Grove Early Childhood Center News

December 2020

ECC Giving Tree

2020 has been a year like no other! And, it's reflected in this year's Giving Tree. Each year we look forward to seeing the ornaments donated by families for the tree. Some ornaments are store bought and some are homemade. This year's ornaments include toilet paper, masks and gloves...LOL :)
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12 Days Of Christmas at the ECC

Tuesday, Dec. 1- Wear RED to start down our countdown!

Wednesday, Dec. 2- Bring an ornament (no glass or breakable) for our tree...they can be homemade!

Thursday, Dec. 3- Give the gift of KINDNESS- Do something kind for someone else...doesn't cost a thing! Be ready to tell your friends what you did at the end of the day.

Friday, Dec. 4- Plaid/Flannel Day- Wear your favorite plaid/flannel shirt

Monday, Dec. 7- Wear Christmas socks or red or green socks

Tuesday, Dec. 8- Candy Cane Day- wear red or white or both!

Wednesday, Dec. 9- Dress like your favorite Christmas character- Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elf, the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, or paint your nose like Rudolph, etc.

Thursday, Dec. 10- Wild About Christmas! Wear animal print or camo

Friday, Dec. 11- Wear Green to match our Christmas tree

Monday, Dec. 14th- Christmas Sweater Day

Tuesday, Dec. 15th-Tree Topper Day- Wear your favorite holiday hat

Wednesday, Dec. 16th- PJ Day- Wear your pj's to school and enjoy your class party. Wear your coat and shoes for playground activities.

Turkey Contest Was a BIG Success!

Thank you for sending your quarters, November 16-19 and voting for the teacher that you wanted to see dress up in a turkey costume! We raised $436.00!!!!!!!!!! That's a new record! Congratulations to Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Andrews who won this year's contest!
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December Calendar Reminders

  • Christmas Party Day: Wednesday, Dec. 16th
  • Christmas Holiday Break: Dec. 17-Dec. 4th. Students return Dec. 5th
  • Staff Birthdays: Israel, 12/11, Mrs. Hutson and Mrs. Jackson 12/17, Ms. Kelly 12/18, Mrs. Bloss 12/28

Need A Holiday Gift Idea? Send a Scholastic eGift Card! You can't go wrong sending the gift of reading!


1. Practice writing your name.

2. Count the letters in your name.

3. Go find items in your house that begin with the first letter of your name.

4. Jump UP and DOWN while you Spell Your Name.

5. Clap one time for each letter as your Spell Your Name.

6. How old are you? Is that number more or less than the number of letters in your name?

7. What is the last letter in your name?

8. Think of words that begin with the last letter of your name.

9. Make a list with your family of words that also begin with the last letter of your name.

Phonics Dance

All classes at the ECC practice phonics daily. Watch your little one do the Phonics Dance!

50 Calm Down Strategies

Navigating childhood challenges can be stressful, and sometimes deep breathing isn’t the solution that works for your child. When your child is in need of tension relief, try one of these techniques:

Persimmon Weather Prediction

The weather forecast is clear! Spoons! Spoons! Spoons! Find your shovels...looks like a snowy winter is ahead.
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We are Ridgy Ready! Respectful, Responsible and Safe!!!

Ridgy Kids

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PreK Ridgy Kids

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Good News Call of the Day

When your phone rings and that caller ID says Grove Public might just be Mrs. Bloss giving you a shout with the Good News Call of the Day! Good News Call of the Day Winners are students who go above and beyond and are nominated by Kindergarten Teachers. Students get to hear Mrs. Bloss brag about them and have their picture taken. One goes on the Good News Wall of Fame and a copy goes home in the backpack.
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FREE MEALS at GPS for ALL Students!

As per the USDA, funding has provided that all costs for all childrens’ meals will be temporarily waived. Free meals for students 18 and under will apply as far into the fall semester as funding allows. When normal charges for meals resume, you will be notified of this change.

Since this program is temporary, it is encouraged that if you believe that your family may qualify for free or reduced priced school lunches, please continue to submit completed applications to the Cafeteria Clerks Office as soon as possible. Approved applications benefit programs within the district and the district as a whole. Questions or concerns you may contact: Kathie Hanna, Cafeteria Food Service Manager 918-786-3003 x1123 or Patti Beamer, Cafeteria Clerk Manager 918-786-3003 1132

Parent Communication

For District Info

Text To: @81010

Message 67587

For Mrs. Bloss' Info

Text To: @81010

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If you haven't signed up yet for SeeSaw, you are missing out! Our teachers are constantly sending pictures, activities and fun updates through SeeSaw to you through your phone, app, computer or other device. Contact our office for help if you need assistance in signing up :)
Seesaw Tutorial For Students

Temp Tickets

Be ready to enter the bus or the building quickly by having your child's temperate ticket filled out and ready to go! Need more? Notify your teacher or the school office, 918-786-3003 x1400
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Watch our tv show daily on YouTube!

Check out our daily Channel 97 YouTube show by searching ECC Ch 97. See our students and staff showcased Monday-Friday. Keep your eyes open for birthdays, joke of the day, lost teeth, the menu and so much more!
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Ridgy Ready Tickets

Above is a picture of our Ridgy Ready Ticket Tubs that sit in the hall. Each day, students are rewarded with Ridgy Ready Tickets when they show they are Responsible, Respectful and Safe. Tickets are drawn for prizes on Ch. 97. Classes also work to win rewards together such as bubble parties. When a child is drawn out of the tub for Ch. 97, the ticket is sent home with a small prize so that the parent can celebrate too :)

Building Visitors

Due to safety concerns, visitors will not be allowed inside our building after the OPEN HOUSE on August 17th. This has been a very difficult decision as we have always had pride in offering a warm, welcoming environment to families and visitors. This means your child will need to be (1) dropped off and picked up in the car line, (2) dropped off at the front door and picked up in the car line or (3) ride the bus. Whether you choose to drop your child off at the front door or in the car line, please have their Temp Ticket ready to give to the staff member on duty. This will allow your child quick entry into the building. Remember- ALL students need to be picked up in the car line unless they ride a bus or go to daycare. No students may be picked up at the front doors or cafeteria doors in person.

If you should need to pick up your child early for an appointment, please call prior to the appointment so that we may have your child waiting in the office. You will then need to call when you arrive at school and we will meet you in front of the building with your child. Early check outs will not be permitted after 2:30 p.m. Make your plans accordingly and always call the office ahead. Remember- we do not change transportation plans for children after 2:00 p.m.

Birthdays are a special time for our students and we want to celebrate them! You may send special snacks to school with your child that are store bought. You may check your child out for lunch but please call ahead so that we may have them waiting to be picked up. Watch Ch 97 for your child's birthday recognition and check his/her backpack for our birthday book gift.

In the event that a parent needs to conduct school business such as dropping off a forgotten backpack or lunchbox, please follow these guidelines:

  • Wear a Mask
  • Wait to be temp checked by office staff when entering our front doors
  • Stand behind the blue line in the front office
  • Should you need to visit with a teacher, you will need to call ahead and schedule an appointment during their planning period

Thank you for your patience, flexibility and cooperation this year as we do our best to keep our students, staff and our community safe, healthy and well.

Mrs. Bloss, Principal

Grove ECC

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Almost Every Child's Bus Transportation Has Changed This Year. Check Below to Confirm Your Child's Bus

ECC 2020-2021 Student Handbook Part 1

ECC 2020-2021 Student Handbook Part 2

November Character Counts Word of the Month: Responsibility

Responsibility: I Am In Charge of Me!

Character Counts Word of Month

August: Self Control: I will control myself by keeping my hands to myself.

Sept: Respect: I will treat others the way I want to be treated.

Oct: Friendship: In order to have a friend, you have to be a friend

Nov: Responsibility: I am in charge of me!

Dec: Caring: I can do kind and thoughtful things for others.

Jan: Trustworthiness: Doing the right thing, even when no one is watching!

Feb: Honesty: I will tell the truth.

March: Fairness: Doing what is right so that no one is treated badly.

April: Citizenship: I will do my part to make our school and our community a better place.

May: Courage: I will have the strength to overcome fear and try something new or different.

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Box Tops- Send them to the ECC!

Your trash is our cash! Box Tops are worth a dime each. Box Tops add up quickly. Send in groups of 10 to your child's teacher! Box Tops for Education is converting to a paper free system. Please help us out by downloading the new app and begin scanning your store register receipts. Soon there will be no more cutting and counting Box Tops. It will all be done through the app. To learn more about using the app and how simple it is, watch the short video below.
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