the third thing everyone should learn each year: Have a Plan for Who you want to Become.

Sep 13

52 Things Everyone Should Learn Each Year | Thing 2: Love

What does Love have to do with a FREE Egg McMuffin? Check it out. This kind of stuff could change the world!  Please feel free to Comment, Like, and Share them with anyone you like.

Sep 06

52 Things Everyone Should Learn Each Year | Thing 1: Generosity

Today is when we begin to share the 52 Things Everyone Should Learn Each Year.  There will be a video each Monday (we’re starting today because of the holiday) that shares one of these virtues.  Please feel free to Comment, Like, and Share them with anyone you like.

Feb 19

12 Freedoms of Healthy Families

Grandma with Kids / Little Village KidsA few years ago I wrote a short ebook called “The 12 Freedoms of Healthy Families” and it’s been a while since I’ve shared it.  This short little book is the basis for how we operate at Little Village Kids.  The principles shared here are the ones we live by every day as we care for your children.

I’ve decided to share some of the freedoms with you in a series of posts.  Please share these posts on Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media sites so that more people can know what makes our Little Village Family special.

The 12 Freedoms are divided into sections and the first section is Nurture.  The first Freedom in this section is The Freedom To Attempt Fearlessly.

Nurture – The Freedom to Attempt Fearlessly

Success and failure are often separated more by confidence than competence. Members of healthy families know that, regardless of the outcome, they are supported in any endeavor.

Our society is driven by a desire for success.  Often we parents stimulate, obligate, and motivate our children in a sincere effort to help them succeed.  Yet, at the same time, we discourage them from attempting things that seem overly difficult.  We have a conflict of interests when comes to our kids.  We want them to be wildly successful, but we also want them to be completely safe.  Anyone who has tasted success will readily admit that it’s only possible if we’re willing to take risks.  The trick is teaching our children to judge the risk:success ratio and come out on top.

A generation ago we just wanted our children to be “happy”.  While this desire had problems of its own, it did drive us to be extremely supportive and support is an essential ingredient for success.  It’s no coincidence that the most successful children are often the most strongly supported.  We resist the temptation to bind them with our own fears.  They accomplish seemingly impossible things, because they don’t know those things are supposed to be difficult.  Instead of filtering each other’s dreams through the tainted lens of “reality,” our families become fanatical cheering sections.  Life has a way of imposing limits on our dreams quickly enough and family is the single greatest influence on our developing world-view.  We need to nurture one another by supporting our attempts.  We’ll be surprised at how often success answers support’s invitation.

Exercise: Create a family schedule for one month.  Identify any events members have where the family can show support.  Clear all the conflicts you can and show up to games, concerts, etc. to support one another win or lose.

This Week: Remove the word “can’t” from your family vocabulary.  Only allow yourselves to speak things that support and encourage each other’s attempts.

Aug 27

Family Style Childcare | Toddler Property Laws

Toddlers live by a whole different set of rules. At Little Village Kids, we love the funny side of family style childcare. Here’s a video just for fun. We hope you enjoy it.

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