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Who can attend GBC?

Students who qualify for one of the following programs:

Title I Early Childhood Program is designed for children 4-5 years old (until they are age eligible for kindergarten), who first participated in a developmental screening to determine if they are eligible for the Title I program. Eligibility is figured using DIAL 4, ASQ SE and Parent Reporting. Please visit https://pat.lsr7.org/2014/01/28/developmental-screenings/ to sign up for a screening (your child must be 3 years of age or older on the screening date).

The Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Program is designed for children, ages 3-5 (until they are age eligible for kindergarten), who qualify based upon an identification process of screening and evaluation that meets the state criteria for a child with a disability. We also provide services to children who are attending Lee’s Summit community preschools. Children who qualify may receive related services such as: speech, language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision services, hearing impaired services.

How old are the children?

3 to 5 years old unless they are age eligible for kindergarten. In the state of Missouri, children are age eligible for kindergarten if they are 5 years old before August 1.

What do I need to bring for enrollment, once I have been notified that my child qualifies?

AFTER you have been notified that your child qualifies, you will need to upload your child’s immunization records, birth certificate and a current utility bill (gas, water or electric).

Will my child eat breakfast or lunch while at school?

If your child is enrolled in Head Start with Mrs. Selby or Ms. Willis, your child will have meals at school. Otherwise, no, a small snack will be served, but not a meal. Parents are responsible for providing snacks for their child’s class. It is essential for parents to send snacks as assigned. If the snack is not received, your child’s class will not have snack for the day. Items must be store bought. Prepackaged items used in classroom activities must include a list of ingredients on the package. Whole foods are the exception (fruits/vegetables).

Are all classrooms located at Great Beginnings Early Education Center?

No, there are currently 14 classrooms at the Great Beginnings Center and 8 satellite classrooms due to lack of space and the need to serve a variety of children throughout the district. There are currently 5 Great Beginnings preschool classrooms located at Woodland Elementary and 2 preschool classrooms located at Meadow Lane Elementary and 1 at Westview Elementary. If your child qualifies, it is possible that they may attend one of our satellite classrooms, depending on your address and space available.

What are the school hours?

Students attend class Monday-Thursday, AM or PM session. Each location has unique hours. You will be notified of the school hours when your child is placed in a classroom.

What time can I bring my child to school?

Drop off/pick up times are 10 minutes prior to class starting for car riders

If my child rides the bus, what time will the bus pick up or drop off my child?

Transportation will communicate pick up/drop off times with you. Please know that as each child has to be buckled on and off the bus, this can cause delays. You should allow a window of time for your bus to arrive. Call transportation at 986-2400 with questions.

How do I make transportation changes for my child?

All transportation changes must be done by calling our front office. Please allow 5-8 business days for transportation changes to take effect.

How do I send my child’s medication to school?

If your child needs to take medication at school, DO NOT send medication in your child’s backpack. Medication must be brought into the health room by a parent. Contact the school nurse at 986-2462 to make arrangements for your child to take medication at school.

My child was sick (last night, this morning). Can I send them to school today?

Your child must be symptom free of fever, vomiting, and diarrhea without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.

What should I do if my child will be absent?

Please call Great Beginnings school office at 986-2460 and if your child is a bus rider please call transportation at 986-4287 to let them know your child will be absent and when you plan on returning. If your child is sick, please call in everyday that your child is absent.

What should my child wear to school?

Your child will have opportunities to play in a sensory table (flour, cornmeal, water, sand, beans, rice), paint, use markers, glue, scissors, and will play outside daily. Your child should wear comfortable clothes and safe shoes for running/climbing. Please place an extra set of clothing in your child’s backpack. Please send a jacket/coat/gloves/hat with your child, we go outside unless it is below 20 degrees outside.

Does my child need a backpack?

Yes, it should come to school every day so your child can take home important papers and art work. The backpack should be large enough to hold a manila envelope. Please keep an extra set of clothing in your child’s backpack in case of spills or other accidents.

Does my child need school supplies?

Most classrooms request school supplies, we will provide you with a list once you’ve completed enrollment. Head Start classrooms do not have school supply lists.

Is there before and after school care available for my child?

Before and after school care is offered through Kid’s Country’s program called KC Cubbies that offers a program for children ages 3-5. Children must be 3 years of age by July 31, 2020. Click here for enrollment information and pricing. http://bass.lsr7.org/

What is my teacher’s email address?

Staff email addresses are first name dot last name and @lsr7.net for example firstname.lastname@lsr7.net

How do I receive communication from school?

Your child’s teacher will email a weekly newsletter to you at the address you provided in PowerSchool at enrollment. If you would like for the classroom communication to go to more than one email, make sure to request this in writing to your child’s teacher. You can email your teacher anytime, expect a response within 24 hours during the work week. If you call to speak in person, that is great, but if they are teaching, you will be put into their voicemail. We do not ring parents back to classrooms while school is in session.

What are home visits?

A Home Visit is a great way for you to partner with your child’s teacher/therapist. It takes place in your home, lasts for about an hour. Research tells us that parent/school connectedness creates better success for students. Home visits are part of the program your child is enrolled in, please call me if there is a reason you cannot complete a home visit with your child’s teacher.

Please help your home visit be as successful as it can be, turn off all distractions like the TV, computer and cell phones. Your child’s teacher will interact with your child, but their main focus is on you, so plan to sit beside them for this time together.

How can I help Great Beginnings?

Contact your child’s teacher to see if there is anything they need for their classroom. Send healthy classroom snacks.

Read your child’s newsletter, opportunities for engagement and support are most often published here. We typically do not have parents at school volunteering while children are here. We have found that many of our students struggle to stay engaged when parents are present. We have several opportunities for you to engage with your child in the classroom throughout the year. Keep an eye on that newsletter for upcoming opportunities.

Are siblings allowed at classroom activities or field trips?

Siblings/Cousins or other children under the age of 18 are not allowed in classrooms during the school day according to LSR7 Board Policy

Can I send in treats for my child’s birthday?

Yes, please send in commercially packaged treats for your child’s birthday. Also, please contact your child’s teacher to let them know when you plan to send the treats, they will adjust their snack schedule. LSR7 Board Policy states that items must be store bought. Prepackaged items used in classroom activities must include a list of ingredients on the package. Whole foods are the exception (fruits/vegetables).

Where do I find out if school is cancelled due to weather?

Schools will not be open when it is considered too dangerous for buses to travel or too cold for student safety. Announcements will be made through the courtesy of School Messenger and major Kansas City radio and television stations between 6:30 and 8:00 a.m. if schools will be closed. Great Beginnings is part of the Lee’s Summit R7 School District. No announcements will be made if schools are to be in session. *In order to receive these phone calls, your phone numbers must be kept up to date throughout the year, please call 816-986-2463 to update your phone number and email address.

Early Dismissal due to weather: Announcements will be made over the major Kansas City television and radio stations, school information lines and School Messenger should it be necessary to dismiss school early due to weather conditions.