Pattonville Preschool News

September 2018

Note from the Director

Welcome to a new school year. We are thrilled you have chosen us for your child's early education years. This is an exciting time for Pattonville Early Childhood. Coming together in one center has provided us many positive opportunities for our young students. Our new playgrounds are a big hit with the children and the teachers are loving the opportunity to collaborate with other Early Childhood educators.

On the first of each month you will receive a newsletter from the ECC letting you know about important events and information. We will send it home electronically through your email. If you need a paper copy, please let the office know and we can send one home with your child.

Connect. Empower. Learn. These 3 words embody the mission of the Pattonville Early Childhood. These are not empty words to us here at the ECC, we strive to live these each day, for kids and adults.

In Partnership,
Mary Krekeler

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures

Families - Thank you for all of your patience as we smooth out the kinks in the drop-off/pick-up line. We are continuing to work on solutions to help make the process go smoother and quicker.

Here are some friendly reminders you can do to help:
  • Wait at your car.
  • Keep conversations with teachers brief.
  • Put down cell phones while at drop-off/pick-up.
  • Watch traffic patrol staff for signals and directions.

NOTE: We share a driveway with our neighbors. Please help us be good neighbors and DO NOT block the driveways while waiting in line.

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Outdoor Guidelines

Children of all ages enjoy and benefit from playing outdoors. Daily outdoor play is healthy and burns energy. It gives children an opportunity for a change of environment, a balance in play and routine, large muscle activities (gross-motor development). Even children who are mildly ill but active should go outside if the weather is not severe. Staff and children alike will feel refreshed when fresh air is part of the daily routine. Taking children outdoors daily, even in winter, can be a healthy part of their schedule, and is safe when clothing is appropriate. From:

We follow the District guidelines listed below at the ECC:
  • 100° or above: Children should not go outside.
  • 90° to 99°: Children can stay out with sunscreen and plenty of water. Outdoor play may need to be limited to 5-15 minutes.
  • 32° to 89°: Children can stay outside without time restriction.


  • September 3: NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
  • September 21: Early Dismissal for Full-Day Classrooms (Dismissal at 11:15)
  • October 12: NO SCHOOL - Staff Development

The Power of Play

Have you ever heard someone remark about an early childhood program - even ours, perhaps - "All the children do there is play?" At good early childhood programs there is a lot of play - and there should be!

Years of research on children's learning and development document the many benefits of play for children's intellectual, social, emotional, physical and language development. Children at play are actively involved in creating themes, exploring environments, solving problems and developing shared understandings.

As kids play with each other, they learn to see other children's points of view and begin to become more empathetic and caring. They come to understand customs and rules in their own culture and to appreciate those of others. They learn to use language in new ways to describe their play and to interact with others. And in play, children develop their muscles and coordination.

Adults support children's play by providing space, opportunity and materials. We set up areas that are kid friendly, where they have the time to choose and to become engaged in their own play activities. And when we provide them with simple, interesting materials - no newfangled, expensive gadgets required - kids take it from there.

Play is fun - but is also is serious business that pays big dividends to its eager, young investors.
Free Developmental Screenings

Our Parents as Teachers (PAT) program offers free developmental screenings for children ages 3-Kindergarten. Click on the button above to sign-up.

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


Friday, Sep. 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.


Pattonville School District and St Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club are excited to partner and offer soccer clinics to Pattonville residents. SLSG Juniors Program is an introduction to soccer designed for players ages 2-12 years.

Clinics will be lead by Scott Gallagher coaches and players will be grouped by ages and skills to learn and enhance ones soccer skills. The focus will be on ball skills, developing proper technique, building confidence on the soccer field, physical development, and most important, having fun. Clinics will be held for five consecutive weeks.

START DATE: Saturday, September 8th
TIME: 9:00am – 11:30am
Fee: $35 residents $40 non-residents
LOCATION: Holman Middle School Fields (11055 St Charles Rock Road)
INSTRUCTOR: Scott Gallagher Coaches