We are in Need of Donations For Our Clothing Closet!
We would greatly appreciate donations of boys or girls pants in sizes 6-8.  These do not need to be brand new, we will gladly accept hand-me-downs!  We also need boys and girls underwear in sizes 6-8 that are new and in the original packaging.  Any donations can be taken to the nurse's office.  Thank you! 
Important Dates:
* November 17th – 21st – McIlvaine’s Fall Book Fair
* November 20th  - Parent Party (6-7:30pm)
* November 26th – 28th – Thanksgiving Break
Parent Parties
For those of you who are new to McIlvaine, you may be wondering what a "Parent Party" is.  A letter will be coming home explaining it in more depth but basically our Parent Parties are monthly events, held in the evening, that focus around a specific area of the curriculum or school experience here at McIlvaine.  Families are invited to come and participate in a variety of activities, and in many cases take home materials so that they can continue to learn and play at home.  Some of the topics of our Parent Parties are Math, Literacy, Science & Social Studies,and Holiday Make & Take just to name a few.  These events are organized to be attended on a "drop-in" basis so that if you can't make it for the entire time, you can come for the part of the time and still have a  good time.  We hope to see you at our first party on October 16th!
 Wednesday Envelope
The Wednesday envelope will be sent home on Wednesday of each week. Enclosed will be important information and documents for you to read through in order to stay on top of things happening at McIlvaine, around the district, and most importantly in your child’s classroom. Please be sure to go through this envelope carefully each Wednesday, sign the front, and return to your child’s teacher on Thursday.  

Volunteer Packet 

Don’t forget to complete a volunteer packet as soon as possible. If you plan on attending a field trip, helping out in the classroom, or being a volunteer in the school we will need for you to be on the approved list. It takes a couple of weeks to get approved at the beginning of the year with so many applications coming in across the district so please be sure to complete yours as soon as possible.

 Tardies and Attendance

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. 

If your child is absent from school, a doctor’s note or parent note is necessary in order to excuse your child’s absence. We ask that all notes are turned in within 2 days returning from an absence. Please refer to the district calendar enclosed in today’s Wednesday envelope for more information concerning attendance policies in the Caesar Rodney School District.

Kindergarten Registration Information

School started on August 25th at McIlvaine Early Childhood Center. All children living in the Caesar Rodney school district who turn 5 by August 31, 2014 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, veteran or marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation 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 Administration 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