Cub Connection October News

Gerner Family Early Education Center

Bring on Fall!

The start of fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The sights and scents just make me feel like I need to take advantage of being outside. I love spending time outside with my family to take in all the changes in the trees, weather, and experience the city. KC Parent magazine has provided a great summary of Outdoor Activities and places to explore around town together. I hope that each of you has the opportunity to take advantage of all the wonderful offerings our city provides during this cozy time of year!

As I've said before thank you for choosing Gerner as your child's educational foundation. We are so glad you are a part of the Gerner Neighborhood!


Dr. Rachel Ward
Coordinator of Early Education Programs

Creative Curriculum Study on Trees

Our first content-based Creative Curriculum Study is all about TREES! See a message from Dr. Ward about this first exploration for our Super Cubs.

This is a great opportunity to be curious together as a family. Seek out opportunities to go on a tree walk. What do you wonder about? What differences do your children notice about the sizes, shapes, leaves, bark? There are so many things to investigate throughout the next month. Enjoy having fun outside together!

Trees Study Introduction

Important School Information

Mark your calendars for the following important dates!

Please plan to participate in upcoming events at Gerner:

  • October 13th - Scholastic Book order dues
  • October 26th - Trunk or Treat from 5:30-7:00
  • October 29th - Fall Parties for all programs

  • November 9th - 13th - Lil Angels Fall Pictures
  • November 8th - Virtual PTA Meeting 6:00PM
  • November 24th - 26th - No School for all programs

Fall Parties

We look forward to celebrating fall with our students as a classroom community. Fall Parties will be Friday, October 29th. Parties will take place within the classrooms, however, visitors will still not be allowed into the building. This will be a fun day with friends to celebrate fall with one another. Teachers may ask for supplies or food donations based on the new celebration guidelines.

Costumes are allowed, but not required. More information to follow regarding costume rules. If you have any questions about party details or costumes, please contact your child's teacher.

Meet the School Psychologist

This is Courtney Shepard’s fourth year serving Gerner as our School Psychologist. She serves as a part of the evaluation team for the Early Childhood Special Education program. She provides behavioral support in the building and collaborates with teachers and families to help meet the social-emotional needs of our students.

Ms. Shepard has put together a virtual office to support families this year. This virtual office is packed full of social-emotional resources including breathing exercises, movement videos, social-emotional learning activities, and recorded read alouds. Please take some time to explore these resources to see how they may support your family!

School Psychologist Virtual Office

Please call Ms. Shepard if there are additional questions at 816-359-6902.

Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic Books are a great way to build your library at home and here at school! Scholastic books have fabulous deals and savings on great books. Every order earns points for our school to purchase more books!

Shop for books online at

You can order books by using the parent page and the classroom code YHT46 to activate your account for our school.

Submit your order by October 13, 2021 online. Your child's classroom books will arrive within a few weeks of ordering. We will send them home with your child as soon as we receive them. If you have any please contact Mrs. Meghan Marsh or Ms. Shelley Jackson

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

We have a number of programs in our building with different arrival and dismissal times. The following is a reminder of times and processes for families.

ECSE, Bright Futures, and Horizons families:

  • AM Session is from 8:40 - 11:40
  • PM Session is from 12:40 - 3:40

Car riders unload and load under the awning in the back of our building.

Bus route times can change throughout the year as additional children are added to buses upon enrollment. The office will contact families when adjustments are made by the bus company. Please call the office if there are questions about buses.

Arrival notes:

  • If you arrive after 8:50 or 12:50, staff will not be present to unload your children and you may need to come to the front of the building for arrival.

Dismissal notes:

  • Please have the car placard in the passenger window to allow staff to easily see who is ready for pick-up. If you are in need of a new one, please contact the school office.
  • Our AM session has more car riders and we are continuing to work on the traffic flow to allow buses to move through the traffic at dismissal. We all appreciate your flexibility.

Tuition families:

Thank you for all the work to arrive at or before 8:30 each morning. This really helps all children get their day started in a productive way!

Arrival notes:

  • Please drop off children between 6:30 - 8:30 AM.
  • Family members will need to unbuckle and help children exit their car with masks on at arrival. Students will then be directed to their classrooms by a staff member.

Dismissal notes:

  • Dismissal begins at 3:30 PM daily. If you arrive before 3:30, please know that you may be asked to wait until dismissal begins.
  • Students will be brought to cars by staff with family members then buckling in the children before leaving.

Safety Drills - Practice to be Prepared!

It is important that students know how to respond to emergency situations that could occur at Gerner. Students and staff will participate in a variety of safety drills every month throughout the school year. Staff handle the drills delicately in order to help students understand the seriousness of the process, yet not make students feel afraid.

For the month of October we will practice two different drills:

  • Fire Drill: The goal for this drill is to quickly exit the building and account for all students in case of a fire inside the building.
  • Earthquake Drill: The goal for this drill is for all students to practice the Drop, Cover, and Hold On method for earthquake safety. This drill is scheduled a part of a regional drill called the Great Central U.S. Shakeout. For more information on the Great Central U.S. Shakeout, please visit the website link. Great Central U.S. Shakeout Link

If you ever have questions regarding the processes for drills, please contact your classroom teacher.

Gerner Family Information

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Trunk or Treat

We are excited to be hosting our annual Trunk or Treat event the evening of Tuesday, October 26th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. This is a free event for all Gerner Families, costumes are allowed but not required. Join us for an evening of "Spooky Scary fun!"

This event will be an outdoor event in the back parking lot. Please see our flyer below that includes our safety plan.

We are still in need of individual's to host a trunk for the event, if you are interested in hosting a trunk, or just donating candy please sign up below.

Trunk or Treat Trunk Decorations or item Donation

Gerner PTA

The Gerner PTA is a vital part of the school community, providing support to the classrooms with fundraisers taking place throughout the year.

How can you help and be a part of the PTA work? Become a member and participate in meetings!

Membership forms were shared by teachers, online membership forms can be found at:

PTA meetings will be virtual for this school year. A Microsoft Teams meeting link will be shared to closer to the meetings dates which are on the following dates:

  • November 8
  • March 7

Meetings will be from 6:00-7:00 PM

If you have questions about PTA activities this year, please contact April Setser at

Believe Kids Fundraiser results: Total funds raiser $8,222. Thank you, to all the families that supported and shared our fundraiser to help us surpass our goal!

Parent Corner

Have you visited our "Parent Corner" yet? Over the course of the year, articles and resources will be posted to support the parenting process.

Now that kids have been in class for about a month, the new has probably worn off and they are getting in a routine of finding their favorite part of the day. You may be struggling to pull out information about the day to know what is happening. Please enjoy an article shared recently on the Macaroni Kid website titled "Conversation Starters - Asking Your Child About Their Day". There are some helpful question starters shared that I know will probably be heard in my car to understand more about my daughter's day.

Park Hill Star Awards

Do you know of a Park Hill Star? Is there someone at your child's school that you would like to nominate for a Park Hill Star award? The Park Hill Star award is presented monthly to a Pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee. Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the Park Hill Star nomination form. The form will ask you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus.

If you would like to nominate an employee from Gerner, please use the link below.

Park Hill Star Award


THE DAY OF HOPE Serves Residents of Platte County & families that attend Platte County School Districts

EVENT: November 6, 2021

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2021 Day of Hope event. Registration closes October 22, 2021, so don't wait, GET REGISTERED NOW!

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Birthday Treat option

The district suggestions for Birthday Treats do not fit our accreditation guidelines. Below is a list of items that are approved for Gerner Family Early Education Center.

Non-Food Items:

  • Pencils
  • Stickers
  • Tattoos
  • Friendship Bracelet
  • Slap Bracelets
  • Bubbles

Food Items:
Parents can order Ice Cream cups from our Food Service Manager, but the following is a list of other food items that would be allowed to send in with your children. When considering items to send in we have to avoid choking hazards and multiple allergens throughout the building.

  • Fruit drink boxes with no sugar added

  • Fruit pouches
  • Freeze dried fruit bites
  • Fruit cups
  • Rice Krispie treats
  • Jello Cups (sugar free or low sugar)
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Gerner Family Early Education Center

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