Maize Early Childhood Center

October 2022

Dear MECC Families,

Happy October! We have been so busy learning about Families, Friends, and Fall. It is a great time to enjoy some of the many fun opportunities planned for our students and families. Here are a few highlights:


  • Oct 6 – We are hosting the first of three Exploration: Parenting events – Explore Love and Logic! If you are interested, please sign up here or contact the office before Oct 5.


  • Oct 20 – Cookie Bookie returns with MECC staff in costumes – so make sure and drive through, say “Hi!” and pick up fun activities and a snack, all centered around the book, “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson; and of course, you also get a copy of the book! See the article later in this newsletter for details.


  • Oct 27 – Fall Parties and Costume Parade! Keep your eye on your teacher’s newsletters and notices for Fall Party details! **Students may wear their costumes to school; however, we ask that all accessories that go with the costume remain at home. Please make sure the costume your child wears is school-appropriate (no blood/gore/violence) and “restroom and playground friendly.” Keep your fingers crossed for good weather so our students can show off their costumes to each other and parents during the parade.


  • Spirit Days – We can’t wait to see all the creative ways our students show their spirit on our dress up days! See the article later in this newsletter for more details.


Enjoy the cooler weather, family time, and all the things Autumn brings!

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What is Parents as Teachers?


It is a free evidenced-based program for families in the Maize School District that have children aged birth to kindergarten entry. Families are able to participate in home visits, playgroups, music classes, and all of our evening events. Through home visits, families will receive brain-based research, developmental activities and some free activities. Children will also receive developmental and social emotional screenings along with annual hearing and vision screenings. To Enroll, Click Here.

Here is a list of our parent-child groups this year (no sign up required):

Music:

  • Tuesday 10:00-10:40
  • Tuesday 10:45-11:20

Playgroup:

  • Wednesday 10:00-11:00
  • Thursday 10:00-11:00


Starlets is our parent-child preschool that meets once a week. We have openings in our Tuesday afternoon class that meets 1:00-2:15. If you are interested in participating, please email Erin at ewhite@usd266.com.

If you are interested in PAT home visits, click here!

If you're on a computer, choose the Parents as Teachers Enrollment Form in the left menu. If you're on your phone, scroll down to the Enrollment for Parents as Teachers section and click on the first link.

Family Event

Cookie Bookie The Gruffalo

Cookie Bookie!

Thursday, Oct. 20th, 6-7pm

9405 West 37th Street North

Wichita, KS

We are excited to have our first family event of the school year on Thursday, October 20 from 6-7pm. It will be a drive-thru event with different stations to pick up activities you can do with your family at home. Each family also receives a free book! Staff will be dressed up in costumes so please feel free to wear your own!

Nurse's Nook

Welcome back to school everyone!


Immunizations & Health Assessments:

Don’t forget to turn in your child’s most up-to-date immunization records. The District deadline for immunizations is 10/3/2022


If this is the first time your child has been in a Kansas school, an updated Health Assessment (physical) is required.


Hearing/Vision Screenings:

Students will have hearing and vision screenings during the school year as required per state law. Results will ONLY be sent home if further testing is needed. Screenings are very basic and are not meant to take the place of professional evaluations.


Please feel free to stop by my office, call or email me if you have any questions or concerns about your student. Thank you all for taking an interest in your child’s health and well-being.


Nurse Allison


Phone: 316-462-8403

Email: aparkhurst@usd266.com

Attendance

If your child is absent, please report it to the office each day. Click here to find out how.

Counselor's Corner

Friendship groups began this week. Friendship groups will meet once or twice a week for 6 weeks. The purpose of these groups is to encourage empathy, cooperative play, turn-taking, and have fun with other peers. If you would like your child to participate in a group, please feel free to reach out to me. We also offer individual counseling and related services provided by the Kansas Children’s Service League. You may contact me via my email (abeckmann@usd266.com), by phone (316-722-8420), or through your child’s teacher.


Ms. Amy

Thank you for all of your support to start our year! So many people bought shirts to show school spirit and we sold 498 pies to help support our teacher grants! T-shirts should be in soon and will be sent home with your child. We will try to let you know when to watch for those. Friday, October 7th is Pie Day! We will need help unloading and sorting pies that day; if you can help please sign up here: https://signup.com/go/DvnPOZC. If you turned in a pie order please sign up at this link to pick up your order: https://signup.com/go/yuKSbLS


We have Panera scheduled for our October Spirit night on the 6th from open to close; that's 6am to 9 pm! Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner and support our school! We are also giving the teachers a treat day. You can sign up here: https://signup.com/go/gGkaRBW


Thank you for all your support!

MECC Parent-Teacher Organization

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Tuition

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