September Newsletter

September Newsletter PDF

Our first days of school have been a tremendous success! The children have all transitioned into the school year smoothly. Thank you for all you’ve done to help that process at home! A couple of items to remember as we continue through September:

  • Please drive no faster than 10 mph through our parking lots. It’s very important that everyone adheres to this speed limit. Little ones can be quick, and slower speeds make drivers more able to avoid accidents.
  • If your child’s classroom is in the Heim building, it’s very important that the pickup line doesn’t block the bus lane. The bus routes are on a very tight schedule that can impact many families. Please always yield to these buses in our parking lot.
  • If someone is picking up your child that doesn’t usually pick them up, please be sure to notify your child’s teacher. This person will need to bring their ID with them so we can verify before we will release your child to them.
  • If your child normally rides the bus home but will be picked up instead on a particular day, please notify the school as soon as possible. Some of the busses pick kids up a little early and we want to make sure we have the right passengers loaded!
  • We will only load/unload children from the lane closest to the curb. If your vehicle is not in this lane, you must keep driving through and park in a parking lot spot. It isn’t safe for children to be loaded or unloaded from of a vehicle that isn’t in the drop off lane.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping our parking lots safe for all!  We are off to a great start!

September 2018
Geary County USD 475 Early Childhood Program
Early Childhood Program Class Schedule
AM Classes: 8:10-10:40
PM Classes: 11:40-3:10
Full Day Classes: 8:10-3:10
Ms Kim Stich’s classes AM: 8:00-11:25/PM: 11:40-3:05

Labor Day—No School
Water Day!
Grandparents Day
Freedom Walk—Wear red, white, & blue!
Wear your Little Jay shirt
First day of Fall

~~Mark Your Calendars!~~
There’s a lot of learning going on!!
Our next theme in Curiosity Corner is “Marvelous Me!” Our students will learn about how their bodies are specially built to help them play, grow, and learn. We’ll also be learning about our senses and our feelings. Young children grow and change every day and they are truly marvelous! Look for opportunities for your family to use this unit’s Wonderful Words!
Wonderful Words in Unit 2: Marvelous Me!

From the Desk of Mrs. Julie
Early Literacy Specialist
Welcome to the start of the new school year Little Jays! We are so happy to have you as a part of our Early Childhood Family! Here is what’s going on during Literacy Lessons within our classrooms. Little Jays will learn about the concept of print. This will include who the author and illustrator are, the front and back cover of the book and how we read from top to bottom and left to right. We will also learn about letters, words and how those words create messages in stories when you read. Talk to your child about these things while reading at home. Here are some great books too for this month! “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn, “The Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle and “The Runaway Bunny” By Margaret Wise Brown. Ask your child to recall what they read. Have fun and enjoy watching your child learn and grow!
Julie Gyuran

Early Literacy Specialist
Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year! We know it is off to a great start and want to make sure you have the information you need. The USD 475 Family Handbook is available at your school’s webpage. You can go to www.—Our Schools—Schools—Your School Webpage. A link to the Elementary Parent Handbook can be found on the top right side of the school page. This Handbook provides you with more information about our schools and procedures.
Did you know you are your child’s first and most important teacher? It’s true!
Developing oral language and vocabulary are the most important goals for preschool children to achieve to prepare them for later success in school. At school, we encourage language and vocabulary development through reading engaging children’s literature and providing students with experiences that promote natural language acquisition. You can assist your child’s language and vocabulary development at home by reading to them regularly, singing songs, telling nursery rhymes, but most importantly just talking with them! Thank you for all you do at home to support their learning at school. You are a vital member of your child’s educational team!

Meet the Early Childhood Staff!
Ms. Stephanie Bogenhagen,
Early Childhood Principal
Happy September, EC families!I am so happy to be back in school with all the Little Jay students and their families! I have been in education for 20 years, and this is my fifth year as the Early Childhood principal. The best part of my job is going into the classrooms and talking to all the students. They have the best stories and I just love their sweet giggles! Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you ever have a question or concern. I want to work as a team with you to make this the best educational experience possible for you and your child. I look forward to getting to know you all better this year!
Phone: 785-717-6953

Study after study has confirmed the great impact early childhood education has on a child’s school readiness. A high-quality preschool experience can positively affect a child’s cognitive, social, and physical development and helps to build the knowledge and skills necessary for success in Kindergarten. However, a student can only fully benefit from an early childhood education if they attend regularly. The learning that takes place in early childhood classrooms simply cannot be duplicated at home. First, most of our learning is hands-on, authentic learning, not pencil/paperwork. Second, our students learn as much from their classmates and the social interaction that occurs between peers each day as they do from the lessons and activities.
Our EC program is a great asset to the children of our community and there is a high-demand for slots. Every school year, we develop a lengthy waiting list of families hoping to be able to enroll their child. This year, we are already on a waiting list for all of our locations and placement opportunities. Our program is funded primarily through grant money through various government agencies, and part of that funding depends on the students’ regular attendance. For these reasons, attendance is especially important. Please understand that if your child is not fully utilizing their slot due to poor attendance, we may have to offer that slot to another child. Our staff does not want this situation to arise for any of our families. Children have an opportunity to learn an essential skill by practicing regular attendance in preschool: showing up every day and on time, to school and eventually to work. When children attend school every day except for unavoidable circumstances, they are learning that attendance matters, which will benefit them for life! Thank you for your help in establishing good attendance habits!

We Love Our Library!!
At ECC, we are proud to offer children their very own library to aid in developing a love of reading! Our books are hand-picked to be engaging and fun for early childhood aged students and include both fiction and nonfiction titles. Beginning Monday, September 17th the students will have an opportunity to check out one book from our library that they can keep up to one week. When they return their library book, they will have an opportunity to check out a new one. Please help your child learn how to be responsible with their library books. They should be kept away from pets and baby brothers and sisters that could damage the book. Please encourage them to turn the pages with clean, gentle hands. It is our hope that the whole family enjoys the library books that are brought home each week!
Attendance is Important!

A Note from Nurse Tammy
Welcome back! Just a few reminders for the new
school year in regards to your child’s health and well-


  •  When sending in any medication for your child, please remember that it must have a prescription label on it. This is true even for over the counter medication.
  •  A consent form must be signed by the parent/guardian before any medication can be given at school.


  •  If your child has an allergy to a certain type of food, you will need to have your doctor fill out a “Meal Modification Form”. If there are any changes (they develop a new allergy or the doctor feels they are no longer in danger of a reaction), please send a doctor’s note to school indicating that change. We will continue to follow previous instructions until that time.


  •  If you are keeping your child at home due to illness, please call your child’s teach-er or the school office to let us know they’re not coming.
  • If your child will be out of school for an extended period of time due to a medical condition, please contact me so I am aware of it.

School Physicals:

  • The deadline for your child’s school physical is November 26th, 2018. Geary County USD 475 requires a physical on all students under the age of 9 entering the school district. You can send a copy of your child’s physical in their school folder and their teacher will get it to me.


  •  If you haven’t brought in a copy of your child’s immunizations, you have 30 days from the day your child was enrolled. You may send this documentation in your child’s folder as well.


  •  EC students attending Washington Elementary will be seen by Jessica Lemon. She can be reached at 785-717-4696.
  •  EC students attending Morris Hill and Jefferson Elementary will be seen by Sandy Nichols. She can be reached at 785-717-4556.
  •  EC students attending ECC and Heim will be seen by Tammy Straub. I can be reached at 785-717-6660.
  •  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!