SM Early Childhood Education Center

September, 2021

Administrative Team

Carla Heintz, Principal, Early Childhood Education Center

Tracy Smarr-Dolezal, Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator

In the News

From the Principal's Desk


I can't tell you how wonderful it has been to see all of your children's faces at school the last few weeks. It's been an amazing start to what I believe will be an amazing year! We have already seen growth in our students in just a few short weeks!

If you have not done so already, please be sure to complete Online Verification in Skyward to complete the enrollment process.

Anyone other than parents who are authorized to pick your child from our school must be included in the Emergency Contact section in Skyward for us to be able to release them. If the person's name is not in Skyward, for your child's safety, we will not be able to release them to that individual. If you have questions regarding how to do that, please call our school office at 913-993-2600.

A school supply list can be found on our school website, located here

Important Calendar Reminders

September 6- No School, Labor Day

September 24- Screening

Our building follows the district calendar and PreK schedule, with the exception of no school on Fridays. You can access the district calendar here District Calendar 21-22

Birthday Treats

If you would like for your child to celebrate their birthday at school, please contact your child's teacher to set up a time and day for the snacks to come. We are able to share store bought, individually wrapped, items. Unfortunately, we cannot accept home made treats or unwrapped items in clam shell packaging, such as cookies or cupcakes that are not individually wrapped. In addition, as of right now, visitors are not allowed past the office, due to current community COVID numbers so parents could not attend the celebration with their child. But we are happy to celebrate and snap a picture or two for you if you wold like!

Masking and Mitigation Protocol for SMECEC

On July 26th, The Shawnee Mission Board of Education adopted the Maintaining Healthy School Environment Proposal B. That proposal requires all elementary, including the students at SMECEC to wear a mask until such a time as all students have the opportunity to be vaccinated. In additional all students must wear a mask on the bus.

Students will not be wearing their masks outdoors, on the playground.

All parents and outside visitors to the building must wear a mask. At this time visitors are not allowed past the office when school is in session.

Students are required to wear a mask on the bus as they are able.

For those of your bringing your child to school, masks are strongly recommended for the adults during drop off and pick up when around other adults, however because it is outdoors, a mask will not required. If you are waiting outside a door we do request you honor social distancing protocols of 3 feet.

We will continue to disinfect rooms between sessions daily, cohort as much as possible, and utilize assigned seating and social distancing when masks are off for meal time.

Please know that at anytime these measures may change based on data from the Johnson County Department of Health and decisions made by the Shawnee Mission Board of Education.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Reminders for Car Rider Pick Up and Drop Off at Door 2

Door 2 is our largest group of car riders. I have appreciated everyone's patience as you wait to unload and load your student. It has been going smoothly over all, however I would like to give you a couple of reminders:

1. Please pull all the way forward to the yellow bus line if you are first, and as close to the car in front of you if you are on the north side of the school, which is the loading and unloading area. It is OK to block the handicapped entrance during car line.

2. If you are close to the corner, but still on the west side of the building please leave some space between you and the car in front of you so you can pull around and move up if a space becomes available and directed to do so.

3. Please do not unload your child until you are on the north side of the building. We can only take so many children in at a time, and if you unload while along the west side, we may not have enough staff to give the individual attention each child needs creating an unsafe situation.

4. Please stay in your car until you see your child come out of the building. This way you are ready to move up if needed and our car line runs faster and smoother.

Thank you again for all of your patience as we continue to work to keep our car line organized and moving as quickly as possible.

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Note from the Nurse

Immunizations/Physical Exam: I hope everyone is getting back into the routine of school. Just a quick reminder that if you have a new student and have not sent in a copy of your child’s most recent physical, you will need to do that soon. If you have updated vaccination records please send those in as well. I will be sending out reminders for those students who still need to turn in a physical/updated vaccinations in the next couple of weeks. There will be an exclusion date that student’s will need to have those turned in by. You may send those to me at

Attendance Reminder: Please call your student in to our attendance line if they will be missing school for illness/appointments/out of town. Our attendance line is 913-993-2688.

Food Service

Free Meals

School breakfast and lunch meals are FREE for ALL students at all schools for the 2021-22 school year. Once again, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has put into effect nationwide waivers allowing school foodservice departments to continue to serve healthy school meal options free to all students. PreK students at SMECEC attending the AM session receive breakfast, those attending the PM session receive lunch.


Breakfast is available each school day. The breakfast menu includes an entrée, grain, fruit and milk. Students are served all items to receive a full breakfast; including the required ½ cup of fruit.


Lunch includes an entrée, grain, fruit, vegetable and milk. Students are served all of these five components on their lunch tray, including the required ½ cup fruit and/or vegetable.

The “pig” symbol on the menu means that the item contains pork.

Menus, nutritional and allergy information are available online at

Special Diet

If you have an allergy or specific dietary concerns, contact your school nurse for a medical form to be filled out by your doctor.

Food service information is available on the district’s web site at or you can call the Food Service office at 913-993-9710.

Early Childhood Screening

SMSD offers an early childhood developmental screening which includes the areas of vision, hearing, problem-solving, personal-social development, gross/fine motor skills, and speech/language skills. The purpose of the screening is to identify children who may have substantial developmental delays and who may be eligible for special education services. SMSD’s Early Childhood Screening (ECS) is appropriate for children ages 2 years 9 months to 5 years old who reside within the Shawnee Mission School District boundaries.

How often are screenings offered?

Screenings for 2020-2021 occur monthly on a Friday morning and are by appointment only. Parent or other legal guardian must complete a request for screening and submit the required documents before an appointment is offered.

How do I request a screening for my child?

More information about the ECS program can be found on the district’s Early Childhood Special Education home page under Early Childhood Screening.

Connect with us via Social Media

We have new social media sites this year! Please feel free to follow us and like us!!

Twitter: @theSMECEC


Or search for #EarlyEDSMSD to see what's happening district wide in PreK!