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Our preschool program is integrated into our Early Childhood Special Education program, where disabled and non-disabled peers are integrated into one classroom, serving as peer models for one another.  This program is language-based, focusing on all areas of development including: pre-academics, adaptive behavior, speech and language skills, fine and gross motor skills and social skills.  In order to be considered for this program, your child must first be screened by the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program.  Once the screening is complete, parents can request that their child’s name be placed on the waiting list.  The preschool program is not open enrollment, it is based upon spots available, and students will be invited to enroll.  This program is only offered to students that are one year from entering Kindergarten. The preschool program also does not offer bussing.


Camdenton R-III School District Preschool

Dogwood Elementary    573-346-9239

Hurricane Deck Elementary    573-374-5369

Osage Beach Elementary    573-348-2461


Dear Parents,

 We are so excited about having your child in our preschool program.Having your child in our preschool is important to us. Here are some procedures that we will follow to keep your child safe:

 Arrival to School: Please help us keep your child safe by bringing your child no earlier than the parent drop-off time. Teachers are not required to be on duty before that time.

 Picking up your child: Please bring an I.D (driver’s license) for verification and the safety of your child when picking your child up from school.

 Transportation: Transportation is not provided for preschool children unless the child has an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Students with an IEP riding the bus must have an adult get the child on and off the bus each day, unless the school has written permission for a student 12 or older to do so. The student will be brought back to school if there is no adult to meet the bus. If transportation changes, please call 346-9242.

 Student Absences: We are a highly structured preschool program. Being on time and at school is important. Please help support our preschool classrooms by having your child be consistent and in a routine of being at school. If your child is absent, please call the building your child attends. If a student without an IEP does not attend school for 8 days without an excuse, their place at preschool may be filled by someone else.

 Address /Telephone Changes:Please inform the child’s teacher or call the building your child attends when you have a change of telephone numbers or address.

 Lunch or Breakfast:All preschool students will eat breakfast or lunch at school with the class. Parents have the option of packing a breakfast or lunch, or participating in the school breakfast or lunch program.

 Early Dismissal:If school is dismissed early or cancelled due to weather or other reason, parents will be notified through School Reach.

 Preschool Rules:Preschool rules in the classrooms are: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe, and Be Honest.

 Starting Preschool:In order to start preschool, the child’s birth certificate and immunization records must be on file.

 We also have asupply listfor students attending preschool. These supplies will be shared by the whole class. Please do not label individual items. Please bring these items with you:

 If your child is not potty trained, please bring

 diapers / training pants

 diaper wipes


All students bring:

 change of clothing to include pants, shirt, underwear, socks (seasonal)

 large backpack for carrying papers and items to and from school (no small backpacks or backpacks with wheels please)

 6 Elmer’s glue sticks

 1 box of quart size ziplock bags

      1 box of gallon size ziplock bags

 1 box of Kleenex

 1 container of Clorox wipes

      1 box of baby wipes

 1 bottle of Elmer’s glue

 1 package of sticky back Velcro dots found in the craft section in most stores

 1 box of 24 count crayons

 1 box of 8 count Crayola Markers

 1 box of Crayola Markers “pip squeaks”

 Construction paper

 Sharpie markers

 dry erase markers

 Classrooms may also be in need of donated items.

Please check with your classroom teacher:

 empty glass baby food jars

 construction paper

 post it notes


 uncooked noodles for crafts


 clothes pins


 pipe cleaners

 craft sticks

 shaving cream

 cotton balls



 paper plates

 We look forward to having your child in preschool. We are going to have so much fun learning.

 Welcome to our Preschool Program!