St. John’s Parents’ Day Out


Monthly Newsletter


March 2018





Fall and Summer Enrollment


Fall Enrollment for the 2018-2019 School Yearwas two weeks ago. New families have been notified if they did not get their first choice or if their child could not be enrolled at this time. Once enrolled, you will receive a confirmation letter and forms in July.


The following is the status after Fall Enrollment as of February 26:


Crib Room:                  Monday: 3 openings


                                         Wednesday: 1 opening

                                         Thursday: full

Toddler Room:           Full all four days


Preschool Room:      Monday: 3 openings

                                         Tuesday: 2 openings

                                         Wednesday: 4 openings

                                         Thursday: 2 openings


Older Preschool Room:    Monday: 3 openings

Tuesday: full

Wednesday: 2 openings

Thursday: full



Summer Enrollment is this week. Current and past families’ enrollment is February 26 and new families’ enrollment is March 1. Posted on the glass door in front of the PDO office will be the status showing availability after these enrollments. A voicemail on the PDO office phone, 816-523-6792, will also give the status after the March 1 summer enrollment. For those families enrolling, you will receive a confirmation letter with additional summer information the first week of May.

A list of those enrolled for both the Summer and Fall programs will be posted in the hall by April. The children will be listed by class and day/days. Please check these to confirm the correct days and rooms for your children.

Our Summer Program runs June 11-July 19. Our Open House for next school year will be August 17 and our first day will be August 20.


Many thanks again to those of you who have referred us to your friends. We received many calls because of you and appreciate your recommending our program!



St. John’s Easter Egg Hunt

You are invited to St. John’s Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24. A free pancake breakfast will start at 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s and registration for the Easter Egg Hunt will start at 11:00 a.m. at Arno Park. Please join us for this free fun event that will also include games, prizes, and the Easter Bunny! Flyers about this event will be sent home. You are invited to share in all of St. John’s Lenten activities!



Baby Grace Donations

Many thanks to those of you who have donated baby items to Baby Grace, a ministry that serves local families in need. We will continue to accept donations and can provide a tax receipt for you. Your generosity is much appreciated!



Federal Tax ID Number


For your 2016 income tax purposes, St. John’s Federal tax ID is 44-6005529. A receipt of your total paid tuition for 2016 can also be provided if needed.




Scholastic Book Club

The order forms are due on Thursday, March 8. Extra order forms are always in the pocket on the PDO Bulletin Board and on the table in the hall if you need them. You may also call your orders in to Nancy and bring a check in later or order online. Our activation code for ordering online is GQRQK. Thanks you!


Magazine and Book Check-Out

Parenting books and magazines are available for checking out on the PDO table. Kansas City Parent and Kansas City Baby magazines are free for you to take!



Thank you to Stanley Pediatric Dental Clinic for providing a special puppet show next week on Wednesday! We appreciate their teaching our Preschool and Older Preschool children about good dental hygiene and care!




PDO will NOT be in session


March 12-15 for Spring Break.


Classes will resume March 19.





Classroom News


Crib Room:

We are amazed at how our little ones have grown!   We have had lots of fun dancing to music, singing and doing finger plays, listening to stories, and playing with our friends. Some of our favorite songs and finger plays include “The Wheels on the Bus”, “ABC”, “Row Row Row Your Boat”, Itsy Bitsy Spider”, and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”. We love acting these out and playing with our musical instruments! We continue learning to pick up toys after our free play time and are making progress! We continue to love our crayons and paint dots, and enjoyed making our handprint Valentines for our mommies and daddies! We are also playing in the big playroom downstairs and are excited to start playing outside again soon!


Toddler Room:

Our Valentine parties were a hit! Thanks so much to the parents who provided wonderful snacks, paper goods, treats, and favors for our parties! You are much appreciated! We enjoyed making our handprint Valentines and decorating our Valentine sacks. We had fun making our shapes projects, necklaces, and texture collages. We are starting to work on recognizing letters and learning the first letter of our name. We continue learning about shapes and colors through books, songs, circle activities, and crafts.


Preschool Room:

We enjoyed reading “Polly Parrot and Jasper Giraffe”, talking about being kind to one another, and making our giraffes and parrots (doing some this week). Our Valentine Parties were exciting with our treats, crafts, stories, and delivering Valentines to our friends. Thanks so much to the parents who provided the special treats for our parties! You all are much appreciated! We continue to learn and review concepts about shapes, colors, and opposites. We are having Dental Health Week this week, learning about taking good care of our teeth, including what food is good or bad for our teeth during. Our puppet show this week will be teaching us more about “Good” and “Bad” food for our teeth and proper brushing. Hopefully, these will help make our first visit to the dentist a positive one! Our letters this month were Q, R, and S. We continue learning about our letters, numbers, and counting through art activities and circle time.


Older Preschool Room:

We started off our month learning about Groundhog Day and playing a fun guessing game on shadows with our overhead projector. Our Valentine parties were fun with our treats, games, art activities, and exchanging of Valentines. Many thanks to the parents who provided all the goodies for our parties! You are much appreciated! We learned lots of facts about Lincoln and Washington and the coins and bills that have Presidents’ faces. We are having Dental Health Week this week, learning about taking good care of our teeth, including what food is good or bad for our teeth. Our puppet show this week will be teaching us more about this!Hopefully, this will help make our first visit to the dentist a positive one! We had lots of fun learning about the Olympics through books, our opening ceremony parade, and our mini Olympic games! Our letters for February were Q, R, S and T, our colors were red and pink, our number was 7, and our shape was the heart.


Our Chapel Theme this month for the Preschool and Older Preschool Room was “Jesus Loves Me”.



Tuesday and Thursday Parents:

We are so sorry about all the school cancellations. Because you have missed a second Tuesday and/or a second Thursday, you will be credited for those second days. This will be noted on your emailed invoice and statement.






  • Please to make sure your child’s belongings are marked and send an extra change of clothes in your child’s bag. This pertains to all rooms.


  • Withwarmer spring weather, we will be going outside. Please dress your child for safe and fun play, including closed toe shoes.


  • Please do not bring your child before our arrival time, unless your child is signed up for early morning drop off. Please pick up your child at our 2:30 dismissal time unless signed up for extended care. It is upsetting to your child to be picked up late! We do offer Monday-Thursday early care drop-off at 8:00 a.m. and Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday extended day care until 3:30 p.m. Please see Nancy if interested. The hourly charge is $6.75.


  • Please try to sign up for snacks in our Toddler, Preschool, Older Preschool rooms. We have several days needed for this month! Thank you to all who have brought snacks this year! It is much appreciated!


  • If you would ever like to schedule a conference with your child’s teachers, we are happy to do this any time 9:00-9:30 a.m. or 2:00-2:30 p.m. Please see Nancy if interested. Thank you!



We are looking forward to warmer spring weather and enjoying this beautiful season. Thanks for sharing your special children with us. It is a joy to see them grow and develop.



Happy March!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Happy Spring! Happy Easter Season!


                     Nancy Bell and the Teachers