North Elementary Newsletter

September 2020

A Message From Our Principal

Dear North parents and guardians,

Every beginning of the school year is a magical time that brings excitement. Teachers and students are eager to see friends and each other. Students are eying the possibilities that the year may bring. While every year is special, this one holds a special place in our hearts. Educators have waited an extra three months to do what they signed up for, work with students and see that “light bulb” moment as they make connections to learn and grow as individuals. We are so grateful to be back and while this year may have its challenges, we are continuously reminding ourselves how happy we are to be face to face with our students. Our faculty and staff are doing all they can to keep it that way. We are wearing masks, separating when possible, taking our temperatures and monitoring for symptoms daily, continuously washing hands, and staying home 48 hours after symptoms fade. We want to thank parents that are doing the same!

Many have asked, how do I support my child and possibly gain what we lost during a prolonged absence in face to face school. There are many avenues you can take, but I will try to condense it to just a few items:

  • READ every day! Whether asking your child to read on his/her own or even reading with them. Try going to the library and checking out books of interest.

  • Connect with your child’s SeeSaw account to see what is going on in the classroom (and in case we have to go virtual again).

  • Make time to talk about school. Treat every day like it was the first day of school. Ask your child what he/she learned.

  • Monitor your child’s screen time. In replace some of the time with board games and physical activity. This is an excellent way to help build some social and emotional skills. Additionally, board games can enhance critical thinking skills.

  • Practice math numeracy (counting, taking apart and putting numbers back together, counting by 5’s, 2’s, 4’s ect).

Learning takes time. However, if students understand the importance of learning coupled with how seriously you take it, many students internalize this and set their own learning goals. The most powerful path to success is students taking ownership of their learning. As the year progresses, please continue to reach out to your child’s teacher as we work in partnership with you to create a successful path for your child!

Thank you for your continued support,

Lance McClard, Ed.D.


Big picture

Fall Pictures

Cheekwood Studios will be at North Elementary Tuesday, September 8th, in the morning to take pictures. We will begin taking pictures right at 8. Fall photo retakes are scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th, 2020.

Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)

Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to put behavioral/social skills strategies in place for all students while also building in support for students that may need more guidance. North Elementary will be introducing components of PBIS to teach and encourage the expected behavior. Our expectations are:

  • Be Responsible.
  • Be Respectful.
  • Be Safe.

Students may earn tickets from any staff member at North any time they are caught displaying the expectations. The tickets will be used by students for various prizes.
Please encourage your child to practice these behaviors and social skills at home and in the community.

Full Day Kids Club Info

Kids’ Club is offering a Full Day on October 12, 2020 at South Elementary from 7:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. The deadline to sign up and pay for Full Day is October 2, 2020 before 4:30 p.m. Students must bring a drink and sack lunch. If you have any questions, please call Kids’ Club at (573) 382-7930.

Counselor's Corner

We are off to another great year. In counseling this month, we will be having lessons on friendship, getting along and learning more about being mindful. A friendly reminder to please remind your students to be the NICE kid.

Mrs. Isaac

Big picture

Notice from our Nurse

Thank you for returning your child's health histories along with other forms so promptly. If you have not returned your child's health history, or other important health-related papers, please do so ASAP. Also, kindergarten parents- please send an extra change of clothes with your child in his/her backpack. This will help in case of accidents that occur at school.

Also if you would like to donate clothes, we are in need of kdg/first grade age sizes 6-8 underwear for boys and elastic type shorts for kdg/first grade age boys and girls.

Because of playground injuries, it is best your child does not wear flip-flops to school. Flip flops break easily and are not sturdy enough for school.

Nurse Kimber


I'm so excited to help ignite your child's love for reading this year. New books have been ordered and will continue coming in throughout the school year. If students have requested certain books, they will fill out a form. Students are allowed to check books out every week, unless they have outstanding books.

The Mark Twain Book Club is already underway. We have 12 book nominees. Fourth grade students are encouraged to read a least one book per quarter and take a short quiz. If they make 80% or more, they will be invited in the Mark Twain club and celebration at the end of each quarter.

Keyboarding for 3rd and 4th grades will begin after Labor Day. We will be focusing on home row, correct posture and other general skills. 2nd graders will begin keyboarding instruction 2nd semester.

We will be having an online book fair on Sept. 21-Oct. 2, there will be more info to follow at a later date.

We are so excited to begin the new school year. We want to make our students lifelong readers.

Thank you so much,

Lisa Hooe

Art Remarks

Welcome back to the art room! I'm very excited to be working with such bright and talented young artists this year. We have already begun creating our artist portfolios and we are starting to dive into projects! This month, we will be focusing on color-mixing, patterns, and more.

Be on the lookout for more information regarding Artsonia. Looking forward to a wonderful year!

Thank you!

Miss Hopson

Music Notes

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great summer. I am Joseph Moore, the Music teacher at North Elementary. I am very excited about this school year and having your child in class. Just a couple of things to keep in mind……

Students in each grade will be focusing on the following music objectives:

  • Using their singing voice, with accurate pitch, to echo simple patterns
  • Singing a variety of types of songs…patriotic, folk, call/response etc….
  • Playing classroom percussion instruments with correct technique
  • Reading and performing a variety of simple rhythm patterns.

More information about Spring Concerts will be posted on a later date.

Musically Yours,

Joseph L. Moore

Zoom PTO Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 1st, 6:30-7:30pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

No School - Labor Day

Monday, Sep. 7th, 8am

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

School Picture Day

Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 8am

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

First Quarter Mid-Quarter

Friday, Sep. 18th, 8am

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

Online Book Fair

Monday, Sep. 21st, 8am to Friday, Oct. 2nd, 3pm

This is an online event.

Mid-Quarter Grades Emailed Home

Friday, Sep. 25th, 8am

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

Hard copies of the progress reports will be made available, to those that request them. If you would like a hard copy please email your teacher to be added to our list.