The Horace Mann & Leet Connection

September 13, 2019

Message from the Principal

Dear Families and School Supporters

You may have noticed the weekly newsletter has a new name. The collaboration occurring between Horace Mann and the Leet Center made the old name seem out of sync with how we function. The values we share and the work we do is much more powerful when we do it together. As a result, we want to share the same messages with all of our school family in a way that reflects our shared values and vision in working with children.

Our first football stadium clean up is this weekend on Saturday, September 14th following the 1:30 pm football game. I will send out a textcaster message when the 4th quarter begins if you do not wish to attend the game. There is no admission fee required to come after the 4th quarter to help with cleanup. I will see you there!

PLEASE PLAN TO JOIN US TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH FOR OUR FAMILY NIGHT!!! We have a great night planned with some great storytelling fun and parent education in Conscious Discipline. Additionally, we will be launching our parent clubs. Come and hear what it is all about. We will also enjoy the outdoor classroom and we will be serving hot dogs and chips.

The Director's Dialogue

Dear Families,

From self portraits in Mrs. Buck's room to color mixing in Mrs. Yocom's room young children are playing and working hard to get to know their new school family as well as themselves as preschoolers. Thank you to the many families who have invested time and materials to keep our projects moving along. We loved having our pickle mommas in to help us cook this week in Mrs. Sheil's class. So excited about the fall that's coming and the experiences we will have!


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Mark Your Calendar


14 - Stadium Cleanup after the 1:30 Football Game

17 - Parent Night - Featuring Storyteller, Will Stuck, and Conscious Discipline Training

18 - America Reads Tutoring Begins (Please note the change of date)

19 - Field Trip for 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade - Conservation Days

28 - Stadium Cleanup after the 1:30 Football Game


3 - 5th Grade Field Trip - St. Joseph Symphony Youth Concert

16 - Parent Night - Science in the Outdoor Classroom

17 - Field Trip for Kindergarten - Arbor Day Farms

21 - Parent-Teacher Conferences Begin

23 - Breakfast of Champions

25 - No School - Campus Walk Out Day

26 - Homecoming Parade & Stadium Cleanup after the 2:00 Football Game


Stadium Cleanup & Fundraiser - Saturday, September 14th after the 1:30 game

Please join us for this easy fundraiser helping with cleanup at home football games.

This usually takes about 20 minutes and we make roughly $150 per game to help with classroom expenses.

The more families helping, the faster it goes.

If you do not wish to attend the game, we ask that you show up at about 3:30 pm to help.

If we don't have family support, we risk losing this helpful opportunity.

We will have the gloves and trash bags located at the North Endzone during the last quarter of the game.

Mark your calendar for our other clean-up dates!

Our Snack Chefs Are Back!

Leet Center nutrition and dietetics partners will begin exploring foods with us this week! We look forward to tasting and cooking with new foods. You will get to try the recipes at home as well. Cooking with your kiddos can be so much fun try it out and share your successes with us!

Drop Off & Dismissals

  • Please remember that children can only go home with people listed on the pick-up list or by a parent note. Please contact LaTessa if you need to update your pickup list. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping your child safe.
  • The Horace Mann morning dropoff is monitored by a staff member from 7:30-7:50. Families also have the option of parking in the parking lot and walking their child inside.
  • School starts at 7:50 am. Please help us reduce the number of late arrivals to limit the number of classroom disruptions and loss of instructional time.
  • The circle drive is reserved for our early childhood classrooms for drop off and pick up.

Community Events

Horace Mann Laboratory School

Horace Mann Laboratory School is located on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University. Horace Mann is one of only a small number of laboratory schools in the United States. Horace Mann provides a hands-on, project-based learning, individualized approach that is only possible with small class sizes and multiple teachers. Students of all ages make Horace Mann home, from our youngest kindergarten students to University practicum students. Master teachers provide a unique learning environment for all students that include technology, innovative best practices, and exemplary educational experiences. From measuring temperatures and creating data tables at our University Pond, learning about recycling at the on-campus recycling center, roller skating and swimming lessons in Physical Education class, and multicultural education from student organizations on campus, Horace Mann provides the best educational experience for your child.

Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families

At the Leet Center, family relationships and children are our passion! At the heart of our learning together, you will find educators who see children as capable learners. Children learn through investigation, exploration, and communication. Our pre-school environment is a natural home-like atmosphere that is filled with inquiry and joy each day.

The Leet Center is also home to our developing outdoor classroom and we believe that all the learning that happens indoors can also be present in the outdoor spaces. Open-ended materials and carefully cultivated spaces provide a place for collaboration, thinking, and representation of ideas. Our learning community includes educators and university students who are working together to listen and learn with children. Children, educators, and families each play an important role in honoring the intellectual and emotional integrity of children.

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