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August 2019
Principals Message
A great start to the school year

Dear Fallback,

We are off to a great start with Parents as Teachers, Starlets and Pre-K. I want to thank each of you for being a part of Maize Early Childhood Center!

One of the things that sets MECC apart is our use of Co-Teaching. Each classroom is led by a general education teacher with the support of a special education co-teacher for a portion of the day. Classroom staff also includes 1-2 paras along with speech, occupational or physical therapists as appropriate to inclusively meet all students needs. Together, the teachers plan, teach and assess progress, working to modify lessons to challenge all students. The general education curriculum is presented to all students and is modified when appropriate. The benefit, all children learn together and all are supported to meet their individual needs.

Our school uses a balance of child chosen and teacher directed learning strategies to meet our Kansas Early Learning Standards and prepare children for kindergarten and beyond. For our 3 year olds, we use, My Read it Again curriculum. For our 4 year old classrooms we use, Opening the World of Learning for literacy, Eureka Math for numeracy and Second Steps for Social Emotional learning. We use developmentally appropriate practices and learning through play to meet the needs of all students.

If you ever have any questions, comments or thoughts please don't hesitate to email, call or just stop by to talk.

Yours for the journey of childhood,

June Rempel
Principal
Welcome to a New School Year!

  • AM Session is 8:15-11:25; PM Session 12:25-3:35 pm, Monday through Thursday
  • Classroom doors open at 8:10 am and 12:20 pm
  • For safety the doors are always locked. Please check in at the office if you are late or visiting.
  • District wide Raptor system is in place for visitors. Please make sure to have a drivers license when visiting the building.
  • Reminder bank draft for monthly Pre-K fees are the 1st of every month from September - April.
  • Please make sure you have turned in updated immunizations and physical. This is due by October 1st. Click here for health assessment form. Any questions please contact our nurse, Amanda Barrett.
  • If you have a change in your child's regular transportation you MUST send a note to your child's teacher 15 minutes before the session starts or call the office at 722-3105. Teachers do not always have time to check emails during the day.
  • If your child is going to be absent or late please call the office at 722-3105 or email secretary Kelli Parson at kparson@usd266.com.
  • Birthday treats please contact the teacher for time and treat ideas. Please no cupcakes, cakes or red juices.
  • Click here for 2019-20 School Year Calendar
Parent Pick Up/Drop Off

Please make sure you have the read the parent handbook that was given to you at meet the teacher for the proper pick up/drop off rules. Please make sure to have your QR code.

If you are late picking up the following will happen:
  • Parent/Guardian will be contacted using the phone numbers listed in Skyward.
  • If parent/guardian cannot be reached, emergency contacts will be called.
  • A late charge of $10 for the first 10 minutes and $1 a minute for additional time.
OneMa1ze Community Engagement Night
Please join both Maize high schools, middle schools and more for a community engagement night connecting families with local resources. Food, games and more will be at Maize South Middle School, September 10th from 6-8pm.

PTO News
We had our first meeting August 23rd and it was a great turn out! Thank you those that joined us. Our next meeting will be November 1st at 11am.

Our upcoming Spirit Nights -
August 29th 5pm - 8pm Chick Fil A
September 19th 12pm - 9pm Freezing Moo

If you want to sign up for mailbox treats it's a great way to show our teachers & paras we appreciate them with a small treat. If you would like to sign up the link is below

We are having a teacher appreciation lunch on November 6th. This will be a soup & chili lunch. If you would like to sign up to bring something the link is below

Shirts are also on sale. We are taking orders until September 24th. Show your school pride by purchasing a shirt. All proceeds go back to the school. If you want to see what our shirts look like stop by the office and they're on display there. We will also have a table at Big Truck Night to see the shirts and order then.

Follow us on our Facebook page - Maize ECC PTO
Site Council
We are looking for a few more parents who would like to join MECC Site Council. We ask parents on Site Council to be our ambassadors, share with the Maize community about MECC and share with us your thoughts and opinions. We value this input into our school. Our Site Council meets 4-5 times per year in the evening. If you are interested please contact June Rempel at 722-3105 or email: jrempel@usd266.com.
Dillons Community Rewards Program
If you shop at Dillons please consider adding Maize Early Childhood Center to your account. We receive a percentage of the money you spend there each quarter that we put back into classrooms!
Kancare-Children's Health Coverage Programs in Kansas
Medicaid and CHIP provide no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible children in Kansas. Even if your children have been turned down in the past or you don't know if they qualify, you may be able to get health coverage for them now.
Medicaid and CHIP provide health coverage for children so that they can get routine check-ups, immunizations and dental care to keep them healthy. They can also get doctors visits, prescription medications and hospital care when sick and much more.
Call 1-800-792-4884
Facebook and Twitter

Join our group "Maize Parents as Teachers and Early Childhood Center" on Facebook! Just search for the group and ask to join. Get updates of activities going on, free tips and more!
Also follow us on Twitter @maizeecc_pat
Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers is a voluntary and free program sponsored by the Maize USD 266 district. It is designed for all families with children prenatal to 36 months living in the Maize School District.
Mission: To provide the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. To enroll click here.

Personal Visit Guidelines: Your certified parent educator looks forward to the privilege of serving your family. The state funding requirement of twelve personal visits during the year makes it very important to keep all scheduled visits. Cancellations due to emergencies or illness are unavoidable. Given this, it is requested that the following suggestions be considered:
  • Contact your parent educator as soon as possible to reschedule a cancelled visit. Please be flexible. Some visits may need to be rescheduled during lunch.
  • Personal safety is an important concern for everyone. To assist your parent educator, please leave outdoor lights on after dark and clear ice and snow from entrances.
  • Personal visits are most effective when the room is free from distractions. Turn off TVs, stereos, and electronic equipment. Secure pets away from the home visit area.
  • If your parent educator accidentally leaves a toy or book on a home visit, please let her know as soon as possible by leaving a message for her at the office, 722-3105.


Starlets

Starlets is beginning soon! We still have openings in our classes. Starlets is a preschool where parents and children can participate together. The preschool sessions meet once a week during the school year, with a licensed teacher. Early literacy and math skills are emphasized to provide children with foundational skills for success in kindergarten and beyond. The Starlets program is a one time fee of $35 and is open to all families in the Maize School District with a child who is 3-5 years old when the school year begins.
Mid January we will have a new Starlets class for children who have turned three September 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019. Enrollment is happening now. That class will be on Tuesdays from 9 AM - 10:15 AM and is $20 for the semester. Please email Erin White at  ewhite@usd266.com  if you are interested.
Use of student info in media, district publications and district social media
Information that may be shared with the news media or used in district publications or on district social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, is limited to participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, school activities, honor and awards received, grade level and photographs.
Parents/Guardians have the right to refuse or permit the designation of any or all of the above information for use in the media or in district publications (via both print and digital platforms), including official district social media accounts. Parents/guardians who do not want this information published must file written notification with Lori O'Toole Buselt, Director of Communications, Maize USD 266, 905 W Academy Ave, Maize, KS 67101.
If you do not file a refusal, Maize USD 266 assumes you have no objection to release of the above information for media or district publicity purposes.
Important Dates
Our first family event, Big Truck Night is coming up! Thursday, September 19th from 6-7:30 pm in our parking lot. Come see trucks, vehicles of all shapes and sizes!
Book Fair is coming up! Please come visit the Book Fair during Big Truck Night or Parent/Teacher Conference Days! 55% of the sales goes directly back to our school library!
Parent/Teacher Conferences are September 25th from 8am-8pm and September 26th from noon-8pm. School is NOT in session. Please check with your child's teacher for your date/time.
Our first infant group is Friday, September 13 from 9:30-10:30am. Infant Massage is the theme. Childcare is provided for older children. Please contact Erin White at ewhite@usd266.com for more information and to sign up.
Fall picture day will be Thursday, October 3rd. More information will be sent home in the next couple of weeks.
If your child is a M/W student they will take their pictures on the retake day, Monday, November 4th.
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