Pattonville Preschool News

November 2018

Note from the Director

Happy November! We are thankful for you!

I can’t believe it’s November already! The kids are growing in so many ways. Thank you for the opportunity to let us be a part of your child's early years.

November is a time to remember what is dearest to us all; a time to remember, we all have much to be thankful for; a time for good friends and family. I am personally grateful for so many things. I feel fortunate to be a part of a wonderful district who truly puts kids and families first. I am thankful for the teachers, parent educators, paraprofessionals, therapists, diagnosticians, secretaries, nurses, custodians and social worker who work tirelessly every day to help kids learn and grow. I appreciate our families who choose to partner with us in their child's early years. And of course, last but not least, I am grateful for the children. They are the reason that I do this work. Their youthful joy, eagerness to learn and precious personalities warm my heart.

Wishing you joy and happiness during this Thanksgiving season. Thanks for choosing Pattonville Early Childhood.

In Partnership,
Mary Krekeler

Guest Author

Local author, David Beck, shared his story with our preschool classrooms. Mr. Beck is a high school English teacher at Parkway North High School. He wrote a children's book called The Sleepy Reader. The story is about a dad who struggles to stay awake during story time and keeps getting the words wrong, and then anything can happen. A big thank you to David Beck for sharing his story - it was a big hit with the kids!

Purchase the Sleepy Reader


  • Parent Teacher Conferences November 7 & 8
  • Book Fair: November 7 & 8
  • NO SCHOOL: November 9
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21-23
  • December 7: NO SCHOOL - Staff Development

But I Hate Broccoli

Parents often worry because they think they're young children don't eat enough. Some children seem to be naturally finicky. But others simply may be so overwhelmed by the amount of food placed on the plate that they don't know where or how to begin eating. How much food is enough? And how can we get our children to participate more successfully in mealtimes?

Physicians tell us that a child needs 1 tablespoon of food per year of age at each meal. That means a three-year-old needs at least 3 tablespoons of food at breakfast, at lunch and dinner in order to maintain health and growth. These are not the heaping portions that we are tempted to put on our children's plates; they are standard measurement portions.

Allowing children to serve themselves encourages them to eat larger portions of a variety of food. When children get to control their choices and the amount of food they take, mealtime becomes more enjoyable for them and you. Participation in meal planning and preparation also encourages children to feel that they are apart of the process of mealtime.

A family meal can be a time of conversation and relaxation or a time of frustration and anger. By offering children smaller amounts, the opportunity to help prepare meals, and the chance to serve themselves, we can provide a calmer, more satisfying family time for everyone.

FREE Developmental Screening

Do you want your child to receive a developmental screening through PAT, but don't have time to bring your child in to the center? We can screen them while at school!

Sign-up Here

NOTE: If your child has an IEP, the developmental screening was completed prior to the evaluation process and is not recommended. However, if you would still like your child to receive the developmental screening, please email us

Free Developmental Screenings for Ages 3-5

Bring your child (ages 3 - 5 years) in for a free developmental screenings through PAT. Screenings can show if your child is developing typically for his age, and can spot any concerns. Click the button above to sign up!

Free Developmental Screenings for Ages 6 -35 Months

We are now offering free developmental screenings here at the ECC for children ages 6-35 months. If you are interested in having your child screened, please click the link above.

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


Friday, Nov. 9th, 9:30-11:30am

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.