SM Early Childhood Education Center

Carla Heintz, Principal

What's Happening


3- Para Appreciation Day

19- No School

26- Early Childhood Screening


2- No School

7- Teacher Appreciation Day

6- Parent/Child STEAM Night 6-7

10- Early Childhood Screening

22- Last Day of School for PreK

In the News

From the Principal's Desk

March snuck right on by us, we are ready for April and before we know it end of the school year will be here! However we still have a lot of days to continue to learn and grow together!

You may have noticed I put both April and May dates in the upcoming events. There are a few things I would like to highlight and make sure you have on your calendar. We have a few dates of no school coming up, please note those. In addition we have another Parent/ Child activity night scheduled for May 6th f rom 6-7 pm. Our focus will be on science and math as we enjoy our STEAM night. There will be activities in the classrooms that parents and children can participate in together and provide you with ideas to do at home over the summer. While our last parent/child activity night happened on a cold, snowy night those that ventured out had a great time! I hope you all will put that date on your calendar and plan to come and join us for some family fun!!

Para and teacher appreciation days are coming up April 3 and May 7th. If you would like to make a card with your child for their para or teacher to show your appreciation, and send it to school on those dates, please do so!

Parents you are always welcome in the building to see what is happening, and we want you here. However we do ask all parents contact their child's teacher, sign in the office and get a visitor badge before proceeding to the classroom and checking out through the office before you leave!

Notes from the Associate Special Education Coordinator

Hello and here we are in April already! This month in educational technology I will be talking about Science.

Project Idea in which you can incorporate technology as a tool for learning, questioning, and observing: Growing Microgreens

In carrying out the Microgreens “project” her are steps to incorporate technology:

  1. When you are finished with your KWL chart, take a photo of it

  2. Have your child draw a picture of what they think the “greens” will look like when they are full-grown and take a picture of their drawing. Help them annotate or write on original: “This is what I think the plants will look like when they are ready to eat.”

  3. Each day, help your child take a photo of what they have planted with you. Each day you take a photo help them by annotating their thoughts or comments about the photo they have taken.

  4. At the end of the growing process of the plant, look at the KWL chart and video any discussion you and your child have

  5. Prepare your greens how you would like to eat them and take a photo or video of you and your child enjoying the finished product

  6. Compile all of the photos and videos you took to create a book you can revisit again and again. This can be done by making an album or making a video on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can also use some of the “book-making” apps I have shared in the past.

Until next time…..Learn, Teach, Reflect, Grow, Repeat!

Shari Hardinger

Notes from the School Nurse:


Spring is just around the corner. And with all of those beautiful buds and blooms comes lots of pollen and yes those dreaded allergies. There are many things you can do to help your family reduce the amount of pollen that enters your home. Be sure to wash bedding every week in hot water. Shower and wash your hair before bed, since pollen can accumulate in hair. Vacuum and clean surfaces at least twice a week, and limit throw rugs as dust accumulates in these. Keep windows closed to reduce the amount of pollen that enters your home and change filters in your heating and cooling units frequently. Finally, talk to your health care provider about seasonal allergy medications that may be prescribed to help reduce allergy symptoms.

Early Childhood Screening

Do you have concerns about your preschooler’s development?

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 2018-19 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.

Marker Recycling Now Available

We have joined with Crayola to recycle old markers. If you have old dried up markers at home or at your business of any type or brand please collect them and send them to school with your child. We will recycle them . Thank -you for helping make our world a little greener!

Social Media Sites

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