Lee's Summit Parents As Teachers

January 2016 Newsletter

Pretend Play

Pretend play helps children make sense of the world around them. The time you spend in play with your child can have a greater impact on his development than any formal educational program. Your child learns most from the people he loves - and for him/her, play is learning!
Parenting Pointer - Pretend Play

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As it is getting darker so much earlier, we would appreciate you leaving your porch light on for safety purposes. Thank you!
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Lee's Summit R-7 inclement weather closings communications

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District offers a variety of ways to learn about school closings due to inclement weather. After the decision to close school is made, the district will communicate in the following ways:

  • The very first place to learn of snow days is the superintendent’s Twitter, found @DrDavidMcGehee.

  • A recorded telephone call will go to all students’ families as well as staff members via a service known as SchoolMessenger. Families are encouraged to make sure their phone numbers are accurate and to notify their children’s school if there are changes in these numbers.

  • Snow days are shared via R-7 social media, including on R-7 Facebook, found by searching for “Lee’s Summit R-7 School District,” and on Twitter, found via @LSR7.

  • Information is shared in the district’s electronic newsletter. To subscribe, visit http://www.lsr7.org/signup.

  • The information is posted on the district’s website at www.lsr7.org.

  • School closings are included on the district’s information telephone line at (816) 986-1001.

  • Local media are provided information about school closings. Listen or watch for “Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.”

Through the district’s SchoolMessenger recorded phone service, Lee’s Summit R-7 has the capability to send a recorded telephone message to all families within minutes. This service is used for school closings as well as other communication. If severe weather necessitates that students be sent home early during the school day, these emergency calls would go to up to six phone numbers per student, including home, cell phones and parents' work numbers. If a snow day is called the evening before or during the early morning, this emergency call will go only to students' home phone numbers as well as to all R-7 employees' home numbers. In the case of families with multiple children in the R-7 School District, SchoolMessenger will call the family just one time.

Families have the opportunity to opt out of the SchoolMessenger calls. Please note that if you do opt out of the calls, you will not receive any calls from the district or your child’s school via this service, including snow-day and other emergency notifications.

To update your records, R-7 families may contact their children’s schools. R-7 employees may update their employee records, including phone numbers, via Employee Online on the R-7 staff webpage.

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Eat Your Vegetables – That Means You, Parents!

“Eat your vegetables!” is a plea often heard around family dinner tables. Why is it that many young children don’t seem to like vegetables? Are kids just born that way? It turns out that taste preferences are, in fact, developed prenatally. Research conducted by Leann Birch, Ph.D., at Pennsylvania State University shows that unborn babies may detect taste differences as early as the 13th week of pregnancy. Prenatal influences The taste of amniotic fluid changes with the foods the mother eats. Pregnant women who eat a wide variety of foods, including vegetables, expose their children to different tastes. Babies’ gulp rate of amniotic fluid increases when sweetness is present. Even unborn babies like dessert! Breast milk is another way nursing babies are exposed to a variety of different tastes. The taste of formula is consistent from bottle to bottle, but the taste of breast milk changes based on what the nursing mom eats. Eating a wide variety of vegetables gives a nursing baby a sample of what’s to come once he starts solids after 6 months of age. Toddler experimentation Early exposure is an important factor in encouraging children to develop a taste for vegetables. Give your baby a wide variety of steamed vegetables cut in small pieces as soon as she can safely eat them. Some nutritionists recommend exposing your child to as many as 200 different foods by the age of 2. Toddlers typically become more selective about the foods they will accept. The more opportunity your toddler has to experiment with different tastes, the more willing she will be to accept variety. Your child may narrow her food choices in the preschool years, but she is more likely to eat a variety of vegetables later on if she has been exposed to them early. Texture counts, too After your child has teeth and is able to chew solid foods safely, present him with a variety of textures. Cooked green beans are crunchy and mashed sweet potatoes are smooth. Expose your child to both. Part of the reason children reject vegetables is that they don’t like the feel of them in their mouths. Don’t fall into the habit of giving your child only foods with smooth, slippery textures.

Does your child have to eat a heaping helping of steamed spinach to be exposed to it? Experts say a child may have to taste a new food 15 to 25 times before he is ready to eat a few bites. Don’t worry about counting and don’t be concerned with rejection; just keep putting those lima beans on the plate and cheerfully encouraging your child to take a taste. Smelling and touching foods also count as exposures. Let your curious toddler touch and smooch his zucchini. Some just may wind up in his mouth! It starts with YOU! You are the most important model for your child’s good eating habits. Fill your plate with a variety of nutritious foods, including vegetables. Let your child see that you enjoy – or are willing to taste – vegetables and other nutritious foods. Young children often want a taste of what you are eating. Encourage them to taste the vegetables on your plate. Good nutrition is something you want to share!

Minding your peas and carrots:

Tips for lifelong veggie-loving

> Start early.

> Introduce 200 foods before age 2.

> Offer a vegetable 15-25 times.

> Let kids smell, touch and taste veggies.

> Eat vegetables with your child.

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Upcoming Activities:

Kindergarten Information Night

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 7pm

400 Southeast Blue Parkway

Lee's Summit, MO

February 19, 2016

March 9, 2016

Conscious Discipline Basics - Conscious Discipline Skills

Developmental Screenings - various dates and times

Developmental Screenings

Do you have a 3-5 year old (pre-kindergarten)? Do you reside in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District?
PARENTS AS TEACHERS IS CURRENTLY SCHEDULING DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS. Schedule a DIAL-4 screening to provide an overview of your child’s development.
Appointments are required, call 816-986-2486.

LS CARES to present Becoming a Love and Logic Parent courses this winter

Lee's Summit CARES will present two popular Becoming a Love and Logic Parent courses this winter. The program is offered in collaboration with the Lee's Summit R-7 School District and ReDiscover.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 2, 9 and 16 at Prairie View Elementary School, 501 NE Todd George Road. This class is designed for parents of any age child(ren). Parents will learn how to end arguing, whining and backtalk as well as how to raise children who are respectful, responsible and fun to be around

Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 14, 21 and 28 and Feb. 4 and 8 at Lee’s Summit Christian Church, 800 NE Tudor Road. Child care will be available during this class.

Cost for each class is $42 per participant. There is no cost for previous participants of the classes. Scholarships are also available for residents of the Lee's Summit R-7 School District.

For more information, to pre-register or to apply for a scholarship, visit www.lscares.org or contact Bev Hatley at (816) 347-3259. The United Way of Greater Kansas City and the City of Lee’s Summit assist with funding

January Book Idea

The Snowman Storybook

A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. Then the little boy invites him into his home and, in return, is taken on a flight high above the countryside.

More books and activities for you!

Will you tell us your story about student success through R-7 Story Project?

Do you have a story about your child that you'd like to share focusing on his or her success in school? As part of "The Story Project," Lee's Summit R-7 is featuring personal stories about our students and their accomplishments in school. We are looking for stories about a specific incident or an individual school staff member making a positive difference for your child.

The stories may be about children from birth through high school and may be submitted by parents and guardians of both past and present students. Stories should be 200 words or less and should go to janice.phelan@lsr7.net. You may also contact Janice Phelan to provide general information, and she will draft your story for your review.

You are your child's first and most important teacher!