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Questions and Answers about Great Beginnings

 Q & A’s about Great Beginnings
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. Screenings are held at the Parents As Teachers facility. To schedule a screening, please call 986-2486. Multi-age classes are included with an Early Childhood Special Education program. Title I teachers will make personal visits during the school year. There is no cost for the program.
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 and must show significant developmental delays. Multi-age classes are included with our Early Childhood Title I Program at the Early Childhood Center.  We also provide services to children who are attending Lee’s Summit community Preschools, or at their home.   Parent and teacher contacts are scheduled throughout the school year.  Children who qualify may receive related services such as: speech, language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision services, hearing impaired services.   There is no cost for the program.
How old are the children?
3 to 5 years old unless they are age eligible for kindergarten.  In the Lee’s Summit School District 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 bring your child’s immunization records, birth certificate and a current utility bill (gas, water or electric).  Click here for more detailed info.
Will my child eat breakfast or lunch while at school?
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).
What is Missouri’s Special Milk Program?  Why are you asking me to fill out this form?
The Special Milk Program provides milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. Schools that participate in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs can participate in the Special Milk Program for half-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children who do not have access to a school meals program. The program reimburses schools and institutions for the milk they serve.
By filling out the form you help us lower our cost to supply milk daily for snack time.
Are all classrooms located at Great Beginnings Early Education Center?
No, there are currently 14 classrooms at the Great Beginnings Center and 3 satellite classrooms due to lack of space and the need to serve a variety of children throughout the district.   There are currently 1 Great Beginnings preschool classroom located at Woodland Elementary and 2 preschool classrooms located at Summit Pointe Elementary.  If your child qualifies, it is possible that they may attend one of our satellite classrooms, depending on your address.
What are the school hours?
Students attend Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Friday.  There is no school on Wednesday. The morning session is 9am-12pm and the afternoon session is 1pm-4pm.
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?
Call transportation at 986-2400.   Please allow 3 business days for transportation changes to take effect.
How do I make transportation changes for my child?
Click here to print a form, fill it out and turn into the school office.  Please allow 3 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.  Click here for more info.
What should I do if my child will be absent?
Please call Great Beginnings school office at 986-2460 and transportation at 986-2400 to let them know your child will be absent and when you plan on them 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, play outside and should dress appropriately.   Your child should also wear tennis shoes as they will be playing outside as well.
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 no backpacks with wheels as it makes it difficult for your child to walk in line and may trip other children.
Does my child need school supplies?
Yes, click here for a link to the list.
Is there before and after school care available for my child?
Yes, Kid’s Country has a program called KC Cubbies that offers intentionally designed programs for all children ages 3-5 that meet their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs. Our environment is safe and fosters independence and exploration of their world. Children must be 3 years of age by July 31, 2014.  Click here for enrollment information and pricing.
What is my teachers email address?
Staff email addresses are first name dot last name and  for example   Click here to go to the classrooms web page for easy access to email addresses.
How do I receive the school’s monthly newsletter?
Your child’s teacher will email it to you or you can request to have a hard copy sent home.
What are home visits?
A Home Visit is a great way for you to learn how to become the best “educational” parent you can be. 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.
During a home visit, parents, children and teacher sit down side by side and learn. The teacher will be bringing information that we hope you find helpful in preparing your child for school. The teacher does like to visit with the child, but the main focus is on you.
Please help your home visit be as successful as it can be, turn off all distracters like the TV, computer and cell phones.
How can I help Great Beginnings?
  • Contact your child’s teacher to see if there is anything they need for their classroom.
  • Bring your recyclables to the Deffenbaugh container in our parking lot and help us earn money for every ton that is recycled.  Click here for a list of acceptable recyclables.
  • Send in the UPC’s off Campbell’s labels to help earn points to purchase items for our building.
 Are parents allowed to visit school?
Parents are welcome to visit school. Visits should be prearranged through the administrator.  In order to ensure limited disruption to instruction and the learning environment, the building administrator reserves the right to limit the length of time as well as the date and time of day when the prearranged visit is to occur. Visits during the first and last two weeks of school, and just before or after winter and spring breaks, are discouraged.  In order to provide a secure environment, ALL parents/visitors are required to report to the office and sign in before going to other parts of the building, including classrooms. Name tags are required to be worn by ALL visitors and staff. Parents/visitors must sign out in the office when they leave school property. Please click here to refer to the handbook.
Are siblings allowed at class parties or fieldtrips?
Minors (including infants) are not allowed to visit in classrooms.  Please click here to refer to the handbook.
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 make plans to send in the treats.   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).  Click here for easy access to their email.
If I send birthday or other party invitations in my child’s backpack can they be sent home with children in their class?
No, it is a district policy that invitations cannot be sent home in backpacks. Please click here to refer to the handbook.
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 School District.  No announcements will be made if schools are to be in session.  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. An automated phone call (School Messenger) will be made to let families know if school will be in session.
If my child re-qualifies for the next school year, will she still be in the same session?
Morning and afternoon sessions are primarily determined by your transportation address.  Transportation routes are redone every year and changes may happen to your child’s class session and/or classroom location.
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