Horace Mann & Leet Connect

July 30, 2021

Message from Principal King

Hello Families,


Have you heard the good news? Horace Mann and the Leet Center are the recipients of the Outstanding Laboratory School Award for the 2020-2021 school year!! The International Association of Laboratory Schools awards this special recognition during its annual conference to a laboratory school demonstrating excellence in the five principles of laboratory schools: research, professional development, curriculum development, teacher training, and educational experimentation. This award is the result of the hard work and collaboration of our amazing team. Please be sure to congratulate your child's teacher for being a part of this impressive work.


I am pleased to welcome our children and families back for another great year of learning. Below, I have provided details about our Back to School event along with important reminders. This year, our event will include a tour of your child's classroom. We have missed having parents in our building last year and we are thrilled to welcome you back inside.


While we are excited to be able to start the year with families, we do have some mitigation measures we are mandated to follow. Currently, all individuals over three years old entering Horace Mann and the Leet Center must be masked due to the most recent Northwest mitigation protocols. I realize we all hoped the world would be back to normal, however, it seems new developments in the pandemic require us to be cautious a little while longer. Thank you for your cooperation in protecting our children and families.

Parent Advisory Council Meeting

Monday, Aug. 2nd, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

As always, we want our parents to have the most up-to-date information and the opportunity to lend a voice to the conversations surrounding the health and happiness of our children. Our children did so well last year because of the amazing support of our families and the willingness to help us think through the challenges we faced. I want to continue this effort by partnering with our Parent Advisory Council (PAC) to offer our first PAC meeting with families. All parents at Horace Mann and the Leet Center are automatically members of this group. So we hope you will take the time to join us.


Families can join us online for this event through this link: https://zoom.us/j/91864955407

Back to School Night

Horace Mann and the Leet Center are planning an in-person return to school Thursday evening August 12th for our 2021-2022 Back to School Night.


According to the newest mitigation standards, all individuals over three years old entering Horace Mann and the Leet Center will need to be masked. To avoid overcrowding in the classrooms, we will stagger entry for the Back to School Night. We ask families to use this schedule below to plan their arrivals. We appreciate your cooperation in planning ahead to arrive at the designated times.


  • 5:00-5:45 pm - Families with last names beginning with A-D
  • 5:45-6:25 pm - Families with last names beginning with E-R
  • 6:25-7:00 pm - Families with last names beginning with S-Z


Here is a list of reminders of what to bring.


  • Families should plan to arrive with face coverings for anyone 3 years old or older.
  • Please be sure your child is current on their immunizations. We will require an updated copy of their immunization records to be on file.
  • Bring your child's school supplies and visit the classrooms. Don't forget to take a picture of your child with their new teacher.
  • Well's Bank will be back again this year to provide a bagged picnic meal for families. Please bring a blanket and plan to picnic near Brown Hall or Colden Pond.
  • We will be providing families with parking passes. Please be ready to provide your license plate number.


We know our preschool families have been eagerly awaiting information about their classrooms. That information will be coming to you on Monday.

Thank you to Wells Bank

Wells Bank is back again this year to provide the Back to School Night meal. They have generously donated our picnic meal of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and a drink. Wells Bank will be on-site from 5-7 pm firing up the grill to show their support of our families. Don't forget to bring a blanket to find a spot on our beautiful campus to enjoy a picnic supper. Please share your appreciation with our generous grill masters.

Infant and Toddler Care

Construction on the new Leet Center Infant and Toddler classrooms are now complete allowing us to offer care options to the community for children from 6 weeks to 3 years old in addition to our preschool for children 3 years to 6 years. Families in economic need now all have the opportunity to attend through enrollment in the Missouri child care subsidy program.


Families seeking care for infants and toddlers are encouraged to sign up on the website to be considered for enrollment. Families may also call 660-562-1233 for more information.

Supply Lists, Calendar, and Immunization Letter

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Horace Mann Laboratory School * Phyllis & Richard Leet Center

Horace Mann Laboratory School is located on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University serving children in grades K-6. 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.


The Leet Center serves children 6 weeks to 6 years old. 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.


If you have any questions, please contact Laura King

lmking@nwmissouri.edu