Pattonville Preschool News

December 2018

Note from the Director

I want to wish everyone of our families all the blessings of this holiday season! I hope that the joy of the season uplifts you throughout the year. As always, I find myself very reflective of the blessings in my life this time of year. I am thankful for the blessing of my own children. I have two wonderful children that are each completely unique. Each one of them are a gift and fulfills a different place in my heart. Each one of them has taught me a different joy. I cannot imagine my life without them in it or what life may have been had I never met them.

I am also thankful for your children. I have had the gift of being a small part of the lives of many children over the years. I am grateful for that honor. Thank you all for giving me that blessing. They bring joy and excitement to our lives every day.

Wishing you all the joy of the season and happiness throughout the coming year.

In Partnership,

Mary Krekeler


  • December 7: NO SCHOOL - Staff Development
  • December 17-21: Spirit Week
  • December 24 - January 1: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break


During the holiday season, many families look for ways to help others in need. Every year the Early Childhood staff wraps toys collected by the Pattonville Fire Department for needy families throughout our district. We will need wrapping paper and tape to help wrap the gifts. If you are interested in making a donation, please drop it off at the ECC any time before December 14th. Thanks for your help in making the holiday season a little brighter for families in need.


Healthy vision is key for a child's learning and development. One in four children have a vision problem. A child might not complain about poor vision because it is "normal" to them. KidSight is a free vision screening that is fast and fun. The screenings detects 7 different types of vision concerns: Nearsightedness, farsightedness, Astigmatism, Amblyopia, Anisometropia, Anisocoria and Misalignment. We were fortunate to have Sonja Buckley from KidSight come to our Early Childhood Center on November 27th and 28th. This is an extremely valuable program, thank you to all who participated.

We screened 209 students and 23 referrals were made.

-Nurses Anne and Mandi

To Button, Zip, and Tie

Getting dressed on time in the morning can be a real challenge for many of us, but it is particularly difficult for young children who have to contend with buttons, zippers, and shoelaces when their fine motor skills are still developing.

When families are trying to get ready to leave the house at a certain time, parents will probably need to help young children with the dressing process. Preschool children want to be independent, but get easily frustrated when the buttons won't do what they want them to do or the zipper will not cooperate. That frustration leads to an even more stressful morning.

Helping kids learn to contend with the logistics of buttoning buttons, zipping zippers, and tying shoelaces is best done during less stressful times. Concentrate on one skill at a time. Work together and assure children that they will be able to do this with practice. As a parent, you might want to consider shoes with Velcro fasteners, as well as other clothing items that young children can manage more easily as these skills are developing.

Learning to control hands and fingers according to information received from sight is a coordination skill that will aid children in early attempts or reading and writing. We adults can provide many different opportunities for children to develop these skills. Dressing and undressing dolls and dramatic play with clothes that have buttons and zippers are good for practice. Activities such as shaping play-dough, stringing beads, and placing pegs into pegboards also enhance the fine motor skills needed for dressing. With appropriate experiences, your child will gradually master all the intricacies of getting dressed and undressed.

FREE Developmental Screening

Do you want your child to receive a developmental screening through PAT, but don't have time to bring your child in to the center? We can screen them while at school!

Sign-up Here

NOTE: If your child has an IEP, the developmental screening was completed prior to the evaluation process and is not recommended. However, if you would still like your child to receive the developmental screening, please email us

Free Developmental Screenings for Ages 6 -35 Months

We are now offering free developmental screenings here at the ECC for children ages 6-35 months. If you are interested in having your child screened, please click the link above.

Reminder: Tuition is due the 1st of the month.

Order Your ECC Spirit Wear


Friday, Dec. 14th, 9:30-10:30am

2675 Metro Boulevard

Maryland Heights, MO

PTO hosts a fun day at Team Central Gymnastics the second Friday of each month at 9:30 am. Bring kids for tumbling to help develop their coordination, strength and flexibility. Wear shorts, T-shirts and bare feet. Long hair needs to be pulled back. Ages 18 months to 5 years.

Group rate cost is $6 per child (cash or check only). Please turn in to Kendra (314-213-8100) at the ECC by the Wednesday before by 4:30 pm. NO late sign-ups.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.