Horace Mann & Leet Center Connect
October 9, 2020
It's hard to believe it is already October! This is a busy month so please take note of two important events this month: Picture Day and Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Information was sent home this week about Picture Day. Ordering online in advance is strongly encouraged to simplify the process and to avoid forgotten order forms. The Leet Center will have their photos taken on Thursday, October 15th and Horace Mann Grades K-6 will have their photos taken on Friday, October 16th. Please arrive at school on time with your child dressed for their pictures. We begin pictures promptly at 8:00 am.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place the week of October 19-22.
- Leet Center Families can expect to hear from their classroom teachers to set up their conferences.
- Horace Mann K-6 families are asked to use the classroom sign up links provided further on this newsletter to sign up for their conference online by October 16th. Please contact Laura King on Seesaw or by email (lmking@nwmissouri) if you need assistance.
- Reminder: There will be no school on October 22 & 23. Bearcat Club will not be offered.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. King & Mrs. Rouner
Horace Mann K-6 Conferences
The year is moving quickly and Parent-Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. Conferences will be held during the week of October 19-22. These conferences will be conducted through Zoom with the parents and classroom teacher. Zoom sessions are set up to last 25 minutes. Please use the link below to sign up for a conference time for your child’s teacher. If you have any difficulty in using the links or are unable to schedule a convenient time from the choices listed below, please reach out to Mrs. King by responding to Seesaw or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The links below will remain open until October 16th and conference Zoom links will be sent to each family by email and through Seesaw. Our teachers look forward to meeting with you to partner in your child’s education. Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions.
Mrs. Farlow’s Kindergarten Conference Schedule -
Mrs. Haughey 1st/2nd Grade Conference Schedule - https://doodle.com/poll/xsa4msci92ykvn9p
Mr. O’Neal’s 1st/2nd Grade Conference Schedule - https://doodle.com/poll/2suabg74myzp56bp
Mrs. Mason’s 3rd/4th Grade Conference Schedule - https://doodle.com/poll/y4fvnmkq8c4kkt7u
Mrs. Komorech’s 5th/6th Grade Conference Schedule - https://doodle.com/poll/cbpbur69iwx86mkn
Mrs. Laura King, Principal
- October 19-22 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
- October 22 & 23 - No School - Bearcat Club will not be offered
- Lost & Found - Please email LaTessa (email@example.com) if you are looking for lost jackets or lunch bags.
On that day, we will dismiss following our Thanksgiving Meal. The Leet Center will begin dismissal at 11:45 am and Horace Mann will begin dismissal at 12:00 pm.
Calendar & Lunch Menus
- Monday, Sept. 28 - No School, Teacher Development
2020-2021 School Calendar
A Note from Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
Every family enrolled at Horace Mann and the Leet Center are members of our Parent Advisory Council. We encourage every family to attend our meetings to help in making decisions for our schools.
Our next meeting will be Thursday, November 5 from 6:30-7:30pm. A Zoom link and the agenda will be shared on Seesaw and Brightwheel available for all families to attend virtually.
Thank you to our new leadership for taking on the following roles:
President: Sarah Winters
Communications: Chris Kuhlemeyer
Treasurer: Brad Cline
Ways and Means: Jessie Nuffer
Wellness Committee: Jackie Cochenour
New Families Coordinator: Elizabeth Dimmitt
Secretary: Michelle Vaught
Please contact Sarah Winters if you have any questions about PAC participation.
LEET CENTER: A faculty member will be posted at the circle drive to receive LC children from 7:30-8:15 AM. Children should wear their face covering to enter the building. Parents/caregivers are asked to remain outside the building. This entrance is reserved for Leet Center arrivals only.
HORACE MANN: A faculty member will be posted at the HM drop off in Lot 57 and the main entrance on the East side of the building to receive HM children from 7:30-8:00 AM. Parents/caregivers have the option to remain in their car and drop off their children at the parking lot drop off point or walk their children to the main entry. Children should wear their face covering to enter the building. Parents/caregivers are asked to remain outside the building.
HM/LC: School officially begins at 7:50 AM. Staff members will be posted outside to receive children from 7:30 AM-8:00 AM. Families arriving prior to 7:30 AM should refer to the protocols for Bearcat Club. Families arriving after 8:00 AM should pull into the circle drive, call 660-562-1267, and remain outside until a staff member can arrange to come out to receive your child. All children will wash their hands upon entering the classroom.
HM/LC: Families/caregivers will conduct a daily temperature check and screening with their child or children prior to arriving at school. If a child screens positive, the student should not go to school and the parent/caregiver should contact the school. Nurse Cara will coordinate a temperature check on all students starting at 11:00 AM.
All children MUST have a face covering to enter the building!
Families – Please communicate clearly with your classroom teacher on how your child plans to go home. Consistency would be very appreciated as we work to be efficient and have your child ready to go when you arrive to pick them up. For Leet Center and Kindergarten dismissal in the circle drive, we ask that families only park on the right side and leave the left side for families to pass around families waiting for their child.
Part Time Leet Center: These children will dismiss at 11:00AM in the Circle Drive. Families/Caregivers are asked to remain in their cars. Leet Center faculty & staff will deliver children to your car.
Full Time Leet Center: These children will begin dismissing at 2:50PM in the Circle Drive. Families/Caregivers are asked to remain in their cars. Leet Center faculty & staff will deliver children to your car. Only HM siblings may be dismissed at the circle drive.
Kindergarten & Kindergarten Older Siblings: These children will dismiss at 3:15PM in the circle drive.
1st & 2nd Grade & Older Siblings: These children will dismiss at 3:15PM from Lot 57.
3rd-6th Grade: These children will dismiss at 3:30PM from Lot 57. Please do not enter the dismissal line until 1st & 2nd Grade have cleared.
Walkers (Grades 1-6 only): Families who walk to pick up their children may wait for them at the paved area outside the Student Union. The children will be released to you as the classes move toward Lot 57.
All families should plan to remain in their cars and Horace Mann faculty & staff will deliver children to your car. Your patience is appreciated and we will work to be as efficient as possible.
The children MUST wear their face covering for dismissal.
Bearcat Club - Before and After School Care
Please Note: Horace Mann and Leet Center WILL NOT be able to maintain classroom cohorts during Bearcat Club. We will maintain a Leet Center Bearcat Club cohort and a Horace Mann Bearcat Club cohort. Parents are encouraged to find alternate care if this is a concern for their family.
Morning Care: 6:15-7:30AM
Afternoon Care: 3:15-5:30PM
Morning Drop off: Parents/Caregivers should come to the circle drive, remain in their car, and call the designated Bearcat Club phone line. A staff member will come to the circle drive to receive the children.
Afternoon Pick up: Parents/Caregivers should come to the circle drive, remain in their car, and call the designated Bearcat Club phone line. A staff member will bring the children to the circle drive to be released to the parent/caregiver.
The designated Bearcat Club phone number (660-562-1267) is posted in the circle drive and will be added to the Horace Mann website.
Late Arrivals & Early Pick Up
Late Arrivals: Families arriving after 8:00 AM should pull into the circle drive, call the school office 660-562-1233, and remain outside until a staff member can arrange to come out to receive your child.
Early Pick-Up: All early pick ups should occur before 2:00pm to avoid disrupting the dismissal procedures. Advance notice is appreciated. Families needing to pick up their child early should pull into the circle drive, call 660-562-1267, and remain outside until a staff member can arrange to bring your child out to you.
Re-Entry Policy: Families choosing to pick up their child for anything other than a prescheduled medical appointment should plan to keep their child for the remainder of the day. Children needing to leave for a medical appointment, such as, a well check up, immunizations, orthodontist, dentist, chiropractor, etc. may return with a note from the medical professional. Children will not be readmitted without a note from the medical professional.
Horace Mann Laboratory School * Phyllis & Richard Leet Center
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.
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.
If you have any questions related to preschool, please contact Cindy Rouner.
If you have any questions related to grades K-6, please contact Laura King