Clay Center Announcements



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From the Desk of Dr. Jordan

Week of April 15, 2019

Happy Monday!  Just a few reminders for the week:

  • No school on Friday, April 19th.
  • The parent meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 17th due to our current Incredible Years trainings on Thursday evening.  In order to accommodate the training, the meeting will be held on Wednesday evening rather than Thursday. 
  • The Jr. Hornets Summer Program is now enrolling!  Applications and flyers are available at the front desk.

Fun Date:

We are also excited to announce our next Super Saturday Play Date opportunity on Saturday, April 27th from 8:00-12:00.  The theme for our first play date is “Bringing a Story to Life through Art and Play.”  The cost for this fun day of play is $40 per child and $25 for each additional child.  Please sign up at the front desk.  We’re looking for volunteers!!!! 



  • Invoices for the month of May have been updated in Procare.   All fees for the month of May are due on May 1st.  All accounts with balances after the 5th of the month will be charged a late fee.  All accounts must be paid in full by May 10th.  Please see Dr. Jordan if you have questions or need assistance accessing the Procare website.
  • The Incredible Years Parent training is every Thursday evening at 5:30 pm.  Babysitting and dinner is provided. 
  • The Clay Center will be closed for Professional Development on May 3, 2019 for a mandatory Professional Staff Development in the College of Education. 
  • Picture Day is April 25th and 26th
  • The Pre-Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony will take place on Thursday evening, May 30th.  We will inform you of the location in upcoming emails. 
  • Make plans now to join us on May 31st  for Field Day.  This is a fabulous day of fun for our students, families, and staff.Calendar Dates17                  Parent Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Gross Motor Room 


17                  Parent Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Gross Motor Room

19                   University Holiday-No School


5-11               Staff Appreciation Week24                   Trivia Night30                   Preschool Promotion Ceremony  

31                   Field Day

27                   Memorial Day-No School

14                   Parent Advisory Board    


Celebrating Clay Center Staff

The April Teachers of the Month are:

Antoinette Ledbetter

Lead Teacher (Apples)

I am one of the teachers in the Assorted Apples classroom. I have been at the Clay Center for an entire year! I am so glad to be a part of a great learning and teaching environment. Over the years my love for helping others has increased so much that I decided to make it official by obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Early Child Education at Central Methodist University in St. Louis, MO.

I can remember as early as five years old wanting to teach and help others explore new things in life. I enjoy watching children grow and develop and discover new things. I believe that learning starts early in life. My mother inspired me by showing patience when I couldn’t figure something out.

Some of my favorite activities include reading, writing, singing, drawing and watching old movies. My favorite color is lavender. This year I intend to help and guide students to reach their highest potential, my desire is to make learning FUN!


Shamiya Moore

Lead Teacher (Coconuts)

Shamiya Moore has been a lead toddler one teacher at the William Clay Early Childhood Development and Parenting Education Center for five years. Although her given name is Shamiya, her students and colleagues affectionately call her Ms. Miya.   Before her time at the Clay Center, Ms. Moore worked as a volunteer child care worker for Parenting for Success and at the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson City, MO.  Shamiya has a passion for working with children and their families and continues learning more about the field of education.

Shamiya has a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Elementary and Special Education from Lincoln University, MO. While at Lincoln University Ms. Moore was very active in campus organizations and held many positions such as The Alpha Theta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ( Corresponding Secretary 2011-12 and President, 2012-13) National Pan Hellenic Council ( Secretary, 2013),  President's Office Student Worker (2012-13.)  Ms. Moore is currently a graduate student at Lindenwood University, with hopes of completing her Master's degree in Elementary Education.

Ms. Moore was born and raised in East St. Louis, IL where she currently still lives. She loves to spend time with her family, friends, and sorority sisters. Traveling, reading, and most of all SHOPPING!  Shaniya’s goals and aspirations are to become a college professor and advisor to aid college students in their path to success and happiness in the field of education.  Shamiya also aspires to do field research for educational textbooks for companies such as Pearson or McGraw Hill.



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