Grove Early Childhood Center News

September 2020

Outstanding Educator Award

Please take time to nominate an outstanding educator from the ECC by filling out this quick nomination survey:

The deadline is Friday, Oct. 16th. Thank you!

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We are Ridgy Ready! Respectful, Responsible and Safe!!!

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Kindergarten Ridgy Kids

Mrs. Gibson and Mrs. Cearley's 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

New Staff at the ECC

We have several new faces at the ECC this year. Nurse Ashley is shared between the Lower Elementary and ECC. Ms. Krystal is our Block Assistant. She partners with Ms. Adams in p.e., art and STEM Lab. Mrs. Rhatigan may look familiar to you. She has worked three years at the ECC as a PreK assistant. She has now completed her degree and certification and will be joining the Kindergarten TEAM pending school board approval in September.
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Home Football Games

To promote a safe, fun football environment for everyone- please observe the following rules at Grove High School HOME Football Games:

  • Wear your mask
  • Observe social distancing
  • Remain seated with your family
  • No TOY Footballs
  • Stay off the field, track and fencing areas
  • Wear Red and White to show your school spirit
  • Cheer LOUD and PROUD for the Mighty Grove Ridgerunners!

Thank you Wyandotte Nation

We are so grateful to Chief Friend and the Wyandotte Nation for the recent donation of $10,000 to purchase new laptops for all ECC classroom teachers. Pictured are Supt. Dodson, Mrs. Bloss, Chief Friend and K Teacher and Tribal Member Ms. Thomas who applied for the funding.
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ECC Families,

These are challenging and unexpected times for families struggling with a growing list of major life issues including job loss, illness, financial loss, cancellations, distance learning, and so much more. The goal is to stay safe and calm and figure out how to deal with this new life that will be anything but normal for a while.

Here are a few activities to assist you if you feel like you are in the eye of the storm. You have various sections to choose from....

  • Visual Relaxation

  • Sounds and Music

  • Yoga

  • Virtual Field trip

"There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm." --Willa Cather

As always, if you have any questions or need support, please reach out to the school, our staff is here to support you...teachers, counselors, nurse and administration are all here for you and your children.

Mrs. Bloss, ECC Principal

Mrs. Buchanan, ECC Counselor

Mrs. Neighbors, ECC Nurse

Sit back and escape to one of the pictures below. Breathe in and out. Take a moment.

Visualization and Focus

The Splendor of Color Kaleidoscope Video v1.5 or as Marvin Minsky would say, "Something soothing."

Sensory Soothing Visual Therapy

Sensory Soothing Visual Therapy

Soothing Music

Disney RELAXING PIANO Collection -Sleep Music, Study Music, Calm Music (Piano Covered by kno)

White Noise

White Noise Black Screen | Sleep, Study, Focus | 10 Hours

Yoga For Kids

10 Yoga Poses | Cosmic Kids Yoga Compilation

Virtual Field Trip

Virtual Field Trip: Marineland Dolphin Adventure

Parent Communication

For District Info

Text To: @81010

Message 67587

For Mrs. Bloss' Info

Text To: @81010

Message: b46g84


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 :)

Grove Public Library September Calendar

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Grove Public Library September Newsletter

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Mrs. Dubois and "The Girls" Read an Udderly Fabulous Ag Book

Watch GPS High School Counselor Mrs. Dubois read a great book written by daughter Riley Dubois when she attended school at Grove!
Read an Accurate Ag Book Week Video

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

Sesame Street: Washy Wash Song | How to Wash Your Hands
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September Character Counts Word of the Month: RESPECT

I will treat others the way I want to be treated.

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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