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2016-2017 School Year


To Our Families:                                                 


          We welcome you to a new school year.  We know this will be a year of adventure, excitement, curiosity, and learning for your child.  The children call me Mrs. Renee, and I am the classroom teacher.  Mrs. Marcia and Ms. Amelia are the paraprofessionals that will be assisting in the classroom throughout the year.  Each classroom has a name and we are the Bobcats.


          Please complete and return the attached information sheet. It is very important that we have a working telephone number for you AT ALL TIMES.  It is your responsibility to notify us of any telephone contact changes immediately. You will find our supply list attached. Please remember that we may need to replenish a few of these supplies (tissues, paper towels, Lysol) after winter break. Any additional donated supplies are greatly appreciated!


          We are very excited to be using a curriculum called “Big Day” published by Scholastic Books. Big Day is a comprehensive program founded on the principles of social-emotional development, integrated learning, responsive instruction, language development, and partnership with families. Your child will learn about literacy, math, science, and social studies through 2 daily big experiences and small group activities. Big Day also includes an online connection called Family Space. There you have access to information about each big experience, free online interactive books, and other useful parent resources. In addition to Big Day, we will do many cooking projects throughout the school year. Please let me know if your child has any food allergies.


          To encourage parent communication you will receive a weekly newsletter to explain our learning focus, vocabulary, and classroom events. You will also receive a monthly Scholastic parent letter describing our theme and learning objectives. Feel free to use our newsletters to review skills at home with your child.


To ensure that our classroom provides a safe and happy environment for all students, we will learn and use the following classroom rules:


1)   Keep hands and feet to yourself

2)   Follow directions

3)   Be kind to others

4)   Take care of books and toys

5)   Walk inside 


  To reinforce positive choices and behavior the children will earn check marks. Using this type of positive behavior system encourages positive choices and helps children to learn that their choices and behavior are their responsibility. Your child receives 1 checkmark each for participating in circle time, story time, staying in line, small group instruction, and cleaning up.  If they receive all 5 checkmarks, they will earn a smiley face or sticker for the day to put on their calendar.  If they earn all their smiley faces for the week, they are allowed to choose a prize from our class treasure box on Friday!!!  Please see the attached behavior calendar that will tell you how your child behaved each day.  It is very important that you look at the calendar and discuss it with your child daily.  Please return the calendar daily in your child’s backpack.


To promote active leadership in the classroom your child will have the opportunity to have a classroom job. Jobs include things such as teacher helper and line leader. Jobs rotate weekly to ensure that every child gets a chance to try all the classroom jobs.


Please remember the following school requests to help promote safety on our campus:


1)   Please have your child wear closed-toed shoes daily

2)   No gum

3)   No open food or drink in the hallways or classrooms

4)   No toys from home

5)   No jewelry (ECC and Staff will not be held responsible for lost jewelry)


We appreciate your support and cooperation to help keep our campus and children safe. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me at school at 494-9303 or I only check and reply to emails during the children’s rest time, but it is a preferred contact method for me since it is difficult to take calls during class instruction. If you call during instruction time, the front office will relay your message to me.


Thank you and I look forward to a fun and successful year with your child!



Your Teacher,

Mrs. Renee Tanner


2016 – 2017 Volunteers


We love to have volunteers to join us on field trips, help in the classrooms and/or assist with special events.  If you want to go on any field trips, or are interested in helping in our class, you must have an approved Volunteer application on file.  Please follow the below directions to fill out the application. Approved volunteer applications MUST be on file at least ONE MONTH PRIOR to attending a field trip!



Go to website

Click on the PARENTS button on bar below district logo.

Click on from the menu on the left side of the screen.

Choose Volunteer Application from the form name menu.

Fill out form and send to approver Principal, DECC & NH - Phyllis Clemons

If you do not have a computer, please see Bonnie Beard for assistance.

Don’t forget to check out our website!!!!

Desoto Early Childhood Center is online.  Check out our webpage to see class pictures, outside play, and field trips photos of your children.  Select the lead teacher of the classroom to view additional information about your child’s teacher, a photo gallery, class schedule, classroom activities, as well as an area that has links to many wonderful educational sites that your child can use now and in the future.  Please visit our site at:

Bobcats 2016-2017 School Year



1ST QUARTER:  AUGUST 10, 2016 – OCTOBER 7, 2016


Theme:  Ready for School                

My School  

Making Friends

Learning Together

Getting Along


Theme:  My Family

Who’s in My Family?

We Take Care of Each Other

Family Fun

All Kinds of Families


2ND QUARTER:  OCTOBER 11, 2016 – DECEMBER 16, 2016


Theme:  Our Community

Places We Go

People We Meet

Things That Move

Going Green!


Theme:  Awesome Animals!

All Kinds of Animals

Animal Homes

Creepy, Crawly Insects

Animals Grow and Change


3RD QUARTER:  JANUARY 3, 2017 – MARCH 9, 2017


Theme:  Imagine It, Make It!

Using My Imagination

Tools We Use

Things We Build

Art All Around Us


Theme:  Growing Up Healthy

My Senses

Taking Care of Myself

Eating Well

Staying Safe


4TH QUARTER:  MARCH 20, 2017 – MAY 26, 2017


Theme:  Nature All Around Us

How Do Plants Grow?

What’s in the Sky?

Our Weather

The Seasons


Theme: Moving On!

Going New Places

Trying New Things

I Can Do It!

We’re Big Now!


DeSoto Early Childhood Center

2016-2017 School Year

Bobcats Class:  Mrs. Renee, Ms. Amelia, & Mrs. Marcia

Daily Schedule (updated 9-30-16)



7:00 – 7:45              Early Arrival/Independent Play/Specified Activities


7:45 – 8:00                Meet and Greet/ DEAR Reading


8:00 – 8:10               Classroom/ Meal Selections/ Attendance


8:10 – 8:40                Breakfast in cafeteria


8:40 – 8:45                Toilet/Clean up


8:45 – 9:00                Big Experience 1 Circle Time


9:00 – 9:30                Outside                                                         


9:30 – 9:50                Big Experience 2


9:50 – 10:00              Songs & Finger Play


10:00 – 10:05           Toilet/Clean Up


10:05 – 11:10           Small Group Activity and Learning Centers             


11:10 – 11:40           Lunch in cafeteria


11:40 – 11:45           Toilet/Clean Up


11:45 – 1:15              Quiet Time


1:15 – 1:45                Wake up, toilet/wash, snack                   


1:45 – 2:00                Read Aloud:  Children’s Choice

                                    Children prepare for departure


2:00 – 5:00                Independent Play/Specified activities/Extended Day






2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR




o   1 Kindermat

o   1 King Size or Body Pillow Case to Cover Kinder mat

o   1 Child Size Blanket (Thin Fleece Is Good)

o   2 Boxes of Tissues

o   1 Bottle of Lysol Wipes

o   1 Can of Lysol Spray

o   1 Roll of Paper Towels

o   1 Pack of Copy Paper

o   1 Box of Gallon Size Ziploc Bags (Boys)

o   1 Box of Quart Size Ziploc (Girls)

o   Backpack (Please Send With Child Daily)

o   Change of Clothes (Please label all clothes and put in labeled gallon size zip lock bag.)


2016 – 2017 School Year Classroom Information Form



CHILD’S NAME___________________________________________________
















ANY PETS? ______________________________________________________


FAVORITE FOODS________________________________________________


WILL NOT EAT___________________________________________________


FAVORITE TOY___________________________________________________







Desoto Early Childhood Center

318 N. Wilson Avenue Arcadia, FL 34266

Phone: 863-494-9303


Dear Parent,


Our school is located next to the city cemetery which gives us a unique opportunity to teach about the rich history of Desoto County.  This can be done in short trips in a nature walk setting in which they can learn about Florida plants, wildlife, and ecosystems as well.  Occasionally, our classrooms would like to take outdoor nature walks and in order for your child to attend we would need your permission.


Thank you,

Phyllis Clemons,

DECC Principal


Remember to:


  1. Dress your student appropriately for outdoor activities.
  2. District school rules will be enforced on all field trips. 
  3. Please return this form tomorrow as teacher schedule trips daily.




I have read the above and give my permission for


(Student name here)______________________________________________________


to attend outdoor nature walks during the 2016-2017 school year.



Parent/Guardian, please sign below and return to your student’s teacher.




Name                                                                                                              Date