January News

What's happening at HGECC?

Can you believe it is second semester?!

Welcome to January and winter has officially found us! What a beautiful snow we were able to enjoy on Christmas Eve day! There was just enough to get out and enjoy it... or enjoy looking at it our your window (if you are not a cold weather person). =)

Winterfest family night in December was so much fun! It was so nice to see all of you! There was face painting, crafts, games, and of course a visit with the "Big Guy" himself-Santa. Thank you to our staff and parent volunteer for helping decorate and for making the magic happen, to our custodians Kim and Mike for clean up, and all of our wonderful families that make it all worth it!

As we come back from our break, we will be reviewing expectations, rules, and routines. Sometimes we all need a little reminder and some practice after being away for a while. Conscious Discipline continues to be our focus as we work on identifying our feelings, and figuring out how to deal with our upset moments. Keep noticing those kind and helpful acts! We can't do it enough, so make it a point to tell your child when you see them being kind and helpful. What you focus on-you will get more of-and who doesn't want our kids to be kind and helpful?

We are working on rolling out a parent training on Conscious Discipline this semester, and information will be coming home soon. It will most likely be about a 7 week program for 1 hour per week. Think about whether this is something you can commit to, and watch for the flier to come home. There will be a limited number of spaces for our first training, and we would love to have you there!

Our staff is ready to be back and looking forward to an exciting semester of learning and growing. So much growth happens in the next 5 months before they head into summer! We love to see how they have changed as the year has passed.

If you ever have any questions at all, please feel free to call or email me. I am always happy to meet with you!

-Keri Collison

Events Coming up:

*Parent Committee: Tuesday, January 9th 6:00 p.m. HGECC Library

*No School-MLK Day: Monday, January 15th

*No School-District Staff Development: Tuesday, January 16th

Conscious Discipline: Did you know?

When making a request to your child, offer two positive choices. This can be especially helpful for a child who has difficulty making transitions or ending a preferred activity. Instead of “It’s dinner time, turn that iPad off now”, try, “It’s time for dinner. Do you want to wash your hands at the kitchen sink, or in the bathroom?”

Attendance Reminder

We have so much learning packed into our days here at HGECC, and it is so important for your child to be here for all of it. Please be sure to get your child to school or out to the bus on time so that they don't miss out!

Also-we are having an excessive amount of instances where children are being brought back on buses because no-one was there to get them off of the bus or they did not have their yellow bus card. Please make sure you are observing the 10 minute timeframe on either side of your drop off time (ex: if your drop off time is 4:27-be at the bus stop by 4:17 watching for the bus). It is very hard for your children to have to be brought back to school and wait for sometimes an hour to be picked up.

As a reminder-after this happens three times, bus services will be discontinued until a meeting occurs with Mrs. Collison to problem solve some solutions.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Meet Ms. Shandi: Title I Pre-K Teacher

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Flu Season Tips

You can help protect yourself and others from RSV infection by following a few prevention tips:

  1. Wash your hands often.
  2. Keep your hands off your face.
  3. Avoid close contact with sick people.
  4. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  5. Clean and disinfect surfaces.
  6. Stay home when you are sick.

Parent Committee

Have you heard about Parent Committee? Call Chelsea at 816-316-5457 to get involved!

We want to partner with you to get your input and feedback on our HG family and focus! One way to share your ideas is through our Parent Committee. We meet monthly at HGECC, and would love to see you at our next meeting!

Why does HGECC Rock?

Our Mission:

To support children in reaching their highest potential by utilizing developmentally appropriate practices in a safe and nurturing environment. By partnering with families, we build positive relationships which promote life-long learners.

TONS of great information for HGECC Families.

Car and bus rider procedures at a glance

Car Riders:

A. Please use the loop in the back of the building.

B. Have your blue card in the passenger side window when you pull up to a cone.

C. When you pull up, staff will come to you car to receive or deliver your child to you.

D. Initial the clipboard at pick up times.

Bus Riders:

A. Make sure you have your yellow bus card to receive your child from the bus.

B. Initial the clipboard/bus sheet that the driver provides to you.

C. Walk your child to the door of the bus when loading, and receive your child at the door of the bus at drop off.

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District Coordinator of HGECC: Keri Collison