October 2015

Upcoming Events


1 - PTO Meeting at 5:00

5 thru 9 - Fire Safety Week

7- Career Day

12 - Picture Day

13 - Picture Day

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

For Latchkey info call Jen Williamson @ 462-5073

19 thru 22- Parent/Teacher Conferences

23 - No School

29- Fall Festival

30 - Fall Festival

Our Curriculum

With first quarter ending this month, 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.

If you have any questions or would like more information about any of the programs, feel free to contact me.


Kelly Groeber


Thank you to our wonderful ECEC parents who made Helping Hands a huge success! We greatly appreciate all of your donations! For other teacher wish list items that were unfulfilled, teachers will still be able to fill out an item request form (coming soon), as our PTO will gladly try our best to accommodate those teacher needs!

Please keep a lookout for upcoming information in regards to our Mommy & Me Talent Show, which was also a HUGE success last year! So, start practicing those talents now!

We would love to see you at our next meeting, on October 1st, as we meet the first Thursday of every month at 5pm at ECEC. If you cannot make the meetings, but still have ideas/concerns, please feel free to contact our PTO President Teil Mitchell at, so that we can add them to our next meeting’s agenda. We’d love to hear from you!

We thoroughly enjoyed meeting some of you and your families at our Mix & Mingle last month and look forward to working with you all this school year. Thank you to all of our parents, teachers, and staff who continue to help make our PTO such a great organization!


The Nightly Reading Record Sheet is an amazing way to make sure reading is a priority in your house. When your child returns any monthly reading calendar completely filled in, at any time, they will receive a fun book. If they complete 6 calendars in the school year, they will get to pick a book from our “library,” Ms. Kelly will read it to them, and then they get to take it home. The Record sheet can be found and printed here

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

–Emily Buchwald

From the Nurse...

Flu season is just around the corner! Please contact your doctor to receive the flu vaccine. Remember to disinfect surfaces, cover your cough or sneeze and wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs.
Nurse Tammy


  • 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
  • When dropping off after school has started (9AM and 1 PM) you will need park and come into the office to sign them in. A school employee will walk them down to their classroom.
  • 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.
  • Parent Visitors are welcome! Please communicate with your child's teacher to set this up.

Please save....

We are collecting Labels for Education. Please click on the link below to see what labels we can take. There is a large variety of them. Please send in your child's backpack. Thanks so much.

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.