812 Shannon Avenue
Seguin, Texas 78155
IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO
KNOW ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Mrs. Suzette Castilleja
Miss Cindy Cramer Ms. Rose Martinez
Secretary Attendance Clerk
Mrs. Lilia Huerta Mrs. Lisa Watts
Counselor Social Worker
Mrs. Rhonda Moore, RN
Our mission at Ball Early Childhood Center is to build a close partnership with the
families of our students. We recognize that parents are our children’s first and
most important teachers. It is our responsibility to provide a safe, caring and
nurturing environment in which your child(ren) can grow into successful,
increasingly confident learners. It is also our responsibility to communicate
effectively with our parents and to provide ideas for extended learning
opportunities at home.
The staff at Ball ECC believes that the prekindergarten experience is of critical
importance. The activities that we offer each day are designed to actively involve
our young students. To expand our students’ vocabulary, children in every
prekindergarten classroom have frequent encounters with exciting literature.
Songs, poems and fingerplays are used daily to encourage word play and to
stimulate active participation.
Prekindergarten education goals focus primarily upon communication skills.
Listening (receptive language) and speaking (expressive language) skills are equally
important. Activities include classifying, sequencing and comparing objects, all of
which promote cognitive development and are part of the daily routine.
Motor skills activities are also important because they help develop positive body
image and confidence. Students at prekindergarten practice self-help skills as
they develop fine motor skills by learning to button, stack, lace, snap and pour
liquids and solids. Rhythmic activities are used to develop coordination and
The prekindergarten program supports students in adjusting to the school setting
as they make the transition from home to school. Students learn to observe and
follow safety rules and to increase self-discipline. They are expected to
demonstrate appropriate independent and group behavior. Our young learners
have many opportunities to interact with others and to develop a sense of
belonging to a group. Engaging in cooperative activities and play helps our
students to develop a sense of belonging. Play provides the foundation for
academic or “school learning” and enables children to achieve some of the key
goals of our early childhood curriculum. It is the preparation children need
before they learn abstract symbols such as letters and numbers.
Through observation and role-play, our prekindergarten students learn to value
and respect similarities and differences in cultural identities and heritage.
Children share their ideas, feelings and stories through activities such as
dictating stories, conversation and dramatic play. The philosophy behind our
curriculum is that young children learn best by doing. In their early years,
children need to use real materials such as blocks to try out their ideas as they
learn about sizes, shapes, and colors, and notice relationships.
Prekindergarten students develop an awareness that messages can be conveyed by
written symbols. Children participate in group and independent writing by using
pictures, marks and scribble writing. They begin to recognize some of the
conventions of writing such as spaces between words and left to right, top to
bottom progression. They also learn letter names and sounds these letters
Children who attend prekindergarten in Texas must qualify for the program on the
basis of income (eligible for free or reduced lunch) or on the basis of language
(speak or understand a language other than English). At registration, families
complete an application so that eligibility can be determined.
Children who live outside the two mile radius from the school are eligible to ride
the bus to and from school. Prekindergarten in the Seguin ISD is a half-day
program with children attending either a morning or afternoon session.
We firmly believe that all children who attend prekindergarten at Ball ECC are
provided with a very good beginning. From this belief comes the school’s motto,
“Good beginnings never end at Ball.” We welcome community visitors as well as
community volunteers. We are eager to “show off” our delightful young students
and the many things they learn and do in this important first step to public school.
A monthly breakfast and lunch menu is published by Food Services and will be sent
home with your child at the beginning of school. Our menu stays the same
throughout the year.
C a f e t e r i a P r i c e L i s t
Breakfast will be served
in the classroom this
school year. All children
will eat free of charge.
Teachers and aides will
also receive brunch free
Student (Regular Price)
Student (Reduced Price)
Note: Milk must be served with all trays unless a doctor’s note is sent stating
there is a medical reason for not drinking milk.
Parents are asked to pay for meals by the week or month using the exact amount
of money. Checks are acceptable and should be made out to Ball Early Childhood
Center Cafeteria. Please place the money or check in an envelope with the
student’s name, bus number, and instructions on how the money is to be used. The
classroom teachers do not collect this money. If your child is a bus rider we
suggest that you pin the money to the inside of the child’s shirt.
1221 E. Kingsbury Street
Seguin, TX 78155
You now have the ability to review your child’s food service purchases on line. By registering with
Mynutrikids.com and adding your child to your family account, you will be able to view and print a
copy of your child’s activity. You will begin to see activity for the last 30 days once you have
You will also be able to make deposits to your child’s account and view your child’s food service
account balance through this new online system.
To access these services, please follow the instructions on the back of this page.
Things to know:
If you have more than one child in the District you can handle all online prepayments from the same
Payments may be made with a major credit or debit card or through a PayPal account. Note: E-
checks are not processed by PayPal until the check clears your bank. As a result, the deposit to your
child’s account will be delayed.
Nutrikids will charge a convenience fee of $1.75 per deposit. Parents placing money into multiple meal
accounts will only be charged the $1.75 fee once per deposit transaction. Seguin ISD does not receive
the convenience fee or profit from the use of this site.
Advance payments may still be made at the school via a check payable to Seguin ISD Food Service. Please
be sure to write your child’s full name on the check.
For further information, please call 830-401-8636 so that the Food Service Department can assist you.
Registering With MyNutrikids.com
- You will need your child’s student ID number. You may get this number by contacting your child’s
- Go to the district website at www.seguin.k12.tx.us
- Click on MyNutrikids.com under “Quicklinks” OR go to www.MyNutrikids.com.
- Click Sign Up and enter the required information.
- Click Finish to complete the initial registration process.
Adding Students to Your Family Account
- Log in to your account
- You must have your child’s student ID number
- Click MyKids from the main menu OR from the blue navigation bar above.
- This is a listing of the students in your account. It will be empty on your first visit to the site.
- Click Add Child and enter the required information.
- Click Add (next to your child’s name) to continue.
- Click Add Child to repeat the process for additional children.
- NOTE: Your child’s transaction history report will not display information during the initial account set
Making a Deposit
- Log in to your account
- Click Deposit Money located next to Add Child
- Enter an amount in the Deposit column next to your child’s name.
o If you have more than one child, enter the amount you wish to deposit into the column next to
each child’s name.
o DO NOT deposit money for your entire family into ONE child’s account.
- Click Calculate.
- Click Make Deposit.
o You will be directed to the PayPal web site to enter your payment information.
o If using a credit card, enter the required information. For your protection, MyNutrikids.com does
not store your financial information.
o If using a PayPal account, enter your email address and PayPal password to continue. Note:
PayPal does not process e-checks until the check clears your bank. As a result, the deposit to
your child’s account will be delayed.
- Click Pay Now when finished.
- Click Pay once again to finish the process.
1221 E. Kingsbury Street
Seguin, TX 78155
El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Seguin les anuncia con gozo que ahora podrán revisar a través
del Internet, las compras que hace su estudiante en el servicio de alimentos. Si se registran con
Mynutrikids.com y añaden a su estudiante a su cuenta familiar, podrán ver y podrán imprimir una
copia de la actividad de su estudiante. Podrán comenzar a ver la actividad después de registrarse; y la
información estará disponible por 30 días.
A través de este nuevo sistema por Internet, también podrán hacer depósitos a la cuenta de su
estudiante y podrán ver el balance de la cuenta de alimentos de su estudiante.
Para tener acceso a estos servicios, por favor sigan las direcciones de atrás de esta página.
Si tienen más de un estudiante en el Distrito, pueden hacer todos los pagos adelantados por Internet
usando la misma cuenta de Internet.
Los pagos pueden hacerse con una de las principales tarjetas de crédito o débito o mediante una
cuenta con PayPal. Nota: “E-checks” no son procesados por PayPal hasta que su banco apruebe su
cheque. Por tanto, el depósito a la cuenta de su estudiante se retrasará.
Nutrikids cobrará un pago por comodidad de $1.75 por depósito. Padres que pongan dinero en
cuentas múltiples de alimentos solamente pagarán el pago por comodidad de $1.75 una sola vez por
transacción de depósito. Seguin ISD no recibe el pago por comodidad ni se beneficia por el uso de
este sitio web.
Los pagos adelantados se pueden hacer todavía en la escuela mediante cheque a nombre de “Seguin ISD
Food Service.” Por favor asegúrese de escribir el nombre completo de su estudiante en el cheque.
Registrarse Con MyNutrikids.com
- Necesitarán el número de identificación de su estudiante. Pueden obtener este número poniéndose en
contacto con la escuela de su estudiante.
- Vaya al sitio web del distrito en www.seguin.k12.tx.us
- Teclee en MyNutrikids.com listado en “Quicklinks” O vaya a www.MyNutrikids.com.
- Teclee “Sign Up” y escriba la información requerida.
- Teclee “Finish” para completar el proceso inicial de registro.
Añadir Estudiantes a Su Cuenta Familiar
- Entre / “log in” en su cuenta
- Usted necesita tener el número de identificación de su estudiante
- Teclee “MyKids” desde el menú principal O desde la barra azul de navegación arriba.
- Es la lista de estudiantes de su cuenta. La primera visita al sitio web, estará vacía.
- Teclee “Add Child” y escriba la información que se le pide.
- Teclee “Add” (al lado del nombre de su estudiante) para continuar.
- Teclee “Add Child” para repetir el proceso para estudiantes adicionales.
- NOTA: El informe de la historia de las compras de su estudiante no se mostrará en el proceso inicial
de iniciar su cuenta.
Hacer un Depósito
- Entre / “log in” en su cuenta
- Teclee “Deposit Money” ubicada al lado de “Add Child”
- Escriba una cantidad en la columna “Deposit” al lado del nombre de su estudiante.
o Si tiene más de un estudiante, escriba la cantidad que desea depositar en la columna al lado
del nombre de cada estudiante.
o NO deposite dinero para toda su familia en la cuenta de UN solo estudiante.
- Teclee “Calculate.”
- Teclee “Make Deposit.”
o Se le dirigirá al sitio web de PayPal para anotar la infomación de su pago.
o Si está utilizando tarjeta de crédito, escriba la información que se le pide. Para su protección,
MyNutrikids.com no guarda su información de finanzas.
o Si usa una cuenta de PayPal, para continuar, escriba su dirección de correo electrónico “email
address” y su contraseña “password” de PayPal. Nota: PayPal no procesa “e-checks” hasta que
el cheque sea aprobado por su banco. Por tanto, el depósito a la cuenta de su estudiante será
- Teclee “Pay Now” cuando haya terminado.
- Teclee “Pay” otra vez, para concluir el proceso.
The first day will be an exciting day for both you and your child. We have many
years of experience making children feel welcome and comfortable on the first
day. We realize, that for some of you, this will be your first day of school at Ball
Early Childhood Center also.
Experience has taught us that your child will adjust much faster and more easily
if you are cheerful and relaxed about leaving your child. It will be best if you
remain in your car and drop your child off just as you will be doing every
morning. The quicker you allow your child to get into the routine, the faster
he/she will feel comfortable and gain independence.
Be sure that your child is wearing his/her name tag. A teacher or instructional
aide will escort children from the car or bus to the classroom. Please remain in
your car and drop your child off quickly, quietly and cheerfully so that the
guidance of the teacher will be more readily accepted.
Don’t be anxious if your child is crying. We expect some children to be crying the
first few days. After the children are in the classrooms and interested in the
activities, they calm down and have fun. The sooner a child separates from the
parent, the better the child’s adjustment.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT A VISITOR BADGE MUST
ALWAYS BE RECEIVED BEFORE ENTERING THE
HALLWAYS. THE FIRST TIME YOU GET A BADGE,
YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE MUST BE PRESENTED AND
SCANNED BY THE SCHOOL SECRETARY.
BUS RIDER INFORMATION
1. Your child should be wearing his/her name tag to school everyday. Your child’s name and address
should be on the tag. Please remember to return the name tag everyday.
2. The Seguin I.S.D. is the provider for busing in Seguin. Staff will contact parents of bus riders
before school begins to provide information for pick-up and delivery times. If you have not
received this information before classes begin, call Transportation at 372-4420. Bus safety
rules will be given to your child on the first day of school. Parents are encouraged to go over the
bus safety rules with their child. It is important that your child obey these rules for their
safety and the safety of others.
3. You must be waiting for your child when the bus comes to deliver him/her. Because our children
our so young, the bus drivers have been instructed not to drop off any Pre-K student unless
there is an adult ready to receive them. If you are not there, the bus driver will keep your
child on the bus and deliver all other children. The bus driver will make a second pass by your
drop off point. If no one is waiting at that time, the morning children will be taken back to the
school and the afternoon students will be taken to the bus barn at 1005 E. Seidemann Street.
4. Children who are regular bus riders will be put on the bus every day unless the school receives a
note or phone call from you at least one (1) hour before dismissal time, (by 9:30am or
2:00pm) stating that your child is not to ride the bus.
5. If bus students do not arrive home within the normal time, call Transportation (372-4420) to
check on the child’s location by giving them your child’s name and bus number. The buses are
equipped with radios, which enables Transportation staff to talk directly to the bus driver.
Calling the school first will only delay the information you seek.
6. During the first few days of school the buses will probably run late. It takes a few days for the
bus drivers to get routes worked out. Each time a new student is added, the route and time will
shift a little. Please be patient for those first few days. Remember: call Bus Transportation at
372-4420 or 372-4421 if you have concerns or problems.
Please make every effort to keep bus riders consistently on the bus. Switching back or forth from
bus to car confuses children, duty staff and bus drivers, making mistakes more probable.
1. Drop off times:
AM 7:35 – 7:50 – SCHOOL BEGINS AT 7:50am
PM 11:50 – 12:05 – LUNCH IS SERVED UNTIL 12:10pm
Morning children will go directly to their classroom upon arrival. Afternoon
children will go directly to the cafeteria. Please drop off only at the stated
times when duty staff members are supervising. If duty staff members
are not present, for the safety of your child, please park and walk your
child in. Late arriving students need a tardy slip from the office so that
they will not be counted absent. Park only in a parking space; never park
in the drive through lane in front of the school – this is a fire lane.
2. Meals should be paid for in the cafeteria before school begins. All the
students who bring money for meals should have an envelope pinned to them
with the money inside. The envelope should be labeled with the child’s name,
teacher, and clear instructions for the use of the money. If your child is a
bus rider, we suggest you pin the envelope to the inside of their shirt.
3. Morning students will eat one meal (breakfast) at school. Afternoon students
will eat lunch when they arrive.
4. Traffic is ONE LANE, ONE WAY going south on Shannon Street during drop
off and pick up times.
5. School is dismissed at:
The last few minutes of our class time are used for review and looking ahead
to what we will be learning the next day. Please do not come to the
classroom before class is dismissed. A student will not be released from
school at times other than the end of the school day except with permission
from the principal or designee and according to campus sign-out procedures.
Unless the principal has granted approval because of extenuating
circumstances, no student will be regularly released before the end of
A student who will need to leave school during the day should bring a note
from his/her parent that morning. A student who becomes ill during the
school day should, with the teacher’s permission, report to the school nurse.
The nurse will decide whether or not the student should be sent home and
will notify the student’s parent. Children picked up early must be checked
out through the office. Parents who have secured permission to pick up a
child before regular class dismissal will wait in the office while the teacher
is notified to send the child to the office.
6. Cars should form a single line at the drop off and pick up point. When the
dismissal bell rings at 10:55am or 3:15pm the cars may begin moving forward
to enter the drive through (one way only going North) in back of the school.
Please wait for the bell to ring at 10:55am or 3:15pm. Students will be
dismissed through the gate and school personnel will assist them into their
cars. Parents are asked to stay in the cars and students will be brought to
the car. It is very important that every car have the official car tag in the
windshield that states the student’s name and logo (ducks, rabbits, hearts,
etc.). Parents may not duplicate the car tags.
If you do not have an official car tag you will need to park your car and go to
the office to sign your child out. Have your car tag with you everyday to
save your valuable time. If you need more than one car tag, you can pick up
an extra one in the office. If you send neighbors or relatives to pick up your
children, they MUST to have the car tag. They also need to bring an I.D.
Students who are not picked up on time will be waiting in the office area. Please
pick your children up by 3:30 p.m.
VISITORS / VISITOR PARKING
Parents and others are welcome and encouraged to visit Ball ECC. For the safety of those
within the school, all visitors must first report to the office. Visits to individual classrooms
during instructional time are permitted with approval from the principal and teacher so long as
their duration or frequency does not interfere with the delivery of instruction or disrupt the
normal school environment. Visitors are asked to always enter through the front of the school
where a visitor pass will be issued. To receive a visitor pass, the person’s driver’s license will be
scanned and a photo badge will be printed. The visitor must wear the “peel and stick” badge
while on campus and return it to the office when leaving the school so you can be logged out.
Visitors are asked to park:
Along Shannon street perpendicular to the curb
In the neighborhood along available curbs (PLEASE DO NOT block driveways,
mailboxes or school drive through)
Please NEVER park at these locations:
Behind other parked vehicles blocking exit
In the drive through area in front or behind Ball ECC school.
At Ball ECC, we hope to begin teaching good nutrition and making wise food choices. For this
reason, we are discouraging very sweet foods such as candy, iced cakes, cookies and
cupcakes. When your child celebrates a birthday, and you wish to send or bring a food treat to
school, please select items such as fruit roll ups, cheese and crackers, apple wedges with
yogurt dips, pretzels, or nutritious cookies such as oatmeal or peanut butter. If you wish
to bring a snack, please notify the teacher in advance so that an appropriate time can be agreed
upon. PLEASE DO NOT BRING ICED CAKES, CUPCAKES, KOOL-AID, OR SWEET
DRINKS! ONLY 100% fruit juice (in drink boxes) is allowed as a beverage.
TRAVEL (School Sponsored)
Students who participate in school sponsored trips are required to use transportation provided
by the school to and from the event. The principal, however, may make an exception if the
parent personally requests that the student be permitted to ride with the parents, or the
parent presents, no later than the day before the scheduled trip, a written request that the
student be permitted to ride with an adult designated by the parent.
The school counselor is available to assist with a wide range of personal concerns, including such
areas as social, family, emotional, or substance abuse issues. The counselor may also make
available information about community resources to address these concerns. Parents who wish
to meet with the counselor should call 379-2675 and ask to speak to our counselor, Mrs. Lilia
A common sense approach to dressing and grooming for school at Ball ECC is expected of all
parents and their students. According to District policy, students should be clean and neat in
clothing that will not be a health or safety hazard to themselves or others. There are only a
few specific guideline for prekindergarten and PPCD students. These are:
Students will wear shoes. Because of motor skills activities and recess,
Prekindergarten school students must wear tennis shoes. Students who wear
jellies, thongs, backless sandals, or flip flops may not, for their own safety,
play on the playground.
Hats, caps and any other head covering will not be worn during the school day.
Students’ hair should be clean and well groomed and not cover the eyes.
Outlandish hairstyles are not permitted. This includes hair etchings and mohawk
CLOTHING – By Seguin ISD policy, the following are not allowed:
Clothing or any item with any writing, picture, emblem, symbol, logo, innuendo or
depiction of obscenity, sex, skulls, violence, blood, Satan or death is not permitted
on the school campus or at school related activities.
Clothing or any item depicting alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, and/or tobacco
products will not be permitted on the school campus or at school related activities.
Any item symbolic of membership in a gang or secret organization is forbidden.
Unsafe jewelry is not allowed. Wearing of appropriate earrings on the ear that
are not a distraction is acceptable. Other jewelry simulating body piercing or any
body piercing devices on any other parts of the body are inappropriate and
unacceptable. Please note: The school cannot accept responsibility for any
jewelry worn to school. Sentimental or valuable jewelry should not be worn to
school since it could be lost or broken.
Parents are asked to purchase small backpacks without wheels or retractable handles. Parents
are also asked to check backpacks daily (each evening) for communication from the school or
the classroom teacher, and to also check the backpacks each morning to be sure that no toys,
games, or any items other than homework, take home folders, or a light jacket or sweater is
being sent in the backpack.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS/TELEPHONE NUMBER
Parents are required to keep the school office informed of any change of address or telephone
number. In case of emergency, the school must be able to reach a parent. Please also notify us
if emergency contacts’ phone numbers change.
Parents of students with a communicable or contagious disease are asked to phone the school
nurse/principal so that parents of other students exposed to the disease can be alerted. The
principal shall exclude from attendance any student suffering from a reportable disease, as
defined by the Texas Board of Health, until one of the criteria for re-admittance is fulfilled.
Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to all of us. We ask you to observe the
following safety precautions:
Drive slowly and cautiously in the school zone, and
When loading and unloading children, follow the Ball ECC plan for traffic,
It is a violation of city ordinance to use a cell phone (texting, also) while in a school zone
during the hours of the school day.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
Parents are requested to advise the school at least two days prior to moving. This will provide
adequate time for checking the student’s records and preparing transfer documents. The
student’s cleared record must be signed by the principal before the student is officially
withdrawn. The parent must also sign the withdrawal form.
NURSE: Our school nurse is Mrs. Rhonda Moore, RN. The nurse may be reached at 379-2675
HEALTH CHECKS (Head Lice): Weekly health checks are carried out each Friday. When it is
determined that lice or nits are present, parents will be notified and given instructions for care. When
live lice are present, the student will be excluded from attendance until a medicated shampoo or lotion is
applied. (State Board of Health Regulations for Communicable Diseases)
MEDICINE AT SCHOOL: A student who must take prescription medicine during the school day must
have a written request from his/her parent. The medicine, in its original container, must be brought to
the school nurse. Please have a second bottle made up at the pharmacy to be kept at school. School
policy states that medications are not to be sent back and forth with a child. The nurse will give the
medicine at the proper times. Please do not send medication to school that is to be given 1 - 3 times a
day since this can be administered before school, after school, and at bedtime.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT: If a student has a medical emergency at school, or a school
related activity, when the parent cannot be reached, the school will need to have written parental
consent to obtain emergency treatment and information about allergies to medications, etc. Therefore,
parents are asked each year to complete and keep up-to-date a medical form with important information
(name of doctor, emergency phone numbers, allergies, etc.). Please contact the school nurse to update
any information regarding changes.
The District is not responsible for medical expenses associated with a student’s injury. The District
does make available, however, an optional, low cost student accident insurance program to assist parents
in meeting medical expenses. A parent who desires coverage for his/her child will be responsible for
paying insurance premiums and for submitting claims through the District Business Office.
IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS: Before being allowed to enroll, a student must present a
statement signed by licensed physician or the local health unit certifying current immunizations as
DTaP (Diptheria,Tetanus, Pertusis) 4 doses with 1 dose on or after 4th birthday
IPV (Polio) 3 doses with 1 dose on or after 4th birthday
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) 2 doses with first dose on or after 1st birthday
Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae B) Series of 4 (the last dose is on or after 1st birthday)
Hepatitis A Series of 2 (should have 2 doses - or on schedule)
Hepatitis B Series of 3 (should have 3 doses – or on schedule)
PCV7 / Pneumococcal Series of 4 (the last dose is on or after 1st birthday)
Varicella 2 doses (or on schedule) or proof of Chicken Pox disease
Students cannot be enrolled without the proper immunizations per Texas State Laws, No shots – No
school. If should need help with immunizations, please contact the School Nurse at 379-2675. If a
student should not be immunized for medical reasons, the student or parent must present a certificate
signed by a U.S. licensed physician, which states that, in the doctor’s opinion, the immunization required
would be harmful to the health and well being of the student or any member of the student’s family or
household. This certificate must be renewed yearly unless the physician specifies a lifelong condition.