Duck..Duck..NEWS!

November 2017

Upcoming Events

November

2- PTO Meeting at 4:30 in Multipurpose

8- Early Release- Bus riders @11, car riders @12

8- Veteran Celebration at Family Fun Night 5pm-6:30pm

9 & 10 - Picture Retakes

13 & 14 - Lions Club Vision Screening

13-17- National Bully Awareness Week

17 - Pajama Day

22, 23, 24- NO SCHOOL Happy Thanksgiving!

30 - Buddy Day

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Veterans Celebration NOVEMBER 8, 5p-6:30p

All ECEC families & Veterans are invited to join us November 8th from 5p-6:30p. There will be Fun Activities, Art Projects, Snacks, and a Red, White and Blue Ceremony in Honor of our Past and Present Military Personnel to be held at 6:15pm.

Even if you do not have a veteran in your family, please come and honor those who are currently serving or have served our nation. This is a wonderful Family Fun Night!

PTO

Thanks to everyone who placed bids at the Art Auction, we had such amazing artwork by our students and teachers! The winners have been notified. Please pick up and pay for your items by November 3rd.

Mark your calendars for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday December 2nd from 8am to 11am. More details about making your reservation will come home with your students soon!

What a great turnout for McTeacher Night! Thanks to everyone who came out to support the school and thanks to the teachers for putting on their "waitress hats" and helping for the night!

Hope to see you at our next meeting on Thursday, November 2nd and 4:30 pm!

Safety and Security

Safety is a top priority for the Lincoln County R-III school district. ECEC has held several drills already this year focusing on earthquake, tornado, intruder and fire. The kids have done amazingly well. A slip of paper will be sent home with your child when we have a drill so you can discuss what happened with your child. The police department will be here for most drills to ensure our success and over any help or guidance. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the office.

From the Nurse...

It's raining or snowing, it's cold or it gets dark too early. These are all reasons to encourage your child to be physically active indoors. Be creative and make a fun, safe area in your house for indoor play. Dance to music, build a fort or crawl like animals. These are all great ways to keep your child moving and exercising during the winter months.

REMINDERS

  • Cold weather has set in. Please remove your child's shorts & tshirts out of their bookbags and replace with long sleeve shirts and long pants.
  • We WILL go outside for recess unless it is below 20 degrees or it is raining/snowing. Please send your child in a coat with gloves and a hat.

Counselor's Corner

The holiday season is upon us which brings joy but also a disruption of our daily routines. This can be stressful for some children so keeping to the routine as much as possible can help reduce stress and meltdowns. While keeping to the routine is not always possible, there are some tips to help reduce stress for our young children. Discuss plans in advance so your child is aware of what their day will look like. If you are traveling or will not be at home, try to bring some comforts of home for your child such as a favorite toy or blanket. Remember to keep to routines when it comes to sleep and meals. Skipping those will make everyone cranky! Lastly, build in some "down" time for you and your family to spend together and enjoy!

Character Connection

Our character word of the month is respect. Students are learning about what it means to be respectful by caring about others, their classroom, and themselves. At home you can continue to teach respect with everyday interactions in the home such as encouraging manners such as "please" and "thank you". You can help your child learn respect by giving them the words you would like to hear such as what to say if a sibling or friend grabs a toy from them or how to ask for a snack. Teach your child about differences by discussing how family members are unique from each other by pointing out hair color, eye color, skin tone, and height. Talk about how each of you is "special" in your own way.
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Christmas Adopt A Family

A Christmas Tree will be in our lobby by mid-November. We will hang ornaments on the tree with items listed that are needed for the families we have chosen to "adopt" this holiday season. Please stop by and see if you are able to help by purchasing an item. You just need to return the item to the office with the ornament taped to it. No need to wrap. We will take care of that. Thank you in advance. We at the ECEC want every family to have a wonderful, safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.

Inclement Weather Guidlines

Winter weather conditions will be here before we know it and we want to make sure you stay informed! Please take a moment to check the parent portal to see if your most recent contact information is on file with the District. This information can be updated by contacting the front office of your student's building. To review our winter weather guidelines please click the below link: Inclement Weather Guidlines

Simba's Shout Out

Simba is getting close to taking his first big Good Citizen Canine test! His trainer reports he is the best golden doodle she has trained. We are so anxious for him to work in the classroom soon.

Volunteer Guidelines from Central Office

Background checks need to be completed every school year by volunteers in the schools. Volunteers are encouraged to complete all volunteer requirements at the beginning of each school year. Background checks must be COMPLETED for volunteer opportunities by the first of the month before the event/opportunity. Once the forms are updated, volunteer information and forms will be available on the website, peachjar, open house, and the school office.


Volunteers and Visitors are two different types of guests in our schools.


Volunteers are defined as any individual that will be assisting staff and/or students in the school setting. Examples include assisting with or attending a classroom party, a class field trip or supervising students without a staff member present. Volunteers must have a paid background check.


Volunteer background checks must be completed at the 1st of the month prior to the experience that prompted the check. (I.E.: a trip that will occur on October 22nd must have forms submitted and ran no later than October 1st).



Visitors are also welcome and encouraged. At times, visitors are invited guests such as grandparents or veterans. Visitors to our schools do not need a paid background check although you can encourage frequent visitors to do so. A visitor is defined as any individual who will be in an assembly area such as an auditorium or gymnasium for the purpose of a play, assembly, etc.



All visitors must present a photo identification to front office staff AND be listed as a point of contact for the student they are visiting. **If the person is not listed, the parent must give their permission for the visit.



Visitors are also allowed in the cafeteria to eat lunch with their child. All visitors are required to report to the office, present photo identification and sign in when entering the building. All visitors must be supervised by a camera or a staff member.


In accordance with Missouri State law, persons listed on the sex offender registry may not be present in any school building, on district property, in any district vehicle utilized to transport students, or be present at school activities at any time.

READING CALENDAR

The Nightly Reading Record Sheet is an amazing way to make sure reading is a priority in your house. When your child returns a monthly reading calendar completely filled in, they will receive a fun book and a prize to take home. PLEASE take the time to print this calendar for your child. http://www.troy.k12.mo.us/domain/88

Monthly participation allows your child to learn and also spend quality time with you.

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

–Emily Buchwald

PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)

Each month a PBIS sheet will come home with your child to help your family support the positive behavior that your child is learning and practicing at school. Hopefully PBIS will encourage your child have positive behavior at home as well. Please read over each item on the monthly PBIS sheet and when your child has completed those tasks he or she can return it to school to add a cutout to our PBIS wall. A copy of the form can be found at this link. http://www.troy.k12.mo.us/domain/88