October News

What's happening at HGECC?

Welcome to HGECC!

Dear HGECC families,

Wow! That fall weather moved in quick, didn't it? One day the kids were in shorts and t-shirts, and the next day they got off the bus in hoodies and long pants!

We are excited to start learning and exploring all of the fall things around us, from leaves to pumpkins! So many colors and rich vocabulary goes with this season too! Classes will be heading out to the pumpkin patch towards the end of the month, so be on the lookout for permission slips that will be making their way home. This is always a neat experience for your children and our staff as they get to learn about the farm, touch the animals, play in the pumpkin patch, and bring back a pumpkin of their own!

Picture Day is coming this Tuesday the 8th. Please give us a call if you have any questions. We are looking forward to all of those amazing picture day smiles!

Parent/Teacher conferences are also coming up this month. We will be holding conferences on October 22nd and 24th, and your teachers will be scheduling times with you soon, if you haven't already heard from them. Please be sure to find time to connect with them so that you can see all of the neat things your child is doing! We have so much to share!

We also have our annual Trunk or Treat event scheduled for Thursday, October 17th here at HGECC! It will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Your child can dress up in his/her costume, and come out to trick or treat with our staff! It is always so much fun!

Are you curious about what your little person does all day while they are here? Check out your child's classroom website for pictures, resources, and updates on what is happening! We are always adding new information to our building page and teacher pages. Go to https://hgecc.grandviewc4.net, click on "about us", then go to "teachers and staff". Find your teacher's name and click on their website.

Remember-if you ever have any questions or ideas you would like to share with me, please give me a call!

Enjoy the cooler weather and have a great October!

-Keri Collison

Events Coming up:

October 8: Picture Day

October 17: Trunk or Treat 5:30-6:30

October 18: No School (staff Professional Development)

October 22/24: Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 25: No School

Conscious Discipline Focus at Home:


There are four steps that will help you successfully notice when your child is helpful (without judging). Start by using your child’s name or the word “you”. Next, describe in detail what he/she did that was helpful. You want to help your child understand how that behavior helped someone else. Last, you want to end your statement with: “that was helpful” or “that was thoughtful”.

Here is an example of the noticing language: “You scooted over, so your brother would have more space at the table. That was helpful!”

Try it at home with your child/children:

“You _______________, so _______________. That was helpful!”

Meet: Ms. Kim McNally

Kim McNally is one of our Early Childhood Special Education teachers here at HGECC.

Click this link to learn more about Ms. Kim and her class!


Visit our Success By Six Resource Center!

I don't know if you know this-but we have an amazing SB-6 center located in our building! What is this you ask? It's like a library full of toys, games, books, and resources! You can bring your child for playgroups, story times, and check out fun toys to take home with you--just like checking books out from the library!

We are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Stop by and check something out!

Car and bus rider procedures at a glance

Car Riders:

A. Please use the loop in the back of the building.

B. Have your blue card in the passenger side window when you pull up to a cone.

C. When you pull up, staff will come to you car to receive or deliver your child to you.

D. Initial the clipboard at pick up times.

E. Please do not pull around other cars in the drop off/pick up line. This is for the safety of our students and your children.

Bus Riders:

A. Make sure you have your yellow bus card to receive your child from the bus.

B. Initial the clipboard/bus sheet that the driver provides to you.

C. Walk your child to the door of the bus when loading, and receive your child at the door of the bus at drop off.

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Parents As Teachers

Parents As Teachers is taking enrollment for those families interested in this free home-visiting program! Our program focuses on families who are pregnant or have children birth to Kindergarten. For more info please call 816-316-5517

or visit us online www.gc4parentsasteachers.weebly.com.

Parent Committee

Have you heard about Parent Committee?

Call Chelsea at 816-316-5457 for more information!

We want to partner with you to get your input and feedback on our HG family and focus! One way to share your ideas is through our Parent Committee. We meet quarterly at HGECC, and would love to see you at our next meeting!

Why does HGECC Rock?

Our Mission:

To support children in reaching their highest potential by utilizing developmentally appropriate practices in a safe and nurturing environment. By partnering with families, we build positive relationships which promote life-long learners.

TONS of great information for HGECC Families.

Follow HGECC on TWITTER @hgecc_gc4

We post updates about school events, activities and much more!

HGECC Principal: Keri Collison

I am excited to share your children with you this year!

This is my 5th year as the principal here at HGECC and I am proud to lead such an amazing staff.

Please contact me if you ever have any questions or concerns.