EC PTA Newsletter

January 2019

A Message from Heather Zoromski, PTA President


Hello EC family!

Welcome back! AND welcome to our new families who have just joined us after the first of the year! I hope that your holidays were fantastic and that everyone stayed warm! Speaking of staying warm, we had a great turnout at Ozark Mountain Gymnastics Open Gym event. Over 40 children came to play! Thank you to everyone who participated, and thank you to Mary Jo Williams, ECC mom, and owner of the gym, for hosting us! If you have any pictures from the event, we would love to have them for Facebook and the website. Please email them to nixaelcpta@gmail.com.

Your PTA board is working to plan and implement all Spring activities which will include the January Kindergarten Readiness meeting, Spring Parties, Spring Box Top Drive, Spring Book Fair and the March PTA Meeting where we will help Nixa Care to Learn pack hygiene kits for under-resourced students. There is really something for everyone to be involved with and we would love to have you!

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PTA MEETING - KINDERGARTEN READINESS

The next PTA meeting will be on January 31st at 6:30pm in the ELC Community Room. We will have a short business meeting and then a panel of Nixa District educators will speak about kindergarten readiness. We have confirmed the following panelists:

-Dr. Jennifer Chastain, Principal at John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD)

-Cara Blevins, Principal at Century Elementary

-Dr. Lara Wilbur, Nixa Early Childhood Principal

-Cris Torres, XLT (extended before and after school care)

-Kara Jennings, Kindergarten Teacher at Espy

-Amber Shelton, JTSD Special Education Teacher

If you have specific questions about how you can better prepare your child for kindergarten, what to expect when your child gets to kindergarten, etc...we would love to hear from you! Please submit your questions using this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfVARcuDiDPblROSYp8CU3iymXOqcAvhWOB-26FmAj7_UrKaQ/viewform?usp=sf_link so we can better prepare for that evening panel.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Please keep your eyes open for Sign Up Genius links that will be going out this Spring for parties, parent-teacher conference dinners, and book fair. Please consider helping! If interested, please email nixaelcpta@gmail.com.

OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR 2019/2020 SCHOOL YEAR

I cannot believe I’m saying this as it seems far away, but we all know it will be here before we know it! We will be electing PTA officers for the 2019/2020 school year at the March 21st meeting. If you are interested in serving on the board next year, we would love to hear from you! Email us at nixaelcpta@gmail.com.

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Godfather's Pizza Night

Thank you for all of your support at our various fundraisers this year. We just wanted to remind families if you go to Godfather's pizza night be sure to mention you are with Nixa Early Childhood to ensure we get credit for the purchase.

A MESSAGE FROM DR. WILBUR

Dear Families,

We are in full swing with 2019! It has been a fantastic start! It is going to be a busy spring, and the end of the year will be here before we know it. Be sure to be on the lookout for future communication regarding spring parties, parent-teacher conferences, and spring book-fair.


This year our focus has been on Conscious Discipline. Connection is a key component of Conscious Discipline. Parenting is a tough job! One way to strengthen your relationship with your child is through positive connections. Connection is as essential to us as it is to our children. Family therapist Virginia Satir famously said, "We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth."

Connection can be simple, and occur throughout the day. Take time to snuggle with your little one when they first wake up, and right before they go to bed. Turn off technology when you interact and be purposeful in making eye contact. Transitions can be a great time to incorporate an I love you ritual. See if your child can tell you their favorite one from school. Take a moment to give a big hug before you separate and when you are reunited. There are many ways to connect. Our Conscious Discipline resources recommend parents take five minutes a day to truly connect with those they love, especially when you or they have made a mistake and it feels like you are miles apart.

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Preschool Interest For New Students

New Students and siblings of current students interested in attending

Nixa Early Childhood for the 2019-2020 school year

CLICK HERE

(Current students enrolled in the Early Childhood Program do not need to fill out the form. We will get your preference on days/times for the following school year at spring conferences)


Please feel free to let your friends and neighbors know! For more information vist www.nixaearlychildhood.net

Nixa Early Childhood Website

Visit www.nixaearlychildhood.net to stay up to date on upcoming events.

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 31st - PTA Meeting - 6:30pm ELC Community Room - Kindergarten Readiness Panel

February 12th - 14th - Spring Parties

KEEP IN TOUCH

Please be sure to "like" our Facebook page (Nixa Early Childhood PTA) we are always posting valuable information. https://www.facebook.com/nixaecpta/

Feel free to contact us anytime at nixaelcpta@gmail.com

If you would like to sign up for group text reminders, please text the message @nixaelc to 81010