SM Early Childhood Education Center
Tracy Smarr-Dolezal, Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator
In the News
From the Principal's Desk
Can you believe October is already here? We have almost completed the first 9 weeks and it's been a wonderful journey with you and your children! October and November have many exciting things happening. As we end the first quarter, there is an opportunity for you all to connect with your child's teacher at a conference and see how the year is going so far. In addition we will have fall parties resuming on the 31st, another opportunity for parents to engage with your child at school. And finally our Parent/Child activity night in November is a great time to come, play, and learn along with your child. Additional information about these activities can be found below!
As the weather starts to get cooler, please make sure you are dressing your child for the weather. Outdoor recess continues as the temperature drops.
Important Calendar Reminders
October 20- Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30-7:30
October 21- Parent/Teacher Conferences 8-3:30
October 31- Fall Celebrations- 10:25-10:55; 2:40-3:10
November 17- Parent/Child Literacy Night 6-7 pm
Our building follows the district calendar and PreK schedule, with the exception of no school on Fridays. You can access the district calendar here. District Calendar 22-23
Parent Teacher Conferences
October 31st is the day set aside for our fall parties. Parties will begin at 10:25 for the am session, and 2:40 for the pm session. Parents are invited to attend and may sign up to bring treats or party favors to help us celebrate. We highly encourage healthy treats and snacks for the party as opposed to cookies and candy. Teachers will be sending a sign up soon for those interested in helping. Children may feel free to dress up in costumes on that day or wear pajamas, whichever they choose. Please leave masks and other costume accessories at home.
Parent/Child Activity Night
2022-23 School Meals
Food service will continue to offer breakfast and lunch next year. Unfortunately the USDA nationwide waivers allowing for free school meals for all students will conclude at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Prices will be as follows:
Elementary Breakfast: $1.55
Elementary Lunch: $2.85
Families can complete a child nutrition meal benefit application to see if they qualify for free for reduced meal prices after July 1, 2022. The information and link will be on the Food Service web page after July 1 and families are encouraged to apply as soon as it is available so that any benefits the family may receive are processed prior to the start of the 2022-23 school year.
Breakfast is available each school day. The breakfast menu includes an entrée, grain, fruit and milk. Students are served all items to receive a full breakfast; including the required ½ cup of fruit.
Lunch includes an entrée, grain, fruit, vegetable and milk. Students are served all of these five components on their lunch tray, including the required ½ cup fruit and/or vegetable.
Food Services has updated the School Meal Information flyer for parents. It is available on the main page of the Food Service web page and linked here for you convenience.
The “pig” symbol on the menu means that the item contains pork.
Menus, nutritional and allergy information are available online at https://www.schoolcafe.com.
If you have an allergy or specific dietary concerns, contact your school nurse for a medical form to be filled out by your doctor.
Food service information is available on the district’s web site at www.smsd.org/about/departments/food-service or you can call the Food Service office at 913-993-9710.
Early Childhood Screening
SMSD offers an early childhood developmental screening which includes the areas of vision, hearing, problem-solving, personal-social development, gross/fine motor skills, and speech/language skills. The purpose of the screening is to identify children who may have substantial developmental delays and who may be eligible for special education services. SMSD’s Early Childhood Screening (ECS) is appropriate for children ages 2 years 9 months to 5 years old who reside within the Shawnee Mission School District boundaries.
How often are screenings offered?
Screenings for 2020-2021 occur monthly on a Friday morning and are by appointment only. Parent or other legal guardian must complete a request for screening and submit the required documents before an appointment is offered.
How do I request a screening for my child?
More information about the ECS program can be found on the district’s Early Childhood Special Education home page under Early Childhood Screening.
Connect with us via Social Media
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Or search for #EarlyEDSMSD to see what's happening district wide in PreK!