Pattonville Preschool News

October 2018

Note from the Director

Research shows that parent involvement creates a more positive experience for children and helps children perform better when they are in school. Here at the ECC, we believe this is true. We have been working hard to plan some fun and engaging parent involvement events for this school year. Here are some of the things we have planned:

  • The ECC PTO has planned a Trunk or Treat, scheduled for October 17th, and a Pirates and Princess Dance in February. They are also working to plan something for December.
  • Each classroom will plan 1-2 family events that welcome families to come together. Ideas such as a field trip to the pumpkin patch, a gingerbread making party or a trip to the park are some of the ideas I have heard teachers planning.
  • We will also have 2 building-wide parent events, one first semester and one second semester. More information will be coming home when plans have been finalized.

In Partnership,
Mary Krekeler

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures

Please help keep our drop-off/pick-up line moving smoothly:

  • Wait AT your car. During both drop-off and pick-up, it is helpful if you wait for your child AT your car.
  • Keep conversations with teachers brief.
  • Put down cell phones while at drop-off/pick-up.
  • Watch traffic patrol staff for signals and directions.

NOTE: We share a driveway with our neighbors. Please help us be good neighbors and DO NOT block the driveways while waiting in line.


  • Picture Day, October 10 & 11
  • October 12: NO SCHOOL - Staff Development
  • October 17: Trunk or Treat from 6-7
  • October 28: NO SCHOOL - Record Day

Letter Learning

Learning the names of alphabet letters - like all early learning - is best done in the context of what is meaningful to young children. Many children first learn the initial letter of their own name, which has a great deal of meaning and importance to them. For the child who loves jello, J may be an important letter, while the child who knows that Daddy works at the Texaco station may begin to notice the letter T. Some children learn to read without knowing the names of letters or the sounds associated with them. But research shows that for most children, associating names and sounds with the alphabet comes before conventional reading.

However, this finding does not mean that letter name should be drilled into young children. There are far more effective and enjoyable ways for children to learn about letters. At home or out together, point out letters and words that are likely to be of special interest to your child. Try simple activities such as reading logos of favorite foods in stores, identifying street signs, writing grocery list together and playing with magnetic letters on refrigerator door was singing the alphabet song. Remember, children learn to play!

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!

Best practice recommends that parents bring their child to the screening. However, we know that that can be difficult for some parents. If you would like to have your child receive a free developmental screening through our PAT program while they are at school, please submit your child's name through the link below. We will screen your child while they are at school within the next month. Upon completion of the screening, someone from the screening team will reach out to you to go over the results. The developmental screening will provide you information about your child in the following areas:




Self-Help Skills

Social Emotional Development

You will also receive a parent questionnaire to provide additional information regarding your child's development. Please return it to your child's teacher.

Sign-up Here

NOTE: If your chid has an IEP, the developmental screening was completed prior to the evaluation process and is not recommended. However, if you would 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.

Trunk or Treat

Save the Date - Our annual Trunk or Treat night is scheduled October 17 from 6 - 7 pm.

If you're interested in having a trunk or participating in a candy trail please email Kendra Goldman, Jen Lipscomb, or our Facebook Page.

  • If you're decorating a trunk, please be at the Early Childhood Center between 5 - 5:30 for the safety of our families and children.
  • Bring your own candy (please be mindful of allergies)


Friday, Oct. 12th, 9:30-10:30am

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.