The Horace Mann & Leet Connection

September 26, 2019

Message from the Principal

Dear Families and School Supporters,

Please sign up to walk with us in the Homecoming Parade on October 26th. You can RSVP below.

Bearcat Club is going very well with our new programming. Each week the children participate in movement and craft activities based on the weekly theme. Our next theme is Disney week!

· September 30-Oct 4 Disney

· October 7-11 Oregon Trail (Western)

· October 14-18 Space and Aliens

· October 21-24 Bearcat Homecoming/Parade (no classes on Friday – Walk Out Day)

· October 28-Nov 1 Spiders and Creepy Crawly Bugs

· November 4-8 Sea Life & the Ocean

· November 11-15 Harry Potter/Wizards

· November 18-21 Gratitude (no Bearcat Club on Friday, early dismissal after family luncheon)

· December 2-6 Winter Wonderland

Out next family involvement night will be October 16th from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm for Science in the Outdoor Classroom. Dr. Rena Smith's class will be hosting science activities you can do with your child. A meal is provided for families who attend.

Your next opportunity to participate is our Bearcat Stadium Clean Up: Saturday, September 18th after the 1:30 PM game.

The Director's Dialogue

I got to do another tour today for a community member serving on the mental health task force. Sharing our mission, beliefs and passion with a new visitor gives me goosebumps every time. The Leet Center is a magical place lead by treasured colleagues who relentlessly seek what is best for children. We invite you to join us anyday to listen and enjoy the work of children with us. You will be amazed at what children are learning through their play.

Homecoming Parade Walkers

Saturday, Oct. 26th, 8:15am

College Avenue

Maryville, MO

We need candy donations brought to school by Thursday, October 17! We are collecting donations in the office.

Horace Mann and Leet Center will walk in the Homecoming parade.

  • All families are encouraged to walk with us. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please wear Northwest gear.
  • Please plan to arrive at 8:15 am.
  • Sign up RSVP to walk through this newsletter, stop at the front desk, or email Andrea Blackford

Families - Please help us by to donating candy to pass out during the parade. Candy donations should be brought to school by Thursday, October 17th.

Parade Route

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Parent Club Sign Ups

We value your partnership in enhancing educational opportunities at Horace Mann and the Leet Center.

Parent Clubs allow you to sign up for the things you are excited to contribute your talents. If you would haven't had the opportunity to sign up yet, the Parent Club sign up is below. Please be sure to add your name and preferred contact information to allow us to reach out and begin planning with you. We will be reaching out to families in the coming weeks to confirm your participation and offer more information on the next steps.

We will only be able to offer these enrichment opportunities if we have volunteers to assist.

Mark Your Calendar


28 - Stadium Cleanup after the 1:30 Football Game


3 - 5th Grade Field Trip - St. Joseph Symphony Youth Concert

4 - Author Visit to Horace Mann Classrooms starting at 8:00am

16 - Parent Night - Science in the Outdoor Classroom

17 - Field Trip for Kindergarten - Arbor Day Farms

21 - Parent-Teacher Conferences Begin

23 - Breakfast of Champions

25 - No School - Campus Walk Out Day

26 - Homecoming Parade & Stadium Cleanup after the 2:00 Football Game


1 - No School, Staff Development

11 - Veteran's Day

16 - Stadium Cleanup after the 1:30 Football Game

22 - Thanksgiving Luncheon, dismissal following the meal - No Bearcat Club

25-29 - Fall Break


5 - Horace Mann Winter Concert

12 - Leet Center Winter Concert

16 - Winter Break begins


15 - Back to School


Stadium Cleanup & Fundraiser - Saturday, September 28th after the 1:30 game

Please join us for this easy fundraiser helping with cleanup at home football games.

This usually takes about 20 minutes and we make roughly $150 per game to help with classroom expenses.

The more families helping, the faster it goes.

If you do not wish to attend the game, we ask that you show up at about 3:30 pm to help.

If we don't have family support, we risk losing this helpful opportunity.

We will have the gloves and trash bags located at the North Endzone during the last quarter of the game.

Mark your calendar for our other clean-up dates!

September 28 - Stadium cleanup after the 1:30 game

October 26 - Stadium cleanup after the 2:00 game

November 2 - Stadium cleanup after the 1:30 game

November 16 - Stadium cleanup after the 1:30 game

Author Visit Coming to Horace Mann

On October 4th, author Clif Edwards will be visiting our Horace Mann classrooms to share his book Missouri Farm Girl. This book tells the true story of Mr. Edward's mother, Grace, who was raised in Maryville and was a former Horace Mann student back in the 1940s. We are excited to hear from this author about a former Horace Mann student and to learn more about Missouri life in the 1940s. Below is a tentative schedule for his visit if families would like to join us.

8:00 AM - 1st/2nd-grade multiage classroom

8:25 AM - Kindergarten classroom

8:45 AM - 3rd/4th-grade multiage classroom - 5th Grade will join this presentation.

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October Family Night

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Our Snack Chefs Are Back!

Leet Center nutrition and dietetics partners will begin exploring foods with us this week! We look forward to tasting and cooking with new foods. You will get to try the recipes at home as well. Cooking with your kiddos can be so much fun try it out and share your successes with us!

Drop Off & Dismissals

  • Please remember that children can only go home with people listed on the pick-up list or by a parent note. Please contact LaTessa if you need to update your pickup list. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping your child safe.
  • The Horace Mann morning dropoff is monitored by a staff member from 7:30-7:50. Families also have the option of parking in the parking lot and walking their child inside.
  • School starts at 7:50 am. Please help us reduce the number of late arrivals to limit the number of classroom disruptions and loss of instructional time.
  • The circle drive is reserved for our early childhood classrooms for drop off and pick up.
  • Families are always welcome to walk their child inside or to pick them up in the building at the end of the school day.

Horace Mann Laboratory School

Horace Mann Laboratory School is located on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University. Horace Mann is one of only a small number of laboratory schools in the United States. Horace Mann provides a hands-on, project-based learning, individualized approach that is only possible with small class sizes and multiple teachers. Students of all ages make Horace Mann home, from our youngest kindergarten students to University practicum students. Master teachers provide a unique learning environment for all students that include technology, innovative best practices, and exemplary educational experiences. From measuring temperatures and creating data tables at our University Pond, learning about recycling at the on-campus recycling center, roller skating and swimming lessons in Physical Education class, and multicultural education from student organizations on campus, Horace Mann provides the best educational experience for your child.

Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families

At the Leet Center, family relationships and children are our passion! At the heart of our learning together, you will find educators who see children as capable learners. Children learn through investigation, exploration, and communication. Our pre-school environment is a natural home-like atmosphere that is filled with inquiry and joy each day.

The Leet Center is also home to our developing outdoor classroom and we believe that all the learning that happens indoors can also be present in the outdoor spaces. Open-ended materials and carefully cultivated spaces provide a place for collaboration, thinking, and representation of ideas. Our learning community includes educators and university students who are working together to listen and learn with children. Children, educators, and families each play an important role in honoring the intellectual and emotional integrity of children.