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NO CLASSES TONIGHT – SEVERE WEATHER ALERT

Dear Parents: Because of severe weather alert in effect beginning tonight and ending tomorrow night, all evening classes at BMA tonight will be cancelled.

We will notify all parents by 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, whether BMA will be open tomorrow for morning classes.

 

Kindergarten Teacher – Start Date: August 15, 2018

Purpose

Blooming Minds Academy Teacher is responsible for the academic, social-emotional growth and development of all children in his/her care, which may include preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten-age children; develops partnerships with both parents/child’s caregivers to engage and encourage parent participation in the program. Teacher is also responsible for assuring compliance with codes of all State and local governing contracting agencies; and works collegially with other staff members of Blooming Minds Academy. The BMA Teacher also supervises Assistant Teachers and volunteers who work in his/her classroom.

Career Overview

Teacher will be responsible for planning and implementing an educational program to teach children. Teacher must ensure the development and safety of all children in accordance with relevant federal, territorial and municipal legislation and policies. Teacher will be respectful of children and parents, and ensure that equipment and facilities are clean, safe and well-maintained. Failure to provide adequate services may place children at risk.

Job Duties

  • Develops both long- and short-term lesson plans based on the curriculum and philosophy of BMA.
  • Keeps records of children’s academic growth and keeps parents up to date — communication with parents is a routine part of a teacher’s job.
  • Responsible for setting up her classroom to reflect the lessons she is currently teaching.
  • Designs and follows a full schedule of activities and discovers suitable teaching materials in addition to those already provided by BMA.
  • Maintains routine record keeping, such as attendance. (Teacher must remember – all such information is confidential).
  • Every Thursday, Teacher must submit lesson plans for the upcoming week to Director.

Essential Functions

  • Supervise and work as a team member with an assistant teacher to meet the needs of the children and the classroom as a whole.
  • Meet emotional, social, physical and cognitive needs of each child.
  • Encourage Teacher Assistants to contribute to curriculum planning.
  • Implement curriculum into weekly lesson plans.
  • Complete bi-annual assessment of children’s development.
  • Continually add to each child’s portfolio.
  • Report progress of children to parents in bi-annual reports and through parent-teacher conferences.
  • Maintain daily open communication with parents.
  • Keep accident reports.
  • Maintain anecdotal records.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Fulfill the requirements of a mandated reporter.
  • Report any suspected abuse to supervisor immediately.
  • Arrange classroom environment in accordance with the program goals and philosophy.
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment.
  • Inspect and replace damaged or lost materials.
  • Attend in-service training and staff meetings.
  • Supervise assistants, aides and volunteers in the classroom.
  • Keep all appropriate records such as attendance and timesheets.
  • Help children with hygiene.
  • Keep children safe.
  • Meet all applicable licensing regulations.                                                                                                           

Physical Demands

Caring for children can be physically demanding. BMA Teacher may be lifting and carrying children and equipment, and may spend time sitting on the floor or child-size furniture. BMA Teacher will be expected to clean and maintain equipment and facility, and may move throughout the community with children. Teacher may come in contact with children who are ill and/or contagious, and must take precautions to ensure the health and safety of all children, parents, staff and themselves.

Environmental Conditions

The BMA Director will be working in a busy and occasionally noisy environment. There may be a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the BMA Director will have to supervise all children at all times.

Sensory Demands

The BMA Director may experience smells associated with toileting and children who are ill (e.g. vomit). Teacher should be able to maintain calm composure, and assist children in a positive and supportive manner.

Mental Demands

Caring for children can be stressful. Teacher should be able to care for children in a calm manner at all times. BMA Teacher must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. There may be a number of situations happening at once, and the Teacher must be prepared to handle such situations.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a part-time position, and hours of work and days are generally Monday through Friday, 9:00 am through 12:00 noon. Extended hours may be necessary as needed to cover staffing during academy hours.

Required Education and Experience                                                 

  1. Blooming Minds Academy Teacher shall be at least 21 years of age.
  2. BMA Teacher shall have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate (GED).
  3. A baccalaureate or advanced degree in early childhood education or child development; or a baccalaureate or advanced degree in education with an Illinois Pre-K certification; or a baccalaureate or advanced degree in education or related field with Illinois Teacher certification.
  4. Team player; commitment to high quality programming for children and a supportive work environment for staff.
  5. An education or experience in collaborating with parents in the education of their children is required.
  6. Teacher shall become a member of the Gateways to Opportunity Registry, with all educational and training credentials entered into the registry, verified in accordance with procedures and requirements adopted by the Department of Human Services (see 89 I ll. Adm. Code 50.Subpart G).
  7. Teacher must complete the online Mandated Reporter Training that is available on the Department’s website within 30 days after hire.
  8. Must meet physical requirements of the job including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  9. Teacher shall submit a report of a physical examination completed no more than 6 months prior to employment that provides evidence that s/he is free of communicable disease, including active tuberculosis, and physical or mental conditions that could affect his/her ability to perform assigned duties. This examination shall include a test for tuberculosis by the Mantoux method.
  10. Teacher shall have physical re-examinations every 2 years and whenever communicable disease or illness is suspected.
  11. Teacher shall comply with the current rules and regulations of the Illinois Department of Public Health pertaining to Food Service Sanitation (77 Ill. Adm. Code 750).
  12. CPR and First Aid Certification required within 2 months of date of hire.
  13. Must be able to successfully pass child protective services and criminal background check.

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of child cognitive, social, and skills development methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of play, reading, and quiet-time activities for children.
  • Child supervision skills.
  • Knowledge of childcare facility, services and/or staff licensure and certification requirements.

Skills

  • Emotional maturity when working with children;
  • Cooperation with the purposes and services of the program;
  • Respect for children and adults;
  • Flexibility, understanding and patience;
  • Physical and mental health that do not interfere with child care responsibilities;
  • Good personal hygiene;
  • Frequent interaction with children;
  • Listening skills, availability and responsiveness to children;
  • Sensitivity to children’s socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, and individual needs and capabilities;

Ability

  • Ability to provide a supportive and caring environment for children.
  • Ability to provide basic nutrition and hygiene services for young children.
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.               

Ethics

While communicating with teachers on a daily basis, children may share sensitive information. All such information will be considered strictly confidential. Under no circumstance will such information be shared outside of the facility with outside parties.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

 

Salary DOE.

Position start date: August 15, 2018

Part-Time Teacher Assistant

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION

Blooming Minds Academy Teacher Assistant (TA) will support the teaching staff in implementing childcare programs. TA will assist with carrying out BMA mission and values by providing high quality childcare services to children and parents that focus on the Blooming Minds Academy’s core values: honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.

Career Overview

Teacher Assistant works under Teacher’s supervision and give children additional attention and instruction. Teacher Assistants are responsible for observing and monitoring kids’ activities at all times: in classroom or on the playground, during field trips, naps and meals. Teacher Assistants must be constantly aware of the location of their students and keep them in line of sight.

Job Duties

Teacher Assistant typically does the following:

  • Helps to ensure the safety and well-being of the children and protects each from physical or emotional harm. This includes performing all tasks with an appropriate level of confidentiality and positive attitude.
  • Reinforces lessons presented by teachers by reviewing material with students in a one-on-one or in a small group setting.
  • Enforces the academy and class rules to help teach students proper behavior.
  • Helps teachers prepare for lessons by getting materials ready or setting up equipment, such as computers, books, notebooks, project materials, etc.
  • Helps supervise students in class, between classes, during lunch and recess, and on field trips.
  • Maintains observation records and other required classroom logs correctly.
  • Helps with general housekeeping tasks.
  • Maintains professional attitude at all times.

Essential Functions

  • Assists with the implementation of daily plans and activities.
  • Assists in supervising children and participates with children in activities.
  • Maintains program site and equipment.
  • Provides guidance for children’s behavior.
  • Supervises and interacts with children at all times, including meal times, rest periods, diapering/restroom times, play times, and activity times.
  • Provides care for children including changing diapers, feeding, and comforting.
  • Helps with general housekeeping tasks.
  • Sanitizes toys and equipment.
  • Ensures the cleanliness of the classroom and all of the materials.

Physical Demands

  • Performs all physical aspects of the position, including frequently moving around, bending, reaching, and lifting up to 50 pounds at a time.
  • Able to recognize and react calmly and effectively in stressful situations if applicable.
  • Assists children with such daily activities as maintaining personal hygiene, toileting, diapering, lifting, feeding, and getting in or out of transportation.
  • May be exposed to verbal outbursts, physical actions or bodily fluids as part of childcare environment.

Environmental Conditions

The BMA Teacher Assistant will be working in a busy and occasionally noisy environment. There may be a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the BMA Teacher Assistant will have to multitask and supervise all children at all times.

Sensory Demands

The BMA Teacher Assistant may experience smells associated with toileting and children who are ill (e.g. vomiting). Should be able to care for ill children and clean the affected areas.

Mental Demands

Caring for children can be stressful. The BMA Teacher Assistant must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. There may be a number of situations happening at once, and the BMA Teacher Assistant must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time in a calm manner and with a positive attitude.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time or part time position, and hours of work and days are generally Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Extended hours may be necessary as needed to cover staffing during the academy hours.

Required Education and Experience

  1. Teacher Assistant shall become a member of the Gateways to Opportunity Registry within 30 days after hire. Opportunity Registry, with all educational and training credentials entered into the registry verified in accordance with procedures and requirements adopted by the Department of Human Services (see 89 I ll. Adm. Code 50.Subpart G).
  2. Teacher Assistant must complete online Mandated Reporter Training. Newly hired staff must complete this training within 30 days after hire.
  3. Teacher Assistant shall submit a report of a physical examination completed no more than 6 months prior to employment that provides evidence that they are free of communicable disease, including active tuberculosis, and physical or mental conditions that could affect their ability to perform assigned duties. This examination shall include a test for tuberculosis by the Mantoux method.
  4. Teacher Assistant shall complete Food Handler’s Permit within 2 months of date of hire. The current rules and regulations of the Illinois Department of Public Health pertaining to Food Service Sanitation (77 Ill. Adm. Code 750).
  5. Teacher Assistant shall have physical re-examinations every 2 years and whenever communicable disease or illness is suspected.
  6. CPR and First Aid Certification required within 2 months of date of hire.
  7. Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  8. Must have some knowledge of early childhood education – coursework or prior experience desirable, but not mandatory.
  9. Must meet physical requirements of the job including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  10. Three written character references, verified by the day care center.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of child cognitive, social, and skills development methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of play, reading, and quiet-time activities for children.
  • Child supervision skills.
  • Knowledge of childcare facility, services and/or staff licensure and certification requirements.

Skills

  • Emotional maturity when working with children;
  • Cooperation with the purposes and services of the program;
  • Respect for children and adults;
  • Flexibility, understanding and patience;
  • Physical and mental health that do not interfere with child care responsibilities;
  • Good personal hygiene;
  • Frequent interaction with children;
  • Listening skills, availability and responsiveness to children;
  • Sensitivity to children’s socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, and individual needs and capabilities;
  • Outstanding communication skills.

Ability

  • Ability to provide a supportive and caring environment for children.
  • Ability to provide basic nutrition and hygiene services for infants and young children.
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to keep classrooms in order.

Personal Attributes

Must maintain strict confidentiality in performing the duties of BMA Teacher Assistant. TA must also demonstrate the following personal attributes: love children, enjoy frequent communication, be organized, and responsible.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Employee signature below constitutes employee’s understanding of the requirements, essential functions and duties of the position.

Salary DOE

Please, submit your resume and cover letter to olgabloomacademy@gmail.com

A copy of a US Passport for Children

Travel Around the World

Dear Parents:

As part of our Social Studies and Language Development Classes (both in Russian and in English), we will start working on learning about other countries. Today, your children received “Passports”. We, please, ask that you spend some time with them and help us make the first page of their passport look as close to the real passport as it is possible. Please, glue in their picture, write or type their name. Please, ask them to not remove stickers from the passport until we actually “travel” to that country.

Our first country of choice is China. To make the travel more exciting, we ask you to spend some time on studying interesting facts about the country at home. As part of their homework assignment, our students have one week to prepare a presentation about China.  Starting next Monday, we will ask students to present their projects. If you could help them create the visual for their presentation, it would be wonderful. Please, use cardboard; include the name of the country and the flag of the country that we study now to the visual. The goal is for children to not just learn some facts about the country, but to also learn the flag of that country.

We will ask all children to please leave their projects at the Academy for a week or two, so that we can share them with other children. Please, ask your child to take good care of their passport, and to bring it with them to school every day.

 

Pre-Kindergarten Program for January – June, 2018

We are half way done with the academic year. Children are progressing nicely, and it is that important to stay consistent and to keep working. We are recognizing the importance of separating engineering into a separate subject, as our children demonstrated a burning desire to spend more time on it. As such, Engineering will now be offered on Mondays, and Science will be offered separately on Fridays.

 

 

New Daycare in Wheeling

October 10, 2017, new daycare center in Wheeling, Blooming Minds Academy, opened its doors to children ages 2 – 6. For a little under a decade, academic development of children has been a main focus of the academy. Its students demonstrate exceptional knowledge of reading and Math. They excel in other subjects as well, as BMA educational programs focus on the development of students’ cognitive and language abilities.

BMA also offers daycare transitional Saturday program for those students who have never attended other classes. That way, students can slowly adjust to the group setting, instead of immediate, and sometimes not quite comfortable, transition.

European early educational programs in addition to highly professional and caring teachers make BMA appealing to families who value high-quality education. BMA is looking forward to sharing its students’ every day educational journey.

 

Vincent van Gogh. Through the Eyes of Our Children.

The week of November 13 – 17 is dedicated to the study of a great artist, Vincent van Gogh. We will be learning about Van Gogh’s famous pictures, will try to draw his famous Sunflowers with our older students, and will even build a model of Van Gogh’s museum.

As we are partners in the learning process of our children, we are asking parents and grandparents to please spend some time at home and learn about the life and works of Van Gogh. Children are very sensitive to the beauty around them, and we think they will love exploring Van Gogh’s paintings.

We will also use Van Gogh’s paintings in our color therapy sessions. During these sessions, we will focus on a variety of colors and their combination.

 

We Are Now Open

Blooming Minds Daycare is now enrolling children ages 2 – 6 on a full-time and part-time basis. We are a great fit for academically driven families who value European education. Highly professional teachers are looking forward to sharing our students’ educational journey.

 

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