NKCS Early Childhood News

ECSE Parent Newsletter - February 2019

A Note From Your Principals

Happy February, ECSE Parents -

We are glad to welcome our students back today! Although the first inclement weather day of the school year can be exciting for some of our students and staff, we are indeed not feeling the excitement after several 'snow' days! We are crossing our fingers that the inclement weather days are finished for the year, but appreciate that our central office is making decisions for the safety of our students.

We hope you make time to review the information contained in this newsletter and would love to see you on February 26th at our 'ECSE Parent Education Night.' Make sure you check out the details below and RSVP. You will receive another email tomorrow about our parent night but can access everything via this email as well.

Have a happy week!

Your Partners in Education,

Sarah Monfore, Principal

Kami Pearson, Assistant Principal

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From February 11–14 help your child find and collect lose change to help benefit United Way. Each day, our classrooms will be counting and collecting coins to donate. Every cent counts!

Monday, February 11: Pennies

Tuesday, February 12: Nickels

Wednesday, February 13: Dimes

Thursday, February 14: Quarters

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Dates to Remember

  • February 13 - Student Pajama Day & Valentine/Friendship Parties (Linden West/Chapel Hill)
  • February 14 - Valentine/Friendship Parties (Pleasant Valley, Rising Hill, Winnwood, Maplewood)
  • February 18 - NO SCHOOL
  • February 26 - Family Fun Night
  • March 13-15 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • March 18-22 - Spring Break, NO SCHOOL
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Free Parent Resource Fair for Families with Young Children

Thursday, Feb. 21st, 5:30-7:30pm

6901 North Holmes Street

Gladstone, MO

  • Free Fingerprinting for Children by Clay County Sherriff Department
  • The first 100 families will receive a free book!
  • Raffles for over $300 in toys and learning materials.
  • Learn about the Success by 6 Resource Center and explore the variety of materials available for checkout.
  • Chat with preschools and childcare providers from throughout the district.
  • Meet healthcare providers that work with young children.
  • Learn about community sports and recreation opportunities including dance, gymnastics, karate, swim lessons and more.
  • Connect with local agencies/groups that serve families and learn how they can assist you.

Preschool/Childcare: NKC Schools Title 1 Preschool, HeadStart, ABBC Preschool, Bright Start Preschool, Brighton Montessori, Canterbury Academy, Little, Lambs, King of Kings Preschool, North Cross United Methodist, Oakhill Day School

Community Groups and Services: Mid-Continent Public Library, Clay County Clothes Closet, MOPS, NKC Public Library, Shatto Milk, AYSO Soccer, Gladstone Parks and Rec, Ibsen Dance, Miss Dianna's School of Dance, I9 Sports, Miles of Smiles, Priority Care Pediatrics

Additional vendors being added daily.

From the Health Room - Student Allergies

We have multiple students in our program with an anaphylactic allergy to peanuts and/or tree nuts. An accidental contact with peanuts or peanut butter, even in tiny amounts, can cause life threatening reactions for those who have these allergies. A nut allergy for a child is a very serious issue.

This means the child cannot come into contact with anything that has even minute traces of peanuts or peanut butter. Peanuts may be concealed in processed and baked foods. Examples include baked goods, candy, cereals, chili, cookies, dips, egg rolls, ice cream, and spaghetti sauces.

Although a child with a peanut allergy cannot always avoid all contact with these foods, we ask that a concerted effort be made if you do provide snacks for your child that you send snacks that do not contain peanuts.

To maintain a safe environment for classroom celebrations, only the treats that are store bought and ingredients checked by the school nurse will be given to the students to enjoy. All other treats will be sent with the children to be enjoyed at home.

If you have any questions, please call our school nurses on 816-321-5253

From the Parent Handbook

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What Are We Learning This Month?

Important Phone Numbers

  • Attendance/Health Room 816-321-5253
  • Office 816-321-5250
  • Transportation 816-321-5007

Conscious Discipline - I Love You Rituals

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You may have noticed a few new accessories on your child’s backpack this year. If your student reaches this goal, they will receive a backpack tag for each month of perfect attendance.

We understand perfect attendance is not always possible. We strive for each student to have 90% attendance throughout the year. This will help students and families prepare for the attendance expectations in Kindergarten. Our attendance policy is as follows:

Attendance below 90%: a note will be sent home with attendance status.

Attendance below 80%: a phone call will be made to parents.

Attendance below 70%: a meeting will be scheduled with parents and ECSE staff.

Wondering when to keep your child home? Here are some reminders during the cold/flu season.

Keep your child home if your child:

· Has a temperature of 100.4 or above

· Has diarrhea and/or vomiting in the last 24 hours

· Has doctor recommendation to stay home

Your child should come to school if:

· They are tired

· Their fever has been gone for 24 hours

· Their stomach is just a little upset

· They have a runny nose or a cough but no other symptoms

If you are unsure if your child should come to school, please call our ECSE nurses at 816-321-5253 to receive advice on what is appropriate. If you chose to keep your child home, please remember to call transportation at 816-321-5007 and the ECSE nurses.

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Transportation Reminders

Bus Transportation -

  • If your child does not need transportation services on any given day, please contact the transportation department and give them advance notice. Transportation department phone number - 816.321.5007
  • The time given for your pick up and drop off is an approximation and you will need to be ready at your stop for a ten-minute window surrounding those times. Bus drivers will not honk or call parents to come out. You need to be waiting at your stop.
  • If you need to make changes to your route, please contact Kelly Haynes at 816.321.4778. Three days notice is required in most circumstances.
  • Only adults listed on your enrollment are able to receive your child and any changes will need to be made in advance in writing. Please contact Kelly Haynes at 816.321.4778
  • Always have your ID available for your driver!
  • Any route changes greater than your 10 minute window will be communicated by email. Please check your inbox!

Car Rider Transportation -

Pleasant Valley Campus:
Morning Session:
Arrival: 8:20 - 8:30 am
Dismissal: Beginning at 11:30 am

Afternoon Session
Arrival: 12:15 -12:25 pm
Dismissal: Beginning at 3:25 pm

Car Riders report to the Tricycle Track on the south side of the building. Cars move in a clockwise circle around the building and stop at one of the four cones for loading or unloading. Students will be loaded into four cars at a time. Please help us keep this pattern as it ensures the quickest and smoothest transition home.

Please have all children remain buckled in their car seats while waiting in the car rider line. Our number one priority is the safety of our students.

Satellite Classrooms - Please speak with your child's teacher about arrival and dismissal procedures at the elementary buildings.

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Early Childhood Pinterest

Check out our ECSE Pinterest page (link below)!

Find resources and activities for all of the different areas of development!

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