Horace Mann & Leet Center Connect

September 11, 2020

Dear Families,

We had a busy week but a whole lot of fun! Our practicum students joined us in the classrooms virtually to observe our lessons, interact with the children, and to provide learning activities to enhance our classrooms. It's exciting to see how technology is helping us promote interactions between our children and the practicum students.

The weather took a definite turn this week. Please remember that we play outdoors even it rains and temperatures drop. It is time to start digging out the jackets, long pants, and tennis shoes or boots. Little toes start to feel numb pretty fast in sandals with the recent weather. We value the ability to explore the outdoors during all types of weather. For example, our preschool friends were so joyful as they jumped in puddles in their rain gear!

So far, we have had no positive COVID cases at school or the need to contact the Nodaway County Health Department for contact tracing. If and when that time comes, we will work to make the appropriate notifications with county health and keep families up to date.

Have a great weekend!


Mrs. King & Mrs. Rouner

Picture Day

Leet Center Pictures

Thursday, October 15th - starting at 8:00 am

Horace Mann Pictures

Friday, October 16th - starting at 8:00 am


  • K.I.D.S. enrollment forms are due next week on Sept. 15th

  • Monday, Sept. 28 - No School, Teacher Development

  • Lost & Found - Please email LaTessa (latessa@nwmissouri.edu) if you are looking for lost jackets or lunch bags.

  • Yearbooks from the 2019-20 school year are available and $16.50. Checks can be sent to school with your child in an envelope marked with your child's name.

  • If you have not signed and returned their laptop/technology & handbook contracts, please do so. We can send new forms home if you have misplaced them.

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Calendar & Lunch Menus

  • Monday, Sept. 28 - No School, Teacher Development

2020-2021 School Calendar


Lunch Calendars


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Jump Rope for Heart (Thursday, September 24, 2020)

Dear Parents,

Horace Mann will be having their annual Jump Rope for Heart (Kids Heart Challenge) event on September 24th in Lamkin gym. Your child received a collection packet and any money collected can be put in the packet and turned into the school secretary or classroom teacher on Sept. 24th. The money raised goes to the American Heart Association but also for every dollar earned the Heart association gives Horace Mann coupons to buy equipment for the gym. All Horace Mann student will get to participate in the Jump for Heart event!

Did you know that jumping rope for 5 minutes has the same effect on the body as running a mile? Jump Rope for Heart has been teaching kids the importance of a healthy heart and raising funds for heart disease and stroke research for more than 25 years. Their philosophy is “Kids can make a difference”!

There is a great deal of research that supports the fact that jumping rope is also a benefit to reading comprehension. Jump Rope for Heart is a fun and exciting way to learn jump rope skills and the benefits of exercise while raising money to fight our nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, heart disease and stroke.

You can ask family members and friends for support and even raise money online. The American Heart Association gives gifts based on the amount of money each of the students raise but the best gift is knowing you helped people live longer, healthier lives.

As always I ask the kids to make sure their parents are supervising them while they fundraise for the American Heart Association but they also know that if they can’t fundraise this year that is ok, every child will get to participate in the event and all children will receive a token of appreciation from me and the American Heart association for participating in the jumping activities.

Last year Horace Mann Elementary raised nearly $3,000.00. It was a tremendous blessing to our Physical Education Department and we received sporting equipment gift certificates from the American Heart Association. Over the past few years, this money has helped us get a lot of needed equipment for our physical education program. We hope to break our record again this year and I thank you parents for all of your support. If you have any questions please call or text me at 816-262-3459.

Thank you for your support,

Gina McNeese

Horace Mann Physical Education Instructor

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K.I.D.S. Kind Individuals Dedicated to Students

Hello and welcome to an exciting year of K.I.D.S.! We are eager to kick off the new year as we hope you and your children are as well. Please read the attached letter to learn more about the K.I.D.S. organization and how you can enroll your child or children! This program is for children in grades K-4.

A Note from Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

Hello Parents,

Every family enrolled at Horace Mann and the Leet Center are members of our Parent Advisory Council. We encourage every family to attend our meetings to help in making decisions for our schools. To help us in selecting a time most convenient to our families, please complete this short 3 question survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPT_TkiuK5haF3BtJ7mR8oJcNFT3yboOIRBUYrQofr8Kkfig/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you to our new leadership for taking on the following roles:

President: Sarah Winters

Communications: Chris Kuhlemeyer

Treasurer: Brad Cline

Ways and Means: Jessie Nuffer

Wellness Committee: Jackie Cochenour

We are still in need of:

New Families Coordinator: In charge of reaching out to new Horace Mann and Leet Center families. Available to help answer questions new families may have. Responsible for helping new families get involved in PAC and other school activities.

Secretary: Takes accurate notes as a permanent record of all PAC meetings, proceedings and transactions. Maintains these records to be passed to new board members as positions change.

Please contact Sarah Winters if you would be interested in either of our open positions.



A Note From the School Nurse

Dear Horace Mann Families,

Routine health screenings will begin on Friday, September 4th. Screenings include vision, hearing, height, weight, blood pressure, and scoliosis (5thgrade only).

For the scoliosis screening (to determine curvature of the spine), students will be asked to remove their shirts for examination. This will be done privately in the nurse’s office with each student, in the presence of myself and another adult. This is only a visual exam and is an easy and quick way to evaluate each student for scoliosis. We will be screening for scoliosis on Wednesday, September 9th.

The results of your child’s screening will be available for you when they are completed if you would like to stop by the nurse’s office. Otherwise, hard copy results will be sent home by the last week of September. If you have any questions or concerns about the screenings, please do not hesitate to call Nurse Shell (562-1233).

Thank you,

Cara Shell, RN

Horace Mann School Nurse

A Note from the Gym Teacher

The school year has started out great in Physical Education and we are already learning new skills and getting fit and healthy at the same time!

Just a reminder to all students:

  • Everyone needs a clean pair of tennis shoes to wear in Physical Education.
  • Younger students keep practicing shoe tying so you can get them on quickly.
  • Please don't wear necklaces, jewely, hats or coats in the gym for safety purposes
  • If you have longer hair please pull it back so it doesn't obstruct your vision during games.

Thanks for all your help,

Gina McNeese

Horace Mann Physical Education

A Note from America Reads

Dear Parents/Guardians

I trust you are all doing well. I am amazed at how well the school year is going. Lots of changes, but you would be so proud of our kiddos. They are amazing.

I have had some inquiries about America Reads and if we are going to be able to have it. My answer is, I sure hope so. The tutors miss seeing your children. We are working on a plan and will revisit the idea in the upcoming weeks.

Thank you for your patience, I will be sending out more information about the changes to the program.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Melanie Buford

America Reads Supervisor


A Note from the Horace Mann Library

2020 Mark Twain Award Nominees

These books are intended for students in grades 4-6. A few of the titles this year may contain topics that fall into our Upper-Intermediate category. These books are:

  • Amal Unbound (War between Middle Eastern countries and what one powerful family will do to continue to be in power-violence.)
  • Captain Superlative! (Verbal and physical violence-hitting)
  • The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle (A young man suspected in the killing of a friend.)

If these are books you would rather your child(ren) not read, we have identified three replacement titles from previous Mark Twain nominee lists:

  • Because of Mr. Terupt
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

You are more than welcome to contact me at mshield@nwmissouri.edu to request any of these books if you would like to read them before making them available to your children.

Mrs. Shields

Bearcat Club Newsletter

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Arrival Procedures

LEET CENTER: A faculty member will be posted at the circle drive to receive LC children from 7:30-8:15 AM. Children should wear their face covering to enter the building. Parents/caregivers are asked to remain outside the building. This entrance is reserved for Leet Center arrivals only.

HORACE MANN: A faculty member will be posted at the HM drop off in Lot 57 and the main entrance on the East side of the building to receive HM children from 7:30-8:00 AM. Parents/caregivers have the option to remain in their car and drop off their children at the parking lot drop off point or walk their children to the main entry. Children should wear their face covering to enter the building. Parents/caregivers are asked to remain outside the building.

HM/LC: School officially begins at 7:50 AM. Staff members will be posted outside to receive children from 7:30 AM-8:00 AM. Families arriving prior to 7:30 AM should refer to the protocols for Bearcat Club. Families arriving after 8:00 AM should pull into the circle drive, call 660-562-1267, and remain outside until a staff member can arrange to come out to receive your child. All children will wash their hands upon entering the classroom.

HM/LC: Families/caregivers will conduct a daily temperature check and screening with their child or children prior to arriving at school. If a child screens positive, the student should not go to school and the parent/caregiver should contact the school. Nurse Cara will coordinate a temperature check on all students starting at 11:00 AM.

All children MUST have a face covering to enter the building!

Dismissal Procedures

Families – Please communicate clearly with your classroom teacher on how your child plans to go home. Consistency would be very appreciated as we work to be efficient and have your child ready to go when you arrive to pick them up. For Leet Center and Kindergarten dismissal in the circle drive, we ask that families only park on the right side and leave the left side for families to pass around families waiting for their child.

Part Time Leet Center: These children will dismiss at 11:00AM in the Circle Drive. Families/Caregivers are asked to remain in their cars. Leet Center faculty & staff will deliver children to your car.

Full Time Leet Center: These children will begin dismissing at 2:50PM in the Circle Drive. Families/Caregivers are asked to remain in their cars. Leet Center faculty & staff will deliver children to your car. Only HM siblings may be dismissed at the circle drive.

Kindergarten & Kindergarten Older Siblings: These children will dismiss at 3:15PM in the circle drive.

1st & 2nd Grade & Older Siblings: These children will dismiss at 3:15PM from Lot 57.

3rd-6th Grade: These children will dismiss at 3:30PM from Lot 57. Please do not enter the dismissal line until 1st & 2nd Grade have cleared.

Walkers (Grades 1-6 only): Families who walk to pick up their children may wait for them at the paved area outside the Student Union. The children will be released to you as the classes move toward Lot 57.

All families should plan to remain in their cars and Horace Mann faculty & staff will deliver children to your car. Your patience is appreciated and we will work to be as efficient as possible.

The children MUST wear their face covering for dismissal.

Bearcat Club - Before and After School Care

Please Note: Horace Mann and Leet Center WILL NOT be able to maintain classroom cohorts during Bearcat Club. We will maintain a Leet Center Bearcat Club cohort and a Horace Mann Bearcat Club cohort. Parents are encouraged to find alternate care if this is a concern for their family.

Morning Care: 6:15-7:30AM

Afternoon Care: 3:15-5:30PM

Morning Drop off: Parents/Caregivers should come to the circle drive, remain in their car, and call the designated Bearcat Club phone line. A staff member will come to the circle drive to receive the children.

Afternoon Pick up: Parents/Caregivers should come to the circle drive, remain in their car, and call the designated Bearcat Club phone line. A staff member will bring the children to the circle drive to be released to the parent/caregiver.

The designated Bearcat Club phone number (660-562-1267) is posted in the circle drive and will be added to the Horace Mann website.

Late Arrivals & Early Pick Up

Late Arrivals: Families arriving after 8:00 AM should pull into the circle drive, call the school office 660-562-1233, and remain outside until a staff member can arrange to come out to receive your child.

Early Pick-Up: All early pick ups should occur before 2:00pm to avoid disrupting the dismissal procedures. Advance notice is appreciated. Families needing to pick up their child early should pull into the circle drive, call 660-562-1267, and remain outside until a staff member can arrange to bring your child out to you.

Re-Entry Policy: Families choosing to pick up their child for anything other than a prescheduled medical appointment should plan to keep their child for the remainder of the day. Children needing to leave for a medical appointment, such as, a well check up, immunizations, orthodontist, dentist, chiropractor, etc. may return with a note from the medical professional. Children will not be readmitted without a note from the medical professional.

Horace Mann Laboratory School * Phyllis & Richard Leet Center

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.

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 related to preschool, please contact Cindy Rouner.


If you have any questions related to grades K-6, please contact Laura King