Welcome to Early Childhood Education (Preschool, Pre-K)

ECE Director: Marty Conkle

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We believe that a good early childhood setting provides opportunities to learn the social skills necessary for classroom success and lays the foundation for problem solving and critical thinking.  We provide opportunities to learn respect, responsibility, cooperation, communication and independence.

News and Announcements

I hope you and your families have had a wonderful Easter break.  Here is the news this week in ECE.
  • Monday, April 24th there is NO SCHOOL. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 25th.
  • Please submit your recipe via email to Mrs. Conkle by Wednesday, April 26th.
  • BUSY BEES ONLY-Please bring in a zipper of any size by Thursday, April 27th.
Thank you to:
  • Evagelia-Model Magic
  • London-purple Model Magic
  • Sam-green Model Magic
  • Brynn-Model Magic and stickers
  • Bethany Pane-coffee for the teachers
  • Costa-Flower pots and seeds
  • Evagelia-homemade braided bread and eggs
  • Easter party parents-Jennie Wolter, Amanda Bouldin, Maria Verrios, Aikaterini Gasnakis and Kristina Brock. Thank you for planning such a fun party. The kids had a blast on their Easter egg hunt and dyeing their eggs.
Also, there is only one more ECE chapel day left this school year.  There has been a change in the date. Chapel will now be held on Wednesday, May 31st.  All April, May, June, July and August birthday blessings will be done this day.  All family and friends are welcome to chapel.
 
May will also be the last month to order from Scholastic.  Fliers will be placed in your child's cubby on May 1st. 
 
Here is one last note for this evening,  I will be doing two separate gift collections. The first will be for our fabulous garden parent, Jennie W. She has worked very hard this year to provide our kids with wonderful lessons about science and the garden.  Please leave a small monetary donation in the marked envelope on top of the teddy bear cubbies.  Checks only please, made payable to Tiffany Patel.

The second collection is for one of our wonderful extended teachers, Ms. O'Mara. PLEASE DISREGARD THE FOLLOWING IF YOU DO NOT USE EXTENDED.  This collection is for the Christmas gift card we presented her with and another gift card I will purchase for the end of the year gift. I will have another marked envelope on top of the teddy bear cubbies for this collection. Any small contribution is great. Checks only please, made payable to Tiffany Patel.

ECE CLASS PARTIES & IMPORTANT DATES

Class Parties

Halloween Party- Friday, October 28, 2016

  • Heather E, Chair
  • Rachel H
  • Kristen H
  • Devon B
  • Kirsten S

Thanksgiving Feast - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

  • Rachel G, Chair
  • Mandy W
  • Lauren S
  • Lauren M
  • Merrili K
  • Amanda B

Christmas Party - Monday, December 12, 2016

  • Crystal J, Chair
  • Kristina B
  • Yvonne H
  • Kim W
  • Ning H

Christmas Program Reception - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

  • Rachel G, Co-Chair
  • Jennie W, Co-Chair
  • Chrysa D
  • Amanda B
  • Alex S

Valentine’s Party - Monday, February 13, 2017

  • Amy B, Chair
  • Sam T
  • Merrili Fr
  • Jean K
  • Ditta R

St. Patricks’ Day - Friday, March 17, 2017

  • Bethany and Anthony P, Chair
  • Luis & Noemi E
  • Erin N
  • Skye F
  • Alpa K

Easter Party - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • Jennie W, Chair
  • Maria V
  • Kristina B
  • Katerina G
  • Amanda B

End of the Year - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

  • Jessaca D, Chair
  • Christine S
  • Bethany and Anthony P
  • Alpa K
  • Wendy Y

Pre-K Graduation - Thursday, June 8

  • Rachel H, Chair
  • Devon B
  • Kristen H

 

 

Save-the-Date

  • Fall Carnival - Friday, October 21
  • Grandparents Day - Friday, November 11
  • St. Michael's Benefit Auction - Saturday, March 4
  • ECE Mother's Day Tea - Wednesday, May 3
  • Art Show/Open House - Thursday, May 25

Chapel days are usually the third Wednesday of every month.  Please note that your child will receive their birthday blessing in chapel the month of their birthday,

 

ECE Teacher Workdays (No School)

  • Thursday, September 22
  • Friday, November 18
  • Thursday, January 26
  • Friday, March 3
  • Thursday, May 4
  • Thursday, May 25

 

 

All School Faculty Workdays (No School)

  • Monday, November 7
  • Friday, February 3
  • Monday, April 24

Garden and Play Doh Volunteers

Play Doh Sign Up

  • October-Wendy Y
  • November-Amy B
  • December-Erin N
  • January-Ditta R
  • February-Rachel G
  • March-Kristina B
  • April-Mandy W
  • May-Noemi E

Garden Sign Up

  • Friday, September 23 - Rachel G, Jean K, Ning H
  • Friday, October 14 - Kristina B, Kirsten S, Amanda B
  • Friday, November 4 - Jessaca D, Erin N, Kirsten S
  • Friday, January 13 - Kirsten S, Rachel G
  • Friday, February 10 - Yvonne H, Luis E, Alpa K
  • Friday, March 10 - Merrili F, Kirsten S, Ditta R
  • Friday, April 7 - Lia S
  • Friday, May 12 - - Kirsten S, Rachel G

FIELD TRIPS

We are excited for the Pre-K field trips this year.  Please remember that the trips are Pre-K students only, so no siblings can come on the trips.

Volunteer Driver Form

 

 

ECE LUNCH DUTY

Each class has responsibility to help in the lunchroom during the year.  Volunteers need to check in with the office and report to the lunchroom by 11:20am, and you should be done by 1pm.  This counts towards your volunteer hours and is a great chance to interact with students.  There will be someone there from Parents Club to help show you what to do,  Please do not bring any children with you to lunch duty.  ECE is responsible for staffing the lunchroom with volunteers the following weeks:

ECE Lunchroom week of October 31, 2016

 

ECE Lunchroom week of January 30, 2016

 

ECE Lunchroom week of April 9, 2017

 

CLASS CALENDARS

Forms

State Required Forms

 

ECE Extended Care Forms

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Early Childhood Education Teachers

Marty Conkle
Director of ECE
Pre-K Teacher
martyconkle@smeds.com

Christine Balalis
ECE Aide
christinebalalis@smeds.com

Katrina Charamuga
Preschool Teacher
katrinac@smeds.com

Chelsea Deavers
Pre-K Teacher
chelsead@smeds.com

Debbie Fairbrook
Preschool Teacher
debfairbrook@smeds.com

Accreditations and Memberships