Early Childhood Center Newsletter

City of St. Charles School District

November 2022

Dear Families,

Fall is here, and so are jackets and layers of clothing! Be sure to label your child's jackets, sweatshirts, etc. with their name as we have colder mornings and warmer afternoons. We already have quite the pile of unclaimed coats in our Lost and Found. If you are missing your child's jacket/coat, please contact your classroom teacher. We will also have these set out for you to view next week if you come to PLAY Day.


This month we will be inviting ONE special adult to attend PLAY Days on either the 9th, 10th, or 11th of November. (There are also PLAY Days in the spring!) You will have an opportunity to have one special adult come to school for around an hour and a half (dates and times can be found further down in this newsletter. PLAY Day activities are designed for one adult and their child to play together and learn ways to reinforce learning at home. If you are unable to adjust your schedule, please invite a grandparent or other special adult! Unfortunately, due to space limitations we are unable to include siblings; please make childcare arrangements.


Our Fall Book Fair will also be next week, so if you are in the building for PLAY Day, be sure to stop by the library.


Next month on Saturday, December 10th will be Breakfast with Santa at ECC. Information will be coming home soon along with an RSVP to attend!


The QR Code below will route you to the ECC Family Handbook which has information regarding dressing for school, snacks, birthdays, and inclement weather procedures. Also included in the newsletter are arrival and dismissal procedures, general health guidelines for school, and information about the Before and After Care program. Be sure to note the upcoming events on your calendar, such as when safety drills will be conducted or when picture day will be!


Thank you for your continued partnership as part of our ECC Family!


Sincerely,

Dr. Ann M. Westbrook

ECC Principal

PLAY Day Dates and Times - save the date!

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Arrival and Dismissal at ECC

Vehicle Loading and Unloading Procedures:


  • Place your sign on the dashboard of your car WITH NAME VISIBLE.
  • If you do not have the sign at dismissal, you must park and walk up to the front door to show an ID.
  • In order to keep all children safe, we will ask this of ALL families who do not have the car sign. Please ask classroom teacher for additional car signs, if needed.
  • An adult must exit the vehicle (once all cars are in place) and help the child get into or out of the vehicle. ECC staff members are not able to open/close vehicle doors or put children in/take them out of car seats. Please hold your child's name sign at dismissal so we can quickly guide students toward their cars.
  • Per state law, children must be secured in a car seat or booster seat any time the vehicle is in motion.
  • All families must use the car lanes. Families who walk up to the front door to drop off/pick up a child during arrival/dismissal will be redirected to join the car lanes.
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Before/After Care

Before Care if arriving after 7:45

Before Care Families,
If you arrive at school for Before Care after 7:45, you may be caught in the arrival traffic. Please find a parking space close to the main entrance crosswalk and use the crosswalk for safety. Thank you for being safe in the parking lot!

Aftercare early pick up procedures

If your child will be utilizing our After Care program, please read below for the procedures if you need to pick up your child early:


By 2:55 all students who attend the ECC Aftercare program have been dropped off in the aftercare classrooms.

Between 2:50 and 3:30 dismissal from our regular school day occurs.

If you would like to pick up your child early from aftercare (between the times of 2:50 and 3:30):

  1. Call our School Secretary, at (636)443-2902 and indicate the time that you would like to pick your child up**

  2. Park and walk to the front door/vestibule. Do not join the car line.

  3. Bring your sign or State ID with you to the front door/vestibule.

**If you do not call ahead you will be required to wait until after our regular dismissal procedures have been completed.

Connect with your class on Class Dojo!

Be sure to sign up for your child's class on Class Dojo! You DO NOT need the paid premium version.
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Important Dates to Remember

November

9, 10, 11 - PLAY Days & Book Fair

16 - End of first trimester

Week of 21 - Progress Reports sent home

23-25 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

December

7 - Fire Drill (weather permitting)

10- Breakfast with Santa

15 - Tornado Drill

19 - Winter Parties for ECC (T/Th Cool Cats will be on the 15th)

19 - last day of school in December!

20 - Jan. 4 Winter Break

Family Resources at School

Do you know that at ECC we have a Social Worker on staff? The role of the ECC Social Worker is very similar to the role of the School Counselor at the elementary school level. The ECC Social Worker, Candice Hathorn, can help families access community resources. If you would like to contact Candice, follow the QR Code below:
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Community Resource - KID CARE app

What should you do if your child develops a fever, cough, vomiting, rash, sore throat or head injury? When can your child return to school or child care after an illness? What should you do about behavioral issues, from toilet training to teaching responsibility to teenagers? These are medical advice questions that all parents have. Health problems can arise anytime – evenings, weekends, when you’re at work or traveling or your doctor’s office is closed.


Check out the Children’s Hospital website for the free Kid Care App :

https://www.stlouischildrens.org/health-resources/kid-care-app

General School Health Guidelines

  • Never send an obviously sick child to school.
  • A child with a sore throat, severe cough, earache, vomiting, or a fever over 100 degrees within the past 24 hours, should not be sent to school.
  • A child with a contagious disease may not come to school until completely well. Proof of treatment may be required.
  • A child with head lice may not attend school. The child must be examined by the nurse/clerk before he/she is allowed to return to the classroom. Proof of treatment may be required. Please notify the school immediately if your child has head lice.
  • If your child has been ill, please use common sense and good judgment as to whether or not to send him/her back to school.
  • Any child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be sent home. He/she must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication (ibuprofen, Tylenol) before returning to school.
  • The clinic must have a way to contact the family during school hours at all times.
  • Students are not allowed to keep prescription or non-prescription medications with them while at school.
  • Inform the clinic immediately of any new health information that may affect your child at school; for example, diabetes, seizure disorder, asthma, contagious disease, new or change in medications.
  • All food treats must be commercially packaged. Homemade treats will not be given to students.
  • The teacher and student must be responsible to go to the clinic for medication at the prescribed time.

Who to contact if your child will be absent from school

In the event that your child will not be attending school, please contact either your child's teacher or the front office at 636-443-2902. If your child receives transportation as a related service, please also contact the bus garage at 636-443-4094.Thank you!