Arrival: Our day begins at 8:15 sharp. Please make every effort to bring your child to school on time each day. This gives him/her the best start possible. Wait with your child outside of the ECC office until just a few minutes prior to start time. This helps us to keep your child safe as we may be in another part of the building preparing materials, preparing for the day, or attending to other school duties. Just a few minutes before we begin, we appreciate your assistance in helping your child to unpack and be ready for his/her day.
Departure: It is necessary to send a note if your child will have a change from his/her regular routine at the end of the school session. If you will be picking up your child, please meet your child in the hallway in front of the office beginning in October. We will walk the children down after the school day is over. For the start of the year, meet at our classroom to assist your child with pack-up.
**Kid's Connection is available for those who need it before or after school for a fee. This program is housed right in the Early Childhood Center.
Absences: Please call our classroom phone or email me to let me know if your child will be absent from school. Daily attendance is important.
Snacks: A snack calendar will be sent home monthly. Depending on the number of days in the month, each child will have an assigned day to provide snack for the class. We have 25 children in our class. Healthy snack suggestions include: fruit, crackers, cheese, oatmeal cookies, etc.
**Birthdays are special! We do love to celebrate birthdays with a "sweet treat." Easy handling is important! We suggest cookies, brownies, Rice Krispie treats, etc. Please do not send cupcakes as they can be quite messy in a classroom setting.
Lunch: For $2.35/meal, you may choose to purchase hot lunch for your child. More information will be coming soon about lunch procedures. Furthermore, a water bottle labeled with your child's name should be brought back and forth to school each day.
Rest: A small blanket along with a small pillow or stuffed animal may be kept at school for rest-time. Please be sure it will fit in the top of your child's locker.
Clothing: Clothes should not hamper your child's participation in our painting and exercising activities. All outerwear needs to be labeled with your child's name. Help your child to learn to fasten coats, boots, and shoes on their own. Please leave a change of clothes regularly in your child's locker (in a labeled ziploc bag), in case of accidents or spills.
Specials:Please send a large white T-shirt with your child's name printed in large letters on the front and back. The shirt will be worn during Gym, Music, Spanish and Art class.
Money: Occasionally, the children will need to bring money for special activities.
Please send the exact amount in an envelope marked with your child's name, my name, and the purpose of the money.
Book Orders: Book selections from Scholastic are sent home monthly. Ordering is strictly optional. Scholastic offers high quality children's literature in paperback form at good prices. Delivery takes 2-3 weeks. Books can be paid for in cash or by check. Please make checks payable directly to Scholastic Books.
Homework: Typically, homework will be sent home on Fridays. Our homework consists of simple activities that reinforce the lessons we have taught at school. We will rotate between assigned Show and Tell activities, Math lessons, and fine motor activities. A colored folder will be assigned to your child for this purpose.
Backpacks: Children need to bring these every day! Important communication is carried to and from school this way. Please make sure backpacks are large enough to carry their many Art projects and activities.
Daily Folders: A folder will come home each day with your child's daily work and any classroom notes. Please return them daily. You will often find a Classroom Newsletter in their daily folders on Friday or it will be emailed to you.
Donations: We appreciate your optional donation of the following items:
*Disinfecting wipes for table washing
*small Elmer's glue sticks (we need TONS of these)!
*seasonal stickers, stamps, etc.
We are looking forward to a great year!
Mrs. Leuenhagen/Mrs. Studebaker/Mrs.Norman