SM Early Childhood Education Center

August 2022

Administrative Team

Carla Heintz, Principal, Early Childhood Education Center

Tracy Smarr-Dolezal, Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator

In the News

From the Principal's Desk

Welcome Back!

I am so excited to see the building full of the smiling faces of each of your children!! We are looking forward to a wonderful new year here at SMECEC. For those if you new to the building, let me introduce myself, I am Carla, the Principal. This will be my 5th year leading SMECEC and in SMSD. I have over 30 years of experience in early childhood and early childhood special education and have been a teacher, administrator, coach and technical assistance provider for the State of Kansas in the area of Early Childhood during my professional career. I have 3 grown children, 2 grandchildren and 1 foster grand child and two very spoiled dogs at home, now that my husband and I are empty nesters. I am excited to work with you to support your children and families! It's going to be a great year!!

Important Calendar Reminders

August 11-12- Parent/Teacher Conferences

August 15th- First Day of School for PreK

August 20th- Early Childhood Screening for the Community

Sept 2- No school district wide- Professional Development Day

Sept 5- No school- Labor Day

Our building follows the district calendar and PreK schedule, with the exception of no school on Fridays. You can access the district calendar here. District Calendar 22-23

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/ Teacher conferences will be August 11 and 12. Your child's teacher should be contacting you to set up a conference in the next few days, if they have not already. We look forward to this time with you to hear all about your child and their growth if they are returning, and share with you important information for the upcoming year. Parents are encouraged to bring their child's school supplies, diapers and other items to the conference prior to the first day of school.

Changes for the 22-23 School Year

We have had some changes to our school procedures this year and they are as follows:

1. School Times: AM 8:10-10:55 PM 12:25-3:10

2. Pick up and Drop off: Parents Dropping off at door 2 will now park in the Northwest lot and walk their child to door. Parents are asked to walk their child on the sidewalk on the north side of the drive to the handicapped access and cross with them at the crosswalk due to the amount of traffic coming and going before and after school. The exception to this will be parents with additional small children in car seats. Curb side drop off and loading will be available so parents do not have to unload the young children.

3. Parents Visiting- Parents are now allowed to come to school to celebrate birthdays with their children, and for other events. Please check with your child's teacher before planning to visit to arrange a mutually agreed upon time for your visit.

School Supplies

2022/23 Early Childhood Supply List

Backpack (big enough to hold a file folder)

6 Elmer’s Washable Glue Sticks

Crayons (24 Count)

2 Packages Baby Wipes

1 Washable Watercolor Paint

3 Boxes of Tissues

1 4-oz. Bottle Washable School Glue

1 Box 8-Count Washable Classic Color Markers

2 Rolls of Paper Towels

1 Can of Play Doh (any color)

Extra Set of Clothes to leave at school for accidents.

Wish List (bring as you are able)

2 Expo Dry Erase Markers

2 Packages Disinfectant Wipes (if available)

1 box Ziplock bags – gallon size

1 box Ziplock bags - sandwich size

2022-23 School Meals

Food service will continue to offer breakfast and lunch next year. Unfortunately the USDA nationwide waivers allowing for free school meals for all students will conclude at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Prices will be as follows:

Elementary Breakfast: $1.55

Reduced $0.30

Elementary Lunch: $2.85

Reduced: $0.40

Families can complete a child nutrition meal benefit application to see if they qualify for free for reduced meal prices after July 1, 2022. The information and link will be on the Food Service web page after July 1 and families are encouraged to apply as soon as it is available so that any benefits the family may receive are processed prior to the start of the 2022-23 school year.


Breakfast is available each school day. The breakfast menu includes an entrée, grain, fruit and milk. Students are served all items to receive a full breakfast; including the required ½ cup of fruit.


Lunch includes an entrée, grain, fruit, vegetable and milk. Students are served all of these five components on their lunch tray, including the required ½ cup fruit and/or vegetable.

The “pig” symbol on the menu means that the item contains pork.

Menus, nutritional and allergy information are available online at

Special Diet

If you have an allergy or specific dietary concerns, contact your school nurse for a medical form to be filled out by your doctor.

Food service information is available on the district’s web site at or you can call the Food Service office at 913-993-9710.

Early Childhood Screening

SMSD offers an early childhood developmental screening which includes the areas of vision, hearing, problem-solving, personal-social development, gross/fine motor skills, and speech/language skills. The purpose of the screening is to identify children who may have substantial developmental delays and who may be eligible for special education services. SMSD’s Early Childhood Screening (ECS) is appropriate for children ages 2 years 9 months to 5 years old who reside within the Shawnee Mission School District boundaries.

How often are screenings offered?

Screenings for 2020-2021 occur monthly on a Friday morning and are by appointment only. Parent or other legal guardian must complete a request for screening and submit the required documents before an appointment is offered.

How do I request a screening for my child?

More information about the ECS program can be found on the district’s Early Childhood Special Education home page under Early Childhood Screening.

Connect with us via Social Media

We have new social media sites this year! Please feel free to follow us and like us!!

Twitter: @theSMECEC


Or search for #EarlyEDSMSD to see what's happening district wide in PreK!