Duck..Duck..NEWS!

December 2017

Upcoming Events

December

7- PTO Meeting at 4:30

13- Early Release- Bus riders @11, car riders @12

18 & 19- Polar Express/PJ Days

20 - Early Release- Bus riders @11, car riders @12

21-Jan 2-NO SCHOOL

Jan 3-School resumes

PTO


Our next meeting is on Thursday, December 7th at 4:30 pm. Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Background Check

If you are planning to attend the Polar Express event at school on Dec 18 & 19, please make sure your background check is complete.

From the Nurse...

As we head into the gift giving season, keep in mind that toys should be fun and safe. Arts and crafts, construction sets, puzzles and dress-up/pretend play are all great toys for preschoolers. Toys should be age appropriate with no small pieces or sharp edges. All art materials should be labeled nontoxic. Toys are a tool to help kids develop, but it is the parents who nurture that growth.

REMINDERS

  • The last day of school for Christmas break is December 20th. This is a half day.
  • Students will return to school on January 3rd.

Counselor's Corner

One of the biggest keys to building a strong healthy relationship with your child is just spending time with them. Sharing in fun times brings families closer. This holiday season, set aside some family time like starting a game or movie night, designating an evening for a family dinner such as taco Tuesdays, or simply reading books each night before bed. This family time will be priceless and times your child will always remember!

Character Connection

Our character word of the month is service which is the act of doing something for somebody else. Service learning helps your child to connect what they learn in the classroom and at home and apply it to real-world experiences. Engaging in service can help your child develop other character virtues such as respect, responsibility, and a caring attitude while empowering them to know they can make a difference. Having your child complete random acts of kindness in the community will help them develop a sense of service. Below are some ideas!
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Christmas Adopt A Family

There are still ornaments available on our Christmas Tree in our lobby. Please stop by and see if you are able to help by purchasing an item. You just need to return the item to the office with the ornament taped to it by December 5th. No need to wrap. We will take care of that. Thank you in advance. We at the ECEC want every family to have a wonderful, safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.

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Inclement Weather Guidlines

Winter weather conditions will be here before we know it and we want to make sure you stay informed! Please take a moment to check the parent portal to see if your most recent contact information is on file with the District. This information can be updated by contacting the front office of your student's building. To review our winter weather guidelines please click the below link: Inclement Weather Guidlines

Volunteer Guidelines from Central Office

Background checks need to be completed every school year by volunteers in the schools. Volunteers are encouraged to complete all volunteer requirements at the beginning of each school year. Background checks must be COMPLETED for volunteer opportunities by the first of the month before the event/opportunity. Once the forms are updated, volunteer information and forms will be available on the website, peachjar, open house, and the school office.


Volunteers and Visitors are two different types of guests in our schools.


Volunteers are defined as any individual that will be assisting staff and/or students in the school setting. Examples include assisting with or attending a classroom party, a class field trip or supervising students without a staff member present. Volunteers must have a paid background check.


Volunteer background checks must be completed at the 1st of the month prior to the experience that prompted the check. (I.E.: a trip that will occur on October 22nd must have forms submitted and ran no later than October 1st).



Visitors are also welcome and encouraged. At times, visitors are invited guests such as grandparents or veterans. Visitors to our schools do not need a paid background check although you can encourage frequent visitors to do so. A visitor is defined as any individual who will be in an assembly area such as an auditorium or gymnasium for the purpose of a play, assembly, etc.



All visitors must present a photo identification to front office staff AND be listed as a point of contact for the student they are visiting. **If the person is not listed, the parent must give their permission for the visit.



Visitors are also allowed in the cafeteria to eat lunch with their child. All visitors are required to report to the office, present photo identification and sign in when entering the building. All visitors must be supervised by a camera or a staff member.


In accordance with Missouri State law, persons listed on the sex offender registry may not be present in any school building, on district property, in any district vehicle utilized to transport students, or be present at school activities at any time.

READING CALENDAR

The Nightly Reading Record Sheet is an amazing way to make sure reading is a priority in your house. When your child returns a monthly reading calendar completely filled in, they will receive a fun book and a prize to take home. PLEASE take the time to print this calendar for your child. http://www.troy.k12.mo.us/domain/88

Monthly participation allows your child to learn and also spend quality time with you.

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

–Emily Buchwald

PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)

Each month a PBIS sheet will come home with your child to help your family support the positive behavior that your child is learning and practicing at school. Hopefully PBIS will encourage your child have positive behavior at home as well. Please read over each item on the monthly PBIS sheet and when your child has completed those tasks he or she can return it to school to add a cutout to our PBIS wall. A copy of the form can be found at this link. http://www.troy.k12.mo.us/domain/88