Parkway Early Childhood

OCTOBER 2022 Newsletter

Upcoming Events:

10/6 | Thursday Early Release

10/7-10/10 | NO SCHOOL

10/11 | Tuesday 6-7:00 pm PAT Group Connection "Music & Movement: Fall Jamboree" @ Grand Glaize Library

10/20 - 11/10 | Thursdays 6:30-8:30 Discipline 101 starts; 4-week PAT parenting class

10/28 | Friday Half Day am

10/28 Fall Fundraiser begins

11/03 | Thursday 8-9:00 pm PAT Parents Only Group Connection "Solutions For Mealtime Madness" via Zoom

11/09 | Wednesday 8-9:00 pm PAT Parents Only Group Connection "Are We There Yet?" via Zoom

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From the Parkway Early Learning Director:

Dear Early Childhood Families,


The fall weather is officially upon us and we are thrilled to continue our outdoor learning activities across all sites! It has been exciting to watch our teachers take students outside for center time, class meetings, project work and even lunchtime. We are finding ways to take all the rich learning that we typically do inside and bring it outside. Our teachers are tracking the number of hours we spend outside and our parent educators are even having some home visits outdoors. Each preschool site will be having a competition to see who can come up with the best music wall (pictures below) before November 14. If you have any old pots, pans or stainless steel water bottles, I am sure your child's teacher will put them to great use if you send them to school. If any families would like to get involved in helping to assemble our creations, please let your child's teacher know.


We are anticipating having full occupancy of our Early Childhood Center on Clayton Road by the first week of November. There has been a slight delay with the construction due to some challenges with the supply chain and certain items on backorder. We thank you for your patience as we work through construction challenges and look forward to welcoming families to come to celebrate our beautiful renovations in the near future. We will be hosting our first family event on November 12 in partnership with Be Together STL. We are excited to invite our families back on campus and will have fun activities for kids, parenting talks, snacks and a free book for every student. Our focus will be on healthy social-emotional well-being with a large emphasis on nature and outdoor learning. More information will be coming soon!


We also want to share information about Proposition S which will be on the upcoming November ballot. This is a $265 million no-tax rate increase that would have a great impact on our schools and playgrounds. We are most excited about a new southside early childhood center that would be built with this bond and allow us to expand the number of students we could serve in early childhood. More information is included below.


Wishing you all a beautiful October!


Elena

Parkway Preschool News

Link to Preschool Web page


This month our preschool teachers will continue to monitor the progress of each learner and provide developmentally appropriate experiences that support students' goals. We are excited about Launching a new report card this year. We started working on our Panda Progress Report in the summer of 2021 and had a few teachers pilot the report card last year. We made some revisions and are excited to roll it out to all classrooms this year. Here is a copy of our Top 10 Missouri Early Learning Standards that Teachers will be reporting on 3 times this year (October, January, and May). Here are the Missouri Learning Standards in their entirety if you are wanting to see what might be developmentally appropriate in each of the areas. Teachers will reach out to families to schedule 15-minute conference times in the coming weeks. Various times will be offered as we want to partner with families and are working towards 100% of families participating in conferences. Teachers will be offering evening conferences on:

November 10

  • Oakbrook
  • Wren
  • Parkway Early Childhood Center


November 17

  • North High Preschool
  • McKelvey Primary Preschool
  • Central High Preschool
  • Barretts (Nov 15 and 17)

This Time of the Year...

the weather can change dramatically from the start of school to pick-up! Make sure your student is prepared! Please send them to school each day with the appropriate layers. Also NOW is a good time to think about switching out their backup clothes kept in the classroom.

Preschool Absences

If your student is not going to be at school please call 314-415-9676 to report the absence for any of our sites
Parkway Parents As Teachers

Link to Parents As Teachers Preschool Web page

Music and Movement: Fall Jamboree

Presented by Parkway Parents as Teachers and the St Louis County Library. Enjoy fall-themed, music and movement. Dress in comfortable clothes. This session is for Parents & Children 2-5 yrs old.

Date: 10/11/2022 6:00-7:00 pm

Location: St. Louis County Library–Grand Glaize Branch,1010 Meramec Station Road, Manchester

Fee: No charge

Attendees: Parent/Child Group Connection (Ages 2-5 years)

Click to Register

Play-Around Parkway PAT Playground Playdate

Family Group Connection - One-time, 3 Locations!

Meet other parents & children and spend time playing on Parkway Early Childhood playgrounds. Enjoy the fresh air and new outdoor learning spaces. Rain, rain stay away. There are no rain dates for this event. However, if we have had a lot of rain, please be prepared for mud puddles! This is a Free event, but registration is required.

Attendees: Parent/Child Group Connection (Birth - 5 years old)

Discipline 101 - 4 weeks • Thursdays, Oct 20–Nov 10 • 6:30-8:30pm

Discipline 101 is a FREE 4-week series of classes for Parkway parents of 2-5-year-olds presented in person by a Parkway Parents as Teachers parent educator.

  • Each week new discipline strategies are introduced to help you with your parenting style. Attending all 4 classes in the series is strongly encouraged.
  • Due to limited capacity and materials, pre-registration is required to attend this class. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

Dates: Thursdays, Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 3 & Nov 10 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: Parkway Early Childhood 14650 Clayton Rd

Fee: No Charge

Attendees: Parent Only Group Connection

Click to register

Solutions for Mealtime Madness

Parent Only Group Connection

Does meal planning overwhelm you? Are your kids always hungry? Do you live with picky eaters? Come learn ways to make mealtimes more manageable and avoid power struggles around food. Presented in conjunction with Rockwood Parents as Teachers by Kristin Skyles, Rockwood Parent Educator

Date: 11/3/2021 8:00-9:00pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Fee: No charge

Attendees: Parent Only Group Connection

Click to Register

Are We There Yet?

Dreading that long trip to Grandma’s? Does an hour in the car seem like ten? Why not use this time to have some family fun? Log in to get some great ideas for keeping your little ones content as you travel. This is a parent-only group connection in conjunction with Rockwood Parents as Teachers. Presented by Chastity Clark, Rockwood Parent Educator

Date: 11/9/2022, 8:00-9:00pm

Location: Zoom

Fee: No charge

Attendees: Parent Only Group Connection

Click to register

Mark Your Calendars

Saturday, November 12, 10 am-1 pm Parkway Parents as Teachers and Be Together STL partner together for a fun-filled day at the Early Childhood Center. Details and registration coming soon!

What is Parkway Parents as Teachers?

Parkway Parents as Teachers is a home visiting program offered at no charge for Parkway residents serving families prenatally to Kindergarten entry. We are designed to provide families with parenting & child development information and to support parents in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.

PAT offers regularly scheduled family personal visits, annual developmental screenings, group connections and access to a network of resources. These components are integral in supporting and preparing children & families for school readiness.


To participate in Parkway Parents as Teachers call (314) 415-6973 or start the process to enroll online. A representative will call you to complete enrollment.

Other Community Events:

  • Community Ed Sibshop starts October 5. Kids will meet other sibs, laugh, and talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sib with special needs. Click For More Information

  • On October 6 PAT will participate in @St. Luke's Mom & Baby Expo: Fallin' for Baby Click For More Information

  • Support for Parents: Guest Speaker Series through Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed Click For More Information

The "Why" Behind Challenging Behavior in Your Child (Oct 5)

Managing Feelings to Promote Positive Coping Skills in Your Child (Oct 19)

  • On November 5, Parkway PAT will be at the Tons of Trucks event @ the Ballwin Target 15025 Manchester Rd.

Developmental Screening

Link to Screening Web page

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Do you have a child 3 -5 years old, but not yet in Kindergarten? If so, please call to schedule their annual Play-Based Developmental Screening. Learn about your child's development, including a hearing & vision screening. This is a free service. Call 314.415.6969 or Click Here to schedule.
  • During the final renovation stages at the Parkway Early Childhood Center, screenings will be conducted on the lower level of the building
  • Parents should park in the lower lot and enter through door #6.
  • Currently, screenings are offered at 8:15/10:45/1:30 Mon-Fri.
  • One parent may attend the screening, however, siblings are not allowed.
Partners In Play

Link to Partners In Play web page

Starting Soon!

Partners in Play (formerly the Parent-Child Interaction Program PCIP) offers affordable fun classes for parents and children to enjoy together. Some classes are designed for specific ages and provide developmental information to parents. Other classes utilize a thematic approach (i.e. cooking, science, art, music and movement or motor development). These popular classes strengthen children's skills through exploration, discovery and creative experiences. Formal and informal discussions provide supportive parenting information. We will offer a small selection of classes to finish off the Fall 2022 semester. Look for expanded offerings coming this Winter and Spring.

For details on upcoming Partners In Play classes including class descriptions, fees and how to register:


https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/1286

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Kids Morning Out

For more information about KMO including all forms

The Kids Morning Out program is full at both locations for the 2022-2023 school year. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please complete this Google Form. Be sure to fill in your alternate day choices. Families will immediately receive an automatic email when their form is submitted. If there is an opening, we will contact the waiting list in the order the forms are submitted.


The Kids Morning Out program is designed for children turning three after August 1. Parents drop off their children for this program that blends a developmentally appropriate curriculum with wonderful opportunities for social growth.
From the Nurse....

Links to web page with access to information on Common Health Concerns, Health Forms, Health Screenings, Illness Guidelines, Immunization Requirements and Medication at School.

FREE COMMUNITY INTERPRETING LINE!

Parkway has partnered with LAMP for our families that are more confident in a language other than English. Families can call the 888 number, choose a language, and an interpreter will facilitate a phone call to the school or teacher. https://www.lampinterpreters.org/resources/community-interpreting-line/
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Counselor's Corner:

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Early Childhood Booster Club

The Early Childhood Booster Club is organizing the Fall Fundraiser, Club Choice! It will run from October 28- November 14th. Look for details and how you can participate at the end of the month.