SM Parents As Teachers Newsletter

November 4, 2019

Update from Dr. Leigh Anne Neal

Thanks to all of the families who participated in the Conscious Discipline classes in September and October. We have a number of activities coming up, so please be sure to take advantage of the parent only and parent and child activities. If you have not yet signed up to be a member of the SM PAT PTA, please be sure to do so. Included in your membership is the cost of many of the PTA-sponsored activities. One of our signature activities, BLOCK Fest, is coming up on November 16. Space is still available, so please be sure to sign up if you have not had a chance to do so.


The Shawnee Mission School District strives to offer high quality services through the Parents As Teachers program. Please contact me, leighanneneal@smsd.org or 913-993-6412, with any questions or feedback regarding the program.

Play Center Hours

We hope you will join other Shawnee Mission families for fun at the play center, located in the SM Early Childhood Education Center, 6701 W. 83rd Street. The hours for Play Center are:


Tuesday Mornings:

9:30-11:30 a.m.: All children under the age of 36 months


Wednesday Mornings:

9:30-11:30 a.m.: All children under the age of 36 months


Reminders: Food and drink are not allowed in the play center. Please model clean-up skills with your child by putting toys away after play.


Please note the Play Center will be closed on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Schedule of Events

Parent & Child Events:

We have scheduled 17 parent/child events that take place on Saturdays, Sundays or weekday evenings.

(link to events)


BLOCK Fest

On Saturday, November 16, 2019, we will host our Fall BLOCK Fest at the Early Childhood Center, 6701 West 83 Street. Limited space is still available, so if you are interested in participating in this fun event, please contact Chris Judd at smpat@smsd.org, to sign up. The best age for children to enjoy this event is from 14-36 months. There is space available in both the 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. sessions.


PTA Fire Station Tour

November 10 at the Lenexa Fire Station -- Note this event is currently full and no longer taking reservations.


Adult-Only Parenting Presentations:

A continued offering of 6 adult-only parenting presentations including:

The Digital Dilemma

presented by Cari Ebert

Tuesday, January 14, 6:30pm


Daytime Events:

Daytime events continue with Baby Signs, one session of our new Mindful Yoga, the PV Public Works Tour and a new offering:


Tips and Tricks for Early Literacy Development

Tuesday, March 24, 3pm

Corinth Library

Personal Visit Reminders

Personal safety is an important concern for everyone. To help ensure our parent educators' safety as we move toward the winter months, please leave outdoor lights on after dark and prepare a safe entrance to your home during icy conditions.

Help Spread the Word about the SM Parents As Teachers Program

Do you know anyone living in the Shawnee Mission School District boundaries who is about to welcome a new baby or who has a young child? If so, please help them connect with our Parents as Teachers program, a voluntary program that offers personal home visits, social activities, playgroups, parenting classes, and various health-related and developmental screening. The early years of life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success, and parents are their child's first and most influential teachers. Enrolling in PAT is easy. Interested families can enroll online at: https://www.smsd.org/academics/early-childhood/parents-as-teachers