Bright Beginnings

Early Childhood Center

BB LIBRARY SCHEDULE


Come check out a book to take home and read with your child.

New take-home learning activities every Friday.


THE LIBRARY WILL BE OPEN TO PARENTS:

Wednesday and Friday

7:50 am

11:45 am

3:15pm

OCTOBER Event Calendar

October 5th - Touch a Truck/Community Helpers

October 15th - No School

October 19th - Policy Council Meeting

October 21st - Parent Meeting/Fall Literacy Event

October 26th - Picture Retakes

October 27th - Late Start

Letter from the Principal

BBEC Families:


The month of September flew by at BBEC! Thank you for all of our parents that attended P/T Conferences. A quick note of thanks for Kathy Gemaehlich and our team at Child Care. They were able to open two additional classrooms and enroll almost 30 more students in less than two months. That was hard work and we appreciate their efforts.


Our teachers have been working hard in both their classrooms as well as in training. Also, a big thanks to Sheila Bertelsen and many of our teachers and paraprofessionals for hosting our Read and Rise events for parents at the end of September.


You may have noticed that both our child care and Pre-K playgrounds are being re-surfaced. We are excited about how much fun they will be to play on when they are complete.


If your child ever needs to quarantine--please be aware that we have home learning packets that we can provide to continue the learning process. Please contact your child's teacher to inquire about them if you need them.


Thanks to all of our parents that have completed their monthly calendars. If you have not done so--it is never too late. They are fun to do and by completing them, you are helping us meet our in-kind demands from Head Start.


As always, thank you for choosing to send your child to BBEC. We're are having great year.


Arthur Barker

Principal/Director

Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Center/Sunnyside Pre-K

We still have spots for qualifying children!

If you know someone who has a child under 5, please pass our information along. To apply, call Janeth at 620-371-1264 or the office at 620-371-1220 to schedule an appointment.

OCTOBER PARENT MEETING-FALL LITERACY EVENT

Thursday, Oct. 21st, 5-6pm

Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Center Gym

COME CELEBRATE FALL WITH YOUR CHILD, PARTICIPATE IN FUN FALL ACTIVITIES, AND TAKE HOME A FALL BOOK TO ADD TO YOUR HOME LIBRARY.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PARAPROFESSIONALS TO JOIN OUR TEAM!

Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Center has openings for pre-school and child care paraprofessionals. We are looking for individuals who want to make a difference in children's lives.


Contact Valerie Gastelum at 620-371-1220 or gastelum.valerie@usd443.org

Bright Beginnings Child Care

We have opened additional Early Head Start Spots along with Private Pay Spots. These include spaces for Children 3-5. If you are interested, please call Kathy at 620-371-1258.

Early Head Start Home Visitation

Early Head Start Home Visitors have begun to visit families in their homes. We are taking applications for this family centered program. Please call Janeth at 620-371-1264 to schedule an appointment.

POLICY COUNCIL

Our first Policy Council Meeting took place on September 21st, 2021. Thank you so much to the members who participated. If you have questions, or would like to be a member of the Policy Council, please contact your teacher or advocate, or ask for Bianca Alvarez.


Items approved at the last meeting include Classroom Designs and Allocation, the Non Federal Share Rates, and the HR Secretary position.



Please click here to read more about Policy Council.

A Note From Miss Melyssa

Greetings and Happy Fall!


In our Bright Beginnings Family, we are learning how to be friends and be kind to each other. Your children have opportunities every day on how to notice the good in themselves and each other. Help your child learn how to put on their "heart-shaped glasses" (pretend and a real pair if you can find them) to practice noticing. When someone's choices might seem hurtful and not helpful to their school and home families, we can connect with that are dong well. "I see my friend is using their words. Let's remind them to use different words."


For example, "I hear your words. Match my quiet voice. I notice you are excited to play today. What could we do first?" Notice the things that are going well. "You cleaned up the toys from the house center. Your friend played with those too. Let's invite them to be helpful." Noticing brings confidence. Confidence brings assertiveness and connections. Connections build safety and belonging. Keep practicing with your children and watch how they can grow.


Remember many of these ideas and activities are on Bright Beginnings Google Site. Click HERE to join in! Please click on the Parent Sign in to let us know how you are learning with your child.


You will find videos of read-a-louds, fun ways to teach rhyming and connecting and so much more! Thank you being a part of our Bright Beginnings Family.

Wishing you Well! ~Miss Melyssa

NURSE TIEBEN'S CORNER

Vision and Hearing play a big role in children’s learning and development.


Vision concerns might not always lead to glasses. The optometrist might just want to monitor your child or they might find glasses are necessary to help them in their learning and development.


Hearing concerns may have many causes. It may be that a child has an ear infection and a doctor may prescribe antibiotics to heal the infection or maybe the child just needs ear wax removed. They might need ear tubes to help them hear.


Concerns/Referrals don’t always indicate that it is a lifelong problem. But if it is not address now, it can have an impact on the child’s learning and development.


If you receive a referral letter that indicates the screening we did at school showed a concern, your child should get checked out by an eye doctor for vision and/or their primary care doctor for the hearing. Our screenings at school are not a complete evaluation.

MAKING NEW FRIENDS

COVID-19

Our operation plan provides an overview of safety protocols for students, families, and staff during the school year. Our classrooms will be open for in-person (face-to-face) instruction. If you have any concerns, please contact the District Office at 620-371-1000. Thank you for choosing Dodge City Public Schools.


Masks will be optional for all students and staff. Sanitizing stations will be available in high traffic areas.


Please click here for any updated information.