March News

What's happening at HGECC?

It's the Marvelous Month of March!

Hello High Grove Families!

I cannot believe that we are here in March already! The weather has been beautiful this week, and I wonder if we are actually done with the snow.... hmmm.....

We are busy screening our 3 and 4 year olds to begin looking at filling up our classrooms for next year. It's so fun to see all of the new faces and little people excited to show us what they know.

Our next family event is one of our favorites! Messy Night is coming up next week on Tuesday, March 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. We are looking forward to all of the hands on, messy activities that we have planned for your children! It is always so much fun, and we hope you can join us!

We also have a book fair starting next week, and will be open during Messy Night. There are some really amazing books down there for you and your family! Our students will be going in to make a "wish list", so be on the look out for those to come home in backpacks.

Another big event coming up this month in the district is Kindergarten Roundup! Each Elementary School will be hosting this Kindergarten informational night on March 30th. You are encouraged to attend and learn about what Kindergarten looks like, what you will need to do to schedule a screening for your child, and see the school. Let us know if you have any questions about what school you will need to attend-we would be happy to help you figure that out!

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, 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!

Let's make this a marvelous month!

-Keri Collison


Please remember to bring a picture I.D. with you anytime you are picking up your student or visiting our school.

You will be asked to present your I.D. each time you visit.

Thank you

Events Coming up:

March 3,4: EC screenings

March 6: Fire Drills, Bus Evacuation Drills

March 10: Messy Night Family event 5:30-6:30 p.m.

March 13: Student attendance day (this is a change from the original calendar)

March 16-20: No School-Spring Break

March 30: Kindergarten Roundup at Elementary schools

Conscious Discipline Focus at Home:

The Story Hand

A Story Hand is a gentle hand massage accompanied by a personalized social story that helps a child deal with stress or anxiety. The story you tell will reflect a specific, personalized experience or concern for the child. This graphic summarizes how to conduct a Story Hand. Slow down, be present, connect and enjoy this profoundly helpful activity with a child who is having a tough time.

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Meet: Ms. Shandi

Shandi is one of our Title I teachers here at HGECC.

Click this link to learn more about Ms. Shandi 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.

F. If you do not have a blue card- you will be asked to pull around to the front of the building, and go into the office to sign in/out your child.

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.

D. If you do not have the yellow bus card- you will need to come to school to pick up your child.

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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

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.