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Early Childhood Highlights!
Board selects name for new early childhood center
The Pattonville Board of Education on Nov. 28 approved renaming the former Briar Crest Elementary School as the Pattonville Early Childhood Center in honor of its transition to a school dedicated to serving children from birth to 5 years of age. As part of the zero tax rate increase bond issue approved by voters in April 2017, the building will become an early childhood center in order to free up classroom space in Pattonville's elementary schools and to enable the district to maintain lower class sizes. The renovations to the center are expected to be complete in Spring 2018. 

St. Louis Diaper Bank
Pattonville Early Childhood is now a proud partner of the St. Louis Diaper Bank. What a wonderful resource this will be for our families! We are one of 15 organizations that are partnering with the St. Louis Diaper Bank to make life happier, healthier and more stable for low-income families in the region. Families that meet the qualifications can receive up to 50 diapers a month. The St. Louis Diaper Bank exists to help strengthen low-income families in the St. Louis region by ensuring access to an adequate supply of diapers and by raising awareness about the causes and consequences of diaper need in our community.

PTO Fundraiser at Fuzzy Taco's was a huge success. Thanks to all who came out to support Pattonville Early Childhood PTO.

Preschool News
Families - Your input is important to us. Our preschool classrooms are piloting a new report card format this year. If you have not yet had the chance to give your input - it's not too late. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and feedback. This will help us to continue to improve our report card and communication about your child's learning and development. Survey

Parent Portal: Have you set up your parent portal yet? If you have not, please take a moment to do so. The portal is where you list your child's emergency contacts and other important information. It also is used as a communication link between home and school.

Michelle's contact information is or by phone 314-213-8105.

Friendly Reminder: Tuition is due at the 1st of the Month, please contact Michelle to make your payment.

Important upcoming dates:

December 8th - No School - Staff Development
December 21-January 1st - No School - Winter Break

January 2nd - School Resumes
January 15th - Martin Luther King Day - No School
January 26th - Early Childhood Early Dismissal

PAT Connections
Parent Educator Tip:
"Get rid of distractions and pay attention to what the child is saying. At times adults may need to stop whatever they are doing and listen to the child. It is difficult to run the vacuum cleaner, cook dinner, look at the phone and at the same, pay close attention to what the child is saying. Caution: Do not pretend that you are listening when you aren't. If you are busy- talking on the phone or entertaining guests- tell the child, "I'm busy now, but let's talk about that later." Then be sure to follow through." - Tammy D

Have you signed your child up for their annual developmental screening? 
Please follow this link to Sign Up

Important Upcoming Dates

Stay tuned for our January events...
Are you interested in helping out but not sure how? We currently have 3 different committees looking for new members. If any of these might be of interest to you, please let the chair member know.
Fundraising - Janna Zaitz (
Community Events - Jennifer Lipscomb (
Staff Appreciation - Kristin Kintz 

Important Upcoming Events:
PTO Meeting

December 13th at 6pm
Learning Center

Meeting Agenda:
Committee Updates
  -Staff Appreciation
Bookfair Update

As always - WE NEED YOU - and hope you can make it.
               **Childcare provided**

Team Central Gymnastics
(this event will occur the 2nd Friday of every month)
December 8th 9:30am
Bring kids for tumbling to help their coordination, strength, and flexibility. Wear shorts, T-shirts, and bare feet. Long hair needs to be pulled back. Ages 18 months to 5 years.

If you are interested in attending please stop by the Learning Center to see Kendra. We receive a special group rate of $6 per child, per visit. This is the only way to sign up to participate.

Cash or Check ONLY. You will also need to pick up a waiver or print from their website. Sadly their policy is to fill one out every time.
 Payment is due no later than Wednesday
December 6th. 
**There will be no late sign-ups allowed due to availability.**

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Note from the Director:
It is hard to believe that December is already here!  Sending each of you well wishes for peace, joy and good health as we move toward the new year.  Whatever holiday you celebrate, may it be one of pleasant family time together making memories and keeping up with some traditions. Take time to care for ourselves and try to manage the stress that holiday times seem to elicit. If you find that you need support of any kind, please contact the Early Childhood office so that we can be of assistance to you and your family. Remember that we are here for your family. Our phone number is 314-213-8105 and our email is

Dr. Mary Krekeler; Director of Early Childhood,
Michelle Doering; Early Childhood Secretary, 314-213-8105
Kendra Goldman, Parents as Teachers Secretary, 314-213-8100

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Pattonville Early Childhood
11097 St. Charles Rock Road
St. Ann, MO 63074
(314) 213-8100

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