The Bee's Knees

Barfield Early Childhood Center Newsletter October 2019

Message from the Principal

Thanks to everyone for the support you provided BEC via our Bobo's Pizza Fundraiser and Bumbles-A-Thon. Combined, those events generated a little over $11,000.00 for the BEC PTO!! Thanks to Lauren and Danielle, the PTO President and Vice President and all of the volunteers for organizing both fundraisers! The students had so much fun during Bumbles-A-Thon! Click here to go to our homepage to see a wonderful video of the AM Bumbles-A-Thon.

During the October PTO meeting, Lauren presented multiple options for how a portion of the proceeds could be spent. We have had incredible turnout for each of the PTO meetings this year. The PTO Board is always eager to get feedback from parents. Thanks to all those that attended the meeting! The PTO will report which options garnered the most support.

It finally feels like Fall has arrived, and Halloween is right around the corner. At Barfield, we host the Haunted Halls event in the evening during which students wear their costumes and trick-or-treat in the halls. This year we will have food available for purchase and a balloon artist. Staff dress up in our costumes and we give out lots of candy. On October 31, students are welcome to bring their costumes in their backpacks. Staff will help them put them on and they will parade throughout the building. I understand not everyone participates in Halloween festivities. Both the Haunted Halls and the parade throughout the building are optional activities. If, for whatever reason, you prefer your child not participate please send a note to their teacher.

Important Dates

10/3 - BEC PTO Meeting, 6 pm

10/18- No School for BEC students

- Haunted Halls, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

- Book Fair Opens, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

10/23- Parent/Teacher Conference, 4 pm - 8 pm

10/24- No School, Parent Teacher Conference, 10 am- 8 pm

10/25- No School

11/1- No School

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Staff Spotlight: Staci Bailey

I was hired as an Instructional Assistant at Barfield in August of this year. I feel so fortunate to have discovered Barfield Early Childhood Center as a substitute teacher in the district!

In the summer of 2017 my family relocated to this area from North Carolina due to a job change. Now my kids and myself have found our place here in the Wentzville School District.

Before accepting this position at Barfield, I have worked part-time and/or stayed home with my kids for 16 years. My four children aged 18, 16, 11 and 9 have kept me fully entertained and busy throughout the years!

In the upcoming year I plan to build upon my bachelors degree in fine arts to make the most of my education and work experience while working in the classroom. I love that I can laugh and smile every day at my job!!

From the Nurse

Some Facts About Head Lice

Where children are present and playing, there is always the possibility of the presence of pediculus humanus capitis (head lice), which means there is a potential for there to be lice at school.

The WSD has aligned nurse practices with both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses and we ask that parents keep the following information in mind:

  • Lice are not a disease.

  • Lice do not reflect unsanitary homes or students.

  • Lice are absolutely an inconvenience.

  • By detecting lice early, both parents and nurses can get ahead in the process.

If you have a concern that lice are present in your child’s school or if your child may have come in contact with another person with lice, check him/her frequently and let your school nurse know about the exposure in an effort to catch it before it gets out of hand.

Listed below are links to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the

National Association of School Nurses. There is also a video on what to look for when assessing if your child has head lice.

Counselor's Corner

Separation anxiety is a common experience among children who are asked to leave their caregiver for activities such as sports and school. If your child complains of not wanting to go to school, feeling too tired to get out of the car, cries before getting on the bus, or possibly clings to you when it’s time for you to go to work they may be experiencing the common symptoms of separation anxiety. These experiences are common and developmentally appropriate for children at the preschool age. If you feel your child is experiencing separation anxiety, there are definitely things that you can do! Carrying a picture of their family can be a comfort to children who struggle to separate from their family. A preferred item such as a small blanket or stuffed animal may provide comfort during the transition from you to their destination. Identifying a safe adult, that is prepared to meet them at their intended destination upon arrival, may also be helpful to a child who does not want to leave their caregivers. If your child continues to struggle, please reach out to myself or their classroom teacher!

Library Notes & Reminders

Please remember to send your child’s book and bookmark back to school on their library day. Students receive a sticker on the back of their bookmark each time it is returned with their book. When they have 10 stickers, they get to pick a prize from Miss Allison’s treasure box!

The Arctic Adventure Book Fair

The fall book fair is coming soon! The book fair will kick off with Haunted Halls on Friday, October 18 and will end on Thursday, October 24.

The Arctic Adventure Book Fair will be open during the following times:

October 18 5:30-7:30 PM

October 21/22 9 AM-4 PM

October 23 9 AM-8 PM

October 24 10 AM-8 PM

Our Arctic Adventure coin collection will run from October 7-11th to support our book fair. Bring your coins to your classroom to help us buy new books for our library!

October 7: Pennies

October 8: Nickels

October 9: Dimes

October 10: Quarters

October 11: Any coin or dollar bill

Farm Day Pictures

Bumble's Boot Camp

The BEC PTO Buzz

September was a busy month for PTO, we want to thank each and every family who helped us make this an amazing month. We raised $8000 from Bobo's pizza plus what we made from Bumbles A Thon donations. The PTO & staff are blown away by the generosity of our families this year. We will keep everyone updated on what items are being purchased along with making sure the upcoming free events are just as amazing for everyone! We celebrated our great fundraising efforts and hard work during Bumbles Boot Camp with a super fun day at school, Bumbles A Thon was filled with exciting prizes, pie throwing & fun filled stations. The students all kept claiming it was the best day ever and everyone ended the day with a gold medal.

Thank you again to each and every one of our families for making this such a great year!

-PTO Board

Bumbles A Thon Pictures