Early Childhood Learning Center

Kirksville R-III Schools

We are committed to providing a positive learning and social environment that will lead to the Kirksville R-III mission: Empowering 21st century learners to create their success, build their community and better the world.

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October 2018

Dear Parents,

Happy October! It’s hard to believe that we are entering the eighth week of school. Expectations have been taught, routines have been practiced and teachers are working extra hard to make sure children are having fun and learning. We are getting ready for Parent Teacher Conferences and I would like to invite every parent to attend. Research shows that parental involvement in a child’s education makes a significant impact. If you need transportation to Parent Teacher Conferences, please contact me to make arrangements.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

-Jen Meyer

Mark Your Calendars

Oct. 17th: Grandparents Fall Celebration

Oct. 19th: Homecoming

Oct. 24th: Parent Teacher Conferences

Oct. 25th: Parent Teacher Conferences
Oct. 26th: No School

Oct. 29th: No School

Oct. 31st: Pajama Day

Positive Behavior Supports

During October in Second Step, children are learning new social skills including how to interrupt politely, self-talk, follow directions, ask for what they want and need, and beginning to identify different feelings. Parent handouts to supplement each lesson are sent home with children and posted on the PBS bulletin board weekly.

PBS: Minors vs. Majors

What does it mean if your child receives a minor or major behavior form?

A minor occurs when a child is infrequently not following a matrix expectation. These behaviors do not interfere with learning. A few of the most frequent minors include not using walking feet, not using listening ears, or not able to keep hands, feet, and body to self. Teachers may respond to minors by re-teaching, nonverbal cues, becoming closer in proximity, ignoring, praising others, or prompting. A minor form is completed, but the family does not need to be contacted.

A major occurs when a child is conducting behaviors that are unsafe to the environment and individuals. Major behaviors include abusive language, fighting or physical aggression, overt defiance, teasing or taunting, disruption to the class, and property destruction. Teachers may respond by using the safe/quiet spot, loss of privilege, or providing choice. Teachers will complete a major form, contact the family regarding the behavior, and send a copy of the form home.

Grandparents Fall Celebration

Wednesday, October 17th

A special day to celebrate with grandparents or grand friends.

Games and activities will be outside, so please dress accordingly.

8:30 Ms. Angel AM, Ms. Chrissie AM, Ms. Jill AM, Ms. Mikki AM, Ms. Michelle, Ms. Alisha

9:45 Ms. Sandy, Miss Caysi, Ms. Kara, Miss Anne

12:30 Ms. Angel PM, Ms. Chrissie PM, Ms. Jill PM, Ms. Mikki PM

Vision Screenings

Children at the ECLC had their vision checked this month. If there were any concerns, a note was sent home to parents. Please follow up with Nurse Sharon if you have any questions.

Fire Safety Week: October 7th-13th

Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.

Thank you to the Kirksville Fire Department for bringing the firetrucks on Tuesday, October 9th.

This year’s FPW campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire––and how to escape safely in the event of one:

Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

From the Nurse

This is a reminder that all new children attending the ECLC require a physical within thirty days of enrollment. Children will not be able to attend without a current physical on file due to licensing standards. Thank you for your understanding.

Birthday Pantry

A big thank you to Tiffany LaBeth who has helped establish this program at the ECLC. The Birthday Pantry is stocked from donations to make sure EVERY child is able to celebrate his or her birthday at school. If you would like to make a donation, please drop the items off at the ECLC office. Any donations need to be store bought, nut free and follow the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Guidelines.

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Smart Food Planner

Click on the orange bar to be directed to a food planner calculator to check to make sure an item meets the guidelines.

Adair County Public Library

The public library has some great opportunities for our students. Click on the orange bar to access the library newsletter.