October 2016

Upcoming Events


3 & 4 - Character Ed Assemblies

6- Lion Club Vision Screenings

6 - PTO Meeting at 4:30

10 - National Fire Safety Week/Community Helper Week

12 - Early Release- Bus riders @11, car riders @12

For Latchkey info call @ 462-5073

17 - Lion Club Vision Screenings

24 - 4:30-5:30 Flu Shots from Walgreens- ages 12 and up

24 thru 28- Parent/Teacher Conferences

24 thru 28 - Art Auction

Our Curriculum

With first quarter ending, I wanted to take the opportunity to briefly describe the curriculum used in our classrooms.

Project Construct

Project Construct is a learner-centered approach to teaching preschool. We use your child’s interest to plan hands-on lessons and activities to keep him or her motivated and engaged. Your child is encouraged to collaborate and work together with peers, take initiative, express opinions, make choices, learn from errors, problem solve, think critically, and use creativity.

Handwriting Without Tears (HWOT)

HWOT is a fun, hands-on pre-writing and letter recognition curriculum. This program develops handwriting readiness skills with music, dough, magnetic stamps, and wood pieces. You will hear your child talking about Mat Man, big lines, and curved lines. It is very important to note that letter formation is taught through sticks and curves formation and your child will begin with the letter L. The pattern followed each week is not the normal alphabetical order.


This is a program that your child will continue to learn in kindergarten. It is a phonics program that teaches print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, and vocabulary. These are all skills necessary for your child when learning to read.

Missouri Early Learning Standards

This link is the document we use to guide our instruction.


Kelly Groeber


Our next PTO meeting is October 6th at 4:30pm at ECEC.

Thank you to our wonderful ECEC parents who made Helping Hands a huge success! We greatly appreciate all of your donations! We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and your families at our Ice Cream Social.

The next PTO event is the Art Auction which will be held during the P/T Conferences. Please take a minute to stop by and look at all the amazing art and made a bid on your favorite. The art auction will take place October 24th thru October 28th. Thank you to all our parents and staff who continue to help make our PTO such a great organization!

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From the Nurse...

The Lion's Club will be at ECEC on October 6 and 17 offering free vision screenings to all students. The screenings are fast and fun! Healthy vision is essential to your child's success in school. If you have any questions, please contact me at 462-3020.

Nurse Tammy

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Flu Shots

Flu shots will be available on-site at the Early Childhood Center on October 24th from 4:30-5:30 for family members* of ECEC students. Shots will be administered by a pharmacist from Walgreens. Please bring your insurance card and co-payment, if applicable. A preservative free vaccine will be available for expectant mothers. A limited supply will be available at this event, first come will be first served.

*Recipients must be 12 or older to receive the flu vaccine.


  • Please check your child's folder every night.
  • Please put tuition payments in an envelope clearly marked with your child's name.
  • Lunch money should be placed in a separate envelope.
  • As the weather changes please send a jacket with your child just in case
  • Snacks can be dropped off with the person that is taking your child in from the parking lot.
  • If you need to talk with your child's teacher sending an email is the fastest and easiest way. If you would rather talk in person you can leave a message with the front desk or send in a note for them to give you a call.

Fall Festival

In lieu of classroom parties, ECEC is celebrating with a nightly Family Fall Festival on November 9th in the afternoon. More details to come soon. Below you will find a few reasons why the District has selected to move fall parties to the evening.
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Counselor's Corner

I just finished teaching the "The Turtle" to all the classrooms! "The Turtle" is a calm down technique that can be used when your child is mad or sad. Ask them about Twiggle the Turtle!

Wanting to know more about your child's day? Try starting with these questions:
What was the best part of your day?
Tell me something that made you laugh today.
What is your favorite thing to do at recess?
Tell me about one thing you learned today.

Free Coats

The Salvation Army is hosting an event at Harvester Church in Troy on Oct 15th from 9am-1pm. Coats are available in Mens, Womens and Childrens sizes. All coats are FREE! Everyone is WELCOME!!!

Mason's Message

Ruff! I have been motivating my friends to participate by selecting one of my friends holding my ducks to have a turn at a learning activity. Some of my friends who have have trouble talking have really started talking so they can see me do my tricks! I love all the snuggles I get from my friends.


The Nightly Reading Record Sheet is an amazing way to make sure reading is a priority in your house. When your child returns a monthly reading calendar completely filled in, they will receive a fun book and a prize to take home. PLEASE take the time to print this calendar for your child. Monthly participation allows your child to learn and also spend quality time with you.

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

–Emily Buchwald

PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)

Each month a PBIS sheet will come home with your child to help your family support the positive behavior that your child is learning and practicing at school. Hopefully PBIS will encourage your child have positive behavior at home as well. Please read over each item on the monthly PBIS sheet and when your child has completed those tasks he or she can return it to school to add a cutout to our PBIS wall. A copy of the form can be found at this link.

The Character Trait for October is Accountablity.