SM Early Childhood Education Center

Carla Heintz, Principal

What's Happening


11-15- No School- Spring Break

22- Early Childhood Screening

In the News

From the Principal's Desk

It was so nice to see all of you who were able to attend parent teacher conferences last week, even with the last minute change due to the snow. I appreciate the interest and investment each one of you take in your child's education not only at conference time, but through out the year. Your support this year has been wonderful!

Spring break is sneaking up on us fast and I am hoping it will bring with it Spring like weather. Now is the time to begin to get your children outside and enjoying all that nature has to offer. When playing outside with them encourage their language and math skills along with their gross motor skill. As they play consider setting up small obstacle courses where they might go around a tree, under a slide or jump next to a bush. You can also have them count the number of steps on the slide, how many times they can bounce the ball, or how many times they can jump.

Parents you are always welcome in the building to see what is happening, and we want you here. However we do ask all parents contact their child's teacher, sign in the office and get a visitor badge before proceeding to the classroom and checking out through the office before you leave!

Notes from the Associate Special Education Coordinator

Happy March everyone! It’s hard to believe we have had so many inclement weather days. With almost as much time at home as at school this last month, I wanted to share some activities I shared at the beginning of the school year. Our technology team created a thorough list of ways our staff utilize iPads/tablets with our students. Many of these activities can be adapted for use of technology at home. Take a look and see what you think: iPad Use at SMECEC

I hope you will enjoy experiencing some of these technology activities with your family!

Until next time….. Learn, Teach, Reflect, Grow, Repeat…..

Shari Hardinger

Notes from the School Nurse:

Warmer Days Ahead!

This winter has been downright awful!! But soon the cool days will become warmer and longer. I know we are all very much looking forward to getting outside and just being able to stretch our legs and feel the “warm” sunshine. There are many opportunities in our community for you and your kiddo’s to get involved in outdoor activities. Be sure to check with your local YMCA or Johnson County Parks and Recreation. Spring is the time to get outside, take in the park or the zoo or just go for a walk in your neighborhood. The kiddo’s have been cooped up all winter and now it’s time to let them run. So make sure you check out all of the great outdoor activities that our community offers. Exercise not only helps the body but the mind too!

Early Childhood Screening

Do you have concerns about your preschooler’s development?

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 2018-19 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.

Marker Recycling Now Available

We have joined with Crayola to recycle old markers. If you have old dried up markers at home or at your business of any type or brand please collect them and send them to school with your child. We will recycle them . Thank -you for helping make our world a little greener!

Social Media Sites

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

Twitter: @theSMECEC



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