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Important Dates:


On the school calendar, picture day is listed as Thursday, March 5th however, it has been changed to FRIDAY, MARCH 6TH. Spring picture day is when students will take their kindergarten graduation picture in a cap and gown.  If you will be styling your child's hair, please be sure to leave his/her hair down or in a low ponytail so that the cap fits over his/her head properly.


* February 26th – Reading Jogs Your Mind! Wear “work-out” clothes to school!

* February 27th – Pajama Day – Wear your pajamas to school (with regular shoes)

* March 2nd - Dr. Seuss Day - Wear Red, White, & Black
* March 3rd - Bring your 'stuffed animal' pet to school - (needs to fit in your book bag)

* March 4th - School Spirit Day - Wear Blue & Gold

* March 5th - Hat Day

* March 6th - Spring Pictures - Cap & Gown

* March 13th – Abbreviated Day

* March 27th – No School; teacher in-service


Teacher of the Year Update
Tardies and Attendance

Please be aware that attendance in kindergarten is mandatory. In order to excuse an absence a note from a parent/guardian or physician must be sent in  to school with your student within 2 days of the child returning to school. McIlvaine adheres to Caesar Rodney School District’s attendance policy which can be found in the back of the district calendar. Any child with excessive absences may be referred to truancy court.

 Please remember that students are considered tardy after 8:55. If you bring your child to school after this time we will need you to park, walk your child into the main office, and sign them in. Also, any student being signed out prior to 3:30 is considered an early dismissal. Too many late arrivals or early dismissal could result in an attendance hearing.

Kindergarten Registration Information

Kindergarten Registration for the 2015-2016 school year begins on Monday, April 13th at McIlvaine Early Childhood Center and Welch Elementary! Students that live on DAFB Housing should register at Welch all other students will register at McIlvaine ECC.


Mon. April 13

Tue. April 14

Wed. April 15

Thur. April 16

Fri. April 17

McIlvaine & Welch

9:00am – 3:00pm

McIlvaine & Welch

9:00am – 3:00pm


McIlvaine & Welch

4:30 – 6:30 pm

McIlvaine & Welch

9:00am – 3:00pm

McIlvaine & Welch

9:00am – 3:00pm


McIlvaine ONLY

4:30 – 6:30 pm

McIlvaine & Welch

9:00am – 3:00pm


All children living in the Caesar Rodney school district who turn 5 by August 31, 2015 are eligible to register for kindergarten. Your child should also be present during registration because he / she will complete the readiness screening at that time. Registration takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.

Families need to bring the following information to register:
• An original copy of the child’s birth certificate
• Photo ID of the parent / guardian registering the child
• Proof of residency with your name and current address (must match photo ID information)

Acceptable documents include mortgage, rental agreement, electric bill, gas bill, or water bill. The district does NOT accept phone bills or cable bills as proof of residency. If you do not rent or own your home, please contact the McIlvaine office (335-5039) or the Welch Elementary office (674-9080) so the staff can explain the additional residency information that is needed.

            • Guardianship papers, if applicable
             • Any health records (shots, physical, and allergy related documentation)

Rider Pride Shoelaces
Your child should be learning to tie his / her shoes. Shoe tying is an important readiness skill and it makes playing safer for students. We want all of the students at McIlvaine ECC to know how to tie their shoes. Once your child knows how to tie his / her shoes, your child will come to school and demonstrate this skill to his / her teacher. Once the teacher sees the child tie his / her shoes successfully, the student will be sent to the office to receive a pair of blue and gold “Rider Pride” shoelaces from the principals. Happy practicing!

Box tops, Campbell's Labels, and Capri Sun Pouches
Don’t forget to remind your family, friends, and neighbors to collect Boxtops, Campbell’s labels, and Capri Sun pouches for our school. Boxtops and Campbell’s labels must be cut along the dotted line and show the expiration date. Capri Sun pouches need to be emptied of all juice and dried with a paper towel. Please send these items to school with your child…the more we collect, the more we can do for our students.



Department of Justice
Bullying Prevention and School Crime Contact
Joseph Flinn (Ombudsperson)
Hotline:  1-800-220-5414

An Equal Opportunity Employer
The Caesar Rodney School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment or educational programs, services or activities based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, veteran or marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification or genetic information in accordance with State and Federal laws. Inquiries about compliance should be made to the Title IX, District 504 and ADA Compliance Officers: Paul L. Dunbar Administrative Building, 7 Front Street, Wyoming DE, 19934. Phone (302)698-4800.
At Mcllvaine Early Childhood Center, it is our firm belief that we will create a learning environment where:

• Students will have a caring, safe, and rewarding school. They will enjoy working and learning while attaining their potential physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially. • Parents and families are viewed as partners in the educational process through open communication and active involvement in our school community. • Our valued community members work in partnership with our school to share valuable resources to enhance school-wide initiatives.

The Four A's

Academics    Arts    Athletics   Atmosphere

Department of Justice Bullying Prevention and School Crime

Contact (Ombudsperson) Joseph Flinn Hotline: 1-800-220-5414

J.R. McIlvaine Early Childhood Center © 2014 (302)-335-5039 11 East Walnut St. , Magnolia, DE 19962