NKCS Early Childhood News

ECSE Parent Newsletter - November 2018

A Note From Your Principals

Happy Fall!

Thank you for joining us at Parent & Teacher Conferences last week. We enjoyed meeting with you and sharing your child's successes.

We have several exciting things occurring during the upcoming weeks. Please take a moment to review the information contained below. As always, you are encouraged to contact your child's teacher or our office when you have questions.

Your Partners in Education,

Sarah Monfore, Principal

Kami Pearson, Assistant Principal


You're invited to join your child during our Fall Party!

Come watch and help your child participate in our fun fall activities! You may sign your child out in their classrooms, or they will participate in their normal transportation routine.

When: Wednesday, October 31 from 10:15-11:15 and from 2:10-3:10 (PV Location)

Where: Activities in the gym, crafts, and snacks in the classrooms

Why: To help prepare kids for future classroom parties and to allow parents the opportunity to interact with their children in a school setting

What to wear: Students can wear costumes without masks, accessories, or scary themes. Students should come to school wearing his/her costume.

Satellite classrooms will also have fall parties on October 31st. Refer to the specifics shared by your child's satellite classroom teacher.

Dates to Remember

  • Fall Parties - October 31 (Parents Welcome to Attend)
  • Pleasant Valley Location - School Pictures - November 8
  • Kindergarten Transition Information Night (for parents) - November 8
  • Thanksgiving Feast for Classrooms - November 20
  • Family Fun Night - December 6 (Parents & Families Welcome)
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Kindergarten Transition Info Night - November 8th

Is your child transitioning to Kindergarten next school year?

Please join us from 5:30-6:30 on Thursday, November 8th at our Pleasant Valley building to learn more about Kindergarten in NKC Schools. This open house format will allow you to ask questions and gather information about Kindergarten.

Children who are five years old by August 1st, 2019 are considered "age-eligible" for Kindergarten and will transition out of the early childhood program.

See you then!

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From the Health Room - Student Allergies

We have multiple students in our program with an anaphylactic allergy to peanuts and/or tree nuts. An accidental contact with peanuts or peanut butter, even in tiny amounts, can cause life threatening reactions for those who have these allergies. A nut allergy for a child is a very serious issue.

This means the child cannot come into contact with anything that has even minute traces of peanuts or peanut butter. Peanuts may be concealed in processed and baked foods. Examples include baked goods, candy, cereals, chili, cookies, dips, egg rolls, ice cream, and spaghetti sauces.

Although a child with a peanut allergy cannot always avoid all contact with these foods, we ask that a concerted effort be made if you do provide snacks for your child that you send snacks that do not contain peanuts.

To maintain a safe environment for classroom celebrations, only the treats that are store bought and ingredients checked by the school nurse will be given to the students to enjoy. All other treats will be sent with the children to be enjoyed at home.

If you have any questions, please call our school nurses on 816-321-5253

From the Parent Handbook

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Youth Friend Volunteer

We are pleased to let you know that our program has a new YouthFriend volunteer, Ms. Pam. She will be assisting with projects for the program, a variety of supportive tasks, and gross motor opportunities (playground, bike track, gym) with the students. Ms. Pam will work under the supervision of Kami Pearson, Asst. Principal.

All YouthFried volunteers are trained, interviewed, and must pass a comprehensive background screening before being placed as a volunteer at the school. If you have any questions or would like information about how you can become a YouthFriend volunteer, please contact Lori Dieckhoff. Lori can be reached at 816/321-4477.

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Down Syndrome Guild Seminar Series

Every year the Down Syndrome Guild presents a series of FREE seminars for parents and educators. The sessions provided information for supporting children with Down Syndrome and offer best practice strategies for all students. Check out the flyer below!

What Are We Learning This Month?

Important Phone Numbers

  • Attendance/Health Room 816-321-5253
  • Office 816-321-5250
  • Transportation 816-321-5007

Conscious Discipline - I Love You Rituals

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You may have noticed a few new accessories on your child’s backpack this year. If your student reaches this goal, they will receive a backpack tag for each month of perfect attendance.

We understand perfect attendance is not always possible. We strive for each student to have 90% attendance throughout the year. This will help students and families prepare for the attendance expectations in Kindergarten. Our attendance policy is as follows:

Attendance below 90%: a note will be sent home with attendance status.

Attendance below 80%: a phone call will be made to parents.

Attendance below 70%: a meeting will be scheduled with parents and ECSE staff.

Wondering when to keep your child home? Here are some reminders during the cold/flu season.

Keep your child home if your child:

· Has a temperature of 100.4 or above

· Has diarrhea and/or vomiting in the last 24 hours

· Has doctor recommendation to stay home

Your child should come to school if:

· They are tired

· Their fever has been gone for 24 hours

· Their stomach is just a little upset

· They have a runny nose or a cough but no other symptoms

If you are unsure if your child should come to school, please call our ECSE nurses at 816-321-5253 to receive advice on what is appropriate. If you chose to keep your child home, please remember to call transportation at 816-321-5007 and the ECSE nurses.

Transportation Reminders

Bus Transportation -

  • If your child does not need transportation services on any given day, please contact the transportation department and give them advance notice. Transportation department phone number - 816.321.5007
  • The time given for your pick up and drop off is an approximation and you will need to be ready at your stop for a ten-minute window surrounding those times. Bus drivers will not honk or call parents to come out. You need to be waiting at your stop.
  • If you need to make changes to your route, please contact Kelly Haynes at 816.321.4778. Three days notice is required in most circumstances.
  • Only adults listed on your enrollment are able to receive your child and any changes will need to be made in advance in writing. Please contact Kelly Haynes at 816.321.4778
  • Always have your ID available for your driver!
  • Any route changes greater than your 10 minute window will be communicated by email. Please check your inbox!

Car Rider Transportation -

Pleasant Valley Campus:
Morning Session:
Arrival: 8:20 - 8:30 am
Dismissal: Beginning at 11:30 am

Afternoon Session
Arrival: 12:15 -12:25 pm
Dismissal: Beginning at 3:25 pm

Car Riders report to the Tricycle Track on the south side of the building. Cars move in a clockwise circle around the building and stop at one of the four cones for loading or unloading. Students will be loaded into four cars at a time. Please help us keep this pattern as it ensures the quickest and smoothest transition home.

Please have all children remain buckled in their car seats while waiting in the car rider line. Our number one priority is the safety of our students.

Satellite Classrooms - Please speak with your child's teacher about arrival and dismissal procedures at the elementary buildings.

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Early Childhood Pinterest

Check out our ECSE Pinterest page (link below)!

Find resources and activities for all of the different areas of development!

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