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Start, end times at BCPS changing this year - meal times updated
The start and end times for morning and afternoon sessions at Ballard County Preschool-Head Start are changing this year, beginning on Aug. 22. Morning preschool will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at noon. Afternoon preschool will begin at noon and end at 3:30 p.m.

Breakfast will be served at 8:40 a.m. Morning session lunches will begin at 11:15, 11:20 and 11:25 a.m.; afternoon session lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m.
 
Breakfast, lunch at all schools again free under CEP program
For the third year, students at all Ballard County schools will be eligible to eat breakfast and lunch for free. Morning and midday meals for all Ballard County Schools students again will be free in 2016-17, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision, according to Ballard Food Service Director Amber Hayes.  
Corrigan named director of special education, preschool coordinator Corrigan named director of special education, preschool coordinator
Ballard County Schools has named Ballard Memorial High School special education teacher DiAnna Corrigan as its successful candidate for the district’s director of special education and preschool coordinator. 
BCPS coordinator Puckett honored with retirement reception BCPS coordinator Puckett honored with retirement reception
Fanetta Puckett (seated), Ballard County Schools’ director of special education and preschool coordinator, was honored with a retirement reception at Ballard County Preschool and Head Start on May 13.  
BCPS holds Sports Night parent meeting and activity BCPS holds Sports Night parent meeting and activity
Ballard County Preschool and Head Start recently held a Parent Meeting and Activity at the school at 455 Olive St. in LaCenter. The event and meal were sponsored by Justin Puckett and Kentucky Farm Bureau in LaCenter, and two bicycles were given away as door prizes. After the meal, families participated in Sports Night with organizer Stacy Puckett. Children were encouraged to participate in 10 separate activities: bowling, basketball, soccer, bike ride, kickball maize, ball pit, cornhole, football, hula hoop and ring toss. After each activity was completed, they were given a sticker to cover that activity on their Sports Night Bingo Board. Completing all 10 activities meant they were entered to win one of the bikes. Bike winners were Brantley Kelley and McKinsey Cooper.  
'The Polar Express' visits BCPS 'The Polar Express' visits BCPS
Ballard County Preschool and Head Start went all-out on Dec. 16 for a day themed around Chris Van Allsburg’s Christmas classic, “The Polar Express.” Students arrived in their pajamas, and were treated to hot cocoa and other ideas and themes found in the book.  
Ballard County Preschool/Head has special visitors Ballard County Preschool/Head has special visitors
Ballard County Preschool/Head Start had two special visitors who helped celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2.  
Parents asked to review immunization requirements
If you have a child entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade, or transferring to Ballard County Schools for the 2014-15 school year, the following health requirements must be met to comply with Kentucky’s state regulations and will be strictly enforced.  
New minimum age requirement for preschool takes effect this fall
As a result of Kentucky House Bill 235, changes were made in the Kentucky State-Funded Preschool Program. A new minimum age requirement for state-funded preschool students will take effect this fall, moving from Oct. 1 to Aug. 1.  
Reminder issued for sixth-grade, other immunizations; school nurses can help
All students entering sixth grade at Ballard County Middle School in the fall are required to have a physical and several immunizations (TDaP, meningitis and second varicella-chickenpox). The school nurse can provide both the physical and these shots if a student has Medicaid or no insurance.  
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